Read Island, Lot A White Rock Pass
Read Island, Lot A White Rock Pass
This beautiful property with a variety of improvements is located in White Rock Pass on the northwest side of Read Island. This 31-acre property has extensive low-bank oceanfront that stretches for approximately 1800ft from the northeast corner of the property around to the southwest. The entire property has a relatively level gently sloping topography down towards the ocean, which is a desirable feature for coastal properties in this area. Approximately five acres has been cleared, stumped and groomed to provide excellent sunny exposure and expansive lawn areas as well as an orchard with a small creek meandering through it. The balance of the property (approximately 26 acres) remains heavily forested.
Improvements include a very substantial standing pier and dock system for deepwater moorage. There is a foreshore license in place. The standing pier is cleverly perched upon a huge boulder in the middle of the bay on top of which a cedar gazebo has been constructed, and the dock, which extends out into the bay, is secured by both poured concrete pilings and driven steel pilings. An aluminum ramp leads down to the very sturdy 40’x12’ dock constructed of galvanized steel on polyurethane encased Styrofoam floatation. This is an extremely heavy-duty installation that should last a lifetime and is substantial enough to sustain northerly outflow winds, which do occur a few times a year during the winter and spring.
There are two large structures on the property plus a smaller cabin; the main residence is situated atop a small rock outcrop, which gives a commanding view of the entire property. The main living space is on the ground level and includes a generous living & entertainment room with dramatic vaulted ceilings of post and beam construction, a free standing woodstove at one end and a large wood burning fireplace at the other end. The kitchen is set off to the side in its own little nook with an adjacent mechanical and storage room. There is also one bedroom and a full bath on this main level area. Above the bedroom is a loft that offers additional living area of approximately 250sqft. Along the south side of the building is a poured concrete foundation and the framing for a 12’x18’ greenhouse which will also serve as an alternate thermal energy source.
The secondary structure referred to as the barn is anything but. This building has a 26’ x 34’ footprint and offers the following amenities. On the ground level is a wide open 25’x23’ room with a twelve foot ceiling, fully finished and great for a number of uses. Presently it has been developed into a home entertainment theatre. Adjacent to this is a utility room, which accommodates the laundry, the electrical and inverter systems and additional storage. There is also a separate room designed specifically to accommodate the battery bank for the 24-volt power system, also a generous sized room perfect for an office or guest bedroom. On the east side of the barn is a large main level patio deck which enters into a spacious foyer with access up to a bright fully self-contained two bedroom suite with a full kitchen and open living area with wood stove, skylights and French doors that open onto an expansive upper level patio deck. A 3-piece bath with a large walk-in tiled shower is on the main level.
The buildings on the property appear well constructed. The 2 larger buildings sit on full poured concrete foundations - certainly the exception for properties on the outer islands. The heavy frame buildings are constructed primarily of wood that has been milled on site and have metal roofs. Interior flooring is primarily spruce which has also been milled and cured on site. Other improvements include the foundation and framing for a detached greenhouse and wood storage building enclosed on three sides with a metal roof that will easily accommodate an ample supply of firewood. All structures and improvements on the property were newly constructed within the previous eight years. Some finishing is required in the main residence. The systems in place are an intriguing mix of very simple to extremely sophisticated and environmentally friendly. Domestic water is collected from rainwater and retained in a 1200-gallon storage tank. The property shows signs of having alternate sources of domestic water should one wish to expand or diversify their water source with a dug or drilled well. Power is primarily solar which supplies a bank of 12 two-volt batteries for a 24-volt system with dual inverters all of which is sufficient to operate systems. A backup generator can easily be added should one wish to do so.
Towards the southern portion of the property is a newer small cabin, providing a private location for guests.
Read Island has a network of internal logging roads, which provide access throughout most of the island and to areas such as Surge Narrows, the Government Dock as well as the community hall and elementary school. Rosen Lake and 1550 acres of Provincial Park are both located within 6 miles to the south.
A close community to Read Island is Quadra Island. Quadra Island is the largest (approximately 34 km long) and most populated (approximately 3,800 full-time residents) of the Discovery Island group. It lies between Campbell River on Vancouver Island and the mainland coast of British Columbia, off Canada's west coast. All regular services are available on Quadra and the full service community of Campbell River on Vancouver Island is just a 10-minute ferry ride away from Quathiaski Cove. From Heriot Bay, ferry service operates to Whaletown on Cortes Island.
There are many beaches, sheltered coves, protected channels and islets along the intricate shorelines of the Discovery Islands and the rich waters fed by large tidal exchanges nourish abundant marine life. The breathtaking wilderness scenery, mild temperate climate, and natural beauty make this region a popular destination for visitors from around the world. Some of many activities to enjoy include kayaking, diving, fishing, prawning and other gathering activities - a range of hiking opportunities and an abundance of marine and other wildlife for everyone to enjoy.