Are you looking for a property in Greater Victoria and want to purchase in an up and coming neighbourhood? These five neighbourhoods are on the upswing in terms of sales and prices.
1) Royal Bay, Colwood
Royal Bay is a rare find for Vancouver Island. A 400 acre, 100-year-old gravel pit is being converted into a beautiful oceanfront community. This area is still in the beginning stages but is already attracting some major attention. Why? Because it provides stunning ocean views of the Olympic Mountains, Juan De Fuca Strait, and Downtown Victoria. Royal Bay is also minutes away from Olympic View Golf Course, Red Barn Market grocery store and many parks and trails. Approximately 25-minute drive to downtown Victoria. http://www.timescolonist.com/business/colwood-s-royal-bay-to-spawn-2-300-homes-1.2274147
2) Triangle Mountain, Colwood
Have you seen the best view in Victoria yet? Maybe you should make a point to drive up to Triangle Mountain. Similar views to Royal Bay, but the location is set higher up on a mountain. Vast water, city and valley views including Mt. Baker. Enjoy watching cruise ships dock at Ogden point and the night lights of downtown Victoria. Short drive to Westshore mall and approximately 25-minute drive to downtown Victoria.
3) Brentwood Bay
You have visited Butchart Gardens and maybe Brentwood Bay lodge, but have you explored the seaside community that surrounds these two spots? Brentwood Bay is the small town in Central Saanich that hugs the Todd Inlet. The inlet provides glass-like views of the water and stunning sunsets. Great for location for kayaking and walking, also very close to Gowland Todd and Mt. Work provincial Parks. Driving to Sidney or Downtown Victoria is approximately 15-20 minute drive either way on the Pat Bay which is a smooth moving highway with few traffic stops. http://www.explorevancouverisland.com/brentwood_bay_vancouver_island_bc.htm
Locals might consider this location as the retirement city for BC, but locals need to shake that view. Almost all of Sidney is walking distance to the water. There are many fantastic restaurants to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sidney is also home to many jobs in manufacturing, BC Ferries and airport employment for many young people. Located very close to the BC ferries and airport. Approximately 25-minute drive to downtown Victoria. http://www.sidney.ca/
5) East Sooke, Sooke
Located next to one of the premier hiking trails in BC, this small community boasts incredible ocean and valley views. Very private acreages and is considered rural, but still quite close to Langford and not much farther to Victoria. Approximately 30-40 minute drive to downtown Victoria. http://www.eastsooke.com/