1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Condo Close To The Ocean And Downtown
About Norm Smith
We are retired from the municipal and provincial governments and spend most of our leisure time traveling and boating. We love this city and love sharing it with our guests. Norm plays a 12 string guitar and harmonica and enjoys playing professionally around Victoria and the Gulf Islands.
Norm Smith purchased this Condo in 2012
Why Norm Smith chose James Bay
This is a quiet building in a quiet neighborhood, close to downtown and the ocean which makes this the best place to be in Victoria. We love living here and know you will enjoy your stay!
What makes this Condo unique
Most vacation rentals we’ve been to have absolutely no pantry items so we’ve had to buy items like sugar, salt, cooking oils and spices that come in larger quantities than we need when traveling. So we decided to supply these items for our guests! You should have most everything you need! All we ask is that if you finish an item, replace it.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Best Location, Walkable to Everywhere!
My husband and I just enjoyed a month in Victoria and were very happy with our VRBO rental. The location is the best! A few blocks from the ocean and Fisherman's wharf and a quick short walk to the inner harbor. We spent the month in Victoria and staying at this location, did not need a car. The bed was really comfortable and the cabinets well stocked. We hope to get to visit this beautiful city again and if we are lucky enough to do so we would stay here again..
A cozy and comfortable home. Clean and well looked after.
The location was great - close to downtown, the harbour, walks along the water and to amenities. Everything (and more!) was provided to ensure we would have what we would need for our stay. The bed was extremely comfortable. The owner was very responsive re any questions we might have. A very enjoyable stay!
Nice Homey Place
A nice quiet place within easy walking distance to downtown, the James Bay restaurants, and a Thrifty's supermarket. I appreciated that this is someone's home with comfortable furniture rather than the charity shop rejects that sometimes populate these places. It is well equipped and the owners are easy to deal with. Definitely recommended.
TRULY A HOME AWAY
Owners - Responsive and Caring
Building - Well maintained and Quiet
Condo - Well furnished with reclining leather sofa, superb bed, wonderfully equipped kitchen, and 2 flat screen televisions.
Location - Walking distance to Inner harbor, downtown, fishermen's wharf, Beacon Hill
Transportation - Bus 31 stops adjacent to the building, buses 3 and 30 stop 2 blocks away.
Services - James Bay Village is 2 blocks away with a supermarket, bank, pharmacy, and numerous eating choices.
I was amazed at how convenient everything was during my month long stay. When i was leaving, I felt like I was leaving home.
Hopefully, I will return.
Clear & comfortable, nice setting, excellent location,
We enjoyed our 1 month stay here very much. The condo was in a great location for visiting & exploring downtown Victoria, without all of the hustle and bustle one would expect being so close to the city centre! We could walk to the water's edge within minutes in 3 directions! A lovely grocery store, pharmacies, liquor commission etc. were just around the corner, making it easy to get pretty much anything we needed. We really enjoyed the sound of the horse drawn carts going by our patio. The condo was clear & comfortable with a wonderfully cozy bed, and was fully stocked with everything to get started. The hosts were kind and attentive, and gave us a nice introduction to the city when we arrived. We would highly recommend this condo!
Perfect long-term stay
The location is ideal : easy walking distance to the ocean, Beacon Hill Park and to the city centre but on a quiet, tree-lined street in a lovely neighborhood. The suite is spacious, well-furnished, with lots of storage. The kitchen is equipped with everything you could possibly require and the owners very kindly left kitchen staples and spices. The bed was ultra comfortable and the sheets and towels were all high quality. A technical problem with the DVD player (due to our ignorance) was resolved with lightning speed by Norm. We feel very fortunate to have found this suite which met and surpassed all our expectations. We would not hesitate to recommend it to others and would most certainly return should we have to stay in Victoria again.
Right around the corner, located in the quaint James Bay village, are grocery shopping, a drug store, a book store, coffee shops, pubs (one in a haunted heritage house!), lounges with live entertainment, and restaurants. All of the city's best sights and sounds are within easy walking distance. You don’t even have to walk into downtown to find designer boutiques, world class dining, luxury spas, as well as the beauty of Victoria's spectacular Inner Harbour. Enjoy live entertainment in the Inner Harbour lit up by the Provincial Parliament buildings outlined in sparkling lights. Licenced street entertainers and buskers will keep you smiling! Summer festivals in Victoria include FolkFest, JazzFest and BluesFest. The Rattenbury designed Empress Hotel overlooks the harbour and nearby are curio shops, theaters, art galleries, the Royal BC Museum and the IMAX, all within an easy stroll from home. An Irish Pub and Scottish Pub featuring live music are at the entrance to Bastion Square where you’ll also find the BC Maritime Museum. Chinatown, Market Square and the Bay Centre Mall are a few blocks further.
Further along the Inner Harbour, Fisherman’s wharf is a unique marine destination offering food kiosks (including the famous Barb’s Fish & Chips), unique float homes and eco-tour adventures in the heart of the working harbour. Rent kayaks or paddleboards, go whale watching or take a little harbour ferry tour – pick them up at many spots along the sea-walk around the harbour.
The Victoria Clipper to Seattle, the Coho ferry to Port Angeles Washington, and several sea plane terminals are also located in the inner harbour. The Victoria Airport is only 35 minutes away by car. An hourly shuttle bus service will take you to the world famous Butchart Gardens on the scenic Saanich Peninsula.
A ten minute walk away, Beacon Hill Park has a beautiful showcase of flower gardens, a putting green, cricket pitch, tennis courts and lovely walking paths. The Beacon Hill Children’s Farm is fun for grown-ups too, with peacocks, miniature horse, donkeys, pigs, llamas and charming baby goats —the twice daily goat stampede is a must see!
Just beyond the park are the beautiful vistas of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains and the rugged cliffs and log-strewn beaches of Dallas Road along the Juan de Fuca Strait. Continue along the shoreline cliffs and you may see kite-boarders, wind-surfers or paragliders. The Ogden Point Breakwater is a nice way to end your shoreline walk, and you’re still just a few blocks from home!
Golf enthusiast? Victoria has many courses... from the spectacularly Jack Nicklaus designed Bear Mountain to two 18 hole mini-golf courses to choose from at Mattick’s Farm in Cordova Bay. Victoria is extremely cyclist-friendly with many dedicated bike lanes. To venture further out-of-town or for a workout, check out the Galloping Goose network of paved cycling trails.
Our home is the perfect place to settle in for your extended stay and a great location to explore and enjoy all Victoria has to offer.