WELCOME TO ROYAL OAK
Where is Royal Oak?
Royal Oak is in the municipality of Saanich. It is bordered on the west by Wilkinson Road, on the north by Elk Lake/Beaver Lake Park, on the east by the Pat Bay Highway, and on the south by Kay Street and Baxter Park. This location makes Royal Oak a practical place to live. By car it is roughly a 20-minute drive either to the airport, downtown or to Langford/Colwood.
Who lives in Royal Oak?
From a demographic point of view, about 25% are university-educated and the average annual income is approximately $100,000. The median age is just less than 50 years and English is the first language for some 80% of households. Approximately 50% of households have children living at home. However, Royal Oak is an area that has neighbourhoods within the neighbourhood, and therefore generalizations in this case are often deceiving. The demographics are very much influenced by this.
REAL ESTATE IN ROYAL OAK
How do Royal Oak residents spend their leisure time?
The recreational “jewel in the crown” is the huge Commonwealth Recreation Centre which also houses a branch of the Saanich Public Library system.
Especially for households in the northern part of the neighbourhood, the Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park is on their doorstep. A 10-kilometer long walking trail encircles the lake. On the north and south shores are an sandy beaches. Especially during the summer, this park 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.
What about shopping in Royal Oak?
As far as shopping is concerned, the Royal Oak Shopping Centre has some 25 stores and services. The largest of these is Country Grocer. And just across the Pat Bay Highway is Broadmead Village which offers more than 40 different stores and services. The anchor stores here are Thrifty’s Foods and Canadian Tire. Other services typical of neighbourhood shopping centres are also present in these centres or nearby such as: banks, hair dressers, travel agencies and so on.
What churches are there in or near Royal Oak?
Gateway Baptist Church, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Victorian Free Presbyterian Church and the Victoria Greek Orthodox Church.
Are there other areas to consider as well?
Home buyers considering a purchase in Royal Oak will often also look at properties in several nearby neighbourhoods including: Interurban, Northridge and Glanford.