James Bay

James Bay is a high density neighbourhood of Victoria, BC. It is the oldest residential neighbourhood on the West coast of North America that is north of San Francisco. James Bay occupies the south side of the Inner Harbour close to downtown.

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Average Price $1.1M
Lowest Price $20
Highest Price $2.6M
Total Listings 71
Avg. Days On Market 54
Avg. Price/SQFT $783

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James Bay has one of the most coveted locations in the city. Surrounded by water on three sides with the Victoria Harbour to the north and west, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the south. It is a high density neighbourhood and occupies the south side of the Inner Harbour close to downtown. James Bay's extensive waterfront is alive with activity including an array of industry, government and transportation facilities.
James Bay is known for its lively waterfront and charming Victorian houses and is the city’s oldest urban neighbourhood. A commercial area, named‘James Bay Village’ is centred on the intersection of Menzies and Simcoe Streets and is the heart of the neighbourhood filled with local shops and services. James Bay is an extremely walkable and bike-able neighbourhood and acts as a hub for many community sporting events that use Dallas Road as a major portion of their routes.
James Bay’s total population is 11,000 with 57% being adults between the ages of 25-60 years. There is quite a diverse style of housing ranging from Century Victorian homes to newer Condominium Apartments and even enchanting float homes. If float homes are of interest to you, keep in mind that Fisherman’s Wharf Park is an active marina that is bustling with fishing vessels, kiosks and tourists. James Bay also has one of the most unique apartment buildings in the city here called the‘James Bay Square Mall Building’ which is known for its large west facing decks.
Tourism plays a significant role in the economy as it is home to the Ogden Point cruise ship and HeliJet terminal as well the United States Ferry Terminals.  James Bay has much to offer tourists with its horse-drawn carriage rides, waterfront walkways, brightly painted float homes, manicured gardens and panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains.  Many of Victoria’s key attractions are located in the neighbourhood. A waterside path along Dallas Road leads to the Parliament Buildings, Royal BC Museum, Beacon Hill Park and Fisherman’s Wharf.
The neighbourhood takes its name from the shallow inlet James Bay that forms part of Victoria's Inner Harbour, named for James Douglas. A vibrant and diverse neighbourhood with both apartment towers and historic homes, James Bay is the bedroom community to the downtown core. The area is filled with architecture and historical attractions such as the Emily Carr House, Helmcken House and Orchard House.

Living in James Bay, Victoria

There are a multitude of recreational activities available here with many tours and rentals at your fingertips. For a different perspective, you can rent a bike, kayak, canoe or ride on an electric scooter.
Perfectly suited to family life with an abundance of parks including Irving Park, Laurel Point, Holland Point, MacDonald, Thunderbird and South Park. Of course the most extensive green space borders the eastern region with Beacon Hill Park, full of picturesque gardens, free roaming Peacocks and comes complete with its own petting farm. The Mile 0 marker is a monument located on a large grassy field adjacent to Beacon Hill Park. It marks the start of the over 8,000 km of Trans-Canada Highway that spans the entire length of Canada. 
Aside from its plenitude of parks which is an attraction for young families, there are also a few local schools including James Bay Community School and South Park Family School. If gardening is your thing, there are two allotment gardens located on Montreal Street called the‘Garden of All Sorts’ and the‘Allotment Garden’.  You can also find weekly farmers markets from May through to September.
James Bay Village entrenches the walk-ability factor of the commercial area. It is home to some amazing coffee shops, books stores, thrift shops and eateries such as Floyd’s Diner, Heron Rock Bistro, The Bent Mast and Nourish Kitchen & Cafe just to name a few.
For your extended family members, James Bay has a delightful long term care home that overlooks the Salish Sea. and there is also a primary urgent care centre nearby. 
Overall, this is a highly rated hard to beat community that simply put has anything and everything to offer.

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