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Rob Adamson typifies many average-income-earning homeowners who have cashed out of the Lower Mainland at an early age.

They are part of the drive behind a spike in sales for Victoria-area housing. The Greater Victoria market has seen an overall increase of 21.7 per cent in detached-house sales in December, 2015, compared to December, 2014, according to the Victoria Real Estate Board. That statistic includes all 13 municipalities, such as Oak Bay, Saanich, Sidney, Langford and Sooke.

Mr. Adamson, a lifelong Vancouverite, says he always considered living in Victoria one day, but not at the age of 42.

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