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    1,303 Acre Ranch with 635 Acres of Adjacent Leasehold Only 10 Minutes North of Fort St. John, BC

    Peace River & Northeastern BC Listing No. 20095

    Amazing ranch with 1,303 acres on 8 deeded titles, 635 acres of leasehold, two residences, fencing, corrals, dug outs, 2 wells, nearly 400 acres of production land and an internal road network. Currently supporting 135 head of cattle. Stunning views of the country side.


    Price
    $2,299,000

    Size
    1303.32 acres ~ 8 titles + lease

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    Description

    Amazing ranch opportunity offered at $200,000/quarter section. This ranch property is the perfect amalgamation of urban convenience and rural solitude. Located 10 minutes north of Fort St John, on Highway 97, you can easily commute back and forth from the ranch into town for work, groceries and school. It is extremely rare to have a contiguous ranch property of this magnitude in such close proximity to Fort St John.

    The ranch offers 1,303.32 deeded acres of contiguous land connected and by an internal road network. The ranch is completely fenced and cross-fenced to allow for a rotational grazing program. With approximately 400 acres cleared and in production, the ranch is currently supporting 135 head of cattle. There is opportunity to expand the production land by clearing some of the tracts of aspen found on the ranch. The land is fairly flat with some minor undulations, but it is all very farmable. The land has excellent drainage and there are very few soft spots.

    In addition to the 8 deeded titles, there are 2 leasehold titles that sit adjacent to the ranch. These leasehold titles provide summer grazing pasture and help increase the overall production capacity of the ranch. The leasehold properties are perimeter fenced.

    The main farm yard has all the infrastructure necessary for conducting your ranching operations. There are corrals, fenced bull pasture, stack yard, a separate well for watering stock and a 200’ x 160’ outdoor riding arena.

    Sharing the main yard is a bonus manufactured home. This house has the full array of services and is perfect for deriving additional rental income, for housing a ranch hand, or for friends and family when they come to town.

    Primary Residence

    The residence is a quaint country home and possesses everything you need to live comfortably. The home offers 1,340 ft2 of interior living space. In addition to the cozy interior there is a large covered porch, which provides additional outdoor living space during the warm summer months. A manicured yard space surrounds the home, which is perfect for children to run and play.

    The house was built in the 1960s, but was extensively renovated in the ’90s. A large addition was added to the home in the late ’80s. There is a large kitchen with dining area and a very open and spacious living room. There are two bedrooms and a full bathroom. There is an additional office/storage space, which could also be utilized as a third bedroom. As an added bonus, the house is connected to a natural gas line providing a convenient source of heat for the furnace and cook stove.

    Ultimately, this is an excellent family home and the bonus manufactured home provides additional housing options for larger families.

    Size

    • 1,303.32 acres in 8 titles Deeded
    • 635 acres Leasehold

    Location

    13934 Packham Frontage Rd - Fort St John, BC

    Access

    From Fort St John head north on Highway 97 until the intersection with the Packham Frontage Rd (just under 7 kilometres north of the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 29). Turn on to Packham Frontage Road (west side of highway) and continue for a few hundred meters at which point, you will have arrived at the main entrance.

    The southernmost titles can be accessed from Highway 29. Simply head west on Highway 29, towards Hudson’s Hope, for approximately 9 kilometres until the highway’s intersection with the 287 Road. Turn to head north on the 287 Road for just under 2 kilometres at which point, the southernmost deeded title will be on the east side of the road. This additional access point permits a new owner to purchase the entire ranch and sell off one or two of the southern titles depending on their preference. This would be an excellent means to recover a large portion of the initial purchase price.

    Area Data

    The Peace River region of British Columbia lays claim as the most robust and diverse economic region of the province outside of the Lower Mainland. The regional GDP has exceeded $6.6 billion over the last several years and employment opportunities abound.

    The region contains vast supplies of natural gas. It is estimated that northeast British Columbia holds more than 2,933 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. This resource provides significant economic opportunity, as global companies invest in resource extraction and infrastructure to transport the region’s various petroleum products to market.

    The region also possesses 40% of the cumulative provincial ALR lands in British Columbia. This makes the region a mecca when it comes to farming, ranching and outdoor recreational pursuits. Cattle ranching continues to dominate much of the Peace River region’s rural landscape with the area possessing over 60,000 head of cattle and accounting for over 22% of the provincial total. This is a testament to the quality grazing conditions throughout the region.

    The region’s annual average temperature rests between -2.9 to 2 degrees Celsius and the region receives approximately 330-570 mm of annual precipitation. The area possesses rich, fertile soil and produces more wheat, barley and grass seed than any other region of the province.

    The city of Fort St. John is the most populace municipality in the Peace River Region with a population of 20,155. The oil and gas sector continues to be the primary economic driver of the municipality with over 15% of Fort St. John residents employed directly in the industry. Most regionally active oil/gas exploration, production and servicing companies have offices located in Fort St. John, which serve to boost other businesses particularly those in the service sector.

    Recreation

    One of the benefits of the property’s convenient location relative to Fort St. John is the opportunity to go into town to enjoy various forms of urban recreation. If the new owner feels like eating out or catching a movie, they may easily do so without the hassle traditionally associated with rural living. Fort St. John offers numerous dining and entertainment experiences all within a short commute from the property.

    In addition to recreational activities in town, there are endless outdoor pursuits in the greater Peace River Region. Some of the best hunting and fishing in all of British Columbia may be found in the Peace River region and along the Alaskan Highway. The ranch has robust populations of mule deer, whitetail and elk, which provide ample hunting opportunities for the most discerning sportsmen.

    History

    Fort St. John is rich in history and discovery. For instance, at Charlie Lake Cave, located 7 kilometres north of Fort St. John, archaeologists have uncovered artifacts from a Paleo-Indian settlement that was active there more than 10,500 years ago.

    It is also interesting to note that Fort St. John is the oldest non-native settlement in British Columbia. The town was first built in 1794 when it was called Rocky Mountain House. It was a staging point from which further incursions into Northern BC could take place. It was the Second World War which was responsible for expanding the infrastructure through the Fort St. John region with the construction of the Alaskan-Canada Highway.

    In 1951 the region gained fame, as a major producer of oil and gas in British Columbia. In that year the "Fort St. John No. 1" well hit gas at a depth of 1,524 metres. A few months later, in January 1952, the first deep well hit gas at 4,418 metres. Drilled on the Bouffioux Farm, that well is still producing today. Transportation/infrastructure improved at a rapid rate after that. In 1952, the Hart Highway finally connected the region to the rest of British Columbia, and in 1958 the Pacific Great Eastern Railway arrived in Fort St. John. That ease of transportation has allowed the region's agricultural and forest industries to compete in distant markets.

    Map Reference

    56°20'13.13"N and 121° 6'53.55"W

    Investment Features

    • Currently sustaining 135 head of cattle
    • Nearly 400 acres cleared and in production
    • Fencing and cross-fencing
    • Second well for stock
    • Stack yard
    • Corrals
    • Outdoor riding arena
    • Dug outs
    • Internal road network

    Services

    • Electricity
    • Well
    • Septic lagoon
    • Heating and cooking - natural gas

    Improvements

    • Primary residence (1,340 ft2) - built in 1960, but renovated in the ‘90s, addition made in the ‘80s
    • Manufactured home

    Tax Details

    $889.10 (2019)

    Zoning

    A2

    Legal

    Contact Agent for Legal descriptions.

    Maps & Plans

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    Maps & Plans

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