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The MLS listing also included this YouTube drone video showing the site. If you watch it, please don’t be confused the neighbouring houses – they are not in the property, but the drone spends a fair amount of time flying over them.


Our 3 acre cohousing site is located at 5180 Universal Place. Please do not visit the site and disturb the neighbours without permission.

City services and amenities are within walking and biking distance of our property. Lost Lake Park offers forest adventures, winter sports and summer recreation opportunities. Piper’s Pub is two minutes away, and six minutes from yoga studios, coffee shops, shopping malls and Costco. Frank J Ney Elementary School is a 20 minute walk. It is also 20 minutes to Ecole Hammond Bay french immersion school and Dover Bay Secondary School by bus.

Nanaimo’s North end is one of the newest neighbourhoods, full of newer developments and central to several amenities such as schools, shopping centers, restaurants and grocery stores that continue to draw home buyers out this way.

As the economic hub of central Vancouver Island, Nanaimo boasts both a vibrant business community and an exceptional quality of life. Nanaimo is the fastest growing community on Vancouver Island. The city is a regional centre for health services including the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, as well as technology, retail, construction, manufacturing, education and government services. Nanaimo is a central transportation and distribution hub for Vancouver Island. Air Canada and WestJet offer direct flights to Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto from the Nanaimo Airport, an all-weather facility. Seaplanes and Helijet link downtown Nanaimo to downtown Vancouver in 20 minutes. BC Ferries provides vehicle and passenger service between Nanaimo and Vancouver as well as Richmond from two terminals located in Nanaimo. Vancouver Island University offers various disciplines.The waterfront along Nanaimo is a beautiful walk and there are lots of great restaurants, coffee shops, and clothing stores.

Parks in Area

Lost Lake / Lost Lake Park -This serene and forested 15 minute loop trail circles north Nanaimo’s water reservoir, Lost Lake. Hard packed gravel trail, located on the north edge of Linley Valley.

Linley Valley

Linley Valley (Cottle Lake) Park – Linley Valley is true gem within the city, though less than half of the 400 acres has park status, at present. Miles of trails crisscross the moss covered rocky knolls with oceanviews and deep forest valleys, and anyone looking for relaxing or challenging bike rides or hikes through the forest and hilltops would do well to check it out. Lost Lake and Cottle Lake are also within the valley, as well as several creeks. You won’t believe you’re still in the city!

Neck Point

Neck Point is a destination waterfront park with 36 acres rugged rock cliffs, with pebble bay beaches, and winding trails through Garry Oak groves. The park is also popular with scuba divers as a deep water rock wall face that is reportedly home to a friendly octopus.  The headland area in the north section of the park is a great spot to watch for Orca and Sealions and otters. During herring season the beach is awash with the roe (January).

Pipers Lagoon Park

Pipers Lagoon Park is one of the finest oceanside parks in Nanaimo. The lagoon itself fills to the brim at high tide, and empties almost completely when the tide goes out, leaving a nutritious muck that attracts all kinds of bird life. The real highlights are the rocky shores and crags with their walking trails, and the beaches with their driftwood offerings.  The swimming is good here, and the driftwood logs create ample opportunities for building sun shelters and forts! After the long dyke, it gets rocky: there are basalt bluffs (caution) that are fun to climb, arbutus groves and huge Garry Oaks, eagle nests and wide views of the Strait.

Our Favourite Day Trips

Newcastle Island Provincial Marine Park  – is the jewel of Nanaimo Harbour and only a five minute foot passenger ferry ride from Maffeo-Sutton Park on the Nanaimo Harbour Ferry’s ‘pickle boats’.  Great beaches, a lake, trails for hiking and biking, an historic pavilion with cafe’ and just a great place to spend the day. 

Nanaimo Harbourfront Walkway – It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful place to stroll- parks, shops, floating cafe´s, yachts, beaches and a crab pier.

Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Park – stroll along easy shady trails among 800 year old growth giant fir trees! 

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