Spotlight on Living in Oak Bay, Vancouver Island, BC
Living in Oak Bay
Oak Bay, historically named after the many Garry Oak trees populating the area, is a highly sought-after neighbourhood in Greater Victoria. Away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Victoria, this well-established region consists of multiple suburbs and thrives as its own community. Offering beaches, restaurants, schools, and more, the Oak Bay neighbourhood booms with culture and society attracting a variety of residents to find their forever homes.
There are many self-sufficient areas in Victoria, however Oak Bay does an exceptional job providing its residents with everything from necessities to desires. The variety in this region is outstanding, whether you are a student, young family, or retired citizen, Oak Bay caters to diverse demographics. The heart of this vibrant community is considered to be the Oak Bay Village. There are many local businesses to visit in the village and while walking down the avenue you will feel the warmth of the neighbourhood. Some of our favourite spots to stop are Hide & Seek Coffee for a tasty cappuccino or Good Earth Coffeehouse for a unique rooibos latte, the Penny Farthing pub for a drink with some friends or just next door at Vis a Vis for delicious French cuisine, Discovery Coffee for some local Yonni’s Doughnuts and COBS Bread Bakery for a yummy pastry. The hardest part is choosing where to go!
The beauty of Oak Bay is how the combination of beaches, parks, lookouts, and trails are effortlessly integrated between homes and villages. You can sit on the popular Willows Beach, one of the longest beaches in Victoria, with the sand between your toes admiring views of Mt. Baker in the distance. You can drive the scenic coast along Dallas Road; from the Uplands suburb, past many beaches, between fairways of the Victoria Golf Club, and around the edge of Vancouver Island to the see the views from King George’s Terrace. You can wander through various streets and find hidden gems, like Demitasse a local family business blending a café & garden centre together, or Bowker Creek that secretly winds around back roads to provide a quiet place to walk your dog, or The Village on Estevan Avenue for some delicious all-day breakfast.
The sense of community in this particular neighbourhood is strong. There are many annual events that occur on the avenue, including seasonal events where people from all over Victoria come to join in the celebrations. The night market during the summer months fills the avenue to support local businesses, the Oak Bay Half Marathon is a popular race in the Spring where people of all ages come to participate, the Oak Bay Tea Party held at Willows Beach to kick off summer while raising funds for service organizations in the community, and more. The most recent event we had the opportunity to enjoy was the Oak Bay Light Up, a festival where the community comes together to watch the avenue’s Christmas lights turn on and begin the holiday season.
While there are many historic homes in this neighbourhood, new developments pop up to keep the residential variety Oak Bay prides itself on. Some of the latest properties include the Maddison and the Bowker Collection, both introducing modern elements into the traditional styled community. In addition, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel offers private residences, featuring an ideal oceanside location that’s walkable distance to the Oak Bay Marina, Victoria Golf Club, the village, and more! Whether you’re looking for a heritage character home or a modern condo, settling in Oak Bay offers it all!
If you’re looking to purchase or sell a property, in the Oak Bay neighbourhood or elsewhere in Victoria, get in touch with The Condo Group Real Estate for more information at 250-382-6636.
– Eryn White