Greater Victoria – Sooke

by hwilde on August 4, 2010

This sheltered harbour, once remote from Victoria, has retained an atmosphere that is decidedly rural and very “west coast”, with a strong arts community, and rapidly developing adventure tourism industry.

People who choose to live in Sooke are pleased to find property values that are significantly lower than in Victoria, allowing them to purchase much more home than they could in the city.  This developing town has reasonably priced condominiums, townhomes and suburban homes for first time buyers and cash strapped families who may not be able to purchase a home elsewhere.

For some, price is less of an issue than privacy, and Sooke has much to offer; there are rural properties, hobby farms, estate properties and waterfront or waterview properties.  Those who need to find some solitude will surely be able to find a home here that fulfills that need, at almost any price point!

Even if privacy is not your main concern, you may just want a little peace and quiet, and the freedom to pursue your occupation or hobbies with relative independence, and this is Sooke’s forte.  The community here is supportive of individualism and allows for a wide range of lifestyles without interference or judgement.

Sooke was once reputed to be a bit wild and woolly, a place where people could let loose and get away with it, and though it has subsided, it is this attitude of acceptance that makes Sooke such a great place to live.  As long as you respect your neighbours’ differences, they will extend the same courtesy to you, a message of tolerance that is sorely lacking in some places.

The natural beauty found in the forests and on the waterfront, the reasonable property values, and the liberty to be who you are all set Sooke apart from other regions in the Greater Victoria area.  Perhaps it’s the right place for you!


Victoria BC Realtor Heather Wilde was raised and educated in Winnipeg. After graduating from both the University of Winnipeg (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Manitoba Faculty of Education she relocated to British Columbia in 1975. Her career in real estate has been successful due to her commitment to and genuine pleasure at helping families find homes and properties for sale in Victoria BC. Heather was licensed as a Realtor in 1976 and since then has worked hard to achieve a high standard of performance; consistently attaining a Victoria Real Estate Board MLS Gold Award. If you ask Heather, she will undoubtedly say that although it’s nice to be recognized in the industry through performance awards, what really drives her success is the relationships and friendships she forges with the families that she helps. Many of Heather’s former clients have become close friends, and many of her close friends have become clients. That says a lot about her dedication to providing professional service while maintaining a friendly rapport with clients. Heather loves to travel the world (preferrably on a cruise ship!) and also enjoys tennis and bridge during her spare time. As of January 2014, Heather has retired from her real estate career.

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