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History of Pemberton Holmes Real Estate – Since 1887

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Pemberton Holmes Real Estate is a Canadian real-estate company located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It is considered one of the oldest family-owned real estate companies in North America; in continuous operation since 1887. The company was founded by Frederick B. Pemberton, a son of Joseph Despard Pemberton, who was responsible for the land surveying of the area. Pemberton Holmes has Vancouver Island branch offices located in Victoria, Oak Bay, Sooke, Sidney, Duncan, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville, Bowser, Saltspring Island, Courtenay, and Campbell River. The Pemberton Holmes’ telephone number may be one of the oldest in Canada, as Victoria was among the first cities in Canada to have telephone service; Pemberton & Son were issued exchange number 8124, which later evolved to its current phone number.

Family history

Joseph Despard Pemberton The company began in 1850 when Joseph Despard Pemberton of Victoria, British Columbia, was employed by the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC ) as “a Surveyor and Engineer of thorough business habits and energy with reference the Colonization of Vancouver’s Island.”The Hudson’s Bay Company’s Minutes of January 22, 1851 contain this description of J.D. Pemberton’s arrangement with the company: The certificates of Mr. J.D. Pemberton having been taken into consideration, it was ordered that he be engaged as Surveyor for Vancouver’s Island at an Annual Salary of 400 pounds for a term of three years with a premium of such sum as the Governor and Committee may approve at the end of that period not exceeding 500 pounds provided they shall consider his services and conduct perfectly satisfactory. It is understood that he shall make himself generally useful to Mr. Douglas in all colonization business. This engagement is to be a charge upon the Colonization Fund to be held in Trust by the Company. It is also understood that the Company is to provide an outfit of the requisite instruments at a cost not exceeding 100 pounds – to pay Mr. Pemberton’s expenses of conveyance to the Island – and that the salary and commencement of the contract shall date from his arrival on the Island.

 Frederick Bernard “Fred” Pemberton (April 26, 1865 – November 7, 1947) was born in Victoria, BC, as the eldest son of Joseph Despard Pemberton and Theresa Jane Despard Pemberton (née Grautoff). At the University College of London, he studied civil and mechanical engineering, graduating in 1886. He had his credentials as a notary public, justice of the peace, surveyor, and miner. In 1887, Fred and his father went into business under the name of Pemberton & Son – Engineers, Surveyors, and Real Estate Agents. Part of a two-page memorandum written by Fred reads: “A rustling office would not in the long run pay us as well as one conducted on quiet and strict commercial principles.”For the first year, they concentrated mainly on engineering and surveying. On 29 November 1888, they opened an office on Fort Street. In 1893, they began to sell fire insurance as agents of Sun Insurance Office. He had a daughter, Philippa Despard Pemberton. Joseph Pemberton died in 1893, leaving the business to the 28-year-old Fred. Henry Cuthbert Holmes Henry Cuthbert Holmes (December 15, 1890 – May 23, 1968) was born in Bellary, Madras Presidency, India, and came to Canada around 1902. In the First World War, he served with both the Indian Army and the Irish Guards, rising to the rank of Major. He married Fred B. Pemberton’s daughter, Philippa Despard Pemberton, in Victoria, BC, on 12 October 1917. In 1920, Cuthbert Holmes joined his father-in-law, in Pemberton & Son. In 1933, Holmes became president of the company, which became Pemberton Holmes Ltd. in 1944. Holmes retired in 1967. Cuthbert Holmes Park is named after him, and is located in the District of Saanich, a municipality near Victoria, British Columbia. Philip “Pip” Holmes Philip “Pip” Holmes (February 2, 1924 – May 18, 2007), son of Henry Cuthbert Holmes, joined Pemberton Holmes Ltd. in 1945, and became president in 1965. He was elected chairman of the Provincial Capital Commission and served as vice-chairman of the University of Victoria’s board of governors. He was president of the International Real Estate Federation from 1975 to 1977. He was an advocate of the right to shelter, the right to own land, and land stewardship. On Vancouver Island, a number of properties were influenced by Holmes including the Cathedral Grove nature preserve. He believed that Vancouver Island could emulate Switzerland with high employment, good incomes, and green fields if the principles of good stewardship were in place. Phil Holmes In 1988, Pip retired and his nephew, Phil Holmes, headed the company to 2003. Phil Holmes is the son of Dr. Terry Holmes, the younger brother of Cuthbert Holmes. Phil Holmes moved the office to 805 Cloverdale Avenue. He focused on growing the insurance branch of the company. Later, Phil purchased Harbord Insurance and he merged the two firms into one. He sold the company to Michael P. A. Holmes in 2003.

Eponymous locations

Pemberton Building In 1899, Charles A. Vernon of the B.C. Pottery Company constructed a building at the corner of Broughton and Government Streets in Victoria, BC. A few years later, it became the offices of Pemberton Holmes Realtors. Originally the site of Fort Victoria, a tablet was affixed to the building to mark the historical site. In 1910, a new building was constructed at Fort and Broad Streets that became the offices of Pemberton & Son. The City of Victoria archives are home to a number of photographs of the interior and exterior of the building in various states of construction. Pemberton Chapel In 1909, the Pemberton Memorial Chapel was designed by J.C.M. Keith and constructed on the grounds of the Royal Jubilee Hospital by the Parfitt Brothers. Joseph Pemberton’s widow, Teresa Pemberton, donated the Pemberton Chapel to the hospital as a memorial of her husband. The chapel functioned as a regular church that held weekly services for patients and staff, as well as being the location of many of the nurse’s weddings.The Victoria Heritage Association describes it in this excerpt: A bridge from the modern hospital building, which wraps around it, replaces the original granite entry stair. The roof, with its original slate, is hipped, with a gable on the east end, over a modest rose window. The nave is rectangular, while the apse is semi-octagonal. Heavy timbers spring from hand-painted brackets to support the roof. The interior walls are panelled in stained and varnished wainscotting, with matching pews and furnishings; the walls above the panelling are natural brick. The windows throughout are simple diamond lights in round arched openings. The Norman-style chancel arch and the west windows are emphasized with terracotta mouldings. A choir loft at the rear now houses an organ. Pemberton Memorial Operating Room In 1896, the Pemberton Memorial Operating Room was built for the sum of $3,614.00 with funds donated by the estate of J. D. Pemberton. The facility featured “easily cleaned ceramic tile floor, radiused plaster walls, modern hot water system, and an attached sterilizing room;” features considered state-of-the-art during the period of its construction. The Pemberton Memorial Operating Room was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004.

Donation of archives

In 2012, the company donated their historical business archives to the Royal BC Museum in order to make these artifacts available for study now and in the future. The collection included more than 2400 client files, 300 photos, maps, plans, and approximately 180 bound volumes of correspondence. It is one of the largest collections of single business holdings to be donated to the Royal BC Museum. The donation was reported on by local newspapers and television stations, including Shaw TV.

2021 Quadra Island Real Estate Sales Summary

Detached Homes

  • Average List Price $769,562
  • Average Sale Price $796,596
  • Average Sale/List Ratio 102.9%
  • Highest Sale/List Ratio for one property this year was 123.5% (list price in the $800’s and sale price above $1 million-this property had no ocean view)
  • A total of 26 properties are sold or pending in 2021
  • Average days on market of 34 days
  • Out of 26 properties sold, only 4 were oceanfront and these sold for between $860,000 and $1,400,000

Land

  • Average List Price $313,375
  • Average Sale Price $308,225
  • Average Sale/List Ratio 98%
  • A total of 20 properties sold or pending (accepted unconditional offer) in 2021
  • Lots ranged in size from 0.072 acre to 11.75 acres
  • Average days on market of 149 days
  • Out of 20 properties sold, only 2 were waterfront priced between $490,000 and $499,900

The median sold price for a single detached home went from $645,000 in 2020 to $810,500 in 2021. Record low inventory over at least the past five years continues to drive up prices.

Currently, there are only two homes for sale on Quadra below $1,000,000. One is a 2 bedroom home at 733 Cramer Rd listed at $799,000 and the other is a 2 bedroom home at 681 Bull Rd listed at $999,000. There are only 3 lots for sale at this time. Two of the lots are 4.9 acre lots at 129 Joyce Rd listed at $642,000 and $657,000 and the other is a 4 acre lot on April Point Rd listed at $1,400,000.

For a list of sales or current listings sent to your email including a link to photo galleries contact me at renee@quadraisland.ca or call/text 250-203-8652.

 

New Listings SL 1 and SL 2 129 Joyce Rd Quadra Island

Strata Lot 1 (MLS 878306) $642,000 : 4.9 acre highbank oceanfront lot, offering a private, peaceful island sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle and surrounded by nature. Part of a 76.9 acre beautiful and diverse development on the southern shores of Quadra Island subdivided into 8 diverse and appealing titles. Highbank oceanfront, substantial standing forest, beautiful pastoral land, a valley ravine and a secluded beach with clams and oysters. A long, meandering tree-lined driveway leads to the heart of the property. The development has the benefit of drilled wells with water piped to lots 1-4, and 6 while a septic system is installed on the common property with connections for Lots 1-6. Services include BC Hydro electrical power, which comes in along the driveway to the original house (SL 6) on power poles and then is underground throughout and to the individual lots. There is landline telephone service, cell phone service and options for internet.

Also available is Strata Lot 2 (MLS 878330) $657,000

Another option that is available is to buy the whole kit and caboodle for $4,288,000! MLS 869664 description here:

77.27 acre beautiful and diverse property on the southern shores of Quadra Island. Highbank oceanfront, substantial standing forest, beautiful pastoral land, a valley ravine and a secluded beach with clams and oysters. Subdivided into 7 diverse and appealing titles providing future opportunity to market the properties individually, or to divide them amongst family or like-minded individuals looking for a private, peaceful island sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle and surrounded by nature. A long, meandering tree-lined driveway leads to the heart of the property and the 2461sqft home on a 10 acre title. This property also has a residential yurt with full services for additional guests or family, a 482sqft workshop and a garden area. Drilled wells and septic system in place, power throughout property. A number of reports and evaluations have been completed, simplifying the process and eliminating the need for someone else to have to go through the process.

Contact me to view or for the virtual tour link.

 

New Listing ~ 855 Hope Spring Road

MLS description for 855 Hope Spring Rd, listed at $839,000: Custom built west coast home on 5 acres, located in the popular Hope Spring Rd subdivision! The moment you drive through the gates to the carport, you feel as if you are stepping into nature. This peaceful property features a mix of well-established shrubs and plants & natural landscaping. The main level features a lovely open floor plan with vaulted wood ceilings, propane parlour stove on tile hearth and door that opens to the wrap around deck. Also on the main floor is a guest bedroom, 3 pc bathroom and laundry room with extra storage space. On the upper level you will find the loft/office and den which could be converted into a third bedroom. The master bedroom with walk-in closet and window nook and 4 pc bathroom with soaker tub, are also on the upper level. Adding to this package is the 20’x32’ workshop. Located at the end of a no-thru road, adjacent to the Heriot Ridge and Hope Spring hiking trails, come experience the serenity of Quadra Island living today!

Call me at 250-203-8652 to book your showing today. This one won’t last long! View the photo gallery here.

New Listing ~ 1114 West Rd

MLS description:

1114 West Rd listed at $969,900, Completely renovated family home on 10 acres! 3182 sq.ft. 5 Bdrms & 4baths. Large family room with woodstove, 2 bdrms & 2 baths down. Open concept up with stunning kitchen. Beautiful granite counters top, propane stove, wall oven custom cabinets, soft close & ducktail draws and features a large pantry with barn door. The dining room is open & central to living room & kitchen with French doors onto the Deck. Milled fir mantel with fusion stone fireplace is the focal point of the living room. Large Primary bdrm with French doors onto vinyl wrap around deck & additional lower wrap around composite deck. Huge walk-in closet & ensuite with travertine floors, shower and Delta double shower heads. In addition, all the lighting throughout the house is LED transformers, Heat pump & woodstove, generator panel. Out buildings included: 2 large grey fabric detached boat shed & trailer shed with power. 220amp 40 x 30 detached shop, detached 8 x 16 tool/garden shed and 8x 8 pump house.

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New Waterfront Listing ~ 1255 Huntley Rd

MLS details for 1255 Huntley Rd, priced at $949,000:

Gowlland Harbour oceanfront home & guest cabin on 1 acre boasting 170 feet of walk-on ocean frontage! The home was built in 1992 by local builders, J. Toelle Construction Ltd and features a west coast design with prow front, open floor plan and floor to ceiling windows on the main level. The master bedroom with 3pc ensuite is also on the main floor. A spiral staircase winds up from the living room to the spacious loft area that could be used as a third bedroom or family room. On the lower floor of the home, you will find the rec room, second bedroom, 3 pc bathroom and storage room. The detached 480 sq ft 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom guest cabin is currently occupied by a long-term tenant. The property is nicely landscaped with mature trees and shrubs and there is a large, fenced garden with 2 greenhouses next to the cabin. Easy ocean front access is available via Huntley Road that runs along the east border of this property. Peaceful island ocean side living at its best!

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Have you checked out the lovely Gowlland Harbour Resort?