4 acres on Sidney Island, 423 ft southwest facing low bank sandy beach oceanfront. Superb and parklike with mature cedar, fir and arbutus. Small sleeping cabin and approved septic system installed.
We are pleased to offer this beautiful 4 acre property with 423 feet of spectacular southwest facing walk-on sandy beachfront on Sidney Island. The view over sun-bleached logs, grasses and white sand across Sidney Channel to James Island and beyond is truly special. The winding driveway leads to your choice of building sites in a private parklike setting with mature cedar, fir and arbutus. It is situated at the northwest corner of the private land adjacent to the Sidney Spit Gulf Island National Park Reserve.
The owner has been working on site preparation work including clearing and landscaping and tells us his plans include digging one or two ponds which will be wonderful features while providing water for fire suppression.
An older forestry cabin provides storage and sleeping accommodation while you prepare to build your dream home or cottage and there is an approved septic system installed.
The private lands on Sidney Island are 1.7 times larger than Stanley Park and are shared with only 111 lots around the perimeter with over 1,500 acres of common lands including managed forest. It has a communal dock and breakwater providing safe year-round moorage and the best airstrip in the Gulf Islands. With a National Park Reserve as our neighbour Sidney Island is a unique BC treasure and we believe it is the best oceanfront value in BC.
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 Strata Corporation equipment includes 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 10 km from Roche Harbour on US San Juan Island.
Access is by boat or floatplane to the private dock, sheltered by a new rock breakwater, 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 Sidney and there is a rideshare system for Sidney Island. Please contact Rich Osborne 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 less than 30 inches annual rainfall. 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 shared ownership includes an excellent network of roads, a new breakwater and expanded dock. 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.
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.
Boating, swimming, paddling, scuba diving, fishing, 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°37'23.61"N and 123°19'31.72"W
Strata Fees: $228.23 per month (2019)
CD-2 Sidney Island Comprehensive Development Zone Capital Regional District and Islands Trust
LOT 19, SECTION 12, 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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