Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Luxury Living at Sayward Hill - Million Dollar View

GREAT NEW LISTING: $1,495,000MLS® : 386698
602 - 5350 Sayward Hill Cres V8Y 3H9

Ingrid Jarisz Real Estate Agent The Condo Group Chris Gill Sayward Hill

Enjoy unobstructed, breathtaking views of the ocean, mountains & golf course from this stunning luxury condo in Cordova Bay. This executive, top-floor, corner condo features soaring ceilings and oversized windows in the great room that flood the home with warmth & light. The spacious floorplan includes an open concept living & dining area, complete with gas fireplace, and family room in which to relax & enjoy the sights. The eat-in kitchen offers stainless-steel appliances, a built-in study, ample cupboard space & immaculate cork flooring throughout. The master suite features a large walk-in closet & 4pc ensuite with soaker tub. A convenient in-suite laundry room provides room for additional storage. Secure underground parking is included, and pets are allowed. This building, constructed by Jawl Developments, is within walking distance to Cordova Bay Golf Course, Mattick's Farm & the Lochside Trail. A rare opportunity to own in the sought-after Oceanside neighbourhood of Sayward Hill.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Best Canadian Cities For Millennials, According To Point2 Homes Canada's largest cities barely made the cut.

For Canada's millennials, it's the best of times and the worst of times.

Canada's job market is the strongest it has been in recent history, with the unemployment rate falling to its lowest level in at least 41 years in December.

But earning a paycheque doesn't go as far as it used to. Home affordability in Canada is at its worst levels in nearly three decades, according to estimates from Royal Bank of Canada.

So what's a millennial to do? Real estate portal Point2 Homes crunched the numbers and came up with an index to rank the best and worst cities in Canada for millennials. It looked at the country's 85 largest municipalities.

Besides home affordability, the portal looked at eight other criteria, including incomes, the unemployment rate, the crime rate, life satisfaction, health care, climate, education and the percentage of the population that are millennials.

The results may be a little surprising. None of Canada's largest metropolises made the top of the list, and the single best place for millennials turns out to be none other than Quebec City.

"Not only does it rank the highest overall, it also boasts an affordable housing market compared to most of the other surveyed locations," Point2 Homes said on its blog.

"Add this to the fact that the city has the third lowest unemployment rate in Canada and an above average yearly income, and it makes sense why it takes the number one spot on our list."

The language of business in Quebec City is French, of course, so make sure you are prepared for that reality if you decide to move.

Despite one of the country's priciest housing markets, Victoria B.C., took second place. The city is "a magnet city for young, educated Canadians, boasting the second highest percentage of millennials in the country," Point2 Homes says.

Victoria ranked 61st on home affordability, but made up for that by scoring first on climate and life satisfaction.

The top five are rounded out by Guelph Ont., in third place, followed by Halifax and Ottawa.

Largest cities shut out
Canada's largest cities were shut out of the top of the rankings, with Vancouver placing 10th, Toronto 24th and Montreal 38th.

That had to do with the high cost of housing. The bottom of the housing affordability rankings is dominated by cities in the Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto regions.

One of those cities — the Vancouver suburb of Langley — landed the dubious honour of the worst destination for millennials.

Langley "might have the second lowest unemployment rate in Canada, but it also has a high crime rate and a low percentage of millennials living here," Point2 Homes said.

"And although a home in Langley sells for less than half the average price of a Vancouver property, its housing market is still severely unaffordable, which puts the township at the bottom of the list."
Here is Point2 Homes' full list of the best and worst cities in Canada for millennials.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mattick's Farm and TripAdvisor

Welcome to Mattick's Farm with over 15 shops to choose from! Be ready for a unique experience when you discover Victoria's premiere shopping destination. Mattick's Farm has shops, a market, mini-golf, garden centre and a renowned tearoom and restaurant known as Adrienne's Tea Garden.

The Gallery specializes in local and regional art, and at the Red Barn Market there's fresh produce. Shoppers come to browse for handcrafted pottery, shoes, fashion, garden ware, kitchenware, BC wines, crafts, gifts and a whole lot more.

Below are some reviews that we have received:
  • Matticks is a fantastic place to stop off and browse, have something to eat or play mini golf. If you are riding a bike it's a great place to stop, if you are drive it's 1/2 way from Victoria to Sidne...  more »
  • Red Barn Market at Matticks farm is my favourite place to shop when I just need to pick up a few things... The prices are reasonable and the products are unique. Its smaller in size which is great bec...  more »
  • In my perfect world, malls would be tucked away like this outdoor market village. It's a destination attraction; small boutique shops arranged around a cute green space. Gift shops, restaurants, garde...  more »

Mattick’s Farm: A unique Vancouver Island Shopping Experience

Walk down Cordova Bay Road and be wowed by shops both large and small selling everything from traditional gifts to high fashion clothing and shoes to gourmet coffee and pastries!

Mattick’s Farm with its market, mini-golf, garden centre and renowned Adrienne’s Tea Garden tearoom and restaurant, has over 15 stores to choose from. It is a unique shopping experience. The gallery onsite specializes in local and regional art, and at the Red Barn Market you’ll find fresh produce and a well-stocked deli meat counter.

Browse handcrafted pottery, candles, garden ware, kitchenware, British Columbia wines, crafts, gifts and more.

Enjoy an ice cream cone in the square on beautiful days.

Summer Music at Mattick’s Farm

Music in the square is a free, outdoor series held in Mattick’s Farm. The events take place on Saturdays and Sundays, from July to September, 1-3pm. These performances are family-friendly, so bring your lawn chairs and get ready to enjoy the music with family and friends. There is a always a diverse selection of music, so you will find something for every musical taste.

Come early and enjoy the shops and boutiques at Mattick’s Farm. You can have lunch or get some dessert after you stake out your spot at Adrienne’s Restaurant and Tea Garden.

For more information visit:
Mattick’s Farm
5325 Cordova Bay Road
Victoria, British Columbia V8Y 2L3
Source: Mattick’s Farm