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Stunning Custom Built Luxury Home - Walk On Waterfront

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

House with 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths (Sleeps 8 max)

Dreaming of an oceanfront vacation?

Fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing and sea birds calling. Stroll the beach looking for shells and sea treasures. Watch our resident otters play at water's edge. Spend endless hours watching eagles soar, seals fishing, the ferries coming and going, sea planes overhead and myriad shorebirds looking for dinner. Wander, read, stroll, storm watch, sleep in a deck chair, relax over dinner, BBQ a fresh salmon; this is British Columbia oceanfront at its best!

This modern well-equipped home has everything you will need for a relaxing, memorable vacation.

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Su Grimmer
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2018

About Su Grimmer

This custom built home is owned by our family. It was custom designed and built by one of Nanaimo's most well-respected builders. It sits on the site of one of the original Departure Bay summer cottages built circa 1900. The original wood-frame summer cottage was not salvageable, and so, in 2012, a custom designed house was built on the site. Lots of history. Brand new luxury home.

Su Grimmer purchased this house in 2012

Why Su Grimmer chose Departure Bay

The house site and the whole of the Departure Bay Beach area is one of the most historic in the region. Walk on waterfront is hard to find anywhere in the world, and Departure Bay Beach House is just that...the beach, and the ocean, just outside the ocean side doors of the house.

What makes this house unique

Waterfront. Oceanfront. Mountain views. Custom build. Modern fully equipped home. Lots of space for family, friends and entertaining. Listen to the crash of waves, stroll the beach, breathe the clean ocean air, de-stress, relax, rejuvenate, re-connect. That's what our family does. For us it is all about big family dinners, good fresh food, lots of laughter, idle hours of reading, listening, talking or just kicking back, sipping a cool drink, taking it all in. Hours slip by and time seems to stand still. Sleep well. Swim. Meditate. Connect. We always leave too soon. We think you will feel the same way.


Departure Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , The half bathroom is on the main floor with a sink
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Heated tile floors, soaker tub, walk-in shower and two sinks
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , The master on the upper level has a private ensuite
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , The main upper level bathroom is large with a tub shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master on the main, wheelchair accessible, private ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Master # 2 is on the second level with a private ensuite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , Ocean view upper bedroom has 2 double beds plus oceanview
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Upper level bedroom has a queen and shares a bathroom
  • One large master on the main floor is wheelchair accessible, with a private ensuite bathroom with a large soaker tub and a walk-in shower. The toilet has a grab bar and is a high access toilet. This bedroom also have a desk and chair, TV, reading area and a huge walk-in closet. The other 3 bedrooms are on the upper level, including another master with queen and private ensuite. The other two bedrooms are 2 doubles and one queen and these two rooms share a large bathroom with a tub/shower combo.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 67 reviews

Perfect, Perfect, Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Departure Bay Home was our very first rental. I have to say it will be a very hard one to beat. Booking was easy and communication with Su throughout the whole experience was very informative. Su was very helpful, making sure that we had all the information that we would need for our first visit to the Island.

The house itself was exceptional. It was very well stocked and your every need has been thought out for you. We were a group of seven and the house had plenty of large common areas to come together as a family, but most importantly great space for everyone to get away from one another! LOL

The house is very conveniently located to all amenities and Su was most helpful when it came to finding just the right things to keep us occupied.

I have saved the best for last though, that VIEW!

So peaceful and relaxing. I really can not say enough about our time on the island. Thank you Su, for helping to make this a trip one that we will not forget any time soon!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceptional Beach House! A rare 10 out of 10 !

  • 5 of 5

This Beach House lives up to its description. It’s an immaculate, light filled, well designed house that comes with an extraordinary view. This house comes fully equipped and the location is ideal for day trips around the island. The property manager, Su is attentive, friendly and super helpful.

During the month we hiked around Westwood Lake in Nanaimo and Heart Lake in Ladysmith, skied at Mount Washington, walked on Rathtrevor Beach, Pipers Lagoon , Parksville Beach and Qualicum Beach. We enjoyed a day trip to Victoria and another to Gabriola Island on the ferry. We ate lunch at Cuckoos Trattoria in Coombs, Asteras Greek Taverna in Nanaimo, brunch at Gabriel’s Cafe, dinners at the Firehouse Grill and Nori. Tacos at the Tidal Shack in Qualicum worth the stop. Add visiting with family and friends and our time on the Island was filled with good times. At the end of the day it was an absolute pleasure to return to the Beach House, cook a meal of prawns and enjoy the peace that comes when all is right. We wholeheartedly recommend this vacation rental. You will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lisa, Thank you so much for your wonderful review of your month-long stay at our beach house. You certainly made the most of your time with us, February notwithstanding. I was always impressed to hear about your almost daily big hikes, long walks and exploring adventures. I think it is safe to say you are no long a tourist in town but a newly minted seasonal resident of Vancouver Island. We hope to have you back with us again soon. All the best, Su Grimmer
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Super location for family reunion!

  • 5 of 5

We selected this location and this property to accommodate our far-flung family (4 couples + 1 infant) so multiple bedrooms and bathrooms were key. Location was also a major consideration. Being directly on the beach at Departure Bay made it special as we enjoyed watching the activity (ferries, float planes, etc) in and around the harbour every day.

The house was in immaculate condition with a fully functional kitchen that allowed multiple people to cook, eat and cleanup. The two separate sitting areas with large gas fireplaces gave everybody lots of room to congregate in separate groupings depending on who wanted to do what. A complete selection of videos, large TV's and other entertainment options made it easy to relax, and it was no chore to stay inside and watch the rainy, winter weather outside! The property is well stocked with bikes and kayak which unfortunately we were not able to use due to the weather.

Su Grimmer was extremely helpful in getting everything organized for us so that our arrival was completely hassle-free when we arrived and could settle down to the business at hand and meet our first grandchild properly in a wonderful house with all our family present.

While January would normally not be the ideal time for a beach front house, it was perfect for our situation. We were able to find plenty to do in Nanaimo and its surroundings, and information was all available at the house as well. We got a recommendation from a friend about the Greek restaurant Asteris and had a wonderful family meal there, and second the recommendation.

All in all, we had a wonderful time, and being in such a beautiful house in a beautiful location made it all the more special.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Eduard, Far flung indeed. I was truly impressed that you came from as far away at Maine, amongst other corners of the USA, for your family gathering. It was a decided pleasure to have your family group stay at our house for the meeting of your new granddaughter/niece. Thank you most sincerely for your kind reviews and observations about our house, location and Nanaimo. We would welcome you back in a heartbeat. Take care. Su G.
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Expectations exceeded!

  • 5 of 5

This is a magnificent house with a view to die for. The main outlook is of the bay overlooking Newcastle Island which is a gem in itself (I would highly recommend a visit) and we spent hours sitting in front of the window looking for wildlife, watching the boats and ferries and appreciating the sunrise.

Pre visit arrangements were easy and the information for finding and accessing the property were spot on. On arrival we were greeted with relaxing music, pastries and a bottle of Prosecco (although that may just be because Su was aware that I was there celebrating a big birthday). This was followed by a welcoming phone call from Su to make sure everything was OK.

The whole house was spotless and although we had high expectations from the photographs it was even better in reality.

Spacious, very stylish, quiet, comfortable with an extensive level of kit in the kitchen to gratify the most serious of cooks. So good we went supermarket shopping and made our own meals as it was a pleasure to use.

The ferry over from Vancouver is worth it just for the views and we even saw killer whales from the ferry (humpback whales on the whale watching tour out of Cowichan Bay). We also went on a Wine Tour which took us round several vineyards which lightened our pockets slightly as we bought wine at each one!

We were all sad to leave and without a doubt our group will be talking about this for a long time to come.

I would definitely recommend this property to anyone.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lucy, Your group was a delight to have at our beach house. And the generous and talented gift of your beautiful watercolour painting of the exterior of our house is treasured and now in for framing and will hang in a place of honour at the house. We would welcome your group back with open arms. I am tickled as well that you chose our home for the advance celebrations for your big birthday. All the best, Su G.
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It felt like heaven when we entered...

  • 5 of 5

We walked in and immediately saw the ocean across the room through the windows. Spa music was playing and fresh baked goods welcomed us. It was a magical start to a lovely peaceful vacation. We had two families with 5 kids under 5!

The kids loved the spacious areas as well as throwing rocks into the ocean. We loved watching the peaceful calm waters in the morning during breakfast and the waves crashing while we were off to bed.

Rathtrevor beach and the big Parksville park and spray park were 30 minutes away. I took one of the deck chairs and sat out on the rocks one early evening and just soaked in the magical experience. We hope to go back one day. You will not be disappointed. Su was amazing as many other reviewers have mentioned, she responded to any questions I had very efficiently. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home with us Su.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Claudine, thank you so very much for your kind review. You folks were dream guests. I am delighted to hear the kids had a blast on the ocean/beach/water park and that you took some personal time to Zen-out. We would welcome you back with open arms. Hope to see you soon. All the best, Su G.
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Delightful stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a brilliant 10-day reunion here earlier this month, ten of us including our 4 adult kids, their 4 children and we parents/grandparents. We hadn't been together in a long while and, when booking, tried to pick the best house rental for our get-together. This is an incredible property for all ages, what a tremendous choice we made!

The first evening, my husband and I stood on the patio and saw our overseas family's ferry come into the Departure Bay terminal, a treat as we didn't expect to actually watch them arrive. In the following days, we swam, searched for seashells, kayaked, barbecued, relaxed, saw terrific sunrises, the children made forts on the beach, the littlest one loved the sand and stones. With the views, comforts and amenities in this home, we felt like the rich and famous. Our holiday was simply magnificent!

Although you feel quite secluded here, you ARE in the city of Nanaimo with its many restaurants, parks, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc just minutes away. As well, we took in some fairs and events in the area, there was never a shortage of wonderful entertainments out and and about.

Sincere thanks to hostess Su Grimmer who offered to take our family photos but we were able (with our son's camera using the 10 second delay) to take lovely shots from her main level patio featuring the beautiful backdrop of Departure Bay. Memories are made of this! You were kind and helpful at all times, Su, and it was so nice to meet you in person on our last day.

To say that we highly recommend would be an understatement! We hope to return asap.

PS Some of the places and activities that we most enjoyed were eateries The Cod Squad, Lighthouse Restaurant in the inner harbour, the Shanghai City for Dim Sum, the Dinghy Dock ferry to Protection Island and their floating family restaurant, the Parksville Sand Sculpture competition, Eagle Wing whale watching tour out of Victoria, and Nesvog Meats which has a huge selection of chicken, steaks and sausages for the barbecue.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wowie zowie, Linda, thank you for the superb review. You are a very good writer because you drew me right into your family reunion. I got to experience your visit as if I was a participant. I am so happy my house was an integral part of your family holiday. I love all of the extras you added in your review like places to eat and shop. That’s a huge help to any reader. Thank you so very much for taking the time to write this review. Please do come back to visit. You are 5 star guests and we would welcome you back with open arms. Cheers, Su G.
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Nearest Airport
1.5 Kilometres
Sea Air float plane terminal
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Original Joe's (Country Club Mall)
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Kilometres
BC Ferries Departure Bay terminal
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Nanaimo Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Highway 19A
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Kilometres
Shanghai Gardens (Chinese, dim sum, buffet)
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Mount Washington Ski Area
Nearest Beach
Departure Bay Beach (in front of the house)
Car: recommended

A Stunning Custom Built Beachfront Vacation Rental

Looking for a luxury oceanfront vacation rental home? Departure Bay Beach House, located on famous Departure Bay, is an elegant custom built 'walk-on' beachfront home, located in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Custom built in 2012 by one of Nanaimo's premiere builders, our modern, stylish two-storey private residence, can be your vacation rental dream come true.

An Ideal Waterfront Location

Departure Bay is short distance from shopping and dining with a number of restaurants within walking distance of the house. Nanaimo is a thriving community of parks, beaches, charming eclectic shops, waterfront walks, marinas and myriad dining choices from fine to casual, plus all the modern convenience needed for an enjoyable stay. These include grocery stores, gas stations, libraries, theatres, restaurants and delis, specialty food shops, spas, doctors and dentists, massage therapists and beauty salons.

The city of Nanaimo sits mid-Island and is a central arrival and departure point for BC Ferries to the BC Mainland. There is also an airport, or you can come and go via seaplane (Harbour Air, Seair Seaplanes or Westcoast Air) into Nanaimo Harbour from downtown Vancouver or Vancouver International Airport. The seaplane trip is only 20 minutes!

The TransCanada Highway (Hwy #1) runs directly through the heart of Nanaimo. From here you can venture north to Mount Washington, Courtenay and Comox, west to Tofino or south to the Cowichan Valley and Victoria.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $197.99
Damage Deposit $554.37

Cleaning fees are in addition to the nightly or weekly rate. A further GST tax (goods & service tax) is charged on the total amount. GST is charged at 5.0% on the total amount in Canadian dollars.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.