Sointula, 685 1st Street
Sointula, 685 1st Street
The community of Sointula on Malcolm Island offers all the amenities of community living in the beauty of a west coast island setting. Accessed by ferry from Port McNeill on Vancouver Island, Sointula has shopping, fuel services, private and public docks, a library and a medical clinic among other amenities. Whale watchers and outdoor enthusiasts favour Malcolm Island for its whale rubbing beaches and hiking trails. Malcolm Island sits at the junction of Queen Charlotte Strait, Broughton Strait and Johnstone Strait off the northern end of Vancouver Island. The region is renowned for whale watching as well as excellent fishing and kayaking/boating.
This 0.168 acre corner lot is slightly elevated, providing amazing views of Rough Bay and across Broughton Strait to the mountains of Vancouver Island. 1st Street runs the length of town along the waterfront, and this property is towards the northern end of the village on the upland side of the road.
The property is general level, with a gentle slope to the south. The south-east corner of the lot has a creek running along it and the property slopes down to the creek bed. The home is serviced with electricity, telephone and sewer. The oceanfront is just across the road and there is a marina just a minute’s walk down the road, with full facilities.
This 2436sqft home is two floors plus unfinished basement and an attached shed. It has 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms. Built in 1925, the home has many original features, included high, coved ceilings on the main floor and built in cabinetry.
The main floor includes a bright living room/dining room and an open kitchen with eating nook. Both of these rooms have windows looking across to the ocean views. The main floor also includes a laundry area, large 3 piece bathroom, master bedroom and one other bedroom. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and an access door to a small entryway outside.
Upstairs has been designed as a partial suite, with two bedrooms and a counter with sink outside the private toilet, as well as cabinetry and a small under the counter fridge. There are two connected bedrooms as well as attic space on this floor. There are fabulous views of the ocean and docks from both bedrooms. This is a dormer roof so the rooms all have sloped ceilings, except for the central hall.
Downstairs is a full basement with a separate storage room. The basement has high windows all around and an access door to the outside. This is one large room with a concrete floor and exposed beam ceiling. In the centre of the room is a large wood-fired furnace which heats the home along with baseboard heating. There is access to the attached shed from the basement as well.
The attached shed has power and is 22’ x 25’6”. It is used mostly as a wood storage space.
Malcolm Island and the town of Sointula offer a picturesque west coast lifestyle. Sointula was originally founded by Finnish immigrants in the early 1900s looking for a better way of life, and that history is still reflected in the town. It has also been an active fishing centre in the region. The community of approx. 800 offers most basic services as well as shopping, restaurants and recreational opportunities.
This area of the British Columbia coast offers a multitude of activities. For those who love to fish and harvest seafood it is plentiful in all respects. The natural beauty and abundance of marine and other wildlife provide endless activity for nature lovers. The region is home to a northern population of resident killer whales (Orcas), and other marine mammals including dolphins, harbour porpoise, porpoise, seals, and wintering sea lions. Other wildlife in the area includes deer, bears, shorebirds, seabirds, loons, and bald eagles. Vast numbers of salmon migrate through these waters providing excellent salmon fishing.