WELCOME TO CORDOVA BAY
Where is Cordova Bay and what are the characteristics of the homes there?
Cordova Bay is in the municipality of Saanich. It is bordered by: Elk and Beaver Lakes on the west, Sayward Road on the north, Broadmead and Sunnymead on the south and the Haro Strait on the east.
The area is an interesting mixture of mostly residential and some rural properties. One of its most prominent topographical features is a ridge that runs north/south from Sayward Road to the northern part of Broadmead. Except for the luxury apartment/townhouse complex opposite Cordova Bay Golf Course, the homes along the ridge are almost all single family, and of these, the ones facing east, being some 100 metres above sea level, have excellent views of the Haro Strait and San Juan Island in the USA.
Below the ridge is a gently rolling strip of land on which have been built virtually all types of homes: strata apartments and town houses and single family homes, the most valuable of which are ocean-front.
REAL ESTATE IN CORDOVA BAY
How do residents spend their spare time?
Outdoor recreation options are plentiful. Walking trails that are part of small neighbourhood parks such as Doumac Park are some of the prettiest and quietest spots in Saanich. Cordova Bay also features its well-known 18-hole public golf course and its Par 3 ridge layout as well. Both are kept in excellent playing condition. Running the length of the neighbourhood is Lochside Drive which connects to the Galloping Goose Trail and the Capital Regional Districts network. It is heavily used by cyclists and hikers alike.
A five-minute drive away is the Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. A 10-kilometer long walking trail encircles the lake. On the north shore is an extensive sandy beach. Especially during the Summer, it is a tremendously popular family destination. The lake itself is home to Canada’s national rowing teams where athletes can be seen at almost any time of the day working to perfect their skills and improve performance. Private individuals also launch their powered watercraft, canoes and sailboats for some quality time on the water, perhaps even including a little fishing.
Indoor recreational choices are abundant at the nearby Commonwealth Recreation Centre which also houses a branch of the Saanich Public Library system. Seniors can also avail themselves of the Cordova Bay 55 Plus Association that is attached to Cordova Bay Elementary School and provides a wide variety of social activities geared to seniors.
Is there shopping in the neighbourhood?
Cordova Bay is not an intense retail environment but still offers some great options for grocery and specialty shopping, as well as dining. Mattick’s Farm has more than 15 shops offering everything from yoga to yogurt and is a deservedly popular destination. Further south along Cordova Bay Road is a pharmacy and a small shopping centre slated for redevelopment. Also close by, ocean side dining is available at The Beach House Restaurant. To meet their more extensive shopping needs, residents of Cordova Bay will often drive 10 minutes or so to Broadmead Village, a shopping centre offering more than 40 different stores and services.
Are there other areas to consider?
Home buyers considering a purchase in Cordova Bay will often also look at properties in the adjacent neighbourhoods of Broadmead and Sunnymead.