Land/Lots for Sale

How to Buy Lots and Land for Sale in California

Browse lots for sale in San Diego. When planning to build on a vacant lot for sale, there are a few essential things to look out for no matter what size lot or how you plan to use it. Buy land in San Diego with the help of an experienced backcountry brokerage.

  • From the beginning of your search, the most important thing to remember when buying a vacant lot is location. Location impacts the desirability and usability of the land so make sure you’ve settled on a place to build first
  • Make sure the lot for sale includes water and sewage connections. If not, take this in to consideration and think about adding self-sufficient utilities like solar, septic system and a well.
  • Understand your water rights – this can make or break your ability to build a well
  • Make sure electricity and phone/cable service is available if this is a priority
  • Confirm that there is a deeded right-of-way in place for land not accessible by a public road. The deed should give you and future owners the legal right to access the land, known as an easement
  • Check for any property deed restrictions or open space easements that may prevent you from building your desired home or infrastructure, such as an equestrian property with all necessary facilities or a home-based agricultural property.
  • If the lot is in a development, ask for the restrictive covenants, if any. This will tell you the restrictions for house size and other limitations
  • Check with the local city or county municipality for any zoning changes in the area
  • Make sure there are not environmental hazards on the land for sale
  • Confirm the area boundary with the agent and submit for a new boundary survey if desired
  • If you plan to build a home or an agricultural property, talk to lenders about construction loans and agricultural loans.

What Determines a Legal Lot For Sale?

In the County of San Diego, a parcel must be a legal lot to render it buildable. Having an APN (Assessor’s Parcel Number) does not necessarily mean it is a legal parcel (lot). For instance, some lots that are offered for sale are discovered not to be a legal parcel during the due diligence phase. In this case, the owner must to go through the process with the County of San Diego to create a legal lot which may include: obtaining a Certificate of Compliance, or locating a Grant Deed or other document of conveyance recorded prior to February 1, 1972 that describes the perimeter of the parcel without describing any other adjacent parcel.

To learn more on this subject, here is a helpful resource to open to provide you with additional information on the Planning and Development Services Policy for determining a legal parcel prior to issuing a building permit. Remember when investigating the possibly of building on a vacant land parcel, the first step is verifying the lot status through the County, then moving on to investigating items such as slope, vegetation, access, and other pertinent development issues.

Speak with an Agent to Help you Buy Land or Lots for Sale

Some real estate agents may not possess any knowledge about buying lots and land for sale in California. Don’t make the mistake of choosing an inexperienced agent just because they have a real estate license. Specialty clauses, negotiations, construction planning require specialized experience from a brokerage specializing in large lots of land for sale. Red Hawk Realty is the preeminent land specialist when it comes to the California backcountry.

Our Lots and Land for Sale in California

  • Active Listing For Sale
    Vacant Land Near Temecula

    Warner Springs, 92086

    $90,000

    Vacant Land Near Temecula Two half acre parcels, side by side, being sold together or separate, by same owner....

      Lot Size1 Acres
  • Active Listing For Sale
    10 Acres Of Vacant Land In Southern California

    Warner Springs, 92086

    $35,000

    10 Acres Of Vacant Land In Southern California 10 rugged acres of raw land, surrounded by gorgeous Southern California...

      Lot Size10 Acres
  • Pending
    Perfect Potential Homesite

    Julian, 92036

    $37,000

    Perfect Potential Homesite Perfect potential homesite! Nearly half acre property located in the quiet Kentwood residential neighborhood outside of...

      Lot Size.44 Acres
  • Active Listing For Sale
    Private Lot In Desirable Julian

    Julian, 92036

    $69,900

    Private Lot In Desirable Julian Serene mountain homesite in a quiet and picturesque neighborhood just minutes from the charming...

      Lot Size.39 Acres
  • Pending
    Charming 8+ Acre Homesite

    Julian, 92036

    $229,000

    Charming 8+ Acre Homesite Charming 8+ Acre Homesite in the desirable Pine Hills area of Julian, California. From panoramic...

      Lot Size8.79 Acres
  • Pending
    11.36 Acres Fully Fenced In Ranchita

    Ranchita, 92066

    $489,500

    11.36 Acres Fully Fenced In Ranchita When you want Montana ranch life, but you want to be in California!...

    • Bed2
    • Baths3
    • Sq Ft1493
    • Lot Size11.36 Acres
  • Active Listing For Sale
    39 Gorgeous Acres In Ranchita

    Ranchita, 92066

    $180,000

    39 Gorgeous Acres In Ranchita 39.88+- Gorgeous acres, usable with excellent access from both Montezuma Valley Road as well...

      Lot Size39.88 Acres
  • Active Listing For Sale
    Investment Acre in Beautiful Julian

    , 92036

    $30,000

    Investment Acre in Beautiful Julian CA Perfect real estate investment opportunity! Approximately one acre in a quiet residential neighborhood....

      Lot Size1 Acres
  • Active Listing For Sale
    Equestrian's Dream With Home And Hobby Vineyard

    Volcano, California 95689

    $999,000

    Equestrian’s Dream With Home And Hobby Vineyard Spectacular place to call home for you and your horses!  Just outside...

    • Bed4
    • Baths3
    • Sq Ft4205
    • Lot Size8.49 Acres
  • Active Listing For Sale
    Fully Fenced Acreage In Historic Volcano CA

    Volcano, 95689

    $399,000

    Infrastructures are in! 19.75 acres that border with 40 acres of Govt land and over 600 acres with the...

      Lot Size19.75 Acres
  • active Active Listing For Sale
    19+ Beautiful Acres With Mobile Home

    , 92086

    $175,000

    19+ Beautiful Acres With Mobile Home 19.51 of the prettiest, most gently rolling, naturally diverse, private acres you could...

    • Active Listing For Sale
      120 Pristine Acres In San Diego Backcountry

      , 92070

      $595,000

      120 Pristine Acres In San Diego Backcountry Rare opportunity to own 120 pristine acres between Mesa Grande and Ramona,...

        Lot Size120 Acres
    • Pending
      Southern California Ranch Land Retreat

      , 92070

      $550,000

      Southern California Ranch Land Retreat 80+/- ACRE of scenic range land located in the historic San Diego County ranching...

      • Sq Ft965
      • Lot Size80 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      Picturesque Mountain Lot

      , 92036

      $48,000

      Picturesque Mountain Lot Enjoy stunning sunsets and tranquility from this 2.5 acre parcel on the edge of off-grid Cuyamaca...

        Lot Size2.5 Acres
    • Sold
      40 Acres in Beautiful Ranchita Valley

      , 92066

      $75,000

      40 Acres in Beautiful Ranchita Valley Hike or ride up through this beautiful valley to stand at-top massive boulders...

        Lot Size40 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      Investment Opportunity in Julian

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      $30,000

      Investment Opportunity in Beautiful Julian Perfect investment opportunity! Approximately one acre in a quiet residential neighborhood. Mixed native trees...

        Lot Size1 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      Secluded Retreat on 93 +/- Acres

      , 92036

      $875,000

      Secluded Retreat on 93 +/- Acres of Mountain Beauty with Charming 1200esf Custom House On 93 +/- acres in...

      • Baths1.5
      • Sq Ft1200
      • Lot Size93.69 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      Paradise In Poway

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      $1,150,000

      PARADISE IN POWAY 80+/- acre elite estate home site located in the City of Poway near Iron Mountain. This...

        Lot Size80 Acres
    • Sold
      Top of the World In Poway

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      $649,000

      TOP OF THE WORLD IN POWAY 40+/- acre exclusive estate home site located in the City of Poway near...

        Lot Size40 Acres
    • Sold
      23 Acres, San Felipe, Warner Springs

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      $89,000

      23 Acres, San Felipe, Warner Springs 23 view acres w sweeping vistas from Granite Mtn/Scissors Crossing, up to San...

        Lot Size23.04 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      Two View Homesite Parcels, Los Tules

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      $125,000

      Two View Homesite Parcels, Los Tules Originally purchased w adj 1.62 acre parcel, this 1.59 ac is now offered...

        Lot Size1.59 Acres
    • Sold
      Vacant Land With Beautiful Views

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      $175,000

      Vacant Land With Beautiful Views in Warner Springs Rugged and beautiful 8.08 acre perch looking out over Chihuahua Valley...

        Lot Size8.08 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      8+ Acre Julian Property

      , 92036

      $199,000

      An exciting opportunity awaits at this pristine 8+ acre property near the heart of Julian, CA. Discover incredible views...

        Lot Size8.35 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      Granite Mountain 187 Acre Ranch

      , 92036

      $499,000

      Stunningly beautiful ranch property with numerous roads, locked gate, very few neighbors. This off-grid property boasts a pond, water-spring,...

        Lot Size187 Acres
    • Sold
      Ramona Agricultural Acreage

      , 92065

      $699,000

      A cultivators dream property awaits at this 9+ acres farm land property located in the heart of Ramona. Flat,...

        Lot Size9 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      4.2 Acres Japatul Valley

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      $330,000

      Exciting opportunity awaits at this 4.2-acre land/lot for sale is located in the exclusive Rancho Japatul Estates. Situated within...

        Lot Size4.2 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      10.81 Acres Japatul Valley

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      $250,000

      Exciting opportunity awaits at this 10.81-acre property located in the exclusive Rancho Japatul Estates. Situated within the Japatul Valley...

        Lot Size10.81 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      Japatul Valley Acreage

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      $500,000

      A rare and exciting opportunity awaits at this 15-acre property located in the exclusive Rancho Japatul Estates. Situated within...

        Lot Size15 Acres
    • Pending
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      Julian Hilltop Property

      , California 92036

      $149,000

      Opportunity awaits at this beautiful 13-acre property, located just ten minutes away from the quaint, historic town of Julian,...

        Lot Size13 Acres
    • Sold
      Mount Laguna Cabin

      , California

      $99,000

      Rare opportunity to own private land on Mount Laguna en route to major metropolitan areas in the San Diego...

        Lot Size6 Acres
    • Sold
      Pine Hills View Property

      , 92036

      $129,000

      Forever views await at this stunning 12-acre hilltop property located in the desirable Pine Hills area of Julian CA....

        Lot Size12 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      14.94 Acres Fallbrook

      , 92028

      $211,000

      The canvas on which to design your ideals is waiting. Situated in a quiet area of Fallbrook, this 14.94-acre...

        Lot Size14.94 Acres
    • Sold
      Mountain View Lane

      , California 92065

      $169,900

      One of the best kept secret equestrian neighborhoods of Ramona! This incredible 5.92 acre property is located in one...

        Lot Size5.92 Acres
    • Sold
      6 Acre View Parcel in Historic Julian

      , 92036

      $149,000

      One of the last remaining vacant lots overlooking Julian, CA is now available! This remarkable 6 acre parcel offers...

        Lot Size6 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      Lakeside View Property

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      $500,000

      Lakeside View Property There is much to explore at this 19+/- acre property situated on Rattlesnake Mountain.  Bordering the...

      • BedN/A
      • BathsN/A
      • Sq Ftn/a
      • Lot Size19.1 Acres
    • Sold
      Julian Home Site
      Julian Home Site

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      $59,000

      Perfect opportunity to purchase 3+ acres minutes from historic Julian.  County approved septic layout for 3 ­bedroom home, perc...

        Lot Size3.37 Acres
    • Pending
      Julian Wine Tasting
      Sutter Creek Agricultural Opportunity

      Sutter Creek, 95685

      $2,500,000

        Sutter Creek Agricultural Opportunity 347+/- acre Unique Ranching & Agricultural Investment Opportunity in the heart of Amador County’s...

      • Sq FtN/A
      • Lot Size347 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      Mesa Grande Lake View Home Site

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      $269,000

      Incredible views make this 11+ acre home site the perfect canvas to create your full-time residence or private weekend...

        Lot Size11 Acres
    • Sold
      High Meadow Ranch Home Site

      , 92036

      $249,000

      High Meadow Ranch Home Site Stunning 25.36 acre view property located in the serene, gated High Meadow Ranch community...

        Lot Size25.36 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      Fallbrook View Property
      Scenic 8.13 Acre Fallbrook Property

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      $149,000

      Incredible panoramic views and ocean breezes make this view lot one to be seen!  Located just east of Interstate...

        Lot Size8.13 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      Fallbrook Land For Sale
      Incredible Fallbrook Homesite

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      $149,000

      Spectacular, panoramic views and ocean breezes make this 9.27 acre property an absolute must-see!  Located just east of I-15,...

        Lot Size9.27 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      3.16-Acre Buildable Jamul View Lot

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      $229,000

      Rancho Jamul Estates is an exclusive, gated community, surrounded by natural beauty, wide open space, and a 23,000-acre Fish...

        Lot Size3.16 Acres
    • Sold
      2.54-Acre Buildable Jamul View Lot

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      $299,000

      Rancho Jamul Estates is an exclusive, gated community, surrounded by natural beauty, wide open space, and a 23,000-acre Fish &...

        Lot Size2.54 Acres
    • Pending
      Amador County Acreage

      Sutter Creek, 95685

      $1,100,000

        Amador County Acreage Stunning 200.39 acre property situated in the Sierra foothills near the historic towns of Sutter Creek and Jackson...

      • BedN/A
      • BathsN/A
      • Sq FtN/A
      • Lot Size200.39 Acres
    • Pending
      Ranching Investment Opportunity

      Sutter Creek, 95685

      $1,400,000

      Amador County Ranching & Agricultural Investment Opportunity Ideal investment opportunity awaits at this rare 146.97 acre former vineyard &...

      • BedN/A
      • BathsN/A
      • Sq FtN/A
      • Lot Size146.97 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      9.47 Acres Beautiful Ramona View

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      $150,000

      Parcel #23: 9.47 Acres Beautiful Ramona View MOTIVATED SELLER!!! Price Reduced! Sitting on 9.46 acres in sunny Ramona, this...

      • BedN/A
      • BathsN/A
      • Sq FtN/A
      • Lot Size9.47 Acres
    • Sold
      9.17 Acres Beautiful Ramona View

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      $175,000

      Parcel#22:  9.17 Acres Beautiful Ramona View MOTIVATED SELLER!!! Price Reduced!   9.17 acres in sunny Ramona, California! This is...

      • BedN/A
      • BathsN/A
      • Sq FtN/A
      • Lot Size9.17 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      34 Acres on Ramona Highlands

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      $125,000

      34 Acres Off Of Ramona Highlands PRICE REDUCED from $149,000 to $125,000 Motivated Seller – Bring An Offer!! All...

      • BedN/A
      • BathsN/A
      • Sq FtN/A
      • Lot Size34 Acres
    • Active Listing For Sale
      Mesa Grande Ranch
      Mesa Grande Ranch

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      $775,000

      76+/- ACRE cattle ranch consisting of 2 legal parcels situated on desirable Mesa Grande in Santa Ysabel, CA.  This...

        Lot Size76 Acres

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