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Ladysmith BC is set on a hillside overlooking the protected waters of Ladysmith Harbour and conveniently situated on Central Vancouver Island, the charming town of Ladysmith is situated between Nanaimo (20 min) and Victoria (1 h 15).
With its ideal blend of nature, culture, heritage and deep sense of community, Ladysmith is home to laid back young families, professionals, as well as retirees, and has lots of properties with magnificent ocean views. The vintage Edwardian buildings in which many of the businesses of Downtown Ladysmith are located convey a unique character to the area, making it a valued destination for tourists.
The town is known for its quality of life and offers plenty of services and amenities, ranging from a health centre, a community centre, boutiques, restaurants, speciality shops, cafes, bakeries, a library, and more. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the many walking trails and watersports opportunities in and around Ladysmith.
Ladysmith real estate key points:
- A fast-growing, vibrant community, with a wide array of older and new homes and various price ranges: older homes, character homes, executive homes, bungalows, multi-levels, town houses, apartments and condos
- A good number of properties in Ladysmith have ocean views
- Family-oriented community, with schools, and activities for all ages
- Easy commute to Nanaimo and Duncan for work or access to large stores
- Easy, family access to Transfer Beach Park for beach walks, swimming, water park, volleyball and water sports
- Moorage and marine-related activities at the Ladysmith Marina
- Frank Jamieson Community Centre (pool, fitness centre, activities, events, and health services)
- Many parks and trails, such as the Holland Creek Trail, and picturesque forests
- Yearly events, such as the Festival of Lights in the winter, Concerts in the Park in the waterfront Amphitheatre and Ladysmith Days in the summer
Chemainus is a quaint coastal town renowned for the many colorful, historic murals painted on its downtown building walls. This tranquil, small artistic community strongly values culture and tourism. Located between Ladysmith and Duncan, Chemainus has lots of character homes as well as some new construction developments, and is a great place to live, enjoy outdoor activities and do business.
Chemainus real estate key points:
- Many homes have ocean views and mountain views
- Centrally located on Vancouver Island, easily accessible via the main highway
- Many opportunities for entertainment, as well as speciality shopping, antiques, cafes, bakeries and dining
- Diverse types of properties such as historic homes, new constructions, condos, apartments and townhomes
- Close to town for groceries and shopping
- Chemainus Theatre and Chemainus Music in the Park outdoor concerts
- Kin Park with a beach for swimming, park activities and boat launch
- Mount Brenton Golf Course
- Many parks, hiking trails and fishing sports
Average Chemainus house price (2016): $304,000. Average apartment price: $161,200
Located between the quaint towns of Chemainus and Ladysmith, Saltair is a charming area with many properties along the water. This small, unincorporated community is perfectly suited for families and retirees looking for a quieter lifestyle with a taste of country near to town, with easy access to parks and walking trails.
Saltair real estate key points:
- Many homes have ocean views and higher property values than surrounding towns
- Larger, more private lots
- A few minutes drive from the towns of Ladysmith and Chemainus for schools, groceries and other services
- Taxes are lower since the community is unincorporated
- Access to Saltair community water with septic fields
- Home to Saltair Pub
Average Ladysmith house price (2016): $500,000
Centrally located along the shorelines of the east cost of Vancouver Island, Nanaimo is a vibrant city that offers beautiful, diverse landscapes, stunning parks and trails, farmland, sandy beaches, a beautiful harbour and one of the most magnificent waterfronts in Canada. Nanaimo’s real estate market thrives with a variety of housing to suit the needs of small and large families; professionals and retirees, as well as farmers and business entrepreneurs. Developers can still find plenty of vacant lots in this area, which is the island’s second largest city.
With its forested mountain backdrop and numerous ocean views, Nanaimo is blessed with mild climate, natural wild beauty and plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities. With easy access to the British Columbia mainland via BC Ferries, Nanaimo is also a great pivotal location to commute to the Gulf Islands (Newcastle Island, Protection Island, Gabriola Island, Valdes Island, and many others), and to the north island (Tofino, Comox Valley, Parksville, Campbell River, Port Alberni, Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, etc.).
Nanaimo real estate key points:
- Steady values; surprisingly affordable housing and cost of living, compared to Vancouver and Victoria
- Wide-ranging types of properties such as single and multi-family homes, waterfront condos and luxury properties, character homes, remodelled houses, affordable ranchers, country estates, farms, apartments and townhouses.
- Different parts of town offer different ocean and panoramic views
- A strong economic environment: retail and service businesses that cater to the community and to visitors; a smartly restored downtown and walkable harbor front, specialty shopping and dining, music venues, galleries and night spots, as well as box stores and malls such as the Woodgrove Centre
- Efficient highways that traverse the city, and a well-organized bus service
- Nanaimo has three BC Ferry terminals and is served by three airports: Nanaimo Airport with services to Vancouver and Calgary, Nanaimo Harbour Water Airport with services to Vancouver harbour and Vancouver Airport, and Nanaimo/Long Lake Water Airport.
- Large rural and acreage properties still available, a short drive from downtown
- Home to Vancouver Island University, as well as 30 elementary and secondary schools, and two francophone schools
- Recreation opportunities ranging from public gardens such as the Milner Gardens & Woodland; great hiking and cycling trails, fishing, kayaking and boating, scuba diving, ziplining, bungy jumping, and a choice of 19 golf courses in the region
Average Nanaimo house price (2016): $419,900. Average apartment price: $299,000
The historic coastal city of Duncan is the commercial hub of South Central Vancouver Island. Located between the cities of Nanaimo (45 min.) and Victoria (1 h), Duncan is home to many Coast Salish First Nations People and takes pride in its rich heritage. We can find over 75 totem poles and other cultural artefacts throughout the city.
This small, vibrant city has both older and newer homes with ocean view, and a population of 5,000, serving over 80,000 people. Duncan also has a rural area with larger lots. The average temperature in Duncan is higher than anywhere else in Canada, making it an ideal place for vineyards, fishing, farming, forestry and tourism.
Duncan real estate key points:
- Cowichan District Hospital and many community health services
- Many accommodation opportunities for the home buyer: valuable lakefront properties, old and new single & multifamily homes, condos, apartments, farms, etc.
- Many commercial and business buildings.
- Surrounded by mountain, forest, and coastal wilderness.
- Charming downtown area, with wellness studios, shopping, dining, pubs and historical buildings.
- Many wineries & vineyards.
- Vancouver Island University Cowichan Campus, as well as primary and secondary schools.
- Home to the picturesque Providence Farm with its therapeutic farm programAverage
Duncan house price (2016): $391,200. Average apartment price: $284,500