Lumby Real Estate: Life of Leisure & Urban Amenities NearbY:
Serenity, nature and just a short drive from the amenities of Vernon, Lumby real estate is prime for those after a life of leisure, with many opportunities to grow.
Imagine a place where fish swim and mountains loom above; where you can enjoy rural living at its best, but have all the amenities of a nearby city. Now imagine a place where a family home is still affordable.
You don’t have to look too far. Located only a short 20-minute drive east of Vernon on Highway 6, the community of Lumby is surrounded by distinctive mountains, luscious, verdant valleys, lakes and the Shuswap River, perfect for fishing and camping adventures, and a history rich as the soil where good things grow.
Lumby real estate offers affordable housing, agricultural options, and all the recreational activities you could possibly want. It’s also just close enough to the city, without the traffic and noise.
Whether you need land and barns for your heard of cattle, or a three-bedroom home to house your growing family, Lumby real estate holds good value, says Vernon realtor Jake Russell, with Sutton Group Lakefront Realty.
“There are some new Lumby homes for sale, including ranchers with unfinished basements, that one could purchase for under $425,000,” said Russell.
“I know many people like being out there and have no intention of moving.
My dad's out there and moved out of the hustle and bustle of Toronto. He loves it.”
The gateway to the Monashee Mountains, the Lumby Valley’s diverse ecology ranges from semi-arid to interior rainforest, which makes it ideal for those who wish to live off the land. Prime Lumby real estate is available for those looking for horse farms, cattle ranches, as well as hobby farms.
The town site, with a population of 1,700, offers both older and newer homes, with a low tax base, ideal for families. The Vernon school district operates two schools in Lumby, including J.W. Inglis Elementary and Charles Bloom Secondary.
The main economy in Lumby is forestry, with jobs also available at nearby lumber and manufacturing mills. Many also commute to Vernon or other communities for work.
The quaint town of Lumby offers its own amenities including the White Valley Recreation Centre, the Pat Duke Memorial Arena, which recently won a grant for improvements from Kraft Hockeyville, as well as a spray park, outdoor swimming pool, grocery store, pub, Royal Canadian Legion, select restaurants, an art gallery and a number of boutique shops.
The Kelowna International Airport and the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus are only an hour drive from Lumby, while another post secondary institution, Okanagan College, has a campus in Vernon.
Lumby is also known as a recreationalist’s paradise. Its distinctive topography makes it appealing to both residents and visitors looking for Lumby real estate who want to take advantage of hiking, horseback riding, dirt biking, ATVing, boating, fishing and camping.
One of the Lumby Valley’s most prominent features, located off Creighton Valley Road south of town, is the mountainous form known as the Camel’s Hump. Once known as Coyote Sleeping or the Listening/Signal Place by the local indigenous population, it is a popular spot for hikers to climb its two distinctive humps.
Monashee Provincial Park, located a 50-kilometre drive north of nearby Cherryville, has numerous trails for both advanced and novice hikers. A short 40-minute drive to Mabel Lake Provincial Park, north of Lumby, offers camping and other recreational pursuits, while camping, quadding and fishing are available at a number of forestry sites on surrounding smaller lakes, teeming with rainbow trout, kokanee, and other freshwater varieties.
If you look up to the mountains that loom over Lumby, you will likely see people participating in another popular local activity. Paragliders and hangliders from all over the world come to the area to fly from the private launch at Saddle Mountain or the public launches at Cooper’s Point off Trinity Valley Road and King Edward Lake Road, south of town, to get a bird’s eye views of the incredible vistas below.