Prime low bank double lot fronting onto miles of sand beach. Very spacious four season home with vaulted ceilings & views to the bay and sea beyond. A short walk to the general store, library, restaurant & community center. Book your appointment to view today!
|This affordable oceanfront property is located in beautiful Gillies Bay on Texada Island, “The Jewel of the Georgia Strait”. Texada Island is the largest of the Gulf Islands offering a great amount of outdoor activities for residents and visitors alike. Texada is a beautiful, peaceful island with very friendly, welcoming people and regular ferry service to Powell River.
The land included is a prime double lot with excellent low bank access to the beach with miles of sandy beach to explore. The four season home is very spacious with vaulted ceilings in most of the rooms. There is one bedroom on the main and two bedrooms in the walk out basement with a secondary access if you wanted to suite the home. The home has a wraparound sundeck with large overhang perfect for taking in the views of the bay and beyond.
Recent upgrades to the home include: new roof, two natural stone fireplaces with wood inserts and a heat pump. Some cosmetic upgrades are still required to fully complete the home. There is a detached garage/workshop located near the road that may be converted into additional living space.
This property is only a short walk to the general store, library, restaurant and community center. This is a truly exceptional home and would be an ideal residence for anyone who wants to live the island lifestyle. Call to arrange your appointment to view today!
|Location :||Gillies Bay, Texada Island, BC|
|Access :||By Car: BC Ferries operates a ferry service on a daily schedule from Powell River across the Malaspina Strait to Blubber Bay on Texada Island.
Powell River is accessed by ferry from the Little River ferry terminal in Comox on Vancouver Island. Powell River can also be reached from Vancouver in the south (4 hours, 88 miles/141 km) by catching a ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, driving from Langdale to Earls Cove on Highway 101, and catching another ferry from Earls Cove to Saltery Bay. Powell River is 18 miles (29 km) northwest of Saltery Bay on Highway 101.
By Air: KD AIR offers 3 flights daily from Vancouver South Terminal to Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island to Gillies Bay Airport on Texada Island. Visit their website at: www.kdair.com
|Improvements :||Home & Workshop|
|Services :||Community Water, hydro, telephone, septic and road access|
|Recreation :||Recreation abounds here with excellent hiking and mountain biking trails, over 250 species for the avid birdwatcher, 9-hole golf course, kayaking from Shingle Beach to historic Jedediah Island Marine Park, skim-boarding and swimming at Shelter Point beach, and exploring the newly protected Karsk Caves near Davies Bay.
Try 4 x 4-ing to Anderson Bay Provincial Park with tremendous mountain-high photo opportunities of Malaspina and Georgia Straits along the way. The outdoors can be enjoyed without fear of any major predators, as there are no bears, cougars, wolves or poisonous snakes on Texada.
If scuba diving is your idea of a great holiday, then Texada environs are dripping with life; boasting warm, high-visibility waters. Boaters will find unprotected anchorages in the many bays around the island. Limited protected guest moorage is available at the Sturt (Marble) Bay boat harbour in Van Anda, on the northeast coast of the island.
Boat launch facilities are located at Shelter Point Park and Sturt Bay boat harbour. There is a government dock with tie-up float in Van Anda, close to Texada Market.
|Area Data :||Texada Island is the largest island in the Strait of Georgia of British Columbia, Canada. Its northern tip is located about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) southwest of the City of Powell River and west of the Sechelt Peninsula on the Sunshine Coast. A former mining and logging area, the island still has a few quarries and old logging roads. It is the largest of the Northern Gulf Islands at some 50 kilometres (31 mi) in length and 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) in width, with its length aligned along a northwest-southeast axis. The island is 300.45 km² (116 sq mi) in land area and had a population of 1,129 in the 2001 census. The main settlements are Blubber Bay and Vananda.
Visitors to Texada Island enjoy access to a full range of services and amenities including banking, laundry, grocery and liquor stores, golf & tennis, transient moorage at Sturt (Marble) Bay, post offices, shops, galleries and studios as well as two museums to mention just a few.
Visit www.texada.org for island information.
|History :||Surviving middens and fish weirs show that First Nations people spent time on Texada long before Europeans discovered North America. These people didn't have permanent settlements on the island, because an ancient legend says the island rose from the sea and will sink again one day. The Sliammon name for Texada Island is Si'yi yen. Don Jose Navarez, a Spanish seaman sighted and charted the island in 1791. Spanish explorers also named the small island just west from Texada (Lasqueti). While Spain did not have much interest in this area, Britain became a dominant force in the Pacific Northwest. At this time there was little activity along the coast, apart from fur trading, whaling, and cutting a few spars for sailing ships. Blubber Bay, which is now the site of the BC Ferry terminal, was so named because it was used by whalers for the processing of their catches. Texada's modern history began in 1871, when iron ore was discovered on the northwest coast at Welcome Bay. That precipitated the boom of exploration on Texada.
Sometime after 1877 marble was found, then in 1880 gold was discovered, where Van Anda is now and The Little Billie Mine began producing gold and copper. Logging has also been prevalent in this area during the late 1800s and 1900s. By 1898 Van Anda had become a boom town! People came from everywhere to live, work and spend their leisure time here. It boasted the only opera house north of San Francisco, had three hotels with saloons, a hospital, several stores and businesses, and an illegal distillery flourished in Pocahontas Bay supplying liquor to the United States during prohibition. In 1900, the names of some of the Texada landmarks aptly described island activities at that time; Blubber Bay, Rumbottle Creek, Midas Street and the Bucket of Blood Saloon!
In 1910 the first of three serious fires completely destroyed the major buildings of Van Anda in only forty minutes. The optimism of the boom town led to rebuilding larger, more imposing structures - only to be destroyed by fire again in 1912. The third fire struck in 1917 leaving only Al Deighton's store which was saved by a bucket brigade. The building remains a fixture on the Van Anda waterfront today. Mining continued through the 20th century and today there are still a number of working limestone quarries on the island.
|Zoning :||Rural - Powell River Regional District|
|Legal :||Lot 12 Block 3 SW 1/4 of Section 8 Texada Island District Plan 7610
Lot 13 Block 3 SW 1/4 of Section 8 Texada Island District Plan 7610
|Taxes :||$2,082.12 (2009)|
|Listing # :||13247
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