Departure Bay Real Estate

The Departure Bay area is a beautiful oceanside neighbourhood, a bowl-shaped valley rising from a large beach. It is 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 find different types of neighbourhoods. At the southern end are Cilaire and Beach Estates - then further north is the Lynburn neighbourhood, also notable for its mid-century and higher-end postwar homes. There are some strata buildings close to the beach, and then to the north, the land rises as dark basalt bluffs covered in houses of wood and glass. Sherwood Forest is tucked into here (with streets named Prince John Way, Marion Way, Bowstring Close, Nottingham, etc.).

North of Sherwood Forest there is still a lot of undeveloped land (beautiful undulating lands with arbutus and moss and towering firs and hemlock), with multiple ridges rolling back toward the Hammond Bay area. These ridges are still being developed with beautiful newer custom homes, but a large area has also been preserved as hiking trails and protected lakes. 

Amenities are very near with several big malls within a 10 min drive. But even closer are the many beaches and rocky shores, most notably Pipers Lagoon and Neck Point, and of course the long sandy Departure Bay Beach, a popular (but seldom crowded) swimming beach with a playground, grassy lawn, driftwood hide-outs and a coffee shop.

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Properties for Sale in Departure Bay

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Spectacular Oceanfront On The Beach Of Departur...

Photo of Listing #863517

$2,350,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 3,479 ft²

Single Family Detached

2600 Randle Rd, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #863517

Spectacular Oceanfront On The Beach Of Departure Bay In Nanaimo, Bc. Close To Schools, Downtown Nanaimo, Bc Ferries And All Of Central Nanaimo's Amenities. Level Fenced Corner Lot With Rear Vehicle Access On A No Thru Road. Amazing Beachfront Yard, Private ...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Breathtaking Views And Classic Elegance Define ...

Photo of Listing #860379

$2,290,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 0.25 Acres
  • 4,678 ft²

Single Family Detached

1326 Ivy Lane, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #860379

Breathtaking Views And Classic Elegance Define This World Class Property In The Departure Bay. In One Of The Most Desirable Locations In The Bay Area, This Home, Custom Built, Offers Luxury Living, Spectacular Vistas And Grand Outdoor Entertaining Spaces. E...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Live Across From Nanaimo's Departure Bay Beach!...

Photo of Listing #866879

$1,750,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 2,545 ft²

Single Family Detached

2745 Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #866879

Live Across From Nanaimo's Departure Bay Beach!! Behind The Blue Door Of This Beach Facing 4 - Bdrm 4 Bath Home - Including A 1 - Bdrm Lower Suite - You'll Find Wall To-wall Light, Smart Design, And Beautiful Interiors. Priceless Ocean And Mountain Views...

RE/MAX Ocean Pointe Realty (LD)

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of 4 Ex...

Photo of Listing #865612

$1,150,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 2,153 ft²

Single Family Detached

1228 Manzanita Pl, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #865612

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of 4 Exclusive Residences Offered 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 Engineered Wide Plan...

460 Realty Inc.

Development Opportunity! One Of The Only Remain...

Photo of Listing #864239

$988,000 Active

  • 3.41 Acres

Land

3245 Granite Park Rd, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #864239

Development Opportunity! One Of The Only Remaining Development Parcels Open For Acquisition In The Prestigious Rockwood Heights Of Departure Bay! This 3.41 Acre Property Is At It's Primetime For The Right Developer To Build In A Unique And Truly Jaw Droppin...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Watch The Ferries Dock From All 3 Levels Of Thi...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #865981

$899,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.21 Acres
  • 3,426 ft²

Single Family Detached

3273 Telescope Terr, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #865981

Watch The Ferries Dock From All 3 Levels Of This Bright And Spacious Home. On The Main Level You'll Find The Large Primary Bedroom & Ensuite Complete With Heated Floors, Soaker Tub, Separate Shower And A Skylight. There's An Open Kitchen With Quartz Counter...

460 Realty Inc.

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of 4 Ex...

Photo of Listing #865588

$869,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,148 ft²

Single Family Detached

133 Amphion Terr, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #865588

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of 4 Exclusive Residences Offered 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 Engineered Wide Plan...

460 Realty Inc.

Desirable Departure Bay Home With Ocean Views A...

Photo of Listing #866982

$699,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.26 Acres
  • 1,845 ft²

Single Family Detached

2225 Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #866982

Desirable Departure Bay Home With Ocean Views Across The Water. Split-level Classic Home Offers 1845sq’ Of Living Space, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms. Fully Renovated Kitchen And Bath Ensures Modern Design. Ocean Views Can Be Enjoyed From The Living Room, Kitc...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

--------superb North Nanaimo Oceanview--------r...

NEW Photo of Listing #868796

$650,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.19 Acres
  • 2,980 ft²

Single Family Detached

2901 Hammond Bay Rd, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #868796

--------superb North Nanaimo Oceanview--------relax On Your Deck & Watch Bc Ferries Coming-&-going From Departure Bay, Enjoy Stunning Ocean Views Reaching Across To Newcastle Island From All Main Living Areas, Or Stroll Across The Street For A Sun-soaked Af...

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (PBO)

Highly Desirable Departure Bay Location Is Just...

Photo of Listing #867048

$599,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 1,760 ft²

Single Family Detached

3139 Monk Pl, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #867048

Highly Desirable Departure Bay Location Is Just A Short Walk To Both Sugar Loaf Mountain And Departure Bay Beach, Schools And Shopping And Amenities. This 4-bedroom 2-bathroom Home Is Located On A Quiet Cut-de-sac And Features A 1 Bedroom Authorized Suite W...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Looking For That Perfect Rancher In A Great Nei...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #865936

$599,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 1,170 ft²

Single Family Detached

3073 Mccauley Dr, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #865936

Looking For That Perfect Rancher In A Great Neighborhood That Has Had All The Work Done To It Already? You Have Just Found It! This 3 Bedroom Rancher Is Located A Short Walk From Country Club Mall And Is Close To Wellington And Rock City School. It Was Full...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Feel Like You're Living At A Resort Everyday! T...

Photo of Listing #867192

$599,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,883 ft²

Condo Apartment

2560 Departure Bay Rd 404, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #867192

Feel Like You're Living At A Resort Everyday! This 1700 Sq Ft Penthouse Features Views Galore! Wake Up Every Morning In Any Of The 3 Bedrooms And You Are Greeted By The Panoramic View Of Departure Bay. Watch The Boats And Seaplanes Come And Go All Day From ...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

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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