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Coastal-style Oceanfront Home w/ 3 Decks & Amazing Views (1st time on market)

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Centrally-located, newly renovated 3,400 sf beachfront home w/ spectacular views

A truly unique home on Vancouver Island where you are steps from the beach and a 5-minute walk to the restaurants, high-end grocery store, liquor store, shops, world famous street murals, renowned live theatre, galleries and several town parks. We aren't aware of many houses on Vancouver Island that are so centrally located on the waterfront. You'll be relaxed from the moment you step into the house with the sweeping ocean views and sound of the ocean.

The maximum occupancy is 6 adults and 4 children, as there are 3 bedrooms, with fold-out couches and a pack and play.

Great for families and family reunions: Each bedroom has its own bathroom and there are 4 different sitting areas inside the house and 2 outside, allowing plenty of space, yet plenty of room to all get together in any of the rooms. We have a pack and play crib, many children's books and family games. The direct access to the beach and heated outdoor shower to rinse off make the stay more enjoyable. We have a new washer and dryer to keep up with the laundry load. Also, you can't beat this: there is a children's park and playground right next door and is viewable and callable from the house.

Great for business travelers: The home is well situated for business travelers to the Nanaimo / Duncan area. We provide bathroom supplies, iron, ironing board, coffee and tea, printer, several working desks, and high-speed Internet access.

We have found that most of the people staying here are for family or friend reunions. The house is large and spacious enough to give everyone enough privacy, yet allows everyone to hang out in the same rooms.

The space:

We recently purchased this house and spent the past several months renovating the interior. The house has a large and bright open floor plan with kitchen, bar area and living room all in the conversational space. The house was specifically designed to take advantage of the incredible ocean views with large windows. Even on rainy days, it's amazing how bright the house is due to all of the windows.

The house was designed by the original owner to be a large floorplan with low density - hence 3 bedrooms for 3,300 sq ft house. The ideal maximum configuration for comfort is 3 couples and 4 children. We wouldn't recommend, or necessarily approve, 4 couples or more.

There are 3 outside decks, with private access to the beach from the deck. There are 3 cozy living room areas to relax indoors - two on the main level and 1 upstairs. For more detailed information, please check out our website by searching for "Chemainus Beach House" on your favorite search engine.

The house has a separate and dedicated in-law unit in basement where Jenny's Costa Rican mother often lives. She has lived in the Cowichan Valley for the past 30 years and can answer any questions you may have.

Nature abounds in the water in front of the house. There are seals and otters, as well as orcas that swim father out in the sound. There are thousands of sand dollars to see when the tide goes down. And if you make it out to the little island out front, there are several species of crabs and clams that live there. The ocean is very swimmable in the summer because of the shallow coast line that warms up the water when the tide goes out.

The beach house is an "end unit" where it adjoins a small town park, playground and beach. So, the views from the house are unobstructed for about 240 degrees. The living space faces the ocean with total privacy from the neighbors. The beach is only 38 steps down to the lower beach deck, and then about 5 steps on a removable ladder to the sand. In the summertime, the water is warm and calm. There is a tiny island you can either swim or walk to, depending on the tide.

Guest access

Guests have access to the entire main floor and upper floor of the 3-story house. When the weather is rainy, you can have access to the house through the lower level garage. The bottom unit is usually occupied by my mother, who can answer questions and make sure your stay is great.


Stunning ocean views from all rooms

3 large bedrooms consisting of 1 king bed, 2 queen bed, 2 fulll/double beds and 2 fold-out queen beds

3 outdoor sitting and dining decks, 1 with fireplace overlooking the ocean

Modern chef's kitchen with comfortable seating at a dining table, barrel chairs, counter top and bar stools (a total of 12 chairs in kitchen conversation area). The kitchen should have everything you need to make dinner for 10 people, as we do for Thanksgiving.

4, 6, and 8 person seating arrangements in dining room

Direct access to the beach - 38 steps to the beach and lower beach deck

5-minute walk to the downtown with galleries, shops, theatre, high-end grocery store (49th Parallel), cafes, liquor store and restaurants, including the Sawmill Tap House restaurant and famous brewery (Riot Brewery) which makes some of the Island's best craft beer.

Don't miss the fantastic Duncan Farmer's Market every Saturday morning, all year round, rain or shine. They have the freshest local fruits and vegetables, baking, jams & jellies, honey, crafts, clothing, pet treats, and more. Live music every Saturday from April to Oct.

Only 1 hour to Salt Spring Island (with ferries - it is actually very close by private boat), an hour and 20 minutes to downtown Victoria and and 30 minutes to Nanaimo. And there are a number of large shopping stores which are only 15 to 20 minutes away, including Canadian Tire, Walmart, HomeDepot, Superstore, Best Buy, etc...

Cozy gas fireplace in the living room at the flick of a switch

Smart lock keyless entry - we email you the 4-digit code for use during your stay

Washer and dryer on the main level

2 HD smart TVs (with Netflix) and a Osnos sound system

High-speed internet with mobile device printer

4 kayaks available with life vests for use (please sign waiver before using)

Parking for 5 cars on site with plenty of street parking

Outdoor shower and full size Cuisinart grill with side burner.

Modern security. We have 2 outdoor Nest cams to protect you and the property. They face the street and the ocean access and DO NOT video anything inside of the house, out of respect for your privacy. We would be happy to turn them off upon request.

Several sofa beds for extra guests: 1 queen sofa bed in an upstairs bedroom and another in the upstairs entertainment room.

High thread count cotton sheets for the beds (replaced frequently) and foam comfort pads on all beds.

Bath towels and shower amenities in all bathrooms

Beach towels, beach toys and beach chairs available.

A family member on site in the lower independent unit for advice and assistance.

Close to Salt Spring Island, Nanaimo, Duncan, numerous wineries, 18-hole golf club. whale watching, antique stores, and swimming, pools, and a couple of hours away from Mt. Washington Alpine Ski Resort for skiing and snowboarding

Even more detail!


The Kitchen:

- The kitchen is centered around a huge stone island countertop that accommodates seating for 4. There is also a 4 seat dining table and 2 cozy leather barrel chairs that swivel to the overlook the ocean or participate in kitchen activity. There are 2 ovens, microwave over, mini-oven, 2-slice toaster, dishwasher and all of the utensils, glasses and dish ware you would need.

- There is a 2 seat counter bar that faces the kitchen and the ocean.

Living Room:

- The Living Room has a large "L" shaped couch that faces the ocean and gas fireplace. There are also 3 original First Nations carvings in this room.

The Dining Room:

- The dining room has a dining table that seats 4 and can expand to 8.

The Sun Room:

- The Sun Room is a cozy mid-century modern south-facing room to relax, read, play games and watch TV with cable and Apple TV on an electric fireplace TV stand. Open the door to the ocean and relax to the gentle sound of the ocean and seagulls.

The Master Bedroom:

- The master bedroom features a king sized bed with doors that open up to the ocean and the walkway to the lounge entertaining deck. It has a sitting area overlooking the ocean and a large walk-in closet. The master bathroom has a shower with endless hot water, a Jacuzzi bath and electric fireplace.


The Family Room:

- The Family Room is a bright and airy room situated between the two large bedrooms and features an entertainment section, electronic fireplace comfortable couch and relaxing sitting area. There are also plenty of family games to play. The TV has cable and Apple TV. It is a great place to relax in peace or have a place to keep the kids entertained.


The Lounge Deck: The lounge deck is just off of the master bedroom and kitchen, and coming this Spring, it will feature a conversation couch set with a fireplace to enjoy the incredible views of the ocean and gulf islands.

The Dining Deck: The dining deck is located off of the kitchen and features a 5 piece round table that has a 180-degree view of the ocean and the gulf islands. It also has a large gas grill.

The Ocean Deck: Only 38 steps to the beach deck, where you can sit just above the surf and watch the beachgoers play in the water and walk their dogs. Or you can climb down to the beach from the deck.

Interaction with guests

We want you to enjoy the house and we respect your privacy. My mother, Maria Elena, may be in the lower unit and should be available if you have any questions or need anything. Jenny will also be available via

More Details

Jenny Reilly
Member since: 2018
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2018

About Jenny Reilly

We (Jenny and Bill) have 2 children (7 and 10 years) and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jenny grew up on a farm in nearby Duncan, BC, along with her 4 brothers and parents. We have recently bought this beautiful house as a place to come back to visit her family and provide a place for her mother spend time in the lower unit, which has an entirely separate private entrance. We love this house on the beach, as well as the small and very friendly community of Chemainus. We hope you will too!

Jenny Reilly purchased this house in 2017

Why Jenny Reilly chose Chemainus

I grew up in Duncan and remember visiting Chemainus with my family. We would walk the mural footprint path with a giant ice cream cones in hand.

Years later I brought my own family there for a visit and fell in love with it all over again. The people are warm and embracing, and are very proud of their town. The best way to describe Chemainus is "charming". From the Willow Street Cafe and the old-timey Little Bear Ice Cream Shop to the flowers decorating the street corners and houses and the famous street mural and live theatre, it is no wonder that Chemainus is a "must see" tourist destination on Vancouver Island.


Chemainus House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please do not play music outside or have loud conversations on the outside decks after 10:00 pm, out of respect for the neighbours.
  • The person who made the booking with us must be present at check-in and every day and night for the duration of the stay.
  • We expect guests to treat our home as they would want their own home to be treated and just ask you to leave the place as you find it.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Guest - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , Downstairs Entryway
  • Each bathroom has a shower, towels, hairdryer, shampoo and soap.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Guest - 2 queen
    Guest - 2 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • All bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom with shower and a view of the ocean. The master bedroom has a bathtub with jets and a small fireplace. There is also a queen-sized sofa bed in the upstairs family room.
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
We have an electronic lock and will issue you a 4 digit code to access the house during your stay. Also, my mother has a small unit in the lower unit and may be staying there to help you with questions about the house and area.


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Coastal-style Oceanfront Home w/ 3 Decks & Amazing Views (1st time on market)
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Excellent stay! The property is spacious, tastefully decorated and has stunning views

  • 5 of 5

Kitchen has all cooking utensils, comfortable beds, quiet and close to downtown chemainus. We would come back again!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Victoria, B. C.

Beautiful home on the beach

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely 3 day retreat. The house has wonderful views and is very clean and comfortable . The owner welcomed us with a bottle of wine and checked via email that we were settled in. We would definitely return for another retreat.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing our home, Donna! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay, and would love to have you back any time.
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Nearest Airport
19 Kilometres
Nanaimo Airport
Nearest Barpub
960 Metres
Sawmill Tap House
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
1.8 Kilometres
Mt. Brenton Golf Club (Public)
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Trans-Canada Highway
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Thai Pinto Restaurant
Nearest Ski
166 Kilometres
Mt Washington Alpine Ski resport
Nearest Beach
1 Metres
Kin Beach
Car: recommended

World Famous Murals and Sculptures

With 44 murals currently and a few planned for later this year, plus 13 works of art and countless others hiding through the town; you are sure to have a wonderful day exploring the town. Follow the yellow footprints at your own pace from one mural to the next or take a narrated tour in an old fashioned, horse-drawn carriage. Each mural showcases the rich history, each scene depicts some part of Chemainus culture.

Live Theatre

The Chemainus Theatre Festival features some of the finest professional performers and performances in Canada. Completed with a delicious dining room, and wonderfully stocked gallery a night out at the theatre is always sure to entertain and enlighten.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $97.01
Additional Guest Fee $38.8 per person per night
Damage Deposit $155.22

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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