Tappen, B.C. is a tiny settlement about an hour’s drive east of Kamloops and a little more than 90 minutes north of Kelowna. In other words, it’s virtually unknown by most who don’t live in the interior of B.C., but it’s getting its 15 minutes of fame among car buffs thanks to a unique real estate listing there.
Tappen is home to Michael Hall, a car collector who, along with his wife, moved to the town a number of years ago with his massive collection of cars – in varying states of restoration – after the City of Kelowna started hassling him about the vehicles stored on his property, reports the CBC.
His solution was to ship out to a remote piece of land where much of the car collection, which currently numbers somewhere between 300 and 400 vehicles, was put out to pasture.
Recently, it was Hall’s wife who made the ultimatum that he break his “addiction” to buying cars and sell the property along with the bulk of the vehicles.
It’s telling to us that the real estate listing provides square footage for a restoration shop (900 sq ft), a large steel-frame building (1,200 sq ft) and “enough steel beams and rafters to build another 8,000 square feet of covered space,” but nowhere does the ad describe the dwelling aside from a reference to “a renovated house.”
In other words, the cars are main attraction here, the nicer examples of which are lined up in neat rows like a long-abandoned show-and-shine.
Even the ones that could charitably be described as rusty hulks appear to have been arranged with some care, suggesting a level of respect for the vehicles out of proportion with the likelihood Hall might have actually turned them into something drive-able.
The ad includes a “walk score” for the property, a rating commonly used to gauge an urban property’s desirability for buyers who prefer to run errands on foot.
Ironically, one of the places about a 20-minute walk from the property is the White Post Auto Museum, whose collection of classic, custom and special interest vehicles (many of which are for sale) is actually smaller than the one the lucky buyer of Michael Hall’s property will end up with.