I'll chime in here and sing some more praises of Parkside Place in Saanich.
About eight years ago, we were very happy renting a house in vic west, loved it actually, but then the hammer fell and we got evicted because the duplex had been illegally turned into a fourplex. City demanded action, landlord had just passed away, the widow wanted nothing to do with any of it so pulled the plug and sold it.
We were a family of four by this point, so felt we needed a three bedroom but we're in the extreme low end of the market, sub 300k. Tough to find anything!
We looked at some apartment/condo conversions in esquimalt and a couple townhouse units at Parkside Place. We ended up getting into a three bedroom 2 bathroom 1200 sq foot townhouse, in good shape, for about 260.
Cheaper than rent. Of course you gotta come up with a down payment.
These units still come up for sale, and have not appreciated much as far as I can tell. A bit of an unknown treasure in our local housing market. I recognize the market has changed a lot since 2008 but this place just seems so off the radar and buying it has really changed our lives.
We have had a fantastic experience here with excellent property management, grounds are always nice, repairs are well taken care of, nice little pool and a really great community feel with many long term owners. Rentals are capped so there are not a lot of transients, pets are allowed. Close to town, close to west shore, right on the goose, etc.
To the original poster, take a look down here, see if there are any listings. Maybe an estate sale? You Mish get lucky. We did!