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Pritchard Sumner Ranch

8050 Bitterwater Road, Shandon, CA
Status: Active
Property Type
Cattle Ranch
Home with Acreage
Hunting Land
Mountain Land
Recreational Land
Rural Business
8,560 acres
San Luis Obispo, CA
Water Well
List Date
Jul 31, 2019
Pritchard Sumner Ranch Brochure
Pritchard Sumner Ranch Map
The price has been reduced on this historic ranch! The vast Pritchard Sumner Ranch is comprised of 8,560± acres, spreading over two counties with the majority (5,673± acres) lying in Kern County and the balance in San Luis Obispo County. Both the Kern County and San Luis Obispo County acreages are zoned Agriculture. Specific use allowances are governed by the respective county planning department. The entire Pritchard Sumner Ranch is under the Williamson Act Contract, also known as the Ag Preserve. The Ag Preserve generally limits the land usage to agriculture or related open space uses in exchange for reduced property taxes. The 2018/2019 property taxes for the ranch were approximately $11,317 in total, with $7,302 to Kern, and $4,014 to San Luis Obispo. First homesteaded in the 1860s, the 8,560±-acre Pritchard-Sumner Ranch is rich with history and now available for purchase for the first time in over 150 years. Operated as a cow-calf cattle business for almost 50 years, running 250 cow-calf pairs (or 1,000-1,200 yearlings), the Pritchard-Sumner Ranch is completely outfitted with cross-fencing, pastures, and troughs, plus over 80,000 gallons of water storage and miles of pipeline to distribute water all throughout the Ranch. The Pritchard-Sumner Ranch is complemented with a freshly remodeled ranch-style home, barns, historic buildings, juniper trees, and a variety of wildlife. The recently remodeled main home is comprised of 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Built in the 1930s, the home includes heating and air, a new roof, and a stabilized foundation. Further there is a metal pole barn, equipment shed, fencing and all-weather ranch roads. The cattle operations include a new set of corrals, a new loading chute, a 60-foot truck scale and troughs sprinkled throughout. For the past 47 years, the Pritchard-Sumner Ranch has been utilized as a cattle ranch and is currently running 250 head. This is a total turn-key operation, complete with cattle guard, fencing, alleys, pens, a 60- foot scale, brand new loading chutes and approximately 22 water troughs scattered across the ranch. Additionally, because of the rich history of the Pritchard Sumner Ranch, there is the potential opportunity for agricultural tourism and studies. The ranch has been visited by Cal Poly animal science students and utilized by various organizations as a fundraiser site. With the capability to store 80,000 gallons, water on the Pritchard-Sumner Ranch is supplied by two wells—one solar powered, the other electric on a timer. The water is gravity fed through miles and miles of built in pipeline all throughout the Ranch. There are also 3 stock ponds that collect an ample amount of water each year. However, though safe for cattle, there is currently there is no potable water on the property, as is typical for this area. Drinking and cooking water are purchased and stored in the home. The highest peak of the Ranch reaches 3,000 ft in elevation offering scenic views in every direction. Seasonal elk, deer, quail, dove and rabbits can be found presenting opportunities for hunting. Recreation such as hiking, mountain biking, four wheeling and horseback riding are a few of the activities that can be enjoyed on the Pritchard Sumner Ranch.
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Paso Robles, California
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