“Rustic Elegance" Off-Grid at Donna Lake, 24410 Verdun-Bishop Forest Service Road
Burns Lake, British Columbia V0J 1E4
Baths: 2 (full)
Stylish Off Grid Living on 145 Acres, surrounded by Crown Land with Year-round Access!
Have you dreamed of living off the grid with no neighbours in sight or sound? You have come to the right place! This incredible 145-acre property is surrounded on 4 sides by crown land. There are no bordering private land owners.
Let’s start with your main home, a custom timber frame 1,400 square foot, 2-storey home. Your new home has 2 bedrooms and 2 impressive bathrooms, upstairs featuring a free-standing soaker tub and the downstairs bath featuring a large double size travertine tiled shower, both with custom hickory cabinetry. Your chef’s inspired kitchen also has custom hickory cabinets with superior hardware, a 48” commercial style gas range with dual ovens, griddle and grille and 48” commercial dual fan exhaust hood. No more Grilling outdoors in bad weather. You also have a separate walk-in pantry with extensive storage as well as Granite counters and backsplash.
Downstairs is a gardeners and hunter and fishers dreams come true. There is an area set up for processing garden produce, game, fish etc. with a dedicated butcher block surface island and extensive cabinets for storage of equipment such as your vacuum sealer, meat grinder and sausage making equipment. Fantastic commercial stainless-steel sink to make clean up a breeze!
The lower level of your new home is constructed with 8” concrete ICF construction, 13” thick walls providing superior efficiency in all seasons. Upstairs you have 18” thick heavy insulated double layer roof, standing seam hidden fastener metal roof covering for peace of mind. The exterior of the home has been finished with cedar siding completed with Sikkens finish.
There is also an attached separate cool storage area with the same ICF walls which is used for food storage and where freezers etc. are located.
This home has 3 sources of heat; a propane boiler radiant in the concrete slab, an efficient pellet stove and a glass door wood burning stove upstairs in the living room for a bit of country ambiance. The full condensing dual propane boiler supplies heat for the concrete slab and domestic hot water.
Stepping out from the kitchen you will enjoy the huge covered deck area and then around to the front the open sunshine deck. The view of the garden is very inspiring as you watch your vegetables grow.
The Garden is 150’ x 45’ heavy fenced and is serviced by an 8000 gallon automatic 4-zone sprinkler system. A mix of some raised bed boxes and traditional plantings.
The remainder of the 145 acres has been left mostly in its natural state. The forested land is a mix of pine, spruce and aspen, both old growth and spruce pine regen. There is a large amount of merchantable timber.15000 additional trees were planted in 2007 including spruce, pine and some Douglas Fir.
There is also a small lake partially on the property, capable of small float plane access. It’s also important to note that this property is not in the ALR.
Let’s talk about the outbuildings!
The Old Log Cabin is original to the property and could be the perfect place to house guests that like rustic accommodation in a wilderness paradise. At this time the Cabin is just used for storage.
The “Trailer Storage Area” was originally used as a seasonal dwelling with a 22’ x 45’ roof c/w an insulated building approximately 10 ‘ x 20’ that the trailer parked beside.
The Main Open Shop is a 48’ x 30’ open front shop building with a perimeter concrete foundation and timber post construction. . It is comprised of 3- 16-foot bays. 12ft high at the rear to 15’ front overhead clearance for large machinery. Constructed with heavy cross beams for overhead lifting and has 3-phase and single-phase power.
The Pole Shed is a 44’ x 40’ shed completed with pressure-treated pole construction. 3 x 4 bays, 20 poles total. This shed as are all outbuildings is rated for extra heavy snow load.
The Woodshed is currently used for wood and as extra storage. It is a 44ft x16ft shed built by pole construction with pressure-treated poles and the roof rated for extra heavy snow bearing. 3 bays, 8 poles total. This building and all of the buildings have metal roofs and metal siding.
Francois Lake is located on the Nechako Plateau 21 kms south of the town of Burns Lake. This property is located in the “Southside Area” south of Francois Lake between Francois Lake and Ootsa Lake. Ootsa lake is an approximately 230 km long lake system and is the access point to North Tweedsmuir Park. Excellent fishing, hunting and outdoor lifestyle area.
Francois lake is 110 km long, making it the second longest natural lake entirely within British Columbia and depths of up to 1,000 ft have been recorded. Nadina River is the inflow of the lake at the west and Stellako River is the outflow of the lake.
There is a free inland highways system vehicle ferry that crosses the lake connecting the Burns Lake side of the lake with Southbank on the opposite side of the lake. The ferry operates year-round and is a vital transportation link to the area. During the winter months the lake sometimes freezes over and an ice-breaking ferry carves a path through the ice while crossing the lake. An exciting sight to see!
The area is well equipped with many boat launches providing easy access for the recreational adventurer interested in spending a day fishing, canoeing or boating. Many visit Francois Lake to fish for Char, Lingcod, Rainbow Trout, Whitefish and Kokanee. On your new property there is an extensive network of trails. These trails can be explored year-round and are great for hiking and wildlife viewing.
Furniture, Livestock, Equipment included
There is a plethora of equipment included in this sale, this is not an exhaustive list as there is also a very large amount of small tools and parts. Most notably included are:
- SH 60 Sumitomo Excavator.
- BD2g Mitsubishi Bulldozer
- F800 Gravel Truck.
- L9000 Plow Truck c/w front plow, belly plow and sander
- Woodmizer LT 40 Hydraulic Sawmill c/w 12’ extension, 32 foot cut length.
- Hydraulic Wood splitter, 50 ton heavy vertical custom built. Separate hydraulic power source c/w 100 feet of hydraulic hose
- 583 summit snowmobile.
- 500 summit snowmobile.
- 54” cut zero turn lawn mower
- Gas powered welder
- Electric wire feed welder
- Cutting torches
- Woodshop Tools
- 3 HP cabinet table saw
- 8” Jointer
- 16 “ Planer
- 5 HP 3 phase Dust Collection system
- 16” Drill Press
- 12” chop saw
- Majority of house appliances and furniture to be included
10 acres of fenced land around the main home and all outbuildings
Entire 145 acres bordered by crown land
Services to Property
A 12 x 24 fully insulated building Houses 3 generators;
- 10 Kw single phase is the main supply generator, fully automatic controlled by Magnum off grid power system.
- 25 Kw switchable 1 ph or 3 ph backup generator
- 40 Kw 3 phase generator supplies power for the “Big Toys” in the shops
- 4 kilowatt solar system c/w dual Magnum inverters.
- The Solar system is connected via satellite communication that allows for remote monitoring.
- New “Lead Carbon” style battery bank
- All services are underground. Power supply to electrical master room and conduits down to house etc. including Cat 6 communications cables.
- 3000 gallon underground cistern supplies domestic water to house.
- 8000 gallon in ground water tank centered near buildings supplies lake water to garden sprinkler system and positioned for future green house.
- 24’ high cube metal sea can storage unit for hazardous goods, oils, propane tanks etc. and has the bulk fuel tanks for diesel and gasoline.
3000 gallon cistern for house domestic. Lake water feeds to 8000 gallon tank for irrigation and non- domestic use.
RR1 Rural Resource
DISTRICT LOT 2883, COAST RANGE 4 LAND DISTRICT
Just 35 minutes from the free Francois lake ferry on the Southside of Francois Lake.
The Morning ferry schedule is 8:25, 9:15, 10:05, and after this at every full hour, starting at 11:00 am, noon, 1:00 pm and so on!
Take the Francois Lake ferry. When you get off , go straight up the hill to Grassy Plains. Turn right onto Tatalrose Road. Go for 13 kilometres to Bickle Road West. Here turn left. 2 kilometres up Bickle road swing right up a hill onto the Verdun Bishop Forest Service Road. After 3 1/2 kilometres you reach a driveway on right.