Local Communities

Home seekers will enjoy the many different neighborhoods to choose from in Greater Victoria, as well as the variety of houses, condos and townhomes available. Depending on where you settle, you could be right downtown, next to a popular community park or near top-rated schools. We hope that our website's community information will help you to choose between the many wonderful areas; each has a lot to offer the home buyer.

Victoria is a combination of natural beauty, old-world charm and modern urban living. It's picturesque harbour, heritage architecture, and museums are complimented by a vibrant arts, music and theatre scene. Downtown living offers immediate access to shopping, galleries and a variety of international culinary experiences. LIfestyle is central to those choosing to make Victoria home, bolstered by the mildest climate in the country, it's little wonder Victoria is considered on of North America's most desirable places to live. 

Fairfield and Gonzales enjoy some of the best ocean and mountain views in the city. It's home to the historic and beautifully landscaped Ross Bay Cemetery and Gonzales Beach. Cook Street Village is home to one of the city's most vibrant food and coffee cultures, while The Dallas Road waterfront is at the heart of Victoria's jogging (and dog-walking) culture.

Rockland is a neighbourhood full of graceful mansions showcasing striking architectural details and lush grounds. Beginning in the 1880s, its Arts-and-Crafts-style homes were designed by well-known architects. The area is home to Craigdarroch Castle and Government House whose magnificent gardens are open to the public.

James Bay is the neighbourhood to explore for splendid old Victorian houses. Just a five-minute walk south of downtown, its homes were built by Victoria's founding families, most of which have been lovingly preserved. James Bay is home to the magnificent Fairmont Empress Hotel, and borders Beacon Hill Park's inspiring gardens. James Bay Village is a central shopping and recreational enclave at the heart of this neighbourhood. Walks to the breakwater, and Fishermans' Wharf.

Fernwood is home to trendy shops, cafes, theatres and galleries, and is recognized as one of Victoria's most engaging communities, and is home to families, artists and students. A mix of heritage homes and bungalows lend this urban neighbourhood a vibrant spin.

Rock Bay is a mixed commercial and residential area adjacent to downtown, and is home to marine industry and the cutting-edge Selkirk Waterfront Community, overlooking the Upper Harbour, Selkirk Trestle and the Gorge waterway.

Vic West is one of Victoria's hottest new condo and townhouse markets led by waterfront development at the Railyards and Dockside Green. This community boasts a live/work lifestyle, bolstered by its' proximity to downtown, and access to cycling trails, harbour ferries and some of the finest rowing in the region. The Songhees neighbourhood is home to premium condo towers overlooking the Inner Harbour.

Burnside-Gorge enjoys scenic views of the Lower Gorge Waterway, and access to stunning parks and a trails system that follows the Gorge waterfront all the way downtown. Burnside residents access shopping and cinemas at the Tillicum Centre.

Hillside-Quadra is an area worth exploring for its views of the city, mature Garry Oaks and a variety of housing styles. This hilly, urban neighbourhood five minutes north of downtown Victoria is perfect for family living with excellent shopping and eateries. 

Esquimalt sits west of downtown, across the Inner Harbour via the Johnson Street Bridge. This area is home to heritage neighbourhoods,  condo developments, and the Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, home of Canada's Pacific Naval Fleet. 

Oak Bay hugs the coastline east of downtown, and is home to some of the finest heritage homes, which line leafy boulevards, in one of Victoria's loveliest neighbourhoods. Oak Bay village is a premium commercial hub, and the neighbourhood offers immediate access to some of the region's finest parks, beaches and recreation.

The Uplands is a glorious seaside neighbourhood, and home to Victoria's most elegant estates and mansions. Designed in the early 20th century, the district is accessed by meandering boulevards lined with extraordinary gardens and ornate lamp posts. Beach Drive is home to many oceanfront properties and the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.

View Royal is a predominantly residential area, situated at the head of the Gorge Waterway, with several lakes, parks and trails

The Highlands is a beautiful rural district of lakes, parkland and private acreages, bordering on the eastern shore of Finlayson Arm. 

East Saanich contains a variety of urban landscapes, campuses and waterfront villages including Cadboro BayCordova BayTen Mile Point and Gordon Head, adjacent to the leafy campus of the University of Victoria. Known for the panoramic views from Mount Douglas and numerous beaches, East Saanich provides a superior blend of urban and rural amenities.

Central Saanich is more country than city, with acreages and heritage estates surrounding country homes.

North Saanich, or Land's End as it is proudly known, lies at the north end of the Saanich Penninsula, with country acreages surrounded by water and mountain views. Large lots and rural neighbourhoods make this region an oasis, minutes from downtown Sidney and a short commute to Victoria's downtown core.

West Saanich is where Victoria becomes more country. Acreages surrounding country homes are roaming with cows and horses instead of cars. Saanich residential neighborhoods are green with wooden fences and strong country scents. Saanich homes and yards are spacious and private, often far removed from sight down long driveways, and nestled in the trees.