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    Sidney Island Oceanfront - Strata Lot 102 - Southern Gulf Islands

    Vancouver Island & Southern Gulf Islands Listing No. 21200

    Superb 3.67 acres with ±370 ft. of beachfront on the west side of Sidney Island lot is level, with huge character arbutus, fir, & monster maple trees. The gradual bank slope with mature trees and vegetation is a good location for a trail to the white sand beach.


    Price
    $549,000

    Size
    3.67 acres ~ 370± ft oceanfront

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    Description

    Spectacular 3.67 acres with 370± ft of beachfront on the west side of Sidney Island overlooking Sidney Channel to James Island and fronting on a gorgeous white sand beach.

    The superb lot is level, beautifully covered in mature timber including huge character arbutus, massive fir, balsam and the most magnificent maples I have ever seen are all the way to the road for maximum privacy. The gradual bank slope with mature trees and vegetation down to the bottom is a great location for a trail to a white sand beach where you can walk for miles or just nestle in.

    When the trees are thinned and trimmed to open it up the lot and building site the result will be a marvelous warm, bright, private property amid towering fir and arbutus tree, great building sites spectacular view and all-day sunshine including sunsets over Sidney Channel. The property fronts on a spectacular beach with warm white sand even at high tide and miles of expansive beach at low tide.

    The heritage orchard on the common property of Springbank Farm and precious Dragonfly Ponds conservation zone are close by and it is an easy walk or bike ride to the Kingfisher Pond—the island’s super popular swimming hole. The orchard provides an abundance of delicious apples in the fall, and you can watch the wild peacocks and deer who love it there too. With gorgeous white sand, wildflowers and sun-bleached logs Crabtrap is arguably the nicest beach on the island.

    The west side of the island enjoys maximum warmth, sunshine, sunsets and shelter from prevailing winds.

    Sidney Island is the most southerly Gulf Island and BC’s best oceanfront value with a rock breakwater protecting its community dock, private 2,600 ft airstrip, miles of sandy beaches, super popular swimming hole, heritage orchard, full time island caretaker, precious conservancy zones, managed forest and a real sense of community. The 1,343 acres of common property shared by the owners of the 111 lots on Sidney Island is 1.5 times the size of Stanley Park.

    Call us to arrange a visit to see Sidney Island and this very special property.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Strata title ownership
    • Approximately 288 acres of strata lots
    • Approximately 1,500 acres common property
    • No public access to the strata owned portion of the island
    • No time requirement for building
    • Precious conservation areas
    • Breakwater and expanded communal dock in Miner’s Bay
    • 2,600 ft grass airstrip
    • Miles of sand beaches
    • Excellent network of roads
    • Managed sustainable forest
    • Cellular telephones work on much of the island
    • Full-time resident Island Caretaker

    EQUIPMENT

    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.

    Location

    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 southeast of Sidney on the Saanich Peninsula and only 10 km from Roche Harbour on U.S. San Juan Island.

    Access

    Access is by boat 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 Sidney Island strata owners. Water taxi service is available from Sidney.

    Area Data

    Sidney 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:

    • spotted fallow deer
    • bald eagles
    • hawks
    • black-tailed deer
    • turkey vultures
    • mink
    • woodpeckers
    • humming birds
    • great blue herons
    • Javanese peacocks
    • river otters
    • a rich variety of songbirds, ducks, geese and other waterfowl

    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.

    GEOGRAPHY

    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.

    Vegetation

    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.

    Recreation

    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 U.S. San Juan Islands.

    History

    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.

    Map Reference

    48°36'29.96"N and 123°18'35.56"W

    Tax Details

    $973.52 (2021)
    Strata Fees: $232.80 per month (2021)

    Zoning

    CD-2 Sidney Island Comprehensive Development Zone Capital Regional District and Islands Trust

    Legal

    LOT 102, SECTION 7, 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)
    PID 026-298-295

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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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