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An exciting opportunity awaits at this pristine 8+ acre property near the heart of Julian. Discover incredible views in an ideal mountain location which embodies the backcountry lifestyle. A graded driveway leads to a potential home site from which to envision your custom dream home. Just minutes from Julian, this property ...

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Willow Point / Tule Road Vineyards Clarksburg, CA 95612 Yolo County Approximately 186 +/- acres divided among 6 parcels. 160 +/- planted acres of young Pinot Noir wine grapes $ 4,795,000 Willow Point Vineyard · Six parcels consisting of 136.22+/- gross acres with 115.6+/- acres of Pinot Noir Wine Grapes. · ...

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Recreational Ranch & Income Producing Walnut Orchard For Sale in Winters, CA Not very often does a ranch of this size, character, and history come to market, but here is your chance to own one. The Martin Ranch is located just minutes outside of Winters, CA in Solano County and has everything you could need. This ranc...

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Extremely rare opportunity to own and expand an existing recreational resort just 8 miles from the Donner Summit, right along Highway 80.  In the wintertime, this property is a wildly popular sledding and inner-tubing hill, which grossed approximately $500,000 in 2018.  There is also a concessionaire who operates a winter...

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Ideal recreation ranch potential with incredible views, just a 15-20 minute paved road drive from U.S. Highway 101. Over 4000 contiguous acres near San Ardo in Monterey County - single family ownership since the 1940's. The Freeman Ranch has end-of-the-road privacy, is of -the-grid, and consists of 11 certificated parcels, ...

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The Newnan Ranch is one of the last large parcels available in this section of southern Nevada County. The ranch has large oak studded meadows with seasonal creeks as well as hilltop views. Currently used for cattle grazing there is a set of corrals by the historic barn.   Property Highlights: There is plenty of history o...

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Stunningly beautiful ranch property with numerous roads, locked gate, very few neighbors. This off-grid property boasts a pond, water-spring, rock outcrops and usable space. The rustic cabin and metal barn are in good form. Views of the San Felipe Valley, Volcan Mountain and the desert below are breathtaking. Existing water...

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Riata Ranch: 20 spectacular acres with amazing views!! Watching the sunrise over the many mountains of the Stanislaus National Forest, your mind drifts as your cares melt away. There are views from every part of the property, from the orchard to the pastures, to the wrap around deck of this updated 3 bed/ 2 bath custom home...

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Beautiful ranch just a two miles out of the town of Susanville. This 887 acre cattle ranch includes over 400 acres of irrigated pasture and hay, including 40 acres of alfalfa. Plus juniper uplands for spring grazing. Three homes one five bedroom, three bath, and a 1680 square foot modular and another 1506 square foot modula...

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The crystal clear waters of Coffee Creek frames the very popular Bonanza King Resort in the Alpine setting of the Trinity Alps. This is as turn-key as it gets! With 7 immaculate and carefully decorated cabins and a luxurious owner's home, with a long waiting list for summer weeks, could easily be transferred to the new owne...

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Imagine living on the edge of crystal clear, spring fed, Eastman Lake. Fish right off your dock, rock patio or take the boat out of your boathouse and cruise the river system, with over 20 miles of navigable waterways, including Little Tule River, Tule River, Big Lake, Crystal Springs, and the famous Upper Fall River. PRO...

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   Scenic 160 Acre property near Markleeville Ca, in Alpine county. This property is a sportsman's paradise. An unspoiled beauty with open areas, timber and Scott creek running through the property. Close proximity to Kirkwood Ski area, many lakes, rivers, streams and Just a short 30 mile drive to South Lake Tahoe makes o...

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Beautiful green meadows with Hat Creek running through is the setting for this 243 acre cattle ranch. Featuring 80 acres of flood irrigated fields. Remaining property has historically been used for grazing. Rock home with 5 bedrooms and 3 baths in 3876 sf of living space. Hat Creek is a premier fishing destination and this ...

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Here is an opportunity to take advantage of approximately 2,800 acres of pristine California landscape for cattle grazing, hunting, or just getting away from it all. Situated roughly 21 miles north and west of Red Bluff off of Highway 36, the fully-fenced Heritage Ranch has been in the same extended family for multiple gene...

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Located in the picturesque community of Surprise Valley, nestled against the stunning Warner Mountain Range, lies this immaculate 510 acre ranch. Versatile use is a big factor towards the value of this ranch. Growing hay, grain, raising goats and wintering cattle.  There are 2 animal barns, large hay barn and impressive fe...

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This working cattle ranch has a nicely remodeled ranch house overlooking the Honey Lake Valley and an 8 car garage/shop. The meadow is sub irrigated from fully riparian natural springs originating on the ranch. The ranch should run 200 head for the summer or 100 head year round and has a full set of Powder River corrals as ...

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Location, location, location!  This Siskiyou County home is conveniently located less than 15 minutes from Yreka so you can easily commute to work or school and still come home to quiet serenity up on a ridge overlooking the Shasta Valley!  The 3 bedroom, 2 bath 2007 manufactured home is on a permanent foundation and has ...

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82 +/- acres with approximately 78 acres of irrigated pasture, a pond, and 85 shares of Shasta River Irrigation District water!  There is a wooden corral system and barbed wire fencing in place.  The property is currently used for grazing cattle and growing hay.  Located in Shasta Valley, between Yreka and Montague for e...

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Amazing 96 acres in Fillmore near the Condor Preserve, BLM and Forest Service lands.  Miles and miles of open space and serenity.   Just North of Highway 126 with easy access to all services via well maintained and grated easement road.   Views to the Pacific Ocean with cool ocean breezes on any given day.  Hike and r...

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Foresthill North is a remarkable piece of real estate that has potential to go in many directions. There are 7 parcels comprising 441+- acres. The property has excellent recreation with miles of trails for horses, ATV’s and hiking. Sitting on top of the Divide the property is accessed by Foresthill Divide Rd and mostly us...

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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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