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Stunning Custom Built Luxury Home - Walk On Waterfront

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

House with 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths (Sleeps 8 max)

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.

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Su Grimmer
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 28, 2017

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.


Departure Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(58 traveler reviews)

Stunning Custom Built Luxury Home - Walk On Waterfront
average rating of 5.0 based on 58 reviews

Amazing Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

A group of us were looking for the perfect, relaxing spot for a 50th birthday celebration. This place couldn't have been more perfect! The house itself is immaculate and fully stocked with anything you could need. Being right on the beach, the views go on forever. We spent many hours just gazing out into the bay, watching the ferries come and go. The location is close to everything; groceries, shopping, sights, etc. Su was a dream to deal with. I have rented many places through VRBO and while all owners have been great, Su went above and beyond to ensure we had an amazing time. She sent us road condition updates on the drive there so we would know what to expect, provided us ferry information to ensure we got to the island trouble free, and what a fantastic surprise for the birthday girl to find a nice bottle of Proseco chilling in the fridge along with chocolates and a card, as well as a box of pastries to welcome us all. What a nice touch! Su thought of everything! Su was always just a text away for any questions we had (although there were few, as everything was so well set up).

The price of the house was extremely reasonable, considering everything you get with it. I am already looking at booking another vacation at this amazing property. I guarantee, you won't be disappointed.

Thank you so much Su, for making our island getaway on I won't soon forget! Can't wait to come back!!!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tammy & ladies, It was a pleasure to have you as our guests for such a special occassion as The Big Five Oh! We are delighted to hear your stay with us five star. Thank you for such a glowing review. We look forward to having you back as our guests at some point in the future. Thank you as well for leaving our house in pristine condition. All the best until next time. Su Grimmer
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Pure Magic

  • 5 of 5

There isn’t much I can add to all the previous rave reviews of this fabulous Departure Bay beach home. My husband and I (and occasional family visitors ) spent almost 5 weeks here..time that passed as dreamily as if it were 5 days.

Immaculate, comfortable, classy, brilliantly designed and close to the Terminal Mall with the shopping trifecta of Nesvog Meats, Cob’s Bakery and Sea Drift fish mongers....gastronomical heaven!!

As Island newbies , we found Su to be an invaluable and amazing “concierge “ enthusiastic and knowledgeable resource regarding all things local..she always guided us to the best the area could offer.

Our visit could not have been more perfect !!! We would return in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Donna & Lorne, It was such a pleasure to have you as our guests for the month of February. While the promised cherry blossoms did not make an appearance until late February, you embraced our part of the world and made it your own, leaving Winnipeg far behind for almost 5 weeks. I think you two could become hiking guides for the region you did so much exploring. We hope to have you back to stay with us in the future. I promise to have a few more gourmet “must try” places up my sleeve for your next visit. Take care. SuG.
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Happiest Anniversary Dream Come True!

  • 5 of 5

I searched online for several weeks to find the perfect home and location for our family to all be together in celebration of our milestone 40th Wedding Anniversary. We are a family of 6, including our toddler granddaughter. We knew from the moment that we stepped foot into Su's beautiful and immaculate house with panoramic views of Departure Bay, that we had found our idyllic home away from home for the next 10 days. Relaxing soft music was greeting us from within the house and fresh breakfast Danish was on the kitchen counter from a local bakery to welcome us. Wow! I'm not a world class traveler, but can honestly say that this is the most lovely home we have ever rented for a vacation. There is so much personal space throughout and breathtaking views from both levels. The ferry terminal is within view, so there is always a ferry or a seaplane or a kayak to see. Neighboring otters are nearby near a clear water stream and can be seen early in the morning, as are deer and seagulls and an occasional hawk. We enjoyed every deck and had such glorious weather. Most meals were eaten outside on the spacious patio with Su's beautiful ornamental grasses and the water, only footsteps away, soothing our souls! Su's kitchen and cabinets are so well stocked!

Nanaimo has myriad things to do and a great assortment of shops, restaurants, farmers markets, excursions, etc. We also planned several fun day excursions away from home - a trip to Victoria, and wine touring in Cowichan Valley where we visited several small wine estates and experienced spectacular scenery along the way! Loved spending a lot of time at or near the house - walks on the beach, kayak rides, looking for shells, walks to the nearby kiddie park or splash park or take a short car ride to the top of Sugarloaf mountain nearby.

Su is the absolute most gracious and hospitable hostess than you can imagine. She goes the extra mile in helping with your vacation planning and has great tips and recommendations for restaurants, excursions, shopping places, etc. She even offered to come to the house one day and take some casual family photos of us outdoors. As guests, Su made us feel like we were part of her family and that her house was our home. She even supplied a high hair, a stroller and a portacrib for our granddaughter. Many treasured memories were made here and our 10 day vacation with family was a dream come true!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sandy & Greg, Your review is so genuine and heartfelt. What a sublime picture you painted of your stay, not just of our house but your adventures on the Island as well. Thank you so much for your most sincere words about our hospitality. You and your family were a joy to have at our home. You filled up our house with your happiness and your family are the epitome of grace and kindness. I wish you all the very best and my most sincere thanks for your beautiful words. It means a great deal to us. You will always be welcome in our home as your treated as your own. Take care. Su G.
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Longmont, CO USA

Simply superb

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful week at this home. Su was nothing short of phenomenally helpful in getting us settled in and even in helping us with a car rental problem we encountered on the drive up (moon roof stuck open - not ideal on Van Isle!)

We were a party of 7 that included a 3 yr old toddler, 11yr old, parents and grandparent. Everyone enjoyed their stay here and it really is a place suitable for all. It's hard to point out the best parts as everything is immaculate, well cared for and well organized. All bedrooms are extremely well furnished with their own unique characteristics. The kitchen and downstairs open plan is a wonderful central hive of activity and the upstairs (2nd lounge) is perfect with its elevated aspect over Departure Bay.

If you care about cleanliness then this is the place for you. The house has a brand new feel to it. We even tried to find the odd scuff or scrape here or there on the skirting board trim but couldn't! It really is immaculate. The house opens out onto a good sized patio that leads down a few short steps to the shingle beach. The sunrises and evening sunsets we had from here were lifetime memories that we will never forget. There is a small neighborhood park a few minutes walk away along which was great for some quick playtime with the kids. There are also a couple of grocery stores within a couple minutes drive to get all the essentials. Due to the location on this side of Nanaimo it is also a nice quick drive to get up to Piper's lagoon and Neck Point for an evening walk

A big selling point for several in our group was the ability to pay a little extra and use the 3 kayaks available at the property. This was something we took advantage of every day and Su has done a great job of keeping a well-stocked selection of PFD's paddles and gear to suit all types.

Any good vacation home can be judged by how likely you are to return and it's a given that we will be back to stay again. Su has very competitive rates given the quality of the accommodation and it's waterfront location and we couldn't recommend it highly enough. We have already suggested it to friends and other family members as the place to stay in Nanaimo. Can't wait to come again soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello David, WOW. What an absolutely incredible review! You touched on so many key points about the house and your stay. Your insights and observations are wonderful, not to mention helpful for those considering a vacation rental in the Nanaimo area. My dream-team cleaning ladies will be delighted with your review as every time someone mentions how clean they keep the house they get a cash bonus. I very much appreciate you taking the time to write such a comprehensive review. We would heartedly welcome you back to our home and hope that happens sooner than later. All the very best, Su G.
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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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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 Departure Bay 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:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 High Season
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017 Low Season
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
2018 Low Season
Jan 1 2018 - May 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 High Season
Jun 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
2018 Low Season
Oct 1 2018 - Dec 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee - variable $182.95 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $512.26
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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