Would you like to subscribe to our newsletters?

Sale of $37M property could be biggest residential real estate deal in Kelowna history

This is the view many residents could have if this property sells and has housing built on it.
This is the view many residents could have if this property sells and has housing built on it.
Image Credit: Submitted/

A 90-acre parcel of land in the Rutland area of Kelowna has gone on the market for $37 million.

It’s not listed through any realtor but is posted on the For Sale by Owner Inc. website.

It’s 90.19 acres at 1151 McKenzie Rd., which is north of the Toovey Road subdivision and west of the Black Mountain Golf Course.

The land went on the market two to three weeks ago, according to the owners’ lawyer, Crystal Wariach.

“Over 90 acres of Kelowna’s finest future development land with spectacular panoramic views of the lake and city lights,” the real estate listing says.

The land is not in the agricultural land reserve and is designated for housing.

This outlines the property.
This outlines the property.
Image Credit: Submitted/

In 2019, when city council was looking at various growth scenarios, Wariach emailed councillors on behalf of the owners.

She asked that this parcel retain is designation as future housing, which is what happened.

“Over the past two years, my clients have had professional development plans created for the property,” she wrote. “The plans provide for the build out of up to 320 lots for single-family homes on the property.”

Changes in the city's designation for the use of the land since then indicate that it can be rezoned to allow for more than 270 single-family homes, Wariach said in an email.

The owners bought the property in 1999 and continue to own it, Wariach confirmed.

The land is included in the Bell Mountain Area Structure Plan that was adopted by council in 2003. That covered 516 acres, of which 160 acres, including this parcel, are undeveloped.

The land that has been developed includes more than 400 residential lots in the Blue Sky, Prospect Mountain and Lone Pine Estates subdivisions and the Black Mountain Golf Course.

The largest sale through the MLS listing service that has been publicized to date was announced in January 2021 when the Kirschner Mountain housing development sold for $22 million.

It included 190 acres of land left from a larger parcel that was part of the Kirschner Mountain housing development.

READ MORE: Sale of Kirschner Mountain for $22 million makes Okanagan history

If the McKenzie Avenue property sells for $37 million it will eclipse that sale in terms of residential property sold through the MLS system in the city.

Since the Kirschner Mountain sale, there have been bigger real estate deals in Kelowna.

Last December, the Mission Group paid $24 million for the former B.C. Tree Fruits plant near the North End of downtown.

READ MORE: $24M sale of Kelowna waterfront property will trigger hundreds of millions in economic impact

Earlier this year, Victor Projects spent $33 million to buy the former Costco site near the Highway 33 and Highway 97 intersection.

The McKenzie Road listing can be seen here and Wariach can be contacted by email at

— This story was updated at 9:48 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, to update development plans and the potential number of lots.

 — This story was updated at 11:38 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, to remove the names of the owners of the land at their request.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Rob Munro or call 250-808-0143 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above.