In 2003, we lived for a few months in a horrible basement suite in Saanich. There was a sump pump in the house that came on automatically and deafened us every time it rained. We had landlords who wouldn't let us have any visible signs of existence in the yard, and the rent was 90% of my income.
The plus side of living there was the incredible landscape, as the house was close to a cliff which led down to the sea. We could see sealions playing in the water most evenings. Once, we watched a family of otters cross right through the backyard. And the deer were everywhere.