James Bay Houses for Sale
Search all James Bay houses for sale and real estate listings below. James Bay is a historic neighbourhood in Victoria, BC, just minutes from downtown. With water on three sides, you don't have to look long to find waterfront property or a home with ocean views adjacent to seaside pathways and boardwalk routes. James Bay is also home to several community landmarks, including Beacon Hill Park, Royal BC Museum, the BC Legislative Building and Fisherman's Wharf.
James Bay offers tree-lined streets and high-rise condos for those who want to live on top of the world. Beautiful character homes from the 1800s to 1900s are also found throughout James Bay, offering an ode to the area's history. Endless shops, parks and restaurants are within walking distance, and the superb public transit makes it easy to get around. To request up-to-date information about properties for sale in James Bay, or to arrange a private showing, contact your Victoria real estate experts today!
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Real Estate in James Bay
James Bay has a mix of building styles, so no two homes are alike, and the area feels like you are living in a village rather than the capital city of BC. Your real estate agent can show you a single-family heritage home with funky architecture, where you can keep chickens in your back yard and grow a wild garden. Or a home with an art studio that opens to the public during the annual community Art Walk. Is privacy more your thing? You can move into a secluded, well-maintained character home on a quiet street. Ask your realtor about the wide variety of properties for sale, and they can find you something that suits your lifestyle.
Many apartment buildings and condos in James Bay have incredible amenities such as games rooms, pools, fitness centres, media rooms, bike repair stations, on-site lockers, and even dog-washing stations.
As James Bay is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Victoria, you can buy a townhouse or apartment as an investment property or rent out the converted lower floor of your house. It has become a bedroom community to the downtown core for many residents, with its short commute to downtown amenities and workplaces.
James Bay is surrounded by water and parklands, so there is less land traffic than the rest of Victoria, allowing it to remain a quiet area. 15% of all Victoria residents live in James Bay, and for a good reason. It is beautiful, peaceful, and diverse, with a character and charm all its own. Ask your realtor to help you find your new home in James Bay today.
About James Bay, Victoria, BC
James Bay is a diverse and vibrant seaside neighbourhood next to downtown Victoria, on the most southwest point of Vancouver Island, beginning at "Mile Zero." James Bay is bordered by the gorgeous Beacon Hill Park and the ocean, giving it cooler and foggier weather than the rest of Victoria.
There is a mix of Canadian, maritime, and British culture in James Bay. James Bay promotes a deep sense of community within its inhabitants combined with eclectic artists and west-coast flare and is a quirky neighbourhood with poets and local characters. Residents of James Bay enjoy the area's green spaces and outdoor activities, including walking and cycling the boardwalks. It is a walkable community, with locals taking advantage of bikes or the accessible bus routes leading throughout the Greater Victoria area.
There is a mix of commercial and recreational activity and plenty of tourism, with increased foot traffic in the summer months when the cruise ships come into Ogden Point. You will find craft breweries, locally-owned shops, restaurants, local theatres, museums, and galleries. Several hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, water taxis, float planes, pedicabs, and horse-and-buggies, cater to the large tourist population, creating a relaxed atmosphere.
The proximity to downtown amenities is appealing, and within James Bay, you have the Five-Corners service and retail core. The village has a 24-hour grocery store and farmer's markets. There are daycares, medical and dental services, a community centre, schools, a senior centre, and a library in the community.
Dallas Road is a popular destination for dog walking and strolls and is the hub for annual community walking and running events. With its public beaches and playgrounds, James Bay is a place for outdoor lovers, young families, and multigenerational households, and there is also a large 65+ seniors' community.
Things to Do in James Bay
Visit Fisherman's Wharf
In Victoria, BC, Fisherman's Wharf is a lively area on the water, with float homes, restaurants, eco-tour adventures, and market stalls. Barb's Fish and Chips has been a Victoria staple for over 35 years. You may even see harbour seals or sea otters as you eat freshly caught seafood and listen to live music on the boardwalk.
Walk to Beacon Hill Park
Beacon Hill Park is 185 acres of gorgeous wild and manicured greenspace areas, featuring sports areas, a heron rookery, and a petting zoo. It is one of Victoria's oldest and best-loved parks and is home to deer and peacocks amongst other wildlife.
Take a Stroll on the Breakwater
The Breakwater is a ½ mile concrete walkway extending into the ocean on Ogden Point that provides you incredible ocean views as you experience the power of the coastal waves up close.
Try Food From One of the Many Food Trucks
James Bay is a hot spot foodie hub, and food trucks are popular in this area, including the large selection parked near the Royal BC Museum like Deadbeetz, The Love Perogy, Yummy Truck, Puerto Vallarta Amigos, and the Songhees Food Truck, with its modern take on traditional Songhees indigenous cuisine.
Have Fun on the Water
Residents and tourists alike can enjoy water sports, including kayaking, fishing, sailing, and leisure boating throughout the area.