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Real Estate in Nanoose Bay: A Hidden Gem

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Nanoose Bay is one of the many hidden gems on Vancouver Island. It is a large area that is sparsely populated and it is situated on the edge of the spectacular Nanoose Bay. It is less than a 15-minute drive to Parksville and a 25-minute drive to Nanaimo. You can enjoy a more quiet pace of life out here while still being within easy driving distance of everything you need.

There is a really nice variety when it comes to Nanoose Bay real estate. There are many beautiful homes that sit right on the water, you can enjoy aerial views from properties set up in the hills, and there are plenty of single-family homes tucked in amongst clearings in the forest.

With such a diverse range of properties available and situated on such a pretty bay, Nanoose Bay is an excellent choice if you are looking to join the Vancouver Island real estate market. As a member of Sutton Realty Nanaimo, I can help you find the perfect home here. Check out all of the current listings in Nanoose Bay here.

Reasons To Buy In Nanoose Bay

In this post, I will share all of the reasons this is one of the hidden gems in British Columbia and why you should seriously consider buying a property here. I have lived and worked in the area for over 10 years and Nanoose Bay is a fantastic place to purchase a home.

1. The Vancouver Island Real Estate Market Is Thriving

Buying property on Vancouver Island is a sound investment to make. This has been a record-setting year for selling houses here and the forecast is for the market trends to remain strong in the coming year. 


With houses continuing to sell and prices looking like they will continue to climb, you can feel confident that you are buying in a secure market that is trending upwards. 

As Nanoose Bay is still a relatively well-kept secret here on the Island, house prices remain at an affordable level and are a sound investment for the future.

2. You Will Have Great Neighbours

Nanoose Bay seems to attract a wide range of people. You’ll find retirees, hobby farmers, tradespeople, and as there is an elementary school nearby, there are also lots of families. This eclectic mix of people makes for a fun and friendly neighbourhood to be a part of.


Nanoose Bay is the sort of place where you will get to know everyone fairly easily and you will have people to call on if you ever run into an issue. This isn’t usually the first thing you think of when looking to buy property, but surrounding yourself with such a good community will make your experience living here even better.

3. Nanoose Bay Is Beautiful

A large and deep bay that is overlooked by hilly terrain means that you get spectacular views from all around the bay. Whether you are walking along the edge of the water, or are further up in the hills, you’ll enjoy fantastic views out over the water.


Even if you want to buy a property that is a bit more secluded and surrounded by trees, you don’t have to walk far to take in the surrounding beauty. A quick hike up the Notch will offer you some of the best views of Nanoose Bay. 


As well as being great to look at, Nanoose Bay is also home to lots of wildlife. As it is a deep bay it is not uncommon to see whales swimming right into the bay and close to the shoreline. This is an absolutely amazing experience and it can all happen right on your doorstep if you live here.

4. The Perfect Mix Of Nature And Convenience

While it is extremely pleasant to enjoy the peace and quiet of a semi-rural area, you don’t want to be cut off from civilization. Nanoose Bay is situated perfectly as it is less than a 15-minute drive to Parksville, which has pretty much everything you need.


You’ll find shops, grocery stores, medical centres, dentists, restaurants, and almost everything you need in Parksville. And what you can’t find in Parksville, you can find in Nanaimo, which is only a 25-minute drive away. From here you can even catch a flight or take a ferry back to the mainland or the Gulf Islands. 


This mid-island location also offers relatively easy access to the rest of the amazing places on Vancouver Island. You are just under 2 hours from Victoria, 1 hour 10 minutes from Mount Washington for skiing in the winter, and 2 hours 30 minutes from the funky surf town of Tofino. With all of these great places within easy driving distance, you’ll have plenty of options for planning fun weekend getaways. 

5. There Are Lots Of Activities To Keep You Busy

During your free time, you want to make sure there are things you can enjoy right on your doorstep or fairly close by. Nanoose Bay has an abundance of activities to keep you entertained throughout the year. 


Walkers and hikers will enjoy many of the local trails, and oceanside paths can be found in Beachcomber Regional Park and Rathtrevor Provincial Park. As it is on the ocean you can partake in water-based activities like kayaking, sailing, and fishing. 


Due to the excellent, mild weather in this part of Vancouver Island, you can play golf year-round. Join the Fairwinds Golf Club and play on an award-winning course in an absolutely breathtaking setting.

Is It Time To Buy In Nanoose Bay?

Nanoose Bay really is one of the best-kept secrets on Vancouver Island but it may not stay that way for too much longer. With a moderate climate, beautiful scenery, lots of wildlife, activities to keep you busy, and a wonderful community, it’s no wonder more and more people are choosing to call this part of the world home.


I would be delighted to discuss the many opportunities for you in Nanoose Bay. There are plenty of homes for sale in Nanoose Bay and there is something for everyone here. As a long-time local I can give you the inside scoop on what life is really like here and help you find the perfect place to call home.