Blenkinsop Houses for Sale
Search all Blenkinsop Houses for Sale and real estate listings below. Blenkinsop is a neighbourhood in Saanich, BC, and is unique as it is a rural residential and agricultural area filled with agricultural reserve land and farms. Still, it is only a ten-minute drive from the city's downtown core.
The neighbourhood of Blenkinsop values serenity, farming, and a laid-back way of life. The residents enjoy nearby open spaces, wildlife, lakes, marshes, and ponds. Be sure to register for a free account so that you can receive email alerts whenever new Blenkinsop properties come on the market.
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Real Estate in Blenkinsop
Real estate in the neighbourhood of Blenkinsop in Victoria, BC's Saanich community is comprised of well-maintained, owner-occupied houses on relatively large parcels of land. There is a low-density, "urban containment boundary" zoning in this community set in place to keep urban development from overtaking the area's farmlands and maintain the "farm character" of the area. As such, the Blenkinsop Valley is surrounded by urban residential development. The land use within the containment boundary part of the community is mostly hobby farms, commercial agriculture, outdoor recreation and around 400 rural residential properties.
Whether you are looking for a single-family home, a high-rise condo with easy maintenance for your retirement, or a townhouse with a fenced-in yard, your real estate agent can help you. There are ranch-style homes on large swaths of land, properties featuring character homes on large, treed lots and renovated heritage buildings with new appliances and updated features. Listings in this community go fast, so ask your realtor today if you are interested in moving to this lovely neighbourhood just minutes away from Victoria's downtown.
About Blenkinsop, Saanich, BC
The topography of this area is varied, from the low floodplain area around Blenkinsop Lake to the heights of Mount Douglas in Mt. Douglas Park. The Lochside Trail runs through Blenkinsop, and there are numerous green spaces and parks to enjoy.
The arts are important in the Saanich/Blenkinsop community, with encouragement for the acquisition and display of art in public buildings and outdoor spaces, there are many art programs and facilities to support this. There are schools, police services, a fire department, and any other service or amenity you would expect from an urban community. There is even an emergency preparedness program in case of natural disasters.
Health and recreation services in Blenkinsop include aquatic facilities, arenas, gyms, fitness programs, tennis courts, clubs and services, which can be found at Gordon Head Recreation Centre, Saanich Commonwealth Place, Pearkes Recreation Centre and Cedar Hill Golf Course. There are also youth and senior centres, family support services, and other programs.
Although Blenkinsop has a small-town feel, there are also vibrant corner boutiques, cafés, markets with local produce, restaurants, and yoga studios for residents to enjoy. Local businesses include landscaping companies, equestrian stables, personal services, and agri-tourism, like bed & breakfasts, corn mazes and pumpkin patches. Amenities in Blenkinsop abound, and any services not found inside the boundaries of Blenkinsop are only a few minutes drive into the neighbouring communities of Greater Victoria.
Things to Do in Blenkinsop
Visit Galey Farms
Galey Farms is a local favourite, especially in the autumn months. They have a miniature scale-replica passenger train that leads through large dioramas, tunnels of lights and scenes of the wild west, animals, and a laser light show. Even a giant sphinx replica can be seen from blocks away.
Visitors can pick their pumpkins, visit a 6-acre corn maze, and the brave can buy tickets to their 6,000 square-foot haunted house, "Carnevil," at their Festival of Fear in October. There is a petting zoo and fun for the whole family.
They have u-pick blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, potatoes, carrots, and corn in the warmer seasons, with a farm stand at the road.
Mount Douglas Park
Mount Douglas Park is a 188-hectare, dog-friendly public park with the largest urban forest on the Saanich Peninsula. There is over 21 km of trails to explore, with views of the ocean from the summit, beach access and playgrounds.
Depending on the time of year, you may see lizards, wildflowers, seals, waterfowl, and many types of fish. Cycling is allowed on paved roads (not park trails), and you can drive to the 205-metre summit of the park via Churchill Drive for beautiful views of the city of Victoria.
Camas Park Garry Oak Restoration Project Site
Camas Park is a beautiful meadowland that turns blue and purple due to the gorgeous camas flowers that bloom each year. These flowers are a traditional food of the Lekwungen people, as the bulbs can be harvested and eaten as a starchy carbohydrate.
The Garry Oaks found in this park are a protected species of tree, as they are endangered and only found in small pockets of land in North America. Visit this small park to enjoy the blooming flowers, picnic or take a peaceful stroll through this established Victoria landscape.