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    960-Acre Ranch with Luxurious Farm Home, New Shop, Quonset and Much More - Cecil Lake, BC

    Peace River & Northeastern BC Listing No. 20141

    This is everything you have been looking for in a ranch. Wonderfully manicured 960-acre farm, currently grazes 255 head of cattle. 2,750 ft2 renovated farm home, new shop, Quonset, storage buildings, log hunting cabin, dugouts, ponds, corrals & more. Extremely private.


    Price
    Reduced $1,560,000

    Size
    960 acres

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    Description

    A truly wonderful ranch property and turnkey operation situated on two adjacent titles. This ranch offers 960 fertile acres and is a strategic mixture of open pastureland, timber belts (serve as wind breaks and shelter), dug outs and ponds. The ground is nutrient rich and very productive offering a new owner the opportunity to continue as a cattle ranch, or to expand into crop production. Presently, the ranch is grazing 255 head of cattle with the grass reaching as high as an individual’s chest. There is plenty of water on the property and segmented pasture, so that you can rotationally graze the cattle herd throughout the summer.

    Much of the fencing on the property is new and all of it is in excellent shape. The property is completely fenced and cross-fenced. There are cattle guards and culverts to allow cattle and equipment to cross creeks and wet spots. In addition to the quality fencing, is the elaborate corral system. The corrals have been strategically set up to make sorting and branding easy and safe. This allows cattle to be quickly be loaded into liners and sent off to market.

    The cattle herd is available for purchase in addition to the ranch.

    The main farm yard is both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional in design. There is a large roundabout in the front yard permitting large vehicles, equipment and trailers to navigate the yard without stopping and turning. This means no ruts in the main yard. The yard is beautifully landscaped and takes advantage of the land’s natural topography and nutrient rich soil. There are several large grassy areas for children and pets to run and play on a warm summer's day. Dispersed throughout the yard are manicured garden beds full of trees, shrubbery and flowers. There is additional space, within the main yard, where a garden enthusiast could erect a large garden.

    Sharing the main farm yard are three detached storage buildings, all of which could easily be converted into a barn, chicken coop or skinning shed. In their current capacity, they are perfect for keeping toys and tools out of the elements. In addition to the storage buildings, there is the large metal Quonset (40’ x 45’). This structure is wired and has a large overhead door. This is the ideal location to store large/heavy equipment. The bright lights in the Quonset and electrical hookups allow you to work on and tinker with equipment ensuring that your farming tools remain operational.

    Next to the Quonset is the brand new shop. This is an impressive structure sitting on a 30’ x 40’ foot print. There is a concrete floor, high end track light, a wood stove, high ceilings and an external flood light, which illuminates the entire farm yard. The shop also has overhead propane heating. This structure is less than a year old and the overhead bay door helps maximize the structures utility.

    Located on the northern title, in a very quiet and secluded part of the property, is a cozy log constructed hunting cabin. The cabin has a metal roof and a wood stove to keep you warm in the fall. The cabin’s “yard” is fenced to keep cattle and bears out. This structure offers the unique opportunity to take a mini vacation on your very own ranch.

    Residence

    The residence is rich in country charm. Sitting two-stories high and offering 2,750 ft2 of living space, this is the perfect home to raise a family. The house has four separate outdoor living spaces including an elevated deck off the upstairs, a patio off the front door, and a spacious deck, perfect for entertaining, off the kitchen and a back patio. These outdoor spaces greatly increase the living space of the home during the summer months.

    As you enter the home, through the front door, you are greeted by an open concept, kitchen/living room/dining room. Renovations were recently done on the kitchen. The country kitchen is warm and inviting, with bright windows, an island bar and ample cabinet and counter space. The openness between the kitchen, living room and dining area, make this the perfect location to entertain guests on all occasions. Large bright windows throughout permits the sun to bask this living space in warm natural light creating a cheery atmosphere.

    From the kitchen you access the family room. The family room backs onto a sliding walk out and possesses numerous bright windows as well. The room is spacious and is the perfect location to watch the big game.

    Off the family room is the mudroom. This area is perfect for removing muddy clothes and footwear, as to not track dirt and grime into the home. The mudroom is accessed via the double garage and is attached to a convenient laundry room with washer and dryer and laundry sink. There is also a bathroom with toilet and shower located off the laundry room.

    The upstairs consists of three large, bright bedrooms (one is currently being used as a home office). All three bedrooms provide panoramic views of the farm and surrounding countryside. The master bedroom has his and her closets and a private 2-piece bathroom. The upstairs is completed with a 4-piece bathroom.

    In the basement there is another bedroom, which is currently being utilized as a hobby room. There is an additional space perfect as a rec room, or as movie theatre. Lastly, there is a cold storage room and a large utility room.

    A home of this size, charm and functionality is very rare in the region. Combining the magnificence of the home with the utility of the outbuildings, and magnitude of the property, it is very easy to see that this is a truly special place ready and is for you to make new memories.

    Location

    3043 242 Road - Cecil Lake, BC

    Access

    From Fort St John head north on the Rose Prairie Road until its intersection with Cecil Lake Road just north of town. Turn to head east on the Cecil Lake Road for approximately 21 miles until the Cecil Lake Rd intersects with the Golatta Creek Road. Proceed along the Golatta Creek Road for approximately 9.6 miles until the intersection with the 242 Road. Turn to head west on the 242 Road for 1.2 miles at which point the ranch yard will be on the south side of the road.

    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 precipitation ranges from approximately 330-570 mm. 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

    The property is relatively close to the lively city of Fort St John. Fort St. John provides the opportunity to enjoy various forms of urban recreation. Fort St. John offers numerous dining and entertainment experiences all within a short commute from the property. There is a domestic airport with daily flights to Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary.

    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 on this property specifically. The property and surrounding area has robust populations of mule deer, whitetail, moose and elk, which provide ample hunting opportunities for the most discerning sportsmen. The presence of the hunting cabin on the property adds a unique element to hunting excursions on the ranch.

    The property also provides excellent off-roading opportunities for quads, dirt bikes and snowmobiles.

    Additionally, the property is excellent for equestrian pursuits, with stunning views out over the surrounding countryside. With trails situated throughout the property, there is endless opportunity to explore on horseback.

    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°15'0.27"N and 120°20'1.46"W

    Investment Features

    Currently grazing 255 head of cattle.

    Services

    • Electricity
    • Natural gas - heating
    • Cistern - water
    • Wood stove - heating shop

    Improvements

    • Residence - 2,750 ft2
    • Shop - 30’ x 40’
    • Quonset - 40’ x 45’
    • Storage buildings x 3
    • Log constructed hunting cabin
    • Corrals
    • Fencing/cross-fencing

    Tax Details

    $1,327 (2019)

    Zoning

    A2

    Legal

    Section 5 Township 84 Range 15 west of the 6th Meridian Peace River District except the westerly and southerly 4.883 meters
    PID 014-406-373

    the N1/2 of Section 32 Township 83 Range 15 west of the 6th Meridian Peace River District except the west 25 metres in parallel width thereof
    PID 011-465-603

    Maps & Plans

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    Our property descriptions and geographical information are taken from the BC Assessment Authority, Land Titles Office, government maps and other sources. While LandQuest® does not guarantee the information, we believe it to be accurate, but should not be relied upon without verification. This communication is not intended to cause or induce breach of an existing agency agreement.