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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

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 Nanaimo

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
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • 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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Stunning Custom Built Luxury Home - Walk On Waterfront
average rating of 5.0 based on 61 reviews
Victoria, BC, Canada

A slice of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Our mini vacation at Su's warm and beautiful home surpassed our expectations even after reading the many glowing reviews! Her attention to detail in decor and as a host is exceptional. We enjoyed four glorious days relaxing, reading, cooking (her kitchen really is well stocked), walking, kayaking and hanging out with family. Would definitely return for a longer visit! Thank you Su!!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Janet, It was our sincere pleasure to host your family at our beach house. I had a smile from ear to ear knowing you had chosen our house to celebrate your father's special birthday. We would welcome you back with open arms. Thank you so much for leaving our house filled with warm memories. All the best, Su G.
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Vancouver, BC


  • 5 of 5

My Parents, Sister, Brother in law and I just had an amazing stay at Departure Bay Beach house. I live in the city and I have physical limitations and need accessible environments. First thing after booking Su sent me a link to Nanaimo taxi so that I could 'reserve a wheelchair cab for my pickup from the ferry. Right from the get go amazing service and I didn't have to waste time waiting for an accessible cab.

The house comes equipped with a wheelchair ramp to get in and out of the main floor. Also a huge entrance and wide halls. The main floor bathrooms are equipped with transfer bars and high toilets. This was also useful for my Father who is a tall man with some mobility issues as well.

l was awestruck by the floor to ceiling view of Departure Bay and the access to patio with an amazing dining space. No need to walk to the water as you sit right beside it. Each day we watched seals, otters and the daily boat traffic while relaxing seaside.

My Mother loved the kitchen which not only is large and well stocked but shares the amazing view thanks to the great house design. There is no wasted space and lots of storage as well as access to an amazingly well equipped laundry room.

It was a great mini vacation and we all left relaxed and rejuvenated.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lynette, It was a sincere pleasure to have you and your extended family stay with us this past week. I know how hard it has been for you to find a house that will accomodate your specific needs and I am delighted to hear our beach house fit the bill. I am happy to hear that our kitchen was up to your mother's standards as you had mention she is a wonderful cook so I am pleased to know she was happy with the set-up. We would welcome you back at anytime. Thank you so much for leaving our house in pristine condition. It is very much appreciated. All the best, Su G.
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Phoenix, Arizona, usa

Perfect waterfront home!

  • 5 of 5

For 12 wonderful days, we made this beautiful waterfront home ours. From the moment we walked in to the gorgeous water views from almost every window, we felt at home. We were greeted with a pristinely clean home, soft music, and the smell of yummy sweet rolls and pizza. What a great start to our visit. The home has the best floor plan for a group in that the rooms are all nicely sized, but allow for both togetherness as well as personal time. The decor and furnishings are the best we've experienced in all of our vacation rentals. The kitchen was very well supplied so that it was possible and enjoyable to have meals there. Su has thought of everything right down to the binoculars to watch the activities out in the bay. Su has been a very clear communicator about what to expect, but also gave us great advice about how best to make the most of our time in the area. We greatly appreciated that and enjoyed our exchanges. While the weather was a bit cool to enjoy getting into the water and spending time outside, we still loved the farm to table restaurants, farmer's markets, and generally savouring our time relaxing and watching the activity in the bay. We wholeheartedly recommend this lovely home, the pretty area, and especially Su!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Paula, Your review is like a gift. Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a delight to have you as our guests. While I know it was cool for your stay, especially compared to the weather in Arizona, it was fun to hear of your adventures exploring our special part of British Columbia. I am delighted the piece of art work from Butchart Gardens is now displayed in your home in Flagstaff. We would most heartedly welcome you back to our home at anytime in the future. Take care. SuG.
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Amazing Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

A group of us were looking for the perfect, relaxing spot for a 50th birthday celebration. This place couldn't have been more perfect! The house itself is immaculate and fully stocked with anything you could need. Being right on the beach, the views go on forever. We spent many hours just gazing out into the bay, watching the ferries come and go. The location is close to everything; groceries, shopping, sights, etc. Su was a dream to deal with. I have rented many places through VRBO and while all owners have been great, Su went above and beyond to ensure we had an amazing time. She sent us road condition updates on the drive there so we would know what to expect, provided us ferry information to ensure we got to the island trouble free, and what a fantastic surprise for the birthday girl to find a nice bottle of Proseco chilling in the fridge along with chocolates and a card, as well as a box of pastries to welcome us all. What a nice touch! Su thought of everything! Su was always just a text away for any questions we had (although there were few, as everything was so well set up).

The price of the house was extremely reasonable, considering everything you get with it. I am already looking at booking another vacation at this amazing property. I guarantee, you won't be disappointed.

Thank you so much Su, for making our island getaway on I won't soon forget! Can't wait to come back!!!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tammy & ladies, It was a pleasure to have you as our guests for such a special occassion as The Big Five Oh! We are delighted to hear your stay with us five star. Thank you for such a glowing review. We look forward to having you back as our guests at some point in the future. Thank you as well for leaving our house in pristine condition. All the best until next time. Su Grimmer
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Pure Magic

  • 5 of 5

There isn’t much I can add to all the previous rave reviews of this fabulous Departure Bay beach home. My husband and I (and occasional family visitors ) spent almost 5 weeks here..time that passed as dreamily as if it were 5 days.

Immaculate, comfortable, classy, brilliantly designed and close to the Terminal Mall with the shopping trifecta of Nesvog Meats, Cob’s Bakery and Sea Drift fish mongers....gastronomical heaven!!

As Island newbies , we found Su to be an invaluable and amazing “concierge “ enthusiastic and knowledgeable resource regarding all things local..she always guided us to the best the area could offer.

Our visit could not have been more perfect !!! We would return in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Donna & Lorne, It was such a pleasure to have you as our guests for the month of February. While the promised cherry blossoms did not make an appearance until late February, you embraced our part of the world and made it your own, leaving Winnipeg far behind for almost 5 weeks. I think you two could become hiking guides for the region you did so much exploring. We hope to have you back to stay with us in the future. I promise to have a few more gourmet “must try” places up my sleeve for your next visit. Take care. SuG.
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Happiest Anniversary Dream Come True!

  • 5 of 5

I searched online for several weeks to find the perfect home and location for our family to all be together in celebration of our milestone 40th Wedding Anniversary. We are a family of 6, including our toddler granddaughter. We knew from the moment that we stepped foot into Su's beautiful and immaculate house with panoramic views of Departure Bay, that we had found our idyllic home away from home for the next 10 days. Relaxing soft music was greeting us from within the house and fresh breakfast Danish was on the kitchen counter from a local bakery to welcome us. Wow! I'm not a world class traveler, but can honestly say that this is the most lovely home we have ever rented for a vacation. There is so much personal space throughout and breathtaking views from both levels. The ferry terminal is within view, so there is always a ferry or a seaplane or a kayak to see. Neighboring otters are nearby near a clear water stream and can be seen early in the morning, as are deer and seagulls and an occasional hawk. We enjoyed every deck and had such glorious weather. Most meals were eaten outside on the spacious patio with Su's beautiful ornamental grasses and the water, only footsteps away, soothing our souls! Su's kitchen and cabinets are so well stocked!

Nanaimo has myriad things to do and a great assortment of shops, restaurants, farmers markets, excursions, etc. We also planned several fun day excursions away from home - a trip to Victoria, and wine touring in Cowichan Valley where we visited several small wine estates and experienced spectacular scenery along the way! Loved spending a lot of time at or near the house - walks on the beach, kayak rides, looking for shells, walks to the nearby kiddie park or splash park or take a short car ride to the top of Sugarloaf mountain nearby.

Su is the absolute most gracious and hospitable hostess than you can imagine. She goes the extra mile in helping with your vacation planning and has great tips and recommendations for restaurants, excursions, shopping places, etc. She even offered to come to the house one day and take some casual family photos of us outdoors. As guests, Su made us feel like we were part of her family and that her house was our home. She even supplied a high hair, a stroller and a portacrib for our granddaughter. Many treasured memories were made here and our 10 day vacation with family was a dream come true!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sandy & Greg, Your review is so genuine and heartfelt. What a sublime picture you painted of your stay, not just of our house but your adventures on the Island as well. Thank you so much for your most sincere words about our hospitality. You and your family were a joy to have at our home. You filled up our house with your happiness and your family are the epitome of grace and kindness. I wish you all the very best and my most sincere thanks for your beautiful words. It means a great deal to us. You will always be welcome in our home as your treated as your own. Take care. 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.