1580 Beach Drive was built in 1994 and occupies a large lot which also has frontage on Prospect Place, one block to the west.

1580 Beach Drive, built in 1994.

1580 Beach Drive, built in 1994.

1580 Beach Drive, built in 1994.

1580 Beach Drive, built in 1994.

Additional Information About 1580 Beach Drive

  • Assessed Value (July 2015): $3,090,000; Land $1,478,000 Buildings $1,612,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2014): $2,850,000; Land $1,362,000 Buildings $1,488,000

A Brief History of 1580 Beach Drive

1580 Beach Drive was built in 1994 and occupies a large lot which also has frontage on Prospect Place, one block to the west.

At the time of its planning and construction it created a lot of controversy in Oak Bay.

At the time this house was being planned, an historically significant house, built in 1899 by architect John G. Tiarks, stood on this site.

In 1992, the Oak Bay Heritage Advisory Committee recommended designating the John G. Tiarks house as a heritage building to prevent its demolition. Oak Bay Council approved the Heritage Designation by a vote of 4-3.

Since a Designated Heritage building cannot be demolished, the John G. Tiarks house, which formerly stood on this site, was cut into two sections, removed from this site and transported to Salt Spring island, where it was reassembled and restored.

In 1994, despite major local opposition, a stand of Garry Oak trees was cut down to make way for a three car garage and driveway access from Prospect Place.

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