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    Affordable Vacation Property with an Ocean View - Ocean Falls, Central Coast

    Central Coast Listing No. 21104

    Imagine spending summers enjoying ocean views, world class fishing, clean air & fresh water in a home that costs less than an average vehicle! This affordable, quaint, 1,056 ft2 coastal home in Ocean Falls is well maintained, move-in ready and walking distance to the Government wharf.


    Price
    $55,000

    Size
    0.16 of an acre

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    Description

    This is the perfect opportunity for you to own your own affordable piece of serene paradise. The quaint 1,056 ft2 ocean view home sits on 0.16 acres overlooking the ocean and Cousins Inlet. The fully furnished home was originally built in 1955 and has been very well maintained. It sits on a concrete perimeter foundation with a full height half basement. The exterior is wood painted a lovely ocean grey/blue and the roof was replaced with tin.

    Inside the home, you will find a covered porch and a boot room/utility room to hang your fishing gear after a day on the ocean or lake. Further in, the kitchen is complete with a fridge, stove, microwave and even the dishes. A CSA approved wood stove in the dining room keeps the entire home warm, dry and cozy. The living room is very bright with large windows and an ocean view. The home has plenty of room for family and friends to visit with 3 fully furnished bedrooms and a 4-piece bath.

    You won’t find a more affordable place to vacation, relax, fish, or retire. It even comes with an old Dodge pickup to tour around the town.

    Location

    75 Highland Drive Martin Valley - Ocean Falls, BC

    Access

    Approximately 480 km north of Vancouver, 170 km northeast of Port Hardy and 88 km west of Bella Coola in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Ocean Falls is perched beside the deep waters of Cousins Inlet, 24 km from the open Pacific Ocean.

    BC Ferries provides public access to most of the Central Coast Communities including Ocean Falls. During the summer months, The Northern Sea Wolf operates on the Discovery Coast Passage Route and stops in Ocean Falls on a weekly basis.

    Pacific Coastal services Ocean Falls on a regular basis.

    You could also charter one of the many local boat charter companies or a small float plane.

    However you come to the Central Coast, getting there will be a big part of the adventure.

    Area Data

    Ocean Falls is in a prime location sitting in the center of the spectacular and scenic Central Coast. It is one of the most breathtaking and remote areas, surrounded by misty fjords, massive mountains, old growth rainforests and the wild Pacific Ocean.

    Ocean Falls also has some of the best fresh water in BC as well as the cheapest dock rates on the Central Coast.

    The community of 50 full-time residents and up to 50 or more additional, seasonal residents is divided into two neighbourhoods. The Ocean Falls town site is on the right and Martin Valley is on the left. The road between them is approximately 1.5 km. You can just see a bit of water above the town site, this is Link Lake which is 18 miles (25 km) long and has great fresh water fishing. There is a hydroelectric dam and waterfall just above the town site that provides power to the town.

    This area is also part of what is known as “The Great Bear Rainforest,” one of the world’s greatest wildlife areas. This area hosts healthy populations of all wildlife species that were present since 1793. The Coast Mountain Range has isolated many wildlife populations from the rest of North America. As a result, the Great Bear Rainforest is home to many subspecies and genetically unique populations such as the spirit bear and the coastal grey wolves.

    Recreation

    Ocean Falls is in a prime location sitting in the center of the spectacular and scenic Central Coast. It is one of the most breathtaking and remote areas, surrounded by misty fjords, massive mountains, old growth rainforests and the wild Pacific Ocean. If you love adventure in the outdoors, you will truly love this place. The recreation possibilities are endless from hiking Mt. Caro Mario, exploring the Martin Valley trail, fly-fishing and camping on Link Lake, kayaking on the ocean or enjoying some of the best salt water fishing in the world.

    History

    The Heiltsuk natives inhabited the coastal region surrounding Ocean Falls for more than 9,000 years. In 1903, the Bella Coola Pulp and Paper Company surveyed the area for hydro power potential of the site. In 1906, following the company's acquisition of 260 acres (1.1 km2) of land clearing began for the town and three years later, a sawmill, hospital and school were established. In 1912, the dam was erected and the pulp mill began operating. The Ocean Falls pulp and paper mill was the largest mill in British Columbia for many years. Ocean Falls' population numbered 250 in 1912 and grew to 3,500 by 1950. By 1970, the number of inhabitants had dropped to 1,500 and by 1990, only about 70 people, mostly loggers, remained.

    The profit structure of the original investment changed considerably during the mill's many years of operation. Low labor costs, inexpensive hydro power and low infrastructure costs made the Ocean Falls mill a viable proposition. Nevertheless, the remote location, rising labor costs and the high cost of operating a town site made further investment unattractive. The Ocean Falls pulp and paper mill was a very large and complex production facility and modernization costs were prohibitive.

    By the early 1970s, the facility was inefficient and uneconomical. The owner at that time, Crown Zellerbach, decided to close the plant and effectively shut down the town by March 1973. The provincial government bought the town and mill at a minimal cost a few weeks before the planned closure and kept the mill operating until 1980. The Ocean Falls mill thus joined the ranks of other older, remote pulp and paper mills in British Columbia and finally shut down during the latter part of the twentieth century.

    Today, much of the town has been demolished, and many of the remaining buildings are in decay. Nevertheless, Ocean Falls maintains a residential community and a social network of former residents.

    Map Reference

    52°21'38.49"N and 127°43'14.98"W

    Investment Features

    This is an excellent location to run a B&B or rental property.

    Services

    • Hydro
    • Community water
    • Community sewer
    • Xplornet Internet

    Tax Details

    $508.85 (2020)

    Zoning

    None—Ocean Falls does not have any zoning bylaws or restrictions. Building Permits are also not required.

    Legal

    Lot 9, Block L, Plan 9250, District Lot 1159, Range 3
    PID 004-639-952

    Maps & Plans

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    Maps & Plans

    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.

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