Victoria City Tour
Beach Drive – Oak Bay

1538 Beach Drive was built in 1922 by architect Samuel Maclure for Ethel Helmcken, the widow of Dr. James Douglas Helmcken, who had previously lived in a house designed by architects Percy Leonard James and Douglas James at 1015 Moss Street.

Ethel Helmcken named this house Bide-A-Wee. It was listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 2004.

This house is also listed on the Oak Bay Heritage Register.

1538 Beach Drive, built in 1922 by architect Samuel Maclure for Mrs. J. D. Helmcken, formerly of 1015 Moss Street.

1538 Beach Drive, built in 1922 by architect Samuel Maclure for Ethel Helmcken, formerly of 1015 Moss Street.

1538 Beach Drive, built in 1922 by architect Samuel Maclure for Mrs. J. D. Helmcken, formerly of 1015 Moss Street.

1538 Beach Drive, built in 1922 by architect Samuel Maclure for Ethel Helmcken, formerly of 1015 Moss Street.

Here is a map showing the location of 1538 Beach Drive:

 

 

Additional Information About 1538 Beach Drive

  • Assessed Value (July 2017): $1,619,000; Land $1,307,000 Buildings $312,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2016): $1,432,000; Land $1,121,000 Buildings $311,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2015): $1,057,000; Land $885,000 Buildings $172,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2014): $1,135,000; Land $823,000 Buildings $312,000
  • Canadian Register of Historic Places – listed in 2004
  • Oak Bay Heritage Register

 

 

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