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

41 Properties Found. Page 1 of 4

Breathtaking Views And Classic Elegance Define ...

Photo of Listing #465235

$2,290,000 Active

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

Single Family

1326 Ivy Lane, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #465235

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 Your Dream Life In This Executive Family H...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #456941

$1,149,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.96 Acres
  • 3,186 ft²

Single Family

1907 Carmel Place, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #456941

Live Your Dream Life In This Executive Family Home Located On A Very Private Estate In The Heart Of A Fantastic Departure Bay Neighbourhood. Follow The Private Tree-lined Driveway To The Sunny, Level Property Which Is Nearly 1 Acre In Size. Year Round Depar...

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

Stunning Ocean View House Situated On The Top O...

Photo of Listing #456579

$990,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 0.29 Acres
  • 4,226 ft²

Single Family

369 Nottingham Drive, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #456579

Stunning Ocean View House Situated On The Top Of A Small Hill In Departure Bay. Three Level Home With Private And Excellent Sun Exposure Location With Walking Distance To The Beach. Enter This Beautiful Home On The Lower Floor And You Will Find Nice Big Lob...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Located In Departure Bay, Backing On To The 3rd...

Photo of Listing #467354

$949,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 3,400 ft²

Single Family

350 Carnoustie Place, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #467354

Located In Departure Bay, Backing On To The 3rd Hole Of The Nanaimo Golf Club Is This West Coast Style Home Offering You The Ultimate In Luxury & Lifestyle. As You Enter You'll Feel Right At Home With The Sounds & Cozy Feel Of The Wood Burning Fireplace. Th...

460 Realty Inc.

Departure Bay - Private .82 Ac Estate-like Prop...

REDUCED 9% Photo of Listing #464322

$899,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.82 Acres
  • 3,631 ft²

Single Family

2525 Departure Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #464322

Departure Bay - Private .82 Ac Estate-like Property - Subdividable This Very Rare Mature Manicured Property Offers Complete Privacy With Beautiful Gardens And Large Trees And Is Located In A Central Location Within Walking Distance To Brooks Landing Shoppin...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Stunning Main Level Entry Home In Departure Bay...

Photo of Listing #465147

$889,900 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.

Exective Rancher In Cottle Creek Estates. With ...

Photo of Listing #466884

$829,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.33 Acres
  • 2,174 ft²

Single Family

140 Bray Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #466884

Exective Rancher In Cottle Creek Estates. With Close To 2200 Sq Ft Of Luxurous Living, This Sprawling One Level Home, With 3 Bedrooms, Den And 2 Bathrooms Will Surely Impress. Located On A No Thru Road, In A Quiet Departure Bay Neighborhood, Surrounded By F...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Immaculate Family Home With Ocean Views Of Depa...

Photo of Listing #466203

$824,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.19 Acres
  • 3,266 ft²

Single Family

3103 Tanglewood Way, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #466203

Immaculate Family Home With Ocean Views Of Departure Bay. This One Owner Home Offers 4 Spacious Bedrooms, 4 Full Bathrooms, Den, Family Room, And A Large Multipurpose/games Room. Beautiful Sand And Finish Hardwood Throughout The Main Living Area And Warm Ca...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Welcome To 170 Nottingham Drive A Charming Beac...

Photo of Listing #467516

$799,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 1,795 ft²

Single Family

170 Nottingham Drive, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #467516

Welcome To 170 Nottingham Drive A Charming Beachy Split - Level With A Little 70's Funk Where You Can Sit On One Of Three Decks And Enjoy Sailboats, Kayakers, Three Ferries, Eagles And Even The Occasional Orca, Everything An Active Ocean View Has To Offer I...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Custom Built Executive Residence Situated In De...

Photo of Listing #466059

$799,900 Active

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

Single Family

473 Nottingham Drive, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #466059

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.

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.

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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