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Rare listings of unique ranches in the Sierra Foothills offer family and commercial possibilities

River Highlands Ranch
Hunt Road Ranch


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Ranch sales have boomed over the last year as folks review their lives and decide the dreams reserved for “some-day” can be realized “to-day”. Or some simply view land as a hedge against a historically hot stock market.

In any case, two ranches in the scenic Sierra Foothills of Northern California offer a lot of possibilities and are especially well-suited for people with private aircraft.

River Highlands Ranch is a 400-acre ranch located about an hour north of Sacramento in the historic gold mining town of Smartsville, California.

The centerpiece of the ranch is the 7,500 square foot Event Barn with beautifully landscaped lawns, gardens, patios, and a three-acre vineyard. The Barn has a 19-year history of hosting weddings and other family and corporate events.

The ranch includes two log cabins; the 1,218 square foot Coyote Cabin is currently the owner's residence, and the 568 square foot Duck Pond cabin is a popular Airbnb rental. The ranch also offers the potential development of five more cabins. On the ridges, there are camping sites and glamping sites with RV hook-ups, water, and power.

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The highlight of River Highlands Ranch for pilots is the FAA registered 2,400’ airstrip.

River Highlands Ranch offers potential to be a family compound or a business opportunity

Listing agent Bruce Renfrew of California Outdoor Properties said, “It is incredibly rare to see this much acreage with the amount of infrastructure, and in such close proximity to town. Shopping is less than 10 minutes away from River Highlands Ranch. Sacramento is an hour away. And the Bay Area is less than 3 hours away.”

The second ranch recently listed for sale is the 1,172- acre Hunt Road Ranch in Copperopolis, California. Copperopolis is conveniently located about 1.5 hours south of Sacramento and two hours east of San Francisco.

The ranch reaches heights up to a 2,100' ridgetop offering 360-degree views of mountains, valleys, forests, and ranchlands for miles in all directions.

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Hunt Road Ranch represents an extremely rare opportunity to own a ranch in close proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, and Lake Tahoe. Ranch improvements include a three-story A-Frame house overlooking the Salt Springs Valley and Reservoir, a large wooden barn with workshop, and a former Church Camp Retreat with multiple dwellings, commercial kitchen and large dining hall, conference hall, and large swimming pool with changing rooms.

To pilots’ delight, the ranch also features a 2,600' airstrip, nearly two miles of paved internal roads, and many more miles of dirt roads.

Hunt Road Ranch offers a range of possibilities including a family compound, hunt club, cattle or horse ranch, or a commercial enterprise.

“So many of our buyers are looking for a "family compound" or a ranch that multiple families can enjoy. River Highlands Ranch and Hunt Road Ranch both offer this possibility as well as the ability to run cows, ride horses, and other outdoor recreation,” Renfrew said.

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If you’re ready to move onto the next chapter in your life or looking for an investment or business opportunity, River Highlands Ranch is listed for $2,999,000 and Hunt Road Ranch is listed for $3,600,000.

For more information or to schedule a private showing,

please contact

Bruce Renfrew

T: + 1 203.634.9693

M: +1.650.773.1863


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