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Nanoose Bay

Located just north of Nanaimo, Nanoose Bay homes come with all the advantages and amenities of the city, but in a quiet and rural community. The two marinas - Schooner Cove Marina and Beachcomber Marina - make it a popular destination for boaters. So if you're in the market for a property close to beach access, you should give the homes for sale in Nanoose Bay a closer look.

Nanoose Bay, BC is divided into several residential areas, each with something unique to offer. The Red Gap neighbourhood has its own shopping centre - putting a grocery store, bank, post office, pharmacy, video store, restaurant, and more within walking distance. Situated on a hillside overlooking the bay, the Gary Oaks area of Nanoose Bay has some of the best mountain and ocean views around. It's also home to one of Western Canada's finest golf courses, Fairwinds Golf and Country Club. The stunning views, walking paths, marina access, world-class golfing, and community centre make the upscale Fairwinds development a popular retirement destination on Vancouver Island.

The homes in the Beachcomber neighbourhood are located on a small peninsula, only footsteps away from the Beachcomber Marina and a natural park. Just to the east, luxury oceanfront estates line Dorcas Point Road. Waterfront, luxury homes can also be found in the Madrona and Wall Beach area, close to the four-star Pacific Shores Resort. But if you're looking for rural land, the Rocking Horse area in Nanoose Bay has several horse-friendly farms and endless riding trails.




Parksville

Parksville's sunny summers, mild winters, and sandy beaches make it the perfect summer family vacation spot and retirement community. Home to the famous Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition, the waterfront strip contains a mix of tourism facilities and public beaches. Homes for sale in Parksville are close to grocery stores, restaurants, medical services, provincial parks, hotels, and shops.

The real estate in Parksville, BC is also split into a number of different neighbourhoods. Craig Bay is located just north of Nanoose Bay, on the outskirts of Parksville. The high-end townhomes and houses for sale in this Parksville oceanfront development have access to numerous facilities and activities - including a swimming pool, fitness centre, and private walk-on sandy beach. Further inland, many of the exclusive rural acreages and executive homes in Rivers Edge have beautiful views of Englishman River.

Corfield Glades is just a short walk from downtown Parksville and close to schools, shops, parks, and the beach. This subdivision is a mixture of family-friendly homes, townhouses, and ranchers perfect for retirement. On the other side of the Alberni Highway, the popular Maple Glen and Uplands neighbourhoods also consist of mainly retirement ranchers and mid-range family homes.

Executive homes and townhome developments (St. Andrew's Lane and Quail's Landing) are located in the Morningstar area, on the edge of the world-famous Morningstar Golf Course. Restaurants, marina access, excellent fishing, and other recreational activities are just blocks away in French Creek. A short walk along the shoreline brings you to Columbia Beach, an interesting mix of old retirement homes and new oceanfront luxury homes. There are two more areas further north before Qualicum Beach - a gated community of exclusive waterfront townhomes known as Pebble Beach and Sandpiper, an older neighbourhood of family and retirement homes.




 Qualicum Beach

Qualicum Beach is a quaint, oceanfront town just north of Parksville on Vancouver Island, BC. Rich in culture and the arts, Qualicum is home to many painters, weavers, sculptors, carvers, glass blowers and other artisans. Many theatre productions are put on all year round, including the summer production "Bard to Broadway."  Qualicum Beach homeowners have access to scenic hiking trails, wildlife tours, and a shoreline that beachcombers only dream about.

Like many people in the Oceanside region, Qualicum Beach residents have numerous world-class golf courses at their fingertips. For those living in executive homes like those on the Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Course, it's only a few steps to the greens. And thanks to Qualicum's mild winters, they can play year-round. The prestigious Eaglecrest neighbourhood has a variety of new luxury homes and elegant, European-style bungalows surrounding the famous Eaglecrest Golf Course.  Judges Row is another famous waterfront neighbourhood, with manicured lawns, gated properties, and some of the most exclusive investment properties in Qualicum Beach.

The Chartwell area is a modern subdivision in Qualicum Beach with high-end family homes and ranchers for sale, which are perfect for retirees. The neighbourhood is convenient for both seniors and families, as it's located just minutes away from the village centre, Pheasant Glen Golf Course, lawn bowling grounds, the airport, sports fields, an aquatic centre, and elementary schools. The homes for sale in the Hermitage Park subdivision, a quiet no-through road within walking distance of the village centre, are also perfectly suited to family life.

Qualicum Beach real estate is a popular choice for summer homes. Surfside is a small sought-after beachfront community, with a mixture of summer cottages and high-end homes. Qualicum thrives in the summer months, with a Saturday farmers market, hiking trails through Little Qualicum River Estuary Park, whale watching tours, and eagle sightings.




Bowser

Bowser, BC is a small oceanfront community on the east coast of Vancouver Island named after William John Bowser, B.C. Premier 1915-16. Homebuyers looking for an escape from life in the city will appreciate its charm. Located just a short drive north of Qualicum and south of Courtenay and Comox Valley, the homes for sale in Bowser are still close to all the amenities. The hamlet of Bowser is self-sufficient with a gas station/ garage, grocery store (Tom's Grocery), a credit union, coffee shop, gift store, builder supply, golf course (Arrowsmith Golf Course), etc.  Domestic and even a few international flights are only an hour's drive away at Comox Valley Airport.

Bowser is a part of an area known as Lighthouse Country, along with Horne Lake, Qualicum Bay, and Deep Bay. This region is located between Qualicum Beach and Fanny Bay, and across from Denman Island and Hornby Island in the Strait of Georgia. All of the communities in Lighthouse Country share the same rural, small-town atmosphere. Bowser and its surrounding areas are famous for their oysters and clams, with some of the cleanest beaches and water in the world. Recreational activities in Bowser are endless with kayaking, caving (spelunking), swimming, boating and fishing; for those that Bowser does not offer a 20 - 45 minute drive will take you to Courtenay, Qualicum Beach, Parksville or Nanaimo.

If you're looking for a private acreage in a quiet community, a cottage with walk-on beachfront, or a spacious family home in a friendly neighbourhood, you'll probably find it in the Bowser real estate market.
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