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Su Grimmer

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

Stunning Custom Built Luxury Home - Walk On Waterfront

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Departure Bay House Rental Photos and Description

House with 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths (Sleeps 8)

Dreaming of an oceanfront vacation?

Fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing and sea birds calling. Stroll the beach looking for shells and sea treasures. Watch our resident otters play at water's edge. Spend endless hours watching eagles soar, seals fishing, the ferries coming and going, sea planes overhead and myriad shorebirds looking for dinner. Wander, read, stroll, storm watch, sleep in a deck chair, relax over dinner, BBQ a fresh salmon; this is British Columbia oceanfront at its best!

This modern well-equipped home has everything you will need for a relaxing, memorable vacation.

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Su Grimmer (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Su Grimmer

This custom built home is owned by our family. It was custom designed and built by one of Nanaimo's most well-respected builders. It sits on the site of one of the original Departure Bay summer cottages built circa 1900. The original wood-frame summer cottage was not salvageable, and so, in 2012, a custom designed house was built on the site. Lots of history. Brand new luxury home.

Su Grimmer purchased this house in 2012

Why Su Grimmer chose Nanaimo

The house site and the whole of the Departure Bay Beach area is one of the most historic in the region. Walk on waterfront is hard to find anywhere in the world, and Departure Bay Beach House is just that...the beach, and the ocean, just outside the ocean side doors of the house.

What makes this house unique

Waterfront. Oceanfront. Mountain views. Custom build. Modern fully equipped home. Lots of space for family, friends and entertaining. Listen to the crash of waves, stroll the beach, breathe the clean ocean air, de-stress, relax, rejuvenate, re-connect. That's what our family does. For us it is all about big family dinners, good fresh food, lots of laughter, idle hours of reading, listening, talking or just kicking back, sipping a cool drink, taking it all in. Hours slip by and time seems to stand still. Sleep well. Swim. Meditate. Connect. We always leave too soon. We think you will feel the same way.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(54 traveler reviews)
Stunning Custom Built Luxury Home - Walk On Waterfront
average rating of 5.0 based on 54 reviews
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Second Time Around

  • 5 of 5

This was the second time that my 3 sisters and I stayed at Su's vacation home. We walked in the door and it was like we had been gone only a few hours instead of 1.5 years. The house was just as spectacular this time as it was the first time and so was the view. I've been reading some of the other reviews and every one of them captures a different aspect from the cleanliness to the quality of furniture, from the amenities to the view. There's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said. This place is top-notch and I don't think you could find anything better for the price.

We decided that this will be our home every year for our annual visit to see our Dad and step mother. We've already booked for 2017. Thanks, Su! You make the trip so easy to plan because we don't have to think about the accommodations - except to anticipate our arrival and stay. :-)

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Deanne & clan, You ladies and your family are a joy to host at our home. You leave our house in pristine shape and it is always filled up laughter and love upon your departure. We shall welcome you back in May 2017 with open arms. Until then, all the very best and thank you for the wonderful review. Cheers, Su G.
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Wales uk

Amazing waterfront home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this wonderful home for 12 nights, When we arrived Su was there to meet us and show us around the house, It was just spectacular from the inside to the outside , we well and truly had everything and more in this home from beach towels to every kitchen appliance in the cupboards and drawers that you could possibly want, the beds and furniture were exquisite, it was such a large house and Su had gone to great lengths on buying the most wonderful items to furnish this home for people to enjoy and relax when they come for a holiday, even down to binoculars and shopping bags in the huge closet.

We loved the bikes and the kayaks at the house too, it was so lovely to just sit and look at the view for hours, We had lovely BBQS and watched the float planes and ferries come and go this home was simply wonderful so don't hesitate about it , JUST BOOK IT I just want to end by saying that Su had gone above and beyond with this home and she was so very responsive to our question and need too, and made recommendations on a few things for us which was great too.

Bennett family

Wales UK

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Linda & Ian, Yours is a truly lovely review. Thank you so very much. It was lots of fun talking to you via email over the year prior to your arrival. I enjoyed meeting both and your girls. I am delighted our house proved to be a sanctuary for your family while visiting Vancouver Island from Wales. I got a smile from ear to ear reading what you said especially given Ian became a master BBQ’er during your stay. We would welcome you back with open arms should you ever come back to BC which I think is a very real possibility. All the best, Su G.
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this wonderful house for a week in June. Everything about it was great. My 91-year-old Mom spent hours just watching the action on Departure Bay -- even when the "action" was just sunlight sparkling on the water with a backdrop of snow-covered peaks in the distance. Sometimes a seal would show up, and then the binoculars, provided on both floors of the house, came in handy. Our teen girls loved the bikes and the kayaks, also provided. And my wife and I loved the clean and cozy comfort of the house. The kitchen was really well stocked, beds were very comfortable with top drawer linens, and the three bathrooms were well equipped and modern. Su was wonderful: so helpful and friendly. We never did meet, but she was responsive to our every question and need.

We loved this property and would not hesitate to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Denise, It was a decided pleasure to deal with you and your family at every steps along the way. Your review truly paints a lovely picture of your stay and I am delighted to hear that you found our home your home while in Nanaimo. We promise to keep Tim Horton's on notice for your next trip and hope to have you back with us again soon. All the very best, Su Grimmer
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Perfect home:-)

  • 5 of 5

The home was perfect. In the house are all do you need for a perfect hollyday:-).

Die Gastgeberin ist super herzlich und hat uns mit Kuchen empfangen. Das Haus ist in einem top Zustand und bietet alles für einen super Aufendhalt. Die Lage ist in Nanaimo perfekt für alle Aktivitäten in der Umgebung. Einkaufsmöglichkeiten befinden sich in laufnähe. Ich kann das Haus mit gutem Gewissen weiterempfehlen.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Christian, Thank you very much for you kind review. I am delighted to hear you and your family found the house to your liking and convenient to everything in the city. We hope to have you back with us once again, perhaps this time in the summer. All the best, Su Grimmer
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Perfect beachfront home! Comfortable and roomy!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second experience staying in one of Su's beautiful beachfront homes in Departure Bay. Not only is she a fabulous host and goes above and beyond to assist with every detail, she has stocked her homes perfectly to accommodate our every need. She is the best I have ever experienced. Her homes are comfortable, spacious, clean, organized, and have all the amenities to make your vacation feel perfect! We highly recommend her homes without hesitation! This particular home has very roomy bedrooms, bathrooms, and living room space. It also features fabulous decks in the front and the back. You walk right out the door to go kayaking and view the ferries coming and going. Su doesn't skimp at all on quality. Everything is high quality from the floors, to the windows, to the kitchen appliances and tools. She stocks the home as if you were living there permanently!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Ma'ata & Sean, It is always a sincere pleasure to have you as our guests. You fill up our two homes with laughter and love. We always appreciate your positive comments to your friends and family while you are in residence. As well, on both occasions that you have stayed with us you have left our homes in exquisite shape. You are 5 stars guests and we would welcome you back in a heart beat. Hope to see you soon. All the best, SuG
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Absolutely awesome house

  • 5 of 5

I have a lot of experience in managing short term rentals and I also stayed at such places with my family many times. This house is by far the best I have ever been to.

First of all the house is located literally next to the water. Our kids played outside all the time.

I don't think you can think of a better location. Just have a drink, take a seat on the couch and just watch the water and relax.....

Second, this house is insanely (in a good way) over equipped. There are plenty of dishes, towels, cutlery, two coffee machines, laundry, TV's (yes, with all channels enabled).

The house is new and it feels new. I am also involved in real estate development, so I noticed that this house was built to the highest standard. This is very bright house with a lot of windows, letting you see the water from all over the house.

Sometimes you stay at places that you can feel that the place is only for the rental purposes. Such houses lack the "touch" and the owners don't invest in them much.

Not this house!!! This house has highest quality furniture, carpets, windows, appliances ... what not?

The beds are so good - you just sleep like a baby.

Now, a special point about the cleanliness in the house: I have absolutely no idea how the owner keeps the house SO clean. When we checked in, the house was in immaculate condition.

We will definitely come back and I already recommended this place to my friends.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Eugene & family, It was an absolutely pleasure to have you as our guests. I am in awe of the things you noted and have commented on about your stay. Thank you most kindly for your wonderful review. You have made my day to know what an impression our home made on you. And as you are “in the business” it meant even more. We would welcome you back most heartedly. Thank you in advance for your kind referrals. All the best, Su Grimmer
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Nearest Airport
1.5 Kilometres
Sea Air float plane terminal
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Original Joe's (Country Club Mall)
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Kilometres
BC Ferries terminal, Departure Bay ferry terminal
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Nanaimo Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Highway 19A
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Kilometres
Shanghai Gardens (Chinese, dim sum, buffet)
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Mount Washington Ski Area
Nearest Beach
Departure Bay Beach (in front of the house)
Car: recommended

A Stunning Custom Built Beachfront Vacation Rental

Looking for a luxury oceanfront vacation rental home? Departure Bay Beach House, located on famous Departure Bay, is an elegant custom built 'walk-on' beachfront home, located in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Custom built in 2012 by one of Nanaimo's premiere builders, our modern, stylish two-storey private residence, can be your vacation rental dream come true.

An Ideal Waterfront Location

Departure Bay is short distance from shopping and dining with a number of restaurants within walking distance of the house. Nanaimo is a thriving community of parks, beaches, charming eclectic shops, waterfront walks, marinas and myriad dining choices from fine to casual, plus all the modern convenience needed for an enjoyable stay. These include grocery stores, gas stations, libraries, theatres, restaurants and delis, specialty food shops, spas, doctors and dentists, massage therapists and beauty salons.

The city of Nanaimo sits mid-Island and is a central arrival and departure point for BC Ferries to the BC Mainland. There is also an airport, or you can come and go via seaplane (Harbour Air, Seair Seaplanes or Westcoast Air) into Nanaimo Harbour from downtown Vancouver or Vancouver International Airport. The seaplane trip is only 20 minutes!

The TransCanada Highway (Hwy #1) runs directly through the heart of Nanaimo. From here you can venture north to Mount Washington, Courtenay and Comox, west to Tofino or south to the Cowichan Valley and Victoria.


Rates & Availability

Departure Bay House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season 2016
Jun 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
Low Season 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Dec 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
2017 Low Period
Jan 1 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 High Season
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $541
Cleaning fee - variable $193 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%

Cleaning fees are in addition to the nightly or weekly rate. A further GST tax (goods & service tax) is charged on the total amount. GST is charged at 5.0% on the total amount in Canadian dollars.

We accept VISA and MasterCard. We accept international bank drafts. In Canada we will also accept e-transfer deposits. We prefer to call you to collect your credit card details for reasons of security. Our deposit is 50 % of your total rental at the time of booking. The remaining rental fee is charged to the credit card on file 4 days before check-in. We also hold a damage deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Departure Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , The half bathroom is on the main floor with a sink
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Heated tile floors, soaker tub, walk-in shower and two sinks
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , The master on the upper level has a private ensuite
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , The main upper level bathroom is large with a tub shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master on the main, wheelchair accessible, private ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Master # 2 is on the second level with a private ensuite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , Ocean view upper bedroom has 2 double beds plus oceanview
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Upper level bedroom has a queen and shares a bathroom
  • One large master on the main floor is wheelchair accessible, with a private ensuite bathroom with a large soaker tub and a walk-in shower. The toilet has a grab bar and is a high access toilet. This bedroom also have a desk and chair, TV, reading area and a huge walk-in closet. The other 3 bedrooms are on the upper level, including another master with queen and private ensuite. The other two bedrooms are 2 doubles and one queen and these two rooms share a large bathroom with a tub/shower combo.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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