Victoria City Tour
Oak Bay – Beach Drive
1256 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.

1256 Beach Drive, built in 1892-1893 for George Berridge. This was the first house built on this section of Beach Drive.

1256 Beach Drive, built in 1892-1893 for George Berridge. This was the first house built on this section of Beach Drive.

Here is a map showing the location of 1256 Beach Drive”

Here is a Google Street View image of 1256 Beach Drive:

Additional Information About Windsor Cottage, 1256 Beach Drive

  • Assessed Value (July 2019): $1,541,000; Land $1,327,000 Buildings $214,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2018): $1,603,000; Land $1,402,000 Buildings $201,000
  • 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

A Brief History of 1256 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 store which operated in what is now 1317 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 are links to some historic photographs of 1256 Beach Drive:

1319 Government Street, now The Gap (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

1319 Government Street, now The Gap (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

1317-1319 Government Street

George Berridge, the original owner of 1256 Beach Drive, worked as an accountant at Dixi H. Ross & Co., a grocery store located in what is now 1317-1319 Government Street in downtown Victoria.

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