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Hernando Island, Site 52

Hernando Island, Site 52

Your opportunity to own a shared interest in Hernando Island, with a substantial home, 3 private mooring buoys, and amazing shareholder benefits!

Hernando Island is a spectacular 2200 acre island located approximately 80 miles north-west of Vancouver in the northern region of Georgia Strait, just south of Cortes Island and four miles west of the Malaspina Peninsula. Not only is the island an exceptional property, it is situated in one of the most outstanding regions on the southern BC coast, where the Discovery Islands begin and just south of the entrance to world-renowned Desolation Sound. This location is close to communities and service centres such as Lund, Powell River and Campbell River.

This offering is for a shared interest in Hernando Island, with a residence and private mooring buoys.

This residential island retreat is situated on the north-east side of Hernando Island, overlooking the northern waters of the Strait of Georgia towards the Copeland Islands Marine Park, the Malaspina Peninsula and beyond to the coastal mountains. This is a gorgeous, private location with tremendous views.

The island is accessed from the main pier, which has a small dock for loading and offloading supplies. Private boats are typically then placed on mooring buoys.

Site 52 is a beautiful, forested property with approx. 500ft of flat rock shoreline exposed at low tides and includes an easy-access private bay ideal for swimming, kayak entry, etc. The ocean drops off relatively quickly from this location, which makes for easy access to and from a boat during all tides from the two private mooring buoys located just offshore (a third mooring buoy is by the main dock).

The driveway meanders towards the residence from the main roadway, arriving at a 3193sqft home overlooking the ocean. The home is built on a post and concrete foundation and the underneath has been sheathed with plywood for protection from the elements and environment.

The home features tons of large windows and high ceilings, taking full advantage of the natural light and beauty of the surroundings. The spacious covered porch on the forest side of the home has a main entrance as well as a separate door into the kitchen area. The two-door main entrance opens to a large entryway, which leads you to the living spaces.

The galley style kitchen features white cabinetry and butcher block countertops. There is a 6 burner propane “Bertazonni” range and a stainless steel fridge, double ceramic sink and additional cabinetry and counterspace along the windows. Lots of room for food prep for entertaining and large groups!

The living area on the main floor is open concept and enjoys amazing views and sunshine! A central living room sits by the entryway and benefits from a large fireplace with a mason chimney. In the entryway next to this space is also a top-loading wood stove. Adjacent to both the kitchen and the living room is the dining room which faces a wall of windows taking in the ocean views. In the front right corner of the home is a sunken living or family room, surrounded by windows.

The large primary bedroom is accessed from the short hall to the north separating the pantry from the kitchen. It features an ensuite bathroom with bathtub, a large spacious room with woodstove, and access to a private deck overlooking the ocean. This is a very private space, nicely separated from the living spaces and other bedrooms, and feels like a private spa retreat space, complete with outdoor shower on the private deck.

At the south of the entryway are two staircases, both 6ft wide and made of custom fir wood. One leads up to a large landing with a spacious bedroom on the far corner. The other staircase leads downstairs to a short hallway off of which is a separate three-piece bathroom and the third bedroom. From the kitchen there are stairs leading to a loft space with sink, which could be used for additional sleeping space, storage or a den/crafting area.

The interior of the home is filled with natural light thanks to the large windows, and has a welcoming feel with the warm wood accents and high ceilings. You definitely feel a lodge atmosphere as soon as you enter.

Two additional oceanside decks are found off the family room and the dining room. There are two outdoor showers, perfect for summer use, one under the deck by the family room and the other on the private deck by the primary bedroom.

Along with the appeal of the layout of the home, there is good infrastructure as well. Two hot water tanks service the residence. There is ample storage with storage units built in to the entryway deck as well as along one side of the home and also dry storage underneath the home. Solar power runs the home in summer, with 9 solar panels on the main roof. The water service is provided by the Hernando Island community and is regularly monitored. The home’s septic system is pumped on an island service rotation approximately every 2-3 years.

At the end of the driveway by the home is a storage shed, divided into a closed generator shed housing the inverter and 10 deep cell batteries, and a one-sided wood storage lean-to. A large metal roof covers and connects these two structures and also covers the walkway to the home.

There are two decks out front of the home nestled into the coastal rocky topography amongst the arbutus and natural vegetation, perfect for enjoying the views and watching activity in the water. There are beautiful summer sunrises from this site, thanks to its north-east exposure.

This property offers it all – a welcoming oceanfront home, a protected and private shoreline, good infrastructure and the benefit of year-round caretakers.

Hernando is one of the most amazing examples of what the BC coast has to offer. The island is beautifully forested in old second growth fir and cedar, with a small mix of other coniferous and deciduous vegetation. A few areas throughout provide some grassland. The topography is very friendly, generally level to moderately sloped and there is a network of roads which meander through the forest across the island.

The shoreline is a diverse mix of everything; from lots of low bank, easy walk-on beachfront to moderately higher bank frontage with in most cases easy beach access along portions of the eastern and southern shoreline and a small portion of the northern shoreline towards the east. The beaches range from powder-white sand to rock and pebble, with massive tidal reefs which extend off the south and eastern shorelines towards Savary Island.

Ownership opportunities on Hernando are limited in number and exclusive. The island is very well managed and the ownership is structured in such a way that it complements the peace, quiet and enjoyment of the owners as well as the integrity of the property overall. This is a perfect choice for a discerning individual who appreciates this type of environment, wants and expects some privacy, yet also enjoys a sense of community with like-minded individuals. Share ownership includes a site as well as an interest in the entire island.

Hernando Island is very well organized and managed and there are guidelines with respect to ownership and use that are in place to maintain the integrity and ease of enjoyment for everyone. There are full-time resident caretakers who provide a variety of services and can assist owners with enjoying and maintaining their property as well as maintaining the common properties and the infrastructure.

The common property and infrastructure includes a significant standing wharf and moorage located in Stag Bay. The caretakers’ residence, which is the original homestead, is situated at the head of the wharf amongst beautifully manicured grounds and a community garden. A grass area is used for helicopter access from time to time. There is also a tennis court and a community water system providing domestic water to all residences and building locations.

$1,650,000 (CAD)
Square Ft.
Year Built
Water (boat or float plane)
Drilled well
500 ft
Shareholders assessment: approx. $15,000 (2024)
Property Influences
Mountain view
Ocean view
Treed lot
Waterfront ocean

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