Victoria City Tour
Oak Bay – Beach Drive
1256 Beach Drive was built in 1892-1893 for George Berridge, who named his house Windsor Cottage.
At the time this house was built, it was the only house on this section of Beach Drive. Prior to 1900 there were only two houses on the portion of Beach Drive along the Oak Bay shoreline. The other was 1512 Beach Drive, built in 1898-99.
Original home owner George Berridge was an accountant at Dixi Ross & Co., a grocery which operated at 1315 Government Street in downtown Victoria.
This house was renovated in the late 1970’s. The attic was opened up and present dormer windows were installed. The chimneys were extended and a shake roof, since replaced, was installed.
Here is a map showing the location of 1256 Beach Drive”
Additional Information About Windsor Cottage, 1256 Beach Drive
- Assessed Value (July 2017): $1,474,000; Land $1,274,000 Buildings $200,000
- Assessed Value (July 2016): $1,265,000; Land $1,049,000 Buildings $216,000
- Assessed Value (July 2015): $953,000; Land $810,000 Buildings $143,000
- Assessed Value (July 2014): $971,000; Land $773,000 Buildings $198,000
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