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Properties Up Close: 6463 Willowpark Way, Sunriver Estates, Sooke

6463 Willowpark Way, Sunriver Estates, Sooke

Welcome to a new series on What The Sooke!? Each week, I’m going to profile one of my current listings. If you’ve ever checked out my listings before, you know that I’m pretty descriptive and I do my utmost to tell a story about the property I am representing. However, there’s only so much I can do to tell you about my listings, since I don’t live in them! So, I’ve sent out a short questionnaire to the sellers, who’ll tell me in their own words why their property is special.  Read more

SOLD! Acreage Family Home on 2.48 Acres With Suite in Sooke

THIS PROPERTY IS NOW SOLD! To Get Tim working for you, call 250-885-0512 or email Tim@TimAyres.ca

This is a well built, wonderfully appointed family home on a lush, rural 2.5 acres in East Sooke. This property is only 2 km from the intersection of Sooke Road and Gillespie (by the 17 mile house) so it’s ideally located for commuting to Victoria, Read more

SOLD – Ocean View Semi-Detached Townhouse For Sale in Sooke – 2067 Kaltasin Road

THIS PROPERTY IS NOW SOLD!

This bright, clean, and beautifully updated ocean-view townhouse in an oceanfront complex is truly a bargain for the quality and size of the unit. Dare to compare – there are a few other homes in this price range, but all are much smaller and none have ocean views and beach access.

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SOLD! 2 Houses on 2.7 Ocean View Acres For Sale in Sooke – 8530 West Coast Road

Amazing views from both homes on this property

THIS PROPERTY IS NOW SOLD! To get Tim working for you, call 250-885-0512 or email Tim@TimAyres.ca

Just 7 minutes from the centre of Sooke along the scenic West Coast Road is this outstanding opportunity to own two houses on one 2.76 acre ocean view property. Hear the waves crashing on the rocky shore below – you’re so close it feels like waterfront property!

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SOLD! Downtown Victoria 1 Bedroom Condo For Sale: 408 – 835 View St The Metropolitan

THIS PROPERTY IS NOW SOLD! To get Tim working for you, call 250-885-0512 or email Tim@TimAyres.ca

Downtown Victoria at its finest! The Metropolitan is a very popular concrete-and-steel building in the heart of all the action of the city. Walk to work, pubs, shops, restaurants, parks, and all that the vibrant City of Victoria has to offer. This completely updated, south-facing 1 bedroom unit features Read more

SOLD – Langford Condo – Huge 1 Bedroom 1 Bath – Ground Level – 102 – 908 Brock Ave

$229,900 SOLD!

Rarely does such a large one bedroom unit become available! At over 840 square feet, this stylish and conveniently located townhouse-style condo is hard to beat. Perfect for couples of all ages, especially retirees, this stair-free unit exemplifies one-level living at its finest. With a large, sunny Read more

Real Estate Prices Victoria BC vs Sooke

I’ve been working with quite a few first-time buyers in Victoria lately. It’s become somewhat an exercise in frustration, as the homes that are available in their price ranges (typically under $400,000 without a rental suite/apartment, or under $500,000 with one) have been mostly disappointing, sometimes very much so. In one case, in a beat up currently rented place near Mayfair Mall, the smell in the basement was so unbearable, we left through the side door.

You’ll find the odd gem, but then you’ll often be competing with other buyers when it comes time to make an offer. This is very stressful for first time buyers, and often it pushes the price beyond where they’re comfortable.

My solution: move to Sooke. It’s not that far, yet prices are much friendlier, and the selection of homes is greater. Of course it won’t work for everyone – the couple I was out with this evening both work in Victoria, and she’ll be going back to school to UVic, and he often bikes to work, which are both a bit of a trek from Sooke. Plus they really enjoy the in-town lifestyle, so it just won’t work for them to buy in Sooke. Not that they aren’t tempted!

And for good reason. Let’s compare a couple of houses currently on the market:

House for Sale in Victoria

House for Sale in Victoria

$385,000 – Built in 1948, 3 beds, 1 bath, 950 sqft, 6800 sqft lot in Saanich West. Hard to tell from the pictures, but it looks OK, needing a few updates, and probably a roof too.

House for Sale in Sooke

House for Sale in Sooke

$379,900 – Built in 2007, 3 beds, 2 baths, 1660 sqft, 7300 sqft lot in Sunriver Estates. Essentially a brand-new home, with garage, warranty, gas fireplace, and all sorts of other modern features, in a new subdivision in Sooke.

Searching Sooke, there are 46 other single family homes on the market under $400,000 – ranging from older homes with suites, to brand new homes yet to be built, to rural acreages. This compares with 20 for sale under $400,000 in Victoria (6) Saanich East (7) and Saanich West (7) – which in total is a larger and more dense geographical area than Sooke.

If you don’t mind the drive to work, or if you happen to be self-employed, you really should check out the value for your dollar in Sooke.

That being said, there are still good houses in the first-time buyer price ranges in Victoria proper, and I know I’m going to find this couple the right home. It just so happens that there are more options in Sooke.

If you’re looking for an experienced, dedicated agent to help you buy or sell a home in Sooke, Langford, Colwood, or Victoria, I’d love an interview! Call me any time at 250-885-0512, email Tim@TimAyres.ca or fill in my contact form.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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