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    Oceanfront Hideaway - De Courcy Island, BC

    Vancouver Island & Southern Gulf Islands Listing No. 20051

    Three separate 1.5 acre SW facing low bank oceanfront lots totalling 4.66 acres & approx 669 ft of waterfront. Architecturally designed, custom built 1,610 ft2 home with studio on centre lot. Privacy assured or flexibility to hand pick your neighbours. Well appointed for year-round living.


    Price
    Reduced $739,000

    Size
    4.66 acres ~ 3 titles

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    Description

    A remarkable offering you won’t want to miss, this oceanfront refuge is a place to celebrate with family and friends. It truly is a four-season property that will always pull you back or maybe you will be lucky enough to call it home.

    The land package includes 3 legal titles of freehold oceanfront. The properties are stunning southwest facing waterfront, each average approximately 1.5 acres in size with approximately 200 feet of water frontage. The 3 properties total 4.66 acres and approximately 669 feet of waterfront. They slope gently toward the ocean and offer expansive usable space.

    All of the improvements are located only on the centre property ensuring space and privacy. Flexibility exists should you wish to sell one or two of the properties.

    A piece of art, the 1,610 ft2 architecturally designed main home includes 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with a loft and separate 115 ft2 studio. The studio is connected by a wraparound deck and could also be used for a third bedroom or guest accommodation.

    Blending right into the natural landscape, the main home has a West Coast custom design. Floor-to-ceiling glass in areas capture amazing views and natural light. The uses of natural materials give a warm cottage feel to the high ceilings and open floor plan. In total, there are 3 fireplaces, one in the living room, master bedroom and studio. Special barn doors located at the home's entrance open the space to allow for outside living. Overall, the main home is well appointed with all the comforts of home throughout the year

    Other improvements include a septic field system, drilled well, 6,000 gallon filtered rainwater catchment system, solar system with battery bank and inverter, propane appliances and woodstove. There is an outbuilding housing tools and a 5 kW generator and there is also covered space used for storing a boat or equipment. Cellular reception is good in the area for a telephone and the internet.

    While De Courcy Island is only accessible by water, there is an interior road network that links each of the residential properties. This roadway allows for easy loading and unloading from Pirate’s Cove. Many residents on the Island have vehicles that can be easily brought onto the Island by semi-regular barge service. This offering includes a Suzuki Samurai sport utility vehicle for your own personal use!

    A short distance to the other side of the Island is Pirates Cove. Here you will find the island's only marina reserved for property owners. Moorage leases are available. This property includes a prepaid 33 ft boat slip, which expires on April 30, 2021.

    Do not miss out on this opportunity. Call to book your appointment to view today!

    Size

    225 Owl Lane (Lot 13) – 1.57 acres ~ 215± ft oceanfront
    233 Owl Lane (Lot 14) – 1.53 acres ~ 196± ft oceanfront
    243 Owl Lane (Lot 15) – 1.56 acres ~ 258± ft oceanfront

    Total: 4.66 acres ~ 669± ft oceanfront

    Location

    These three lots are located at the northwestern end of De Courcy Island.

    Access

    Contact Listing Agent.

    Area Data

    De Courcy Island is located in Northumberland Channel, between Nanaimo and Valdes Island, 16 kilometres southeast of Nanaimo. De Courcy Island is accessed by private boat or float plane. It is approximately 15 20 minutes by boat from Nanaimo's Boat Harbour, 15 minutes by boat to Ladysmith, or 20 minutes by float plane from Vancouver.

    Seaplane Services from Vancouver Airport's South Terminal

    • Gulf Island Seaplanes - 1-800-665-2359

    Seaplane Charter Services

    • Seair Seaplanes - 1-800-447-3247
    • Harbour Air Seaplanes - 1-800-665-0212
    • Ocean Air Floatplanes - 1-866-655-1144

    Water Taxi Service

    • Nanaimo Ocean Adventure - 1-250 740 5800

    Vegetation

    Like many of the Gulf Islands, De Courcy Island contains an interesting mixture of plants, some coastal and some more typically found in the dry interior of BC. Rocky Mountain juniper, satin flower and poison oak are all species that are much more widely spread in the interior than they are on the coast, but they thrive here in the dry summers of De Courcy Island.

    Recreation

    One of the Gulf Islands' most popular marine parks, Pirates Cove Marine Provincial Park, is located on the southeast corner of De Courcy 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 (75 acre) Pirates Cove offers walk-in campsites, a magnificent all weather anchorage, and a variety of opportunities for wildlife viewing.

    De Courcy Island features an excellent array of wildlife. Common marine animals include Harbor Seals (year-round), Steller and California sea lions (late-Aug through mid-May), harbor porpoise, orca, gray and humpback whales (summer months). River otters, black-tailed deer and bald eagles make their home on the Island. Bird watchers can spot Wilson's warblers, Pacific flycatchers, Black oystercatchers, White-crowned sparrows, bald eagles and great blue herons, as well as other species.

    History

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

    De Courcy 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 De Courcy 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 few other people, living a simple and self-sufficient lifestyle. De Courcy Island Estates purchased the land in 1965 and subdivided it into approximately 160 lots. Today, De Courcy has around 40 residences built on the island, most of which are used on weekends or during the summer months.

    Recent history of De Courcy Island records the drama played out in the late 1920s and early 1930s when the island was home to the Aquarian Foundation, a religious cult led by the "downright evil" Brother Xll. Believing himself to be the Twelfth Master of Wisdom who would usher in a new age, Brother Xll convinced 8,000 followers to hand over their worldly possessions and follow him to De Courcy Island.

    The amount of money donated to the foundation is legendary—people would give their entire life savings in support. The land purchased included De Courcy Island. A settlement was built on the north end of the Island, with stories of having gun fortifications and rock shelters. Any excess money was said to have been converted to gold coins and sealed into glass jars and placed into cedar chests. Facing trial in Nanaimo in 1933 on a bundle of charges, Brother Xll and his cohort disappeared on the colony's boat. The couple and the colony's fortune were never seen in these parts again.

    Boundaries

    Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.

    Map Reference

    49° 6'22.93"N and 123°45'19.46"W

    Services

    • Unlicensed drilled well
    • 6,000 gallon filtered rainwater catchment system
    • Septic field system
    • Solar system with battery bank and inverter
    • 5 kW private power generation system

    Improvements

    Custom home, studio, storage and power shed with covered area. Also included is a Suzuki Samurai sport utility vehicle and a prepaid 33 ft boat slip, which expires on April 30, 2021.

    Tax Details

    225 Owl Lane (Lot 13) - $ 905.17 (2019)
    233 Owl Lane (Lot 14) - $1,651.17 (2019)
    243 Owl Lane (Lot 15) - $ 557.04 (2019)

    Total: $3,113.38 (2019)

    Zoning

    SR Settlement Residential, Gabriola Island Local Trust Area, De Courcy Island Zoning Bylaw No. 44.

    Additional zoning information can be found on the Islands Trust website.

    Legal

    Lot 13, Section 24, Decourcy Group of Islands, Nanaimo District, Plan 39964
    PID 000-015-741

    Lot 14, Section 24, Decourcy Group of Islands, Nanaimo District, Plan 39964
    PID 000-015-750

    Lot 15, Section 24, Decourcy Group of Islands, Nanaimo District, Plan 39964
    PID 000-015-768

    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.