Sunshine Coast Houses For Sale & MLS Real Estate Listings
Welcome to the Sunshine Coast! Below you will find the newest homes for sale and real estate on the Sunshine Coast, BC. If you would like more information on any of these Sunshine Coast real estate listings, simply click on the property, register for a free account, and you’ll have access to the full details. From there you can click Schedule a Tour to request more information from our Loyal Homes Client Care Coordinators or schedule a viewing. Our Client Care Coordinators will be happy to provide you with property disclosure statements, past sales history, comparable properties which have recently sold nearby, and more, so please don’t hesitate to ask for help!
About the Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast is a beautiful region along the mainland area across the Strait of Georgia from Vancouver Island. It is composed of rural communities that are known for their friendliness, their artistic charm, and most of all, the rugged natural beauty everywhere you look. The Sunshine Coast is said to have the highest concentration of artists anywhere in the country, as many artists embrace the area’s tranquil and inspiring nature.
While nearby areas in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island have seen continuous population growth over recent years, the Sunshine Coast remains sparsely populated, mainly because it is off the beaten path. The most common way to get to the Sunshine Coast is by ferry, as BC Ferries operate a regular route between Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast community of Gibsons. Sunshine Coast Air also offers flights to Sechelt from the Vancouver Island cities of Nanaimo and Victoria.
You may be wondering how a region on the west coast of British Columbia—a famously rainy part of the country—could be sunny enough to warrant being called “the Sunshine Coast.” The name is a misnomer, deliberately used by pioneer Harry Roberts to promote tourism in the area. He is said to have painted the name onto the side of a freight house in Roberts Creek—a community named after his family—and the rest is history.
The largest community on the Sunshine Coast is the small city of Powell River, which has a population of around 13,000 people. In the past, Powell River was known for its paper mill, one of the biggest in the world. These days, the mill is closed, and the community is focused on other industries, including ecotourism, fishing, forestry, and the arts.
The next largest community on the Sunshine Coast is Sechelt, the most easily accessible from Vancouver. Sechelt is surrounded by beautiful nature and opportunities for outdoor recreation, including biking, camping, backpacking, skiing, hiking, and more. Gibsons and Roberts Creek round out the other major communities on the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast’s smaller, unincorporated communities include Halfmoon Bay, Badierea Park, and Garden Bay.
Sunshine Coast Weather
As mentioned, the Sunshine Coast is certainly not as sunny as its name would indicate and nowhere near as hot as the region that it shares a name with in Australia. The areas of the Sunshine Coast near sea level have what’s called a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, which means that summer months are warm but rarely hot, while winters are cool and rainy. Snowfall is rare during winter, though there are always many clear, sunny days, even during the wet months.
The communities slightly inland and at higher elevations on the Sunshine Coast tend to have a marine west coast climate, which consists of a higher amount of precipitation, even during the summer, with plenty of cloudy and misty days. As you can imagine, this kind of weather is great for vegetation, and the forests in these areas are filled with lush foliage.
Sunshine Coast Real Estate
Because the Sunshine Coast is relatively remote and rural, the cost of real estate is generally far lower than in nearby areas of the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. However, as prices near Vancouver and Victoria continue to surge, more and more real estate investors are looking toward areas like the Sunshine Coast.
The increasing popularity of working from home has also caused increased interest in markets on the Sunshine Coast. Many of the Sunshine Coast’s communities have relatively few jobs for young professionals in particular. Still, the move towards telework means it’s now possible to live in a beautiful sleepy oceanside community on the Sunshine Coast without a problematic daily commute to a nearby city.
Powell River is a particularly interesting option for real estate investors as it offers an appealing mix of amenities and affordability. Many of the available properties in Powell River come in the form of quaint single-family homes, some of them built as much as a century ago. These properties are generally situated on large lots, with yards that offer views over the Strait of Georgia and nearby Texada and Harwood Islands. The older homes in Powell River often have quaint features that include country-style kitchens and old wood stoves.
In Sechelt, most properties you’ll find were built between the 1960s and 1980s, with some houses built from 2000 on. You’ll find large single-family homes on large sunny lots of around a half-acre in size that offer beautiful views. In Sechelt, there are also luxurious newly-built homes with large, airy open-concept floorplans that maximize the benefits of the community’s oceanfront location. Compared to other communities on the Sunshine Coast, Sechelt also has plenty of options in terms of affordable condo units that could make great homes for young professionals or retirees. These compact units could also be perfect for real estate investors as personal vacation properties or vacation rentals.
Speaking of vacations, the Sunshine Coast is widely known as a popular vacation spot for those who live in nearby cities. It offers just the right blend of rural seclusion and accessibility to make it a relaxing place to get away from it all, even just for a weekend. In small communities like the beautiful Pender Island, affordable acreage can be found, often with water, sewer, and electricity already available at the property line, meaning these properties are ready for real estate investors looking to build their dream homes.
Things to Do on the Sunshine Coast
Check Out One of the Beautiful Provincial Parks
The Sunshine Coast has an abundance of beautiful green spaces and parks to explore, including some awe-inspiring provincial parks. These parks include Porpoise Bay, Skookumchuck Narrows, Inland Lake, Saltery Bay, the Tetrahedron, and more. Porpoise Bay is a popular park with families, as it has plenty of secluded, sandy beach areas that are perfect for relaxing beach days. Located slightly north of Sechelt—situated right on the scenic Sechelt Inlet—the park is also a popular launch spot for canoers and kayakers looking to paddle the inlet’s waters.
Unwind at One of the Many New Microbreweries
Many of British Columbia’s small communities have been increasingly embracing the microbrewery trend, and the Sunshine Coast is no exception. The small breweries on the Sunshine Coast can be a perfect place to unwind after a day spent exploring natural attractions. The impressive local options include Townsite Brewery in Powell River, Batch 44 in Sechelt, and Tapworks and Persephone in Gibsons.
Engage With Local Art
The Sunshine Coast is an impressive destination for art, and there is a wide array of studios, galleries, museums, and festivals to visit when you’re spending time in the area. A popular way to engage with the work of local artists is by participating in a Purple Banner Tour across the Sunshine Coast. Here’s how it works: a purple banner hung outside an art studio or gallery means you have an open invitation to drop in and watch a local artist work. Generally, the local artists will be more than happy to discuss their work with you and help enrich your understanding of styles and techniques common in the region.