Property B: A Truly Exceptional, 
Nature Lover’s Dream “SOLD!”

55?* 
West River Road N. South Dumfries (Glen Morris) *The street number has not been assigned yet. For Google Map use 550

By appointment only. Guided viewing only. Signed waiver required. See CAUTION below for details.

PRICE: $345,000

The best of both worlds -prestige country at your front door, and at your back, your own private track of prime – forest, cold water stream and river wilderness, fronting on the Grand River. It’s a very special place for good reasons.

The Building Sites

Location:

First is its location-location-location. It fronts on the Grand River a Canadian Heritage River. In 2009 The Canadian Fly Fisher magazine rated it #1 on a list of the top ten ”Do it yourself Fly Fishing Destinations” in Ontario, which speaks well for the condition of the river. As well as fronting on the river the building envelop for the construction of a home is on the prestigious and scenic West River Road that winds its way along the river from Cambridge to the quaint Village of Glen Morris and then on to Paris. The property is on a plateau on a 90 degree bend in the road as you come down the river bank into Glen Morris from Cambridge. Look for the sign on the left. Glen Morris straddles the river and is connected by the Glen Morris Bridge. The village sports a small general store/restaurant/ gas bar, a library, a community centre and a large public elementary school that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. And then it’s just a short driver to Cambridge, Paris, St. George and Brantford.

Description:

Second, there is a lot of it. There are 30.5 acres of loggable Carolinian Forest most of which is environmentally protected and some of which is wetland. The approved building lot is zoned agricultural. All of the following measurements are approximate and need to be verified by a purchaser before completing a transaction. It is shaped like a block #7 with the face edge of the top of the “7” fronting on West River Rd. for 370 ft. The 2168 west border is shared with a similar 62.5 acre property that is also for sale by a related owner. It, the west border is in two sections. The first runs 1566 ft. north from the river. The second veers northwest 602 ft. and divides the West River Road building envelop between the two properties. The north border is 775 ft. along the top of the “7” and abuts two properties to the north. The south border stretches 485 ft. along the Grand River. A cold water stream/ravine cuts across the top of the “7” from north to south.

You can walk the rustic trail across the ravine along north fence line. There are steep slopes and a few wet spots. Hiking shoes are appropriate. As you walk along the crest of the high ground you will come to another trail that leads down the ravine again to the main cold water stream. You can then follow the stream all the way to the river on Property B or Property A. At the river  you can camp, picnic, launch a boat or fly fish for, bass, rainbow trout, walleye, northern pike, cat fish and more. There are 82 species of fish in the Grand River watershed. Alternatively, after you have crossed the ravine you can make your way to the relatively flat and very  beautifully treed northeast corner of the property. Here there is a few acres that are at about the same elevation as the building envelop on West River Road. There is a deeded right-of-way that runs east from the northeast corner 540 ft. across the neighbour’s property. It then turns north and runs 840 ft. to an unopened road allowance between Brant County and the Region of Waterloo. There is a letter included in the links below from the County of Brant that confirms that the unopened road allowance can be used to access the right-of-way. The allowance also crosses the ravine but where it crosses it is only navigable on foot. Discussions are underway with the County of Brant for approval to build a private road across the ravine on the unopened road allowance. Currently their position is that it would have to be built to County Road standards because of liability issues. However, other Counties have by-laws that permit  private roads with “save harmless” agreements. The county would rather see such an access totally on the Property B or alternatively with a right-of-way across Property A.  All three options are being pursued.

Flora and Fauna:

Third, and for some the most important, is the special flora and fauna. The following excerpt from a web site titled – “The Grand River, Great Canadian Rivers” tells the story. “Carolinian Climate The Grand River Forest, a narrow ribbon of land between Cambridge and Paris, closely resembles the habitat of the Carolinas in the south eastern United States. Known as a Carolinian forest, this diverse ecosystem supports over 800 plant species, including oaks, hickories, butternuts and the sun-loving sassafras, tulip and mulberry trees. The forest contains more endangered bird and animal species than any other zone in Canada. Hike or cycle through the Grand River Forest on the 18 kilometre Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail.” This trail, by the way, is on the opposite, east side of the river with easy access via the Glen Morris Bridge. The property itself is visited by wildlife including deer, wild turkeys and there is even a family of beavers on the adjacent property.

Fourth, much of the due diligence work has already been done. There is a geo-technical report on the building envelop and is included in the links below. It pointed up the need for a bio-filter type septic system. The building site was approved based on a Waterloo Bio Filter. The web site for the company has been included. The current owners have spent countless hours tending to the property without in any way spoiling its natural beauty.

Please take the time to review the details on each of the features mentioned above that confirm that this is truly an exceptional property. Then call for a guided tour of the property. You won’t be disappointed.

Please see additional documents, plans and photographs.

 

CAUTION: TOURING THE PROPERTY IS BY GUIDED VIEWING ONLY,  AND BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  IT IS TOTALLY AT YOUR OWN RISK WITH A SIGNED WAIVER..  APART FROM THE BUILDING ENVELOP  THIS IS MOSTLY UNDISTURBED NATURAL FOREST. HIKING SHOES ARE PREFERABLE BUT YOU CAN WALK THE TRAILS IN SNEAKERS . THEY MAY GET A BIT MUDDY IN A FEW PLACES.  YOU CAN ALSO WALK MUCH  OF THE PROPERTY IN SNEAKERS BUT IN SOME PLACES IT CAN BE DIFFICULT. OTHER PLACES REQUIRE BOOTS. BE PREPARED TO CROSS THE STREAMS ON ROCKS OR A LOG.  BE PREPARED FOR SOME STEEP SLOPES THAT COULD BE SLIPPERY. FOR THOSE UNACCUSTOMED TO SUCH TERRAIN A WALKING STICK IS ADVISABLE. A COPY OF THE WAIVER WILL BE POSTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IN THE “DOCUMENTS, PLANS AND PHOTOGRAPHS” SECTION.


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