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Stunning, secluded, hilltop getaway on 29.58 acres with 360 views including majestic Mt. Shasta. This custom-built home is 5,000 sf: 3,973 sf of living space plus 1,100 sf of unfinished basement and a six car, 1,480 sf garage. Attention to detail can be found everywhere: gorgeous granite, timber and log-post trim, special a...

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This inviting and delightful country home sits above a quiet country road overlooking Quartz Valley and offering a front row view of the Marble Mountains and Boulder Peak! Located on 20+ acres, this home has most of the main living area including 3 bedrooms on the ground floor, but also has a very large upstairs bedroom and...

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Incredibly rare opportunities like this do not come around more than once or twice in a lifetime.  This 340 acre property, is a recreational paradise with 3/4 of a mile of the South Fork of the American River, and it is a mere 10 minutes from downtown Placerville.  At the elbow of the river's bend, the property spans both...

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The cool mountain breeze and the crisp smell of pine trees, welcome you as you meander your way up to the beautifully landscaped entry of the Spring Valley Ranch. Situated in Plumas County, lies this 1,120 acre Sierra Nevada gem. Between the towering pine, sage, and juniper trees sits your 5,252 square foot home. With the v...

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Nicely set up manufactured home on 10+ manicured acres. This 1836 sf, 4 bedroom, 3 bath home has open floor plan with split bedroom layout. Kitchen has lots if space with island counter on wheels! Large pantry, new built in oven/microwave combo, gas range and unique laminate counters with tile back splash. Custom sliding ba...

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Nicely set up manufactured home on 10+ manicured acres. This 1836 sf, 4 bedroom, 3 bath home has open floor plan with split bedroom layout. Kitchen has lots if space with island counter on wheels! Large pantry, new built in oven/microwave combo, gas range and unique laminate counters with tile back splash. Custom sliding ba...

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160 acres row crop ground historically farmed in Grass Hay, Alfalfa, Grain and Rice.  Conveniently located on the S/W corner of County Rds  93 and 25. District water.  Contiguous to new Pistachio orchards.  Currently planted in Teff Grass   Property Highlights: 160 Acres Row crop  District water County Road Frontage ...

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160 acres row crop ground historically farmed in Grass Hay, Alfalfa, Grain and Rice.  Conveniently located on the S/W corner of County Rds  93 and 25. District water.  Contiguous to new Pistachio orchards.  Currently planted in Teff Grass   Property Highlights: 160 Acres Row crop  District water County Road Frontage ...

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This 157 acre ranch SW of Woodland, CA is currently being used as irrigated pasture for 100 cow/calf pairs. small pomegranate orchard and hay and grain production.  It includes 2 newer metal buildings, a 280' x 100' x 30' high hay barn and a 60' x 80' mechanics shop.  Water is from ag well and district water.   Property ...

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Welcome to the Remington Ranch at Lake Berryessa/Napa Valley. Off the grid (solar with battery backup and generator) custom lake view home on 60 acres in gated Lakeview Estates. 3800 sf of upgrades, 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4 fireplaces, family and living rooms, formal dining, decking, 1000 sf garage, abundant storage and...

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Develop your dream house on a recreational property in the Tahoe National Forest, with unbelievable mountain views, just an hour from Sacramento and 30 minutes to the Donner Summit.  This 66+ acre property has a foundation and subfloor, and an approved permit to build out a 3100 square foot house with attached 2 car garage...

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This is it!...the place you've been looking for...an old hand hewn log cabin on 110 acres, a roaring year round creek, native grassy meadows, surrounded by majestic mountains and tall timber! Just a couple of miles out of the quaint little town of Taylorsville it is in a low snow area with paved access.   PROPERTY HIGHLIGH...

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  Founded in 1898, The Family Duck Club is a historic west side duck club in the Suisun Marsh.  Conveniently located the property sits off the 680 corridor approximately 20 minutes from the East Bay and Fairfield, and 40 minutes from Marin County and San Francisco.   The Family Club offers many structures and improvem...

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Luxury living on Equestrian Estate with easy access to Bay Area.  Luxury home includes 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, formal entry, formal dining room, gourmet chef's kitchen with large island, granite countertops, Viking appliances, connected family room and 4 car garage with epoxy floor, built-in cabinets and granite counters....

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You will never tire of the  awe inspiring panoramic views of the incredibly beautiful Indian Valley from every window and deck of this gorgeous home. This home is oriented and appointed to suit the most discriminating tastes. Enjoy the best of the four seasons on this 28 very private forested acres at the 4000' elevation. ...

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Incredibly rare find! Great Siskiyou County horse property with spacious custom home and the finest improvements with all the conveniences of being inside the Yreka city limits! In addition to the irrigated pasture, there is a nice 40' x 50' drive through barn with four stalls, a tack room, and two paddocks, providing plent...

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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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Looking to get away from it all? Remote and completely surrounded by USFS land this 160 acres has a nice spring, meadows, healthy stands of old growth Ponderosa and Jeffrey Pine, as well as of beautiful Quaking Aspen.   Property Highlights:   Located in the coveted X6A deer hunting area, it is also known for good bear an...

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A one-of-a-kind opportunity awaits at this artfully crafted secluded retreat, situated in the highly coveted backcountry community of Mesa Grande. Discover an ideal culmination of serenity, privacy and comfort at this 6-acre getaway, complete with a 600 sq. ft., fully renovated 1926 adobe-built studio home. Enjoy modern ame...

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Forever views await at this stunning 12-acre hilltop property located in the desirable Pine Hills area of Julian. Breathtaking views are appreciable from every vantage point extending from the ocean to Mount Woodson, Volcan Mountain, Middle Peak and Cuyamaca Peak. Lush, native vegetation lends itself to magnificent scenery ...

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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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