For Mike Hartshorne, his enthusiasm for helping people find a place to call home is second (in fact, third) nature. He represents the third generation of his immediate family who have been involved in real estate development, and who have helped to establish some of the most notable neighborhoods in the South Island region. Growing up surrounded by architects, builders and designers awakened Mike’s fascination with helping people to create a home that feels just right. Since 2007, Mike has built a reputation as one of the most exceptional, hard-working, and relatable realtors in the Victoria real estate market, earning numerous accolades including MLS Gold Award, Top Sales and most recently the Royal LePage Chairmans Club.
Mike is also dedicated to supporting community organizations like The Cridge Centre for the Family, Erdo Childcare, Mercy Ships, the Canadian Red Cross plus many local sports teams and cultural events. Mike and his partner enjoy living in the Westshore, entertaining friends and family at their home and cozying up with their not-particularly-well-trained French Bulldogs, Steve and Mitzie.
My partner and I designed and built our current home a few years ago. We were excited to truly infuse our home with our own hand-picked design elements, and create a space that reflects who we are. Our home is our sanctuary – the place where we can recharge from our hectic careers, entertain our family and friends, and slow down and appreciate all that we have.
Finding a place to call home is one of the most important challenges you’ll ever tackle in your life. Being a part of that process – to help people find a place where they can feel happy and secure – brings me enormous joy. I feel I can help to organize and prioritize the important factors when they are considering making a move. I’ve seen the impact having a home that fits just right can lead people to be happier and enjoy life more—it’s hard not to be excited when your efforts can create a whole new way of life for people you care about!
Real estate is in my blood – two generations worth, to be exact. I realized early on, after trying out other careers, that being a realtor satisfied three skills that come naturally to me and that I truly enjoy: helping to identify and solve a problem, marketing, and design. I found real estate to be a perfect fit for me, and can’t imagine doing anything else.
I feel our team has a tremendous amount of integrity. I can honestly say that financial gain, while undoubtedly important, isn’t the first and only factor South Island Home Team considers when working through a challenge. I feel that we’re trustworthy, honest, and that the needs of our clients drive how we conduct our business. I also think we have a lot of fun as a team and with our clients. We aim for a ‘professionally casual’ tone in what we do— we like to think we can do an incredible job, enjoy ourselves, and outperform expectations all at the same time.
I believe the South Island area has the best of both small towns and larger cities rolled into one. Of course, one of the best things about living here is our mild climate – we never get too cold or too hot. We also have a sophisticated restaurant, art and cultural scene that you might see in a larger city, yet Victoria never seems ‘too big’. For these reasons, we are home to many who have “imported” themselves here. People stay because we seem to have a more relaxed pace. We are willing to slow down, get to know our neighbours, find out where they have come from and what they do, and why they have chosen to settle here.
You also can’t ignore the beautiful natural scenery of Southern Vancouver Island. No matter where you live, you are never more than 20-30 minutes from ocean or forest. I think this helps us to feel more at ease. Getting away is never far away.
I also love the transformative aspect of real estate. I grew up in a real estate family – we have developed a number of remarkable residential communities in Victoria. I had many opportunities to sit in with architects, designers and contractors who collaboratively planned a neighbourhood, a show home or even just one room of a house. I think this helped me to hone my passion for design. It excites me to look at the ‘now’ and help others to see what could be ‘next’.
I love helping clients discover what is working or not working in their present circumstance, what would they would like to improve or change, and how we can get to the best possible solution for them. I guess you could say I love working with folks who aren’t exactly sure where they’re going, but are open to new things and willing to look beyond the expected. Many of my clients are couples and singles who appreciate great design and exceptional quality. I love helping people who are willing to take a diamond in the rough, create a vision of what they want, and make it their own.
An ideal day off would be a combination of exercise, play time with my 2 French bulldogs, and an afternoon at the lake with friends, family, good music, nice wine and great BBQ.