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

38 Properties Found. Page 1 of 4

Breathtaking Views And Classic Elegance Define ...

Photo of Listing #459347

$2,290,000 Active

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

Single Family

1326 Ivy Lane, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #459347

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)

Breathtaking Ocean Views Abound From This West ...

Photo of Listing #462021

$1,499,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 0.45 Acres
  • 3,334 ft²

Single Family

1451 Sherwood Drive, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #462021

Breathtaking Ocean Views Abound From This West Coast Contemporary Home! Masterfully Designed, This Executive Home Has Every Corner Covered. The Entry Sets A Tone Of Sophistication W/vaulted Ceilings, A Textured Tile Wall & A Staircase That Leads Your Eye Up...

eXp Realty

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)

Your Custom Dream Home Or Fabulous Development ...

Photo of Listing #459748

$1,300,000 Active

  • 0.69 Acres

Lots/Acreage

3240 Fieldstone Way, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #459748

Your Custom Dream Home Or Fabulous Development Opportunity! Perched At The Top Of Nanaimo's Most Exclusive Gated Community Edgewood Estates Sits This Stunning Property. The Plans Are In Place For 3 Luxurious 3000+ Sq.ft. Patio Homes In Their Own Separate St...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

This 4,300 Sf Ocean View Residence Utilizes The...

Photo of Listing #460633

$1,199,000 Active

  • 7 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 4,320 ft²

Single Family

2198 Departure Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #460633

This 4,300 Sf Ocean View Residence Utilizes The Slope To Create 3 Levels Of Living Quarters On Top Of Cilaire, A Central And Prestigious Neighborhood, In A 12,155 Sf Corner Lot Overlooking Departure Bay. Each Level Is Designed For Efficient Use Of Space, Ea...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of Only...

Photo of Listing #459966

$1,150,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 2,153 ft²

Single Family

Lot C Manzanita Place, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #459966

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of Only 4 Exclusive Residences Now Offering The Pre-sale In Rockwood Height Departure Bay. The West Coast Contemporary Architecture Of This Area Is Cohesive And Impressive. These Luxury Builds Will Include Engineered ...

460 Realty Inc.

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

Located In Departure Bay And Backing On To The ...

Photo of Listing #460820

$995,000 Active

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

Single Family

350 Carnoustie Place, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #460820

Located In Departure Bay And Backing On To The 3rd Hole Of The Nanaimo Golf Club Is This Fully Renovated Executive Home Offering You The Ultimate In Luxury And Lifestyle. From The Moment You Arrive You Will Be Impressed By This Immaculate Home And Its Level...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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)

This Sprawling Custom Rancher Has An Estate Lik...

Photo of Listing #460935

$950,000 Active

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

Single Family

340 Carnoustie Place, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #460935

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.

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of Only...

Photo of Listing #459163

$879,000 Active

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

Single Family

Lt D Manzanita Place, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #459163

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.

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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