Located high atop historic Mesa Grande, one of Southern California’s most coveted rural lifestyle locales, lies a wealth of opportunity and utility at the 150+/- acre Rancho Vista Del Valle! Currently home to a premier working and recreation ranch, this property features extensive infrastructure that lends itself to an abundance of possibilities for growth, customization, and enjoyment for generations to come. Enjoy the textured landscape of grassland and rolling hills studded with lush oak woodlands, multiple sportsman ponds and breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the massive wide-open valley below. Accessible by way of a rural, scenic highway, sits this sprawling acreage encompassing an owner’s main residence, secondary residence, large metal agricultural building with loft apartment, outbuildings, and many other desirable improvements. Beautifully groomed and maintained, the off-grid ranch embodies the serenity and privacy of a classic ranch retreat.
The topography of this ranch property offers a pleasing and utilitarian diversity, ranging from level rangeland and oak forest wetlands to spectacular one-of-a-kind viewpoints. Well-maintained roads and paths traverse the property allowing for ease of navigation and future use.
At the high-point of the upper ranch, sits the elevated custom built 1,651 sf, 3 bed/2 bath Spanish style main house featuring never-ending views of the vast Lake Henshaw Basin surrounding Lake Henshaw; Hot Springs Mountain – the highest point in San Diego County – and the Aguanga Mountain Range; Pechacho Peak and the Volcan Mountain Range; Palomar Observatory and the Palomar Mountain Range; the Agua Tibia Mountain Range; San Jacinto Peak in the Santa Rosa Mountains; and Mount San Gorgonio in the San Bernardino Mountain Range – the highest point in Southern California. This rare and beautiful site affords total privacy for those seeking a relaxing get-away in the mountains, and a place to unwind and renew. The energy-efficient, eco-friendly and fire-resistant residence is quality built with custom alder wood trimmed windows and doors, granite counters, alder wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Saltillo tile floors, alder wood baseboards, indoor/outdoor surround sound, upgraded insulation and much more. Heat is provided by your choice of a propane-forced air heating system or the impressive rock fireplace with a warm air blower that will heat the entire home in winter throughout the night. Airscape ultra quiet whole house fan pulls in the cool night air during the summer. Home exterior cladding is upgraded Santa Barbara smooth style finish with rock trim around the windows. The attractive roof is covered with concrete tiles. This stunning and self-sustaining home was designed by architect Donald Levig and built by David Anderson Construction. Enjoy the detached garage converted bonus room with a wood stove ideal for a variety of uses. The orientation of the home optimizes passive solar with a premium solar power system supported by auto electrical solar panels, two 6,800-watt parallel inverters, state-of-the-art maintenance-free 48-volt lithium batteries, and 14 KW Kohler propane generator.
The upper ranch area also offers additional potential home-sites with some of the most extraordinary and breathtaking views in Southern California. Pad areas are currently used as helipads.
The lower ranch area includes a 1,600+/- esf, 2 bed/2 bath secondary residence with attached garage overlooking the lower pond; an expansive metal building with kitchenette, office, full bath, and massive storage with upstairs one bed/1 bath loft apartment; 600-amp, 120-volt/240-volt, single phase commercial electrical service with 10+ subpanels and 25 KW backup generator, water filtration system and more. Possibilities are vast for this space.
There are five full hookup RV sites on the lower ranch and an additional nine RV tandem sites on the upper ranch featuring extraordinary views. There are seven private septic systems throughout the ranch servicing all improvements.
Desirable A70 property zoning and an “O” animal designation allow for the widest variety of agricultural uses. Livestock facilities and storage outbuildings are in place, as are the most impressive dog kennel facilities. The majority of the acreage is fenced with three cross-fenced pasture areas.
The ranch’s prime location sits above the Henshaw basin aquifer. There is a well-developed water system inclusive of three operational water wells with a combined production of 100+/- gallons per minute and nearly 40,000 gallons of stored water. Additionally, seven ponds offer sanctuary to native fauna and tranquil places to enjoy. The two largest ponds are aerated by mechanical windmills. The four smaller Sliver Ponds and Oak Tree Pond are lined.
Topographically, the property is varied, creating a setting that is diverse and true to its native surroundings. Flat areas lead to gently sloping terrain. Native rock outcroppings are located throughout, surrounded by rich native flora including Manzanita, Sage, Wild Buckwheat, Currants, Wild Lilac and more. Mature Oak varietals enrich the area with shade, color, and texture. Wildlife is abundant in the area: deer and turkey roam freely, while raptors and other rare species of animals can be found here because of the abundance of water and cover.
Agriculture is still the dominant economic activity in the Santa Ysabel area. Horse and cattle ranches are the backdrop for the landscape of light residential development. There are many fine restaurants, lodging accommodations, family friendly activities and recreation in the surrounding area of this centrally, yet privately located property. This ranch, while private and peaceful, is close to the interstate freeway system and an hour’s drive to metropolitan San Diego.
Majestic mountain scenery with spectacular views, easy accessibility to and throughout the land for sale, the expansive acreage and infrastructure, and pristine natural setting with plentiful wildlife make this a truly dynamic and inviting property prepared to welcome its next steward.
25730 Eagle Gap Road, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070