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CA4190

Victoria, Canada

Our house from the back garden, south facing, sunny and full of flowers.

Our house from the back garden, south facing, sunny and full of flowers.

Living room

Living room

Master bath with tub and sep. shower

Master bath with tub and sep. shower

Family room

Family room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Summer garden

Summer garden

Second bathroom, tub and shower

Second bathroom, tub and shower

Master bedroom, south facing window and skylight.

Master bedroom, south facing window and skylight.

The view from the observatory, walkable from our house.

The view from the observatory, walkable from our house.

Oak Bay Recreation Centre, swimming, fitness studio, skating.  15 minutes walk from home.

Oak Bay Recreation Centre, swimming, fitness studio, skating. 15 minutes walk from home.

Oak Bay Village, our nearest shopping/ banking/ restaurants/ coffee shops, 10 minutes walk from home.

Oak Bay Village, our nearest shopping/ banking/ restaurants/ coffee shops, 10 minutes walk from home.

Our favourite coffee shop...Ottavio.

Our favourite coffee shop...Ottavio.

The view of McNeill Bay, our nearest waterfront.  We look across to the US and the Olympic Mountains, 30 miles away.

The view of McNeill Bay, our nearest waterfront. We look across to the US and the Olympic Mountains, 30 miles away.

Our house from the back garden, south facing, sunny and full of flowers. Living room Master bath with tub and sep. shower Family room Kitchen Summer garden Second bathroom, tub and shower Master bedroom, south facing window and skylight. The view from the observatory, walkable from our house. Oak Bay Recreation Centre, swimming, fitness studio, skating.  15 minutes walk from home. Oak Bay Village, our nearest shopping/ banking/ restaurants/ coffee shops, 10 minutes walk from home. Our favourite coffee shop...Ottavio. The view of McNeill Bay, our nearest waterfront.  We look across to the US and the Olympic Mountains, 30 miles away.
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Member since

2013

Open for exchange
Exchange dates Duration
November 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019 2 weeks

House in Victoria, Canada

We live in Oak Bay, a suburb of Victoria edged by ocean beaches and a golf course.  It is scenic, walkable and within easy reach of tourist attractions by bus, bike or car.  Our local shops are a 10 minute walk away.  There is a grocery store, pharmacy, pub, bookstore, banks and clothing and gift shops in the village.  The ocean is 3 short blocks away and there is a wonderful walk along the waterfront.  There are coffee shops nearby as well as the Oak Bay Marina and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel for fine dining.  We are near a Recreation Centre with a swimming pool and gym. 
Our house is comfortable and well equipped  but does have stairs up to the master bedroom and down to the laundry!  You will enjoy our eclectic art collection and our private garden.

In the city centre there is a wonderful museum, whale watching tours, good shopping and excellent restaurants.  Victoria is well known for its gardens, Butchart Gardens, Glendale Gardens, Government House gardens are nearby and the Abkhazi Garden is just around the corner from our house. If you like food and wine, there are farms and wineries locally and an hour north in the Cowichan Valley or nearby on the Saanich Peninsula. We are a tourist mecca because of our lovely scenery, good food and cultural life. Victoria is big enough to have something for everyone and small enough to be livable and easy to navigate.
Victoria has a moderate climate and is comfortable in all seasons.  In the winter, skiing is 4 hours away at Mt. Washington. Spring and Fall are cool and may be rainy, in the summer temperatures are moderate because of the nearby ocean.  

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 0 Children
  • 3 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Retired teachers
  • Retired teachers

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: 3
  • Environment: In the suburbs
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sleeping Capacity: 4

References

In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Non-simultaneous exchange
  • Home exchange
  • Renting possible

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Computer available
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Television

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Balcony
  • Park / playground

Facilities

  • No smoking

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Australia
  • Europe
  • England, UK
  • United States
  • France
  • Italy
  • Europe

Spoken Languages

  • English

Our Neighbourhood

Nearest Airport: YYJ (Victoria International) - 20 miles

Occupation

  • Retired teachers
  • Retired teachers

Children

  • We do not have children.

Pets

  • Pets are NOT welcome in our home

Lifestyle

We enjoy the fact that we can walk or bike almost all year. Because we are near downtown we can easily and quickly go to movies, restaurants, theatre and community events. We are close to the ocean, just three blocks away, so we have spectacular views from our local bay and the headlands on either side. We are also close to Abkhazi Garden, and the garden at Government House for gardeners to enjoy. UVIC is only 10 minutes away by car where Finnerty Gardens and Cinecenta are favorite places. Victoria is foodie and craft beer heaven. There are also wineries within a short drive, farmers markets, seafood markets and even a local distillery.

Our favorite spot is Ottavio's on Oak Bay Avenue where we can sit in the sun and enjoy a latte on the patio. They sell wonderful gelato and Italian baking. Not to be missed.

References

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