Islands – For Buyers And Sellers

In the real estate market, there is an exclusive niche in the buying and selling of islands. As with any major purchase, research is the key in achieving the best possible outcome. While most of us are prepared to invest time in researching such purchases as luxury homes or estate properties, the technical aspects of purchasing or selling an island must be left to the experts.

Finding that perfect island paradise requires a complex set of strategies that involve such topics as:

  • Unencumbered freehold titles
  • Electricity
  • Free or restricted markets Infrastructure
  • Archaeological Aspects
  • Potable Water
  • Foreshore Information (dock space)
  • Medical access and much more…

With close to 20 years in international marketing and sales, Scott Piercy brings the commitment, integrity, and expertise that are needed to put all the pieces together to make the purchase or sale of your island an exhilarating and stress free experience. Whether you are looking for your own paradise island get-away, a permanent relocation, or an investment opportunity, let Scott and his team walk you through every aspect of your transaction. From one of the many scenic islands off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, to tropical islands off Costa Rica, the Cayman Islands or anywhere around the globe, Scott understands the complexities that are involved in the buying and selling of islands.

One of the crucial aspects in island real estate, deals with Title which in most cases should include 100% ownership of the entire property. There may be some acceptable exceptions where there may exist a lighthouse owned and operated by the local government. Outside of such exceptions, there are a number of areas that fall under Title including whether or not there are any building restrictions or environmental laws that may affect other aspects of the purchase or sale. Other considerations that typically fall under the topic Title can include: transfer or purchase tax, income tax in a resale situation, etc. Factors such as the condition of existing buildings or adding structures like a wharf may also be subject to specific legislation.

Another important reason that makes it imperative to deal with a professional who has specific expertise in island real estate is for all the things that many purchasers don’t ever think about such as access to medical treatment. Access to medical/first aid help will often depend on what the primary use for your new island will be. If you are purchasing an island for investment purposes that has an operational resort on it, in most cases there will also be medical and fist-aid services located right on the premises. If, however, the intended use is for living on or is being purchased with resale in mind, the proximity of a fully functional clinic or even a hospital will need to be a consideration.

Some knowledge of the type of insects, wildlife, and plant life that exists on an island is certainly useful to have. While not necessarily a deal-breaker, purchasers that intend to live on an island should have some idea of what they will be living with – especially if anyone has serious allergies. Prospective buyers may also ask for this kind of information so it is always best to have this information.

There are also special and very specific legal information that is critical to have before purchasing (or selling) any island property, especially if that purchase is in a foreign country. A Free Market approach exists in many countries such as Canada, Germany, United States, Great Britain, France, and others. This typically means that if you have the financial means, you can purchase pretty much whatever you like, including an island. Still it is important that one is familiar with tax and inheritance laws, deed transfer, etc.

If, on the other hand, you are considering the purchase of an island where Restricted Market laws are in effect, the advice of experts is vital. In many countries, governments will have the final say on approving or rejecting the sale or purchase of any property, including nearby islands. Resale of any property in a Restricted Market may be of special concern in that selling to a foreign buyer may require a government permit; if that permit is denied for any reason, the sale will be restricted to local buyers which can significantly affect the sale price.

One of the final issues that you will want detailed information about is that of Access. Some questions that will need to be answered include:

  • Is there floatplane access to the island?
  • Is there natural anchorage where boats can be safely moored?
  • Is easy access available year-round?
  • Does the terrain have helicopter landing access?

In some cases purchasers may want to have a cottage or home on the mainland where they can stay overnight, have a vehicle to run errands, etc.

Whether purchasing an island is an investment strategy or a private get-a-way dream come true, there are many factors that require specific and special consideration. The details in every sale and purchase of an island are numerous and complex. Scott Piercy and his team of real estate professionals have the knowledge and experience to make the process as seamless as possible. Scott has built his professional reputation on his integrity and combines that with a results-oriented approach. His years of association with the best technology professionals around the world ensures that sellers will receive the best international exposure and purchasers will be viewing only those properties that fit their chosen criteria. Privacy, discretion, honesty, and superior attention to detail has allowed Scott Piercy and his team to rise to the top of the international real estate community. They welcome your inquiries and look forward to showing you the best island properties available; anywhere in the world!

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  • SL 5 Echo Bay in See Remarks: Isl Small Islands (North Island Area) House for sale (Islands) : MLS®# 913144

    SL 5 Echo Bay Isl Small Islands (North Island Area) See Remarks V0P 1S0
    Main Photo: SL 5 Echo Bay in See Remarks: Isl Small Islands (North Island Area) House for sale (Islands)  : MLS®# 913144
    $895,000
    Residential
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    913144
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    3,122 sq. ft.
    18 Acre off-grid oceanfront property designed for year-round living and accessed by boat or float plane, located on the north side of Gilford Island, on BC's central coast. A floating dock and a new 56' aluminum ramp lead to a robust, well-insulated "arts and crafts" home. Fully integrated power system provides power year round. Main floor has an open concept kitchen with propane appliances, dining area and living room leads through French doors to a spacious deck, also accessed from the master bedroom and a recreation room with pool table. A view of ocean, islands and Mt.Stephens often includes orca and humpbacks. Upstairs are two nature themed bedrooms plus second bathroom; downstairs are painting/pottery studios and a partially finished workshop that could be converted into additional living space. Ample garden is a mix of indigenous and domestic plants with a lily pond beside the septic tank and field. Outbuildings include woodshed, small greenhouse, generator and kiln shed. More details
    Listed by Michael Stricker of RE/MAX Check Realty
    LEBLANC PIERCY GROUP
  • DL1489 Jackson Bay in See Remarks: Isl Small Islands (Campbell River Area) House for sale (Islands) : MLS®# 924426

    DL1489 Jackson Bay Isl Small Islands (Campbell River Area) See Remarks V0P 1R0
    Main Photo: DL1489 Jackson Bay in See Remarks: Isl Small Islands (Campbell River Area) House for sale (Islands)  : MLS®# 924426
    $1,395,000
    Residential
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    924426
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    3,172 sq. ft.
    Oceanfront property located in Jackson Bay, within Topaze Harbour on the BC mainland coast in Johnstone Strait. Multiple structures on the property all situated in planned locations to take advantage of the views and sunny exposure. Zoned for both residential and commercial use, it was originally developed to accommodate the coastal resource sector. The main lodge and bunkhouse are set up with bedrooms, commercial kitchens, bathroom and laundry facilities, and common areas. There is also a main residence, a studio cabin, a sizable workshop and additional outbuildings. An internal road network allows access throughout the entire property and onto the adjoining forest service road system. Fully integrated power, septic and water systems on the property. An internal road network allows access throughout the entire property and onto the adjoining forest service road system. Dock and moorage facilities. Boat or float plane access, nearest launch point is Kelsey Bay on Vancouver Island. More details
    Listed by Shelley McKay and Ed Handja of Royal LePage Advance Realty
    LEBLANC PIERCY GROUP
  • DL 1489 Jackson Bay in See Remarks: Isl Small Islands (Campbell River Area) Other for sale (Islands) : MLS®# 924432

    DL 1489 Jackson Bay Isl Small Islands (Campbell River Area) See Remarks V0P 1R0
    Main Photo: DL 1489 Jackson Bay in See Remarks: Isl Small Islands (Campbell River Area) Other for sale (Islands)  : MLS®# 924432
    $1,395,000
    Commercial Sale
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    924432
    Oceanfront property located in Jackson Bay, within Topaze Harbour on the BC mainland coast in Johnstone Strait. Multiple structures on the property all situated in planned locations to take advantage of the views and sunny exposure. Zoned for both residential and commercial use, it was originally developed to accommodate the coastal resource sector. The main lodge and bunkhouse are set up with bedrooms, commercial kitchens, bathroom and laundry facilities, and common areas. There is also a main residence, a studio cabin, a sizable workshop and additional outbuildings. An internal road network allows access throughout the entire property and onto the adjoining forest service road system. Fully integrated power, septic and water systems on the property. An internal road network allows access throughout the entire property and onto the adjoining forest service road system. Dock and moorage facilities. Boat or float plane access, nearest launch point is Kelsey Bay on Vancouver Island. More details
    Listed by Shelley McKay and Ed Handja of Royal LePage Advance Realty
    LEBLANC PIERCY GROUP
  • Lot 9 Nuchatlitz Island in See Remarks: Isl Small Islands (North Island Area) House for sale (Islands) : MLS®# 928349

    Lot 9 Nuchatlitz Island Isl Small Islands (North Island Area) See Remarks V0N 3P0
    Main Photo: Lot 9 Nuchatlitz Island in See Remarks: Isl Small Islands (North Island Area) House for sale (Islands)  : MLS®# 928349
    $845,000
    Residential
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    928349
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    3,808 sq. ft.
    A rare, one of a kind property in the heart of Nuchatlitz Island. 5acres of waterfront property, w/ a 64ft ramp/dock. Accessible by boat or seaplane - world class outdoor activities and adventures await you. Catch glimpses of abundant wildlife, like eagles, wolves & whales. This custom home was hand-crafted to complement the simplicity of off-grid living, with no detail spared. Including a large kitchen, euro tilt windows, cellar storage, flush toilets, & south facing windows. With a large open space in the main home & a guest cabin 100ft away, you can easily entertain, year round. Life’s made easy with the 7000 gl cistern, solar panels, battery bank, plus a covered breezeway, with closable storm doors. Your woodworking projects will come to life in the huge workshop. Grand, functional, truly a creator’s paradise. Internet access makes for easy communication. Coupled with a kaleidoscope of nature, this property makes a perfect getaway spot, or ideal remote living. Inquire today! More details
    Listed by Richelle Newson and Amy Hollenbach of Engel & Volkers Vancouver Island North
    LEBLANC PIERCY GROUP
  • 1 Dunsmuir Islands Island in See Remarks: Isl Small Islands (Duncan Area) Land for sale (Islands) : MLS®# 928616

    1 Dunsmuir Islands Island Isl Small Islands (Duncan Area) See Remarks V0R 2E0
    Main Photo: 1 Dunsmuir Islands Island in See Remarks: Isl Small Islands (Duncan Area) Land for sale (Islands)  : MLS®# 928616
    $1,900,000
    Residential
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    928616
    PRIVATE ISLAND... in Ladysmith Harbour! Very rare offering - a private 4.75 acre island within a 2 minute boat ride from picturesque Ladysmith. The area is totally protected and ready for your building ideas. The owner did have approval to proceed with a custom home, guest cottage & large dock but their plans have changed & this island can now be yours! All the permits were in place to proceed with construction and could be re-issued. This island is located right next door to the island currently owned by the Seattle Yacht Club & across from Transfer Beach. The septic system is 80% installed and a rough road was put down the centre of the island. The island is well treed with several areas that allow easy access to the water. This is a very unique, very exclusive & irreplaceable offering. All measurements are considered approximate & should be verified if important. Contact your Realtor or the listing agent for a full information package! More details
    Listed by Martin Velsen and Rachel Scollard of RE/MAX of Nanaimo
    LEBLANC PIERCY GROUP
  • 879 Canso Rd in Gabriola Island: Isl Gabriola Island House for sale (Islands) : MLS®# 931041

    879 Canso Rd Isl Gabriola Island Gabriola Island V0R 1X2
    Main Photo: 879 Canso Rd in Gabriola Island: Isl Gabriola Island House for sale (Islands)  : MLS®# 931041
    $2,895,000
    Residential
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    931041
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    5,138 sq. ft.
    Artist? Entrepreneur? House Proud? Ocean front, masterpiece home with spacious Carriage house, studio and shop providing potential B&B income. Quality built and passionately maintained by the owners on a private, secure, tranquil 2.2 acre oasis embracing scarlet sunsets, sweeping ocean, mountain and city views. Ever changing wildlife and sails. FIRST TIME ON MARKET. HVAC system for complete home comfort, rainwater collection, 13,000 gal cistern, filtration system, central vac.,100 KVA house automated generator, main gate intercom, secured 2 m. chain ink fencing, security system, high end appliances incl. 6 burner commercial stove, quartz countertops, electric fireplace. Unfiltered outdoor water outlets, mature landscape, raspberries, fruit trees, gardens that and spa like, ocean front atmosphere. Enjoy the video, virtual tour and photos and then arrange to visit and experience what photos and words cannot fully describe. More details
    Listed by Glenna Borsuk of Team 3000 Realty Ltd
    LEBLANC PIERCY GROUP
  • 5030 Cokely Rd in Denman Island: Isl Denman Island House for sale (Islands) : MLS®# 931436

    5030 Cokely Rd Isl Denman Island Denman Island V0R 1T0
    Main Photo: 5030 Cokely Rd in Denman Island: Isl Denman Island House for sale (Islands)  : MLS®# 931436
    $1,300,000
    Residential
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    931436
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    2,761 sq. ft.
    Discover your own oceanfront paradise in this stunning 1.9-acre property on the East side of Denman Island. Enjoy unobstructed views of Hornby Island and the Lambert Channel from the 300 ft low bank oceanfront. This one-of-a-kind property includes a gated stairway across East Rd leading down to the beach and approximately 0.5 acre of space suitable for outdoor enjoyment. The 2761 sqft log home boasts a spacious rustic retreat feel with vaulted ceilings, wall-to-ceiling fireplace, large country kitchen, main floor master bedroom with ensuite, and 2 bedrooms with ensuites above. The fenced backyard features a building with workshop, garage and woodshed. Also includes plunge pool, gardens, RV Pad and mature trees. Don't miss out on the chance to own this exceptional property at an attractive price. Call to hook your viewing today! More details
    Listed by Jamie Zroback and Jason Zroback of Landquest Realty Corporation
    LEBLANC PIERCY GROUP
  • 1395 Corrigal Rd in Denman Island: Isl Denman Island House for sale (Islands) : MLS®# 932588

    1395 Corrigal Rd Isl Denman Island Denman Island V0R 1T0
    Main Photo: 1395 Corrigal Rd in Denman Island: Isl Denman Island House for sale (Islands)  : MLS®# 932588
    $1,098,000
    Residential
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    932588
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,042 sq. ft.
    An exceptional opportunity to acquire a one-third stake in a rare, historic farm located on Denman Island. This property offers 74 acres, comprising sprawling fields, lush woodlands, and breathtaking coastline. By acquiring these shares, you'll gain exclusive use of a picturesque home & guest suite on 1-acre, along with a share in the rest of Orkney Farm. The property boasts a charming, warm log house with an attached guest suite, which both offer stunning views of the pastoral landscape and ocean. The main living area has an open concept design, with vaulted ceilings that create a bright & spacious atmosphere. The guest suite is tastefully decorated & includes a kitchen, living area, bathroom, separate bedroom, & loft. The overall property features a variety of amenities, including a substantial barn, a century-old apple orchard, a flourishing farm garden, approx 1000' of beachfront, beachfront, tennis/pickle ball court & a delightful old farmhouse. This is truly a unique opportunity! More details
    Listed by Donna Tuele of Royal LePage-Comox Valley (CV)
    LEBLANC PIERCY GROUP
  • 7445 Denman Rd in Denman Island: Isl Denman Island House for sale (Islands) : MLS®# 932645

    7445 Denman Rd Isl Denman Island Denman Island V0R 1T0
    Main Photo: 7445 Denman Rd in Denman Island: Isl Denman Island House for sale (Islands)  : MLS®# 932645
    $1,098,000
    Residential
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    932645
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,976 sq. ft.
    Unique opportunity to own a 1/3 share of one of the few remaining oceanfront heritage farms on Denman Island. Be part of 74 acres of field, forest & seashore. Your share includes a beautiful dwelling & an allotted 1-acre area that surrounds your home, as well as a share in a magnificent barn, 100-year-old orchard, productive farm garden, charming farmhouse, tennis court & 1000' Oceanfront! A scenic driveway takes you through a forest of majestic Douglas firs, leading to your own private oasis featuring an open plan home surrounded by a lawn & garden. Step out onto the expansive deck & marvel at the breathtaking view of the lush pasture, sparkling ocean & snow-capped mountains. This home was thoughtfully designed & built by local craftsmen using materials sourced primarily from the property & the handcrafted stained-glass windows, hand picked rock fireplace, & captivating views are standout features in the great room. This property must be seen to be truly appreciated. More details
    Listed by Donna Tuele of Royal LePage-Comox Valley (CV)
    LEBLANC PIERCY GROUP
  • Lot 5 Pearse Island in See Remarks: Isl Small Islands (North Island Area) House for sale (Islands) : MLS®# 934632

    Lot 5 Pearse Island Isl Small Islands (North Island Area) See Remarks V0N 1A0
    Main Photo: Lot 5 Pearse Island in See Remarks: Isl Small Islands (North Island Area) House for sale (Islands)  : MLS®# 934632
    $285,000
    Residential
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    934632
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    800 sq. ft.
    Oceanfront property on Pearse Island, in the Broughton archipelago region of Johnstone Strait. 560sqft cabin with loft, with SW exposure providing great views and fabulous sunsets across Pearse Passage looking towards Cormorant Island and Vancouver Island. Quick boat access from Port McNeill, Alder Bay or Telegraph Cove. Beautifully forested, approx. 100ft beachfront. Set up and back from the water, the cabin is a well-built structure situated on concrete footings, with cedar siding and a metal roof. It is not fully finished inside, however it is fully insulated and prepared with vapour barrier inside. Open living space with separate bedroom, large oceanside covered deck. Current systems include rainwater collection, a solar panel with 12 volt batteries, portable generator, propane cookstove, and an outhouse. Offering also includes a shared private dock by the dedicated road right of way west of the property. The dock is easily visible from the property and the cabin. More details
    Listed by Shelley McKay and Ed Handja of Royal LePage Advance Realty
    LEBLANC PIERCY GROUP
  • Lots A&B Granite Bay in Quadra Island: Isl Quadra Island Land for sale (Islands) : MLS®# 935864

    Lots A&B Granite Bay Isl Quadra Island Quadra Island V0P 1N0
    Main Photo: Lots A&B Granite Bay in Quadra Island: Isl Quadra Island Land for sale (Islands)  : MLS®# 935864
    $1,120,000
    Residential
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    935864
    “The A Frame in Granite Bay” offers amazing ocean views, a sense of history, and space to settle. Granite Bay is on the NW coast of Quadra Island with convenient road access (paved to gravel) and is approx. 25 minutes from the ferry terminal at Quathiaski Cove. The bay provides a community dock and a public boat launch. The offering includes two lots, totaling 3.96 acres, with approx. 1200ft of oceanfront. The roadway comes into the property at the oceanfront and there is a good walking path that continues from the roadway to the far back corner of the property. The property is nicely treed for the most part, but with a gentle, gradual slope it is easy to access. While the area around the old cabin site is cleared the old cabin remains are not safe to access. BC Hydro power is available for the property, running near the top property line. A water license for domestic water use is in place on Larson Creek, which enters Granite Bay at the south end of the property. More details
    Listed by Shelley McKay and Ed Handja of Royal LePage Advance Realty
    LEBLANC PIERCY GROUP
  • 106456 Hanna Creek in Nootka Island: Isl Small Islands (North Island Area) Other for sale (Islands) : MLS®# 935284

    106456 Hanna Creek Isl Small Islands (North Island Area) Nootka Island V0P 1X0
    Main Photo: 106456 Hanna Creek in Nootka Island: Isl Small Islands (North Island Area) Other for sale (Islands)  : MLS®# 935284
    $299,900
    Commercial Sale
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    935284
    Nootka Sound Shellfish Ltd currently operates three shellfish tenures in the Nootka Sound region. The company has been operating on the west coast of Vancouver Island for decades and is involved with the BC Shellfish Growers Association. These are all oyster and clam producing sites. The seller is willing to assist a new owner with learning the farms and the basic workings of the business. This offering is a share sale for the purchase of Nootka Sound Shellfish Limited. The assets include the three shellfish tenures which are all in the Nootka Sound region, off the west coast of Vancouver Island. This is a well-known and productive ocean harvest region, with boat access from Gold River, Tahsis or Zeballos on Vancouver Island. Plumper and Kendrick are both beachfront tenures, while Hanna Creek is both a beachfront and a deep-water site. The offering also includes a skiff which is registered in the company’s name, used to carry product and equipment and to travel between sites. More details
    Listed by Shelley McKay and Ed Handja of Royal LePage Advance Realty
    LEBLANC PIERCY GROUP
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