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We offer over 2200 square feet of sumptuous living space right in the heart of James Bay and less than a block from the myriad attractions of Fisherman's Wharf. Our capacious turn-of-the century Edwardian home is situated on a quiet residential street. It is a seven minute walk to downtown, Washington State ferries, the inner harbour, beaches, Provincial Museum and Undersea Gardens. Beacon Hill Park (the "Central Park" of Vancouver Island) and the nearby dedicated "Doggy Park" are a further 12 minute walk along a lovely seaside path, while historic James Bay VIllage Center, with its coffee shops, pubs, bookstores, 24 hour grocery and more, is three blocks up the road. There is a city bus stop about 50 meters away and a Doggy Day Care at the end of the street.
Aside from its privileged location, the heritage home boasts: oak floors, a wood-burning fireplace, (wood included!), newly-remodeled kitchen, two full bathrooms, four bedrooms and a library/den which serves as a fifth bedroom or children's room. Each bedroom has a comfy queen-sized bed, while the den has a foldout double bed. Full laundry and cooking facilities are offered. There is a deck off the kitchen and a private rear lawn area and parking for up to three vehicles in the driveway, as well as on-street parking. We welcome well-behaved pets and there is a reasonable selection of age-appropriate toys, books and movies for children. Cable flat screen tv and high speed wired and wireless internet is provided free of charge. There is also a house landline phone for your convenience.
Our guest home is tailor-made for two families or couples traveling together or a family with in-laws. The upstairs area is very private and removed from the main living area, has its own full bathroom, two bedrooms, and a lounge/library area.
Weddings are also popular at the heritage home as we have hosted four wedding groups over the last two years. Wedding planners have the option to book the loft next door as well as the chalet around back for additional guests (see our other listings). We offer a 10 per cent discount for groups booking 2 or more suites.
Michael and Yuki (the hosts) live next door. We have a 6.5 year old who loves to welcome new friends, share his toys, and bounce on his trampoline with our guests. We also have a friendly nineteen year old who will help fix your car if it breaks down (when he's not trekking around Australia or Southeast Asia).
Guests have full use of the house, driveway and lawn area during their stay. There are no "off-limits" areas; the heritage house is truly your HOME during your stay.
We live in the house next door and love to interact with guests, especially when it comes to our passion... travel. However, we also understand that guests are not coming to Victoria specifically to visit US, so we make ourselves as available as our guests wish us to be.
We have lived in the James Bay area for fifteen years, and in that time we have seen the neighborhood transformed and become gentrified---no surprise given its proximity to the inner harbor, downtown and the cliffs of Dallas Road. However, despite its newfound sophistication, James Bay is still a neighborhood of contrasts, with struggling students in tiny suites next door to 1.5 million dollar homes. This phenomenon shows itself in clear detail when shopping, sipping coffee or people-watching in James Bay Square.
It was the perfect place for a girls getaway!! Beautiful home, comfy beds and great location. We took the clipper up from Seattle and were able to walk there. Michael was there to greet us and get us situated. He had great recommendations for restaurants and shops. Location was perfect you could walk right into town and there was a grocery store also within walking distance. We will definitely be back. Thanks Michael!!!
Great house, fantastic location
This accommodation was great! Exactly what we needed... centrally located with walking distance to downtown and Dallas Road. Comfortable and very clean!
The Heritage Home at Fisherman's Wharf was center stage for a hive of activity, the week before our wedding in August. From the very beginning, Michael was great to correspondent with - very easy and responsive. We housed both families all under one roof, as well as the loft that Michael had available, and the back cottage, which we had for a couple of nights. We felt COMPLETELY at home, and for two families coming from across the country, getting to know each other, that was essential for setting the mood for the main event.
We had moved in with all our kitchen stuff (minus the sink), so we made all of our meals there.But having lived in Victoria for almost 8 years, I really enjoyed showcasing all the cities' best assets, which were near by.
Michael and Yuki were very accommodating, friendly and warm.
Nothing but high praises for the entire experience!
Michael was very responsive to all my messages. The house was in a nice quiet area but yet still close enough to the main tourist areas, so we could easily explore Victoria. Overall it was a nice stay!
What a wonderful house! Michael greeted us very warmly and made sure we were acquainted with the area. Our group of 10 had just come down from up the coast and we were ready to relax and just enjoy the area for a couple days. It slept 10 easily and room for more if need be! The character of the house was awesome and we were in walking distance of the wharf as well as downtown. Plus, it was far enough, so it was a nice quiet evening each night. An added bonus is that the owner lives in the house next door and they're available for questions or needs if anything arises. What a great spot!
This was the perfect holiday home in the perfect location for a girls' weekend getaway. We were in and our all weekend and were able to walk to everywhere from Fisherman's Wharf and into town. The kitchen and backyard was great for socializing, the rooms were big, had comfy beds and plenty of space for our large group. All in a very pretty neighbourhood. Thank you Michael! I highly recommend the Pickle Boat Pub Tour as a fun way to see a little more of the city.
Location! Location! Location!
Great Place, comfy beds, surprisingly bigger than it appears from the outside. The house has a lot of character! Stocked with everything you need to cook a nice meal.
This house is perfect for a get away in Victoria! It was a clean and cozy home perfect for our family plus some extra room. We were greated by Host promptly after unpacking and not only is he charming but true to Canadian hospitality! Best part was, because it is set up like a vacation home it was already child proofed for my 2 year old!! Great home to stay in and amazing location!
We had a great stay here, the place is very nice and clean, Michael is so kind and welcoming. Its the kind of place you just feel totally at home in. There was 5 of us plus my mum, each one in a room and my mother and I in a room, and we all had great sleeps. We could not have been happier. Thank you!