Departure Bay Real Estate

The Departure Bay area is a beautiful oceanside neighbourhood, a bowl-shaped valley rising from a large beach. It is considered to be a highly desirable area owing to its spectacular ocean views, large swimming beach and park, well-kept homes, and central location. Almost anyone who's been to Nanaimo will be familiar with Departure Bay as the large bay where the ferry arrives from Vancouver. (But the ferry terminal is not in the residential area referred to as Departure Bay - it's in the Brechin Hill neighbourhood.)

There are luxury waterfront houses down by the beach of course, but as you go uphill you'll notice a mix of modest "BC boxes" as well as a lot of older and newer custom homes. The southern half of the region (Cilaire and Beach Estates, and the area around the Nanaimo Golf Club - see my map below) features larger parcels with homes built in the 1950s-1970s. The northern part of Departure Bay is more rocky and has 1960s-80s homes built in the peaks and ravines - it's called "Sherwood Forest" and the streets are named accordingly (Prince John Way, Marion Way, Bowstring Close). Of course, there are also many newer homes, especially higher up on the bluffs.

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Properties for Sale in Departure Bay

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Tucked Demurely Into The Gentle Curve Of This ....

Photo of Listing #469998

$2,290,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 0.65 Acres
  • 4,517 ft²

Single Family

191 Cilaire Drive, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #469998

Tucked Demurely Into The Gentle Curve Of This .84 Acre Oceanfront Property, This 4,445 Sq. Ft. Entertainment Home Unfolds. Edged & Gated In Wrought Iron At The Road Front This U-shape Home Expands To The Ocean. Substantial Outdoor Deck With Glass Railing Wi...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

This Gorgeous Quality Built Executive Style 6 B...

Photo of Listing #469931

$1,499,000 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 0.36 Acres
  • 4,307 ft²

Single Family

300 Cottle Place, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #469931

This Gorgeous Quality Built Executive Style 6 Bed/5 Bath Residence Is Situated On A 15,499 Sq Ft Beautifully Landscaped Lot. A Southern Exposure On One Side Of The Property, Open Large Deck. All Fenced, 3 Car Garage, Sprinkler System. Legal Suite And Unauth...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Panoramic Ocean, City & Mountain Views! The Des...

Photo of Listing #468277

$1,175,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.49 Acres
  • 3,169 ft²

Single Family

336 Nottingham Drive, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #468277

Panoramic Ocean, City & Mountain Views! The Desired Southern Exposed Location Overlooking Departure Bay Will Captivate You. Award Winning Architecturally Designed Home Is Privately Located Down A Tree Lined Driveway Is Perched On A Secluded Half Acre. Invit...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Stunning Main Level Entry Home In Departure Bay...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #465147

$849,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.31 Acres
  • 3,406 ft²

Single Family

123 Bray Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #465147

Stunning Main Level Entry Home In Departure Bay! Built In 2018 & Offering Over 3400 Sqr.ft. Of Spacious Living You'll Find 2 Bedrooms And The Master Suite On The Main Floor, Along With An Open Concept Kitchen, Living And Dining Room. Modern High-end Finishe...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of Only...

Photo of Listing #467468

$849,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 2,148 ft²

Single Family

Lt D Manzanita Place, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #467468

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of Only 3 Remaining Exclusive Residences Offering For Pre-sale In Rockwood Heights Departure Bay. The West Coast Contemporary Architecture Of This Area Is Cohesive And Impressive. These Luxury Builds Will Include Engi...

460 Realty Inc.

This Updated 3626 Sq Ft Ocean View Home Is Situ...

Photo of Listing #468926

$839,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 3,626 ft²

Single Family

90 White Eagle Terrace, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #468926

This Updated 3626 Sq Ft Ocean View Home Is Situated In The Desirable Cilaire Area. The Entry On The Lower Level Takes You To The Family Room& Access To A Manicured Yard. There Is A Rock Gas F/p W/entertainment Area Above, A 2 Pc Powder Room & Laundry On Thi...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Custom Executive Home 3bdrm, 3bath In A Quiet N...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #468656

$819,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.3 Acres
  • 2,502 ft²

Single Family

100 Bray Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #468656

Custom Executive Home 3bdrm, 3bath In A Quiet Neighborhood On A Corner Lot And A No Thru Road. Spacious Master Bdrm With A 5-piece Ensuite That Has A Luxury, Rich, Custom Tiled Shower & Bathtub Area. Sit By The Fire In The Living Room That Boasts 11ft Ceili...

eXp Realty

Custom Built Executive Residence Situated In De...

Photo of Listing #471009

$799,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.3 Acres
  • 3,032 ft²

Single Family

473 Nottingham Drive, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #471009

Custom Built Executive Residence Situated In Desirable Cottle Creek Estates. Fantastic Floor Plan With High End Finishing Including Wood Flooring And Crown Moulding. This Home Is Thoughtfully Designed With A Bright Den Or Sitting Room On The Main Level. 1 O...

460 Realty Inc.

This Home Is Nestled In A Prestigious Area Of D...

Photo of Listing #470913

$788,000 Active

  • 7 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,424 ft²

Single Family

344 Manhas Place, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #470913

This Home Is Nestled In A Prestigious Area Of Departure Bay. Within A Few Kilometre From Departure Bay Ferry And Beautiful Ocean Side Park. The 7 Bedroom Home Includes A Legal 2 Bedroom Suite For A Great Mortgage Helper, Currently Tenanted To Great Tenants....

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Updated Lynburn Home Located In A Desirable Dep...

Photo of Listing #469594

$774,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 3,491 ft²

Single Family

2827 Cosgrove Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #469594

Updated Lynburn Home Located In A Desirable Departure Bay Neighbourhood Overlooking The Bay & Boasting Views Of The Ocean & Coastal Mountains. This Well-maintained Home Offers 3,491 Sqft, 4 Beds & 3 Baths & Is Situated On A Low Maintenance 0.22-acre Corner ...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of Only...

Photo of Listing #467458

$769,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 2,007 ft²

Single Family

Lt A Manzanita Place, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #467458

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of Only 3 Remaining Exclusive Residences Offering For Pre-sale In Rockwood Heights Departure Bay. The West Coast Contemporary Architecture Of This Area Is Cohesive And Impressive. These Luxury Builds Will Include Engi...

460 Realty Inc.

Private And Serene Family Home With Everything ...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #469901

$764,900 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.21 Acres
  • 2,666 ft²

Single Family

3224 Granite Park Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #469901

Private And Serene Family Home With Everything You Need In The Peaceful And Highly Sought Departure Bay Area. This 7-year-old Main Level Entry Home With Walk Out Basement Has Been Well Cared For Built By Dover Bay Construction. The Oversized And Spacious 9,...

460 Realty Inc.

View of dozens of Departure Bay homes among the trees

Nearby parks

Nearby Schools:

  • Rock City Elementary ; 3741 Departure Bay Rd
  • Departure Bay Elementary ; 3004 Departure Bay Rd
  • Cilaire Elementary ; 25 Cilaire Dr
  • Wellington Secondary ; 3135 Mexicana Rd

Did You Know?

The first telephone line in British Columbia was installed here in the 1880s - it ran from the wharves at Departure Bay up to the coal town of Wellington (now part of Nanaimo, between Diver Lake and Long Lake). One of the mining engineers assembled the telephone system based on instructions he saw in a science magazine.

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