About Oak Bay
Homes for sale in Oak Bay lie within one of the most desirable communities around Victoria, British Columbia. With scenic shorelines punctuated by long sandy beaches, elegant heritage homes, and showcase luxury constructions, this neighborhood achieves the pinnacle of what Canadian West Coast real estate has to offer. Homes for sale in Oak Bay are guaranteed to impress, so don't pass up an opportunity to view real estate in this beautiful area.
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Oak Bay Real Estate & Homes for Sale
Oak Bay real estate offers some of the most luxurious and prestigious homes in Victoria, if not the whole of Canada. Here, well maintained character homes populate the quiet, leafy streets, while grand estates in modern designs overlook rugged oceanfront properties.
Some architectural styles to be found in Oak Bay include Tudor-revival, Arts and Crafts, Prairie-style bungalows and ranchers, Craftsman, folk-Victorian, 21st century modern, and even Art-Moderne.
Throughout this wide variety of styles and architectural configurations, there are a few more common features: lovingly kept, well-established gardens; stately, old-world interiors; and well-equipped basements.
Many of Oak Bay's grandest and newest properties occupy the northeast neighbourhood of Uplands, as well as the coastline running down Oak Bay's eastern and southern boundaries. The northeast portion of Oak Bay is populated by many one-storey and bi-level homes in minimal-traditional or mid-century modern styles. This area has a particularly open feel with its long front lawns leading to low, understated homes. Moving south, the neighbourhood makeup begins to change through Oak Bay's central corridor, until, in the southern neighbourhoods of South Oak Bay and Gonzales, you find some of the area's best-preserved character homes.
Although many of the character homes in Oak Bay tend to be smaller than their sleek, modern counterparts, they still offer a fair amount of class and prestige that is unlikely to be usurped by new-construction developments or infills.
Needless to say, Oak Bay's streets are safe and walkable as they wind past the many heritage homes, scenic shorelines, and parks. This is a great neighbourhood to enjoy on foot, jogging or on a bike.
Overall, Oak Bay is a highly attractive area for those looking to buy into one of Canada's most valuable real estate markets, for established families searching for a quiet place to settle down, and students looking for rentals, given the area's close proximity to the University of Victoria. And townhomes and condos along the area's fringes offer a range of affordable opportunities for those looking to take part in this amazing community.
Oak Bay Area Information
Oak Bay is located on the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island, with breathtaking views of the San Juan Islands, Olympic mountains, and eve the distant Mount Baker. The miles of ocean front property make this a prime location for boating enthusiasts, and include some of the best beaches in the greater Victoria area.
Neighbourhoods within Oak Bay are Henderson, Uplands, Estevan, North Oak Bay, South Oak Bay, and Gonzales.
Oak Bay Community Attractions
As mentioned, Oak Bay is a haven for boaters. The area hosts both the Oak Bay Marina and the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. Those looking for a place to spend their summer days will enjoy one of three long-sandy beaches: Cadboro Bay, Willows Beach and McNeill Bay.
Oak Bay is also home to the quaint Oak Bay Village along Oak Bay Avenue. This stretch of cozy storefronts contains a range of boutique shopping options, stylish eateries, galleries, and an English-style pub.
Oak Bay has many neighborhood parks and recreation centres, the largest being Uplands Park, with its rare Gary Oak meadows, and Oak Bay Recreation centre with pool and fully-stocked gym. Avid golfers have their pick of three quality golf-courses in the area, like Victoria Golf Club, one of the oldest in Canada.
Oak Bay Schools
Oak Bay is within School District 61. Public schools in the area are:
- Willows Elementary
- Monterey Middle School
- Oak Bay High School
Oak Bay's northern boundary bisects the University of Victoria's campus, including the beautiful Alumni Chip Trail and Finnerty Gardens.
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