140 Government Street

Every once in a while a very special home comes to the market. The Victoria Real Estate Team is very fortunate to introduce one of the oldest and most historical houses offered in our amazing city. 


140 government street was one of the first architect-designed homes in Victoria. The architectural firm, Wright and Sanders, was responsible for shaping many commercial buildings downtown, along with very esteemed residences, including the Emily Carr house. 


Also known as “Woodlands”, this charming abode was originally crafted in 1861 for James Bissett, who owned the home until 1889. For the next 98 years, the home was owned by the Newbury Family. Since 1987, the home has been sold 2 times. Approaching it’s 160th year in existence, this home has only been sold 5 times. 


Additions and updates have been done over the decades. In the ’90s, the house underwent an award-winning renovation which included stripping the home down to the studs and restoring the interior completely. New plumbing, new electrical and gas lines were all added as well. The home has 200amp electrical service, ¾ water line, central vacuum, gas heating, hot water, and a gas dryer. The foundation and structure have been reinforced with seismic upgrades.


The main floor features 11 high ceilings in the dining and living rooms. These stunning spaces both have gas fireplaces, the original fir floors, and incredible windows. 


The custom kitchen has been updated with solid maple cabinetry with dovetail drawers, spectacular granite countertops, gas cooktop, built-in seating and an impressive island, perfect for entertaining. 


Off of the kitchen is a very special room. This charming family room has been fully restored with rich oak wainscoting and fir floors. It is heated with a gas fireplace and it features an inviting bay window, looking out to the street. The main floor also has an office or 4th bedroom, which is perfectly situated beside the main bathroom. 


Upstairs of the main home you will find 3 very generous bedrooms and two full bathrooms. All rooms comfortably accommodate queen and king-sized beds along with entire furniture arrangements. The master bedroom is adjacent to an enormous 5 piece bathroom and has a private deck. 


Above the kitchen is a guest suite. Tucked privately away and complete with a 4 piece bathroom and kitchenette, this space is perfect for extended family, guests and can also be rented nightly.


Outside, off the kitchen, is the incredibly manicured backyard. This bright and very private space is the perfect getaway and fantastic for having company over. It includes a built-in barbeque, heat lamps, multiple seating areas and just the right amount of garden space and grass for the pets. 


This home also has an amazing detached studio that can easily be converted to a garden suite. This inspiring room has an unbelievable skylight, a gas fireplace, and two-piece bathroom with rough-ins to add a shower. 


140 Government is in the heart of James Bay and has a walkscore of 81. It is located two blocks from the ocean, two blocks from the village centre and a few blocks from downtown. The lifestyle this location offers is second to none across the country. Being this connected to nature and the downtown core is extremely rare and is the main reason why this home has been sold so few times. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of the oldest and most iconic homes in one of the most sought after cities in the country. Contact Lea Cathcart or Steve Nguyen from the Victoria Real Estate Team to arrange a private viewing of this historic home. 







200-569 Johnson St
Victoria, BC