Thanks for all your kind words. We are really looking forward to the much quieter pace
As far as house prices: We found that prices in Chase were about half that of similar properties in Victoria, although further up The Island prices tend to be lower as well. We had been casually looking in Qualicum Beach and the Comox Valley where prices are similarly lower to some extent.
There are some developments going on around the lower Island - Sooke, Langford etc where they are trying to keep house prices down. (High density) Part of what that means to those of us who have lived here all our lives is that traffic congestion is getting worse and worse. What we used to call "ferry traffic" once every two hours, or "rush hour", we now experience as non-stop traffic trying to get out of Victoria in any direction at any time...
Still a nice place to visit though!