Friday, April 27, 2012


I've posted real estate options in both Portland and Seattle - now that the cat's out of the bag about our plan to move to Tofino before we're 40, I may as well start salivating over the real estate options. Of course there's still that whole pesky immigration issue, but that shouldn't preclude me from dreaming about where we'd actually live, right?

For those who aren't familiar with the are (probably most reading this), Tofino is literally at the end of the Trans Canada Highway. You cannot drive any further once you reach Tofino - anything north is reached by boat or float plane. On the way to Tofino you pass through the Pacific Rim National Park. If you were to turn left at the end of Highway 4 instead of right you'd head to Ucluelet instead of Tofino. Ukee, as it's more frequently called, is a beautiful town, but not as developed as Tofino. Also, instead of long stretches of flat sand beach there are several rocky coves and inlets. To drive from Ukee to Tofino takes between 30 and 45 minutes depending on the traffic and the weather.

Because it's less popular than Tofino as a tourist destination the price of real estate there is significantly cheaper. A lot of people that work in Tofino actually live in Ukee because it's just more reasonably priced. And like I said, still beautiful - just different. The inventory is much broader and there are a lot of different types of properties available across a vast spectrum of price points. For this post I'm going to focus on places down Ucluelet instead of Tofino -  I'll be back later with that post and you can see what I mean.

All properties for sale via RE/Max Mid-Island Realty.

$670,000 - 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
Two of these bedrooms are b&b suites

$598,500 - 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

$575,000 - 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

$559,000 - 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

$499,900 - 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

$420,000 - 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

$274,000 - 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

$430,000 - 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (condo)

$259,000 - 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (cabin)

$279,000 - 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (cabin)

$295,000 - 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (condo)

$249,000 - 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (waterfront condo)

$219,900 - 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom (waterfront condo)

$167,000 - 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom (waterfront condo)

$169,500 - 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom (waterfront condo)

$89,000 - 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom (mobile home)


  1. Tofino! You lucky dogs!
    Beautiful homes... but that last one might be a real steal! :)

  2. Would you like to be notified of new listings as they come available or perhaps you are already working with a REALTOR? If not I would be happy to assist. Clients of mine just managed to have their immigration approved and bought a beautiful lot to build their new Canadian home.
    Judy Gray, RE/MAX Mid-island Realty, Cell 250-720-7028

    1. Hi Judy!

      Thanks for your reply. We're at least three years about from moving so I'd hate to have you spend time on something that is years from coming to fruition. I thank you for the offer though! Do you happen to know what field your clients were in that led to their immigration being approved?

  3. It's our favorite place on earth!

  4. It seems from these pictures that even in Ukee, these houses are designed with the rental, or at least second / vacation home market in mind. Do you think that bears out through the rest of what you've seen of the real estate?
    Also, I wouldn't have pegged you as the condo type - are you considering that, or are they just for comparison?
    (and totally not fair posting real estate photos without telling us your favorites)

  5. Oh wow, free promo for Re/max?  Am I next?? :)

  6. You've got one of my favorite house listings in Tofino currently so of course!

  7. Many of the newer houses across the peninsula are designed to include vacation rental options. With tourism being the chief financial driver in the area, it makes good economic sense for homeowners - especially with rentals driving peak dollar.

    Ideally we'd love a single family residence, but a condo is the cheaper alternative. I'd love the solitude of being surrounded by nature instead of neighbors (if you follow me on Twitter you know how I feel about our current neighbors), but I'm not sure that'll be a feasible first step. We'll have to play it by ear.

  8. Vancouver Island is gorgeous, isn't it? We spent a week there last summer and I never wanted to leave!

  9. Ahh yes, "the blue rocks driveway" (how the locals identify it) keep visualizing yourself there, that kind of magic happens in Tofino!!  This blog is great btw....well done!


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