Located on Vancouver Island north of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Fairfield is Victoria’s southern-most community, and it’s also its largest. Adjacent areas include Fernwood, Oak Bay, Harris Green, Rockland, Gonzales and James Bay. Notable landmarks in Fairfield include Beacon Hill Park, Robert Porter Park, Ross Bay Cemetery, Pioneer Square, Eberts Street Park and Clover Point.
This pleasant residential area in proximity of downtown Victoria contains a mix of single-family homes and low-rise apartments, many of which are located on well-maintained streets. The wide roads are lined with flowering cherry, plum, horse chestnut and May trees. The character of Fairfield combines elements of suburban development and aspects of a classic British colony.
The area is home to many charming heritage buildings that date back to Edwardian and Victorian times. Many of these lovely residences have been renovated to contemporary standards. Architectural styles also include Italianate, art moderne, California and craftsman bungalows. Fairfield BC real estate listings also include recently built ranch-style homes.
The Fairfield Gonzalez Community Association (FGCA) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of Fairfield BC real estate and the lives of the residents. The various committee members of the FGCA help organize recycling programs, zoning changes, emergency preparedness programs, beach cleanups and other special events. The Fairfield Community Place functions as the FGCA headquarters and as the town’s civic center.
Commercial centers within walking distance for Fairfield residents include Cook Street Village, the Fairfield Plaza and Five Corners. This makes this area ideal for residents who prefer to save on car expenses.
Cook Street Village is especially popular with locals, but not many tourists know of this hidden gem. Its historic streets and century-old trees give this area a quaint, small-town vibe. Cook Street Village has about a dozen restaurants and several coffee houses, all of which attract people from all backgrounds, including students, business people and artists. You can also find boutiques and pubs in this charming part of town.
Residents enjoy vistas of the Olympic Mountains and the benefits of the nearby ocean. Because of strong on-shore winds, the ocean waters along Dallas Road and the Finlaysan Point make for good parasailing and windsurfing activities.
As one of Fairfield’s most popular attractions, Beacon Hill Park is the place to go for recreational opportunities. Its 200 acres have beautiful landscaping that includes lakes, ponds, native and exotic trees, bridges, and rock gardens. Beacon Hill Park houses numerous species of wildlife such as bald eagles, peacocks, great blue herons and assorted waterfowl. You can take a horse-drawn carriage ride, test your skills on a putting green, have a summer picnic or give your kids a chance to meet animals at the petting zoo.
Does Fairfield sound like it could be your next home? Contact Kerry Davies today to discuss what you are looking for in a Victoria area property.