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4416 Torquay Drive

MLS#391351

Listed at $749,900



Gordon Head Family Home! First time on the market since 1979, this home has lovingly raised a family in it and now is ready for a new one! This 1972 Westcoast Style home has 3 bedrooms up & 1+ down.


The gorgeous west facing views of Mt Doug and surrounding yards are great to look at from many rooms in the home, including in front of the kitchen sink and from the upper BBQ deck. So wonderful! Spacious Living room with wood fireplace and a rare equally spacious dining room with glass sliding door onto the BBQ deck!

New thermal windows & glass sliding door on main level. Downstairs another living room/family room with gas fireplace & kitchen, bedroom, hobby room, workshop & 3 piece bath room. There is a separate entrance to basement from the greenhouse area. Gas furnace! Huge west facing landscaped backyard!


Located in the sought after upper Torquay Drive area, across from the school this home is close to recreation, parks, schools including UVIC & amenities!

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756 Middleton Street

MLS#391260

Listed at $849,000


This premier home, with gorgeous features & updates, boasts a rare 2 car garage in the neighborhood!



Sitting on a 10,000+ sq. ft. lot, this beauty should not be overlooked! Modern open concept living on main with cedar vaulted ceilings & natural light from the several skylights & bay windows throughout home. Kitchen offers new gas range/oven, maple cupboards, custom maple eating bar & adjoining private deck for year round BBQing!



Upscale renovation in 1996 gives the home a large Master with walk in closet & sumptuous ensuite with 2-person soaker tub & walk-in shower; 2nd bed with bonus walk in closet & ensuite; & the double garage. Recent updates include: new gas furnace, new hot water tank & new Leveler blinds! New cedar fence encloses large private patio and landscaped backyard.



Stroll this quiet, tucked-away street to parks, Gorge waterway, wooded paths, & Tillicum Mall; just a 10 minute drive to town!

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Yesterday evening I, along with three wonderful women from the WWBN, (Westshore Women’s Business Networking Group), Linda Ferguson, Claudia Fitzsimmons & Juhli Selby attended the 2018 Victoria Community Leadership Awards.

 

 

This award gala event was held at “Government House”. Twenty worthy people in our Victoria community received awards for their leadership efforts in a variety of important ways. I was touched by the work & commitment of these recipients.

 

The newly appointed Lieutenant Governor, Janet Austin gave a wonderful address to the recipients. The four of us attended this event because our dear friend and leader of the WWBN, Deb Alcadinho, was receiving one of these awards and we wanted to be there to support her.

 

 

Yay to Deb, who is so deserving of this award! Deb’s tireless work with the WWBN and business coaching has positively affected the lives of many women. Her leadership brings out the best in all of us!

 

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#307-1485 Garnet Road

MLS#390459

Listed at $269,000



This home-feeling 1023 sqft, bright, beautiful suite on the South West corner of the top floor offers 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a skylight, south & east facing windows, & a south side balcony overlooking gardens and trees! 307 also features an open concept living/dining/kitchen area, full kitchen, master with ensuite & walk-in closet, in-suite storage, and a 2nd bedroom\study with cathedral window. This 55+ Strata offers a shared lounge/dining room, guest suite, 24 hour staffing/security, free laundry (just across the hall from 307!); activity room & First Alert Service. The monthly strata & service fees provide for a daily, professionally cooked and served 4 course dinner, weekly housekeeping, 24 hour staffing, and all building amenities & maintenance. (Services are $340/month for singles & $555/month for couples) Rose Bank Gardens is tucked into a quiet, beautifully landscaped urban oasis only a short walk to Nellie McClung Library, grocery stores, medical offices, and University Heights Mall.

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In the second week of April I drove up Island with our daughter Rhea, and our dog Max, for a three day camping getaway.


For the first night we stopped just over the Malahat at the Bamberton Provincial Park Campsite outside of Mill Bay. We had passed by this park many times but this was our first time stopping there. Because it was April we had no-one around us at our campsite and it was beautiful! Many of the tall trees around our site were Arbutus - the tallest we had ever seen. The picture of our Bamberton camp set up has the picnic table in the foreground. 
 

From there we headed to the Nanaimo Lakes to settle in to the Timberwest campgrounds (a favourite stop for Rhea and I) stopping along the way for ice cream.

During our two days on the lakes we canoed, hiked, dodged raindrops, and enjoyed a couple of Rhea's wonderful tinfoil-wrap campfire feasts. Max loves canoeing, he is pictured below in his cool life jacket. 


The Nanaimo Lakes are a mid-island treasure that few people are aware of. To get there you turn right off the Island Highway just a couple of kilometers north of the Nanaimo airport. The same turnoff as for the Bungy Jumping place - follow the sign for this and the Naniamo River sign. From there it's about a 20 minute drive into the heart of south Vancouver Island.


The Timberwest campsite is less polished than Provincial campsites - there is no taps, showers, or flush toilets - but there are a lot of amazing waterside campsites to choose from.

-Tom

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