For sale: $1M ghost town in British Columbia
The abandoned town of Bradian, B.C., is on the market for just under $1 million. (Source: John Lovelace)
Sonja Puzic, CTVNews.ca
Published Friday, August 22, 2014 5:14PM EDT
If you’ve ever dreamed of having an entire town in a picturesque valley all to yourself, Bradian, B.C., could be yours for just under $1 million.
Just be prepared to roll up your sleeves and do some heavy lifting.
Realtor John Lovelace told CTVNews.ca that the 50-acre town in the Bridge River Valley is “sort of a magical place” but a major fixer-upper.
The former mining town, with its 22 remaining buildings and some of the original utilities still in place, is on the market for $995,000.
But potential buyers are being told they’ll have to put in a lot more money to restore the old houses and bring the town’s infrastructure up to today’s standards, Lovelace said in a phone interview.
“There’s so much work that has to be done,” he said. “The good part about it is the bad part. It’s all there left undisturbed in its natural state and it’s that way because it’s not on the beaten path.”
Although the town has been on the market for a few years, Lovelace said he’s had some “really serious people” looking at it. An offshore company is among the potential buyers, he said.
In the 1930s, Bradian was home to workers at the nearby Bralorne gold mine. After the mine closed in 1971, all the workers and their families left.
It wasn’t until 1997 that a couple touring B.C.’s mining areas discovered the abandoned town and decided to buy it. They put in a lot of work and money over the course of a decade to make Bradian a place they could enjoy with their two young children.
When the couple’s kids grew up, they decided to put the town up for sale, Lovelace said.
Bradian might be a ghost town, but it’s not that remote. It’s about two hours away from Whistler and a four-hour drive from Vancouver.
Lovelace said the drive to Bradian over the scenic Hurley Pass is “absolutely breathtaking, but it’s not for the faint of heart,.” In the winter, when the seasonal road is closed and the snow piles up, visitors must take a longer route to get to Bradian.
The good news is that the town is perfect for winter activities and has one of the best snowmobiling areas in British Columbia, according to the listing.
“I was hoping it would be another young family that would buy it and use it the same way (as previous owners),” Lovelace said.
“In today’s cost of real estate in British Columbia, it would be the price of an expensive vacation home.”