Live and play in sunny Nicola Valley. Quality Lindal Home, 2,331 ft2. Three levels include a finished basement. Guest cabin, 20' x 30' workshop, woodshed, self irrigation for pastures, fenced/cross-fenced. Ideal hobby farm! Bring your horses and farm animals.
This elegant Lindal Cedar home is well engineered and structurally sound. The warm glow of cedar, mated with the massive strength of the post-and-beam frame, set these unique homes apart. Soaring interiors combined with expansive walls of glass invite the outside in, making the surroundings and views part of the living space.
The acreage is gently sloped and borders Crown land, providing privacy and trails for hiking, ATVing, snowmobiling, and horseback riding. This property is ideal for farm animals with self-irrigation, fencing/cross fencing, and beautiful pasture. A graveled, well-maintained driveway provides more than enough area to park vehicles, RVs, and boats. The home is serviced with a drilled well, a septic tank with field, and electric baseboards/wood stove heating.
The entrance into the main level (913 ft2) is through a large mud room with plenty of space for shoes, boots, coats, and jackets and storage areas for seasonal wear. Cedar walls, bright white ceiling, and durable laminate planking give the room a clean and spacious ambiance.
Stepping into the living room, the sheer magnitude of the room soaring up two levels combined with expansive windows invite one to feel a part of the sweeping views. It is a serene and peaceful location to read a book by the fire, or spend time with your family and friends.
Wooden cabinetry and predominantly stainless-steel appliances grace the kitchen. Reaching out from the kitchen towards the dining room, an 'L' countertop provides additional space for storage and meal preparation while visiting with friends and family.
The stairs to the upper level (505 ft2) arrive on a wooden railed balcony overlooking the same spectacular view as the main floor. The spacious primary bedroom is complete with a three-piece en-suite. A laundry room also shares this upper level.
The fully finished basement (913 ft2) has a large family room, bedroom, utility room, storage room, and a three-piece bathroom. The floor and staircase are finished with laminate planking. Glass patio doors lead out onto a large concrete patio—ideal for a hot tub and barbeque area. The storage space can also act as a separate bedroom, given its size and layout. It is perfectly built to accommodate a growing family.
A small, cozy guest cabin perfect for hosting family and friends is situated close to the home. It is open concept and very low maintenance, with walls and the ceiling finished with cedar's warming colors. While it does not have plumbing, it is spacious enough for a bed, table, and chairs. A small front deck has ample space for a couple of chairs to chill and enjoy the vistas.
The 20' x 30' workshop has an overhead door providing a large entrance. The shop has plenty of power receptacles and a specialized welding receptacle. There are plenty of space for projects and storage of tools and equipment. Each side of the shop has a lean-to outside for additional storage. Other structures on the acreage include an open woodshed and a small storage/barn. The attached single carport could be converted to a garage with the addition of an overhead door.
5080 Steffens Road - Merritt, BC
A short 15-minute drive from Merritt. From the junction of Highway 5A and 97C in downtown Merritt, head north on Highway 97C. In about 21 km turn right onto Steffens Road. The driveway is 300 m on the left.
Merritt's motto is "Flourish under the sun"!
As the heart of the beautiful Nicola Valley, Merritt is at the junction of the Coquihalla Highway 5 system, including Highway 5A, 97A, and 8. Following the construction of this Highway, Merritt became the gateway to the Interior of BC. A three-hour drive to five international airports gives residents, visitors, and businesspeople quick passage to destinations and markets worldwide. Two rivers, the Nicola and Coldwater, flow through the city and provide easy access to hundreds of lakes and many recreational activities.
Merritt is the service center for the ranch country of the Nicola Valley and provides an excellent base for exploring the many outdoor recreational opportunities in the area. While the city retains its strong ties to the resource economy, this is balanced with growth in knowledge and lifestyle-based industries, high tech, small businesses, recreation, and tourism.
The Valley's range of wildlife and vegetation varies dramatically with terrain and elevation, and the entire Valley is filled with amazing natural attractions. Wind erosion has created unique formations in the walls of Windy Canyon near Merritt. Ancient Glacial Shore Lines of 10,000-year-old glacial lakes are visible in the grasslands, particularly along Highway 5A north of Merritt. Ancient volcanic Lava Cliffs can be viewed along the hiking trail at Monck Provincial Park.
Merritt has some leading tourism sites that are unique and national in scope. The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Walk of Stars handprints, and the Michelle Loughery Murals depict the various country music artists past and present. The music events at Spirit Square and other venues set the stage for branding as the Canadian Country Music Capital of Canada. The Merritt Mountain Music Festival in July attracts over one hundred thousand visitors every summer for a weekend of country music.
Feature films such as 'The Wicker Man' and 'Battlestar Galactica' had vital scenes in the lake area. Several car manufacturers, Toyota, Hummer, Ford, and Harley Davidson, have taken advantage of the serene atmosphere, long winding roadway, and rolling hills within the picturesque setting to shoot commercials. The grasslands are a popular location given the ability to emulate prairie, frontier, and otherworldly environments. The TNRD Film Commission promotes the area to filmmakers around the world.
At an elevation of 595 metres (1,950 feet) above sea level, the area tends to experience mild winters with little snowfall and warm, dry, sunny summers. The higher elevation than surrounding basins tends to be cooler than Kamloops, the Okanagan, the Shuswap, or the Lower Thompson areas. The sun heaps over 2,000 hours of annual sunshine upon Merritt and the Valley.
The Nicola Valley is packed full of lakes, rivers, and fish! With so many abundant lakes and mighty rivers, Nicola Valley is an angler's paradise. Trout, salmon, steelhead, char, sturgeon, burbot, kokanee, perch, and whitefish are a few of the wide varieties that populate the waters.
For rugged land-based sports, the Valley's terrain has much to offer. Funneled winds blasting through the Stump and Nicola lakes make both attractive locations for windsurfing and sailing. Rock climbers can test their skills traversing the bluffs of Kamloops Lake at Six Mile Hill Protected Area or the incredible limestone at Marble Canyon Provincial Park. There are numerous trails throughout the Valley to explore on foot, horseback, mountain bikes, or ATV.
Known initially as Forksdale, the first primary industry in the Valley was ranching at the "fork" or confluence of the Nicola and Coldwater rivers. The original townsite was surveyed in 1893 and consisted of parts of the ranches owned by William Voght, Jesus Garcia, and John Charters.
Before long, the name Forksdale was rejected by the locals. In 1906, the name Merritt was adopted in honor of William Hamilton Merritt III, a mining engineer and promoter of the failed Nicola, Kamloops, and Similkameen railway.
With the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885, the rich coal deposits of the Forks began to look enticing to mining companies. By 1907, Merritt's coal mines were operating in full swing, and a branch line connected Merritt to the main CPR line in Spences Bridge, meaning coal could be shipped cheaply and quickly around the province.
Businesses and families that had previously settled in the nearby communities of Upper and Lower Nicola began moving into Merritt as the railway brought more people and commerce to the area. In 1911 Merritt was officially incorporated when the town was granted its first city charter.
For many years, Merritt enjoyed immense prosperity as coal, copper, nickel, gold, and silver mining industries boomed, ranching on the Nicola Valley's fertile, rolling grasslands and establishing the forestry sector.
With the Great Depression, the United States imposed crippling trade restrictions, halting a lucrative relationship with Canada, BC, and Merritt. Before this, the city had provided significant financial backing to one of the area's major sawmills. The loss of the lumber market proved to be too great, and the city went into receivership from 1933 to 1952.
During this time, the city lost its municipal status, and the province stepped in to maintain community operations. It was not until 1958 that Merritt was reincorporated as a village. In 1965 it gained town status. Finally, in 1981, 70 years after the first city incorporation, Merritt was designated a city once again.
50°16'26.88"N and 120°49'26.68"W
LOT 2 DISTRICT LOT 1926 KAMLOOPS DIVISION YALE DISTRICT PLAN KAP51512
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