2869 Hemlock Drive, Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada (near Nanaimo and Parksville)


Property Type: Single Family
House Style: 2 Story
Age: 15 years
Bedrooms: 5 (or 4 + office)
Bathrooms 2 1/2
Fireplace yes
Lot size: .86 acres
House size: 2145 sq. ft.
Main: 1270 Up: 875
Garage: 3 bays
Taxes 2006  $2,271.20 (before grant)
Asking Price: $499,900.00 CDN
Email: click here
Phone: 250-619-9763
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Do you have children and pets and want a private home at the end of a cul-de-sac with almost zero traffic?

private 5 bedroom home at the end of a cul-de-sac dead end Here's a wonderful level entry family home in the quiet Garry Oaks neighbourhood in Nanoose Bay, just north of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. It is a very private 2 level home on approximately one acre of spectacular tabled view property, with five bedrooms, 4 upstairs and one downstairs (could also be office or den), three bathrooms (2 full upstairs and one half downstairs), two garages (heated with high ceilings and workshop area) and a semi-enclosed overheight carport (RV or boat?). It has a large breakfast nook, full kitchen with island, separate dining room, family room, great room, and three decks (2 fully covered at ground level, one upstairs). The separate laundry area in the garage eliminates noise in the house from the washer and dryer.

It has a grassed, fenced area around the house that allows children and pets to leave and enter through front and side doors, without leaving the protection of the enclosed area.

jetted tub The master suite upstairs has a large ensuite with jetted tub (with skylights overhead and private bay window view of forest),  walk-in closet and separate shower stall, and a very private walk-on deck that looks straight on to the forest canopy, with glimpses of ocean and great views of the valley below and the Beaufort Mountains (including Mt. Arrowsmith - closeup below) in the background.

The house is situated on the south-west face of Notch Hill and is bright and warm during the winter, with plenty of light streaming through the multitude of large (fully screened) windows on all sides of the house. In summer, it stays relatively cool due to the light thermal breeze that wafts through the house, circulating up the side of the hill from the valley floor. Deer and grouse wander through the property on a regular basis.

The forest on the property is open, with walking paths that allow you to enjoy the rare Garry  Oak and Arbutus trees that live here because of the warm sunshine and dry climate. This property is influenced by the extra hills above Lantzville that create a secondary rain shadow effect.

Mt Arrowsmith view 6000' There are several garden areas, but most of the property is in its natural state and requires very little maintenance. If you have a green thumb, opportunities abound for additional grounds work. If you like blackberries, it has a large walk-up bush behind the fence that yields dessert for 3 people every day for about 3 months out of the year.

The property drainage is excellent due to the crushed rock base, and there are no muddy areas or pooling of water anywhere. The extra long veranda that runs the length of the house ensures that feet are clean by the time people reach the door. The house stays clean, is easy to care for, and there is a powerful built-in vacuum system to ensure that it stays that way. The exterior vinyl siding and vinyl decks are a snap to clean, and look brand new after a good wash. Although the house is technically 15 years old, it was actually finished in 2000 and is in near-new condition.

The 2x6 construction is well insulated to R20 standards, and the double-glazed vinyl clad windows keep heating costs down. The electric heating system, with 2 forced air vents that bring in fresh air is the most economical system these days. Natural gas is available to the property if desired. There is also the possibility of sub-dividing the lot between the upper (existing house level) and lower portions (each portion has direct access to different roads).

We are communications electronics specialists by profession, and the house is fully wired with multi-line telephone and high speed cable internet in most rooms, as well as a satellite feed from the roof into the distribution system. 

valley view This is a fully computerized 'smart home' with a stand-alone microprocessor pre-programmed to control lights, heating, yard irrigation, etc. You can use a standard PC to adjust the parameters via a very user-friendly software program (provided).

The great room (dropped floor and raised ceiling) has a retractable 10' home theater screen, and the state-of-the art DLP projector is included with the home. When not in use, the system virtually disappears and the room is available for normal use (see http://SoftwareForHomes.com).

There is plenty of parking space for an RV and boat, and one of the garages is a semi-enclosed carport with a high ceiling and over-height entry. The fully enclosed, heated 2 bay garage (with automatic garage door system) allows entry directly into the house. If you enjoy waterfront life, the Schooner cove resort is about 5 minutes away, and has an excellent boat ramp and full resort facilities, including pub and restaurant.

The small Garry Oaks development is mature and very attractive, with many trees in forested areas. The lots are all large and although you still have a sense of neighbourhood with glimpses of other homes through the trees, the houses are not jammed against each other as they are in high density neighbourhoods.

There are excellent walking trails in the immediate area (no need to drive), including the Fairwinds system that traverses five small lakes and the magnificent view from the top of Notch Hill, with abundant wildlife viewing. There are numerous ocean beach access parks in the immediate vicinity, and a spectacular archipelago of islands within easy reach by kayak or canoe (the Winchelsea Islands).

There are schools, shopping centres, restaurants and professional services nearby, and the major North Nanaimo shopping mecca is only about 10 minutes away by highway. It is also just as easy to drive to Parksville if you prefer a quieter experience.

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Front terrace View from veranda Kitchen Kitchen Nook
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Driveway 2 car garage and carport Front  Kitchen Jetted tub
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Veranda off Fam/Great Rooms with double sliders Veranda Great room Front entrance - tiled foyer
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MAIN 1270 sq.ft. UPPER 875 sq.ft.
Great Room 13 x 18 Master Bedroom 11 x 13
Family Room 11 x 15 Bedroom 9 x 10
Dining Room 15 x 12 Bedroom 9 x 10
Kitchen 11 x 10 Bedroom 8 x 9
Eating Nook 7 x 9    
Office/Bedroom 10 x 12    
Construction Frame
Foundation Yes
Exterior Vinyl
Roof Asphalt Shingle
Flooring Wall to Wall mixed
Insulation Walls-yes Ceiling-yes
Basement Fully insulated crawl space
Fuel Electric
Fireplace propane gas double sided
Site Survey yes
Zoning Type Single Family
Zoning RS-1
Heating Baseboard
Water Supply Co-operative Nanoose System - gravity fed
Septic Large septic field in great condition
Covered Parking 2 car garage and car port
Lot Parking Up to 3 vehicles: 2 cars with large RV or boat or whatever