When i first moved to Victoria around 10 years ago, the rental market was pretty tight. My first apartment here was small and crummy, but nearby to work (which as a guy just moving from Vancouver, knowing the hell of commuting from it’s suburbs, was important to me.) It was tiny and expensive and rent was actually going UP after a year of living there – luckily instead i decided that i loved the island and with some (a lot of) help from my folks, bought a nice little condo in the Quadra Village and happily escaped my brutal bachelor pad. I did have a dream of being a young 22 year old hot shot radio deejay who lived in a small rental space above the garage of a young family. I’d ride home on my motorcycle, be friendly with the parents, help the teenagers with their problems with bullies, encourage them to be themselves and always have free concert tickets in my cool denim jacket (denim because leather is associated with dangerous gangs) – essentially be the Fonz in living situation. Totally regret not chasing that dream harder.
That was near a decade ago and by all accounts the rental market in Victoria has only got worse. Like, a LOT worse. I happened upon a thread on Reddit last night about this very thing. Mostly i was attracted to the Simpsons macro image meme and how it perfectly summed up trying to find a place in Vic;