Off Grid Cabin In the Woods, a Peaceful, Affordable Retreat
The cabin is an off-grid building close to the Cowichan River. It is surrounded by bird song, maple forest and ferns.The octagonal cabin was inspired by Navajo hogans … includes design elements from yurts. A double door opens onto a deck above a babbling creek. Solar power system with LED lighting. Wood and propane heat. Skylight. Kitchen with lots of cupboards. Bathroom with claw-foot tub and on-demand propane water heater. Sleeping loft. Running water from a water tower. Rainwater collection plus well water. Includes a woodshed, tool shed and storage, A 400 square foot storage building could be developed as a guest house or office. R20 insulation in roof, walls and floor keep the cabin warm and dry all winter. Good cell signal. Satellite internet.
It is in a remote corner of an RV campground on native private land on Johnny Bear Road which cannot be sold.The park operates like a typical manufactured home park. You own the buildings and pay rent for the land and services. The rent for the 1 acre lot is $550 month. The cabin and outbuildings are $55K. I am open to a lease-to-own contract with $25K down and total payments of about $1000 month. Yes you can afford to live on the Island in a cabin by a river.
Gerhardt Lepp RavenWoods@gmail.com owner
Henry Landry (250) 710-7594 Henry is assisting me with the sale by showing the cabin when I am away.
Jaquie Leeming – Owner of RV Park 250-709-1450
Cabin vs Land?
The park is managed like a mobile home park. I own the cabin and pay rent for the use of the land and the maintenance of the park.
Who who owns the land?
– It is First Nations Private Land which is different from Indian Reserve Land. Jacquie Leeming is the owner and operator of the park.
Is there a rental fee?
– Jacquie is charging $550 month for the land rent and park maintenance. That includes the use of a park well and maintenance of the roads and property. If you owned the land you would have to pay about half this much in property taxes alone. Future rent or limitations on the rental price can be specified in a rental agreement contract.
Is this part of the park being developed.?
– Yes. My cabin is on a quiet corner of a 65 acre property that is used as an an RV park.
How much land comes with the cabin?
– There are no firm lot boundaries. My cabin space is bordered by the boundary line, a creek, a marsh and a road which prevent further development in that corner of the park. It is a very private 1 acre corner of the park. Beyond my cabin, the park borders on forested rural residential land.
Where does the water come from?
The cabin has hot and cold running water in the bathroom and kitchen.
In the winter I collect rain water from a steel roof.
The park has a well and solar powered pump house which worked very well last winter. You fill up your water jugs at the pump house. Some people use a large water container on a truck or trailer to transport water to their cabin or trailer.
My cabin has a 1000 liter container in a tall shed which provides gravity feed water to the cabin. The shed can be insulated so the water will not freeze during the winter.
How does the toilet work?
There is an outhouse and an indoor composting toilet. I use the outhouse in warm weather and use the indoor toilet when it is cold and wet.
How do you refrigerate food?
I have a small ‘root cellar’ to keep food cool in the summer and keep it from freezing in the winter. A 12 volt cooler would be useful.
Is the Cowichan a good fishing river for fishing?
Yes, it is world renowned for fly fishing.
How do I get to the Cabin?
The unofficial address is #50 Johnny Bear Road.
The cabin is a 10 minute drive from the centre of Duncan. Take Trunk Road, Government Street, Gibbons Road, and Vimy Road to Johnny Bear Road.
Johhny Bear road is a private road on First Nations private land. It is a gravel loop road. Find the yellow gate and drive 200 metres downhill toward the river. If in doubt, just ask anyone where Gerhardt’s cabin is.