Property Spotlight: N3 Cattle Company

For the nature lovers and equestrians alike, the iconic N3 Cattle Company — the largest land offering in the state of California — is back on the market. Featured in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and more, the ranch sustains a vital way of life that is disappearing from the California landscape. 

The $72 million dollar property has 50,500 completely private acres that have been uniquely preserved over the years. With over 80 square miles of flora, fauna and terrains, the property is a nature lover’s dream. Its location — just south of Livermore, east of Oakland and San Jose, and easily accessible from San Francisco and the East Bay — creates the perfect balance for the owner to enjoy the serene property while also visiting the bustling city life as well.

The Ranch is completely private and uniquely preserved, healthy and wild as it has been for hundreds of years. N3 has been a working cattle ranch for 85 years and offers a rare look at a way of life quickly disappearing. 

With four bedrooms in the main home, a one-bedroom annex and four homes for employee housing, one can live comfortably and luxuriously on the thousands of acres around them that are filled with nature and beauty.

Here are some more features of the property:

80 square miles of diverse terrains, flora, fauna, and important watersheds and creeks

200 miles of private roads that are ready for hiking, trail running, mountain biking, and ATVing

Can accommodate 650 cow/calf pairs year-round, 1500 cow/calf pairs seasonally or 3,200 stockers seasonally

14 hunting camps located throughout all with cabins, water, propane, & skinning sheds

Enrolled in Williamson Act and has no conservation easements

Photos courtesy of California Outdoor Properties

887 Flintridge Ave, La Canada Flintridge, California

 

California is calling! Are you looking for the perfect home for you and your family? 10 minutes from downtown Pasadena, this home is located near some of the most popular eateries and shops in LA County. 

This absolutely exquisite Spanish Colonial Revival estate is located in the heart of Flintridge, California. The home is listed for $6,195,000 by Rochelle Maize, the executive director of the luxury estate division at Nourmand & Associates. The stunning estate combines a mixture of styles and unforgettable details that comes together to create a dream-like home in the ideal location. 

$6,195,000 * 6 Bedrooms * 7 Baths * 9,386 Square Feet

Interior

The home’s interior is a blend of modern and traditional finishes that will make this your new favorite place to entertain guests or relax on a quiet afternoon.

Features include: prohibition-era walls, 2 separate basements, a 3-car garage and an updated grand master suite, with 2 walk-in closets, a spacious shower stall and soaking tub. Enjoy the property’s modernized kitchen, highlighted by original Batchelder tiles, which lead you to the grand living room with its unique and imposing 12-foot fireplace.

Exterior

The home is nestled at the base of the Angeles National Forest, situated on nearly 2 acres of park-like, flat land originally owned by former Senator Frank Putnam Flint. Enjoy limitless patio area for gracious indoor-outdoor entertaining year round and an elegant, flower-lined pool and picturesque landscaping.

Photos courtesy of Anthony Barcelona

guests at tanque verde ranch can adventure through miles of horseback riding trails that go deep into the rincon mountains and Sonoran desert.

Seated in the sweeping mountain ranges and boundless desert of Tucson, Arizona, Tanque Verde Ranch combines the spirit of the Old West with today’s modern amenities.

“We’re right at the base of the Rincon Mountains, and the sunsets here are like no other,” says Terry Hanley, the general manager of Tanque Verde Ranch.

Spectacular scenic views can be witnessed in one of the various lodging options, which are tastefully decorated in a traditional southwestern theme with adobe walls and Santa Fe-style architecture.

Celebrating its 150th anniversary, Hanley recalled how Tanque Verde Ranch started as a cattle ranch in the ’20s and was eventually turned into a horse ranch. With more than 150 horses provided by the ranch, guests can take horseback riding lessons or adventure through miles of horseback riding trails.

Every Sunday and Thursday morning, guests can go on an unforgettable trail ride passed towering cacti and rolling hills to the Old Homestead where freshly prepared breakfast is served.

“We are famous for our blueberry pancakes,” Hanley says.

This ultimate dude ranch experience provides a wide range of activities such as fishing, swimming, mountain biking and hiking. The ranch also has outdoor cookouts, country music entertainment and coordinated activities such as chili cook-offs.

  — Brielle Bryan

Photos courtesy of Tanque Verde Ranch

Comprised of over 100 square miles of Eastern Texas Panhandle ranch land, the ranch features man-made streams and lakes, and offers what many agree is the “world’s best quail hunting.”

By Kelly Potts

Business magnate T. Boone Pickens’ 65,000-acre Mesa Vista Ranch in Texas is listed for $250 million.

Over the course of decades, Pickens, longtime owner of the ranch, invested time and money into wildlife management, programs and facilities to create a unique combination of pristine lands and world-class amenities at the Mesa Vista Ranch.

“My hopes for the Mesa Vista and my plans for its future remain as vivid as they were when I began assembling the ranch 46 years ago,” says Pickens, regarding the decision to put the property on the market. “We have minimal cattle grazing on the ranch, preferring instead to let the land revert to pristine prairie conditions, much as it has been in centuries past.”

The ranch, bordering the Canadian River, features multiple structures, including a 12,000-square-foot lake house, a 33,000-square-foot lodge, a family house, gatehouse, pub and a kennel with enough space for 50 dogs. The property also features a 6,000-foot runway and hangar, as well as a chapel with views of the mesas.

Comprised of over 100 square miles of Eastern Texas Panhandle ranch land, the ranch features man-made streams and lakes, and offers what many agree is the “world’s best quail hunting.” “The Mesa Vista has been a labor of love that has occupied the better part of my life. And I intend for a lot more good to come from the sale of the ranch,” Pickens says, noting that much of the proceeds from the sale of the ranch will be donated to The T. Boone Pickens Foundation to fund various charities.

The property is offered jointly and exclusively by Hall and Hall and Chas. S. Middleton and Son. Pickens says, “I see this sale as a new beginning — for the Mesa Vista’s new owners and for the recipients of my charitable giving.”

Photo courtesy of Mesa Vista Ranch

Located in Northwest Colorado, Cross Mountain Ranch is one of the largest and most diverse recreational and operating ranches on the market today.

Cross Mountain Ranch, one of the largest and most ecologically diverse recreational and operating ranches in the nation, spanning four counties in Northwestern Colorado near Steamboat Springs is on the market for the first time in nearly 3 decades. Listed for $100 million, the Ranch is one of the largest and most diverse ranches on the market in the United States and features 20 miles of river frontage.
The family homestead of development tycoon Ronald Boeddeker, Cross Mountain Ranch is the confluence of history, nature, recreation and agriculture.
In addition to a working cattle and sheep ranch, the property offers a range of recreation options including trophy hunting, fly fishing, snowmobiling, whitewater river rafting and kayaking.
“Cross Mountain Ranch is an incredible legacy ranch and investment,” says listing broker Ken Mirr of Mirr Ranch Group. “On their own, components such as water rights, hunting and recreation offerings and agricultural operations make for a strong investment opportunity, but linked together, as they are at Cross Mountain Ranch, it creates a property with invaluable potential. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase one of the most significant and diverse properties in the west.”
Cross Mountain Ranch consists of two distinct ecosystems stretching across four counties, abutting thousands of acres of national forest, BLM, state and park service land and rising more than 2,500 feet in elevation. The Upper Ranch, with alpine landscapes, rich game and rushing rivers includes the historic Pyramid Peak Guest Ranch, a former stagecoach stop at the base of the 13,000-foot Pyramid Peak. The Lower Ranch encompasses the genesis of western ranch settlements including the historic Victorian Sevens Ranch.

Other key features of this legacy ranch include:

  • Numerous homes including a 9-bedroom and 9.1-bath, 11,000-square-foot main lodge
  • A substantial agricultural operation rich in water resources and hay production with a carrying capacity of 2,000 cows and 10,000 sheep grazing on 224,000 acres of deeded and adjoining National Forest, BLM and state land  
  • World-class hunting with unlimited big game hunting, an abundance of fly fishing rivers and several stocked trout ponds
  • Valuable and historic water rights that irrigate hundreds of acres of meadows and pastures that rest alongside the rivers
  • Close proximately to Steamboat Springs and Yampa Valley Regional Airport
  • A commitment to the conservation of America’s rich western heritage in the form of a 16,000-acre conservation easement
  • Shared borders with hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands including the acclaimed Dinosaur National Monument, Flat Top Wilderness Area and the Routt National Forest

The perfect blend of agriculture, livestock, hunting, fishing and recreation, Cross Mountain Ranch is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of the historic Great American West.

Photos courtesy of Mirr Ranch Group.

By: Kelly Potts

Las Varas Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, spans 1,800 acres of various terrains, including mountains, pastures and white sand beaches, and is what listing agent Anthony Punnett of Douglas Elliman Real Estate calls, “a direct link to the ancient past.”
Punnett states that the next owner of the property, which features a World War II-era observation post and a ranch manager’s house from the 1920s, should have a sense of the history and heritage of the area. “It’s so unspoiled, it’s as it was for hundreds of years,” says Punnett, “You can almost imagine the Spanish Galleon pulling up there.”

The ranch has two active creeks, meadows, canyons and foothills offering panoramic views of the coast and Santa Ynez Mountain range, and oak forests leading up to an 18-acre lake at the foot of the mountains. There are 520 acres of pasturelands with lemon and avocado orchards, eucalyptus, live oak and juniper, as well as manmade improvements (such as the Hacienda-style main home) that enhance the natural feel of the property. There’s also a reservoir at the top of the canyon, where one could fish and hunt. Punnett says, “It has everything you’d want to see in California, wrapped into one.”

Las Varas Ranch has two private access points onto a two-mile stretch of private beach — a rare feature that Punnett considers his favorite aspect of the property, noting that he’s never seen this before in California.
Just 15 minutes away from Montecito, 100 miles from Los Angeles and in close proximity to a regional airport, the $108 million ranch provides an ease of access that is extraordinary and unique. “There’s total privacy and seclusion, which is an interesting thing about the property, since it is so vast you could consider it your own state,” says Punnett.

“You’re living amongst nature; you can build whatever home and comforts you’d require, but at the same time, you’re in unspoiled wilderness.”

Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate

With sprawling acreage and the Western spirit, luxury dude and guest ranches are a new vacation trend promising an exceptional outdoor experience.

By Samantha Myers
 
 

Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana

Originating in the American West a little over 100 years ago, ranches served as lodging spots for travelers passing through while journeying over vast land and deserts. This longstanding U.S. tradition has been kept alive today with luxurious dude and guest ranches throughout the mountain states, providing an experience that incorporates time-honored ranch ideals, but in magnificent, all-inclusive vacation experiences.

Different than a guest ranch, dude ranches are where visitors are taught how to live on the ranch, including how to ride and care for horses, go fishing, and participate in activities such as rodeos and family-style meals. “Dude ranches offer a more programmed approach that embodies a more romantic notion of our country’s cowboy heritage with a strong focus on horseback riding,” says Jennifer O’Donohue, marketing and sales director for Triple Creek Ranch. “A guest ranch is a more relaxed take on the ranch experience.”
Identifying as a luxury guest ranch, Triple Creek Ranch, located in Darby, Montana, is an adults-only ranch surrounded by 4 million acres of National Forest Service land at the base of Trapper Peak, the tallest mountain in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. “We offer a rich array of Montana outdoor adventures throughout the year, and our guests enjoy the amenities, cuisine and service that they expect from a fine resort,” says O’Donohue. “Our secluded nature provides a serene retreat from which guests venture forth each day to play in our great Montana backyard, or to relax in our tranquil hideaway.”

While each ranch resort location has activities unique to their landscape, typical ones include horseback riding, hiking, fly-fishing, archery, shooting sports and most come equipped with full-service spas. One of the most coveted activities offered at Triple Creek Ranch includes sapphire panning, where guests sift through dirt at a nearby mine in search of rough gems — an experience unique to Montana, also known as the “Treasure State.”
Homesteaded in 1877, and now spread across 30,000 acres of Wyoming landscape, Brush Creek Ranch embodies the spirit of the West and still operates as a growing, working cattle ranch as it did in days past. This luxury dude ranch offers cabins ranging from new-builds to renovated historic ones and brings all the traditional aspects one might expect in a ranch immersed in nature.

Brush Creek Ranch

“We really believe in something when it comes to the ranch,” says Mike Williams, general manager at Brush Creek Ranch. “When you look out to the south side of the lodge, when you’re looking at the Sierra Madres and there’s snow on them, hay meadows, livestock.… We really know that guests come out to the West for that sense of place. They’ve seen it on TV; they’ve seen it in Westerns. They want to be outdoors, to breathe fresh air, sounds, smells, get their fingernails dirty and try new things.”
Unhindered by technology (there are no TVs in the rooms), Brush Creek aims at bringing the family together. The staff encourages guests of all expertise and ages to embrace the ranch’s saying, “Learn to do and learn to do better.” Brush Creek upholds a sophisticated activity concierge service aimed at understanding their guests’ desires for the trip and helping meet those goals alongside equipped and well-trained guides.
“I grew up in a place where you lock your doors, you lock your cars,” says Williams. “It’s not like that here in Saratoga. We’ve never issued a guest room key here. We never lock the doors. It’s just the Western way of life.”

The Home Ranch

“At The Home Ranch, it’s wide open spaces, fresh air, being in a place where you are well-served and meeting other guests, but still feeling like you have your privacy,” says General Manager Brooks Bradbury. At the year-round Clark, Colorado, ranch, dinner is served each night on common tables in the dining room, giving the chance for guests to get to know each other. The Home Ranch prepares what they call “haute mountain cuisine” for each meal, featuring farm-to-table food, where produce, herbs and meat, among others, are all raised and grown on the property.

Sustainability is a common feature for contemporary luxury ranches, and most serve organic, regionally and locally sourced and seasonally diverse food enjoyed within another rich ranch tradition of communal, family-style dinners. These, coupled with musical events, bring the historic characteristics of ranches to life everyday. Every Tuesday night at The Home Ranch, a cowboy group performs, and, in the summertime, every Wednesday following dinner, there is a barn dance featuring musicians playing country western dance music.

The Ranch at Rock Creek

“Every meal is an event,” says Steve Shotsberger, general manager of the 5-star guest ranch The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana. “We do different things every night for dinner, from a four- to six-course tasting menu, to barbecues, to supper clubs. We change the location most evenings.”
Accommodations in luxury ranches include many different options, all of which offer exquisite lodging experiences. In the case of Rock Creek, varied accommodations include granite lodges, “glamping” cabins, a 19th-century historic barn or luxury homes.
“The number one thing that resonates with me is the memories that we create,” adds Shotsberger. “It’s such a unique experience in a beautiful setting in Western Montana — our guests don’t get these anywhere. It’s a combination of absolutely wonderful product, variety in structure and architecture, followed by service. We make sure we deliver customized experiences to every guest.”

Overall, the ranches report guests typically stay four to seven days, with summer the most in-demand season, followed closely by fall. Depending on accommodations, season and number of guests, prices range from $750 to $3,000 per night.

Photos courtesy: Triple Creek Ranch, Brush Creek Ranch, The Home Ranch and The Ranch at Rock Creek

Images from Sycamore Valley Ranch, formally Neverland Ranch. Photos courtesy Jim Bartsch.

The legendary California estate, formally known to the world as Neverland Ranch, is being re-introduced to the market at $67 Million by Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Previews International.
Today, known as Sycamore Valley Ranch, the renowned property retains its iconic status and incorporates over 4 square miles of sweeping vistas, dramatic mountain ranges and pastoral farmland. The Ranch was designed for recreation and entertaining on a grand scale.

“The initial pricing afforded Colony Capital time to better determine the future of the Ranch, and today we look forward to this magnificent property being enjoyed by a new curator,” explained Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Previews International. “This quintessential California estate is now ready for the next chapter in its journey.  The panoramic views and grounds of this prized estate are among its most coveted hallmarks. We are eager to watch Sycamore Valley Ranch transform into full bloom this coming spring.”

The private estates of Santa Barbara County have long been the retreat of some of the world’s most famous names. Sycamore Valley Ranch is a 30-minute drive to downtown Santa Barbara  where, in addition to fine dining and shopping, Santa Barbara Municipal Airport offers service by major airlines and private aviation services.

Five miles from the charming town of Los Olivos in the Santa Ynez Valley, the property was named for the majestic sycamore trees that populate the landscape, alongside century-old live oaks. The 2,700 acre ranch borders the Los Padres National Forest in one of Southern California’s most unique wine-growing regions. According to local vintners, the land is well-suited for vineyards.
Inside the gates, guests are greeted by a French Normandy-style manor, designed by award-winning architect Robert Altevers in 1982 as the main residence on the 50 maintained acres within the Ranch. Crafted to perfection with exposed timber beams, brick and stonework, 5 fireplaces, and 18th-century French oak parquet flooring from 2 chateaus in France, the main residence spans approximately 12,598 square feet. The first-floor master wing includes a private loft, 2 master baths, 2 walk-in cedar-lined closets, and a private outdoor garden. There are 4 additional bedrooms in the main residence for a total of 5 bedrooms and 6 full and 2 half baths. A separate apartment is located about the motor garages. Additionally, the main home is mere yards away from the approximately 5,500-square-foot guesthouse that boasts 4 separate suites.

Sycamore Valley Ranch offers endless opportunities for outdoor activities. The red barn was originally built for Clydesdales and the property is well suited for all equestrian pursuits. A train station features a kitchenette, loft, and 2 fireplaces. The stand-alone movie theater that easily seats 50 and the dance studio are an entertainer’s dream. A 3-bedroom ranch house, adjacent to the stables, offers a full kitchen, a wood-burning fireplace and a separate staff house with sweeping views of Figueroa Mountain.
“This is a rare and truly remarkable estate of 50 maintained acres surrounded by some four square miles of natural beauty running to the distant mountain ridges,” according to the property website. “Structures of magnificent quality and comfortable luxury make this a singular residence designed for an extraordinary California ranch and naturalist lifestyle.”

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