WELCOME TO BLENKINSOP
Where is Blenkinsop and who lives there?
Blenkinsop is in the municipality of Saanich. It is bordered by: Lochside Drive and Trail on the west, on the north by Miramar Drive, on the east by Mt. Doug Park, and on the south by McKenzie Avenue.
Because this area has both large luxury homes on acreages as well as more modest homes on city-sized lots, it is difficult to generalize regarding demographics. However, many area residents are university-educated, often have higher income levels and have English as their first language. The clear majority of homes here are occupant-owned.
REAL ESTATE IN BLENKINSOP
How do residents spend their leisure time?
As it lies on the doorstep, Mt. Doug Park is very popular among residents for its extensive network of walking trails. For both walking, cycling and horseback riding there is Lochside Trail which connects to the Galloping Goose Trail and the Capital Regional District’s network.
Golfers have two facilities in the valley. The Mount Douglas Golf Course is a privately held 9-hole executive style golf course that is open to the public. Next to it is the Blenkinsop Valley Golf Centre, featuring a driving range with professional instructors available, a golf shop and even a mini put layout for kids of all ages.
A 10-minute drive away there are abundant indoor recreational choices either at the Commonwealth Recreation Centre to the west which also houses a branch of the Saanich Public Library system, or to the east at the Gordon Head Recreation Centre.
What about shopping?
For its residents and many who live nearby, Blenkinsop offers two very popular places to purchase fresh produce: Galey’s Farm and the Root Cellar. In addition, there are smaller hobby farm operations that also are also excellent spots for purchasing fresh produce. Popular for its plants and garden supplies is a large branch of the Garden Works chain.
A short distance west of Blenkinsop is Broadmead Village, a shopping centre offering more than 40 different stores and services. The largest of these are Thrifty’s Foods and Canadian Tire. Other services typical of neighbourhood shopping centres are also present such as banks, hair dresser, travel agency and so on. To the south and west is the Saanich Centre. Compared with Broadmead Village it’s slightly smaller in size and scope.
Are there other areas to consider?
Home buyers considering a purchase of a home with acreage in Blenkinsop will often also look at properties in the northern part of the Cordova Bay neighbourhood. For smaller homes, options would include the Lake Hill and Mt. Doug areas.