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Hope Ranch - Princeton, BC
Hope Ranch - Princeton, BC
Spectacular 428 acre ranch only 10 min from Princeton. Great mixture of valley bottom and rolling grasslands w/ south facing vistas. 1.5 km of creek frontage on Summers Creek, a 20,000 acre grazing permit, 45 acres irrigated hay land. 4,544 sf home.
  • Size: 428 acres
  • Area: OKANAGAN
  • Price: $1,295,000
  • Listing Agent: Sam Hodson - sam@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-694-7623
Description :

This property presents a rare opportunity to own a large ranch close to the town of Princeton, BC. You are sure to be impressed by the combination of the rural farm feel of this property and the convenience of being only 8 kilometers from all Princeton has to offer.

The property would make a great equestrian retreat with the riding on the property and the area being second to none. The property is fully fenced and cross-fenced and has 428 impressive acres in a mixture of beautiful valley bottom and rolling grasslands. If your preference is to run a cattle operation the property is also well-suited to this with approximately 45 acres of beautiful valley bottom soil along Summers Creek which produces 2-3 cuts per year of high quality hay. Combine this with the 20,000 acre grazing licence (69 cow/calf pairs plus Bulls) attached to ranch and you have all the components necessary to run a small to mid-sized cattle operation.

The ranch has 1.5 kilometres of creek frontage on Summers Creek and a water licence for irrigation. This ranch is in one of the most wildlife rich areas in southern BC. Imagine owning a property where a crystal clear creek flows through full of trout; there are mule and white tail deer living over each hill on the property and elk passing through is commonplace. The park-like setting of this property is without question one of its top selling points. Aside from the pure natural beauty of this property, the other main selling point is future development potential. The current zoning allows the 120 acres to be broken up into one 40 acre parcel and four 20 acre parcels. An easement would need to be registered to provide access through the neighboring property DL 819. The entire 120 acres is comprised of lush rolling grasslands intermixed with sections of aspen and pine trees. This is a truly a nature and wildlife sanctuary, as the park-like setting is home to countless deer and elk from time to time.

Outside the house the yard has several fruit trees, a garden and greenhouse. There is also a large barn with hay loft and a small corral area. The yard also has a beautifully restored windmill which is circa 1930s and still fully operational. The home itself is 4,500 square feet and has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 2 kitchens. The second kitchen is downstairs and allows the bottom floor to function as a separate suite. The property could potentially operate as a guest ranch, B&B or retreat centre with plenty of room for guests. The home has many nice modern features including a home theatre centre with an 84’’ projection screen TV and 2 satellite systems. The home is on septic and is supplied top quality water through a high-producing well.

This unique property is close to Missezula Lake which is a very popular recreation area known for its fishing, boating and swimming.

Call the listing representative today to set up your visit to the ranch.

Location : 985 Highway 5A - 8 km north of Princeton
Access : Follow Highway 5A 8 km north of Princeton and turn right on Summers Creek Road. The property is the first driveway on the right.
Investment Features :
  • 20,000 acre grazing licence with 69 AUM’s plus bulls
  • Water licence
  • 40 acre of high-producing hay fields (Alfalfa, Timothy, Brohm)

Property is sub-dividable into 5 separate lots. Zoning allows one 40 acre lot which would be zoned ALR and four 20 acre lots outside the ALR.

Subdivision would be contingent on providing access through DL 819 by way of an easement.

Services : Septic system installed, hydro, telephone and internet. One high producing well services the home. A water licence also goes with property.
Recreation :

The area offers fabulous outdoor recreation year round. In the summer, water skiing and swimming at Tulameen's pristine Otter Lake are popular activities. There is excellent fishing in nearby Otter Lake, Chain, Link and Osprey Lakes, in the rivers and many smaller lakes in the area. 47 of the nearby lakes are considered good trout lakes.

Both the Similkameen and Tulameen Rivers are excellent for tubing, paddling or gold panning.

The KVR/Trans Canada Trail offers miles and miles of cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and horse-back riding.

Nearby Manning Park and Cathedral Provincial Park offers excellent hiking opportunities with stunning vistas and viewpoints of the North Western Cascade Mountain Range.

In the winter, there's plenty of snow in the surrounding mountains for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

Princeton Golf Course has 18 holes and a driving range a restaurant and an RV Park, and is located nearby.

The historic towns of Coalmont, Tulameen and Hedley are located in a nearby radius of Princeton and can be explored for evidence of their coal and gold mining pasts.

Area Data :

The town of Princeton is beautifully situated in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains where the Tulameen and Similkameen rivers meet. The mountains, valleys and hundreds of miles of backcountry roads make it a natural setting for outdoor activities. Either of the two rivers are natural choices for gold panning, tubing and paddling. The 49 lakes in the area make Princeton a prime fishing destination throughout the year.

Manning and Cathedral Provincial Parks surround Princeton providing for ample recreational opportunities. Manning Park is only 45 minutes away and has an excellent ski hill, hundreds of camping sites and many hiking and cross-country ski trails. The larger Apex Mountain Ski Resort is also only 45 minutes away.

Princeton has a primary school (K to grade 3), one middle school (grades 4 to 7) and one high school (grades 8 to 12) as well as a continuing education centre.

Three excellent fishing lakes: Chain, Link & Osprey are located just minutes away from the property on the Princeton-Summerland Road.

The Princeton area is relatively dry country, being in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains. Interior Douglas fir, Ponderosa pine and lodge pole pine as well as aspen are the main trees growing in the area.

Princeton's economy centers around the traditional resource based industries with forestry and agriculture playing key roles in shaping the community. Tourism is emerging as a new industry in Princeton, with many outdoor activities as the focus. The large copper mine has recently announced that they will be resuming operation in 2010, which will be a boost to the local economy. Princeton’s airport has a mile long paved runway, a new terminal building and new fuel depots.

History :

Princeton was first known by the name of Vermilion Forks, after the red, yellow and orange ochre gathered by the natives for face painting. The area was also referred to as Allison Flats, after the first white settler to the area, John Fall Allison. In 1860 the name was changed to Princeton in honour of Prince Edward the Prince of Wales who visited Eastern Canada in that year.

In 1885 gold was discovered at Granite Creek and by 1897 Granite City was considered the third largest city in BC. What remains of the former town site can be discovered 1 km east of Coalmont on the south shore of the Tulameen River.

In the early 1900s Coalmont and the neighbouring town of Tulameen were thriving mining communities with coal being mined for the locomotives & steamships of the CPR. Today the coal claims are again being developed in a small way, and people still find small deposits of gold and platinum in the area.

Zoning :

RA (Resource Area)

Zoning Permits the following uses:

  • Single family residences
  • Agricultural
  • Guest ranches
  • Stables
  • Guide camps
  • Golf courses
  • Resorts
  • Sales of farm products
  • And more…
PID 001-544-349

PID 001-544-357
Taxes : $3,349.00 for DL 819
$1,784.34 for DL 941
Listing # : 14270