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 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, development continues - especially higher up on the bluffs. 

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Properties for Sale in Departure Bay

25 Properties Found. Page 1 of 3

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

Photo of Listing #855142

$2,998,000 Active

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

Single Family Detached

1666 Sheriff Way, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #855142

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

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!...

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #854695

$1,650,000 Active

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

Single Family Detached

2745 Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #854695

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, Deck...

RE/MAX Ocean Pointe Realty (LD)

This Gorgeous Quality Built Executive Style 6 B...

REDUCED 8% Photo of Listing #841474

$1,270,000 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 0.36 Acres
  • 3,906 ft²

Single Family Detached

300 Cottle Pl, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #841474

This Gorgeous Quality Built Executive Style 6 Bed/5 Bath Residence Is Situated On A 15,499 Sq Ft Beautifully Landscaped Lot. A Southern Exposure On One Side Of The Property, Open Large Deck. All Fenced, 3 Car Garage, Sprinkler System. As Soon As You Enter Y...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

New Price For This Golfer’s Paradise With A Mor...

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #858405

$998,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.25 Acres
  • 4,230 ft²

Single Family Detached

261 Blairgowrie Pl, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #858405

New Price For This Golfer’s Paradise With A Mortgage Helper! Backing Onto The 3rd Hole Of The Nanaimo Golf Club, This 5 Bed 4 Bath Home Sits On A 1/4 Acre And Has Been Extensively Updated And Meticulously Cared For. As You Step Into The Home You’ll Be Greet...

460 Realty Inc.

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of Only...

Photo of Listing #836799

$849,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres

Single Family Detached

Lt D Manzanita Pl, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #836799

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.

Stunning Home With 5 Bdms/5 Bathrooms, 3375sf A...

Photo of Listing #859778

$839,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 0.3 Acres
  • 3,375 ft²

Single Family Detached

478 Nottingham Dr, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #859778

Stunning Home With 5 Bdms/5 Bathrooms, 3375sf And Beautifully Manicured Yard. The Island Kitchen Has Granite Counters, Breakfast Bar, Crown-molded Cabinets, Quality Appliances, And Pantry. Picture Windows And Classy Wood Floors Flow Through To Nook, Dining...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Luxury Is The Word That Will Come To Mind When ...

Photo of Listing #858398

$824,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.08 Acres
  • 2,133 ft²

Single Family Detached

128 Amphion Terr, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #858398

Luxury Is The Word That Will Come To Mind When You See 128 Amphion Terrace. The Exterior Of The Home Features Sleek Clean Lines, A Beautiful Contrast In Colour, Glass Railings, And A Custom Tiffany Blue Door. Entering The Foyer You Walk Up A Beautifully Des...

460 Realty Inc.

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of Only...

Photo of Listing #836789

$769,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres

Single Family Detached

Lt A Manzanita Pl, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #836789

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.

Welcome To This Prestigious Development Of Only...

Photo of Listing #836793

$749,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres

Single Family Detached

Lt B Manzanita Pl, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #836793

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.

Waiting For Your Final Touches, Welcome To The ...

Photo of Listing #859638

$739,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 2,608 ft²

Single Family Detached

3217 Shearwater Dr, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #859638

Waiting For Your Final Touches, Welcome To The Best Area In Nanaimo. Walking Distance To The Beach And Public Transit If So Desired. Surround By Oceanview Custom Homes In A Mature Subdivision. Built In The 90's And Planned Specifically For The Land It Sits....

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Calling All Beach Lovers! 2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom...

Photo of Listing #856923

$699,900 Active

  • 0.24 Acres
  • 882 ft²

Single Family Detached

2715 Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #856923

Calling All Beach Lovers! 2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Bright Home On 10000+ Sf Lot Located On Departure Bay Road Across From The Park And Beach, Short Walk To School. This Home Offers A Lot For Your Beach Loving Family To Enjoy. ** Tenant Occupied! Please Do N...

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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