2,900 ft2 home & gorgeous 2 bdrm guest cottage, large woodwork shop, barn & horse corral on 5 acres with 451 ft of SW facing oceanfront & access to sandy beach. Ultimate Oceanfront Country Estate. Island has full time caretaker, airstrip, new breakwater & dock.
We are pleased to offer this special Sidney Island oceanfront acreage and home for sale for the first time. Truly spectacular 2,900 ft2 home on 5 acres with 451 feet of S-SW facing oceanfront and stunning views across Sidney Channel of James Island, Vancouver Island and the Olympic Mountains beyond. Sunshine from early morning to sunset offers lovely shaded and sunny areas throughout the property - everyone can have their “special spot”! Adjacent to the historic orchard at Springbank Farm and the Dragonfly Ponds Conservancy area this property is extra private with easy access to the fabulous sands of Crabtrap Beach and forest walking trails.
Private and off the grid, this property is comprised of a deluxe architecturally designed west coast home, gorgeous 2 bedroom guest cottage, 1,121 ft2 woodwork shop, custom built chicken coop, barn and horse corral making it the ultimate Oceanfront Country Estate. The huge partially covered ocean side patio allows for extensive outdoor living. The main entry point is through a beautiful fenced courtyard with a wide variety of plants, shrubs and tranquil pond and fountain that doubles as a home for koi and water for fire suppression. The courtyard, also with a large covered area, has a lovely patio that is shielded from ocean winds and extends your outdoor living into the fall and winter. A wide variety of native trees adorn the property including fir, maple, oak, arbutus, dogwood, Pacific yew, Japanese maple and some 5-year old plum and apple trees. The property is on septic and has an engineered water catchment system and surface well.
The stunning home’s main living area is all on one level and a large family room and office on the upper level could easily be converted to extra bedrooms. The main level features soaring ceilings, huge windows, gourmet island kitchen with Aga stove, concrete and arbutus counters, wide plank and polished concrete floors, hot water in floor radiant heat and beautiful floor to ceiling stone fireplace. Custom cabinetry in the kitchen, bathrooms, bedroom and upper floor by Alfons Fine Furniture. The awesome red Aga stove is a 4-oven propane unit with an additional two oven electric Aga hob with 4 propane burners for summer; the dishwasher, and washer/dryer are top-end Meile appliances. The concrete kitchen counters (with a 12 ft island) and guest bathroom counter and sink with fully integrated colour are made by Liquid Stone. Concrete floors in high traffic areas (kitchen, bathrooms, and entrances) with durable low care epoxy custom finish. The home has a fire resistant metal roof with a lifetime warranty.
The superbly cozy guest house has a great stone fireplace, covered outdoor patio, 2 bedrooms, living room, bathroom, sleeping loft with two queen beds (accessible by ladder) and room for a third bed.
The large workshop (major tools purchase is negotiable) could be converted to a studio or another living space. Several outbuildings including wood shed, garden storage and machine storage, as well as free standing log carport for two cars, are easily accessible throughout the property.
Sidney Island has a full time on-island caretaker, airstrip and exciting new community breakwater and dock, which enhances values and provides safe secure year-round moorage. The new dock has ample space and owners may have the opportunity to purchase a designated slip.
Truly a One-of-a-Kind opportunity to own a very special property, call today for an appointment to view!
Main Floor - 2,214 ft2
Upper Floor - 686 ft2
The Strata Corporation equipment consists of an excavator, dump truck, fire truck, ambulance, tank truck, pickup truck, road grader and miscellaneous equipment, some of which is available to Strata owners on a rental basis.
Sidney Island is at the southern end of the Gulf Islands between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. It is about 19 km north of Victoria, 6 km south east of Sidney on the Saanich Peninsula and only 10 km from Roche Harbour on US San Juan Island.
Access is by boat or floatplane to the private dock in Miners Bay or by plane to the private 2,600 ft airstrip, both of which are the common property of the strata owners. Water taxi service is available from the Port Sidney Marina and arrangements can be made for the water taxi to pick people up near the BC Ferry terminal at Schwartz Bay, so you can walk on the ferry and easily get to Sidney Island. Please contact Dave Cochlan to make an appointment to view the island.
Unique in British Columbia, perhaps the world, Sidney Island offers the rare combination of ownership of superb waterfront property with a model of sustainable forestry, limited development of common areas, precious conservation zones and miles of sand beaches. It is blessed with a Mediterranean-like climate, warm summers, mild winters and an annual rainfall of less than 30 inches. Not only is it one of the most picturesque, but the last major undeveloped island in the Gulf Islands chain. From every part of the island there are breathtaking views. To the south the perennial snow covered Olympic Range, to the east the perfect cone of Mt. Baker and the jagged peaks of the Cascades.
With its wonderful natural habitat few places have as rich a variety of wildlife as Sidney Island, which includes:
Offshore, the waters support a wide variety of sea life including salmon, halibut, other sport fish, an array of sea birds and waterfowl, seals, sea lions, orcas and gray whales.
Sidney Island comprises 111 bare land strata lots totaling about 288 acres and ownership includes the strata lot and a proportionate interest in the common property of the strata corporation, which includes about 1,500 acres and the common facilities and other assets of the Strata Corporation.
In our opinion the most important aspect of the development is that the privacy of the strata corporation lands has been maintained, and the natural integrity of the island environment has been protected for the fortunate few who share in its ownership. There is no public access to 1,760 acres owned by the strata corporation, of which some 1,500 acres are common property to the strata lots.
The result is an amazing diversity of properties with low, medium and high bank oceanfront, virtually every possible exposure, varied topography, beautiful views, and differing levels of privacy and a range of prices.
The only land on the island not owned by the Strata Corporation is the northerly portion formerly the Sidney Spit Marine Park and recently named as Canada’s newest National Park. This area comprises about 400 acres and encloses a broad lagoon of sheltered water bordered by a long spit of sand. Mooring buoys, a small government dock, and facilities for picnicking and camping are provided. The sandy beach with protected waters is excellent for swimming.
Both Sidney Island and neighboring James Island are geographically unique in that they are the only Canadian Gulf Islands composed almost entirely of quaternary drift deposits–unconsolidated sand and gravel deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago–which form the sandy coastline.
The Island supports exceptionally lush and varied vegetation common to the south coastal climatic zone including Douglas fir, white fir, Garry oak, mock cherry, arbutus, red cedar, red alder, balsam, hemlock, aspen, yew, big leaf maple and flowering dogwood. Smaller vegetation includes Scotch broom, fireweed, gorse, wild roses, western fescue, orchard grass, salal, hawthorn and a 50-tree orchard on the common land.
Whale watching, boating, swimming, paddling, scuba diving, fishing, prawning, crabbing, sailing, photography, bird watching, walking, cycling, exploring and cruising the Canadian Gulf Islands and the US San Juan Islands.
Originally named Sallas Island, in 1859 the Hudson Bay Company, hoping to attract settlers with a more British name, changed it to Sidney Island. Many years ago the Island was purchased by a group of Victoria businessmen as a private hunting preserve. In 1981 the Island was purchased from the last two survivors of the original owners by Sallas Forest Limited Partnership.
48°36'5.38"N and 123°18'25.72"W
Strata Fees: $228.23 per month (2019)
CD-2 Sidney Island Comprehensive Development Zone Capital Regional District and Islands Trust
LOT 95, SECTION 5, SIDNEY ISLAND, RANGE 1W, NORTH SAANICH DISTRICT, STRATA PLAN V1S5122 TOGETHER WITH AN INTEREST IN THE COMMON PROPERTY IN PROPORTION TO THE UNIT ENTITLEMENT OF THE STRATA LOT AS SHOWN ON FORM 1 (SEE PLAN AS TO LIMITED ACCESS)
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