De Courcy Island Oceanfront Lots with 1 home for sale: 2 + Loft & Studio (Listed 2017-03-30)


Oceanfront Hideaway, De Courcy Island, BC

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  • Sold on 2017-05-08
  • Property AddressOceanfront Hideaway, De Courcy Island, BC, Canada
  • TypeOceanfront Lots with 1 home
  • ParkingAvailable
  • Lot Frontage669 ft
  • Lot Size Area4.66 acres
  • Bedrooms2 + Loft & Studio
  • Bathrooms2 full

Oceanfront Hideaway, De Courcy Island, BC, Canada


Three separate 1.5 acre SW facing low bank oceanfront lots w/approx. 669 ft of waterfront. Architecturally designed, custom built 1,600 sq ft home w/studio on centre lot. Privacy assured or flexibility to hand pick your neighbors. Well appointed for year-round living.

This offering includes 3 pieces of property:

     1)  225 Owl Lane - 1.57 acres
     2)  233 Owl Lane - 1.53 acres
     3)  243 Owl Lane - 1.56 acres

                         Total -  4.66 acres

A remarkable offering you won’t want to miss, this oceanfront refuge is a place to celebrate with family and friends. It truly is a 4-season property that will always pull you back or maybe you will be lucky enough to call it home.

The land package includes 3 legal titles of freehold oceanfront. The properties are stunning SW facing waterfront, each average approximately 1.5 acres in size with approximately 200 feet of waterfrontage. The 3 properties total 4.66 acres and approximately 669 feet of waterfront. They slope gently toward the ocean and offer expansive usable space.

All of the improvements are located only on the centre property ensuring space and privacy. Flexibility exists should you wish to sell one or two of the properties.

A piece of art the 1,600 sf architecturally designed home includes 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms + loft and separate studio. The studio is connected by a wraparound deck and could also be used for a third bedroom or guest accommodation.

Blending right into the natural landscape the home has a West Coast custom design. Floor to ceiling glass in areas capture amazing views and natural light. The uses of natural materials give a warm cottage feel to the high ceilings and open floor plan. In total, there are 3 fireplaces, one in the living room, master bedroom and studio. Special barn doors located at the homes entrance open the space to allow for outside living. Overall the home is well appointed with all the comforts of home throughout the year.

Other improvements include approved septic field system, drilled well, 6,000 gallon filtered rainwater catchment system, propane appliances, and woodstove. There is an outbuilding housing tools and 5kw generator and there is also covered space used to store a boat or equipment. Cellular reception is good in the area, for telephone and internet.

While De Courcy Island is only accessible by water, there is an interior road network that links each of the residential properties. This roadway allows for easy loading and unloading from Pirate’s Cove. Many residents on the Island have vehicles that can be easily brought onto the Island by semi-regular barge service.

A short distance to the other side of the Island is Pirates Cove. Here you will find the Islands only marina reserved for property owners. Moorage leases are available. Do not miss out on this opportunity call to book your appointment to view today!

Location : De Courcy Island is located in Northumberland Channel, between Nanaimo and Valdes Island, 16 kilometres southeast of Nanaimo. De Courcy Island is accessed by private boat or float plane. Approximately 15-20 minutes by boat from Nanaimo's Boat Harbour, 15 minutes by boat to Ladysmith, or 20 minutes by float plane from Vancouver.

Seaplane Services:

Scheduled Services:
     •  Gulf Island Sea Planes 1-800-665-2359

Charter Services:

     •  Seair 1-604-273-8900
     •  Harbour Air 1-604-278-3478
     •  Amigo Air 1-886-692-6440
Access : Contact Listing Broker
Improvements : Custom home, studio, storage and power shed with covered area.
Services : There is a drilled well located on the property in addition to a 6,000 gallon filtered rainwater catchment system. A ministry approved septic field system and a 5-kw private power generation system.
Recreation : One of the Gulf Island's most popular marine parks, Pirates Cove Provincial Marine Park is located on the southeast corner of De Courcy Island. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike the 4-kilometre trail or explore the sandstone beaches and caves. As would be expected, swimming and kayaking are popular activities at Pirates Cove, called Gospel Cove by the Aquarians. The 31-hectare Pirates Cove offers walk-in campsites, a magnificent all weather anchorage, and a variety of opportunities for wildlife viewing.

The island features an excellent array of wildlife. Common marine animals include Harbor Seal (year-round), Steller's & California Sea Lions (late-Aug through mid-May), Harbor Porpoise, Orca, Gray & Humpback Whale (summer months). River otter, black-tailed deer and bald eagles make their home on the island. Bird watchers can spot Wilson's warblers, Pacific flycatchers, Black oystercatchers, White-crowned sparrows, Bald Eagles & Great Blue Herons, as well as other species.
History : Located in Northumberland Channel off the east coast of central Vancouver Island, De Courcy Island was named after Michael de Courcy, captain of the H.M.S Pylades, a vessel that charted these waters from 1859 to 1861.

De Courcy Island is about 300 acres in size and is heavily forested in most areas, except for a small private farm on the northwest side of the Island. There are several middens on De Courcy Island that indicate native use of the land going back over 3,000 years.

Between 1943 and 1957, the island was owned by a Swiss brother and sister, Paul and Anna Wyff. They farmed the island communally with a few other people, living a simple and self-sufficient lifestyle. De Courcy Island Estates purchased the land in 1965 and subdivided it into approximately 160 lots. Today, De Courcy has around 40 residences built on the island, most of which are used on weekends or during the summer months.

Recent history of De Courcy Island records the drama played out in the late 20's and early 30's when the island was home to the Aquarian Foundation, a religious cult led by the "downright evil" Brother Xll. Believing himself to be the Twelfth Master of Wisdom who would usher in a new age, Brother Xll convinced 8,000 followers to hand over their worldly possessions and follow him to De Courcy Island.

The amount of money donated to the foundation is legendary - people would give their entire life savings in support. The land purchased included De Courcy Island. A settlement was built on the north end of the island, with stories of having gun fortifications and rock shelters. Any excess money was said to have been converted to gold coins and sealed into glass jars and placed into cedar chests. Facing trial in Nanaimo in 1933 on a bundle of charges, Brother Xll and his cohort disappeared on the colony's boat. The couple and the colony's fortune were never seen in these parts again.

Like many of the Gulf Islands, De Courcy Island contains an interesting mixture of plants - some coastal, and some more typically found in the dry interior of BC. Rocky Mountain Juniper, satin flower and poison oak are all species that are much more widely spread in the interior than they are on the coast, but they thrive here in the dry summers of De Courcy Island.
Zoning : Single Family
Legal : Lot 13,14 & 15 LD Nanaimo [32] Section 24 Plan 39964 Narrative: Decourcy Island
Taxes : $3,405.05 (2016)
Boundaries : See maps and plans


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