Read Island, Parcel A DL769
Read Island, Parcel A DL769
Looking for a comfortable, full-time and self-sufficient island lifestyle? This is a prime opportunity.
This appealing 2.7 acre property boasts 987ft of south-west facing oceanfront in Surge Narrows on Read Island - a premier central Discovery Islands location. The property is turn-key ready, completely self-sufficient and equipped for full time residency.
Surge Narrows is in the central Discovery Islands region, where Read, Quadra and Maurelle islands merge to create Surge Narrows and White Rock Pass. This is a picturesque and protected location with quick, easy access to services and amenities located at Heriot Bay on Quadra Island or the larger centre of Campbell River on Vancouver Island. This location is also minutes away from the BC mainland and majestic inlets such as Toba and Bute.
This property has been in the same family for approx. 60 years. Current family members have resided here full time for over 15 years, in a well-constructed 950sqft two bedroom oceanside home.
The 950sqft oceanside residence provides all the comforts of home. The spacious kitchen boasts full size appliances including a dishwasher, lots of cabinetry and counter space. The open floor concept incorporates the dining and living area across the front of the home. The master bedroom is also located at the front of the home, on the nw corner. There is a second smaller bedroom at the nw end of the home as well and a full bathroom. A free-standing woodstove in the living room is the primary source of heat, there is also a wall-mounted, propane-fired radiant heater. An expansive oceanside deck stretches across the entire front of the home and down both sides. Below the main living area, incorporated into the crawl space, is an additional room for a freezer and storage. The crawl space provides more dry storage.
The exterior of the residence has cedar siding, a metal roof and quality thermal-pane windows. This home is well-constructed and maintained.
Steps from the main entrance of the primary residence is the laundry/utility building which contains the washing machine, dryer, freezer, hot water tank and pressure tank for the domestic water system.
A complement of outbuildings are found throughout the property, including a boat shed, two storage sheds, lumber and firewood storage, vehicle shelter, and a workshop.
There is also the original homestead cabin, approx. 700sqft in size and estimated to be +/- 100 years old. This residence is still fully functional and used as a guest house and occasionally for people seeking a unique vacation rental.
The old homestead residence includes a full three-piece bathroom, kitchen, separate dining area, separate living room with direct access to an oceanfront deck plus a very large bedroom. This guest cottage has character and is very comfortable for accommodation. The living room has a free-standing wood stove and there is a propane cook stove and fridge in the kitchen as well as a small wood stove.
As a result of the long tenure and type of use, the property benefits from a variety of unique and essential improvements. These include licensed dock facilities, nicely-manicured grounds, gardens incorporating both natural vegetation and an amazing collection of rhododendrons and ornamental trees, a productive vegetable garden which is deer fenced and an orchard with 19 mature fruit trees. This is a very attractive and picturesque property with tremendous viewscapes and lots of sun given its southwest exposure.
Power and energy are provided through an integrated system, which includes two Yamaha gas generators, 4kw and 2.5kw, primarily used for back up or heavy use requirements as most of the electricity is supplied via 6 solar panels with a bank of batteries connected to an invertor system. Propane is used for the kitchen range, heater and dryer.
A creek running through the property is licensed for drawing domestic water and is the main source. There is also a dug shallow well and two large water storage tanks.
There is satellite communication for emails and media entertainment and the location has cell service.
The private moorage facilities are licensed and include a standing pier which leads to a newly installed 40ft aluminum ramp and down to a recently replaced 40x10ft dock. Also this year (2020) the rope on the two anchors has been redone and new pins were drilled on the shoreline.
This would be a great opportunity for someone looking to move into a self-sufficient island lifestyle, or for a family looking for a recreational island property.
Read Island has a public dock facility in Surge Narrows. There is a network of internal roads, which provide access throughout most of the island and to areas such as the Government Dock as well as the community hall, post office and elementary school. The main roads are maintained by the government (not forest service roads).