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Colliers Represents BC’s Largest Tract Of Arable Farmland On The Market

Huscroft Farms

One of the largest tracts of arable and productive farmland in British Columbia has just hit the market, listed by Mark Lester of Colliers’ Unique Properties. Located in the Creston Valley in the East Kootenay region, the 4,376-acre listing includes 18 separate land titles ranging in size from 23 to 451 acres, making it one of the largest assemblies of land suitable for agricultural production in the province.

“This is an extremely rare offering in the context of agricultural portfolios in British Columbia,” says Mark Lester, SVP, Unique Properties, Colliers Vancouver. “This is one of the largest pieces of agricultural land, outside of a cattle ranch, in BC. Its unique amalgamation of land titles presents optimal flexibility for its agricultural use.”

Giving New Meaning to a ‘Growth Opportunity’

The land has traditionally been planted in grains, peas, alfalfa and timothy for hay and seed, however, with fertile soils and a location adjacent to the Kootenay River including water rights, the site could be used for a variety of other potential crops, with some parts suitable for blueberries, fruits, and nuts. With uncertainty about how current geopolitical issues and threats to food security worldwide will impact Canada, the property presents an opportunity to grow and distribute crops close to home and ensure local food production into the future.

“Geopolitical instability and climate change have highlighted the increasing awareness of global threats to food security,” says Lester. “We believe this offering provides an excellent opportunity for a long-term visionary to protect this valuable land for agricultural production for future generations. Food security issues will increasingly affect the availability of arable land, and as that supply decreases, values will ultimately increase.”

Thriving community located in a farmer’s paradise

Situated just 10 kilometers north of the U.S. border and at the south end of Kootenay Lake, the Creston Valley is nestled between the majestic Selkirk & Purcell Mountains. The valley is a unique fertile agricultural region and home to many beautiful fruit orchards and wineries.

Creston has the third longest growing season in British Columbia and one of the mildest climates in the province’s interior. This is an area that is ideal for growing cherries and other tree fruit crops, grapes... and just about anything else!

Comparable individual agricultural titles in the vicinity are currently being offered well below agricultural land values in some of British Columbia’s more well-known agricultural regions, such as the Okanagan or Fraser Valley.

A strong community around local agriculture

Awarded by the British Columbia Association of Farmers’ Markets as the 2016 Best Mid-Size Market and Market Manager of the Year, the Creston Farmers Market brings together more than 130 unique vendors.

Farmers and food producers offer a year-round selection of fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, honey, baked goods and more. The Creston Valley is literally the “land of milk and honey.”

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For More Information, Please Contact:

Mark Lester

Senior Vice President l Unique Properties l Personal Real Estate Corporation


Since 1991 Mark Lester has represented some of Canada’s most spectacular properties. With an educational background in city planning and professional experience as a planner and real estate consultant in Vancouver and Toronto, Mark entered the real estate brokerage world with a unique and informed perspective.  Mark’s level of expertise in the marketing and valuation of complex and high profile properties has been recognised by a diverse and discerning client base. 

To bring his clients a refined expertise in the sale of unique real estate assets, Mark founded the Unique Properties practice at Colliers International in the late 1990s.  Part of his approach was to ensure that the practice established a strong digital presence, yet maintained a pro-active approach to marketing.   Since that time, Mark has led the sale of over 25 private islands, Canada’s largest cattle ranch, numerous resorts and development sites, marinas, golf courses, forestry lands and  long list of other unique properties throughout Canada and globally, with a combined value of over $1 billion.  Both clients and the real estate industry recognize Mark’s business acumen, his thoughtful and creative approach, his discretion, his commitment to relationships, and his relentless pursuit towards a successful outcome.

Mark is widely recognized as a foremost expert in the marketing and sale of unique assets such as:

·        Private Islands

·        Ranches

·        Agricultural Lands and Agri-Businesses

·        Rural Land

·        Development Properties 

·        Resorts, Lodges and Hospitality Assets

·        Golf Courses

·        Marinas

·        Waterfront Estates

·        Forestry and Resource Lands

·        Foreclosure Properties 



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