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With magnificent views of the Cleveland National Forest, gentle topography and several private building sites, this ranch has potential as an equestrian estate or viticulture operation. At an ideal size of approximately 55 acres, the ranch will provide ample opportunity for the owner to create their dream agricultural estat...

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Bordered on its southern and eastern boundaries by the Cleveland National Forest, this special property offers endless potential, privacy and convenience. A canvas of over 100 acres just waiting for that special vision. Enjoy the opportunities this ranch presents as well as the nearly half a million acres of the adjoining N...

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A ranch with views in every direction, including of the nearby Cleveland National Forest, this stunning property has significant potential as an equestrian or vineyard estate. With approximately 108 acres of beautiful-native habitat, the ranch offers several building sites and paved access. A ranch with views in every di...

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Ideally situated to capture the sunrises over the mountains of the Cleveland National Forest, and benefitting from idea weather, this ranch has substantial potential for agriculture and viticulture ventures. With six existing water wells, the property is well positioned for a vineyard estate. Location & Area Located in ...

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Beautiful Oak Sanctuary! Majestic Oaks and a gently meandering drive welcome you to this handsome home, situated on 8+ usable acres in one of San Diego County’s beautiful backcountry locales. Nestled in a gated community, with paved road access to the entry, this site affords a wealth of opportunity! The immaculate ground...

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Situated in the Ramona Valley of California, Old West Ranch offers a lifestyle and locale rarely found. Conveniently located in one of San Diego Countys most coveted equestrian communities and wine producing areas, the property has significant potential in an ideal country setting. Opportunities abound for equestrian activi...

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Located on a beautiful stretch of the Trinity River, Indian Creek Lodge is in the heart of renowned steelhead and salmon runs. The recent addition of The Cafe at Indian Creek makes Indian Creek Lodge the most complete accommodations in the Weaverville area for business travelers, family vacationers, and anglers alike. Whil...

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Top of the hill beauty in Capell Valley Crest at Lake Berryessa/Napa County. Lovely single-story custom home overlooking pastoral Capell Valley. Numerous upgrades throughout. High ceilings, large granite countered kitchen, hardwood flooring, views from every window, formal dining area plus eat in kitchen and breakfast bar, ...

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Get away from it all! Just enjoy being here in these 167 acres with beautiful pines and firs. With a nice seasonal creek, springs, and an old cabin site it would make a great hunting and/or camping spot. This is a very nice property with easy access as Anderson Ranch Road goes through property.  Silva Flat Reservoir and Gi...

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Gorgeous Price Creek acreage! The 3 bedroom , 2 bath main home is quite nice, and there is also a nice studio home. Large barn, drying shed, outbuildings, etc. 5 enclosed garages with roll-up doors, plus carports for 4+ cars. Beautiful views, abundant water, water tanks. Local & State cannabis permits in place. Call listing...

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Recreational activities are endless. One can ride horseback, ATV’s or motorcycles, hike or mountain bike. Any or all of these are at your doorstep. The property also has pig, deer, quail and turkey for hunting enthusiasts.The Bear River is the northern boundary of the property. It is at the end of the river as it flows in...

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Private Siskiyou County 4 brm/3 ba Custom Home on 41 acres only 8 miles from Yreka. Nestled in mature timber, seasonal Cherry Creek runs through this property. This Northern California land with park like setting has expansive areas perfect for friends and family to gather. The multi-story home has an open floor plan, overs...

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The ranch is perfectly set up for horses. There is a beautifully finished barn with a 1200 sqft residence attached along with multiple irrigated paddocks, a round pen and arena. With 2 miners inches of irrigation water, converting some areas into vineyard, orchard or garden would be an easy task. The main home is comfortabl...

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Vineyard, Winery, Cattle Ranch, Country Development idea? Large Scale Serene 155+/- Acre land Parcel fronting 3 main roads. Currently used for large scale cow grazing, with an ag well in place. 600+/- Gallons Per minute when well was drilled in 1978 per owner; buyer to test to satisfy current GPM rating if desired. Quiet lo...

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Hollow Spring Ranch offers top-quality western lifestyle living and privacy combined with the close proximity to the leisure and luxury of Carmel Valley, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Pebble Beach. A 146+/- acre private ranchette with panoramic views of Carmel Valley and the Ventana Wilderness, the ranch is situated within the Vil...

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This is your opportunity to live on a classic Shasta Valley homestead! Built in the late 50s, the 3 bedroom, 1 ½ bath “Main Home” is approximately 1200 square feet and has been freshly painted with new carpets added in the bedrooms. Located just outside the tiny town of Gazelle, CA, in Siskiyou County, the fenced land ...

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The 2780 acre Fountain Ranch is what one envisions if it were somehow possible to put together every essential element of a Class A ranch under one umbrella to create the most idyllic picture of ranch perfection;  gentle oak strewn hills rolling down to irrigated pasture land that hug the shores of a mighty river while bei...

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Settle into this private country property with a variety of features and amenities for a family that loves the outdoors. This property is great for the gentleman farmer or 4-H family that wants to raise livestock, grow a large garden, harvest the grapes from the vineyard and make wine, fish in the pond, or keep horses. The ...

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160 ACRE undeveloped ranch is prime ranching land with nearly one-quarter mile of frontage along County HWY S22 in the community of Ranchita. This ranch features mostly level terrain. Unobstructed views and privacy. Area known for good subsurface water. There is a variety of potential ranch and farming uses for this propert...

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On the banks of Butte Creek, the 40.5-acre Jerome Butte Homestead is history and opportunity all rolled into one!  Once the location of an active saw mill, Jerome is now just a dot on the map in rural Siskiyou County, and the perfect spot for your homestead or vacation retreat!  Butte Creek runs through this property and ...

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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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