Saanich Houses for Sale
Search all Saanich Houses for Sale and real estate listings below. Saanich, BC, is a municipality in Greater Victoria, British Columbia. It is part of the Capital Regional District located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, BC.
It is an area that blends urban and rural sensibilities with a population of around 114,000 people. Be sure to register for a free account so that you can receive email alerts whenever new Saanich properties come on the market.
Saanich Real Estate Market
Saanich is a large area that encompasses dozens of suburban and rural neighbourhoods. These communities have diverse housing options ranging from character homes on mature, tree-lined streets to new townhouses that have replaced older homes in suburban areas.
Because Saanich has 18 km of oceanside real estate and several lakes, apartments and condos provide incredible water views. Many residents can watch boats from their balconies in their waterfront abode. Also found in Saanich are single and multifamily homes, ranging from modest mid-century bungalows to extravagant acreage properties.
Programs in the Saanich municipality are in place to preserve heritage buildings and encourage homeowners to grow gardens and native plants that will attract and feed local wildlife like birds and bees. With so much to offer, Saanich is an excellent place for anyone, from empty nesters looking for a low-maintenance property to a multi-generational household looking for heritage or character houses. Progressive movements and a thriving community with a small-town feel make Saanich a highly desirable place to live in Greater Victoria.
About Saanich, BC
Although this community is full of wide-open spaces, with vast farmlands, forests and vineyards, it fosters a close community feeling with a small-town vibe. There is a high level of agricultural production in Saanich and a culture encouraging local small businesses and farmers.
Saanich features all the big city amenities you could ask for, like restaurants, cafes, movie theatres, gift shops, grocery stores, hardware stores, and specialty stores. Residents can expect a high level of service in all areas. There is garbage pickup and curbside recycling, police, fire and emergency services, schools, doctors' offices, dentists, and banks.
Getting to Saanich
Residents of Saanich can use BC transit city buses to get around the Greater Victoria area, and there are numerous walking routes and bike trails throughout the city.
To leave Vancouver Island, the BC Ferries Swartz Bay terminal is only a 25-minute drive away on Highway 17. This terminal can take you to Vancouver at the Tsawassen terminal, the Gulf Islands, and other west coast destinations. You can also take the Brentwood Bay/MillBay Ferry, with service across the Saanich Inlet to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal or to destinations located north of Victoria, bypassing the Malahat Highway.
To travel to and from Saanich from national or international destinations, the Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is a 23-minute drive away via Highway 17. International ferries leave from downtown Victoria to the Seattle area in the USA, and Helijet and Seaplanes, you can charter off the island.
Saanich has a mild, warm and temperate climate, with an average temperature of 9.9°C. Summers average highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C, and in the winter, the high is 11°C with a low of 6°C. Winters are rainy, with an average of 42 inches per year. The wettest month of winter is November, and there is usually a short period of snowfall.
Saanich is a culturally diverse area with its roots in agriculture, science, literature, and social progressiveness. The Dominion Astrophysical Observatory is a national historic site due to its contribution to Canada's reputation in astronomy. In Saanich, there are four public libraries, a community of local artists, and a large selection of locally owned shops and farmer’s markets to choose from.
Saanich is dedicated to climate-friendly living, implementing a 2020 Climate Plan with directives on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Saanich also has put forth a “Living Wage Policy,” ensuring that all district staff and service providers will earn, at minimum, a living wage.
Saanich Health Care
Saanich has plenty of health care options for residents, including local family practices, walk-in clinics, dentists, and care homes. Saanich Peninsula Hospital is a care facility that offers programs like telehealth services, cardiac health, medical imaging, eye health services, hip and knee surgeries and a medical laboratory. Saanich also has massage therapists, physiotherapists, and chiropractors.
Saanich schools are a part of BC School District 63. There are eight elementary schools, three middle schools, five secondary schools, and SIDES, a distance learning program available to all grades.
Saanich is also home to both the main campuses of Camosun College and the University of Victoria. With this easy access to schools ranging from elementary to post-secondary education, it is no wonder people from all walks of life want to move to Saanich.
Things to Do in Saanich
Residents of Saanich love the beauty of the ocean available at their doorstep. There are parks to enjoy, including Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, Mount Douglas Park, and the Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. You can spend hours on the Galloping Goose Trail and Lochside Trails, and both make their way across the Greater Victoria area.
Discover the local flora and fauna while you enjoy the community’s beaches, playgrounds, and greenspaces. Nearly 20% of all rare plants in BC grow in Saanich, and there are over 100 species of birds to spot, including bald eagles and ospreys. Other Saanich wildlife includes river otters, deer, cougars, and black bears. Many outdoor greenspaces and parks allow dogs if they are on a leash.
People enjoy swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, rowing, and sailing on the water. Popular outdoor activities include camping, scuba diving, biking, horse riding and golfing.
Saanich also has plenty of non-athletic activities one can pursue, with movie theatres, youth groups, art classes and leisure centers throughout the area. Residents and tourists enjoy the Victoria Butterfly Gardens and the famous Butchart Gardens.
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