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Sidney Island Oceanfront - Strata Lot 101 - Southern Gulf Islands, BC
Sidney Island Oceanfront - Strata Lot 101 - Southern Gulf Islands, BC
ALMOST 3 acres and 300 feet of oceanfront. West facing with view towards James Island, level and treed with fir and arbutus. Lots of sunshine and fabulous sunsets. Easy access to white sands of Crabtrap Beach.
  • Size: 2.95 acres ~ 296± ft oceanfront
  • Area: VANISLANDSC
  • Price: $375,000
  • Listing Agent: Richard Osborne - rich@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-664-7633
Description :

This beautiful lot is located on Mapleleaf Lane on the west side of Sidney Island. The upper portion of this 2.95 acre oceanfront lot where you will build your home is level, treed with fir and arbutus and has been cleared of underbrush and looks great. When the home site has been cleared with trees, thinned and trimmed to open up the viewscapes this will be a very bright warm property with all day sunshine including the spectacular sunsets along Sidney Channel and views across it to James Island.


The property has a steep sloping bank to the beach that may provide an opportunity for a trail but it is a very short walk to the common access to white sands at Crabtrap Beach. With gorgeous white sand, wildflowers and sun-bleached logs Crabtrap is arguably the nicest beach on the island. The bank on the property is fully treed with trees and vegetation all the way to the bottom.


The heritage orchard on the common property of Springbank Farm and precious Dragonfly Ponds conservation zone are close by and it is an easy walk or bike ride to the Kingfisher Pond - the island’s super popular swimming hole. The orchard provides an abundance of delicious apples in the fall and you can watch the wild peacocks and deer who love it there too.


In 2017 the long and very much anticipated Sidney Island Breakwater and expanded dock facility were completed providing excellent safe year-round moorage. As a result of blasting and creating rock for the breakwater, excess rock was crushed, placed and compacted on the 18 km of roads - a superb added bonus for the island.


Call us to arrange a visit to see Sidney Island and this very special property.


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
  • 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.
Recreation : Whale watching, boating, swimming, paddling, scuba diving, fishing, prawning, crabbing, sailing, photography, bird watching, walking, cycling, exploring and cruising the Canadian Gulf Islands and the US San Juan Islands.
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, Hawthorne and a 50-tree orchard on the common land.
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, 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.

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 Sallas Forest Limited Partnership.
Zoning : CD-2 Sidney Island Comprehensive Development Zone Capital Regional District and Islands Trust
Legal :

LOT 101, SECTION 6, SIDNEY ISLAND, RANGE 1W, 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 026-298-279

Taxes : $821.08 (2017)
Strata Fees: $228.23 per month (2017)
Map Reference : 48°36'26.56"N and 123°18'34.50"W
Listing # : 18080