This house is 5 minutes from British Columbia Highway 6, west of Nelson, BC. Highway 6 is part of the Powder Highway. From the house, it is a 10-minute drive to the office of Valhalla Powder Cats and Snowwater Heli Ski. It is 25 minutes to Nelson and 45 minutes from the driveway to breakfast in the Whitewater lodge. It is about 55 minutes to Red Mountain. It's also close to Baldface cat skiing and a couple of hours to Retallack cat skiing and the CMH Nakusp office. Meadow Creek with its cat ski operations is also within easy driving distance. Wildhorse in Ymir is less than an hour away. So many choices!
In the summer, there is fishing and boating on the big lakes: Kootenay Lake, Slocan Lake and Arrow Lake. There are also numerous smaller lakes, streams and rivers. Interior British Columbia has some of the finest backcountry in the world, with extensive hiking, backpacking, climbing and mountain biking opportunities.
This is what it looked like in January of 2015, when most of the Pacific Northwest had no snow:
This is what it looks like in the summer:
This is the garden area out back. Shade tolerant plants are required. The fence usually discourages the bears, but not always.
This shot was taken one morning through the dining room window:
A few shots of the interior are below. The house has not been staged yet, so I've tried not to show too much of the stuff we have laying around. I've also attempted to balance the exposure so you can see through the windows.
Laundry room, completed in 2013:
Soaker tub in master bath:
The house has three bedrooms. One is currently configured as a media room with a glass door so that we don't have the TV in the living room. There is a study upstairs off the master bedroom, but we actually use the family room on the lowest level as our office and work room for cutting photo mats, etc.
It has two baths: A standard 4-piece on the main floor and a 3-piece (no shower) off the master bedroom (Canadians call this an ensuite). The lowest level has a roughed-in bath that my wife uses for plants and storage.
The house is built into a hillside. The front entry is on the lowest level with two coat closets. The lowest level also has a family room that we use as an office/work space, the laundry, a rough-in unfinished bath, and a shop area. The shop is equipped with 5 dedicated 120V 20-amp circuits to run saws, etc. Wiring is in place for a 240V circuit. There is room on the power panel for a breaker, and a receptacle to match whatever tool plug you have is required.
The main level has the living and dining rooms, the main bath, and two bedrooms. The top level has the master suite complete with bath and study.
The house also has a two-car carport. It is fully enclosed and is missing only doors to make it a garage. However, without doors, I can drive my full-size pickup in with a kayak rack (or a ski box) on top. I don't know why you would need a ski box with a pickup, though!
There is a nice shaded deck off the living room.
Nominal square footage is 2,600. At least, that's what was in the listing when we bought it. I haven't confirmed it.
The house is trimmed out in stained Douglas fir. Interior doors are solid 6-panel stained wood. All windows are wood. All operating windows are casements, except for one awning style window. The ceilings of the living room, dining room, kitchen and master bedroom are knotty tongue-in-groove pine, with large glue-lam ridge beams.
Water is from a well shared with the next door neighbor. Sewer is septic and drain field.
Asking price is Ca$499,000. The Canadian dollar is weak now, so it's a steal for Americans!
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Edited by jhcooley - 8/4/15 at 4:33pm