Nothing says seclusion like owning your own island—but fear not, there's still internet
Address: 1 Lamb Island, Sechelt
Listing agent: Jay McInnes of Macdonald Realty
Few things spell exclusivity more than total ownership of an island. Join the ranks of flamboyant billionaire Richard Branson and Oracle founder and former head honcho Larry Ellison with this one-acre offering off the coast of Sechelt on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast. But if you’re already playing out a scene from Castaway, stop right now. The island is a mere 500 feet offshore from the mainland and is fully connected with essential services such as electricity, cable, telephone, internet and municipal water via underwater links.
As listing agent Jay McInnes explains, “Just park your car at the end of Sechelt Inlet Road and leave the world behind.” Lamb Island No. 1 is the feature freehold island in a collection of three islets in Sechelt’s Porpoise Bay Inlet—just two hours from downtown Vancouver. And it isn’t just tranquility and seclusion that you’re buying—there are two properties on the island, too. The main home is a 2,365-square-foot multi-level residence with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Designed in a West Coast style, it boasts wood accents throughout the interior, vaulted ceilings, pendant lighting, slate floors, a rock-surround fireplace, a wood-burning stove, and a multitude of windows to frame those ocean vistas. With more than 2,200 square feet of open patio space surrounding the house, there is ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Manicured gardens, al fresco dining areas, and a large hot tub positioned to take full advantage of the inlet and neighbouring island views should provide some much needed R‘n’R for even the hardened city worker.
Guests—and, let’s face it, there’ll be plenty of them—can be easily accommodated in a separate two-bedroom cottage. Close, but not too close, the guesthouse is situated on the other side of the island and provides 724 square feet of self-contained comfort as well as featuring its own deck and hot tub.
The island is home to numerous old-growth fir trees that provide a natural barrier from the mainland. An elevated pier overlooks the bay where fishing, crabbing, prawning and clamming take place, and offers a quiet location for relaxation.
Want to flaunt your inner James Bond? You can, as the property also comes with a private dock, deep-water moorage and a 16-foot pontoon boat in which to ferry those envious friends.
Nicola Way runs the property listing sites BestHomesBC.com and AssignmentsCanada.ca.