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“The Prospect” HCA Newsletter – November 2019

2019-11-29T21:20:49-08:00November 29th, 2019|

Some Highlights: FOR OVER A CENTURY, the community has enjoyed its view of 1558 Beach Drive. As a crown jewel of Oak Bay’s first Heritage Conservation Area, it stands as one of the last remaining Beach Drive mansions with its historic front garden still in existence. It provides the public with a glimpse of Oak [...]

“The Prospect” HCA Newsletter – March 2019

2019-04-09T20:55:45-07:00April 9th, 2019|

Some Highlights: The Scott property was, and is, quite unique; and I hope that the natural beauty of the land can be preserved. As you know, the Crane house was destroyed by fire many years ago through the negligence of a tenant. (The only thing I have that remains is the steel weathervane, in the [...]

Council unanimously turns down Heritage Revitalization Agreement

2019-04-09T20:49:38-07:00December 24th, 2018|

On Monday, December 10th, at a Prospect Place - Wall Committee of the Whole meeting, councilors voted unanimously to turn down the Heritage Revitalization Agreement application for 1561 York Place as submitted. The Chamber was packed and at least 25 people were sitting or standing in the foyer. Council discussed and examined the application in a fair-minded, [...]

Heritage Conservation Area – Writing Campaign

2018-11-10T20:58:26-08:00November 3rd, 2018|

REMINDER - OAK BAY COUNCIL HAS NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES! You can make a difference Whether you live in the neighbourhood or not, please write an email to Oak Bay’s mayor and council, saying you’d like respectful and sensitive development appropriate for a property in Oak Bay’s first Heritage Conservation Area (HCA). Your email will be [...]

Annandale Carriage Drive

2018-11-03T21:42:49-07:00November 3rd, 2018|

Some Highlights:Annandale is a large, one-and-one-half-storey wood clad bungalow with prominent brick corbelled chimneys, an enclosed porch, and multiple dormers. It is located on the east side of York Place, near the commercial centre of Oak Bay Avenue. It is set back on the property, screened by dense foliage and surrounded by a granite stone wall [...]

Oak Bay Candidates respond to Heritage and Development Issues

2018-11-03T21:42:49-07:00October 16th, 2018|

This survey was developed by residents of the planned Heritage Conservation Area (HCA), The Prospect, and asked candidates four questions: their top heritage priority how they would reconcile conflicts between heritage protection and infill opportunities their position on community contributions from developers how they would balance development against preserving natural environments, heritage structures and character neighbourhoods. [...]

“The Prospect” HCA Newsletter – October 2018

2018-11-03T21:42:49-07:00October 12th, 2018|

Some Highlights: Rural-like streetscapes, natural topography, stone walls, mature tree canopy, historic houses; ocean views, social history. Famous architect, Francis Rattenbury, who, with friends, developed The Prospect neighbourhood, said: “Oak Bay District is one of the most lovely residential areas I have ever seen, and it is my desire to retain this beauty as far [...]

“The Prospect” HCA Newsletter – June 2018

2018-11-03T21:42:49-07:00June 10th, 2018|

Some Highlights: Celebrating Jane's Walk... On Friday, May 11th and Saturday, May 12th, approximately forty people participated in a guided walk through the proposed Prospect Heritage Conservation Area (HCA). It was advertised through the Jane’s Walks announcements by the Community Association of Oak Bay (thank you, Rick Marshall ) and on our website. Read more [...]

The Fortunes of Mabel

2018-11-03T21:42:49-07:00June 10th, 2018|

Mabel was born on November 3rd 1888, into the wealthy Fortune family, (Mark and Mary) living in Winnipeg. When she was 23, most of her family sailed to Europe for a Grand Tour. Her two older sisters, Ethel and Alice, were getting married and they wanted stylish trousseaus. Her younger brother, Charles wanted an adventurous holiday [...]