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Heritage building loft backing onto a hidden old town courtyard, quiet & central

Bedrooms Studio
Space 674 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Condo, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Located in historic Waddington alley in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia you will find my beautiful loft at Morley's Soda Factory, a Heritage conversion by local builder Chris LeFaivre. I was lucky to get my hands on this place as he was planning on keeping it and I was in the right place at the right time and snapped it up when he decided to let it go. As it is on the backside of this 1886 soda factory, it is incredibly quiet and feels quite open due to the high ceilings and walk-out private patio in the hidden courtyard. Most of the decor in the unit is fairly modern and all of it is quite high end, it has concrete floors and carpet upstairs in the loft. The kitchen is equipped with just about everything the chef needs, with granite counters and a dishwasher. The four piece bath has shower / soaker tub, towels and soap and in the living room the sofa pulls out into a bed,

The unit is amazingly quiet for being in the centre of downtown's hustle and bustle and within walking distance of just about everything the city has to offer. There is a secure parking garage ( Bastion square ) across Yates street where for a small fee you can park your vehicle.

Whether it is the Lojo shopping district, the world famous inner harbour, the city's finest restaurants or Victoria's nightlife you will find it within seconds of your door step. The sea plane terminal is less than a five minute walk away and is where you can catch a thirty minute flight to downtown Vancouver or to the south terminal at Vancouver international airport.

I can guarantee this is one of the most unique, vacations rentals you will find in Victoria. I have put a lot of love into it and I am sure you will enjoy your stay.

Keywords: A quiet historic loft with modern furnishings and a private garden patio only steps from the harbour and the cities best shopping, restaurants, attractions and events.

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Downtown Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 674 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • King size beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Heritage building loft backing onto a hidden old town courtyard, quiet & central
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 57 reviews
Vancouver, British Columbia

An Old Town Gem: Pristine, Stylish and Fun

  • 5 of 5

This is my second stay in this heritage loft, and I loved it just as much -- or, if possible, even more, though this visit took place in the short, sometimes rainy days of January rather than in summer. There is much to do and see in this part of Victoria any time of year. John is warm and welcoming and replied promptly whenever I contacted him. Picking up the key couldn't have been easier.

My husband and I were here for a romantic weekend, and I stayed a couple of nights longer to work on a writing project. This was my first choice of places to stay and I was thrilled that it was available. Because the apartment opens into an enclosed and locked courtyard, it is nearly silent all the time despite being in a bustling part of the city -- quieter than a hotel. I felt safe coming and going as a single woman, even in the dark. Waddington Alley connects two of the most interesting streets in this historical heart of the city, and is only a block from the water. It's a two-minute walk to my favourite bookstore in Canada, Munro's, and steps from shops and restaurants. The bus to the ferry stops nearby and the apartment is walking distance from the Empress, Legislature and harbour.

The modern kitchen had everything we could have wanted and there's a washer and dryer should you need one. I had forgotten that the tub was so luxurious -- it is long and deep with a sloped back, a delight for bookworms like me who like to read in the bath. The bed is big and comfortable with good lighting on the nightstands, and so although there's an extremely comfortable leather sofa on the main floor, we spent quite a bit of time tucked under the comforter with our treasure of books from Munro's.

My family loves Victoria and when all six or eight of us come, we rent a house with several bedrooms, usually near a hiking trail. But this apartment is perfect for a single person, a couple or parents with a child. It feels safe and quiet, yet it is steps from varied and delightful restaurants and shops and the waterfront. If you cross the Johnson Street Bridge, you can walk left along the Esquimalt waterfront too, or head right along the urban part of the Galloping Goose Trail to the pedestrian bridge over the Gorge. We enjoyed breakfasts at the nearby Mo:Le, the Jam Cafe and the Empress, and picked up groceries from the Yale Market for our other meals. This trip, we also enjoyed an exhibit at UVic's Legacy Gallery on Yates. I highly recommend John's heritage loft.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location

  • 4 of 5

I stayed here in early December. We didn't rent a car so this location was perfect for all of our needs. Nestled right downtown, close to all restaurants and shopping and right in between Chinatown and The Empress and Parliament. Loved the loft and everything about it. From the furniture to the quirky artwork and the extremely comfy king bed. We only wish it was warmer out so that we could have enjoyed the outdoor patio more. We were able to check-in a bit earlier which was greatly appreciated. Would definitely stay here again and highly recommend it! The reason I'm not giving it a full 5 stars is because we could not find any laundry detergent and the bed pillows kind of smelled funny. It also would have been nice to have a throw blanket for the couch since it's a bit chillier on the main floor.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and property

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay. The location is in the center of a vibrant city but the condo itself is nice and quiet. Access is easy, the amenities were great. We parked the car and walked everywhere for 2 days. We’ll definitely stay again on our next trip to Victoria.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice stay as always. Fourth time we have stayed at John's and awesome as always. Very handy.

  • 4 of 5

Very handy to downtown and for all our needs.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location!

  • 4 of 5

This apartment couldn’t be handier to everything in downtown Victoria, especially if you are walking around. Surrounded by a great range of places to eat and drink. Our host was helpful and informative, the bed was comfortable and there was so much to see and do nearbye. A printed fact sheet of instructions from using the dishwasher to how to check out would have made this review a five.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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An excellent property that is close to everything!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a week in John’s loft and loved every minute of it! The property is modern, clean, well cared for and has everything you need. For us (a retired couple) we were pleased that we were able to walk to everything from sightseeing to dining and shopping. Thank you John.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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John Beaumier
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About John Beaumier

I am a Realtor® in Victoria where I own several investment properties.

If you are interested in property in Victoria, I offer vacation packages to people who are serious about buying property on the southern Island on my real estate website. You can find out more about me and my business by googling my last name which is Beaumier and Victoria, BC.

John Beaumier purchased this condo in 2010

Why John Beaumier chose Downtown

This is a one of a kind and I have seen nothing like it in all my years in Victoria real estate.

What makes this condo unique

You have it all at my Waddington flat, you are steps away from some of the city's best restaurants and hippest nightclubs yet while in the suite it is perfectly quiet and you really have no idea that you are in the heart of downtown. The unit features a massive garden patio that you would maybe expect in something in the suburbs but you are maybe a hundred and fifty feet from the inner harbour. If you could see through the back wall of the courtyard you would be looking into Ill Terrazo which is consistently rated as one of the top restaurants in the city.


Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Victoria International ( YYJ )
Nearest Barpub
40 Metres
Lucky Bar
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Swartz Bay
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Nearest Ski
225 Kilometres
Mount Washington
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Mile 0
Car: not necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $19.79

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.