The question I get asked all the time is what neighborhood should I live in Victoria?
Should I live in Fairfield, Oak Bay, Saanich east or should I just get a newer home and live further out of Victoria?
The first thing I like to ask is... Do you have children going to a school in Victoria?
Next question I ask is, how old are your kids?
Typically, I recommend to parents with smaller children, that being close to a recreation center can be easier when trying to juggle picking up kids from activities while rushing home to make dinner.
I recommend living in a good neighbourhood that falls in your price range for buying a home in Victoria while at the same time living close to a - grocery store, recreation center, library etc.... Making life easier of trying to juggle, running a home and raising children.
Now before I go on to talking about the different neighbourhoods, let me go through the other key questions I like to ask my buyers (if they don't have children) and they are deciding which neighbourhood to live in Victoria.
What is your budget?
What style of home do you like in Victoria? Do you like for e.g. a modern contemporary home in Victoria? A traditional home in Victoria? A character home in Victoria?
Then based on the answers I get from my buyers, I can determine the best home that would be well suited for them to buy in.
As a professional realtor who has helped several buyers find their dream home, I have learnt that asking the questions up front ensures that you are guiding your home buyer to the right product/home that best suits them.
Now, to get back to answering the question of what neighbourhood in Victoria for 2018 should I live in?
If you have kids and have a home budget of under $700,000 I suggest Westhills community in Langford (when there is no traffic it is a 20 min drive to downtown Victoria). It is a great community for families. Did I say it is a great neighbourhood for families… I think I did !
If you are a young professional couple moving to Victoria, that does not have children and you have a budget of buying a home in Victoria of up to $ l, 500,000 I would recommend neighbourhoods closer to downtown like Fairfield, Oak Bay, Fernwood, Gordon Head... (note this list may change based on the answers to the different questions that I ask when we first meet.)
Now, I just gave an example, once we meet, I will show you an overview of all the neighbourhoods in Victoria. If you are unsure of where you want to live even after my overview, I encourage my buyers to do three things:
- Rent in a particular neighbourhood before they decide to buy in Victoria.
- Go to open houses when they can in Victoria (to find a list of open houses go to www.yyjopenhouse.ca)
- Let me arrange a driving tour with showings off of different homes.
I understand that for most buyers, buying a home is one of the most important investment decisions they will make. I also understand, that you want your home not only to be the dream home but you also want it to be a good investment so you can sell it down the line for a good return. I will walk you through the different scenarios of buying a home in Victoria, educate you throughout the process (so it is fun and not stressful) and then you will be such an expert at home buying ( yes I may try to recruit you on my team by the end of it) , that you will know exactly what you are looking for and what you want to buy.
Now, I feel I can write on and on about this topic, so what I will do is an overview in more detail through different blog posts about the neighbourhoods in Victoria and the pros and cons of each of them. If you have any question in meantime, please feel free to e-mail me or facetime me for any additional info. If you don’t know me, one thing I am really passionate (even if you don’t end up buying a home) is that I love to help anyone I can. firstname.lastname@example.org +1.778. 678.5626
Looking forward to meeting you soon !