Labour of Love, a Breathtaking Real Estate Opportunity

One couple's quest to create a landmark building and business opportunity in the Kootenay's has resulted in a most desirable property.
By: Mark Jennings-Bates
July 14, 2011 - PRLog -- The Dock ‘n Duck Pub and Grill is a familiar site for anyone who has taken the longest free ferry ride in the world. Located on the north shore of Kootenay Lake immediately adjacent to the Balfour Ferry terminal, 30 km north of Nelson, BC, the Dock ‘n Duck has provided refreshments, great food and a comfortable bed to many travelers who have enjoyed some of the best hospitality the region has to offer.

For owners, Reg and Robin Goldsbury, the development of this prestigious property has been a true labour of love. The couple, after selling another business in the Kootenay region, decided to tour the province on their motorbikes to uncover their next project. They discovered the former Dockers, an unkempt, single story building that was short on aesthetics, but in a great location.

“For us, the most important thing was the location,” said Reg Goldsbury. “Being adjacent to a ferry terminal that loads and unloads hundreds of thousands of passenger vehicles each year guarantees a customer base.  Add the ferry traffic with highway frontage, watercraft business and regional demographics, and we knew the investment made sense”.

The couple’s strong vision for an aesthetically pleasing building that reflected the craftsmanship and materials found in the Kootenay was key in developing what is today one of the most luxurious custom timber frame properties on the lake. Robin Goldsbury a former marketing executive with a global hospitality firm explained, “We really wanted to highlight the region by carefully choosing natural materials and colours that would bring the amazing Kootenay backdrop into the project.”

The building could easily grace the covers of leading architectural and design magazines, and is now a key landmark in Balfour, British Columbia. Nestled in the spectacular landscape the building touts a restaurant and pub with a beachfront patio, a retail lease space, three apartment style suites, and amazing executive living quarters that oversee the awesome Kootenay from every deck and window.

For the Goldsburys however, it is time to move on, time to create another key opportunity. As they prepare to tour on their motor bikes one more time, the couple reflect on the opportunity they are leaving behind. “For the right family or business, this represents a tremendous way of life,” said Reg Goldbury. “It is not easy to find acreage on pristine lakefront in a primary location with the potential, flexibility and lifestyle that this site boasts.”

The property is now being marketed by Mark Jennings-Bates on a website, . Mark agrees that the property offers benefits rarely found in a single site. The varied commercial facets provide solid security in any economy. The flexibility of the design allows for easy transformation into any number of other endeavours. And, importantly, the property presents the owners a most wonderful lifestyle - golf within walking distance, skiing just down the road, boating, fishing and so much more.

“The building will take your breath away. It is very obvious that the present owners had a desire to create a property that is extremely unique, and clearly they thought very hard about some of the most important functional features. We expect the potential buyer to be a family who is looking to run a business as a family unit or a corporation that is looking to add a very functional asset into their existing portfolio. This really will be a “flagship” asset for the right buyer.”

A video preview of the property is available here

Mark Jennings-Bates is an award winning REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty.

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Mark Jennings-Bates is an award winning REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty. His expertise in the resort real estate market has created success for many developers in several countries
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