Site 6 Nuchatlitz, Esperanza Inlet
Site 6 Nuchatlitz, Esperanza Inlet
Nutchatlitz is one of those unique and special locations situated on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The location is made up of a group of islands, islets and reefs, many with beautiful sandy beaches, tucked just inside a peninsula from the open west coast waters of the Pacific Ocean. The largest and most protected of these islands is privately owned. This is a single title property with 9 shareholders, each of which have a dedicated location for development and personal use by each shareholder. Opportunities to acquire a share are very rare as many of the owners have been long-time residents for over 35 years.
This seller is one of the long-time residents and as a result this property has been nicely and extensively developed in a fashion very suited to this location. Situated on the northern shore of the island, it is extremely well-protected with western exposure. This property is fully self-sufficient.
It starts with private, deep water moorage. A heavy duty wooden dock with an aluminum ramp connects to a suspended floating walkway. The walkway leads to a wooden ramp and standing pier. This system is designed to easily handle the west coast environment.
As one steps on to the property there are two significant storage buildings for everything from firewood to tools, equipment and kayaks.
The main residence is only a few steps up from the water. This is an offset two story structure offering 480sqft of living space on each level. The lower level is the primary living space and kitchen with high vaulted ceilings with floor to ceiling windows taking in the amazing ocean views and six skylights allowing lots of natural light into the home. The upper level is loft-style, accessed from the primary living area. The loft is the primary sleeping area with extra space for an office, craft area or more.
Towards the back of the main level is a large deck below the upper living space. Here there are storage lockers, an enclosed workshop with some of the mechanical systems such as on-demand hot water.
Off the back of this covered porch are two small, stand-alone structures. One accommodates the generator and the other is a fully self-contained 3 piece bathroom with a composting toilet.
A boardwalk leads from the south end of the deck to a stand-alone 16x16 one room cabin. This cozy cabin has a skylight and is perfect for a guest cottage.
Both dwellings have cedar siding, metal roofs and beautiful views and exposure to the west.
A wood-fired hot tub is located between the primary cabin and the ocean.
This property was used extensively for 3 decades by the present owner. A great deal of ingenuity is evident in the systems and set up of the property.
Power systems include both ac/dc 110volt and 12volt systems. Wood-fired stoves in both dwellings as well as the bathhouse are used not only to provide warmth but also to heat water. Propane is used for everything from cooking to refrigeration, heating and lighting.
The domestic water system is rain water collection. A large metal roof situated on an ancient cedar log acts directs the water into a filtration barrel and then two 2,000 and one 1,000 gallon holding tanks.
The systems seem simple and yet in some cases are quite sophisticated solutions. For example, pressurized water comes from a 12volt pressurized pump similar to what would be used in an RV or marine application. The kitchen sink has a faucet but also has a hand pump similar to a manual marine bilge pump.
It should be noted that the structures appear to be very sound and functional, however there is some deferred maintenance, for example, on some of the exposed wood walkways and stairs. This is understandable given the age of these improvements. All of this has been taken into consideration when determining the fair value and asking price of the property.
This is a turn-key offering with a complement of furnishing and items required to live in, enjoy and maintain the property and improvements. There is a full complement of tools, and a variety of spare parts, building materials and equipment. A small boat is also included in the sale.
This region of the West Coast of Vancouver Island is known for its rugged and remote landscapes, dramatic outer reefs, long expanses of pristine beaches and wide variety of indigenous wildlife. Marine wildlife in this area includes killer whales (Orca), gray whales, seals, porpoises and sea otters as well as an abundance of black bear, cougar, deer and other land dwelling species. The stunning scenery attracts anglers, kayakers, divers, campers and outdoor adventure enthusiasts to the area.
Nuchatlitz Provincial Marine Park, 2,135-hectares in size, is located on the western tip of Nootka Island, between Nuchatlitz and Esperanza inlets. This protected park area incorporates a range of terrestrial, tidal and marine environments and provides protection for indigenous flora as well as vital habitat for marine and land dwelling mammals.
The fishing in this region is outstanding and some of the best open west coast fishing is just around the corner. The waters offer an abundance of large Chinook salmon as well as some of the smaller salmon species and an impressive variety of bottom and deep-sea fish from halibut, red snapper and lingcod to prawns and salt-water varieties of crab.
Access to these remote locations is by floatplane or by boat from the towns of Tahsis and Zeballos, which offer some local services and amenities, or from the remote adventure camps scattered throughout the region. The small community of Tahsis is located 2 ½ hours’ drive west of Campbell River on Vancouver Island and is approximately 20 miles by boat from these pristine properties.