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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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)

Premium Construction With Fantastic Southern Ex...

Photo of Listing #463354

$1,400,000 Active

  • 7 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.25 Acres
  • 3,910 ft²

Single Family

160 Canterbury Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #463354

Premium Construction With Fantastic Southern Exposure Plus Beautiful Bay And Ocean Views. Enjoy City Lights Reflecting Off The Harbour At Night. North End Of Nanaimo Nestled On One Of The Most Elevated Private Subdivisions Available. The Home Will Offer Qua...

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.

Departure Bay Custom Crafted Residence - Cottle...

Photo of Listing #461282

$1,139,998 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.3 Acres
  • 4,120 ft²

Single Family

105 Bray Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #461282

Departure Bay Custom Crafted Residence - Cottle Creek. A Truly Unique Residence Not Found In Most Nanaimo Neighborhoods. This Custom Crafted Residence With Loaded Curb Appeal Immediately Makes A Statement As You Approach. Strategically Designed To Its 12,91...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

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)

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

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #464322

$989,900 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. A Unique Opportunity To Own This Very Rare Mature Manicured Property That Offers Complete Privacy With Beautiful Gardens And Large Trees And Is Located In A Central Location Within Walking ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Sprawling Custom Rancher Has An Estate Lik...

Photo of Listing #464034

$950,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.27 Acres
  • 2,283 ft²

Single Family

340 Carnoustie Place, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #464034

This Sprawling Custom Rancher Has An Estate Like Gated Property That Backs Onto The 3rd Hole Of The Nanaimo Golf Course With A Triple Car Garage. You Enter This Renovated One Level Home Through A Grand Entry That Has Beautiful Hard Wood Floors Running Throu...

460 Realty Inc.

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 #464227

$879,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 2,054 ft²

Single Family

Lot D Manzanita Place, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #464227

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of Only 4 Exclusive Residences Now 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 Engineered...

460 Realty Inc.

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of Only...

Photo of Listing #464212

$879,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 1,997 ft²

Single Family

Lot A Manzanita Place, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #464212

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of Only 4 Exclusive Residences Now 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 Engineered...

460 Realty Inc.

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of Only...

Photo of Listing #464221

$869,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 1,700 ft²

Single Family

Lot B Manzanita Place, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #464221

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of Only 4 Exclusive Residences Now 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, Engineere...

460 Realty Inc.

Warm Southern Exposure & Ocean Views Of Departu...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #459300

$749,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.19 Acres
  • 3,099 ft²

Single Family

130 Locksley Place, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #459300

Warm Southern Exposure & Ocean Views Of Departure, Newcastle Island, City Of Nanaimo. You Seldom See Homes For Sale On This Lovely Cul-de-sac. Nicely Updated & Immaculate 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2 Family Rooms & Den, Has Plenty Of Space For Kids Or Guests. Fro...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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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