Your Guide to Vancouver Island Properties
by Shanon Kelley Realty Group


Vancouver Island offers tremendous potential for those looking to buy their first home or invest in real estate. As the largest island off the Pacific coast of North America, it boasts incredible natural beauty, a mild climate with all sorts of unique weather areas, and a high quality of life. You can go surfing and snowboarding in one day and if you’re particularly daring, maybe sneak in a round of golf! (It’s possible if you’re okay with surfing in a wet suit when it’s winter, which many surfers do in Tofino, B.C.)

This guide to properties on Vancouver Island provides an in-depth look at all of the various types of properties there are on Vancouver Island, and some insight to the various areas of Vancouver Island you can buy property in and the wonderful features those areas of Vancouver Island have to offer. From waterfront retreats to cozy island cottages, rural acreages, and trendy city homes we will explore the range of properties available on Vancouver Island.

Whether you’re searching for your perfect residence or ideal investment property, Vancouver Island has options to suit every taste and budget. Let us help you uncover the immense potential of real estate and unique lifestyle on this magnificent West Coast Vancouver Island paradise.

Why Choose Properties on Vancouver Island?

With its magnificent natural beauty there are cities, towns and villages to explore all with their own unique nature attractions and culture unique to each town, city, or village which makes it an island full of wonder to explore! More and more people travel to Vancouver Island each year to explore the unique world class experiences of Vancouver Island. This makes your choice an easy investment in Vancouver Island properties, whether it’s investing for your first time home or to rent it out to provide the Vancouver Island experience to travellers.

Here are some of the key advantages of choosing properties on Vancouver Island:

  • Breathtaking landscapes – Vancouver Island offers incredible diversity, from rugged mountains and sandy beaches to old growth forests and farmland.
  • Mild climate – Thanks to the moderating effects of the surrounding ocean, the island enjoys a temperate climate year-round.
  • Outdoor recreation – Hiking, kayaking, surfing, wildlife viewing and more are at your fingertips on Vancouver Island.
  • Vibrant cities – Urban hubs like Victoria, Nanaimo and Courtenay blend small town charm with arts, culture and cuisine.
  • All sorts of nature at your finger tips – wherever you are, there’s always a wonderful beach or lake nearby or a trail for mountain biking, dirt biking, ATVing or even mushroom picking! The island has so much to do and it’s rarely ever too far away – if it’s a bit farther, the traffic is always smooth!

Whether you’re looking for a permanent residence or vacation getaway, Vancouver Island offers an unbeatable quality of life. Let the experts at Shanon Kelley Realty Group guide you in finding your perfect island oasis.

Navigating the Housing Market on Vancouver Island

Welcome to the world of real estate on Vancouver Island! This picturesque piece of paradise off Canada’s west coast offers a diverse and vibrant housing market that caters to a range of preferences and budgets.

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned investor, navigating the real estate landscape here can be both exciting and challenging. In this section, we’ll walk you through the key aspects of understanding the local market, introduce you to the different types of properties available, and help you identify what to look for when choosing your dream home.

Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge and confidence you need to make informed decisions on your journey towards property ownership on Vancouver Island. Let’s explore this journey together!

Understanding the Real Estate Market on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island offers options for buyers and investors across the Vancouver Island housing spectrum, from starter homes to luxury waterfront estates.

The market remains relatively stable compared to Vancouver Island’s volatility, with steady, moderate growth in recent years. Prices are often lower than mainland counterparts with far more areas to explore at your finger tips.

Demand is high for island properties given the wonderful lifestyle and unique experiences, and this makes the real estate market on Vancouver Island very competitive and sometimes hard to navigate and get what you want, and this is where we help guide you if you choose to work with us as your Vancouver Island Realtors. We stay up-to-date on inventory, trends, and factors influencing pricing with our 16+ years of experience and always put our client’s interests first with customer-centric service – our goal is to provide perfect service and value for all of our clients.

Types of Properties Available: From Cozy Cottages to Luxurious Estates

Vancouver Island offers diverse housing options to suit different lifestyles and budgets. Here are some of the property types you can find:

  • Charming cottages – A Vancouver Island cottage combines the comfort of a cozy, charming dwelling with the stunning natural beauty of the island’s diverse landscapes. You can buy a home here to escape to the wonderland of Vancouver Island whenever you want, and if you wanted some extra income from it you can easily share the experience with AirBNB customers.
  • Starter homes – Vancouver Island is an ideal location for first time home buyers. There’s many affordable homes still around even after the previous years of increased realty prices, and many offer an opportunity to fix them up and make some sweat equity!
  • Family houses – There are many family homes on Vancouver Island that are perfect for a small new family or a larger established family. The homes are generally well sized with large yards, and there’s all sorts of sizes of properties to fit your needs.
  • Townhouses – Attached units offering density and shared green space without the responsbility of taking care of your green space thanks to strata management.
  • Condos – Great compact living spaces, typically found in urban centers.
  • Acreages with land – Large rural properties with privacy and room to grow food or keep animals.
  • Waterfront homes – Prime real estate overlooking the ocean, lakes or rivers.
  • Luxury estates – Lavish, custom-built mansions in exclusive island locales.

This diversity allows you to find the perfect match for your lifestyle. Let us guide you in selecting the ideal Vancouver Island property for you!

Tips for Securing Your Ideal Home with Shanon Kelley Realty Group

With high demand and limited housing inventory, finding the perfect Vancouver Island property takes expertise. Here are our insider tips:

  • Get pre-approved for financing so you can move quickly when you find the right home.
  • Be open to different neighbourhoods and house styles – your perfect home may surprise you!
  • Make an attractive offer with favorable terms and a personal letter to stand out.
  • Move fast when you find the right home – desirable properties go quickly.
  • Work with a knowledgeable local agent like us who can guide you through the buying process.
  • Stay persistent and don’t get discouraged – with the right home search approach, your island dream home is out there!

With our dedicated support and deep knowledge of the local market, we’ll help you successfully find and secure the perfect Vancouver Island property. Let’s make your home ownership dreams a reality!

Diverse Types of Properties on Vancouver Island

With its vibrant communities and stunning natural landscapes, Vancouver Island offers a wide variety of real estate to suit any lifestyle. From rustic to refined, there are properties to match every personality and budget.

Secluded rural acreages on Vancouver Island allow you to immerse in nature while almost always being a reasonable drive away from a grocery store, town, village or city. Charming cottages deliver the island dream and unique experience while ocean front homes give you amazing sunsets on any side of the island. Creative empty building lots empower you to build a custom oasis. Luxury estates provide high-end amenities amid natural beauty. And cozy bungalows offer affordable options in friendly neighbourhoods.

Whether you desire privacy, scenery, tranquility or convenience, Vancouver Island real estate has an option tailor-made for you. Discover the perfect property to complement your passions and lifestyle.

Rural Homes on Vancouver Island: Experience Serene and Tranquil Living

Search for rural homes for sale on Vancouver Island to find your own private retreat immersed in nature. Spacious acreages with rolling hills, forests and meadows offer peace and privacy just minutes from amenities.

Unique character homes on rural lots capture old-world charm while modern farmhouse styles blend seamlessly into the surroundings. Enjoy productive land for gardening, orchards and agriculture. Nearby trails lead to secluded swimming holes, waterfalls and endless outdoor recreation.

Idyllic communities like Cowichan Valley, Comox Valley and rural Salt Spring Island give you room to breathe surrounded by stunning scenery. Rural living on Vancouver Island means tranquility, space and freedom just steps from adventures.

Waterfront Homes for Sale on Vancouver Island: Your Personal Paradise

Make island living a dream come true by finding the perfect waterfront home for sale on Vancouver Island. Wake up to unobstructed sunrises over the Salish Sea right from your doorstep.

Cozy up in your oceanside home after a day spent beach combing, kayaking and whale watching. Relax on your private dock or deck overlooking the waves and passing boats. Waterfront homes allow you to indulge in island splendor and easy access to activities.

Scenic communities where we help clients find their waterfront homes are Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Nanaimo, Nanoose Bay, Port Alberni, and Ladysmith. Each one of these areas offer tranquil waterfront havens. Find your slice of Vancouver Island paradise in a charming home by the sea.

Unleash Your Creativity: Land for Sale on Vancouver Island

For those with vision, Vancouver Island offers abundant land options to make your dream home a reality. From forested lots to ocean view Vancouver Island homes, find the ideal property to build your custom oasis.

Building on raw land allows you to craft every detail – from floor plans to finishes, materials and amenities. Design a modern masterpiece, rambling cottage or off-grid sanctuary. Luxury additions like pools, home theaters and workshops are easily accommodated.

Communities like North Saanich, Ladysmith and Ucluelet offer beautiful lots near oceans and forests. Bring your vision to life with land for sale on Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island Waterfront Real Estate: Indulge in Luxury Living

Treat yourself to the ultimate indulgence – a luxury waterfront estate on Vancouver Island. Prime properties boast endless ocean vistas along with first-class amenities and total privacy.

Sophisticated west coast architecture brings the outdoors in with floor-to-ceiling windows. Gourmet chef’s kitchens, spa-like baths, custom media rooms and lavish master suites provide everyday comforts. Relax on your private dock or deck just steps from the shore.

Upscale communities such as Nanoose Bay, Oak Bay, Saanich and Sidney offer stunning luxury estates with panoramic waterfront settings. There are many more areas in the central Vancouver Island region where we help guide our real estate clients, that we would be happy to help you explore.

Cheap Houses for Sale on Vancouver Island: Embrace Affordable Charm

You don’t need a fortune to call Vancouver Island home. Find charming, affordable houses for sale in vibrant communities across the island.

Cozy bungalows and older homes offer classic character at a fraction of the cost. Many are move-in ready or provide blank canvases to decorate on a budget. Established neighbourhoods provide amenities while maintaining small town appeal.

We help our clients find houses according to their budgets all the way from Bowzer to Ladysmith, and there are many that are affordable still in our recent housing market of Central Vancouver Island.

The Role of a Vancouver Island Real Estate Agent in Purchasing Vancouver Island Properties

Having a quality real estate agent on your side is absolutely crucial for achieving success in your search for Vancouver Island real estate properties. From understanding the market to handling complex transactions, a realtor’s job revolves around providing a smooth, stress-free experience for you and in this competitive market, a quality Vancouver Island real estate agent is crucial for competing with other competitive buyers in the market.

Here’s a brief overview of what a Vancouver Island realtor should do for you:

Understanding the Market: We closely monitor the Vancouver Island real estate market, keeping up with the latest trends, property values, and available listings. This allows us to provide clients with accurate, timely information and advice.

Finding the Right Property: For homebuyers, we help identify properties that align with your preferences, needs, and budget. We review potential homes for any potential issues or concerns, ensuring that you’re making a sound investment.

Marketing and Negotiation: For sellers, we use effective marketing strategies to highlight your property’s best features and attract potential buyers. We also negotiate on your behalf to secure the most favorable terms and price.

Handling Paperwork: Real estate transactions involve a lot of paperwork. We manage all the necessary documents, contracts, and disclosures, ensuring everything is completed accurately and on time.

Supporting Through Closing: We stay with you throughout the entire process, from the initial search or listing through to closing. We coordinate with inspectors, appraisers, and attorneys, and ensure that all steps are completed efficiently.

When it comes to Shanon Kelley Realty Group Group, we add another layer of dedication to these services by putting an emphasis on customer-centric care. Shanon recognizes the unique needs and goals of each client and customizes her approach accordingly. She’s committed to building long-term relationships with her clients, rather than simply closing transactions.

Shanon’s comprehensive knowledge of Vancouver Island, coupled with her dedication to her clients, makes her an excellent partner in your real estate journey. Whether you’re buying, selling, or exploring property investment opportunities, you can count on Shanon Kelley to guide you with expertise, professionalism, and a genuine commitment to your satisfaction.

Legal Aspects Your Real Estate Agent Should Help Guide You With

The legal aspects of purchasing a home can seem complex, which is why we are here to guide you through them. Here’s how our role intersects with these legalities:

Contract Law: When you decide to purchase a home, you’ll sign a Purchase Agreement. This document outlines the price, closing date, and any conditions of the sale. We help our clients navigate this process properly and smoothly.

Title Search and Assistance: We can coordinate a title search to ensure the seller has a clear title to transfer. If needed, we can also refer you to a trusted provider for title insurance, which protects against any undisclosed title defects.

Assisting with Real Estate Closing: This is the final step in the home buying process. We help our clients navigate the closing with our 16+ years of experience and we guide our clients to a smooth closing every time.

Disclosure Laws: Sellers are required to disclose known issues with the property. We will ensure you receive these disclosures and understand their implications.

Coordinating with your Mortgage Lender: Once you’re ready to finalize your home purchase, we will liaise with your mortgage lender to make sure all necessary documents are prepared and signed correctly.

We make sure that our clients focus is in their best interests to achieve their dream home according to all their needs. This is our customer-centric approach that we at Shanon Kelley Realty Group

Financing Your Dream: How a Customer Centric Realtor Helps Guide You

Securing financing is a crucial part of your journey towards owning a property on Vancouver Island. At Shanon Kelley Realty Group, we’re here to offer guidance and resources to help you navigate this process with ease with our customer centric approach. Here’s a brief outline of how we can assist:

Understanding Your Budget: The first step in securing a mortgage is to understand what you can afford. We can provide tools and resources to help you estimate your budget, taking into account factors like income, debts, and living expenses.

Pre-Approval Guidance: We recommend getting a mortgage pre-approval before you start your home search. Not only does this help you understand your budget better, but it also makes you a more attractive buyer. We can guide you through this process and recommend trusted lenders.

Exploring Loan Options: There are various types of mortgages and loan programs available, each with its own set of requirements and benefits. From conventional loans to FHA loans to special programs for first-time buyers, we’ll help you understand your options.

Application Process Guidance: Once you’ve chosen a lender and a loan type, we can help you understand the application process. This usually involves providing financial information, a credit history, and details about the property.

Understanding Closing Costs: Mortgages often come with additional fees known as closing costs. We’ll ensure you’re aware of these costs well in advance, so there are no surprises at closing.

Coordinating with Your Lender: From the moment your offer is accepted until the keys are in your hand, we’ll coordinate with your lender to ensure a smooth process. This includes arranging for the home appraisal and making sure all necessary documents are prepared for closing.

While we’re here to guide you, we also recommend consulting with a mortgage advisor or financial planner who can provide specialized advice tailored to your financial situation.

Shanon Kelley Realty Group: Your Trusted Nanaimo Guide

With 16+ years of experience, the Shanon Kelley Realty Group provides exemplary service to home buyers and sellers on Vancouver Island. Our team of expert agents offers the knowledge, dedication and support needed to guide you through every step of the real estate process.

We understand buying or selling a home is a major life decision and investment. You deserve the very best service tailored to your unique needs.

Our commitment is helping you achieve your real estate dreams through transparent communication, local market expertise and next-level customer care.

Whether you’re looking to buy your first home, downsize for retirement or invest in Vancouver Island real estate, we are your trusted partners. Our personalized care and guidance provide peace of mind. Contact us today to begin your journey with confidence.

Our Expertise and Dedication in Vancouver Island Real Estate

The Shanon Kelley Realty Group brings together top-tier real estate agents with decades of combined experience on Vancouver Island. Our expertise spans all aspects of buying, selling and investing in properties across the central Vancouver Island region.

We utilize in-depth knowledge of local neighbourhoods, market conditions and regulations to best serve our clients. Our relationships with contractors, inspectors, lawyers and other professionals ensure smooth transactions. We handle marketing, negotiations, paperwork and details so you don’t have to and guide you through every step of the way to make this an enjoyable and smooth process.

We are dedicated advocates for our clients, providing personalized care and support. Our local expertise and high ethical standards offer peace of mind where you can feel comfortable knowing that we’ll take care of you with top quality service that provides increased value in comparison to our competition.

Services We Provide

Our team of experienced agents provides specialized services to help clients buy, sell, and invest in properties on Vancouver Island.

For buyers, we assist at every stage from identifying ideal neighbourhoods and previewing listings to negotiating offers and guiding you through closings. Our local expertise helps you find your perfect island home.

For sellers, we provide complete marketing including professional photography, 3D scans, print ads and online listings. We leverage our relationships with top agents to get your home maximum exposure. Our pricing strategy and negotiations achieve top dollar.

For investors, we analyze market conditions to identify promising investment properties with strong rental demand and growth potential. We advise on renovations, property management, and strategies to maximize returns.

With decades of combined real estate experience, our team has the skills and dedication to provide exemplary service tailored to your needs.

Our team

Meet the team that will make your real estate goals a reality

Meet The Shanon Kelley Realty Group

Shanon Kelley Realty Group, the recipient of the esteemed Royal LePage Road Diamond Award 2022, has established a commendable reputation as one of the foremost real estate agents in BC for an impressive span of 16 consecutive years. Embark on an extraordinary journey of finding your dream home on Vancouver Island, guided by the expertise and exceptional service of Shanon Kelley. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, Shanon Kelley Realty Group ensures an unparalleled experience in discovering the most desirable places to live in this breathtaking locale.

16+ Years of Industry Experience

With nearly two decades of unparalleled real estate experience both on the mainland and Vancouver Island, Shanon Kelley Realty Group stands out from the rest. Our extensive knowledge and expertise in this dynamic market enable us to provide exceptional service and valuable insights to our clients. Whether you are buying, selling, or investing in properties, trust that our team’s dedication, honesty, and unwavering commitment will ensure your real estate journey is seamless and successful. Experience the difference with Shanon Kelley Realty Group today.

No pressure and No Obligations

At Shanon Kelley Realty Group, we prioritize your comfort and autonomy throughout the decision-making process. We understand the significance of your home, and with us, you will never face any pressure to make choices that don’t align with your preferences. Your home, your sanctuary, your ultimate choice. Trust us to guide you through the journey of finding your perfect abode, empowering you every step of the way while respecting your individuality.

Down to Earth, Professional Advice

Shanon Kelley Realty Group prides itself on its unwavering commitment to expertise and personal integrity. With our dedication to excellence, we make it our mission to transform the aspirations of our valued clients into vibrant reality each and every day. Our team of talented professionals goes above and beyond, harnessing their skills and knowledge to deliver remarkable results that exceed expectations. Trust Shanon Kelley Realty Group to guide you through your real estate journey with unparalleled expertise and unwavering personal integrity.

See what our clients are saying


If I could give Shanon more than 5 stars, I would.

She is an incredible realtor who was patient, determined and had my best interest at heart when I was looking for my first home. She helped me find an amazing home that I absolutely adore. I will be contacting her when I want to purchase my next home.

Jennifer Steer
Vancouver Island, BC

Shanon Kelley comes very highly recommended from me!

I was lost and she guided me through everything to get me everything I wanted in a place. Amazing heart and goes above and beyond. Thanks again for all your help Shanon!

James Nicoll
Vancouver Island, BC

Shanon is a professional on every level.

Shanon has the highest concern and strong understanding about the real estate market and negotiation process. Her personality exhibits high moral character, inspiring integrity and knowledge that has made dealing with her a stress free and smooth process.

Stathis Savvis (William Wright Commercial)
Vancouver Island, BC

The most professional, dedicated and passionate realtor I have ever met.

Shanon has been helping me secure a land parcel on Vancouver Island and has spared no energy or effort to provide me the best possible service: all this without having had the chance of meeting me due to Covid and from across the globe as I’m based in Europe. She is truly one of a kind.

Claudio de Sanctis
Vancouver Island, BC

We were so lucky we got Shanon Kelley as our realtor.

As first time home buyers we needed some explaining and reminding and Shanon never made us feel dumb or ignorant. Instead she remained professional and supportive. We ended up purchasing a townhouse we had never seen, in a town we had never been to, and were moving from Vancouver Island to the island with little ones. 

Vancouver Island, BC

Being an agent myself, I know how important it is to have the RIGHT person for the job.

I first met Shanon Kelley many years ago when I was a newly licensed realtor and after hearing her speak, I was inspired to model my business practices after her. Shanon ALWAYS puts the needs of her clients first and is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for them.

Michelle Vaughan
Vancouver Island, BC

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