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Upper Comox Valley “Jewel in the Crown” Rural Agricultural Estate
Upper Comox Valley “Jewel in the Crown” Rural Agricultural Estate
Magnificent lush rural acreage straddling both the Tsolum River and Black Creek drainages. Quiet & pastoral, with abundant wildlife, migratory birds; a rich & professionally crafted agricultural production land presented with the most discerning interests in mind.
  • Size: 26.24 acres
  • Price: $1,270,000
  • Listing Agent: Kurt Nielsen - kurt@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 250-898-7200
Description :

Feeling like a world away, yet only 15 minutes to Courtenay/Comox, 5 mins to Mount Washington turnoff, this splendidly brilliant acreage was developed with pure agricultural use foremost while leaving the placement and home building to the most discriminating of buyers. There is a wonderful view of both the Vancouver Island Mountain Range as well as the sunrise and the Coast Mountain Range.

The property has approximately 17 acres completely tile drained and in open full production hay/grazing land, producing approximately 7 tonnes/acre/annum, while the balance of the land has been thoroughly turned into woodland pasture. The entire land has an annual holding capacity of 18 head of cow/calf. There is also a small portion of approximately 3 acres of black soil rich bottom land excellent for vegetable production that has been fenced out. The property is 6 strand 12-gauge barbwire double galvanized fenced, and crossed-fenced into two useable pastures.

There is a completely page wire fenced, irrigation pond with 4 acre-feet of water, which has an 18 gpm of recovery, easily converted for domestic use. There are numerous springs throughout, with two that have been rail fenced to prevent cattle entry.

Location : 7010 Sprout Road - Merville BC. Approximately 15 minutes north of Courtenay and approximately 25 minutes south of Campbell River. Land is viewable from the road, however as cattle are present and grazing there is no access without arranging with rancher.
Access : North from Courtenay on Highway 19 to Merville Road (15min) turn left and go to Sprout Road (6 minutes) and turn right. The entrance is 1.5 km on the right.
Improvements : Very robust complete perimeter 6 strand galvanized barbed wire of the highest standard. Cross-fencing separate the property into several pasture areas. At the south end of the property there is a large dug pond (approx. 85’ x 85’) and over 25’ deep, fed by underground springs. The open fields of the property have been completely tile drained doubling production value in the Island climate.
Investment Features : The future value of this type of farmland is hard to calculate, however the property can feed about 18 cow/calf head on an ongoing basis. There is probably 350 cubic metres of mature, merchantable red cedar, Douglas fir, grand fir and cypress presently standing on the property, while the forested pasture has been completely first log limbed, making it an excellent holding value, ready in 20 to 25 years with an expected volume of 2,000 m³. Timber grows at 4-5% in volume per annum in this region. The owner has left many of the grand maples, firs and dogwoods for shade and aesthetics.
Services : Hydro, telephone, cable, an all-weather driveway and electricity have been put in as well to potential home site.
Recreation :

Anglers will find a boat launch at the aptly named Salmon Point in Black Creek. Fly-fish for coho in September at the mouth of Black Creek, which flows through Miracle Beach Provincial Park into the Strait of Georgia, as well as farther north at Oyster River on Highway 19.

Some of the best saltwater fishing on the island, particularly for salmon, can be found in the waters of the Strait of Georgia north of the Puntledge River Estuary between Courtenay and Comox, and off of Cape Lazo, King Coho and Bates Beach near Little River. Because of its sheltered location and an absence of dangerous currents, the shoreline around Comox is well suited for rod fishing in a small boat. If the weather does change, you can see it coming and quickly make for shore. Shore angling for salmon is popular in Comox Bay from August to November. The closer you get to Campbell River, the better the salmon fishing becomes. Tidal flows in Discovery Passage churn up clouds of nutrients that sustain a complex food chain, which includes, near the top, tasty salmon.

North of Merville is the Saratoga Beach Golf Course in Saratoga Beach, and Storey Creek Golf Course and Sequoia Springs Golf Club in Campbell River. To the south is the Crown Isle Golf and Country Club in Courtenay.

Miracle & Saratoga Beaches
The tide along this stretch of the shoreline goes out for over a quarter of a mile, creating a hard-packed oceanfront playground perfect for children to safely explore and play on. The gently sloping beach continues for well over a mile into the calm waters of the Strait of Georgia, creating warm, shallow and safe swimming conditions, free from powerboat traffic, deep water or strong currents. Beachcombing is a must here, where you can discover the life at low tide - a seashore profusion of sand dollars, crabs and starfish!

Vegetation : About 17 acres have been turned into rich hay/pasture, with the remaining nicely treed 10 acres all seeded with pasture mix and the remaining timber limbed to allow cattle to graze in the understory. There is still a significant amount of mixed conifers including cedar, Douglas fir, cypress, white pine and grand fir still standing.
History :

A friendly hamlet at the northern end of the Comox Valley, Merville was named after the location in France where Canadians set up their initial field headquarters during World War I. Merville first non-native inhabitants were a group of soldiers and their families resettled by the government immediately following that war. In the 1890s, the area surrounding Merville was the site of one of the earliest clearcut logging operations in British Columbia.

Merville is the place where renowned B.C. author Jack Hodgins grew up, gathering impressions for such later novels as Spit Delaney’s Island and Barclay Family Theatre.

Zoning : ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve)
Legal : Lot “A”, Block 29, Comox District, Plan VIP32396
PID 000-152-366
Taxes : $118.02 (2018 with farm status). The tax in 2017 was $1,475.30 prior to the exemption.
Boundaries : Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.
Map Reference : 49°46'36.51"N&125° 6'28.40"W
Listing # : 18188