Sonora Island, DL1538
Sonora Island, DL1538
This desirable property is located in an exclusive region of the Discovery Islands, on the east side of Sonora Island. The area has a great history and is renowned for its natural beauty, impressive tidal waters, world-class fishing and abundant wildlife. The location provides access to numerous waterways, including the majestic Bute and Toba Inlets. This Discovery Island region is also home to a number of prestigious resorts and exclusive, private retreats.
Fronting Yuculta Rapids with north-east exposure, this fabulous 4.72 acre property boasts approx. 713ft of low-bank, easy access oceanfront and at lower tides is one of the very few properties in the immediate area with sand and gravel beach. It is beautifully forested with large second growth conifers and partially manicured along the shoreline with lawn, gardens and shrubs incorporated into the natural landscape plus lush with ferns throughout. The topography is user friendly, gradually rising back from the oceanfront uniformly along the width of the property.
This is the first time in over 40 years this property has been offered for sale. Properties in this area rarely come available and this one is unique given the features of the property. Many of the coastal properties in this region are physically challenging and rarely offer walk on oceanfront with nice beach, mature forest, creeks running through the property and user friendly coastal topography as this property does.
The improvements on the property are modest, charismatic and in some cases vintage. The original residence from the early 1900s is the smallest of the four structures. This one room cabin is situated just up from the shoreline on the edge of the forest. It has a sleeping area and a small kitchen.
The second residence is vintage 1930s and sits at the NW side of the property. This is a modest 550sqft one bedroom with large oceanside deck which leads to a suspended walkway over the ocean on to the top of a 14ft+ glacial erratic boulder where there is a 16x16 covered observation deck. There is a shed adjoining the residence as well as a covered bbq pit, all connected by the decking and walkway.
These first two cabins are in close proximity to each other, separated by an expanse of manicured lawn. The two houses and the shed have been finished in matching white exterior and green trim, creating an attractive homestead look on this side of the property.
To the eastern side of the property at the shoreline is a 760sqft house with loft which was constructed approximately 25 years ago. It has an oceanside deck and lots of windows for natural light and to enjoy the beautiful setting. The house is accessed from the other cabins by trails and a wood walkway through the trees, creating a separation between the two areas. There is lovely landscaping around this residence, with large rhodos and azaleas fitting in with the natural ferns and large trees. A pond and water course is another nice feature. This home is not wired but is plumbed for propane.
Above this house accessed via a walking trail that follows a small creek is a studio finished in wood with natural colouring. The zen garden and pond out front of the studio enhance the Asian flair of this building.
There are two significant creeks running through the property and another in close proximity. One of the creeks flows closely by the one room sleeping cabin and the house with loft which creates fabulous ambiance with the sound of running water. These creeks provide freshwater for the property and could provide the ability to generate power. There is another creek just to the east on Crown land with good potential as well.
The services on the property are modest and basic however quite functional. Propane is the primary fuel source for cooking, refrigeration and lights. The 1930s residence has on-demand hot water. There are three portable gas generators which provide power to the original house.
There is a double wood piling situated out in the water fronting the property which is used to secure a dock which is not connected to shore. Dock installation of something more substantial could be considered given the partial protection in this little crescent bay, however the tidal waters of the Yuculta Rapids would need to be taken into account.
This is a modest, functional and unassuming coastal retreat which could be enjoyed as is. However there is great potential in the property and that is where the value lies. This is one of the few opportunities which come available for someone interested in developing their vacation or retreat destination in this exclusive enclave.