OWN A PRIZED PIECE OF SAN DIEGO HISTORY: A PRIVATE RETREAT IN THE HISTORIC 4,500-ACRE CORTE MADERA RANCH

Discover the extraordinary opportunity to own one of ten exclusive estates in the historic Corte Madera Ranch, a remarkable property originally patented to pioneers in the late 1800s. This ranch totaling 4,500+/- (forty-five hundred) deeded acres operates as a commonly held corporation with each individual homesite owner entitled to one of ten equal shares of this jointly held ownership community. At the heart of Corte Madera Ranch and overlooking the spectacular 65+/- acre seasonal lake at its peak, sits a 13.09-acre private estate featuring a sprawling 1920s craftsman ranch-style homestead blending pioneer legacy with timeless tradition. This present-day ranch life, often referred to as having a “Yellowstone vibe,” embodies a rugged yet luxurious lifestyle that combines the rustic charm of wide-open spaces with modern comforts.

Architectural Elegance and Historical Charm

Designed by the renowned architect Richard Requa, this classic architectural masterpiece has been impeccably preserved to maintain its original design integrity. Known for his distinctive architectural style and contributions to the California Spanish Revival movement, Requa’s touch blended American Craftsman influences with Mission stylings creating ageless character to this private retreat. The homestead stands as a testament to exquisite design and offers both historical allure and contemporary conveniences.

Perfect for family, friends, and guests with an abundance of options for relaxing, entertaining and accommodations, the range of impressive improvements include: a 1,989 sf 3-bed, 3-½ bath main house; 483 sf carriage house with 2-bed, 1-bath, plus a loft; 600 sf 2-bed, 1-bath guest house; muti-bay detached garage-workshop; three stall barn, basketball-pickleball court and more.  The centerpiece of this estate is the seamless indoor/outdoor living and entertainment areas. The impressive pool with electric cover and pool heater features a full-length sun-shelf and spacious patio, where swimmers can play, lounge, cool off, or work on their tans. An outdoor kitchen with BBQ, and a well-appointed modern pool house with cabana and adjacent changing rooms enhance everyone’s recreational experience. All these fantastic amenities are set against the backdrop of breathtaking views of the rural landscape, expansive lake and surrounding mountains, making this property an ideal spot for relaxation and entertainment.

This vintage rural retreat features an expansive great room with elevated exposed beam ceiling and handsome rock wood-burning fireplace, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. The aged hard-wood floors, antique hardware and fixtures and large picture windows enhance the home’s historic charm. Encircling the house are visually interesting rock walls, steps, and enchanted paths, while hand-hewn timber-covered walkways and patios add to its celebrated appeal and inviting exploration. Each detail reflects a dedication to maintaining the integrity of the original design while providing a comfortable living experience.

Natural Beauty and Recreational Opportunities

Corte Madera Ranch is a rare gem, offering a unique blend of natural splendor and ecological importance. This stunning ranch is home to several pristine natural ponds and a magnificent 65+/- acre surface area seasonal lake with an approximate two-mile perimeter at its peak, offering unparalleled aesthetic value and recreational opportunities. The presence of multiple artesian springs enhances the attraction to this landscape, providing a consistent water source that sustains a thriving ecosystem. This diverse environment supports abundant wildlife populations, including deer, wild turkey, ducks, and a variety of bird species, making it a sanctuary for nature enthusiasts. This ranch is a prime location for outdoor activities including, hiking, mountain biking, bass fishing, and skeet shooting.

Nestled just south of Pine Valley, this expansive ranch spans the picturesque base of Corte Madera Mountain. With elevations ranging from 3,937 feet in the serene Corte Madera Valley to an impressive 4,906 feet at Long Valley Peak, this property offers stunning and varied landscapes. The ranch features a diverse setting, ranging from open grasslands to dense cover of scrub oak and chaparral shrubs, interspersed with majestic oak and Jeffrey pine trees. The understory is rich with native plants such as needlegrass, wild oats, soft chess, filaree, and blue wildrye. The property also boasts an array of chamise, red shank, ceanothus, and sumac, creating a vibrant and dynamic oasis.

A Unique Ownership Opportunity

Ownership at the ranch includes both an individually owned homesite and a 1/10th ownership in the entire Rancho Corta Madera Corporation, providing the advantages of a big ranch without the full maintenance and holding cost responsibilities. A reliable source of water is maintained through the community shared and maintained water well system. Corte Madera Ranch boasts a dedicated, on-site ranch foreman who manages the vast ranchland, including a thriving cow-calf operation, and horse stables where owners can stable their horses with miles of trails for riding and hiking. This ranch is the ideal equestrian retreat for those with busy lifestyles, offering convenient trail riding without the need to trailer your horses, and the ease of having your animals cared for by dedicated on-site staff. This secluded gated ranch offers picturesque mountains, beautiful pastures, dense forests, and multiple ponds, epitomizing quintessential country living, all within an hour of downtown San Diego.

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to be part of one of Southern California’s most exclusive gated ranch communities and enjoy a full lifestyle offering a unique blend of adventure, tranquility, and a strong sense of community. Experience unparalleled natural resources and the benefits of this hidden paradise with life at Corte Madera Ranch, a cherished part of San Diego’s heritage.

4554 Corta Madera Road, Pine Valley, CA 91962

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