Entries by Jodi Baker

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Highlands

Conservation is a priority for people living in the Highlands, and no wonder! The natural beauty of this municipality can just about take your breath away. This is not serene pastoral countryside; it’s much more dramatic than that. Mountains, rocky windswept highlands with panoramic ocean views, steep sided inlets swooping up from rocky beaches, and […]

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Esquimalt

If you cross that big blue bridge from downtown Victoria you will find yourself in the municipality of Esquimalt. Briefly named Puerto de Cordova by a Spanish explorer, the community became Esquimalt in a typically mangled transliteration from the native name Es-whoy-malth, meaning “the place of shoaling waters”. The British Royal Navy, The Hudson’s Bay […]

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Central Saanich

Perhaps country life is not your thing, or at least not too country! Brentwood Bay is a beautiful village nestled on the western slopes of the Saanich Inlet. Many homes here have lovely views of the water and beyond that the mountains across which the Malahat Drive climbs. At night you can see distant headlights […]

West Coast Home

As a result of having largely above ground basements, many West Coast homes in Greater Victoria are designed with the main living areas on their upper floor(s). This also helps us take advantage of any available views, after all, there is water all around us, and mountains too! Even if you haven’t distant views of […]

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Living in Victoria

I know you’ve heard umpteen times how lovely the weather is in Victoria, how mild the winters (snowfall being scarce enough that Victoria’s motorists are notorious for poor snow driving skills!), how comfortable the summers (warm but seldom hot or humid), and how spring and fall seem to last forever. All this loveliness has at […]