Valley Crest

Sold on July 5, 2022
from 3:00 PM to 3:00 PM UTC

Red Deer, AB
Sale Size
5 Parcels, 1 En Bloc
Starting Bids
$425K - $1.14M

6 contiguous quarters selling as 5 Parcels with an opportunity to purchase 'En Bloc' for sale near Red Deer, AB. The highly fertile land that makes up this carefully maintained, heritage farmstead situated in one of the best farming areas in Western Canada also offers up significant Surface Lease Revenue on two of the parcels. With cultivated acres, a large hip-roof barn, a cattle shed, a 2W handling system and more, this is the sale you have been waiting for.

Available Parcels

Map of Valley Crest
Parcel Name Parcel 1Parcel Size Starting Bid $660,000View Parcel
Parcel Name Parcel 2Parcel Size Starting Bid $550,000View Parcel
Parcel Name Parcel 3Parcel Size Starting Bid $1,140,000View Parcel
Parcel Name Parcel 4Parcel Size Starting Bid $780,000View Parcel
Parcel Name Parcel 5Parcel Size Starting Bid $425,000View Parcel
En Bloc Name Parcel 6En Bloc Size Starting Bid $300,000View En Bloc

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Sale Description

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Parcel 1; Parcel 2;  Parcel 3;  Parcel 4Parcel 5

Click here to view the Surface Lease Revenue details.

Please see the Parcel Details section to view the specific details in the Offers to Purchase, including the 'en bloc.'

At the conclusion of the sale an 'en bloc' round will be offered to prior bidders meeting the requirements of bidding in the 'en bloc' round.  Please see Parcel 6 in the Parcel Details section for further details.

Just fifteen miles southwest of the City of Red Deer, and two miles north of the Hamlet of Markerville, Alberta, you can discover authentic and historic country charm at its finest.  A testament to its heritage, ‘Valley Crest Heritage Farms’ received the Century Farm and Ranch award in 2003, back when Ralph Klein was the Premier of Alberta.  Time marches on and the original Johnston homestead and the surrounding land base is now being placed up for sale by the Johnston family - after being in the family for 119 years.  If you are too busy to read this entire story about the farm, we recommended just checking the soil classification map and speed dialling your banker for approval.  

It is said that with the passage of time farmsteads either get old or get better, just like fine wine.  If ‘Valley Crest Heritage Farms’ were wine, it would undoubtedly be on the Reserve List.  It doesn't get any better when you have the best land that is in what is arguably one of the most elite farm areas in Western Canada.  The farm itself is comprised of six contiguous quarters of highly fertile land with deep topsoil that is high in organic matter.  The farm has never left the Johnston family, which is reflected in the way improvements have been carefully maintained to the highest standard.  Situated in the centre of everywhere, the farm is just 12 minutes to Spruce View or Sylvan Lake, 18 minutes to Innisfail or Eckville and 35 minutes to Olds or Rimbey.  

PARCEL 1 is that highly sought-after, wide-open quarter section.  The quarter sits high above the ‘Valley Crest Heritage Farms’ home quarter.  Well-drained, this Parcel offers up the opportunity for the widest variety of cropping options.  Along with all the other quarters making up the farm, Parcel 1 experienced sustainable agriculture one hundred years before the term was coined.  Every acre that makes up ‘Valley Crest Heritage Farms’ has seen the back end of a cow more than the front end of a tractor.  Parcel 1 comes with current Surface Lease Revenue.  

PARCEL 2 is the twin quarter to Parcel 1, making up the entire half section less the farmstead being subdivided out of Parcel 2.  The Parcel has pavement to its southwest corner.  With Parcel 1 and Parcel 2 selling with a Universal close, buyers are assured the opportunity to own both quarters and keep the half-section intact if they wish.  Another option is to buy Parcel 2 by itself or buy it with Parcel 5, the carved-out farmstead on the west side of the quarter on Range Road 21.

PARCEL 3 is being offered for sale as a complete half-section of prime farmland with significant Surface Lease Revenue.  Most of the half is already cultivated and more could be brought under cultivation with ease.  The east side of Parcel 3 has a 32 by 94-foot cattle shed along with a 2W handling system and a cattle squeeze that are included in the sale of the Parcel.  Situated in a valley, this Parcel, just like the others, has ample water storage that is replenished each Spring.

PARCEL 4 is a half section with pavement along the eastern and southern perimeters.  This half boasts significant Surface Lease Revenue.  The acreage and surrounding outbuildings located on the northeast quarter do not form part of Parcel 4.  The half-section has been transitioning to add cultivated acres and the new owner could continue this transition.  If you look back on this half-section two years after the sale day, you will likely say it was the buy of the ‘Valley Crest Heritage Farms’ sale in 2022.  This Parcel, along with Parcels 1, 2 and 3, forms the 'en bloc' sale offered after the sale to prior high bidders meeting those requirements to bid ‘en bloc’.

PARCEL 5 is not just another acreage in Red Deer County, but rather a one-of-a-kind classic Heritage farmstead.  For 119 years the Johnston family has dutifully made improvements with a focus on the utmost of quality and then judiciously maintained the same.  The century-old residence has recently received significant renovations.  Underground power was recently installed in the yard, and new spruce trees have been transplanted along the frontage road.  The dugout to the north of the farmstead provides clean, warm water to three hydrants in the yard.  Other recent improvements, including septic, have been designed knowing that a buyer may eventually build a new residence and wish to connect to the same.  The Johnston family's dream has always been for the longevity of the farmstead itself.  

This is a heritage farmstead that needs to be viewed to be truly appreciated.  The residence offers timeless elegance with its archways and ornate metal wall and ceiling coverings.  The 40 by 48-foot steel Butler shop is being sold with shelving and various tools.  Equipment storage is not a problem with two pole sheds and a large 51 x 84-foot Behlen steel Quonset.  If interested in gardening or chickens, you will want to check out the 12 by 20-foot garden shed or classic 12 x 32-foot 5-star chicken coop. The crown jewel of the farm is the large and timeless 72-foot-long, red, hip-roof barn.  Originally a dairy farm, the barn was once the cornerstone of the farm with its concrete floors and quality wood construction throughout; the rafters in the loft look more akin to a ceiling in an Italian Church than a Canadian barn.  Built-in 1933, the barn both aesthetically and structurally appears as though it will to be around for another century or more.  The barn also has infrared heat with calving pens.  It is interesting to note that the ‘Valley Crest Heritage Farms’ farmstead in Europe would be considered relatively new by any standard.  If you are looking for a true character farmstead of the highest quality, look no further - this is it.

At the conclusion of the sale an 'en bloc' round will be offered to prior bidders meeting the requirements of bidding in the 'en bloc' round.  Please see the Parcel 6 in the Parcel Details section for further details.

'Valley Crest Heritage Farms' is being offered for sale via electronic tender by  Check the website for updates from time to time.  

Viewing of Property: The property may be viewed by interested registered bidders.  Please contact us by email at for an appointment.


Valley Crest is being offered for sale via online escalating tender by Check the website for updates from time to time. The property may be viewed by interested registered bidders. Please contact us by email at for an appointment. As a law firm, CLHbid never discloses bidder's names to any party, including the Seller. Only the successful buyer's name is ever disclosed to the Seller as part of the closing process.

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