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The Property Includes:
1. The original cabin named “The River Cabin”
2. A spacious lodge named “The River House”
3. A cabin attached to the main lodge named “The Studio Cabin”
4. A lake cabin on a 15 acre private lake called “The Lake Cabin”
5. 1/2 mile of Bulkley River Frontage
6. 293 Acres, Security gate and fenced except for river frontage
7. 2 Storage sheds for up to 14 vehicles and now 3 shops
8. Move-in-Ready, Furniture, Equipment & Collectables
River House Estate has been a great summer home for the last 17 years and it could now be yours or it
could easily be the perfect corporate retreat, a hunting or fishing lodge or possibly a luxury B&B, Dude Ranch, or Resort.
The Estate is just two miles/3.5 km from The Yellowhead Highway (Hwy 16) which is one of two routes, through British Columbia, to Alaska. River House Estate is between two small towns; Smithers and Houston. Houston lies 19 miles/31 km to the east and Smithers is 25 miles/41 km to the west. The property also sits midway between two larger communities, Prince George is 210 miles/338 km and Prince Rupert is 241 miles/388 km from River House and accessible by interesting and beautiful four hour drives. The drive to Prince Rupert has been deemed one of the ten most beautiful drives in the world by National Geographic.
River House Estate’s main residence, River House, is a 10,000 sq. ft. rustic three story log lodge with an attached three story artist studio. A log cabin called River Cabin lies just to the south, a few convenient steps away. The Lake Cabin sits on a 15-18 acre lake providing a secluded two bedroom cabin for additional guests. A shop/shed is conveniently located in the center of the property and has plenty of storage space for tractors, ATVs and boats.
River House Estate has over 1/2 mile of River Front on the Bulkley River a world class steelhead fishery. The fall steelhead run lasts from mid-August until freeze up or when fishing season ends on December 31st. The Bulkley also has annual runs of Chinook, Coho, Pink and sockeye salmon. The substantial chinook run starts before the river officially opens on June 15th and lasts several months. Cohos and pinks arrive in early September along with the occasional sockeye. Jet boating and canoeing to and from River House provides miles of experiencing this almost untouched wilderness. Bear, moose, elk and deer sightings happen on a regular basis with the occasional lucky drifter seeing the allusive wolf or cougar.
A fifteen acre lake resides on the southern property line between the River House property and government owned Crown Land. The lake holds over ten million gallons of water topped off annually from the snow melt. The overflow provides a seasonal small stream that flows through the property to the Bulkley River. While the lake is not home to native fish annual trout stocking provides wonderful fishing opportunities for visitors. The Lake cabin sits right on the lake with a deck that extends over the lake with an attached dock for easy access to the canoes and kayaks. Staying at this cozy cabin provides unlimited opportunities for wildlife viewing.
The lake is home to the endangered Western Spotted Toad and is one of the largest breeding areas in Northern BC. Thousands of toads arrive from the bush in mid-May to early June for a mating season that last nearly two weeks. They return to the bush leaving behind millions of eggs to turn into pollywogs and eventually toads. Experiencing the entire process is interesting and amazing. The lake is home to many ducks, geese and grebes that arrive annually to raise their families. In the fall, starting sometimes as early as August 15th, the southern migration of ducks, geese and swans begins. It is not uncommon to see flocks of well over a hundred ducks spend a day or two on their way south. Once the geese start moving south hardly a day goes by without a flock of fifty to seventy five geese come in late in the day, spend the night, and depart early in the morning. Just before freeze up, in Early November, small groups of swans arrive and spend a day or two before heading south.
River House property consists of mostly forest consisting of pine, spruce and poplar. There are two hayfields of twenty seven and seven acres that provide limited income but more importantly “edge” which is important to keep wildlife thriving on the property. Running randomly through and around the property are between twelve and fifteen miles of trails perfect for hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and riding ATVs. Most trails are between eight and ten feet wide perfect for experiencing the abundant flora and fauna on the River House property.
Foreign Investors Love Canada
Foreign investors are snapping up resorts, lodges, ski chalets and commercial properties as a drop in the Canadian currency in the past two years means their money buys much more. ($1 = $1.42) The bargains are especially attractive in Alberta’s resort country, where prices in the energy heartland have fallen with the price of oil, adding to the 25 percent drop in the value of the Canadian dollar since 2013 but there are also great value in British Columbia and most other provinces. It is a great time to invest in Canada now because it’s just a matter of time before Canadian dollar bounces back. The United States and British buyers are returning at levels not seen since the mid-2000s. Wealthy foreigners are also buying in the ski country in neighboring British Columbia, where Asian money is often credited with buoying the BC market. Commercial real estate is benefiting as well, with some investors seeing Canadian properties as an attractive alternative to low bond yields and tumultuous equity markets. Foreign investment in commercial properties in Toronto hit its highest level last year since 2007. To be sure, some U.S buyers are treading cautiously after snapping up vacation properties in the early 2000s, when the Canadian dollar hit record lows, only to be forced to sell when the global financial crisis hit. The Americans that own property right now are doing massive renovations – complete tear-downs or re-builds and that’s based on the low Canadian dollar.