588 Brookleigh Rd, West Saanich, MLS 388701
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Located near Elk Lake, this beautiful Spring Garden Estate is on 6.9 acres of immaculately landscaped property. The 7710+ sq ft home boast six bedrooms (all with full ensuites) and eight bathrooms. The focal point of the lavish living room is by far the double story river rock fireplace. As for the kitchen, it hosts a sun-filled eat-in kitchen with a private patio for outdoor eating and a walk-in cooler. Rounding out the main home is a library/office, two rec rooms, a formal dining room, and an 8-car garage with double-sided entry. The rest of the 6.9-acre estate contains rolling green lawns, an outdoor swimming pool with a poolside entertainment area, a tennis court, 8-stall barn, greenhouse, a separate 4-bedroom guest house, and a gazebo.
On the property is a guest house which is a fairly large house in its own right at 2400 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. This second house is great if you’re entertaining and need some extra beds for your guests. It’s also ideal to use as an in-law suite for when the 6 bedrooms in the main house are full or for those special family members that you might want to keep at a distance.
Another use for the guest house could be for your groundskeeper whose salary is subsidized with free rent.
In the main house there are currently two rooms that are being used as home offices. The larger of these rooms is 750 square feet and can easily be turned into an extra bedroom, nanny suite, studio or a media or rec room.
Also on the property is a separate 2500 square foot workshop that used to be an 8 stall barn. If you’d like to keep horses or other animals on the property, this workshop can be easily converted back to a barn. Another option here is to turn the workshop into an artist studio for painting, photography, videography and the like.
The Saanich neighbourhoods located west of the Patricia Bay Highway include:
At 434 hectares (1,072 acres), Elk/Beaver Lakes Regional Park is large enough to accommodate virtually every year-round outdoor interest, and is the most intensively used of all the Capital Region District Parks.
Elk/Beaver Lake was known as the “Freshwater Playground of Victoria” in its heyday, the 1930s and 1940s. However, with the completion of the Pat Bay highway in the 1950s, focus turned ‘green’ and measures were taken to start restoring the park to its natural state and protecting it. In 1966 Elk/Beaver Lake became a regional park.
Today, the park is managed by the Capital Regional District. Because it is protected area, it does not serve as a residential area. It is home to many species of wildlife. Plant species include: breadroot (which is a rare species and is also known as slender woolyheads), licorice ferns, yellow pond lilies, cattail reeds, cottonwood, pacific crabapple, red alder, Douglas fir, and western red cedar. Some common animal species are: mergansers, Canada geese, buffleheads, bald eagles, osprey, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, river otters, red-winged blackbirds, Savannah sparrows, Columbia black-tailed deer, red-legged frogs, yellow warblers, chestnut-backed chickadees, screech owl, and lastly, the giant bullfrog, which is an invasive species and a huge concern.
The equestrian centre is located on the west side of the lake. Fishers are a common sight on Elk/Beaver Lake. With no camping allowed, families come out for a Saturday morning hike on the easy trails around the lake or a Sunday picnic and swim at one of the beaches. A 10 km trail around Elk and Beaver Lakes is popular with the local running community; it serves as the course for a yearly ultramarathon series. The Victoria City Rowing Club boathouse is located on the southeast corner of Elk Lake.