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Take advantage of the rare and incredible opportunity to own this exceptionally versatile 2026+ acre ranch in historic Mariposa County, just about 45 minutes from Yosemite National Park.  The ranch consists of very usable rangeland,  currently with a 250 cow seasonal lease.  The ranch is perimeter and cross-fenced with f...

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In the same family since the 1970s, it is time for the owner to retire. Hard-to-find 120 acres of ranch/farm land in Los Molinos with 82+/- acres of ditch-irrigated pasture and another 38 +/- acres unirrigated--all fronting on paved Shasta Blvd.. Once home to a dairy, the property includes a 3/1 home of approximately 1,212 ...

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The Basin Ranch is a rare opportunity to own 5,105 acres within a one-hour drive of Carmel-by-the-Sea and Pebble Beach, and just over an hour-and-a-half drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. The property is located west of Greenfield off of Carmel Valley Road and lies in the beautiful Santa Lucia Mountains. There is ample ...

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Diamond X Ranch is your classic California winter grazing ranch. Seclusion, privacy, rich with water, and vast open land you can see for miles on end, all in close proximity to popular city areas. Located in Tehama County, in the Vina plains, this 9,535 +/- acre ranch is just 20 miles to Chico or about 23 miles to Red Bluf...

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Graced with the beauty of blue glimmering lakes, endless scenic land, and wildlife, the Heath Ranch is a rare opportunity to own a one of a kind ranch. Located in Susanville, CA, lies this expansive 16,000 +/- acre cattle ranch. The Heath Ranch has it all. The ranch consists of a large valley, known as Grasshopper Valley, a...

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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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At the intersection where land meets sea, and verdant rolling hills meet big sky, sits the sprawling coastal farming estate of Bolsa Point Ranch. Consisting of 414 acres of unspoiled oceanfront land next to the historic Pigeon Point Lighthouse in Pescadero, along scenic Highway 1 in San Mateo County, Bolsa Point Ranch is a ...

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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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Private Horse Ranch with Recreational Land For Sale in Northeast, CA Exquisitely Charming Ranch Home sits on 63.1+/- Deeded Acres. This picturesque property has not been on the open market in over 70 years. Pristinely maintained, the property sweeps you away to a feel of a time long forgotten. The Ranch boasts a 2,522 Sq...

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Located in Northern California’s San Benito & Fresno Counties, Ashurst is just 60 miles from Hollister and a 100 miles from San Jose California. Encompassing a massive 27,944 deeded acres with a BLM allotment of 30,210 acres, this property is immense. The ranch supports 4,500 head and most recently, 5,100 head of mix cows...

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EXTRAORDINARY is the word that comes to mind when viewing this home for the first time! Set on a high point of the 8-acre parcel, and commanding territorial views of Mt. Shasta to the north and Lassen Peak to the east, this amazing contemporary farmhouse has recently been refinished inside and out. A wrap-around porch and b...

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Stunning mountain home on 273 acres, conveniently located at the edge of Yreka, but offering privacy, solitude & the relaxing feel of being in the mountains , watching the deer & listening to the wind in the pines. This beautiful northern California home has been completely remodeled, inside & out. Many special touches can ...

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You have an incredible opportunity to own one of the most amazing properties in Northern California!It is the very last of the riverfront property in the wilderness section of the majestic Cache Creek. As it's the last of its kind.This property is a rare find and features all the key attributes that most buyers are seeking ...

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This stunning and immaculate ranch-style home, located in the quiet community of Warner Springs, is exemplary in its collective of features, comforts and amenities. Nestled within mature Oak Groves and surrounded by the natural beauty of the area lies this welcoming and private home on 19+ acres. Pride of ownership is evide...

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The iconic N3 Cattle Company is on the market for the first time in 85 years. This beautiful and expansive California property spans 50,500 acres through four counties, making it the largest land offering in the State of California. Located just south of Livermore, and east of Oakland and San Jose, it is easily accessed fro...

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In its own private little valley with a spring this beautiful 136+/- acre parcel is surrounded by Plumas National Forest lands. Just about an hour from Reno, Bird Creek would make a great location for a summer horse camp or private retreat. PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful 136+/- acre parcel of land at the crest of the Sier...

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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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Once in a ''Blue Moon'' does a ranch with this much diversity and quality become available for sale. This 1500+/- acre cattle, hay, wild rice and hunting ranch is truly an amazing property.  The ranch features 1,050 irrigated acres; 521 in alfalfa, 201 acres in wild rice and 328 acres irrigated pasture. PROPERTY HIGHLIG...

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Beautiful Lake Berryessa views from many locations on this large property while backing up to government lands. Approximately 481 acres of wilderness with rolling hills, seasonal creek, abundant wildlife. Great recreational property and has two entrances directly from HWY 128. Enjoy Lake Berryessa views and living while clo...

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Cattle grazing on wide-open spaces; conjures up visions of the old west with cowboys on horseback, herding, roping, and branding cattle. This complete cattle operation, consisting of 3527 +/- acres, allow 500 to 600 cows year round.  Situated in the northeastern corner of California, the York Ranch is ready for new owners ...

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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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