Private island enjoys city services

Jesse Island in Departure Bay, Nanaimo is listed for $4.5 million.
Jesse Island in Departure Bay, Nanaimo is listed for $4.5 million.

For the buyer who has everything, here’s something they probably would like to add to their portfolio – a private island in Departure Bay, Nanaimo, B.C.

Listing agent Michael Peterson of  Re/Max of Nanaimo says Jesse Island is a private, nine-acre, fully serviced island,  offering the chance to “watch the dolphins, fish for salmon, golf and find world renown scuba locations at your doorstep.”

A light beacon at the east end of the island guides the B.C. Ferry to safe harbour at Nanaimo. Jesse Island is densely covered with original growth pine, cedar, arbutus and oak trees as well as native blackberries “upon which descendants of goats brought to the Western Archipelago by explorers centuries ago feed to this day,” says Peterson. “Groomed trails meander through this unspoiled foliage, giving visitors views of wild animals and birds such as the bald eagles that nest in the trees overhead.”

The east half of the island provides views of the mountains of Whistler Ski Resort. The west end includes a log family retreat with four bedrooms, five baths, a library and a two-car garage. The main house is cantilevered on a bluff overlooking a large beach area and a deepwater docking facility for three or four boats. There is also a caretaker’s home and men’s and women’s sanitary facilities with hot and cold water showers for campers who visit as guests of the owners, says Peterson.

City water, power and telephone are delivered to Jesse Island through submarine conduits, which eliminate the utility problems encountered on other private islands, he says.

The island is listed for $4.5 million. “The seller is offering a $10,000 finders fee to anyone who sends us a buyer or contact to a licensed Realtor who purchases the island,” says Peterson. “There is a great selling commission of 2.5 per cent on this property and a referral of 25 per cent of the selling commission in place for any licensed Realtor who sends out a buyer to us instead of coming out themselves.”

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