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    Sidney Island Oceanfront - Strata Lot 124 - Southern Gulf Islands

    Vancouver Island & Southern Gulf Islands Listing No. 20214

    Private & sunny east facing acreage with 3,500 ft2 home has 6 bedrooms, 2 living areas, 2 full kitchens, 4 bathrooms, separated into 2 almost identical sections. Perfect for family with teenagers or grown children.


    Price
    $1,695,000

    Size
    3.07 acres ~ 296± ft oceanfront

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    Description

    This beautiful Sidney Island oceanfront parcel is 3.07 acres with 2.9 acres of limited common property to the north; with the access to the limited common property the oceanfront is expanded to 600 feet. This private east facing acreage is sunny and secluded with views across the Sidney Island private dock towards the San Juan Islands.

    This home is ideal for a family with teenagers or two families who are friends as it is comprised of two sides (north and south) that can be isolated from one another. It is separated into two almost identical sections with a common back entrance/mudroom, hallway, laundry and two storage closets. There is also a large outside closet for storage in the front. An expansive 80-foot ocean side deck was constructed approximately 2 years ago.

    Completed in 2002 the 3,500 square foot home has 6 bedrooms, 2 living areas, 2 full kitchens, 4 bathrooms, study, mudroom, laundry and lots of storage. Nine foot ceilings and doors and 14 skylights offer a bright, airy open feeling to the home. All the beams inside the house were milled from trees taken off the property. The entire property is beautifully landscaped with grass and has a circular driveway creating a park-like vision.

    A new full solar electric system was installed in approximately 2016/2017. The rain water collection system holds 16,000 gallons, 2 pumps (one as backup) passing through a 20 micron, 5 micron and a UV system to 2 pumps inside that pressurize the house. There are 2 propane hot water tanks.

    South Side Home

    The south side downstairs has 2 bedrooms one with a sitting area, a study, bathroom with double tub, vanity and toilet, living room, sitting room around the fireplace, kitchen with dishwasher, 4-burner propane stove, propane fridge, pantry, storage and storage closets. The south side upstairs has a bedroom 12 ft of closets, meditation room (or walk-in closet) and bathroom with vanity, shower and toilet, utility closet with pressure pump, 100 gallon water holding tank and hot water heater.

    North Side Home

    The north side downstairs has 2 bedrooms, bathroom with 6 ft tub, shower, vanity and toilet. Living room, fireplace sitting are, kitchen, 4 burner propane stove, propane fridge and pantry. The north side upstairs has a bedroom, walk in closet, bathroom with pedestal basin, shower and toilet, utility closet with pressure pump, 100 gal water tank and hot water heater.

    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.

    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 south east of Sidney on the Saanich Peninsula and only 10 km from Roche Harbour on US San Juan Island.

    Access

    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 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, 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.

    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

    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.

    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 the present owners Sallas Forest Limited Partnership.

    Map Reference

    48°37'20.74"N and 123°18'49.12"W

    Tax Details

    $2,877.28 (2020)
    Strata Fees: $232.80 per month (2020)

    Zoning

    The Islands Trust controls zoning and development on all the Gulf Islands. The Capital Regional District (CRD) grants building permits for Sidney Island.

    Legal

    Lot 124, Section 10, Sidney Island, Range 1E, 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 026-298-538

    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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