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As we adapt to spending more time at home, day dreams of hyper helpful (and entertaining) at-home amenities begin to dance in our heads. From the comfort of your couch, we’re bringing you an inside look into great properties with cool modern conveniences—from rec rooms to home theaters, wine cellars to home offices. 

This fully renovated, exceptionally designed home captures stunning views of the Victoria Royal Yacht Club, Cadboro Bay, Tine Mile Point and The Islands. Designed for at-home relaxation, entertainment and family gatherings, the five-bedroom residence features a gourmet chef’s kitchen, an expansive rec room with pool table, a home theater with custom seating, a wine cellar and a separate suite with kitchen. Work

Around the globe, our agents are nabbing headline-grabbing listings, setting records, connecting with their communities and teaming up with their colleagues to give back. Here’s a rundown of the latest and greatest regional happenings from The Agency’s global team.

British Columbia - Jason Binab—Managing Partner of our Vancouver Island office—and Mark Nelson made a record-setting Cordova Bay sale in just 21 days of rebranding and relaunching the property. 1104 D’Arcy Lane sold for $3,095,000.

Los Cabos - Spring is just blooming, but many are already dreaming of summer. Luckily, Janet Jensen of The Agency Los Cabos represents a pair of the region’s most spectacular homesites, situated at La Montaña in Villas Del Mar (Homesite Three and Homesite

Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month on Vancouver Island.

SAVOUR THE ISLAND FLAVOURS HERE - More than 60 of Vancouver Island’s most unique restaurants and purveyors of fine food and beverage gather for Culinarie, held at the Victoria Conference Centre on Thursday, March 26. Featured presenters serve inspired culinary creations and signature dishes, while guests enjoy a diverse collection of wines, cocktails, ciders, craft beers and locally roasted coffee. Enjoy delicious cuisine while interacting with some of the island’s most celebrated chefs, restaurateurs, mixologists, brewers and more. 

SIP & CELEBRATE HERE - Victoria Beer Week 2020 returns March 6-14, showcasing 50 BC craft breweries at venues throughout the city.

While the results are almost always a grand improvement (and worth every stressful moment), the process of rehabbing a property is a true challenge. Here, we’ve shared a few of our favourite tips to ensure your “after” hits all the marks. 

Do Invest in Quality Appliances - Top tier appliances not only perform well, they look good—as evidenced in the top-tier stainless steel equipment at 2240 Woodhouse and the striking, highly functional hood and range at 3300 Exeter Road (both properties represented by Sarah Binab and Jason Binab). 

Do Rely on Neutral Colours - Neutral hues stand the test of time. Opt for tones that are versatile and won’t look dated after a few years—HGTV notes that white and black are easy wins, as is light wood grain and grey, as shown

Great coffee, freshly brewed tea, delectable pastries—it’s no wonder cafes are a neighbourhood’s social hubs. With atmospheres as varied and distinct as the refreshments they serve, here are a few of our favourite cafes on Vancouver Island. 

Pure Vanilla Bakery
While best known for its stellar custom cakes, this neighbourhood bakery has a cute cafe that serves freshly brewed coffee and has a quiet back patio with a distinctly European feel. Sip a latte and consider ordering a chocolate peanut butter cake—who needs a special occasion anyway?

Discovery Coffee
Discovery Coffee’s beans boast tantalizing flavor notes like brown sugar, toffee, cherry and honey and with six locations around Victoria, it’s clear their brews are hitting the spot for Vancouver Island

Ready for a weekend getaway? Here’s a rundown of our favourite places in the Oak Bay neighbourhood, just east of Victoria—from pastry shops and sushi spots to awesome local listings, these are must-dos and sees on your next (well-deserved) impromptu retreat. 

PICK YOUR PASTRIES HERE - Pick up a coffee and an exquisite pastry at Pure Vanilla, a popular bakery that boasts a quiet back patio. Plus, this local favourite is located a short walk from 2413 Mowat Street, a bright 4-bedroom 5-bath contemporary retreat represented by Sarah Binab and Jason Binab. 

PLAY IN THE PARK HERE - Anderson Hill Park is a popular 2.79-hectare spot for casual exploring. Hidden within a residential neighbourhood, this preserved space features rocky outcrops, walkable trails, views

Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Vancouver Island.

CALLING ALL HOCKEY FANS - Rally your fellow hockey fans and trek to Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Monday, February 3—there, at 7pm, the latest game in the popular Canada vs. USA Rivalry Series between Canada’s National Women’s Team and the U.S. Women’s National Team will kick-off. These high-energy games showcase some of the world’s best hockey players and are an adrenaline-spiking lead-up to 2022’s Winter Olympics. 

CATCH A FLICK HERE - Cinephiles, rejoice—The Victoria Film Festival, Vancouver Island’s largest and longest-running film festival, returns to the region on February 7. The 10-day celebration of cinema (now in its 25th year)

It’s a new year and a new decade—now is the perfect moment to refresh your space. 

Here are a few looks that are gathering momentum for 2020, culled from a range of trend-setting sources, from design fairs to fashion runways and beyond. Happy (re)decorating, Vancouver Island.

Bring the Outdoors In
Plants are in. Reports from Milan Design Week 2019—a trendsetting industry event—touted the prevalence of oversized indoor plants and interior accessories made to blend or mimic nature. It’s easy to tap into this trend. Pick up some indoor-friendly plants, like hearty geraniums, lush ferns and succulents. 

A Stylish Bathroom Sanctuary 
Add a touch of high-end style to this hardworking space—invest in a colourful, patinated bathtub, a chic marble wall, add some plants

It’s that time of year when the temperatures dip and post-holiday hangovers (physical and mental) can lead to colds, flus and fatigue. Here, we highlight tips for staying in top form —and keeping your home a healthful sanctuary—all season long.

Make Time for Yoga - Before creating your own yoga space at home, consider heading to a few classes or technique-enhancing workshops at Fernwood Yoga Den in Victoria. Come home with the skills and know-how to lead yourself through a spirit-lifting, health-fortifying flow. 

Diffuse Essential Oils - Add some fragrant—and beneficial—aromas to your home. Pick up a diffuser and some local, handmade essential oils from Nezza Naturals, which was founded on Galiano Island B.C.. Drop their special Breathe Easy Essential Oil

Whether you’re drawn to five-course meals at historic hotels or prefer to chill out at a top-rated spa, Vancouver Island has plenty of options to help you usher in the New Year in absolute style and comfort. 

Dinner at the Fairmont Empress Hotel
Reserve a New Year’s Eve dinner at Q at the Empress at the world-renowned Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, recognized as one of the Top 21 Iconic Hotels in the World by National Geographic Traveler and awarded Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Award for Top 10 City Hotels in Canada. The recently restored hotel is a picturesque place to usher in a fresh new year. 

New Year's Eve Day Skate
End 2019 on the right foot—take one last spin around the rink at West Shore Parks & Recreation in Victoria, which is offering a