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    Big Sky Retreat - Slocan Valley

    Kootenays Listing No. 22102

    Located on a bench above the Slocan and Little Slocan rivers, this property with buildings has been designed to offer multiple opportunities to expand, farm and create your personal family retreat or run a recreation/hospitality business.


    Price
    $1,550,000

    Size
    9.87 acres ~ 2 titles

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    Description

    Be inspired by “Big Sky” in Passmore!

    The properties consist of two titles, totalling 9.87 acres. 3811 Passmore Upper Road is developed and is 5.36 acres in size. 3809 Passmore Upper Road is 4.51 acres of vacant land. Both properties can be used together to optimize your vision, or developed separately.

    3811 Passmore Upper Road

    Here's the chance to live in a contemporary and high-efficiency designed home with office, garden room and workshop attached.

    Built in 2020, the main dwelling offers an open living concept with beautiful natural lighting and a ceiling running from 12’ to 16’. The radiant wood fireplace, surrounded by natural river rock, warms the living space made with exposed wooden beams milled from the property. The efficient kitchen design allows plenty of natural light and boasts beautiful mountain scenery from your windows with access to the garden terrace. There is an adjacent full bathroom. Upstairs, there is a large walk-in closet, a bedroom loft, and second bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. Leading from the living quarters is a closet breezeway that brings you to the large shop and enclosed garden room, both with 16' high ceilings. There is a double-door entrance from an outside covered veranda to the workshop/office.

    Energy efficient LED natural color lighting is used throughout the building. Data wiring installed leading to router location with Wi-Fi for interior and exterior antenna covers the properties.

    A separate accommodation module on site boasts 2 bedrooms and bathrooms, a stylish interior with contemporary design and is connected to its own septic, water, electric and Wi-Fi systems. Each room has air conditioning, on-demand hot water, desk, wardrobe, custom 8 foot wide shelving at head of bed, LED lighting, Internet wiring and 3-piece bathroom.

    An outdoor shady sitting area is located adjacent to a stand of large cedars. The sitting area is surrounded by gardens, and for convenience a bathroom and outdoor shower with on demand hot water and septic. This is a flex space for events and additional guests in tents. This visually private area provides a hot summer day retreat due to the cedars and vegetation providing a cool afternoon; nature’s air conditioning. Additionally for evening events, a firepit with large decorative metal surround is available for enjoyment and grilling.

    Professional land development and design has resulted in the natural and built environments following sustainable environmental design and firesafe practices.

    Inspired by living healthy and local, the selection of berries and fruits in the gardens, has been made based on highest levels of antioxidants and health benefits. A number of varieties of berries and fruit trees; haskaps, raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, hardy kiwi, peach, hardy figs, and Asian pear are planted on the land. The practice of sustainable agriculture and organic methods with micro-organisms added to the soil produces lush, healthy plants.

    Located on a bench above the confluence of the Slocan and Little Slocan rivers, this property is representative of a microclimate closer to the interior of BC than the local Slocan Valley bottom. The fields and gardens located on a mountain side plateau, are provided with air movement as the sun heats and cools air in the valley. Up the mountain in the morning and down in the evening promotes ideal conditions for human comfort and vegetative growth for crops.

    Size

    3811 Passmore Upper Road - 5.36 acres
    3809 Passmore Upper Road - 4.51 acres

    Location

    3811 & 3809 Passmore Upper Road - Passmore, BC

    Access

    From the junction of Highways 3A & 6, head north on Highway 6 for 15 km. Turn west on Passmore Upper Road. In 900 m the driveway is on the left.

    Area Data

    LIVING THE LIFE

    Life is precious here. These hills, this water . . . our people.

    Stories woven through the landscape. Rural, rugged and wild, Slocan Valley is a rare respite from the madness. We revel in our ways and celebrate the sublime. Real Life at its finest.

    -The Slocan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

    Slocan Valley is about 100 kilometres long, with the Valhalla Range providing a steep western boundary and the Slocan Range presenting gradual slopes to the east. Squeezed in between, Slocan Lake occupies the northern reaches with the Slocan River to the south. Passmore on Highway 6 is the most southerly community in the River's Valley, approximately 15 km north of the Highway 3A/Highway 6 junction that is located 17 km north of Castlegar.

    Many first-time visitors are surprised by the lack of visible industry while driving through the Slocan Valley. No smokestacks, fast food, or strip malls. Entrepreneurs are the staple economic driver for the approximately 5,000 people who call the Valley home. Many businesses are home-based by choice, while some residents commute to work in larger centers like Nelson, Castlegar, and Nakusp.

    Small general stores, credit unions, a volunteer fire department, hardware stores, local co-ops, service stations, a small engine repair shop, coffee shops, restaurants, and artisan shops all provide the necessities of life. A Community Hall and a beautiful independent-living Senior's Lodge, built by locals, add to the fabric of this small town. The convenient Handy Dart provides transportation to other parts of the Slocan Valley and Nelson.

    Nelson is a 30-minute drive away and also has world-class recreation in a pristine setting, but includes all the benefits of urban amenities. Nelson has been called the prettiest small town in Canada. Home to over 350 restored heritage buildings, Nelson is known for incredible culinary diversity—there are more restaurants and cafes per capita than in Toronto, Manhattan or San Francisco. The community is attracting younger working-age individuals with its recreation tourism, education, high tech industry, value-added manufacturing and other areas of technology. As the service centre for the West Kootenay, Nelson offers incredible unique food and shopping opportunities.

    Some Slocan Valley small farms originally started by Russian Doukhobors still produce organic fruit and vegetables. In recent years, a new crop of young farmers has relocated to the Valley, producing bounty for local farmer's markets, restaurants, grocery stores, and food processors.

    Many artisans, writers, and crafters make the Valley their home, far from the bustle of the big city. Artistic works have traveled to homes and galleries worldwide. A team of ice and sand sculpturers travels the globe, winning countless prizes for their creative work. There is no shortage of inspiration within these awe-inspiring and natural surroundings.

    Generally, the Slocan Valley has four distinct seasons and a relatively moist climate—except in the summer. About 950 mm of precipitation falls every year, mostly in late fall and winter. Temperatures vary with elevation and with proximity to Slocan Lake. Average summer temperatures are between 20°C and 25°C, while the average temperature in winter is a pleasant -5°C to 5°C. The best months for hot sunny weather are July, August, and September (300+ hours per month) with only 63 mm of rain. The significant snowfalls arrive from December thru January, averaging about 130cm per month.

    Wildlife in the area includes deer, elk, black bears, cougars, coyotes, mountain sheep, and the occasional beaver. Eagles perch in the cottonwoods along the Slocan River to fish, and there is an abundance of shorebirds, waterfowl, and songbirds.

    Recreation

    The Slocan Valley's four seasons offer spectacular year-round recreation opportunities depending on conditions and elevation. Picture hitting the slopes in the morning and kayaking in the afternoon!

    Two of BC's major provincial mountain wilderness parks, The Valhalla and Kokanee Glaciers, surround the Valley. Serrated, glacier-covered granite peaks dominate the landscape with huge lake-filled glacial valleys that provide habitat for many kinds of wildlife and offer excellent opportunities for water-based recreation. The wilderness experiences provided throughout the West Kootenays are exhilarating and diverse. Hot springs, alpine meadows, spectacular summer and winter recreation, wildlife observation, and photography add to the allure.

    Valhalla Provincial Park is a world-class 122,000-acre wilderness area located 30 kilometres to the north of Passmore. The park encompasses 30 kilometres of pristine shoreline along Slocan Lake. Backcountry wilderness hiking and camping are the primary recreational activities in this park.

    Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is a rugged 30,000-hectare mountain wilderness park in the Slocan Range of the Selkirk Mountains, between Slocan Lake and the north arm of Kootenay Lake. The park offers excellent wilderness recreation in both summer and winter, but is best known for its top-notch backcountry hiking and wilderness camping and some fine angling for trout in the more than 30 glacier lakes.

    Excellent Class I to Class III rapids on the River and fantastic paddling opportunities on the Lake provide a paddler's paradise. The entire length of Slocan Lake offers numerous places to camp along the west shoreline, 'tarzan' ropes to swing from, and old ranger cabins to explore.

    The Slocan Valley has vast backcountry skiing, cat skiing, heli-skiing, and snowmobiling along the Powder Highway. Epic cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing combine to provide a wonderland of snowy activities. Two ski resorts nearby, internationally acclaimed Red Mountain Resort and Whitewater Resort, both have excellent terrain with uncrowded trails.

    Highway 6 between New Denver and Kaslo is one of the top motorcycling routes in BC. Full of twists and turns, it runs the entire length of the Valley, with breathtaking views of mountains, Slocan Lake, and the Slocan River.

    The recreation commissions offer day programs and events such as rock hound hikes, stargazing, bee-keeping, bear hikes, inner tubing down the river, seniors hikes, interpretive programs, and movies under the stars.

    The Slocan Valley rail trail used to be the lifeline of the valley at the turn of the last century. The old rail bed that was used to connect communities via rail has been turned into a recreational trail offering stunning scenery and multi-day adventures. The 52 km, or 32 miles, of trail is groomed in the winter for cross-country skiing. Following the contours of the Slocan River, the trail makes its way from Slocan Lake in the north, towards the Kootenay River in the south, with multiple entry and exit areas; below this property is such an entry point.

    History

    Today's communities of the Slocan Valley are barely one hundred and thirty years old, yet the Slocan has seen some of Canada's most dramatic and exciting history.

    Several thousand years ago, First Nation peoples made a living in the Valley, using resources for food and shelter. Archaeological sites scattered along the length of the Slocan River showcase well-preserved rock art pictures on the western cliffs of Slocan Lake. Until as late as 1890, almost no one else had even seen the Slocan Valley, let alone knew about it.

    A discovery in the early 1890s changed all that forever. Rich silver ore, found near Sandon, resulted in thousands of prospectors and fortune hunters pouring into the area and became known as "The Silvery Slocan." Competing railways rapidly built lines into the mining camps. The population of Slocan City and Sandon were in the thousands, with champagne flowing liberally. But, by 1910, the fortunes of the mining towns had declined to almost nothing. New Denver and Silverton pegged their future on agriculture and recreation instead. Sandon became a veritable 'ghost town.'

    A brief rush of British immigrants lured to the West Kootenay to the promise of "Grow apples and grow rich in Appledale!" Buying lots sight unseen, they were middle-class "genteel" men and women who came to the Valley with visions of tidy apple orchards and white picket fences only to find steeply sloping sections covered in salal and giant trees. Many fled further west to Vancouver, but a few stayed to persevere.

    During the 1940s, the government relocated the Japanese from the west coast during World War II. Many stayed in the Slocan following this internment mainly because they had fallen in love with the Valley.

    The 1970s saw another influx of immigrants. Many were Americans fleeing the Vietnam War conscription, and many Canadians were heading west from the big eastern cities and the prairies. Communal living and agricultural "back to the land" self-sustenance became popular again. This period saw the rise of the burgeoning arts community for which the Slocan has now become so well known. Recent history has seen it blend diverse cultures into a way of life that continues to be challenging, adventurous, and incredibly rich.

    Map Reference

    49°32'32.23"N and 117°39'39.00"W

    Services

    Power (240V/100amp), well water, three septic systems.

    Improvements

    Main Building (2,094 ft2)

    Interior

    Ground Level

    • Living/office/kitchen area: 424 ft2
    • Bathroom: 108 ft2
    • Coat room: 50 ft2
    • Workshop/office: 364 ft2
    • Sun room/greenhouse: 196 ft2

    Second Level

    • Loft bedroom/office: 144 ft2
    • Second bedroom/office + partial bathroom: 108 ft2
    • Storage/wardrobe: 50 ft2

    Interior Total: 1,444 ft2

    Exterior

    • Attached to building
    • Covered multi-use area/2-car carport: 480 ft2
    • Covered outdoor Veranda area: 170 ft2

    Exterior Total: 650 ft2

    Executive Suite Units (320 ft2)

    Guest accommodations with a panoramic mountain view terrace, consist of a prefabricated 40 ft module of 2 executive suite units. Each with AC, on-demand hot water, desk, wardrobe, custom 8 ft wide shelving at head of bed, LED lighting, Internet wiring and bathroom (includes 4 ft wide shower). If needed, there is the possibility to easily move this module in the future. Installed septic system has capacity for one more 40 ft module of 2 executive suite units.

    Outdoor Washroom

    A fully functioning three-piece outdoor washroom with on demand hot water for visitors and adjacent siting area surrounded by vegetation and trees.

    Storage and Work Area

    Storage and covered outdoor work area, 25 x 27 ft. A new 8 x 20 ft secure metal storage container, is connected to an engineered steel frame structure which supports the metal roof of the covered area and wood plank walls. 120V power and propane. Room for expansion if desired. Possibility to easily move to another area on property.

    RV Unit(s) Utilities

    Eelectrical, water and septic connections on each end of the main building to park RV units. Also, outside the guest accommodations are RV hookups.

    Outdoor Wood Shed

    8 x 16 ft with 120v power.

    Tax Details

    $3,948 (2020)

    Zoning

    No zoning.

    This land is located in an un-zoned area; the function of buildings and density, total area of buildings, on the land are not regulated. There is the requirement to follow the Canadian building construction codes.

    Legal

    LOT A DISTRICT LOT 7890 KOOTENAY DISTRICT PLAN NEP71606
    PID 025-457-764

    LOT B DISTRICT LOT 7890 KOOTENAY DISTRICT PLAN NEP71606
    PID 025-457-772

    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.