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Taste the colour Arnold Lim News staff

Combining a passion for food and a passion for art, raised $15,000 for arts education. The Only Creative Thinking Allowed Collective Society, held the seventh annual Colour Your Palate fundraising event April 15 at the University Club, raising proceeds for artsREACH, a program providing free fine art programs for public schools in Greater Victoria. “It is a joy. I love seeing their faces. It is not an onerous thing to slip out of the paperwork of the office after school and see what they’re up to,” said Renee Pick, principal of Cloverdale Elementary. “It’s kind of fun and I love to see them in that other realm and excel. It’s just one other area that gives them the chance, I know from the families, they would never

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Best of the City is back The Oak Bay News is asking you, our readers, to tell us where to find the region’s best pubs, restaurants, art galleries, sports activities, festivals and much more. Today marks the start of balloting in our 20th annual Best of the City awards. In today’s newspaper – and online at vicnews. com – there are two full pages of ballots, featuring such subjects as shopping, entertainment, restaurants and recreation. The printed ballot is in today’s paper only, but online voting will continue through to May 9. Look for the survey link at the top of our home page. Enter your ballot and Arnold Lim/News staff be eligible to win $100 Maureen Weston, board president of the OCTA Collective Society holds up some colourful canapés at the You must vote in a seventh annual Colour Your Palate, a fundraising event for the artsREACH project at the University Club. FINEcash. CUSTOM JEWELLERS minimum of 30 categories colour and challenged to create “Arts is such a huge part of for your vote to count. have had.” a corresponding canapé. Each this community. They now have The results of the reader The free programming has establishment volunteered their survey will be compiled benefitted more than 18,000 children, a conduit to make sure that is services and donated the food for happening in the classrooms,” Pick by our staff and published with more than 1,100 workshops the cause that drew approximately said. “How fun is that, to give that to in a special magazine for schools including Cloverdale, 300 people. the children?” publication on June 27. sending professional artists to teach The fundraiser featured a silent Be sure to check out the workshops in painting, printmaking, auction and 11 restaurants and ballot for entry rules. dance and theatre at no cost to the PlEAsE sEE: chefs, who were given a random editor@oakbaynews.com school or the children participating. ‘Worth every penny’, Page A8

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Special teachers make a difference Nominate your favourite grade school teacher for going that extra mile Don Descoteau News staff

Schools are at the heart of our communities, from Sooke to Sidney and Oak Bay to Esquimalt, and educators play a major role in shaping our children’s lives. To honour them for helping young people gain skills, confidence and, in many cases, providing the inspiration for them reach a little higher, Black Press community news media is partnering with Staples in Greater Victoria to present the Great Teachers recognition program. From nominations received from readers, three teachers will be selected – one each from the elementary, middle school and secondary levels – to be honoured at a special recognition event in June and profiled in an upcoming edition of this newspaper. “I think most people would agree, there is nothing like a special teacher to make a difference in a person’s life. In our Black Press community newspapers we tell many stories about special teachers who are making a difference in their classrooms, science labs and gymnasiums. We wanted to recognize just how important these professionals are to families and to our future,” said Penny Sakamoto, Group Publisher. “So many teachers go the extra mile, giving extra time for after-school activities or even just spending a few extra moments helping a child who needs a little more attention. Teachers are often the ones who recognize the best in our children. Our Great Teachers program gives local families an opportunity to do the same for educators.” Harmen Berghuis, who oversees Staples’ School Tools program (staplesschooltools.ca) – it partners with parent advisory committees to streamline parents’ school supplies purchases – says the company connects with numerous teachers over the course of a school year. Along the way, he adds, store associates and managers get a feel for the kinds of initiatives teachers undertake to make projects special or learning fun for students. “We really admire teachers and the work that schools do,” Berghuis says. “I think they deserve all the recognition we can give them.” We’d like to invite those of you with children currently in the school system to nominate teachers whom you believe are worthy of special recognition for making a difference. To nominate a favourite teacher, simply visit vicnews.com/contests and find the Great Teachers icon. Tell us where they teach, what grade and why you think they deserve special mention. The nomination period ends May 23. ddescoteau@vicnews.com

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Owners choose heritage to protect their home Lengthy process begins for potential designation Arnold Lim News staff

Tom Eadie hopes to preserve the future, by protecting the past. The Oak Bay resident formally requested heritage designation for the 100-year-old Bowker Avenue home he has shared with his wife since 1988, hoping to extend its life beyond his own and shielding it from development when he is gone. “It protects it from the developer who wants to strip it down and put in something else, protects it for future generations, he said. “We plan to live here for a long time but change has to happen, it would be nice to have it protected.” Having previously lived in a heritage home in Victoria, the professional musician said the age, character and architecture of his home adds an important element to the community and its unique charms was one of the motivating factors in the couple’s move to Oak Bay 26 years ago. “I love the originality of older homes because they were often built to suit, and one of a kind,” he said. “The level of craftsmanship, the details, the trim, the woodworking, I love all of that.” Two formal requests for heritage designation, including Eadie’s were heard by Oak Bay council April 14. The request was forwarded to the Oak Bay Heritage Commission for review and a recommendation to the municipal registry,

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The owners have applied to put this 100-year-old home on Oak Bay’s Heritage Registry to protect it from future development. which would move it forward to the provincial registry before being accepted by the Canadian Register of Historic Places. Before any of that happens, however, OBHC’s Pat Wilson said there is a process to be followed. “We look at three criteria: the social history of the house, the architectural history of the house and the environment – how it sits on the street and how it

interacts with the neighbourhood,” she said. Before being accepted, a statement of significance, legal documentation of the house, property and contribution to the heritage of Oak Bay drafted by a heritage consultant would need to accompany the request. The documentation would be paid for by the applicant, and only then could the OBHC formally make the

Athletes and artists in May's Monday Magazine The world of Olympic ice dancers opens up in the May issue of Monday Magazine, now available. Olympic gold medal ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who visit Victoria next month for Stars on Ice, took time out of their tour in Japan to talk about their experience in Sochi, the coach they shared with rival American ice dancers, their silver-medal performance and where they could be headed next. The issue also includes a chat with children's entertainer and advocate Raffi Cavoukian. Pick up your copy today or go online to mondaymag. com.

designation, which would be accompanied with a plaque, paid for and provided by the municipality at a formal ceremony. “We just did a community heritage plan and the first heritage value that came out was streetscapes and neighbourhood,” she said. “I love living in Oak Bay and I love the sense of neighbourhood streetscape and all “I love the and the aspects that make originality of Oak Bay special.” added there older homes areWilson factors to consider because they when applying for designation, including were often the higher cost of built to suit, maintenance for the While and one of a homeowner. some may question kind.” the designation and the potential for extra - Tom Eadie time, cost and process involved in renovating and maintaining a heritage designated home, Wilson said it’s worth it. “The advantage (is) you have something special. People do it because they love it. … To me that is a gift, saying, ‘we want to save this for the future,’” she said. Eadie agreed, and hopes he will never see the day his home is razed and in a landfill, so he patiently awaits word from the commission. “We are not at all rich, (but) we feel it’s worth the added expense to do these things,” Eadie said. “We just feel it’s part of the pleasure of living in the house and what we get from living in the house, sharing with our neighbours and others.” alim@vicnews.com

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On Wednesday, April 2, at 6:50 p.m., West Shore RCMP responded to a robbery at the Coast Capital Savings on Admirals Road in View Royal. A man entered the bank and produced a note demanding cash. He departed the bank in an unknown direction. The suspect is described as a Caucasian man in his early to mid-20s, approximately 5-foot-8, with light-coloured facial hair. He was wearing a dark green hoodie with black stripes, and black sunglasses similar to those worn over top of prescription glasses.

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Easter: time for renewal Today marks the start of the annual Easter long weekend. A couple extra days of rest for some, a traditional religious holiday for others and a major magical event for many children. This weekend Christians will commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus today and celebrate his resurrection on Easter, the most important event in the Christian calendar. As always, special church services and events will be held on both Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Our Jewish community will celebrate Passover, commemorating their freedom Egyptians slavery 3,000 years ago with special ceremonies and meals. Our Sikh neighbours are in the midst of celebrating Vaisakhi Day, their New Year and can take these holidays to enjoy their new calendar year as well. We can’t forget contemporary Easter celebrations either, certainly the children won’t. The spring visit of the Easter Bunny with his baskets of candy eggs ranks only second for some to Santa Claus and the treat-filled stockings we look forward to in December. Easter has turned into a major commercial enterprise as well as a yearly children’s treat. Many of us will use this weekend, with its precious extra days off, to visit or host family or friends for our annual Easter dinner and catch up on both old and new news, meet the newest members of our extended families and make plans for the next time we’ll meet. The idea of rebirth, renewal and growth is wound through all of these events and is bolstered by the season, as we watch the trees bud and leaf and our gardens begin to bloom, our lawns to sprout. We see the births of bunnies, lambs, birds and other animals in both nature and on farms. We watch our days getting longer and warmer. We should all take a few moments during this holiday, no matter how we choose to celebrate it, and reflect on the ways we too can grow and renew ourselves, our communities and our country.

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Grow your own with Home Expo Christine van Reeuwyk News staff

Multicoloured leafy greens, red currants or hazelnuts, Carolyn Herriot encourages residents to get foodie in their gardens. A featured speaker at Victoria’s largest building, renovation and décor show, Herriot will delve into edible gardening during the Home Expo at West Shore Parks and Recreation April 25 to 27. “My focus for right now is a lot of people are expressing interest in growing more food in their gardens. We’re seeing a switch from growing ornamentals to growing edibles,” said the three-time author. “You don’t have to rip your garden out, you can just introduce plants you can eat.” Her books take a journey through the garden in much the way her presentations will: A Year on the Garden Path – a 52-week Organic Gardening Guide, The Zero Mile Diet – A Year-round Guide to Growing Organic Food, and a companion book, The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook – Seasonal Recipes for Delicious Homegrown Food. Saturday she tells showgoers Have Your Garden and Eat It Too! introducing them to “ornamental edibles.” “There are lots of lovely

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Local author Carolyn Herriot is a featured speaker at the Home Expo which runs April 25 to 27 at West Shore Parks and Recreation. plants that people have forgotten about because we haven’t grown them in so long. The bonus is you can enjoy the feature and you can eat it as well,” she says. “They forget about grain, they can grow nuts and berries and fruits, leafy greens. … I think it adds more colour to our world really and it adds a lot more diversity that’s for sure. And I think it’s the most responsible thing to do.” That leads to her second talk, immediately following the first, The Zero-Mile Kitchen - From

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“I saw for myself first-hand, children that were inspired, used their imagination, developing creativity – all the skills we want them to have for building confidence later in life – were happening in the artsREACH workshops,” said society board president Maureen Weston. “Even children not normally engaged in other subjects. … The children that are most difficult behaviourally in other subjects in school, just love it.” Pick, who attended the event for the first time along with a dozen other principals from participating schools, said she was impressed by both the creativity and generosity of the chefs and contributors to the event and has seen the positive benefits. “It is bringing out a spark in (the children),” Pick said. “This is where I see our money at work, and it is worth every penny.” For more information on artsREACH visit artsreach.ca alim@vicnews.com

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Get hopping to the second annual Oak Bay Easter celebration hosted by Tony Joe & Associates. They are offer free face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny, candy hunts and more in exchange for non-perishable food items for the Mustard Seed. Head behind the Oak Bay municipal hall, 2167 Oak Bay Ave. on Saturday, April 19 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for the fun. Candy Hunt times are 11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ages 0 to 4; 11:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. ages 5 to 7; 12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. ages 8 to 10; 12:45 p.m. to 1 p.m. ages 11 & up.

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Feel the rush of riding on two wheels If you have ever looked longingly After getting your “L” permit upon a motorcycle as it whizzed by, you might have been bitten There are two steps in acquiring by the bike bug and didn’t even your full motorcycle license. First, know it. you’ll have to pass the MotorIf you have always dreamed of cycle Skills Test portion of the getting on two wheels but didn’t process. Then you’ll have your full know how to go about it, you road test. I absolutely, have been bitten by the bike bug. Riding training If you are contemplating a perfect 100 percent without I absolutely, 100 per cent without time to do it, the answer is now! a doubt recommend a doubt recommend going to a With spring-like weather manigoing to a good professional school to learn how festing itself and more and more professional school to to ride. I’m not saying your bff motorcycles appearing on the who has selflessly volunteered to roads, it’s time to stop dreaming learn how to ride. teach you everything you need to and start doing. Alexandra Straub know about riding isn’t qualified But where do you start? How do or unfit for the task, but they you go about it and what steps do might not be a “teacher.” Sure you need to go through? they have the skills, but can they communicate Over the next few weeks, we will feature a effectively the points that you need to be safe? four-part series on motorcycling. It will cover If yes, then go for it. everything from schools, to gear to buying a But professional schools have professional teachbike and more. As I said, there’s no better time ers. They also know the ICBC system and will than now to embrace your inner motorcyclist teach you above and beyond what you’ll need to and have the time of your life. execute in order to start riding on your own. And Take the test more importantly, to be safe! In order to get your learner’s license in BC, you They will also help build your confidence and try will need to take the ICBC Motorcycle Knowlto help you eradicate bad habits that you may or edge Test. To attain the handbook that you’ll may not know you are forming. need to familiarize yourself with, you can either Granted, most courses aren’t cheap. But they’re download it from the ICBC website, or visit a worth it and so is your safety. Check out regional branch in person to pick up a hard copy. schools or save up to come to the Lower MainAfter you have studied it from cover-to-cover, land. I wouldn’t have done my license any other you’ll need to take and pass the test at an ICBC way. branch, which will then give you your L. Some schools to check out are: Pacific Riding Visit www.icbc.com and type in “motorcycle” School, V-Twin Motorcycle School, the Justice into the search bar. That is the easiest way to Institute of BC, High Gear Motorcycle Training get you to the pages you’ll need to work with. (private lessons) and more.

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The introduction of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee showcased the direction of the new Fiat-Chrysler partnership. It went on to win more awards that any other SUV; in fact, I chose it as one of my favourite vehicles that year. Sales have been strong for not only Jeep but the entire Chrysler group. Freshness has been added to each new vehicle and this latest 2014 EcoDiesel version is another example. For this model year, the Grand Cherokee gets a refreshed front and rear, plus interior tweaks and a thrifty diesel under the hood. Looks The most noticeable updates for 2014 include a thinner front grille and narrower front headlights with LED accents. This

really makes the latest model pop. The EcoDiesel option is only available in two trim levels, and this an expensive vehicle. The Overland is the cheapest diesel and it starts at roughly $58,000, $3,000 more than a V6 model but the same price as the V8. The top of range Summit diesel starts at $62,000. In comparison, the base VW Touareg diesel starts at $55,000 but most of the other German mid-sized SUVs with a diesel, like the ML from Mercedes or the X5 from BMW also start in the low $60,000 range. Inside One of the biggest changes at Chrysler has been the attention to detail now placed on interior design and refinement. The latest U-Connect computer interface is one of the best in the business; many high-end makers could learn a thing or two from Chrys-

ler. The large 8.4-inch screen is one of the biggest on the market and it is very quick to the touch, going from one function to the next is logical and responsive. Pairing a smartphone takes under 30 seconds and the best feature is the map screen, which enables embedding a picture the same way a picture-in-picture TV does. The dash is covered in stitched leather and the cabin

overall is simple and elegant. All EcoDiesel models come with leather seats and the back seats can even be heated. Drive The biggest change for 2014 is the introduction of an all-new 3.0-litre direct inject turbocharged V6 diesel engine along with an eight-speed automatic. With 420 lb-ft of torque, this engine just rockets away from

a light and cruises effortlessly on the highway. There is a big premium to get this engine over a V6, or lower trim level V8 gasoline versions, but there are some compelling reasons to choose it. Fuel economy is No. 1. This heavy truck is rated at 9.8 L/100km in the city and only 7.0L on the highway. With aggressive driving and mostly city, I averaged 12L. I did notice on highway runs that the fuel economy improved radically and quickly. The towing capacity of the EcoDiesel is the same as the 5.7-litre Hemi V8 at 7,200 pounds, but this truck gets substantially better fuel economy. For those that drive a lot without a trailer, the improvement in fuel economy is something to factor in. If you don’t drive a lot each year, the diesel option might not be worth the added cost.

Verdict Chrysler considers the Jeep Grand Cherokee a premium offering but I would not put this on a par with the Mercedes ML, BMW X5, Audi Q5 or a very nicely equipped VW Touareg. It is a very nice truck with as much diesel power and efficiency as the competition but the German brands have been at the whole diesel thing a lot longer and are a known entity in the market. The Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel would be an easy choice if it were about $50,000, not $58,000. If you drive a lot or tow, the diesel might be worth it, but as it stands the already capable and luxurious gas versions are less expensive and come with all the regular Grand Cherokee goodness. zack.spencer@drivewaybc.ca

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attention” was a sufficient catch-all for those causing a collision. The fine is $368. When I began writing on this topic about five years ago, there were no such statistics available. It was all anecdotal because, let’s face it, it’s an offence very visible to other drivers. It’s always seemed to me that drivers who talk and text are reckless risk-takers, who run red lights, follow too closely and make dangerous lane changes even without a phone in their hand. My point being that when they crash with phone in hand it’s a little too convenient to blame it all on operation of the device. Much of the current public debate was spurred by the revelation that a serial offender in Vancouver racked up 26 tickets and fines of $4,300 for distracted driving since 2010. He may be the pin-up boy for those seeking tougher penalties but interestingly, it appears he never once caused an

accident. Now the law is in force, I’ve no problem in accepting it but let’s not kid ourselves into thinking this will stop idiots from taking risks that threaten us all. The fines are already high enough to deter regular drivers tempted to err occasionally. I do worry about how zealously this law is enforced. I frequently hear of tickets issued to drivers who merely glance at their device while at a red light or move it to a new resting place around the dash. I fear the debate about the fines is a distraction in itself from getting to the heart of dangerous driving. I am pleased to hear Anton is also considering public education campaigns on distracted driving, similar to previous initiatives targeting seatbelt use and drinking and driving. That is smarter. Research shows that many distractions contribute to road carnage. keith.morgan@drivewaybc.ca

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HomeFinder Find a place to call home

Q: WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER STAGING MY HOME TO SELL? Pictures are worth a thousand words – Since the vast majority of people preview homes online first, it is essential to have beautiful photos of your home to capture people’s attention. Your home is your biggest financial investment – Statistically, the cost of staging is always less than your first price reduction. Removing clutter and organizing a home to its best advantage can help create a positive first impression. Most buyers can’t visualize the full potential of a home – On average, professionally staged homes sell for seven to 10 per cent more and often sell faster, because prospective buyers can imagine themselves using the space more easily. Do you have a homebuying or selling story you’d like to share with us? Email ddescoteau@ vicnews.com To advertise in Homefinder, contact Oliver Sommer at: osommer@black press.ca

GREATER VICTORIA MARKET UPDATE » AS OF APRIL 16/COURTESY VICTORIA REAL ESTATE BOARD

335/615 » 843/1,346 » 4,218/4,585 »

NET UNCONDITIONAL SALES, MONTH-TO-DATE/APRIL 2013 NEW LISTINGS THIS MONTH/ TOTAL FOR APRIL 2013 TOTAL ACTIVE RESIDENTIAL LISTINGS/PEAK, APRIL 2013

SELLING TIP | Store synthetic plants before showings; they collect dust and can look dated

Staging your home for sale can pay off Decluttering before showings can also help sell home faster Don Descoteau News staff

Coming up with visual ideas to make a home look more appealing, and ultimately make it more saleable, is something Cheryl Barnes was doing long before securing her real estate licence in 2006. She was adept at removing clutter, adding colour-co-ordinated accents and arranging furniture – removing it if need be – to give the impression of space. “When I started talking to people, meeting with them and helping them sell their homes, I would say, ‘we should do this, we should do that,’ she says. “It came natural to me, because I had bought and sold so many properties (of my own).” These days, the concept of home staging, as it is referred to in the real estate trade, can be a key marketing tool for agents with an eye to selling quickly and getting their clients’ asking price or close to it. “Selling a home is not just about sticking the sign on the lawn and hoping people will come to see you,” Barnes says. It takes work and sometimes weeks of preparation by home sellers to get their property into peak saleable condition. Garth and Jeannine Scoular had collected years’ worth of memories in their Royal Oak home by the time they decided to sell earlier this year. Having worked with Barnes once before, they knew what was coming. “We rented a storage locker and took a whole bunch of stuff out of the house,” Jeannine says. “We worked very very hard to

Realtor Cheryl Barnes sits in the front room of her own home, a spot where she tries out various designs and colour combinations for staging homes for resale. Spending time preparing a home for showings is critical for making a good first impression with prospective buyers, she says. Don Descoteau/News staff

make the house look very good. We ripped the carpet out and polished the mahogany floors. We took away a lot of furniture and we made sure the closets were half empty. We did a lot of work prior (to listing), but I think it was all worthwhile.” And how. The listing went up on a recent Friday, with an open house set for the following day from 1 to 3 p.m. “I think somewhere between 6 and 7 that night we had an offer, and by noon the next day we had a done deal,” Garth says. “We were fortunate enough to find someone who was very interested in our house.” Most people remarked how roomy the modest house looked, he says. “This is a not a big house – but how it appeared was the thing. We did the work, but Cheryl kind of gave us the heads up on some things.”

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Barnes, who keeps a storage locker full of staging items near her home, brought in some lamps, matched pillows and other accessories. During another two-day staging process, for an “overpriced” home that had been on the market a year and had dirty laundry on the couch in one photo, she instructed the owners to clear as much stuff as possible. She then focused on “making the master bedroom look sumptuous, to help create that spa effect.” She admits to being known as someone who tells it like it is rather than giving clients, prospective or confirmed, the “warm and fuzzy” approach. “I’m here to do a job,” she says. “We talk about what they need to do and I give them the list and we get going.” For people who have already

moved everything out, staging can help avoid the stark look. For homes with a lot of stuff in every room, less is more. It’s partly about achieving a balance, but it can allow viewers to better envision how the home might look decorated with their own items, Barnes says. Neutral, bright artwork, clean area rugs and simple furniture can help update an older home. But the key is to get clients involved in the preparations going in. While he and his wife were pleased with the result and know they played a major role in selling their home, Garth Scoular is convinced putting their minds to preparation and presentation, with the help of someone who knows its benefits, worked. “We think we got extra value for our home because of it.”

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VICTORIA 205-1510 Hillside Ave., $359,000 Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty Gordon Lee, 250-385-2033

1704-751 Fairfield Rd., $599,900

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Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Macdonald Realty Helene Roy, 250 883-2715

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2111 Sutherland Rd., $1,295,000 Saturday 2-4, RE/MAX Camosun - Daniel Clover, 250-370-7788

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3434 Bonair Pl., $989,000

1910 Moss Park Gdns, $784,900

974 Fir Tree Glen, $799,900

Mon. 2-4, JonesCo Real Estate - Ian Heath, 250-655-7653

Saturday and Sunday 11-1 RE/MAX Camosun Craig Walters, 250-744-3301

3958 Bow Rd., $550,000 4009 Cedar Hill, from Saturday 1-3 $489,900 RE/MAX Alliance Karen Love, 250-386-8875

3712 Kootenay, $599,000

Saturday 1-3, Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Cheryl Bejcar, 250-592-4422

3317 Cedar Hill Rd., $499,000 Sunday 2-4 One Percent Realty Ray Kong, 250-590-7011

751 Cameo St., $478,000

Saturday 1-4 RE/MAX Camosun Jason Leslie, 250-478-9600

3316 Quadra St, Sales Center, $319,900

Wednesday-Sunday 1:30-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Ltd. Chris Scott, 250-477-1100

2490 Cadboro Heights Lane, $1,288,000

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Ed G Sing, 250-744-3301

Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast James Gardiner (250) 507-4333

102-3880 Quadra, $307,500 Saturday 1-2:30 Two Percent Realty Alexandra, 250-891-9439

2004 White Birch, $399,000 Sunday 1-3 One Percent Realty Tania McFadden, 250-589-0248

9588 Ardmore Dr., $1,299,000

Sunday 2-4 JonesCo Real Estate Marilyn Ball, 250-655-7653

1521 Arrow Rd., $549,500 Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Pat Meadows, 250-592-4422

307-9805 Second, $267,000

Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Inez Louden, 250-812-7710

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2321 Island View Rd, $412,000

609 Baker St., $479,900

Friday to Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Craig Walters, 250-655-0608

Saturday 1-3 RE/MAX Camosun Dana Hahn, 250-744-3301

3877 Mildred St., $674,900

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Saturday 2:30-4:30 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Jeff Bishop, 250-477-7291

707 Windover Terr., $739,900 Saturday 12-2 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Jeff Bishop, 250-477-7291

2655 Sooke Rd, from $219,900 Thursday thru Monday 1-4 Re/Max Camosun Brad Gregory, 250 744-3301

974 Moss Ridge Close, $596,000 Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Jenn Raappana, 250-474-6003

944 Aqua, $639,900 Saturday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Realty - J Ross Bruce 2 50 479-3333

942 Loch Glen Pl., $424,900 Saturday 11:30-1:30 RE/MAX Camosun Brad Maclaren, 250-7275448

3695 Wild Country, $578,000

Saturday 1-3 RE/MAX Camosun Jason Leslie, 250-478-9600

3344 Nicklaus Dr., $799,900

Saturday 2-3:30 RE/MAX Camosun Don Burnham, 250-516-1510

3279 Anchorage Ave., $889,000 Saturday 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Lynne Sager, 250-744-3301

2456 Sooke River Rd., $874,900 Saturday 1-4 RE/MAX Camosun Don Bellamy, 250-655-0608

2320 Goldeneye Way, 6988 Allwood Terr, $464,900 $349,900 Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Goran Tambic, 250-592-4422

1136 Timber View, $774,900 Saturday 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Brad Maclaren, 250-727-5448

613 McCallum Rd, $369,900 Saturday 1-3 Kroppmann Realty Dale Kroppmanns, 250-478-0808

SOOKE 116-2260 Maple Ave. North Saturday 11-2 Pemberton Holmes Michael Dick 250-642-6056

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Brad Forrest, 250-508-1973

MALAHAT 504 Bickford Way, $529,900 Sunday 2-4 Kroppmann Realty Dale Kroppmanns, 250-478-0808

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