Cortes Island Real Estate

Cortes welcomes the sunny long days of June!

Island gardeners are sowing seeds and planting out starts, spring blooms scent the air and bird songs delight the ear…. Have you heard the barred owl’s hoot? Listen for the easy to identify sound ‘who cooks for you?’

Our island offers a natural beauty that fills the heart and soul and nourishes us on many levels. This time of year seasonal residents come home to Cortes and the island starts to bustle with friends and visitors. Enjoy live entertainment, delicious meals and a multitude of opportunities to volunteer and contribute to this precious community – or relax and rejuvenate in the peaceful privacy of this natural environment that we all treasure.

There were 19 MLS sales on Cortes in 2014 plus 4 private sales. 2015 saw a total of 18 MLS sales and good interest throughout the entire year. In 2016 there were a total of 21 MLS sales plus some private sales. After many years of very high inventory we are seeing fewer listings while Buyer interest remains strong.

As always new listings will come onto the market in the upcoming months – be sure to check the listings page often!

The market is changing on Cortes – there are fewer listings than in recent years and we are starting to see multiple offers on some homes and properties. There’s now a shortage of homes in the $250,000 - $400,000 price range!

Whether you are interested in a forest hideaway, a large acreage or a seaside retreat: a little cottage or luxury home – this is a good time to purchase the island property you’ve been dreaming of.

Be sure to consider homes that need some TLC – it’s a very good time to consider purchasing a fixer-upper at a great price and increasing the value of your investment with renovations!

If you’d like to receive regular email updates about New listings, sales and price changes I’d be happy to add you to my email list: Please contact me and request Private Client Services updates!

Many people are now making a lifestyle choice to simplify, grow their own food and choose a lifestyle that is much more sustainable. Cortes offers an opportunity to participate in community activities and unite in protecting the environment and the wonders of nature. Some buyers are looking for an ideal family get away property that can be passed on to future generations, a property where the whole family can gather and enjoy being together in a safe environment that offers lots of outdoor activities for all ages.

Whether you are looking for a full time home, or a getaway property – Cortes Island has a lot to offer!



Sales on Cortes in 2017
13 properties: 4 raw land, 8 homes, 1 commercial
1/3 acre building lot in the heart of Manson's & 1/22 lakefront property share

Sold $110,000

2.2 acres, 6 bdrm/6bthrm executive home & 2nd residence, Smelt Bay views!

Sold $720,000

3 acres bareland strata 2 bdrm/2bthrm home & cozy cottage at the South end

Sold $465,000

2.36 acres forested property near Squirrel cove dock, shops and services

Sold $109,000

1.9 acre idyllic oceanfront property at Squirrel Cove with Salmon stream

Sold $258,000

3.73 acres, sunny forested property in Siskin Lane Strata, drilled well Sold $165,000
2.07 acres, Whaletown Lagoon waterfront 2 bdrm home, studio workshop Sold $425,000
2.62 acres, commercial zoned property in Manson's with 1800 sq ft building Sold $359,000
4.69 acres close to Gorge Harbour water access with 3 bdrm family home Sold $270,000
5 sunny acres with cottage situated between Smelt Bay beaches & Siskin trails Sold $325,000
2.4 acres west coast style home close to ferry w/ ocean view Sold $291,500
2 waterfront acres, 1900 sq ft home w/ views of Whaletown Bay, lg workshop Sold $460,000
2 sunny acres at the S end of Cortes with family home and MH rental Sold $266,500

Sales on Cortes in 2016
21 properties: 1 commercial, 4 raw land, 11 homes, 5 oceanfront homes

10 acres with cottage and round studio high up on mossy bluffs

Sold $175,000

2.4 acres, commercial, general store & revenue sources in Squirrel Cove


0.77 acres, Whaletown waterfront with charming vintage cottage

Sold $186,000

0.78 acres, extensive gardens, near Smelt Bay, 3 bdrm/2 bthrm home

Sold $218,000

2 acres, walk on waterfront in Seaford, 3 bdrm home with stunning views

Sold $600,000

2 acres 'like new' 2 bdrm home, sunny gardens, workshop in Whaletown

Sold $275,000

11.8 acres with pasture, productive orchard and gardens, 2bdrm home

Sold $313,000

19+ acres, 3 bdrm post and beam home, meadows, wetland, parklike forest

Sold $410,000

15+ acres, 3 bdrm/2 bthrm country home, sunny acreage in Whaletown area

Sold $335,000

11.14 acres, unique octagon home, vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchen, workshop

Sold $389,000

4.79 waterfront acres in Gorge Harbour, solid older home, stream, views

Sold $425,000

4+ acres zoned Public Assembly, affordable 2 bdrm home near Coulter Bay

Sold $195,000

2.8 acres, 3 bedrm/2bthrm rancher & workshop, spectacular Smelt Bay views!

Sold $490,000

1 acre terraced hillside property with cabin in the heart of Whaletown

Sold $80,000

3+ acres, 2 titles - recreational properties with little views of Squirrel Cove

Sold $225,000

1 acre waterfront, contemporary home w/ expansive views outside Cortes Bay

Sold $718,000

0.25 acres, one bedroom cottage w/ lg loft plus studio at the South end

Sold $245,000

3.45 acres raw land zoned F-1, at the corner of Seaford Squirrel Cove Rd

Sold $110,000

3+ acres of residential land with drilled well in the popular Manson's area

Sold $159,000

10+ undeveloped acres in Coulter Bay with a sliver of waterfront across the

Sold $157,000

1.72 acres of Quartz Bay waterfront 3bdrm home & dock water access only

Sold $285,000

Sales on Cortes in 2015
18 properties: 5 raw land, 10 homes, 3 oceanfront homes

2.65 acres, 4 bdrm elegant country style home, yurt - Smelt Bay area

Sold $420,000

2.6 acres, bareland strata, high bank waterfront with drilled well South Point

Sold $275,000

2.17 easy to develop acres with red cedar and alder forest, drilled well

Sold $139,000

2 sunny acres backing on Siskin Lane, 2 bdrm home + mortgage helper

Sold $292,500

Artist designed post & beam Bavarian farmhouse on waterfront acreage

Sold $1,220,000

2.49 acres, forested property, drilled well, walking distance to Gorge Harbour

Sold $105,000

11.35 acres, organic garden/orchard, home, shop, forest Whaletown area

Sold $254,000

0.37 acres, quaint cottage & studio nestled in wee forest grove, lake views

Sold $195,000

2.66 acres, 2 titles, views of Squirrel Cove, country cottage, landscaping

Sold $350,000

4.52 acres, 4 bedroom family home, year round stream Whaletown area

Sold $250,790

1.38 acres, 3 bedroom home, semi-water in Smelt Bay - beautiful views

Sold $459,000

1 acre, Squirrel Cove walk on waterfront with 2 bedroom older home

Sold $299,285

10 acres, 3 bdrm/2 bthrm home sold 'as is'

Sold $170,000

3.7 undeveloped acres with beautiful forest in Siskin Lane strata

Sold $162,500

3.7 acres with Yurt, Bathhouse, Well, Service Building & Septic in Siskin strata

Sold $175,500

1.9 waterfront acres, Cortes Bay, with home, cottage, workshop

Sold $635,000

35 acres homestead with old farmhouse, orchards, gardens, pasture

Sold $480,000

10 serviced acres in the Whaletown area

Sold $148,000

Sales on Cortes in 2014

19 properties: 7 raw land, 8 homes, 4 oceanfront homes

1/5th share in large acreage with oceanfront cottage and studio

Sold $850,000

9.88 water access only, oceanfront acreage with forest trails (HST payable)

Sold $155,000

72.5 acres, zoned RU-1, beautiful building sites, lots of potential

Sold $241,534

5.46 acres, partially renovated home, S end of Cortes, newer well & septic

Sold $265,900

9.9 acres, oceanfront with large home - some work required

Sold $360,600

27+ acres, older home, cottage, wrkshp & suite – hobby farm potential

Sold $305,000

3.8 landscaped acres, stunning Smelt Bay views, home, shop/coachhouse

Sold $500,000

2 acres with affordable starter home, wood stoves and garden

Sold $158,000

9.88 waterfront forested acres, Squirrel Cove water access only

Sold $159,500

10 acres, 2 bdrm home in sunny forest clearing with fenced yard & garden

Sold $209,000

19+ acres, 3 bdrm post & beam home with meadows, pastures, forest & wetland

Sold $390,000

7.37 acres with west coast contemporary home at the South end

Sold $295,000

3.7 acres in Siskin Lane bareland Strata with service building power & water

Sold $162,500

6.92 water access only waterfront property with private dock Squirrel Cove

Sold $159,500

27.9 acres Red Granite Point peninsula with aprox 3800 ft of waterfront

Sold $550,000

10.71 private acres 1 bedrm home, large decks, spectacular gardens

Sold $250,000

0.31 acre pretty waterfront property in Squirrel Cove with stunning views

Sold $185,000

9.9 acres w/power, small waterfront portion across road, Coulter Bay area

Sold $187,000

15 acres, wateraccess, waterfront in Squirrel Cove, private dock, 7 bedrm home

Sold $500,000

Sales on Cortes in 2013

14 properties: 4 raw land, 4 homes, 6 oceanfront homes

5 acres with 2 bdrm home, gardens, orchard and meadows, Smelt Bay area

Sold $285,000

3.6 acres oceanfront with artist’s home, shop, studio, dock & panoramic views

Sold $525,000

8.06 acres on Hague Lake w / 4 bedroom custom home, shop, sauna, sandy beach    


122.5 acres of forested waterfront, spectacular views, home, studios and dock

Sold $1,815,000

159.98 acres with large home, ocean & mountain view plus private airstrip


0.52 landscaped acres, yoga studio, 2 bdrm A-Frame home, Smelt Bay area

Sold $305,000

10+ acres, 1 brdm west coast contemporary home, studio and gardens

Sold $360,000

2.63 acres, high bank waterfront, newer 2 bdrm home, plus cottage on S. Point

Sold $687,500

1.91 acres bareland strata, lakeview cottage, gardens, shared lakefront lot

Sold $340,000

2.77 undeveloped acres with sunny garden site and forest in Smelt Bay

Sold $181,000

10.2 acres water access, cottage, private island & protected deep water dock

Sold $356,500

9.5 acres of woodland forest & majestic maple trees in the Whaletown area

Sold $175,000

10.25 acre lot near Squirrel Cove, sunny property with home & garden sites

Sold $130,000

2+ acres, lightly treed and easy to develop, adjacent to Smelt Bay Park

Sold $151,000

** Price withheld on request.

Sales on Cortes in 2012

14 properties: 5 raw land, 8 homes, 1 waterfront home

1.85 acres with solid older 5 bedroom waterfront home with gardens & forest

Sold $580,000

2.5 acres with lovely 3 bedroom home in Smelt Bay area with small ocean view

Sold $345,000

9.88 acres water access forested property in Squirrel Cove

Sold $169,000

10.11 forested property in Squirrel Cove area with rustic cabin & creek/ravine

Sold $215,000

2.11 acres with rustic little cabin, community water, power, good garden soil

Sold $95,000

2.65 acres with 2000 sq ft 4 bedroom nicely finished home close to Smelt Bay


** Price withheld at the request of the seller. Contact us for details.

6.96 acre ocean view property with 1612 sq ft custom home and lush gardens

Sold $379,000

4.73 acres with older 1072 sq ft 3 bedroom cottage near Squirrel Cove

Sold $182,000

4.88 acres with heritage home, gardens and forest in the Manson’s area

Sold $289,000

0.5 acre sunny cleared property with well, power and septic on Potlatch Road Sold $165,000
2.2 acres with home, and self contained suite, nicely landscaped in Manson’s

Sold $298,000

2+ acres with buildings zoned Resource Commercial One at south end

Sold $218,000

10 beautiful acres of mossy rock bluffs with ocean view & furnished cottage

Sold $385,000

10 Forested acres of private property with enchanted forest and power Sold $177,000

Sales on Cortes in 2011

13 properties: 2 raw land, 10 homes, 1 waterfront home

2.36 acres at the end of the road with small cabin & shop

Sold $150,000

2.36 acres with a little cabin attached to boat building shed

Sold $130,000

2 acres with an older duplex in need of TLC

Sold $125,000

10 acres with a very private together little home. Drilled well.

Sold $280,000

4.73 acres with rustic character cabin & unfinished studio.

Sold $232,000

14.4 acre hobby farm with large upscale home and big shop   

Sold $517,000

.2 of an acre with old church building. No services.

Sold $50,000

10.3 acres with minimal development, drilled well.

Sold $99,000

3.7 acres with hybrid cob/frame studio in Siskin Lane (HST payable)

Sold $150,000

13+ acre property with good view potential.

Sold $170,000

2.49 acres waterfront with large ‘villa’, log cabin and dock

Sold $865,000 + HST

3.74 acres with one bedroom home, cabin, studio productive gardens

Sold $350,000

2 acres with serviced 2 bedroom cabin across from park at south end

Sold $160,000

Sales on Cortes in 2010

There were 21 sales in 2010: *= raw land

*3.47 acres with drilled well lots of road frontage on Squirrel Cove Rd

Sold $75,000 US

*2.47 acres with drilled well and driveway nice south exposure

Sold $145,000

.98 acre view property in Squirrel Cove area with older log home

Sold $150,000

12.6 acres with cabin, sheds, established gardens, creek and forested area

Sold $195,000

2 acres with older one bedroom home and studio in Smelt Bay area

Sold $232,500

2.47 acres with yurt, cabin, kitchen/bath house, septic, garden & well

Sold $233,500

10.23 acres with unfinished studio, S exposure, creek and power shed

Sold $240,000

0.38 acre ocean view home on landscaped property with B&B suite

Sold $250,000

*38 acres in Seaford, sunny south facing raw land property (F1 & ALR)

Sold $285,000

2 acres with spacious older 4 bedroom home in Smelt Bay area

Sold $285,000

28.18 acres with 3 dwellings and a shop all in need of repairs

Sold $300,000

*1.5 acre undeveloped property with big trees on S side of Hague Lake

Sold $315,000

4.27 acres of waterfront with lovely home in magical park like setting

Sold $345,000

29.15 acres with newly updated log cabin in Gorge Harbour area

Sold $350,000

0.37 acre semi waterfront 3 bedroom home with studio cottage on Hague Lake

Sold $350,000

11.14 acre forested property with beautiful top quality log home and 2 gardens

Sold $355,000

18.48 acres with panoramic views, unfinished new home and mobile

Sold $432,644

2 acres of waterfront in Whaletown Bay with a nice 4 bedroom home

Sold $440,000

1.58 acres semi waterfront in Smelt Bay with an old cottage

Sold $450,000

*7.18 acres of waterfront at Seaford.
Ownership is via a share in a company

Sold $789,000

2 acres with a trailer under cover and cleared home site in Gorge Harbour area

Sold $90,000

Sales on Cortes in 2009

In 2009 there were 11 sales of properties on Cortes Island
1 raw land 10 acre property
PLUS: 6 homes on acreage and 4 waterfront homes on acreage.

2 bedroom basement home on 7 acres at the south end.

Sold $217,000

2 bedroom older home on 2.75 acres in Cortes Bay area.

Sold $249,000

1 bedroom older waterfront old home with shop on 1 acre in Cortes Bay.

Sold $392,500

3 bedroom older home on 1 acre in the Smelt Bay area.

Sold $275,000

3 bedroom character home on 1.4 acre with view of Whaletown Bay.

Sold $295,000

32 acre water access in Manson’s Bay waterfront property with 2 dwellings.

Sold $1,500,000

2 bedroom plus full basement & den view home in Whaletown on 2.4 acres.

Sold $385,000

3 bedroom waterfront home plus cabin on .71 acres on Hague Lake.

Sold $505,000

3 bedroom waterfront home on 1.4 acres on Potlatch Road.

Sold $599,000

10 acre property with creek, pond and springs in Coulter Bay area.

Sold $140,000

2 acres with 2 bedroom home with all services in uptown Manson’s.

Sold $237,000


2000 to 2017

(based on the number of properties sold by licensed real estate agents)
This graph shows the number of properties sold in a given year.
Blue is houses, Red is raw land and Yellow is the total sold.
This graph does not reflect prices or price trends.
The peaks in raw land sales were the result of new subdivisions going on the market.
2003 a number of F1 properties were sold. (large blocks of forestry land owned by a forest company)
2005 the Yakka Way subdivision went on the market.
2005 the VonDonop subdivision went on the market (water access)
2006 the Siskin Lane development went on the market. (bare-land strata lots)

Note the above graph shows the number of properties sold and does not reflect price trends.

Information provided by

Frances Guthrie

Discovery Islands Realty

Home office on Cortes Island

Phone/fax 250-935-6716

Frances Guthrie
office: 250-935-6716


Frances Guthrie

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