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    Edge of Wilderness Ranch - Christian Valley, BC

    Kootenays Listing No. 21010

    Riverfront estate. 611 acres in 5 titles at north end of the Christian Valley. 2.5 km of riverfront. 4,246 ft2 house, large shop with unfinished suite, 2 rental hunters cabins, greenhouse, hay storage. First class off-grid systems. Fenced & cross fenced. Epic hunting & fishing.


    Price
    $2,599,900

    Size
    611 acres ~ 5 titles

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    Description

    One of the most rare and unique offerings in British Columbia. This sprawling riverfront property consists of 611 acres in 5 titles located at the north end of the Christian Valley. Located approximately 60 kilometres from Highway 33 at the end of the road, this spectacular property is surrounded by some of British Columbia's most picturesque wilderness.

    The acreage takes in 2.5 kilometres creek frontage on Rendell Creek, which is well known for its fly fishing opportunities for feisty rainbow trout. If you're someone who enjoys privacy, self-sufficient living and generally spending time right on the edge of BC’s true wilderness this could be the property for you. This property would be suitable for livestock or as a trophy equestrian retreat. The area is absolutely teeming with wildlife and is widely recognized as one of British Columbia's best areas for wildlife viewing and/or hunting. It's not uncommon to see elk, moose, white-tail deer, mule deer, grizzly bears, black bears, cougar, wild turkeys and grouse.

    Until as recently as May 2019 the sellers had a herd of 100 Dorper sheep on the property, and invested a significant amount of time and money in fencing the property. Most of the property is now fenced and cross fenced with sheep fencing that would also be suitable for cattle. The ranch has an active grazing licence on the adjacent Crown land with 100 AUMs. There’s approximately 250 cleared acres with approximately 200 acres of hay land. Although the ranch has not re-worked their hayfields for quite a few years, there are water licenses in place on Rendell Creek for aquaculture and irrigation. If someone desired to bring the ranch back into production, they would need to invest some time and money to rejuvenate the fields.

    This ranch property is “off-grid” but you wouldn't know it as the systems put in place by the current owner our first class. Systems include an impressive solar power system with eight 215 watt Sanyo solar panels and 700 watt 24 Volt Pure Sine Wave inverter and complementary backup 18kW Kubota diesel generator. The seller also installed a very large Garn outdoor wood fired boiler that provides heat to the home which combines full heat storage with a wood-gasifier combustion design where the wood burns so hot and efficient that it squeezes virtually all available heat out of each cord of wood while eliminating smoke and creosote. This is an enviable off-grid system that don’t require you to skimp on power; the owner even has a commercial grade double washer and dryer set.

    The main house is approximately 4,246 ft2 and is a well finished, quality constructed residence. The home has a total of six bedrooms including the large studio bedroom in the loft above and two well finished bathrooms. The home includes a large vaulted living room area with rock fireplace with Napoleon insert. The fireplace heats the main house throughout the spring and fall seasons and during the winter months the sellers turn on the in-floor radiant heating provided by the Garn boiler. Hot water is provided by an on-demand Rinnai system. Above the living room is an open loft area with games room with pool table that backs onto a large bedroom. This bedroom has lovely views to the east towards the creek and mountains. The kitchen has a European countryside charm and although this is rural living the home is extremely well done with all modern conveniences one would desire. Sliding doors open from the living room to a large covered patio perfect for entertaining.

    Additional improvements include a large shop with drive-through bay doors. The shop houses the boiler system, inverter system with battery bank and has plenty of room for tools, equipment and recreational toys. Attached to the shop is a large glass greenhouse which is sure to impress even the most avid green thumb. This impressive greenhouse was built by BC Greenhouse Builders Limited and includes an automatic roof and side vents, with additional in-floor and wall heaters in place but currently not connected to the Garn boiler. This is self-sufficient living at its best. Above the shop is a large living space which is framed and insulated but needs a finishing touch. The secondary living space above the shop has beautiful views over the hayfields to the mountains beyond and would be enough room for an extended family or is the perfect spot for guests to stay while visiting.

    Adjacent to the shop is a large covered parking area for vehicles, equipment and dry storage for firewood. Additional improvements include a chicken coop and the older original ranch house which has little value or would certainly need a lot of work to bring it back to a more livable condition.

    Located approximately 500 m from the main house, alongside picturesque Rendell Creek sits two additional cabins that the sellers rents seasonally, mostly to hunters in the fall. These high demand cabins are the perfect cozy nature retreat and provide some additional revenue for the owner.

    This valley is one of the most picturesque in the province and is a true for season recreational paradise. In the fall months the larch trees change from green to gold, covering the mountains in tapestry of green and gold. It's one of the most spectacular times of year.

    Properties like this do not come available very often, so please call me if you have interest in having a look.

    Location

    9200 Rendell Creek Road - Westbridge, BC

    Access

    The property is located at the north end of the Christian Valley 60 km off Highway 33.

    Area Data

    Westbridge sits at a point on Highway 33 where a bridge crosses the West Kettle River. On the north side of the bridge is where you'll find the junction point to the Christian Valley Road and the Kettle River. Christian Valley is approximately 49 km (31 miles) away from Westbridge northeast along a section of paved to a gravel forestry road.

    Westbridge is a very small unincorporated community that has some ranching and farming. At one time there was a general store located here called the Westbridge General Store and Post Office which was near the site of the old original hotel and post office. The store served for a number of years as the main hub and meeting place for people living in the area.

    For people living in Westbridge and Christian Valley area—or if you're camping out—other local shopping, services and entertaining can be done in Rock Creek or in Beaverdell. Here you can find grocery stores, gas, pubs and accommodation. In nearby Midway there is also McMynn's Foods which has a liquor store and lottery sales.

    Recreation

    Tubing the Kettle River

    A really popular thing to do in the summer is for people to tube the river from the bridge at Westbridge to the Kettle River Provincial Park. Along the way, near the beginning of the route, you'll pass the confluence of the Kettle and the West Kettle Rivers. Just remember while tubing past farmers' fields that this is private land, so please respect their privacy.

    Backcountry Road Adventure

    If you do decide to go up the Christian Valley Road and want some adventure, the very remote backcountry gravel road continues to the north. It will eventually reach Highway 6 near the headwaters of the Kettle River approximately 172 km (108 miles) away, just east of Cherryville. There are lots of rustic forest service campgrounds along the way that feature fishing holes.

    Rainbow Trout Fishing

    For rainbow trout fishing, you have a number of options available in the area. There is the Kettle and West Kettle Rivers located right on either side of Westbridge, up the Christian Valley 64 km (40 miles) at Copperkettle Lake—requires a 3 km (2 mile) hike—and Conkle Lake about 16 km (10 miles) away from Highway 33, just north of Westbridge on a steep rough forest service road.

    The area offers much more than fishing and is very well known for:

    • Hunting
    • Hiking
    • ATVing
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Skiing - Mount Baldy is only a short drive away
    • Wildlife observing - moose, bear, deer, elk, waterfowl, wolf, marmet, mink, jack rabbits to name a few
    • From golf to gold panning it’s not far away!!
    Hunting

    Between the rugged Okanagan Highlands on the west and the snow-capped Monashees to the east, the Boundary Forest District is a patchwork of forests and clearcuts. It is rumpled like an unmade bed and stitched with roads that cut one into the other, headers joining headers and eventually turning into mains that follow ravines down out of the pine crested high country into the irrigated lowlands.

    This is deer country where mule deer thrive in the lush second growth, often alongside pockets of whitetails. Travel the lumber roads in the cool of morning or in that magic hour at day’s end and you’ll see them picking their way along the edges of the clearcuts or bouncing across the road ahead of the vehicle. Or, if you just want to see deer, spend some time in the farmlands along the Crowsnest Highway where they gather by the dozens to graze in the fields, often coming right into the towns to help themselves to garden greens and manicured shrubs. Most are mule deer does with their fawns and the odd yearling buck still tagging along by force of habit, but here and there along the river bottoms are bands of whitetails as well.

    That same mix of mulies and whitetails prevails in the back country away from the paved roads, the towns and the farmlands. In some places Crown land starts barely 10 kilometres in, other places you might have to travel twice that to reach huntable area. Boundary Creek Road, which starts at the Crowsnest just east of Greenwood, is one of the primary access points, providing access to a vast network of forestry roads from Wallace Creek all the way north to the Terraced Peak and Gable Mountain areas. The Christian Valley Road which follows the Kettle River Valley north from Westbridge also provides access to this high country by way of Lost Horse and Thone Creeks. Christian Valley tends to have more hunting pressure during October when any mule deer carrying antler and any whitetail-antlered or antlerless is fair game (check the regulations to verify since this is subject to change). In September as well as November, mule deer must carry four points on at least one side, not counting brow tines, and only whitetail bucks are legal.

    Map Reference

    49°38'55.57"N and 118°45'5.69"W

    Services

    • Septic
    • Phone
    • Power - solar and generator
    • Irrigation water (license on creek)
    • Well
    • Internet - satellite

    Improvements

    Main house is approximately 4,246 ft2 and is a well finished, quality constructed residence. The home has a total of six bedrooms including the large studio bedroom in the loft above and two well finished bathrooms.

    Shop with unfinished suite - large shop with drive-through bay doors. The shop houses the boiler system, inverter system with battery bank and has plenty of room for tools, equipment and recreational toys.

    Large glass greenhouse which is sure to impress even the most avid green thumb. This impressive greenhouse was built by BC Greenhouse Builders Limited and includes an automatic roof and side vents, with additional in-floor and wall heaters in place but currently not connected to the Garn boiler.

    Large covered parking area for vehicles, equipment and dry storage for firewood.

    Chicken coop.

    Older original ranch house which has little value or would certainly need a lot of work to bring it back to a more livable condition.

    Two additional creek front cabins that the sellers rents seasonally, mostly to hunters in the fall. These high demand cabins are the perfect cozy nature retreat and provide some additional revenue for the owner.

    Tax Details

    $3,567.55

    Zoning

    None.

    Legal

    DISTRICT LOT 2997S SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION YALE DISTRICT
    PID 015-127-460

    DISTRICT LOT 2998S SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION YALE DISTRICT
    PID 015-127-508

    DISTRICT LOT 3018S SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION YALE DISTRICT
    PID 015-127-524

    BLOCK A OF DISTRICT LOT 3019S SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION YALE DISTRICT
    PID 012-684-961

    DISTRICT LOT 396S SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION YALE DISTRICT
    PID 017-291-518

    Maps & Plans

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