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A Jewel in the Kootenays – Versatile 153-Acre Property with Vast Potential – Argenta, BC

Price : $1,449,000
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  • DESCRIPTION: This 153-acre property in Argenta, BC, offers diverse potential as a ranch, multi-family home, campground, or RV park, boasting year-round creek access, stunning mountain and lake views, and ready infrastructure including internet and a solar-powered cabin. Its strategic location, favorable zoning for development, and natural beauty make it an ideal opportunity for both agricultural projects and tourist ventures, promising a perfect mix of tranquility and adventure.
  • LISTING NUMBER : 240667
  • PRICE: $1,449,000
  • SIZE: 153 Acres

Description

This expansive 153-acre property, nestled in Argenta, BC, is a versatile gem with the size and location potential to become a grand ranch, a multi-family residence, a campground, or an RV park catering to tourists. It boasts an enviable location that borders a year-round creek (Carter Creek), featuring a year-round creek, and offers breathtaking views of the Selkirk Mountain Range, Mt. Willet, and Kootenay Lake. Positioned in the heart of Argenta, the property is easily accessible, even during the winter months, and benefits from available fibre optic internet and electrical access. Among its existing structures is a cozy 1-bedroom cabin, complete with a $9,000 solar system, including 1300-watt panels and a newly installed roof, alongside a 12×12 storage shed, and even a bulldozer.

The property holds significant potential for development, with zoning that potentially allows for additional dwellings, suggesting an excellent opportunity for creating a co-op living environment for multiple families or developing into a thriving tourist-based business. The majority of the land is zoned for Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), but it also offers the possibility for subdivision into multiple lots, enhancing its appeal for various projects. The land’s fantastic sun exposure and excellent soil conditions further underscore its agricultural and developmental potential.

With its strategic location and natural assets, this property is not just a piece of land but a gateway to a multitude of opportunities. Its suitability for wilderness exploration businesses such as snowmobiling, back country skiing, retreats, and hiking tours, combined with the abundance of fowl and wildlife, makes it an ideal spot for nature lovers and entrepreneurs alike. Whether it’s establishing a base for tourist activities or crafting a unique multi-family living arrangement, this Argenta property promises a blend of rural tranquility and adventure.

LOCATION

DL 1883 Argenta Road

Argenta, BC

DIRECTIONS

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AREA DATA

Argenta, British Columbia, is a hidden gem nestled in the breathtaking Kootenay region, offering a serene and picturesque backdrop for those seeking a peaceful lifestyle amidst nature’s splendor. This small, vibrant community is known for its strong sense of camaraderie and an environment that fosters creativity and outdoor recreation.

The surrounding area is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, boasting endless opportunities for hiking, fishing, kayaking, and exploring the rugged beauty of the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges. Employment opportunities in Argenta and the surrounding Kootenay region are diverse, ranging from agriculture and forestry to tourism and small business ventures, reflecting the area’s rich natural resources and the community’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Additionally, the region is a hub for artists and craftsmen, attracting those who wish to live and work in a place that inspires creativity and connection to the land. With its stunning landscapes, welcoming community, and myriad of recreational and employment opportunities, Argenta represents the quintessential Kootenay lifestyle, blending outdoor adventure with a sustainable, close-knit community living.

 VEGETATION

On the property is a mixed variety of Douglas Fir, Hemlock, Cedar and Cottonwood trees.

RECREATION

Argenta, BC, and its surrounding region are a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a wide array of recreational opportunities set against the stunning backdrop of British Columbia’s rugged landscapes. The area is a favorite among hikers, with trails that range from serene walks through lush forests to challenging treks in the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges, promising breathtaking views and encounters with diverse wildlife.

Fishing enthusiasts will find the crystal-clear waters of Kootenay Lake and nearby streams teeming with trout and other freshwater fish, offering some of the best angling in the province. Additionally, the region’s rivers and lakes are perfect for kayaking and canoeing, providing both tranquil waters for leisurely paddles and rapid currents for more adventurous spirits. With its rich natural beauty and abundance of outdoor activities, Argenta is a destination where nature lovers can truly immerse themselves in the great outdoors.

HISTORY

Kootenay Lake, located in southeastern British Columbia, Canada, has a rich and diverse history spanning thousands of years. Here’s a brief overview:

  1. Indigenous Presence: The area around Kootenay Lake has been inhabited by Indigenous peoples for millennia. The Ktunaxa (Kutenai), Sinixt (Lakes), and Okanagan peoples are among the Indigenous groups with historical ties to the region. They utilized the abundant natural resources of the area for sustenance and trade.
  2. European Exploration: European exploration of the area began in the late 18th century when fur traders and explorers from the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company ventured into the region in search of new trade routes and opportunities. David Thompson, a renowned explorer and fur trader, mapped much of the area in the early 19th century.
  3. Settlement and Development: The mid- to late-19th century saw increased settlement around Kootenay Lake, driven by mining, forestry, and agriculture. Gold rushes in the nearby Kootenay region, particularly in places like the Wild Horse Creek and the West Arm of Kootenay Lake, brought a surge of prospectors and settlers to the area.
  4. Transportation Hub: Kootenay Lake played a crucial role as a transportation route during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Steamboats plied its waters, connecting communities along its shores and facilitating trade and travel in the region.
  5. Logging and Industry: The surrounding forests provided a valuable resource for the logging industry, which became a significant economic driver in the area. Sawmills sprang up along the lake, processing timber harvested from the surrounding mountains.
  6. Modern Era: In the 20th century, the development of infrastructure, such as roads and highways, further connected the communities around Kootenay Lake to the rest of British Columbia and beyond. Tourism also became increasingly important, with the region’s natural beauty attracting visitors for outdoor recreation, fishing, and relaxation.
  7. Environmental Conservation: In more recent decades, efforts have been made to preserve the natural environment around Kootenay Lake. Conservation initiatives and protected areas aim to safeguard the lake’s ecosystem and surrounding wilderness for future generations.

Today, Kootenay Lake continues to be a vital part of the cultural, economic, and ecological landscape of southeastern British Columbia, serving as both a recreational destination and a home to diverse communities.

BOUNDARIES

See mapping section – all boundaries are approximate.

INVESTMENT FEATURES

  • There remains substantial timber value on the property as the Seller has selectively logged the property over many years ensuring new growth and the continued viability of the timber production.
  • There are numerous flat benches serve as potential build locations throughout the property ideal for cabins, or additional residences.
  • A trail network connects the various portions of the property and would be perfect hiking, mountain biking, or x-country ski trails.
  • Small dozer to be included with sale – perfect for moving earth, snow and logs.

SERVICES

  • Electricity provided via 1,200-watt solar panel system complete with battery pack and inverter.
  • Woodstove heating in cabin
  • Fibre optic internet connection

IMPROVEMENTS

  • 710 square foot cabin with covered storage area
  • 12’ x 12’ storage shed containing solar panel infrastructure
  • There is an older foundation installed on the property, where a new home could be built upon.

TAXES

$1,990.45 (2023)

ZONING

ALR and Unzoned

LEGAL

DISTRICT LOT 1883, KOOTENAY LAND DISTRICT, EXCEPT PLAN NEP86690

PID: 016-373-693

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