If you live in Victoria, chances are that while out for a Sunday Drive you’ve most likely driven through Ten Mile Point Victoria BC and the Uplands Victoria BC. These two iconic neighbourhoods are famous for their beautiful homes and scenery and are located almost side-by-side. But how much do you know about the history of these two Victoria real estate markets?
Ten Mile Point, Victoria BC
This luxury neighbourhood is located in the Saanich real estate market. It’s the most Easterly point on Vancouver Island and offers spectacular views! It got its name quite simply because it’s 10 nautical miles from the headquarters of the Pacific Station of the Royal Navy (now known as CFB Esquimalt). This area is, and has been, coveted by both locals and international stars alike with some celebrities like Steve Nash owning property here. The neighbourhood is characterized by impressive homes, secluded beaches and coves, and spectacular views from the top of Prevost Hill (AKA “Minnie Mountain”).
Historically, the little coves have played important parts in the development of this area. For example, have you ever wondered how “Smuggler’s Cove” got its name? This little cove got its name during the U.S. prohibition years. Smuggler’s Cove is aptly named because it was used as a boat landing and launch for rum-runners to and from the United States.
Ten Mile Point isn’t just amazing to explore on land though, this area is also home to some great dive sites! If you are a diver, Ten Mile Point offers no shortage of sea life to check out in this Provincial Marine Ecological Preserve - but novices beware, the current can be strong.
Uplands, Victoria BC
This upper-class neighbourhood is located sea-side in the North East section of Oak Bay, Victoria. It’s characterized by large impressive homes with enormous landscaped lawns and gardens. Many houses along Beach Drive are guarded by beautiful ornate gates and hedges that allow you only sneak peaks of these beach front luxury homes.
This neighbourhood was originally purchased in 1907 for $270,000 by John Robert and Dawson Turner. They then hired John Olsted, a leading landscape architect at the time, to design the area. Olmstead envisioned large estate homes with lots to match, located on slowly winding streets flagged on either side by beautiful greenery, and of course, the signature lamp posts. Today Uplands still stays true to this idealistic and beautiful vision.
Uplands, Victoria BC doesn’t just offer beautiful mansions, it’s also home to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in BC! In this area you can also find Uplands Park. This 76 acre park is one of North America’s first natural preserves to be set aside by an urban area. In it, you can find lots of woodland trails and undeveloped land, as well as the Oak Bay Cenotaph which pays tribute to the 97 men and women from Oak Bay who lost their lives in WWII.
As far as luxury homes in the Victoria real estate markets goes, look no further than Uplands and Ten Mile Point in Victoria BC to be truly impressed. Although these iconic and historic regions have two different personalities they both offer spectacular homes, views and neighbourhoods. If you haven’t taken a drive, walk or bike ride though these areas lately, or ever, this weekend is as good as any to go exploring around our city.