Great Neighbourhoods in Nanaimo Part 5: Lynburn Estates
For an intro to this series on Nanaimo’s neighbourhoods, please see the first post of the series, here.
There are a lot of great homes in and around the Departure Bay area. I’ve already talked about nearby Cilaire in an earlier post, which by contrast has an easy to define geographic location and name that the locals know it by. This map isn’t of official boundaries so much as it is of what I have observed from seeing the age and style of the homes and landscape over the years.
Most of the homes in this area were built in the 60’s and a few in the 70’s but the whole thing started in the 50’s. This area is anything but cookie cutter. Some of them are of outside of the box modern designs, some are westcoast contemporary and there are many homes which are of more typical formats of the day. Overall, they tend to be decent builds. There are a wide variety of sizes and styles of build from that era and the mix of sloping and not so sloping landscapes with many different sizes of lots make for another layer of potential uniqueness for each property. Many homes here have an ocean view and one of the perks is that the source of that view, Departure Bay and the beach that surrounds it, are only a few minutes walk away.
Something I often tell clients while we are driving through this area is that I once had a phone call from someone who wanted to sell their house in this neighbourhood. They had lived there for quite a few years but their house had become too big for them and the garden too much work to deal with as they were getting on in years. But, they loved the neighbourhood and wanted to buy another house in the same area or better yet, on the same street. Two weeks later, I got the exact same kind of call from someone else on the same street. It speaks volumes of how good of a spot it is to live in, especially since those are the only two requests like that I’ve ever gotten in my nine years in this business.
It’s an easy walk to a nearby mall known as Brooks Landing. You can walk down Departure Bay Road and find access to beaches and walking trails. You could even walk or bike to the ferry terminal if you wanted to and go to the mainland as a foot passenger which everyone out here knows is much cheaper than taking a car.
Nearby parks include Beach Estates park, which is pretty much a Nanaimo secret. It’s a path that goes down a gulley behind Cilaire Elementary and makes its way down to a spot of beach next to the ferry dock. The whole time walking down there you can’t believe you are in the middle of town. Old growth trees and only a few buildings can be glimpsed all the way down before suddenly arriving at a beach and there’s those giant boats that are so familiar to anyone from Vancouver Island. Walking north along Departure Bay Road, is what most would refer to as Departure Bay beach. Lots of space for taking yourself, your dog, or your kids for a run.