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    Live Self-Sustainably on this 160-Acre Off-grid Property - Horsefly, BC

    Cariboo Chilcotin Listing No. 21173

    160 acres of off-grid serenity, complete privacy & functional utility. Large residence with self-contained owner & tenant suites. 55’ x 50’ workshop/garage, 20’ x 25’ log barn, guest cabin, storage & more. 2,190-Watt Solar Panel system with back-up generator. Surrounded by Crown.


    Price
    $749,000

    Size
    160 acres

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    Description

    Leave the chaos of the world behind with this self-sustaining 160-acre off-grid property. The property is surrounded by Crown land and is located in the wilds of British Columbia’s Cariboo region. The property is located north of the Horsefly River and is carpeted in lush aspen and spruce forest. There could be some timber value on the property if selectively logged. The property in its natural state is a beacon to wildlife with moose, deer, Sandhill Cranes and songbirds found in abundance. Sucre Creek dissects the property providing water for both cattle and wildlife.

    The main homesite is flat and functionally laid out. The driveway provides convenient access to the main home, barn and detached garage/workshop. There is enough open pasture around the home to feed horses if a new owner is into equestrian pursuits. The detached garage is approximately 50 x 55 ft with additional outdoor covered storage. The garage houses the back-up generator keeping it safe and dry. Sharing the yard is the 25 x 20 log barn, which was used to house stagecoach horses along the original gold rush trail in the 1800s. The barn is older, but still functional with a log floor hay loft. The structure can still assist with keeping stock out of the rain and snow.

    There is a 1,000 ft2 quaint guest cabin in the northeast corner of the main yard. The cabin has a fridge, seating area and two cozy bedrooms. The cabin is perfect for short term rentals to hunters, campers and snowmobilers. There is a shaded front porch where guests can relax and escape the summer heat.

    The main residence is 2,672 ft2 and was originally constructed in 1999. The home is divided between a private tenant’s and owner’s portion. Both are self-contained units with their own heat source (wood/propane stoves), kitchen, dining, bathroom and sleeping areas. The tenant’s portion of the house currently rents for $1,450/month.

    The overall home has had subsequent renovations since 2012 including new exterior deck and upgrades to the owner’s portion of the residence. New fridges were added in 2017, new woodstove in 2017 and a new washing machine was added in 2018. Access to both the tenant and owner’s portion of the home is provided from the shady porch in the front of the home. This is a perfect spot to sit enjoy the singing birds and passing wildlife during the summer. There is a brand-new elevated deck on the back of the owner’s residence, which looks down into the old hayfield on the property and mountains beyond. This is a fantastic vantage point to see moose, deer and bears.

    As you enter the tenant’s portion of the home you are greeted by a large mudroom with washer/dryer, laundry sink and the solar panel inverter system. Entering into the main body of the home you are greeted by an open concept living/dining room and bright functional kitchen. A woodstove adorns the family room casting its warm glow on the room’s occupants. There are two spacious bedrooms and a 4-piece bathroom completing this portion of the house.

    Adjacent to the tenant’s residence is the owner’s portion of the home. They are adjoined by a double locked door and a removable wall if desired for complete separation. The wall can be removed, and the double doors can be opened to create a single residence. The owner’s quarters has a mudroom entry, dining room, updated kitchen and a quaint living room with propane stove. There are bright south facing windows off the dining room, which bask the entire floor in warm sunlight. The main floor exists out onto the new deck space. The main floor is completed by a 3-piece bathroom and storage. Heading upstairs you will find two sleeping areas. Both rooms are spacious and bright.

    The property is completely self-sustaining with an updated solar panel system (2013) capable of generating 2,190 Watts of power. There is a backup generator, two wells, and a septic lagoon (further details are provided below).

    Ultimately, this property is a rare and unique opportunity to live a self-reliant lifestyle with opportunities for both recreational and agricultural expansion.

    Location

    6481 Black Creek Road - Horsefly BC

    Access

    From the town of Horsefly, head southeast on Black Creek Road for approximately 11 km. Head north on the adjacent logging road for approximately 3.3 km taking your next left (west). The easterly boundary of the property will be approximately 0.5 km.

    Area Data

    The Cariboo Highway winds through the ranch, plateau and mountain country of the legendary Cariboo. To the east are lakes and streams that yielded gold that sparked the Cariboo Gold Rush. To the west stretches the Chilcotin, a vast expanse of plain, plateau, and mountain, virtually uninhabited and much of it accessible only by horseback, boat or plane.

    The central Cariboo is a region famous for its host of fishing lakes, ranches, guest resorts, and its gold rush history. It is a picturesque region of rivers and lakes set amongst rolling bunch-grass hills. This is cowboy country and home to much of the region’s population, with logging, mining and cattle-ranching being the primary industries.

    The City of Williams Lake is the fastest growing community in the Cariboo with a population of over 11,000. It has a diversified economic base of forestry, mining, and agriculture.

    Vegetation

    Property has both hardwood and softwood with moose willow situated in lowlands. The lowland portion of the property had previously been a hayfield before flooded by beavers. The land has subsequently been drained and is ready to be put back into production.

    Recreation

    The Horsefly River, which borders the property, is known for its exceptional fishing. Sockeye, coho and spring salmon and trout provide for the superb fishing on the river.

    The many acres of open pasture, rolling hills, meadows and trails on the ranch provide for excellent horseback riding opportunities.

    The many lakes in the area including nearby Horsefly Lake, Quesnel Lake, and Murphy Lake offer many fishing, canoeing, and swimming opportunities.

    Snowmobiling can be enjoyed on the property or on the surrounding terrain. The central Cariboo has many miles of cross-country ski trails to be enjoyed in the winter as well.

    History

    The Cariboo gold strike began when miners disappointed by the Fraser River, decided to work sand bars further into the interior river systems of BC seeking the mother lode. Several creeks proved to be extremely rich and many towns began to spring up near the gold-fields, the most prominent being Barkerville. The Cariboo gold-strike attracted world-wide attention that led to the Overlanders Expedition of 1862.

    The California gold rush had taken place only a few years earlier and San Francisco was very gold conscious. The Cariboo sounded like the next great "discovery" so as a result, an influx of prospectors flooded into British Columbia in 1858.

    The Fraser River proved to be a disappointment to many prospectors so the prospectors who did not return to California worked their way up the Fraser River and by 1862 had reached the Cariboo.

    It was then that Billy Barker struck gold in early 1862 on Williams Creek. Less than a year later the town of Barkerville, which had grown around Billy Barker's claim, had a population of 10,000 people.

    Early in the gold rush when there was no route to the creeks. As more and more men pressed northward, trails were gradually formed. Along these trails grew a series of resting places. Many of these resting points, known as "roadhouses" were established by men who decided to pursue other avenues to make money than rigorously digging for gold. Many men, unsuccessful in mining, remained in the roadhouse business to become the first pioneers in the new agriculture and business communities.

    It was not until rich strikes were made on the upper Fraser River and in the Cariboo that better routes to the gold-fields became a priority. Royal Engineers began construction of the Cariboo Wagon Road in May 1862. The 365-mile long Cariboo Wagon Road was completed in 1865 making the long, difficult trip to the Cariboo gold fields much faster and easier.

    Roadhouses were constructed along the new Cariboo Wagon Road, serving as hotels and supply spots, and rest places for horses and people. These roadhouses were named after mileage measured from Lillooet, which was the point of departure on the first Cariboo Road in 1859.

    The Horsefly River itself has historical significance in that it was the site of the first gold discovery in the Cariboo, in 1859.

    The property itself sits along the original route from the Barkerville gold fields to Horsefly, BC. The "horse barn" was used to switch out stagecoach horses along this route. There are abandoned old cabins down to the west, beside the beaver pond, that speak to very early habitation by settlers in the mid-1800s.

    Services

    • 2,190 Watt solar panel system
    • 7,500 Watt back-up generator (2021)
    • Solar batteries (2020)
    • Two wells - shallow well (ample water, but exact GPM unknown), drilled well (approx. 2 gpm)
    • Septic - lagoon
    • Heat - woodstove and propane stove

    Improvements

    • 2,672 ft2 home built in 1999 (Subsequently renovated), self-contained tenant and owner residences
    • 1,000 ft2 guest cabin with woodstove
    • 20’ x 22’ detached workshop/garage with additional covered storage
    • 20’ x 22’ log barn

    Tax Details

    $1,849.47 (2021)

    Zoning

    Agriculture

    Legal

    DISTRICT LOT 9830 CARIBOO DISTRICT
    PID 015-146-324

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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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