Broker Property Comments
Presenting the exquisite Flathead Lake Apple, Cherry, Plum, Pear, and Peach Orchard Oasis on 22± verdant acres (10 parcels) of lakefront paradise situated at the top of a private knoll that enjoys expansive views across the lake to the eastern mountain ranges and islands to the south, until you turn westward into the glorious sunset. This profitable orchard enjoys 3 tremendous water rights for irrigation from Flathead Lake, along with a well that is used for domestic purposes. There's also a comfortable home you may choose to occupy as you design and build a masterpiece from which to enjoy the lake and relax in your own private Eden. A large shop is on the southern parcel. Does this answer your dreams?
** 22+ Acres - Lake Frontage - Privacy - 10 Parcels - Stunning Views - Horses and farm animals allowed **
How do you envision paradise? This is it if you're dreaming of waking to spectacular panoramic lake and mountain views, strolling through your own orchards as they produce a variety of marketable fruit that is widely appreciated in Western Montana, and going down to one of the three lakefront spots to boat, swim or simply enjoy watching the water move from mirror-like calm serenity to the gentle waves that roll into these protected bays on the western shore of Flathead Lake. You may also sit at the picnic table under the weeping willows and pines to take in the gorgeous evening sunsets, as the lake's cooling breezes bring your day to a pleasant close.
The magnificent views are evident in the photos, but cannot be fully appreciated until one is there and seeing them in person. The lake, the islands, and the mountains beyond all enrapture all who look out upon them. Few lakefront properties enjoy views of this magnitude! Being up on the knoll overlooking the bays greatly enhances the views you'll enjoy in all four seasons.
The orchard has been lovingly planted, nurtured, and tended to since the owners purchased the first parcels a bit over 20 years ago. It is the culmination of their hard work, loving care, and the product of dreams that they're dearly attached to. They fear their other commitments keep them from caring for it to the degree they've established for so long, and so they're hoping someone new will continue the dream.
Tree summary: Apples: approx 2790 trees, 7.8 acres, Cherries: approx 400 trees, 1.3 acres, Peaches: approx 25 trees, 0.1 acres, Pears: approx 190 trees, 0.8 acres, Plums: approx 100 trees, 0.4 acres, Total: approx 3505 trees, 10.4 acres (These acreages are limited to the productive area, as for horticultural calculations for fertilizer or pesticide, etc. Tractor turning space, for example, at the end of rows is not included.)
Regardless of whether you wish to hire out the orchard care, or nurture it yourself, you'll enjoy the fruit from your own property. You may choose to expand the orchard further, or perhaps change some features to grow other fruits or crops ... or maybe even scale back the orchard so you have additional room for horses or other critters that you wish to enjoy. The entire orchard is surrounded by a 9' high (on average) wire fence to keep out the deer, and there are multiple gates.
At the lake, there are three separate lake frontages. The main one has 111' of frontage, and features a dock with a covered boat slip, and one of the lake pumps. Additionally, you'll see the owners have allowed milkweed to grow on this parcel to help the monarch butterfly population. Further south is another lake frontage with a private and sheltered beach with 44' of frontage, and another of the lake pumps. On the western bay is a smaller frontage of 15' that has not yet been developed. The property fronts on two different bays, and each are sheltered from the larger waves that are frequent on other areas of the lake. The bay on the eastern side is particularly loved for the calm waters. Here in the Flathead Valley, you'll discover the days last way past 9pm in the summertime, and those late hours may well foster your favorite memories!
There's also the landscaped yard surrounding the home where you can enjoy your volleyball, badminton, frisbee, or croquet games, or just soak in the sun or rest in the shade of the glorious weeping willows.
The quiet street along the waterfront, Rollins Lakeshore Drive, is often frequented by neighbors strolling on leisurely walks and it's a lovely and friendly neighborhood with casual conversations at frequent intervals. Some of the cottages have been there for many decades while in other spots mansions have been built.
There are four water rights that will transfer with the property, and they are included in the documents:
204 GPM pumped out of Flathead Lake,
34 GPM pumped out of Flathead Lake,
25 GPM pumped out of Flathead Lake,
and 10 GPM from a well for domestic use.
The home was constructed in 1975, has 2262 SF, and includes 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a wood stove and fireplace. The walkout basement on the lower level has the laundry area, along with a workshop, an additional shower, refrigerator, and cooking range. There is a great deal of deck space for entertaining, and views from the entire eastern side of the home. You may choose to eventually turn this into a guest cottage or orchard manager's quarters. The property is currently served by Starlink internet.
The shop has 220 power and is an excellent spot for processing the fruit as it is harvested.
The sellers will create a list of all of the orchard equipment that they may be willing to transfer to the new owners with a bill of sale. This will include a multitude of tractors, irrigation equipment, forklifts, fruit bins, etc. They are also willing to provide some instruction on the proper care of the orchard and equipment.
The majority of photos were taken in July of 2022, but additional photos were supplied by the sellers and the listing agent, and taken at different times of various years to give a feel for the beauty of all the seasons.
The lakes in the Flathead Valley are renowned for crystal clear water, and Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. While the lake is huge and never crowded, you will enjoy fishing, boating, skiing and swimming on what is surely one of the best lakes in the country! The water in the lake is lowered about 10' each winter to provide storage room for all of the spring melt from the snow in the mountains; the lake will be close to full pool by the end of May each year.
One of the most rare and enjoyable features of this property is that despite being private and out in the country, there is incredibly easy year-round access on a paved highway, less than 10 miles from Lakeside.
An hour north you can revel in the glory and the majesty of Glacier National Park, known as the Crown of the Continent, and even closer you'll find the Glacier Park International Airport and all of the shopping and medical facilities of Kalispell. Two excellent ski resorts are less than an hour's drive, and all of the incredible abundance of other outdoor recreation is also nearby. The Bison Range is also a short drive south.
Is it time for you to follow your dreams? Call Angie Killian 406-249-7617.
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