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Spacious Lots, Waterfront Views

Departure Bay Luxury Homes

Located on a large curved bay in Central Nanaimo, Departure Bay is an incredibly scenic neighborhood with a number of impressive luxury properties. Departure Bay luxury homes for sale sit on large lots and many offer sweeping views of the ocean. You can find these homes just steps from the water, on rocky bluffs above the bay, and on wooded ridges where new constructions are going up. With incredible views of the ocean and easy access to a beautiful beach, lovely parks, and amenities, it's no wonder Departure Bay luxury real estate is so highly sought after.

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Departure Bay Luxury Real Estate Stats

Average Home Price $1.5M
Lowest Listing Price $1.2M
Highest Listing Price $2M
Total Property Listings 6
Avg. Days On Market 37
Avg. Price/SQFT $506

Property Types (active listings)

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Incredible ocean viewsDeparture Bay offers luxury living at its finest, so what are you waiting for? 
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Discover Departure Bay Luxury Real Estate

Departure Bay luxury homes for sale vary considerably when it comes to architectural styles. Some are modern glass and wood structures set right on the water, while others are high-end split-levels in the hills. You can also find a few charming character homes.

The majority of luxury homes in Departure Bay have large lawns or backyards, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, expansive living and dining areas, and decks or balconies. Most have large driveways that can accommodate multiple cars, boats or even RVs. Other features you might find in Nanaimo luxury real estate include:

  • Fireplaces
  • Hot Tubs
  • Hardwood floors
  • Chef-quality kitchens
  • Guest Cottages or Suites
  • Wine cellars
  • Games rooms
  • Theatre rooms
  • Multi-car garages

One of the best things about owning Departure Bay luxury real estate is that you’ll have amazing views no matter where your home is located. Waterfront properties offer vistas over the ocean and Newcastle Island. Homes further inland might offer glimpses of the bay as well as the mountains.

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Living in Departure Bay, Nanaimo

Many people choose to live in Departure Bay for its incredible natural beauty and the fact that it offers access to a number of amenities. The community is just north of Nanaimo and home to the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal where you can catch ferries to Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver.

One of the main draws to the neighbourhood is Departure Bay Beach. Here you can search for crabs and starfish between rocky pools, swim in the ocean, or enjoy other water sports like kayaking, paddle boarding, or boating. There is a coffee shop across the street from the beach and picnic areas and washrooms on the bank.

Departure Bay also has a number of pleasant parks with lush lawns, mature trees, and playground equipment. Some also have tennis courts, sports fields, and walking trails. Parks in the community include:

  • Departure Bay Centennial Park
  • Beach Estates Park
  • Ciliare Park, Kinsman Park
  • Woodstream Park
  • Sugarloaf Mountain Park

If you’re a golfer, you don't have to go far to practice your swing, as Departure Bay is home to the Nanaimo Golf Club. This semi-private golf course features a stunning 18-hole course that is open year-round. The club also has full practice facilities, a pro shop, and restaurant on site.

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Departure Bay Luxury Homes FAQs

Q: What is considered a luxury home in Departure Bay?

A: Departure Bay luxury homes are typically priced in the top 10% of the Vancouver Island real estate market. They often have very generous square footage, prime locations with great views, high-end finishes, and excellent amenities.

Q: What if there are no Departure Bay luxury home listings?

A: Reach out to Realtor® Carly Carey, as I may have off market properties and can let you know when something comes up. You can also create an account here to get the latest updates on Departure Bay luxury property listings.

Q: Can you help me sell my luxury property in Departure Bay?

A: Absolutely! I have a wealth of experience selling homes in the Nanaimo real estate market, from luxury homes to plots of land and more. I can devise a unique marketing plan for your property and draw on my international connections to give you the greatest possible leads and reach.

Q: How far is Departure Bay from Vancouver?

A: The ferry ride from the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver takes about one hour and 40 minutes. 

If you're considering buying or selling a luxury home in Departure Bay, I can help. Contact me online to request a home valuation, receive info on the latest real estate listings,  or to learn more about Vancouver Island communities. 

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If you would like to discuss your central Vancouver Island real estate questions from Lake Cowichan through Qualicum and everywhere in between, please reach out. I love talking about Naniamo real estate and I can’t wait to meet you to discuss your next home with you.