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    Affordable SW Exposed Oceanfront Property - DeCourcy Island, BC

    Vancouver Island & Southern Gulf Islands Listing No. 19050

    High-bank oceanfront property 0.83 acres w/ beautiful southwest exposure. Very flat and easy to build on. Many mature trees add additional privacy to the parcel. Drilled well. Private marina for resident moorage only in Pirates Cove. Seaplane access twice a day.


    Price
    $179,000

    Size
    0.83 of an acre

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    Description

    Located on DeCourcy Island approximately 16 kilometres southeast of Nanaimo and approximately 38 kilometres southwest of Vancouver. DeCourcy is one of the nicest of the Southern Gulf Islands with neighbouring islands close by - Gabriola, Valdez, Mudge and Ruxton Islands. DeCourcy Island is approximately 460 acres in size.


    This high bank oceanfront property is 0.83 acres in size and has beautiful southwest exposure. The lot is very flat and easy to build on. There are many large mature trees on the property which add additional privacy to the parcel. Given the exposure of the property and the climate in the area many owners have excellent growing conditions for their gardens. The sun sets right in front of the property out over the water every day. There are no services on the island, with most residents utilizing a combination of generators, solar panels and wind turbines to provide their power. Typically, fresh water is provided via wells or rainwater collection, while septic tanks or composting toilets provide sanitary services. Several gravel roads ring the island offering easy access to and from Pirates Cove. In addition, a barge ramp at the north end ensures that larger supplies can be ‘easily’ delivered to the island. It has been noted by the owner that this property DOES have a well, however the well has not been used in many years and no records on the quality or quantity of the water supply are available.


    A huge selling feature is the protected and private marina for resident moorage only (no services) is located on the east side of the island within Pirates Cove. Pirates Cove and a considerable amount of surrounding land is a provincial Marine Park (one of the first in the Marine Park system in British Columbia).


    Another feature about DeCourcy is its marina with sea plane access twice a day with transit from YVR Airport South to DeCourcy being 14 minutes. Keep a run-about on Island for incredibly affordable prices.


    Call the listing REALTOR® today for more information or to book a time to go by for a look.

    Location

    503 Flewett Drive - Nanaimo, BC

    Access

    Call the listing REALTOR® for detailed directions.

    Area Data

    DeCourcy Island is one of the Gulf Islands located between Pylades and Stuart Channels approximately 16 km (9.9 mi) southeast of Nanaimo, and approximately 38 km (24 mi) southwest of Vancouver. The island was named after Michael de Courcy, captain of HMS Pylades and is about 460 acres (186.2 ha) in area.


    The island was the home of Brother XII, a mysterious cult figure in the 1920s and of Pirate's Cove Marine Park.


    The only access to the island is by boat or floatplane. Gulf Island Seaplanes flies to the island daily.


    It gives its name to the DeCourcy group of islands which consist, from north to south, of Mudge Island, Link Island, DeCourcy Island, Ruxton Island and Pylades Island. This island group runs parallel to the east coast of Vancouver Island inside the protection of the larger Gabriola Island and Valdes Island. Access by boat from Nanaimo in the north is through Dodd Narrows. From Vancouver, vessels pass between Gabriola Island and Valdes Island through Gabriola Passage. Both Dodd Narrows and Gabriola Passage have strong tidal currents. Gabriola and Valdes Islands protect these smaller islands from the more open Strait of Georgia.


    Nanaimo (Canada 2016 Census population 90,504) is a city on the east coast of Vancouver Island. It is known as "The Harbour City". The city was previously known as the "Hub City", which has been attributed to its original layout design where the streets radiated out from the shoreline like the spokes of a wagon wheel, as well as its generally centralized location on Vancouver Island. Nanaimo is also the headquarters of the Regional District of Nanaimo.


    The Regional District of Nanaimo is a regional district located on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island. It is bordered to the south by the Cowichan Valley Regional District, to the west by the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, and to the northwest by the Comox Valley Regional District. Its administration offices are located in Nanaimo. During the 2011 census, its population was established at 146,567.


    The Regional District of Nanaimo was incorporated on August 24, 1967. It has members that are cities, towns, districts, and seven electoral areas that contain unincorporated communities.


    The region owns and operates the Nanaimo Regional Transit System, which provides conventional local bus routes and special needs paratransit services.

    Recreation

    One of the Gulf Island’s most popular marine parks, Pirates Cove Marine Provincial Park, is located on the southeast corner of DeCourcy Island. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike the 4-kilometre trail or explore the sandstone beaches and caves. As would be expected, swimming and kayaking are popular activities at Pirates Cove, called Gospel Cove by the Aquarians. The 31-hectare Pirates Cove offers walk-in campsites, a magnificent all weather anchorage, and a variety of opportunities for wildlife viewing.

    History

    Located in Northumberland Channel off the east coast of central Vancouver Island, DeCourcy Island was named after Michael de Courcy, captain of the H.M.S Pylades, a vessel that charted these waters from 1859 to 1861.


    DeCourcy Island is about 300 acres in size and is heavily forested in most areas, except for a small private farm on the northwest side of the Island. There are several middens on DeCourcy Island that indicate native use of the land going back over 3,000 years.


    Between 1943 and 1957 the island was owned by a Swiss brother and sister, Paul and Anna Wyff. They farmed the island communally with a number of other people, living a simple and self-sufficient lifestyle. DeCourcy Island Estates purchased the land in 1965 and subdivided it into approximately 160 lots. Today, DeCourcy has around 40 residences built on the island, most of which are used on weekends or during the summer months.

    Boundaries

    Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.

    Map Reference

    49° 5'51.62"N and 123°44'37.43"W

    Services

    It has been noted by the owner that this property DOES have a well, however the well has not been used in many years and no records on the quality or quantity of the water supply are available.


    There are no services on the island, with most residents utilizing a combination of generators, solar panels and wind turbines to provide their power. Typically, fresh water is provided via wells or rainwater collection, while septic tanks or composting toilets provide sanitary services.

    Tax Details

    $637.10 (2018)

    Zoning

    SR - Settlement Residential

    Legal

    LOT 7, BLOCK B, SECTION 10, NANAIMO DISTRICT, PLAN 23343
    PID 003-084-981

    Maps & Plans

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    Maps & Plans

    Our property descriptions and geographical information are taken from the BC Assessment Authority, Land Titles Office, government maps and other sources. While LandQuest® does not guarantee the information, we believe it to be accurate, but should not be relied upon without verification. This communication is not intended to cause or induce breach of an existing agency agreement.

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