Imagine what life would be like if we could live a million miles away from civilisation…
We would find pure peace and total tranquillity; achieving a kind of freedom that no one living in the ‘real world’ could even dream of. We would be able to reach out and touch nature, and wake up every morning surrounded by wildlife, the weather, wide expanses of water and breathtaking scenery.
We would never need to be bothered by an angrily ringing phone, an officious letter or the stresses associated with modern-day living – and the tranquillity surrounding us would allow us to take breaths of pure, clean air and hear our hearts’ beating in the absolute calm surrounding us.
The seclusion and peace we would find if we could live a million miles from civilisation could be life enhancing…but what’s the point of dreaming about such a fantasy, after all there is no way on this earth to get so far away from humanity and find such perfect harmony is there?
Actually, there is a way to reach this nirvana without having to travel a million miles – because in a tiny, tucked away, protected and sheltered western corner of Vancouver Island one man has created a heaven on this earth that’s accessible to one very fortunate buyer.
The east coast of Vancouver Island is well known for having the best climate in Canada, of being home to some of the most desirable real estate in the country and for being absolutely surrounded and inhabited by the most awesome wildlife in the world – but its western coastline is lesser-known, less discovered and therefore absolutely protected. The west coast is rugged, home to magnificent mountains and deep glaciated valleys, inlets and fjords and it is home to a very small group of people who have discovered this natural and tranquil playground that’s just a stone’s throw from civilisation, but which is completely cut off from the ugly stresses of our everyday lives.
Some of the inlets on the west coast are deeper than the ocean until you get at least 10 miles out in to the Pacific, and as a result they are home to sheltering humpback and gray whales, orcas and sea lions, seals and sea otters. And at the end of one of these private and perfect inlets is a real estate opportunity like nothing you will ever have seen.
Sea Otter Island, which forms an occasionally cut off corner of Nuchatlitz Island, is a spectacular natural reserve in one of the most wildlife abundant parts of Canada – where you can commune with sea mammals and bears, with wolves and bald eagles, where you can catch 200lb halibut and 30lb salmon off your back deck, or go five minutes further out and the salmon increase in size up to 40lb. This is an opportunity to buy in to a way of life that is so utterly perfect that it seems almost unreal!
The Sea Otter Island opportunity we’re showcasing today is the chance to buy outright or buy in to this paradise. In practical terms it means you can buy a stunning home, a second home site, a large expanse of space or any combination of these items – but in a rather more esoteric sense it means you can buy your escape from the modern world and find your own private, untouched, unmarked, untainted natural landscape and surround yourself with tranquillity, nature and the wilderness.
Sea Otter Island is adjacent to Nuchatlitz Island which is on the western edge of Vancouver Island in Canada. You can access the property via sea plane – either your own or a chartered or scheduled service. However, to access the property from the mainland you can fly from Vancouver or Seattle directly on a sea plane. The easiest way is by flying in to Campbell River on the east side of Vancouver Island and then taking a float plane to Nuchatlitz Island. You can also drive or fly to Campbell River on the more populated east side of Vancouver Island then take a sea plane in.
Driving from Vancouver takes about 8 hours including the last 20 miles you take by boat from the nearest town 20 miles up the inlet to Sea Otter Island. If you drive it is easy because part of the time you are one the Canadian Ferry system which is relaxing.
The property is surrounded by water, woods and wildlife with the views to the west from the living room and kitchen opening out on to the Pacific Ocean between the islands that protect the bay right in front of the house from the wind and the waves. From the back of the property you look out over a large flat grassy back yard that’s always warmed by the morning sunshine.
The landscape surrounding the house includes a small and calm bay that dries at low tide so you can hike over to the island right in front of the house. This island is an abandoned Indian Reserve and at low tide you can walk around the Reserve to the sand spit in front where you can meet and embrace the ocean. Your hike can continue around the next stunning island of Chias where you are even closer to the open sea. You are also surrounded by about 60 acres of virgin mature rainforest where many of the trees are up to 10 feet wide! There are many tide pools, giant logs and other treasures awaiting you on the empty beaches.
Sea Otter Island is so named because of all the sea otters that frequent the 0cean in front of the property. They are joined by whales and sea lions, seals and plenty of fish and shellfish. You will never go hungry! Overhead, bald eagles and heron fly whilst in the dense woodland bears and wolves go about their business and take no notice of the few human inhabitants of Nuchatlitz Island.
They say that the west coast of Vancouver Island has much ‘more’ weather than the east coast, but that if you don’t like it you only have to wait an hour or two before it changes!
Generally the climate on Vancouver Island is far more temperate than across mainland Canada, and when it comes to coastal areas such as Sea Otter Island, the inlets protect the property on the land from the harsher sea breezes and storms so that the coastal areas are warmer than the towns. If snow falls it melts away quickly, and in the summer time you can bask in sunshine and enjoy barbeques on the deck.
The house for sale on Sea Otter Island is a beautifully crafted, wooden two-storey structure that provides spacious living areas and plenty of bedrooms. It also includes an outdoor workshop and wood storage area and you have decks all around the home so that you can watch the wildlife, the weather and the sunsets.
Inside the home there are up to three bedrooms with one magnificent master suite on the second floor that enjoys the most stunning, unobstructed views out across the bay to the Pacific Ocean. The kitchen, dining and living areas are open plan and offer amazing space, there is one bathroom and in the summer the home is well vented and cool, whilst in the winter with the vast stove in the living room it is cosy and comforting.
The natural wood used in the construction of the home is left bare inside so you can see the beauty of the timber and the structure, and the attention to detail that went into designing this bespoke home means that the balcony, the decks, the massive windows and beautifully carved handrails contribute to create a high class yet simple rustic retreat.
If you want to live in nature’s tranquil playground at Sea Otter Island there are four ways you might be able to access the opportunity.
Firstly you could buy the house site on the other end of Nuchatlitz Island and build your own dream property – buying just the plot will cost you $79,000.
Secondly you have the option of buying a half share in the current house. This would mean you could have use of the current property for half the year, with the current owner retaining use of the property for the remaining weeks. You could choose to purchase the house site and build your own home on the plot whilst living in the main house during the construction phase. Buying half the house will cost you $149,000.
Thirdly you have the option of buying the whole thing! You can own the house, the plot of land, the views and the freedom for $360,000 – which is an incredibly reasonable price to put on paradise.
Finally if you love the idea of Sea Otter Island and you long to make your home there but you have a business to sell, a home to trade in or an idea about how you could barter, negotiate and broker a deal with the vendor, your ideas and offers are welcome.
For lots more information about the property and the area visit SeaOtterIsland.com