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A Blissful Garden Estate Set in Heart of Wine and Fruit Country - Cawston, BC
A Blissful Garden Estate Set in Heart of Wine and Fruit Country - Cawston, BC
Ever dreamt of creating your own vineyard, or fruit orchard? This quaint 5-acre property complete with two residences, a shop, commercial office space, 3.5 acres of flat, fertile production land and a water well is the ideal property to turn those dreams into a reality.
  • Size: 5 acres
  • Area: OKANAGAN
  • Price: NEW PRICE $875,000
  • Listing Agent: Chase Westersund - chase@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 778-927-6634

  • Listing Agent: Cole Westersund - cole@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-360-0793
Description :

A true terrestrial paradise. This property is what dreams are made from. Set amongst the backdrop of the Silmilkameen Valley, with its jagged mountains, flowing rivers, rolling hills and bountiful vineyards, this region of British Columbia will take your breath away.

The property itself is located in the agricultural heart of Cawston, BC. It has highway frontage making it perfect for multiple business ventures - both agricultural and non-agricultural. As you first enter the property, there is a half roundabout drive way, which takes you past the spacious secondary residence, the shop and the commercial office building. The orientation of this access point permits large vehicles and equipment to navigate the front of the property with ease. Behind the shop/office space is a large open storage area capable of housing equipment and other necessary materials.

The shop offers an excellent and spacious work space where maintenance and upkeep may be conducted on equipment. There is plumbing and a washroom facility as well. There is an attached storage room off the shop, where a previous owner used to bake and sell delicious pies. There is a pseudo kitchen with dual sinks. The shop has 3-phase power and 220 service.

Next to the shop is the commercial office space. Again, this facility has full plumbing including sinks and toilets. As you enter the office space, there is a large reception area with waiting room. Off of the reception area are two large offices both with big, bright windows allowing natural light to shine in. There is a kitchen/common room at the back of the building with a sink and washroom facility. The current owner’s used this commercial space for an accounting business wherein they serviced the local grower’s accounting needs. The space is ideal for running your own business, or even to lease out to satisfy local demand for commercial work space.

Continuing past the front of the property, you will proceed along a straight driveway, bordered on the south by the neighbour’s lush fruit trees and to the north by your very own agricultural plot. The agricultural field on the property offers 3.5 acres of high end fertile land. The owner is currently leasing out the field to a neighbour to grow vegetables. However, the soil and ample sunshine make the agricultural plot suitable to grow an immense variety of products. Or, if you prefer, the high quality barb wire fencing will permit you to keep horses, or raise beef cows. There is a very productive irrigation well located on the north side of the agricultural plot that is capable of outputs exceeding 150 gpm. This is enough to satisfy any and all irrigation needs on the property.

Continuing along the driveway, you will eventually reach the main residence. The residence is neatly tucked away on the far eastern portion of the property enhancing the residence’s privacy and eliminating any noise from the roadway. The only neighbours are the grape vines, cherry trees and apple trees. The driveway component connecting the two-car garage and residence provides ample space to park and maneuver vehicles. A tall hedge of trees line the south and west boundaries of the main yard providing shade and serving as a wind shield.

The main yard is carpeted in a healthy lawn and there is an assortment of raised garden beds to plant flowers. An ancient willow tree crowns the northwest portion of the main yard. The tree provides additional shade and it is very soothing to hear the summer breeze flow amongst its hanging branches.

Secondary Residence
The secondary residence on the property is a meticulously maintained modular home. The home is very spacious and contains two large bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a large living room, a dining area and spacious kitchen. The back of the home exits out onto an expansive porch with a southward facing orientation. This allows the tenants to enjoy the warm sunshine from dusk until dawn. There is a self-enclosed yard surrounding the residence permitting dogs and children to run around and play. The residence offers an excellent monthly income option. The current tenants are paying $825/month and rental demand for quality housing, such as this, is extremely high in the area. This is an excellent way to assist with paying your mortgage.

Main Residence and Two-Car Garage
The main home is a neat and tidy 2,400 ft2 of functional living space. Entering through the front door there is a mud/laundry room perfect for stripping off dirty clothes/foot wear before entering in to the main component of the home. There is a newer washer and dryer at this back entrance as well as a bathroom with toilet and sink.

Continuing through the mud room you are greeted by an open concept kitchen and living area. The kitchen is extremely bright with quartz counter tops and ample cabinet space. The quartz counter top was installed in 2018. An island in the center of the kitchen provides additional counterspace to prep food and entertain guests. There is a ceramic stove top at the center of the island perfectly situated to handle all cooking requirements. There is a tile backsplash against the walls in the kitchen and under cabinetry lighting to really brighten this cheerful space.

Off the kitchen is a breakfast nook perfect for enjoying your morning cup of coffee. This eating area provides a panoramic view of the exterior mountains and orchards.

The living room is a continuation off the kitchen and is warm and inviting. The open concept of the living area/kitchen will allow you to cook and clean while still being able to speak with and entertain guests. A wood fireplace adorns the center of the living room and casts a warm glow throughout the room.

The living room exits out onto a stunning outdoor living space. The pergola extends past the width of the living room and greatly expands the home’s living space during the spring and summer months. The pergola faces north providing enough shade during the hot summer months. You can imagine hosting an elaborate summer get together/barbecue in this fantastic space.

Continuing down the main hallway of the home you pass the formal dining room complete with chandelier, and five large windows. On the other side of the hallway is a sitting/reading area that could easily be transformed into a library/office. There is a full communal bathroom and two spacious bedrooms, as you continue along the hallway.

The master bedroom is tucked away at the end of the hallway. Again, the bedroom is basked in light brought in from large bright windows. The windows are perfect for opening on a summer’s eve, while you sleep, to allow a cool, gentle breeze to flow through the bedroom. The master en-suite really sets the residence apart from other homes in the area. The bathroom is bright, and cheerful with ample space for both husband and wife to go about their morning routines. There is a walk-in shower, marble counter top vanity and in-ground Jacuzzi hot tub. The hot tub is perfect for enjoying a glass of wine from one of the local vineyards while you sit back and unwind.

The flooring throughout the home consists of a cherry/oak hardwood and ceramic tiles. The ceramic tiles are new having been installed in 2018. Recently installed on the roof (2017) of the home is a solar panel system. The solar panels are excellent for reducing your hydro bills during all times of the year.

The two-car garage offers ample storage for both vehicles and equipment. The doors are wide and tall enough to permit full sized pick-up trucks to enter. There is also an additional storage room off the main body of the garage perfect for housing a large deep freeze.

Location : This property is located in the southern portion of Cawston, BC with frontage along Highway 3.
Access : From the junction of Highway 3A and Highway 3 at the Esso station in Keremeos, turn onto Highway 3 and proceed in a southeast direction towards Cawston. Proceed along Highway 3 for 7.6 km just past Kurtz Road (on the east side of highway) at which point the driveway will be on the east side of the road.
Improvements :
  • 2,400 ft2 residence (renos and updates in 2002)
  • Modular secondary residence
  • Two-car detached garage
  • Wired and plumbed shop
  • Commercial office building
Services :
  • Electricity - grid and solar panel
  • Septic system
  • Well - domestic
  • Well - 9roduction (150+ gpm)
  • Heating - electric heat pump
  • Fireplace - wood
Recreation :

The recreation is endless throughout the region. Some of the activities include:

What better way to spend a warm summer’s day than tending to your very own fruit and vegetable farm helping your family become self-sufficient from a produce perspective.

The surrounding wild landscape offers infinite opportunity to explore the mountains and forests on foot. Cathedral Provincial Park and Snowy Protected Area offer unrivalled hiking opportunities mere minutes from your front door.

The property is already fenced, has plenty of water and is capable of grown lush green feed for multiple horses.

Wine Tasting
With all the wineries steps form your door, the tasting possibilities are endless.

The Okanagan Valley provides some of the best recreational boating opportunities in Canada. The property is a short drive from Osoyoos Lake, Skaha Lake, Okanagan Lake and Vaseux Lake. Additionally, numerous smaller lakes dot the landscape if you want a more intimate boating experience.

With all the lakes around the property and the Similkameen and Ashnola River a short distance from the residence, the local fishing opportunities provide great sport for even the most discerning sportsman.

Vegetation : The weather and soil of the Similkameen Valley are notorious for their ability to grow an immense array of vegetation, fruits and vegetables. Some of the fruits grown in the region include all varieties of apples, pears, peaches, plums, apricots and various grapes. The region is also capable of producing excellent hay yields while under irrigation with multiple cuts possible each year.
Area Data :

Today, Cawston is a busy agricultural center. The town has two fruit packing plants, the newest being built strictly for organic produce - a fast-growing segment of the area's agricultural economy.

There are many apple and soft fruit orchards throughout the Cawston area. In recent years, vineyards and wineries have become an important part of the local economy. Agriculture is the most important economic sector today, with grape growing recently showing an increase. Many roadside stands service the travelling public. Some of the local wineries include:

  • Robin Ridge Winery
  • Orofino Winery
  • Corcelettes Estate Winery
  • Saint Laszlo Vineyards
  • Clos du Soleil Winery
  • Eauvivre Winery and Vineyards
  • Little Farm Winery

Mining still contributes to the local economy as well.

The rural nature of this community has also made it a popular home to horse ranches, hobby farms and nature enthusiasts. There are many hiking trails in the area covering almost every terrain possible, from cactus and sagebrush desert to sub-alpine meadows.

Skiing and other winter activities can be enjoyed nearby as can 18-hole golf course at Twin Lakes, boating and swimming throughout the Okanagan and fishing in the Similkameen and Ashnola rivers as well as on the many lakes in the area.

History :

Cawston lies within the territory of the Smelqmix (Similkameen) Nation, specifically the area of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB), which is a member of the Okanagan Nation Alliance of the Syilx. Members of the LSIB are involved in many social and cultural endeavours, such as working to revitalize the Nsyilxcen (Okanagan) language. The Band currently has almost 500 members

The Cawston/Keremeos area was visited by fur trader Alexander Ross, a famous fur trapper and explorer with the Hudson Bay Company (HBC) in 1813. An HBC post located at Cawston was moved to Keremeos in 1864 and was shut down in 1872.

Barrington Price, an Englishman, pre-empted land in 1873, founded a cattle ranch and built a gristmill in 1877. Keremeos Land Co, mainly interested in orchards, was formed in 1906. The Great Northern Railway arrived in 1907. Hedley Camp, an important gold producer, operated nearby 1904-58.

Zoning : ALR
Legal : Lot 2 Block 36 Section 3 Township 52 Similkameen Division Yale District Plan 1573
PID 011-539-020
Taxes : $2,597.53 (2018)
Map Reference : 49°10'3.00"N and 119°44'34.65"W
Listing # : 19099