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With an backdrop of Skedaddle Mountain, Honey Lake, and wide open spaces, this little ranch has a lot to offer. Of the 142.34 acres 88 have been laser leveled and are suitable for good alfalfa/hay production with two (one new) ag pumps for flood irrigation. The older manufactured home has been upgraded and is very comfortab...

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One of the oldest remaining historic estates in Apple Hill is up for sale for the first time. 3141 Hassler Road has been in the same family since 1880, the property comprises two parcels which total approximately 35+/- acres. The beautiful Tudor home was constructed in 1930 and features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths with approximat...

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O Hopper Ranch encompasses 1,127± acres under Williamson Act Contract. Situated on the north side of Highway 46 East near Shandon, the Ranch is easily accessible. Improvements include a large Redwood barn, silo, shop and outbuilding with one bedroom, one bathroom, and kitchen area. There is also an uninhabitable, 3 bedroom...

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Panther Rock Ranch is a pristine 160 acre foothold in the coveted Old Yorkville Ranch - less than 2 hours from downtown San Francisco yet a world away. The ranch consists of wooded hill top vistas with views reaching out to the Anderson Valley as well as open mountain meadows surrounded by mature hardwood stands. There are ...

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Located in Coleville California at an elevation of approx. 5,100 ft. It is approx. 80 miles south of Reno Tahoe International Airport, 30 miles from Gardnerville NV., 89 miles north of Mammoth Lakes CA., and 124 miles north of Bishop CA. on U.S. Highway 395. The ranch is situated in the productive Antelope Valley and featur...

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Willow Glen is a remarkable, charming estate that has been perfectly restored to embrace it’s originality but provide all the modern comforts. The 2650 sq ft farmhouse was built in the late 1800s. At the time it would have been suited for the aristocrats of the area. The home has been completely and masterfully, remodeled...

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This ranch property has been in same family for generations, and has been leased out for cattle grazing. Ranch has a small water right, mostly for stock water from a spring through Cottonwood Creek. fronts on a county maintained road. Fenced partially, small part of boundary fence gone. Ranch is close to the lower Klamat...

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Straight farm ground no buildings, Portions of ranch have been leveled and checked. Irrigation water supplied by irrigation well. Fenced and cross fenced. Ranch adjoins a wild life area, and used to be used as a hunting club. Would make ideal waterfowl club and run cattle also. ranch in Williamson Act for low property taxes...

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Beauty and utility define this 26.92-acre treasure, located in the heart of the county’s apple, wine, and gold country. This delightful, vintage home lies in the community of Wynola; famous for apple pies, lilacs and an emerging food and music scene. Majestic oaks surround the 3 bed, 2 bath home, lending privacy, serenity...

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In a crowded landscape of gated communities, there exists Hollister Ranch, an unparalleled lifestyle experience with a convergence of surf, ranch and recreation lifestyles. Situated along a pristine stretch of private coastline, this enormously private enclave is a hidden gem to a select group of (knowing) homeowners who en...

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 10 Acres of lush acreage includes an existing irrigation well . Waddington Water is available to this parcel, for a future home. Ready for you to build the home of your dreams, with room for horses or FFA animals, in beautiful Ferndale!...

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220 acre get away property about 7 miles from Highway 3 between Yreka and Fort Jones!  Bordering public land for additional room to play, this property has been used mainly for hunting with opportunity for Deer, Bear, Quail, and Turkey.  There is a seasonal creek running through the property as well as trails for hiking o...

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The Bloom Ranch is located in western Yolo County in an area known as Capay Valley.  With 40 acres of level, mostly class 1 soil there are many opportunities awaiting a new buyer.  Currently 30 acres are planted in young Howard and Chandler walnuts with 5 acres open and home and improvements located on the remaining acrea...

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Solano County Green Valley AVA Wine Region location with approximately 60 fenced acres. Family owned for over 100 years and first time on market. Rolling to level areas filled with grassland and wildflowers featuring amazing views of San Pablo Bay and San Francisco Bay. Two bedroom bunkhouse, seasonal creek and several site...

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Discover the serenity, beauty and opportunity that awaits at this immaculate, turnkey home located on historic Mesa Grande. This 8.15-acre property captures the essence of its coveted backcountry locale. Pride of ownership is evident throughout the 2-bedroom with one optional, 2 bath, 2135 esf. home, complete with 3-car att...

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Stroll through the quiet, quaint town of Elk Creek on your way to your home in the hills outside of town.  Turn onto your lane to make your way through the rolling hills, catching glimpses of the lake in the background.  Build your dream home on one of many spots with beautiful lakefront views.  This picturesque property...

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Welcome to a secluded and stunning home with commanding day and night views of the City of Redding and the Sacramento Valley below, and Mt. Lassen and the Cascade range to the east.  This proud 4,530 sq.ft. two-story home in the Tuscan architectural style is surrounded by tailored gardens, extensive patios, a vanishing-edg...

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This stunning 347+/- ACRE Vineyard and Winery is located in the heart of Amador County’s wine country. This beautiful property is situated in the Sierra foothills near the historic towns of Sutter Creek and Jackson. Held by a pioneering family in the California wine industry for more than 3 decades, this offering includes...

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The 412.53 +/- acre Pleasants Valley Ranch is in northern Solano County. The ranch is located in Vacaville, CA, just over an hour away from San Francisco and only 41 miles from downtown Sacramento. Vacaville has a great location with day trips to the Napa wineries, Lake Tahoe and the Sacramento delta. There is also a beauti...

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What you didn't know about land for sale in California
These idyllic images of sunny seasides and city landscapes exist, so it's easy to forget that there's a whole state full of beautiful scenery outside these urban and coastal regions.

California Farming History:
Much of the Bay Area was once just fruit and almond trees for as far as the eye could see, and a long history of cattle ranches and timber farms exist throughout different regions of the state. The most common types of farms in both northern and southern California are listed below:

  • Fruit Orchards
  • Vineyards
  • Timber Farms
  • Cattle Ranches
  • Grazing Land
  • Agricultural Farms

California Acreage Today

Timber Farms: In the Siskiyous and other mountain ranges in California, there's a rich history of logging and timber farms. Much of the recreational land being sold today was once timber farmland that still supports a large wildlife population, with creeks and rivers, and often lake frontage on the property. These are wonderful places for the hunting and gaming enthusiast who wants to spend time outside among the beautiful redwoods and evergreen forests near Mt. Shasta and the mountains of northern California near the Oregon border. There are also recreational and timber farms in Humboldt and Mendocino County.

Agricultural Farmland: Where there once stood miles and miles of fruit trees along the rolling hills of northern and central California, now stand cement buildings and paved city centers, leaving little trace of the bountiful acres of fruit and nut tree orchards that once reached as far as the eye could see. Standing between Vacaville and the mountain passes leading out of California, The Nut Tree sign is all that is left of the once-remote truck stop along the highway, surrounded by a lonely sea of agricultural farmland spreading south and east that used to be the northern tip of California’s fruit orchards lining Hwy 80 and I-5. The Nut Tree sign and restaurant, surrounded by outlet malls and chain restaurants that fill the Vacaville area today, now stand as a lone reminder of what used to be the last outpost of civilization before miles of open road. There are still fruit farms and orchards throughout the central valley and southern California, though at a fraction of the size they once were. Still, they often show up on land listings and are a beautiful place to live.

Grazing/Pastureland: While there are still plenty of agricultural, organic, and local produce farms in California, much of the farm and ranch land is used for livestock grazing today. Some of the grazing farmland has also given way to solar wind farms, with gently rolling hillsides across the state covered with dozens of tall, white windmills beside the highways.

Recreational Land: A lot of the large acreage that was once farmland or ranches has been repurposed for recreational use. Timber farms, lakefront properties, and river land in Humboldt and other neighboring communities near the Russian River are often used for recreational purposes. There are also many vineyards and wineries throughout the state, especially in the Sonoma and Napa Valley that sit just to the north of San Francisco. Although the recent wildfires devastated the area, many of the vineyards survived and have remained open. It is not uncommon to see complete vineyards listed for sale. Although wineries and vineyards aren't purely recreational, wine tours and wine tasting are viewed as a recreational activity by many wine enthusiasts around California and throughout the world. There's a tradition of small, local wineries thriving in these northern communities where wine tasting tours are held nearly every day. Here are some of the other popular uses for recreational farm land that are frequently found on the market:
  • Spas/Resorts
  • Natural Mineral Springs
  • Organic Produce Farms

Ranch and Farmland by Region: This list is to give a general idea of the type of ranch or farmland you can typically find in the different regions of the state. This is by no means comprehensive, but rather a simple outline of what is currently on the market.

Northern California:
• Northern/Central Coast
  • Cattle Ranches
  • Organic Farms
  • Vineyards
  • Coastal Farms

• Mountain Ranges
  • Timber farms
  • Hunting/Fishing
  • Natural Springs
  • Equestrian Farms

• Northern- Central Valley
  • River/Lake Frontage
  • Agricultural Farmland
  • Livestock/Ranches

Southern California:
  • Coastal Resorts/Spas
  • Central Valley Agricultural Farms
  • Vineyards


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