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

36 Properties Found. Page 1 of 3

This One-of-a-kind Luxury Estate Sits High Abov...

Photo of Listing #872487

$3,250,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 7 Baths
  • 1.65 Acres
  • 6,456 ft²

Single Family Detached

1666 Sheriff Way, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #872487

This One-of-a-kind Luxury Estate Sits High Above Departure Bay And Boasts Panoramic Ocean Views Spanning From Vancouver, Over The Gulf Islands, Over Greater Nanaimo, And All The Way To Mount Arrowsmith. The Gorgeous Landscaped Grounds Include Lawns, Mature ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Spectacular Oceanfront On The Beach Of Departur...

Photo of Listing #863517

$2,399,000 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 #874301

$1,990,000 Active

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

Single Family Detached

1326 Ivy Lane, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #874301

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)

Centrally Located In Nanaimo, Rockwood Heights ...

REDUCED 7% Photo of Listing #869794

$1,950,000 Active

  • 0.82 Acres

Land

1220 Manzanita Pl, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #869794

Centrally Located In Nanaimo, Rockwood Heights Offers Developers A Unique Opportunity. This South Facing Development Lot Has Views Of Departure Bay, Nanaimo And Mount Benson. The West Coast Contemporary Style Of Rockwood Heights And The Natural Beauty Of Th...

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)

First Time Offering For This Stunning Custom Oc...

REDUCED 5% Photo of Listing #873522

$1,649,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 3,237 ft²

Single Family Detached

121 Amphion Terr, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #873522

First Time Offering For This Stunning Custom Ocean View Residence. Located In Rockwood Heights A Prestigious Departure Bay Development Of Beautiful Contemporary Custom Homes. Southern Exposure, Endless Sunrise, Sunsets, City Lights And Soaring Views To The ...

460 Realty Inc.

Potential Top-line Ocean View Residential Home ...

Photo of Listing #876158

$1,450,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.73 Acres
  • 2,454 ft²

Single Family Detached

1431 Sherwood Dr, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #876158

Potential Top-line Ocean View Residential Home Development Opportunity. Wide Open 270 Degree Departure Bay & Mt. Benson View. 7 Minutes Drive To Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, 5 Minutes Walk To The Beach&park, And Within 5 Minutes Drive To Fitness Centre Sho...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

180 Degree View Of Departure Bay In One Of Nana...

REDUCED 9% Photo of Listing #877380

$1,369,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.65 Acres
  • 5,241 ft²

Single Family Detached

2520 Lynburn Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #877380

180 Degree View Of Departure Bay In One Of Nanaimo's Most Desirable Neighborhoods, Semi-updated Lynburn Classic Is Charming Inside And Out. Floor Plan Features 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms (2 Are Ensuites), And A Self-contained 1 Bedroom (suite That Can Be Conve...

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of 4 Ex...

Photo of Listing #865612

$1,299,000 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 #871035

$998,000 Active

  • 3.41 Acres

Land

3245 Granite Park Rd, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #871035

Development Opportunity! One Of The Only Remaining Development Parcels Left 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 Dropping Setting Of Nan...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Rare Offering & Amazing Views In One Of Nanaimo...

NEW Photo of Listing #878801

$948,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.25 Acres
  • 3,201 ft²

Single Family Detached

2700 Cosgrove Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #878801

Rare Offering & Amazing Views In One Of Nanaimo's Most Desirable Locations. Watch The Ferry's Come & Go In This Spacious Level-entry W/walk-out Bsmt With About 2000 Sqft On Main & Over 3700 Sqft Overall. Situated On An Almost 11,000 Sqft Lot With Circular D...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Stepping Through The Gate, You Enter One Of The...

NEW Photo of Listing #878883

$898,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 2,600 ft²

Row/Townhouse

3224 Partridge Pl, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #878883

Stepping Through The Gate, You Enter One Of The Most Private Sanctuaries Available In The Edgewood's Gated Community. This End Unit Is Nestled Beside A Natural Fifteen-foot-high Rock Outcropping Which The Owners Have Artfully Used To Create An Outdoor Garde...

eXp Realty

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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