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Small-Town Charm!

Chemainus Real Estate

Just a 30-minute drive south of Nanaimo is the small, welcoming community of Chemainus. Originally a sawmill town, Chemainus saw a resurgence in tourism for its beautiful murals—53 in total located around the community. Other famous landmarks include the welcome sign, illustrating the area's rich history in forestry, and the Chemainus Theatre, the performing arts center which also houses a restaurant and art gallery.

This community offers residents small-town charm whilst still being only a short distance away from larger cities. Plus, its beautiful homes are located both near the waterfront and near a multitude of parks—Perfect for those who enjoy the outdoors. Contact Carly Carey today to start your home search, or click to learn more about Chemainus real estate.
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Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $864K
Lowest Price $399K
Highest Price $2.4M
Total Chemainus Listings 50
Avg. Days On Market 62
Avg. Price/SQFT $485

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Famous Murals

Chemainus Real Estate Highlights

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    Rich history and important landmarks throughout community
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    Friendly neighbours and welcoming atmosphere
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    Outdoor recreation for all ages
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    Shops, restaurants, and annual community events
Life In ChemainusChemainus is a picturesque, coastal escape. Its quaint downtown and strong sense of community make this a wonderful place to live.
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Chemainus Real Estate

From older, charming bungalows to new construction properties, the Chemainus real estate market features an abundance of choice for homebuyers. Detached homes for sale in this village are available in a variety of styles, but do typically fall into the luxury price range. With desirable features such as ocean views and fireplaces, luxury homes in Chemainus offer residents the cozy, coastal lifestyle. 

Chemainus also has numerous townhomes and duplexes, the latter of which feel much like a single-family property; ample square footage and modern interior upgrades are common amenities. These properties also tend to be located closer to the village center, whilst large, luxury homes tend to be situated on quiet, private streets that back onto forested areas—or right on the waterfront.

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Chemainus Lifestyle

Tourism is a big part of the village of Chemainus, as it is perhaps most well-known for its gorgeous murals, which contributed to the revitalization of the community's economy. Its multitude of local businesses and organizations have also helped Chamainus develop into the desirable region it is today. This village mixes both vibrant commercial areas, such as Old Town and Downtown, as well as residential districts. The Chemainus Public Market on Willow Street showcases exciting vendors and is an excellent opportunity to get out and about with neighbours. 

There's much to do in and around the Chemainus area, as the village does host events year-round. But residents of this community make the move for its friendly atmosphere and outdoor activities, which include hiking and dog-walking trails and the beach.

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Top Chemainus Highlights & Amenities

Of course, the 50+ murals located around Chemainus are a popular attraction, but there is so much more that the village offers. Its happening downtown area, centered on Willow Street, is a walkable area with local boutique, which include cafes, restaurants, gift shops, and antique stores. This is also the home of the Chemainus Public Market. The area around the Chemainus Ferry Terminal is the Downtown District, which similarly features small, local businesses and boutiques. 

Chemainus also has a number of parks and trails around the community, for those of all ages. Kinsman Beach Park is located by the waterfront, and has a playground for the kids to play on. Waterwheel Park is the community's centrally-located memorial park, found right next door to the Chemainus Valley Museum and the Chemainus Festival Of Murals Society. Other outdoor highlights include:

  • Chemainus Lake Park
  • Fuller Lake Park (next to Fuller Lake Arena)
  • Askew Park
  • Wul'aam (Echo) Park
  • Cook Beach Park
  • Gerry Smith Park
  • Lower Banon Creek Falls

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Chemainus Real Estate Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long is the ferry ride from Chemainus, BC?

A: The Chemainus Ferry takes passengers to both Thetis Island and Penelakut Island. The journey takes about 30 minutes, regardless of destination.

Q: Who painted the murals in Chemainus, BC?

A: The murals are a collaborative effort between a number of artists—over 40, in fact! Each artist and mural has their own, unique story, which is part of why they are so famous and so beloved.

Q: How far is Chemainus from Saltair?

A: Chemainus is roughly 2.5 kilometers, or about a 5-minute drive, south of Saltair.

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