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Historic & Spectacular Stella Ranch - Wasa, BC
Historic & Spectacular Stella Ranch - Wasa, BC
481 scenic acres with 320± acres of flat pasture/potential hay land with year-round creek & 1st irrigation rights. Expansive mountain views. Borders on Crown land. Historic outbuildings add western flare. 5 bdrm house has new roof, deck & insulation updates.
  • Size: 481.54 acres ~ 4 titles
  • Area: KOOTENAYS
  • Price: REDUCED $1,500,000
  • Listing Agent: Matt Cameron - matt@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 250-200-1199
Description :

Stella Ranch is comprised of a total of 481 picturesque acres of mostly flat and cleared land with expansive mountain vistas - the Rockies to the east, Purcell Mountains to the west and even overlooking Wasa Lake from its western parts. The property is made up of 4 adjacent titles - 160, 160, 143 and 18 acres. Of this land 320 acres is pasture/potential hay land and the rest is forested. Lewis Creek runs for over 1.8 km through the two 160 acre parcels and the property has 1st water rights on the creek dating back to 1898. The rest of the property is made up of forest land in a few clusters - each title has some forest and pasture. An extensive tract of Crown land is located to the north and by travelling over just 500 metres of open Crown land you reach Wasa Lake Provincial Park or continue many kilometres further to Kootenay National Park. Additional Crown land is located to the southeast where you can go all the way to Lake Koocanusa and the US border. All this provides for world class biking, hiking and horseback riding on over 60 kilometres of marked trails right from your doorstep.


The 4 titles allow for a home and caretaker dwelling on each parcel, ideal for family estates or if one so desired to sell off 1, 2 or 3 titles and keep your favorite to yourself.


There are a number of historic structures on the land with little value other than their historical influence. The most notable an historic barn a must keep and focal point dating back to when it operated as one of the original ranches in the area.


Also on the land (the northeast 160 acre title) is a 5 bedroom farmhouse built in 1974 with 2 bathrooms and a total of 1,820 ft2 plus a single car garage. The main and upper floor (excluding basement) has 1,364 ft2 of livable space. The décor is a la 1970s/early 80s, but it is in good shape other than some sun faded wood siding and the decks need to be redone. One could use this home while building or leave it as a guest house. Caretaker/tenant currently lives in the home. The lay out of the home is below:


Main Floor (1,280 ft2)

  • Kitchen 12’ x 10’
  • Dining 12’ x 15’
  • Living room 25’ x 16’
  • Bedroom 12’6” x 13’6”
  • Bedroom 12’6” x 13’6”
  • Bathroom

Basement (800 ft2 + 480 ft2 Garage)
  • Storage 8’ x 12’
  • Bedroom 9’6” x 10’
  • Bedroom 9’6” x 14’
  • Partial bathroom (needs replacing) 5’ x 7’
  • Garage 12’ x 42’

Upper (540 ft2)

  • Master bedroom 12’6” x 12”
  • Bathroom
  • Loft 14’6” x 12”

An appraisal was done in 2013 and the value came in at $1.925 million and values have certainly risen since then.


CLICK HERE to see a drone video was taken in the spring of 2015 just after snow melt. 


DL 1266 West
160 acres (64.75 ha). This lot consists of about 2/3 of relatively level hay land. A historic log barn, a corral and a number of old out-buildings are located adjacent to the creek at the west side of this lot. Where Lewis creek leaves the property there is a waterfall which by the original settlers was used to produce electricity. The edge of this lot is suited very well for building a home with views of the Rockies to the east, and a view over Wasa Lake with the Purcell Mountains and Kimberley ski hill in the distance. On the creek 2 pump houses (50 hp and 30 hp) can provide irrigation to the land.


DL 1266 East
159.94 acres (78.89 ha). The 1.5 storey farmhouse and a 20’ x 50’ hay barn are located on this property (see details of farmhouse below). This lot is relatively level. It rises significantly toward the North boundary into the forest. In the southeast it rises on the south side of Lazy Lake Road. Slightly more than 50% of this lot is suitable hay/grazing land. Lewis Creek divides this property in two. The driveway to the farmhouse crosses the creek by way of a wooden bridge. A 20 HP irrigation pump is installed on the creek.


DL 6618 East
142.87 acres (57.82 ha). This lot straddles Lazy Lake Road. To the north side of the road quality hay land joins that of lots 1 and 2. The southwest side of lot 3 has been cleared of trees but was never made into hay land. This is a suitable 40 to 45 acres of grazing land. About 1/3 of this lot is treed. To the east a higher plateau offers more grazing land in spring time.


DL 6618 West
18.72 acres (7.58 ha). This lot straddles Lazy Lake Road. A rolling, mostly treed lot without improvements south of Lazy Lake Road. North of Lazy Lake Road it contains hay land adjacent to lots 1 and 3.

Location :

6909 Lazy Lake Rd - Wasa, BC


Travel Distances

  • Cranbrook - 35 km (has international airport)
  • Kimberley - 35 km (has alpine ski resort)
  • Fairmont Hot Springs - 72 km (has hot springs & ski alpine ski resort)
  • Lethbridge - 320 km
  • Spokane, USA - 207 miles
  • Calgary - 368 km / 400 km (two options via Fernie or via Invermere - everybody loves a circle route!)
Access : Take Wasa Lake Park Drive off the east side of HWY 95 and then drive a few hundred metres and turn right on Lazy Lake Road. Drive about another 990 metres; this is the approx. property line. The road extends through the land for another 1,870 metres. The land is on both sides of road. When you see the driveway to Stella Ranch on the left you are near the end.
Improvements :
  • 1,820 ft2 house with 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (built in 1974)
  • Historic barn
  • 20’ x 50’ hay barn
  • 3 pump stations on creek
  • A number of older outbuildings of little value or use
Services :

Power, forced air furnace (oil), septic, drilled well for home, 2 irrigation water licences on Lewis Creek (1st water rights dating back to 1898) plus an additional domestic and irrigation licence taken out in 1970, telephone, Internet.


Note: the creeks turns into waterfall where it leaves property and in the past it was used for power generation.

Recreation :

Below are some of the highlights on the various and year-round recreational pursuits that make this area of BC one of the top recreational destinations in all of Canada.


Lazy Lake Bike Loop
One can travel for over 60 km on marked trails right from your doorstep around Wasa Lake out around Lazy Lake and even up to Quartz Lake. CLICK HERE for map of trail system.


Additional Lakes
Within only a couple kilometres you come across a number of great fishing lakes.


Wasa Lake/Provincial Park
Only a kilometre or two from the property and home to the Kootenay’s warmest waters for swimming and boating. Access is either by public road or cross 500 metres of Crown land to Wasa Lake Provincial Park. The Lake offers good fishing, water skiing in designated areas, canoeing and windsurfing. The park itself has a great trail system including an 8 km interpretive trail around lake - designated for bikers and hikers.


Fairmont Alpine Resort/Hot Springs
Located approx. 70 km to the north if the resort of Fairmont Hot Springs which has alpine skiing (with nigh skiing), golf, hiking and of course the hot spring pools.


Kimberley Alpine Resort
Only 35 km away is the Bavarian themed ski town of Kimberley with 5 lifts and 68 named ski runs.


Golf
The long golf season due to the favorable climate and spectacular geography in the area offers some work class gold opportunities. With a 35 min drive there are 9 quality golf courses: Trickle creek, Kimberley, Bootleg, St Eugene, Shadow Mountain, Wildstone, Mission Hills and Cranbrook.


Natural Hot Springs
A 45 min drive to the north gets you to Lussier Hot Springs a natural hot spring on the side of the river offering a few different pools of varying temperatures.


Backcountry Roads/Crown Land
Carrying on past the property Lazy Lake Rd takes you up to Lazy Lake 9-10 km and further where you can take quad roads up to towards Rockbluff Lake. A forest service road off Lazy Lake road takes you up to almost 2,000 metres elevation on the Rocky Mountains. Great hunting in the area.

History : This is the original homestead in the area with water rights dating back to 1898!
Zoning :

RR-60 (Rural Resource).
Property is also within the ALR


Permitted Uses
Single family dwelling, Duplex, Kennel, Gravel pit, Forest management,) Farm operation, Equestrian centre, Portable sawmill, Archery range, Rifle trap and skeet range, Airport / heliport, Wildland use, *Guest ranch, Group home, **Rural retreat, Wireless communication facility


*Guest ranch means a working farm or ranch that includes a principal residence, agricultural structures and temporary guest accommodation.


** Rural retreat means a facility which is owned and operated by a non-profit society incorporated under the Society Act and is intended for recreational, educational, or religious purposes and provides kitchen facilities and temporary accommodation but shall not include a boarding school.


Accessory Uses
Home based business, Secondary dwelling unit for farm hand, Veterinary clinic, Lodge accessory to guest ranch, rural retreat, or wildland use, Cabin accessory to guest ranch, rural retreat, wildland use, registered guide outfitting operations, trapping associated with a registered trapline license, or mining activity associated with a Mines Act permit, Secondary suite, Uses, buildings and structures accessory to a permitted use.

Legal :

DL: 1266; LD: Kootenay (26); Narrative: PARCEL A (SEE 148372I)
PID 016-438-604


DL: 1266; LD: Kootenay (26); Narrative: EXCEPT PARCEL A (SEE 1483721)
PID 016-438-612


DL: 6618; LD: Kootenay (26); Narrative: PCL A (EXP PLAN DD9949)
PID 016-438-621


DL: 6618; LD: Kootenay (26); Narrative: EXC EXP PL DD 9949
PID 016-417-534

Taxes : $1,200
Boundaries : Please see the mapping section - all boundaries are approximate
Map Reference : 49°46'2.42"N and 115°42'54.80"W
Listing # : 18308