Prized and rare low bank oceanfront with 251 feet of south east facing sand and pebble oceanfront on Redsnapper Beach. 1,498 ft2 3 bedroom home with spacious open loft, large deck and grassy lawn.
Imagine walking out your front door to the oceans edge, with your morning coffee in hand, sitting on a log and marveling at the amazing sunrise and stunning sea views of Haro Strait, San Juan Islands, Mount Baker and the Olympic Mountains. Strata Lot 62 is one of the very few properties on Sidney Island with low bank beach access and includes 251 feet of precious south east facing sand and pebble oceanfront on Redsnapper Beach—one of many beautiful beaches on the island. Accessed by a treed and winding drive off Cedar Bough Spur at the southern end of the island, this property is very private with a large conservation land area immediately adjacent to the west and only one neighbouring property, to the east.
This cozy well-constructed 1,498 square foot 3 bedroom home has easy access to an incredible sand and pebble beach and a sort beach stroll to beautiful Sunrise Conservancy on Hamley Point. The home is well positioned to maximize sunlight and provides views of Hamley Point to the east and a perfect alignment of points and islands to the south. The partially covered deck across the front of the home and spacious grassy lawn to the beach provides ample outdoor space to play. The property is protected from storms by a sturdy rock seawall constructed in 2009.
The kitchen, bedrooms and living area are all conveniently located on the main floor with three skylights and abundant windows providing lots of natural light. The second floor is a full-height loft with a comfortable sitting area looking out to sea and separate areas for reading, working, sleeping and/or storage. There is beech wood flooring throughout the main floor and Berber carpet in the loft. The house is equipped with eight solar panels, generator, robust battery bank and inverter system for electrical appliances including fridge, dishwasher, microwave and clothes washer. Propane is used for the on-demand water heater and propane range, while there is a cozy wood stove for chilly evenings. Additional dry storage in the 890 ft2 crawlspace is accessed from the outside.
Outbuildings include a 12’ x 20’guest cabin (unfinished and uninsulated) with 120 volt power delivered from the main home, an attached 9’4 x 10’utility and storage shed and 8’ x 12’ woodshed.
(All measurements approximate)
Sidney Island has a full time on-island caretaker, an airstrip, breakwater and community dock which provides safe secure year round moorage. The dock has ample space and owners may have the opportunity to purchase a designated slip. The property is only a short boat ride from all amenities in the quaint seaside community of Sidney on Vancouver Island. Owning a property on Sidney Island also allows for shared ownership in 1,500 acres of private common property including a heritage apple orchard, dock, airstrip, beautiful walking trails and miles of sandy beaches.
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.
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 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 the Port Sidney Marina and arrangements can be made for the water taxi to pick people up near the BC Ferry terminal at Schwartz Bay, so you can walk on the ferry and easily get to Sidney Island. Please contact Dave Cochlan 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 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.
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 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.
Whale watching, boating, swimming, paddling, scuba diving, fishing, prawning, crabbing, sailing, photography, bird watching, walking, cycling, exploring & 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.
Strata Fees: $228.23 per month (2020)
CD-2 (Comprehensive Development)
Lot 62, Section 1, 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)
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