Downtown Victoria Houses for Sale
Search all Downtown Victoria Houses for Sale and real estate listings below. Downtown Victoria is a neighbourhood in Victoria, BC! Living in Downtown Victoria has many perks, like easy access to waterfront eateries, the shops on Lower Johnson St (aka LoJo), and the views of the legislative building.
This neighbourhood offers the best city life while maintaining the laid-back Vancouver Island lifestyle. Be sure to register for a free account so that you can receive email alerts whenever new Downtown Victoria properties come on the market.
Real Estate in Downtown Victoria
For a city center, Downtown Victoria is safe and is a walkable and bikeable community, with plenty of rich character in both the buildings and the people. There is a high population of retired and elderly residents in the city, but the downtown area skews younger, with a growing international community.
Your realtor can help you find anything from a waterfront condo for sale to a low-maintenance townhome. You can purchase an affordable apartment full of character and old-world charm above a retail shop. There are listings for sophisticated one- and two-bedroom condos, where you can be close to the culture, nightlife, and exciting downtown events. Many of the local listings are pet- and family-friendly, and there are parks and other areas where you can spend time outdoors. It is also an area friendly to seniors and those for whom accessibility can be a challenge.
The streets are lined with cherry blossom trees that begin to flower in early spring, and the sound of sea birds permeates the sea-salt air. You will not regret asking your real estate agent to find you a home in the Downtown Victoria neighbourhood.
About Downtown Victoria
Victoria's "Garden City" is close to nature, has a moderate climate, and fosters a vibrant community. Victoria, British Columbia is an attractive, small city with a steadily increasing population of approximately 390,000 residents, about 85,000 who live downtown. A sizeable seasonal student population returns each year to attend one of the many colleges, UVIC, and the nearby Royal Roads University.
The city center boasts the historic Chinatown's ornate Gate of Harmonious Interest, the historic downtown architecture on the water, the heritage building facades in the Old Town District, and market square, an incredible building with an immense inner courtyard, surrounded by shops and restaurants.
Downtown Victoria is a travel hub for the community and travelers who can catch a harbour plane or jump on the Clipper Ferry to travel between downtown Victoria and downtown Seattle. Numerous city bus routes will take you throughout the Greater Victoria Area, including the Westshore communities, Sooke, the airport, and the Swartz Bay BC Ferries terminal.
The city hangs baskets of seasonal plants and flowers from streetlights and decorates for the holidays, giving the community a lively and welcoming feel. On an average day, you will find a mix of young businesspeople, tourists, and local people, including buskers and street performers, in the streets when the weather is favorable.
Downtown Victoria has world-class food and shopping, with quality restaurants and boutiques, as well as familiar chains you know and love. Organic, locally grown food is easy to come by year-round due to the temperate climate. The area is part of School District 61, there is a large public library branch, a YMCA/YWCA and several other wellness centers, and plenty of cultural events and attractions to check out year-round. There are plenty of arts and entertainment options, microbreweries, and bakeries that feature specialty items like British Scones or gourmet doughnut flavors.
You can watch seaplanes take off from the inner harbour and check out the views of the Juan de Fuca strait, across to Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountain range in the US on a clear day. There is even a population of deer and peacocks that are not unfamiliar sights in the downtown core.
Things to Do in Downtown Victoria
Visit the Royal BC Museum
The Royal BC Museum is a world-class museum founded in 1886. It has an extensive collection of BC's cultural and historical artifacts and hosts a rotation of incredible international exhibitions.
Enjoy the History and shopping in Canada's Oldest Chinatown
Chinatown in Victoria is relatively small, but it has exciting produce markets, fun shops selling various goods for locals and tourists alike, and cultural standouts like the tiny, 35-inch-wide Fan Tan Alley.
Take a Ghost Tour
The Victoria BC' Ghostly Walks' tours combine historical information with the ghost stories of Victoria into one incredible walking tour around the city center. From true crime tales to the truth behind the city's secret doors and back alleys, these tours will have you shaking in your boots.
Book a Whale Watching Tour
Vancouver Island is famous for its orcas and humpback whale sightings. Many of the whale watching tour companies offer a guarantee. Since whales are wildlife, they are not guaranteed to be on schedule, so if you do not have a sighting, you can join the tours again until you see the magnificent animals in person!
Visit the Empress Hotel
The Fairmont Empress Hotel is a beautiful, historic building with views of the inner harbour. Take a tour during the holidays to see their Christmas Tree display, or for a touch of class, try having high tea at The Empress. You get an incredible selection of finger sandwiches, scones, jam, and premium loose-leaf teas.