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Historic Hobby Farm and Equestrian Estate in the Lush Heffley Valley - Whitecroft, BC
Historic Hobby Farm and Equestrian Estate in the Lush Heffley Valley - Whitecroft, BC
Stunning hobby farm set up to run a small cattle operation or equestrian estate. Rich pasture/hay land, 1,800 ft2 home, heated shop, wired barn, RV storage, corrals/cattle handling infrastructure, fencing/x-fencing, irrigation rights, Crown grazing permit & more.
  • Size: 34.34 acres
  • Area: OKANAGAN
  • Price: $972,000
  • 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 :

Fabulous opportunity to purchase this turnkey hobby farm/ranch operation with the immediate ability to start earning an income from the property. The property is the last remaining piece of the long standing Three Valley Ranch and is one of the few remaining ranching gems in the area. The property offers a meticulous 34.34 acres consisting of rich pasture and hay lands. Every detail of the ranch and its operations have been meticulously thought out to maximize utility and functionality.


The house and main farm yard is accessed off of the Heffley-Louis Creek Road. The home sits back from the main road to ensure peace and privacy. The yard surrounding the home is wonderfully landscaped with large sandstone rocks serving as sentinels at the front gates. There are landscaped garden beds throughout the main yard ornamented with shrubbery and antique farm equipment. A brick pathway takes visitors from the gates to the homes front entrance. The main farm yard is completely enclosed and fenced to keep children and animals safe.


Off the main yard is an immense 50’ x 30’ heated and wired shop. The shop has two large overhead doors and is perfect for storing equipment and tractors. There is a workbench at the back with plenty of space to tinker and conduct repairs on equipment. Off to the side of the shop is a covered/enclosed lean-to with overhead door, measuring 17’ x 35’. On the north end of the farm yard is the 52’ x 24’ covered RV storage building outfitted with an automatic door. This is an additional storage option for equipment and supplies.


The main body of the ranch consists of fertile farmland. There are multiple fields individually fenced off to permit for a rotational grazing program. This also comes in handy during the caving season. The soil is rich and black perfect for growing hay. Louis Creek borders the property to the east and provides an excellent water option for stock. The majority of the fencing is two years old, or less. A well-maintain roadway dissects the property providing easy access to the large stack yard on the east side of the property. There are large flood lights at various intervals throughout the property to provide illumination when working in the evening.


There is a 90’ x 45’ wired barn in the main yard with 3 calving pens. In addition to the barn is the cattle handling infrastructure with squeezes and multi-height cattle loaders. There are various stock waterers throughout the corrals to keep cattle hydrated during sorting and loading.


McClure Creek provides 12,951 cm3/year of irrigation for sustained growth of hay and pasture lands.


Residence
The ranch home is a quaint farm house with modern interior updates. There is a mudroom off the main entrance where dirty cloths and boots can be removed. Entering the main body of the home, you are greeted by a large open concept kitchen, dining and living area. The openness maximizes the available space and enhances the functionality.


The kitchen has plenty of counter/cabinet space perfect for prepping/cooking/storing food items. There is a large window over the dual basin sink allowing natural sunlight to flow in. The kitchen is complete with a fridge, stove and dishwasher.


Off the kitchen is the main living room. It is adorned by a brick fireplace that holds a pellet stove. The stove radiates a warm and comforting glow during cold winter days. There is ample space in this room to entertain guests and its connectivity to the kitchen allows a home owner to cook meals while interacting with individuals enjoying the comforts of the living room.


Off the living room is the cozy back patio. The patio holds a hot tub and is protected from the elements by a sturdy gazebo structure. The patio and hot tub offer stunning views from the elevated bench, upon which the home sits, out towards the rolling farmland beyond. This is an excellent place to sit with a glass of wine during the warm summer months.


Proceeding down the main hallway off the living area, there is the 4-piece bathroom complete with all necessities including heated flooring. Across from the bathroom is a spacious laundry room with washer and dryer. There is plenty of room to wash dry and hang multiple weeks’ worth of laundry.


At the far end of the hallway is a linen closet for towels and extra bedsheets. The two bedrooms also sit on this end of the hallway. Both are good size and have plenty of windows to provide an enormous amount of natural light. The master bedroom, in the southeast corner of the home, offers spectacular views of the property and creek below.


The basement is reached via a staircase in the main hallway. There is a door leading to the basement, so that young children and pets do not go down the stairs. The basement is largely complete and serves as a perfect storage option. There is the opportunity to further develop the basement if a new owner wanted to add an additional bedroom, living area, or other feature. The basement has windows on the south side of the home and a door from which you may exit out into the yard.


Ultimately, this is an excellent family home with the opportunity to customize the basement to fit a new owner’s needs.

Location :

This property is located on the Heffley-Louis Creek Road slightly under 3 kilometres north of Whitecroft, BC.


Sun Peaks Ski Resort can be reached in 10 minutes or less and Kamloops can be reached in 40 minutes.

Access : From Heffley Creek, proceed approximately 25 kilometres east (towards Sun Peaks) on the Heffley-Louis Creek Road. Just prior to Whitecroft turn to head north continuing along the Heffley-Louis Creek Road. At this juncture it becomes a gravel road. Proceed approximately 4.5 kilometres along this road at which point, you will be at the main residence.
Improvements :
  • 1,800 ft2 residence (including basement)
  • 50’ x 30’ heated shop
  • 90’ x 45’ wired barn
  • 35’ x 17’ covered lean-to
  • 52’ x 24’ RV storage with automatic door
  • Fencing/cross-fencing
  • Corrals/cattle handling infrastructure (squeezes included)
  • Stock waterers
  • Flood lighting
Investment Features :

Crown Grazing Permit included allowing the grazing of 49 cow/calf pairs and 2 bulls on the adjacent Crown land. (RAN076498)


Water Licenses (McClure Creek):
Irrigation - F048386 (12,951 cubic meters/annum)
Domestic - C047619 (4.5 cubic meters/day)

Services :
  • Water - gravity fed
  • Septic
  • Electricity
  • Heating - oil furnace and pellet stove
Recreation :

The property is located in an outdoor recreational hub. There is an enormous amount of recreational opportunity, as soon as you exit the front door.


Hunting
The property and surrounding countryside offers hunting opportunity for a variety of waterfowl, white tail, mule deer, moose and black bear. Dense mule deer populations provide ample opportunity for the most discerning of sportsman.


Fishing
Some of the best fishing in the province may be accessed within 1-2 hours of the front door. There is excellent fishing opportunists for all skill and experience levels. If you prefer to fish in lakes, there are dozens of quality Kokanee and trout lakes within an along the “Fishing Highway” (Highway 24) north of the property.


ATVing/Off-Roading/Snowmobiling
A never ending assortment of logging road networks creates a dream scenario for off-road enthusiasts with amble opportunity to explore the vast web of roadways and trails. The heavy snowfall in some of the more elevated regions around the property create excellent snowmobiling conditions.


Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding
Sun Peaks is extremely close to the property, and you may enjoy a wide variety of activities throughout the winter months (downhill mountain biking in the summer).


Hiking
The surrounding Crown land offers infinite exploration opportunity for a hiking enthusiast.


Equestrian
The available pastureland on the property, local hay supply and trail opportunities make this property an equestrian enthusiast’s dream.


Gardening
If you possess a green thumb, the intense summer sun and temperate fringe seasons create a gardener’s paradise. Pair this wonderful climate with the rich, black, river bottom soil and you can expect high fruit and vegetable yields.

Area Data :

Kamloops, BC
Kamloops, as the nearest major metropolitan city in relation to the property, is a city in south-central British Columbia at the confluence of the two branches of the Thompson River near Kamloops Lake.


Kamloops is the Tournament Capital of Canada and hosts over 100 tournaments each year at world class sports facilities such as the Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops Bike Ranch and Tournament Capital Ranch. Tourism, education and healthcare are major contributing industries to the regional economy and have grown in recent years.


Kamloops was British Columbia's first city to become a Bee City in 2016 as numerous organizations in the community are actively to protect and create bumble bee habitats in the city.


Kamloops is the largest community in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and the location of the regional district's offices. The surrounding region is more commonly referred to as the Thompson Country. It is ranked 37th on the list of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in Canada and represents the 44th largest census agglomeration nationwide, with 90,280 residents in 2016. Kamloops has a regional district population of 132,663.


Economic activity/industry in and around Kamloops is diverse and includes healthcare, tourism, education, transportation and natural resource extraction.


Industries in the Kamloops area include primary resource processing such as Domtar Kamloops Pulp Mill, Tolko-Heffley Creek Plywood and Veneer, Highland Valley Copper Mine (in Logan Lake).


The Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) is the city's largest employer. RIH is the region's acute care and health facility and is one of two tertiary referral hospitals in the Southern Interior with 239 acute beds and an additional 20 more beds upon completion of the expansion in 2016.


Thompson Rivers University (TRU) serves a student body of 25,754 including a diverse international contingent mainly from Asian countries.

History :

The first European explorers arrived in 1811 in the person of David Stuart. These explorers were sent out from Fort Astoria, then still a Pacific Fur Company post, and who spent a winter there with the Secwepemc people, with Alexander Ross establishing a post there in May 1812 - Fort Cumcloups.


The rival North West Company established another post, Fort Shuswap, nearby in the same year. The two operations were merged in 1813 when the North West Company officials in the region bought the operations of the Pacific Fur Company. After the North West Company's forced merger with the Hudson's Bay Company in 1821, the post became known commonly as Thompson's River Post, or Fort Thompson, which over time became known as Fort Kamloops. The post's journals, kept by its Chief Traders, document a series of inter-Indian wars and personalities for the period and also give much insight to the goings-on of the fur companies and their personnel throughout the entire Pacific Slope.


Soon after the forts were founded the main local village of the Secwepemc, then headed by a chief named Kwa'lila, was moved closer to the trading post in order to control access to its trade, and for prestige and security. With Kwalila's death, the local chieftaincy was passed to his nephew and foster-son Chief Nicola, who led an alliance of Syilx (Okanagan) and Nlaka'pamux people in the plateau country to the south around Stump, Nicola and Douglas Lakes.


Relations between Nicola and the fur traders were often tense, but in the end Nicola was recognized as a great help to the influx of whites during the gold rush, though admonishing those who had been in parties waging violence and looting on the Okanagan Trail, which led from American territory to the Fraser goldfields. Throughout, Kamloops was an important way station on the route of the Hudson’s Bay Brigade Trail, which connected Fort Astoria with Fort Alexandria and the other forts in New Caledoniato the north (today's Omineca Country, roughly), and which continued in heavy use through the onset of the Cariboo Gold Rush as the main route to the new goldfields around what was to become Barkerville.


The gold rush of the 1860s and the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, which reached Kamloops from the West in 1883, brought further growth, resulting in the City of Kamloops being incorporated in 1893 with a population of about 500. The logging industry of the 1970s brought many Indo-Canadians into the Kamloops area, mostly from the Punjab region of India. In 1973 Kamloops annexed Barnhartvale and other nearby communities.


The Heffley Creek area has its roots as a farming community in the 1860s. The creek was given a French name during the fur trade era and was marked on an 1837 map as Buraigon Creek. Heffley Creek eventually took its name from Adam Heffley who entered British Columbia as a miner and packer during the gold rush of 1858. In 1860 he was one of the handlers for the famous camels that were unsuccessfully used as pack animals on the Cariboo Road.

Zoning : AF-1
Legal :

Lot A Section 22 Township 22 Range 15 west of the 6th Meridian Kamloops Division Yale District Plan 22925


PID 006-676-251


Range Permit: RAN076498

Taxes : $529 (2019)
Boundaries : Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate. Deeded land in Red, range permit in Purple.
Map Reference : 50°53'30.02"N and 119°59'42.52"W
Listing # : 19255