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If you want privacy, serenity, a private natural swimming pond, and an awe-inspiring view of a glacier, then you will feel right at home at this log house in the picturesque Squamish River valley. The Squamish River valley is off the beaten path between Vancouver and Whistler, with only about one hour to Vancouver and 45 minutes to Whistler. The valley is a broad, sunny oasis of lush cottonwood and alders in the flat valley bottom surrounded by steep slopes covered by ancient cedar, hemlock and fir. The mountains precipitously rise over 8000 feet to culminate in snow and ice-clad peaks of the Tantalus Range.
The cabin is nestled on a high terrace on five private tree covered acres. Depending on the season your arrive at the log house you will encounter a plethora of colorful ornamental trees, flowering magnolias, roses, lavenders, Japanese maples in beautiful oranges and reds, Persian perogias, beeches and many other tree species. The large surround deck features a pergola in which you can hoist a hammock and swing yourself to sleep in the lull of a nearby waterfall.
In 2013 we built a natural swimming pond and regeneration pond. This technology that has been developed in Europe uses natural filtration in which water is circulated through a volcanic filter substrate and then pumped back into the swimming pond via a 2 m high waterfall. Both ponds are surrounded by some 200 water plants which provide further water quality improvements. There are no chemicals in the water and it thus feels like swimming in a mountain lake. It also requires a minimum of maintenance.
The log house has 3 bedrooms total, an upstairs loft and two downstairs with two bathrooms. There is a wood burning sauna in its own separate log cabin. Unlike many log homes, this one has been designed to let a maximum of light filter into the cozy wood interior with 4 skylights, large picture windows and oversized tilt and turn windows in all four directions. You can heat the house with baseboard heaters, or better yet, by lighting a fire in an Austrian style ornamental tile fireplace. In 2012 we installed a floor heating system. Water is heated up in the fireplace in a heat exchanger. Once a critical temperature is reached, the water is pumped underground through insulated Pex pipes. When you have the fireplace roaring, you'll eventually hear a creaking and that means toasty toes.
The cabin is child-friendly though children will have to be supervised when playing outside because of bears (black bears), and cougars (never seen one but they exist), plus there are large boulders that are not to be climbed by children.
As of March 2013 there is a 12 m x 5 m fenced-in unheated natural swimming pool (no chemicals). A small play cabin is located in front of the house for 1-5 year olds and by March 2011 there will also be a tree house 7 feet above the ground.
Besides simply relaxing you have the entire spectrum outdoor activities at your feet. You can hike to a beautiful waterfall, some 8 km up valley, swim in Alice Lake while gazing at the Mount Garibaldi volcano. A 20 minute drive will bring you to the Squamish Chief, Canada's foremost rock climbing Mecca, or you can kite surf in Howe Sound known for its never ending winds. You can ride your mountain bike on the vast trail system that Squamish has to offer from beginner to extreme. A 40 minute drive will bring you to Callaghan valley, the cross-country and biathlon centre for Whistler. Another 10 minutes will bring you to the foot of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, where you can enjoy skiing from November until June. If you prefer canoeing, you can start right in Pillchuck Creek which borders the property and paddle a romantic creek to the broad meandering Squamish River that winds its way through untouched wilderness towards the ocean. Or go wild water rafting or kayaking on the wild Ashlu and Elaho Rivers. For anglers, the Squamish and Mamquam Rivers are famous for their salmon runs, with hundreds of bald eagles amassing in the fall to get their share of the protein.
A fifteen minute drive will get you to Brackendale where you can buy groceries or enjoy a hearty meal in a restaurant. Whatever your hearts delight, you will be sure to find it here.
Keywords: Lodge, Wilderness Resort, Finca, Casa De Campana, Blockhaus, Blockhuette, Cabin
one basic bike and one tandem bike, available on request...moreless
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enough space to set up badminton net (available) or play soccer. The garden can be used for herbs and vegetables (don't take it all though :)...moreless
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This is an unheated, beautifully landscaped swimpond of about 20 metre length and 13 m width together with a regeneration pond which naturally keeps the water clean with a filter substrate and plants....moreless
This is a wood-burning sauna that we built ourselves. Seats about 5 or 6 people. It is fed from the inside and you can poor water over the rocks to steam it up. It reaches up to 64 deg C....moreless
Low Season Fall Sep 7 - Dec 23, 2015 2 night min stay
Christmas Week Dec 24 - Jan 2 2 night min stay
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Year Purchased: 2001
About the owner: Together with my wife and daughter we live in Vancouver. Over the course of 5 years we mostly built the log house ourselves, starting with clearing the lot, then built the wood shed, then the sauna. I work as a geoscientist for a Vancouver consulting firm. My wife is a financial planner.
Why the Owner Chose Squamish: This property I stumbled across when doing a rock fall hazard assessment for the original owner of the quarter section. Despite it having been densely forested, I knew that I wanted this place. The scenery is divine and the tranquility is amazing. Glacierized mountains rising steeply almost 9000 foot (2700 m) from the valley bottom, bald eagles, salmon, black bears, hiking, rafting on the local rivers make this a very special place only an hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Vancouver.
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House: The five acres allow one to roam freely and to hang out on the porch without been seen by neighbors. There is a creek on the western perimeter of the lot that leads into Squamish River. Salmon can be observed in the fall as well as abundant bald eagles during salmon season. Turkey vultures circle during the summer. You can back country ski right from the property up Mount Cloudburst, come back and enjoy the wood-burning sauna. Jumping in the snow and nobody but the odd bird will watch you. There are plumb trees, apple trees, and cherry trees on the property, help yourself if you feel like it. Hiking trails are nearby and you can test your strength biking up a steep gravel road right behind the house. As of April 2013, an eco swimming pond, roughly 20 m long and 12 m wide awaits those of you who like to swim in water without addition of any chemicals. This pond has been constructed by a German pond-maker. It is naturally cleaned by an intrictate filtration system and through the bacterial action of a large variety of water plants in the regeneration pond that borders the swimming pond.