Mary Point, Cortes Island
Mary Point, Cortes Island
Welcome to Mary Point, one of the most spectacular private properties anywhere on the coast. This amazing 172 acre property is located on the southeast tip of Cortes Island approx. 2km east of Cortes Bay and 7km south of Squirrel Cove. This is an undeveloped oceanfront acreage overlooking Desolation Sound and the Strait of Georgia.
This beautiful oceanfront property has had one owner for over 40 years and has been conscientiously kept in its natural condition.
The topography varies throughout the property, from pastoral to dramatic rock outcrops. Ground cover is predominantly mature second growth conifers with some deciduous trees and a variety of typical coastal vegetation, complementing the beautiful natural esthetic appeal of the property. Of particular note is the amazing display of arbutus trees throughout the property and especially along the shoreline.
The extensive oceanfront is approx. 12000ft and quite diverse. It incorporates three prominent peninsulas, one to the north and two to the south. These peninsulas create three bays with sand, gravel and clam shell beaches at lower tides. The waterfront is a mix of low walk-on to low to medium high granite bluff outcropping.
The height of land is approx. 80 metres situated in the northwest corner of the acreage. From this high point the property has a varying gradual grade down towards the east and the south to the oceanfront. A beautiful meadow, approx. 10-12 acres, bisects the property from north to south and appears to be rich, arable land. This meadow extends from the north bay through to the south bay located between the two southern peninsulas. The views reach for 270 degrees and are awe-inspiring in every direction. To the south over the north end of Georgia Strait the views sweep eastward overlooking the Malaspina Peninsula and Desolation Sound, where the waters are some of the warmest summer ocean temperatures on the entire North American coast. The views from the northern peninsula encompass beautiful West Redonda Island, Refuge Cove and up Lewis Channel towards Teakerne Arm.
There are two small islands, approx. 7 and 23 acres in size, situated just off the eastern shoreline. Between these islands and the shoreline of Mary Point there are extensive and prolific clam and oyster beaches. These beautiful islands and white shell beaches are an appealing complement to the views and the setting in this location.
There is road access to the property via Mary Pt Rd over a registered easement across privately owned property to the north and provincial crown land. This crown land is secured with a special use permit. On the property there are access roads throughout the acreage. The main road originates from the northwest corner and runs east through the property. Approximately half way and just before the meadow the road turns to the right and down to the smaller southern peninsula and towards the bay. Continuing along the main entrance road through the meadow the road then leads to the north peninsula. Here there is a path down to the end of the peninsula and to the licensed moorage. The road continues down along the eastern shoreline to the height of land at the Mary Point peninsula, which is the larger of the two southern peninsulas. In addition there are a number of smaller access roads throughout the property. Some of these roads have become slightly overgrown but could easily be reactivated. There are numerous attractive and very private homesites throughout the acreage.
There is specific permission in place for the private moorage located at the tip of the northern peninsula. Facilities consist of a concrete float with a welded aluminum gangway. The location provides excellent deep water moorage protected from prevailing south-east winter storms with some moderate exposure to westerly and outflow winds from Lewis Channel and Desolation Sound respectively. The present dock and ramp are typically left in place year round.
There is good cell phone service at this property. BC Hydro electrical service is on the neighbouring property to the north and a right of way is in place to provide power to Mary Point. We have been advised that a 300ft well has been drilled on the property and that a local dowser indicated potential for ample additional water throughout the property. Therefore this gives positive indication that there is good opportunity to source more domestic water throughout the property.
This property would be a magnificent private oceanfront estate or a group, family or corporate acquisition with the ability to construct multiple residences. It could also be an interesting and exclusive development project.
Zoned Rural One (RU-1) therefore permits subdivision into 4 hectare/9.88 acre properties. Thus there would be the potential of possibly 17 individual titles, providing all necessary criteria with regulatory bodies are achieved. As one title, development would permit one single family dwelling with one secondary suite or a single family dwelling plus one cottage 640sqft in total floor area. In addition, one additional dwelling for each 4 hectares up to a maximum of 5 dwellings and one secondary suite or cottage. Accessory buildings and structures are allowed with little limitation given the size of the property.