Horse-drawn carriage business is on the market |

Horse-drawn carriage business is on the market

Nevada City’s horse-drawn carriage company is for sale, the owner’s representative said Monday.

The Nevada City Carriage Co. – four Percheron horses and four carriages – is available for $129,000, said Mike Snegg, a real estate broker who represents company owner David Vertin. One of the carriages can still be used at weddings, Snegg added.

Vertin has owned the exclusive franchise to operate the carriage company in Nevada City since 1998. Vertin, who also operates a sawmill and a horse-logging company, started the company in 1984.

“He’s just getting tired of it,” Snegg said.

Vertin discussed closing the operation in fall 2001 because it was losing a reported $10,000 a year. His request for financial aid from the city in December was rejected. (Vertin was out of town Monday and could not be reached for comment.)

Tourists often take pictures of the horses, said real estate agent Cheryl Rellstab. Her Network Realty office is near the spot on Broad Street where the carriages pick up people.

“If we don’t have (the carriages), it’s going to be a hole,” she said.

Vertin built a carriage house off Uren Street in the late 1990s to use as a barn.

The building is big enough for an office, a gift shop, two apartments and a meeting room.

The building is not for sale, Snegg said, but 2,000 square feet could be leased to continue to house the horses.

Under a 10-year agreement with the city signed May 12, 1998, Vertin must pay $1,000 a year for the right to operate his company. Under the deal, the company must offer rides 365 days a year.

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