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Secluded Oceanfront 10.6 Acre Estate On Retreat Cove, Galiano Island…


$1,300,000. (CAD)

555 Retreat Cove Rd, Galiano Island

4 Bedrooms

4 Bathrooms

2636 Sq Ft

Lot size: 10.56 Acres

Year built: 1970 & 1984

MLS® Number: 364815

An Oceanfront Estate known as “Brammalls Hall” being 10.56 tranquil acres (4.28 hectares) +/- with 1476 feet (450 metres) +/- of water frontage and a south westerly exposure. Situated in Retreat Cove (48ᵒ56’N.,123ᵒ0’W) on Galiano Island with access from a lovely quiet country no-throough road.

Residence: The spacious and bright two level 2636 square foot (245 square metres) home is a combimation of a character home built approximately 1984 being attached to a Panabode home (small square log) which was built in the 1970’s – Something a little different!  Four bedrooms (fourth currently office/den with loft) and three bathrooms (3 pce, 3 pce, 2 pce, 1 pce), two kitchens, large living room with impressive marble fireplace (authentic piece from French Belle Epoque period) and a family/dining room. Main rooms open to decks of 433 square feet (40.2 square metres).  Floor Plan Main House.  Some features: vaulted beamed natural wood ceilings, sculptured ceilings, use of natural cedar v-joint, one fireplace and two heat stoves, impressive winding staircase, four decks, oversize picture windows, two basement storage areas, metal roof.  Some furnishings can be purchased.  The home is sited on a high point (rock outcropping) of land to take advantage of the sun and the expansive marine south west views over Thincomali Channel and of distant Salt Spring Island and Wallace Island.

Other Buildings: All sited on the lower part of the property – An older cottage known as The Old School House,  An historic log house (moved onto the property from Abbotsford, B.C.) – both are needing various amounts of detailed attention however, worth the investment!  There are two other storage buildings and four small pump houses all set in a lovely flat grassed and wooded area. Floor Plans Other Buildings

Waterfront: The South and Western exposure waterfront with frontage of 1476 feet (540 metres) +/- is a combination of high rocky view and low easily accessible oceanfront and sandy beach in the Cove where you can keep small boats and kayaks, dinghies, etc. There is access (at one’s own risk) to the well known foreshore Sandstone Caves with access through the west tip of the property. You can safely moor your boat offshore in the cove with a mooring buoy or make arrangements for the use of the Capital Regional District (CRD) dock (little parking) in the Cove – Access by Seaplane can easily use the dock.  The Sellers presently allow (at one’s own risk) the islanders access (no registered easement) to the (CRD) Dock CRD Dock in the cove via their private drive.

Property: A south west exposure private and tranquil beautifully treed (Mature: Arbutus/Madrona, Maple, Cedar, Fir, Birch, Alder, Oak) natural state 10.56 acres (4.28 hectares)+/- property being about 60/40 treed and cleared (not divisional).  The home which is sited on the south side (zoned Residential) is higher than the north side and is rocky with several levels with get away areas and trails and is approached up a long windy driveway through the trees. (easy drive and easy walk from home level to the lower level-north side).  The north side of the property (westerly exposure) which is sea level opens onto the cove and a lovely beach is mostly level with a large field area and mature trees – It is zoned Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and may qualify for farm tax status.  Other than the main residence all other buildings (log house, old school house cabin, storage and pump houses) are sited on the lower part of the property.

Services: Wells (four) <> Septic System <> B.C. Hydro <> Fire Hall about 400 metres (1312 feet) away  (corner Retreat Cove Rd and Porlier Pass Rd).

This unique property with a great potential for those with some vision is offered at $1,300,000. ($989,700. U.S. January 13, 2017). MLS® 364815.  The property is being sold on an “As Is Where Is” Basis.  Please review the property information before making an appointment to view!

Information Links:

Galiano Chamber/ Islands Trust/ Capital Regional District-CRD/ BC Ferries/ Seair Seaplanes/ Harbour Air

The island offers many conveniences and services mostly in the general area known as Sturdies Bay (B C Ferry Terminal). The island has several natural state parks (6 provincial and national), hiking/walking trails, many accessible beaches, 9 hole golf course, all year marina, restaurants, B and B’s, resorts and inns, galleries, small stores and shops, fire and medical services. There are Government (public) Docks at Sturdies Bay, Whaler Bay, CRD Retreat Cove (access through private property) and North Galiano. Montague Harbour and Marina in Montague Harbour are about 12 minutes away. Galiano Island located in the heart of the Gulf Islands is easily accessed by B.C. Ferries from Tsawwassen (Vancouver – 50 min) and Swartz Bay (Vancouver Island – 80 min); by private boat or private seaplane plus there is water taxi and seaplane service.

Area and Location: The property is located about mid-island on the West side of Galiano Island and situated on Retreat Cove Road in Retreat Cove being about 15 kilometers (9.32 miles) an approximate 16 minute drive north from the ferry terminal in Sturdies Bay (accessed from Active Pass at south end) and the small village. The general area is excellent for boating, canoeing, kayaking and diving. Plus fishing, crabbing, shrimping and mollusks.  The area also has a lot of wildlife and marine life – such as soaring Bald Eagles, Hawks, Gulls, Blue Herons, shore birds. Otters and Seals are quite common plus pods of Orcas (killer whales) can be seen going by in Trincomali Channel.

Galiano Island: Galiano Island (48°52’N.,123°20’W) is a peaceful and tranquil island which is often referred to as “the jewel” of the Gulf islands. Located at the west side of Active Pass and bounded by the Strait of Georgia on the North and by Trincomali Channel (48°51’N.,123°23’W) on the South West. The island is approximately 30.6 kilometers (19 miles) long and an average of approximately 6.3 kilometers (4 miles) wide. It is the second largest of the Southern Gulf Islands with a population of about  1160. The island offers many conveniences and services mostly in the area known as Sturdies Bay (B.C. Ferry Terminal). The island has several natural state parks (provincial and national), hiking/walking trails, accessible beaches, 9 hole golf course, a marina, restaurants, small stores, health care centre and fire department (3). There are Government (public) Docks at Sturdies Bay, Whaler Bay, Retreat Cove (CRD) access through private property, North Galiano, Montague Harbour. Plus there is a Marina in Montague Harbour (south west side of the island). Galiano Island located in the heart of the Gulf Islands is easily accessed by B.C. Ferries from Tsawwassen (Vancouver) and Swartz Bay (Vancouver Island); by private boat or private seaplane plus there is also water taxi and seaplane service. See links.