Sooke is located on southern Vancouver Island - a quick 30 minute drive from Victoria and provides a tranquil refuge from city life. Sooke enjoys a relaxed, casual lifestyle in a rural setting that also affords many of the amenities of city life. This area has been home to the Coast Salish for many centuries and the T'sou-ke peoples lived alongside a river and close to the ocean where seafood was in abundance. Sooke enjoys some of the mildest climate in Canada, with warm and dry summer months and mild winter months. Sooke's unspoiled beaches, meandering rainforest trails and breathtaking vistas of Washington State's Olympic Mountains attract visitors from around the world, eager to catch a glimpse of Vancouver Island's rugged west coast. In the past ten years, Sooke has attracted more and more new real estate developments to the area, as property is more affordable in this community. Many new ocean view homes and condominiums are for sale in Sooke. Buyers seeking Vancouver Island homes will have a good selection of new homes to choose from, the average price of a home is $401.948, 20% less than in the Victoria area.