Looking for an investment-grade ranch property for sale in California? We specialize in ranches for sale in northern and southern California and have up-to-date inventory at the bottom of this page. If you don’t see a listing for your ideal California ranch featured here, contact us and we can help you find your ideal ranch property and location. San Diego ranches offer a unique combination of high meadow ranch properties to ranch style homes for sale.
Ranch Property Land Values
In the US, Rural land values have increased steadily since 2010. Since the ‘delinking of agricultural income,’ recreational users have entered the ranch property market. This increased competition has lead to higher pricing and quicker inventory turnover. This trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future as the trend toward ruralization rises. In California, Christie’s International Real Estate is selling a 50-acre Del Dios ranch designed by Arthur Elrod for $24m.
A Guide to Buying a California Ranch
Things like mineral and water rights, wildlife, hunting, fire risk and cattle ranching can all catch prospective ranch buyers by surprise. There are other considerations when buying a California ranch, like whether the property is deeded or privately owned and what percentage of the land is leased by the state or federal government. Access to the ranch land for sale may be problematic, with some ranch properties only accessible via an easement through other private property. Here is a quick list of things to look out for when buying a ranch for sale in California.
Consider the purpose of your ranch
- Is your ranch strictly for recreation or will you be working the land, raising cattle or entertaining?
How much land will you need?
- For cattle ranchers, the rule of thumb is 30 acres of land per head since they can eat one half of a ton of hay per month. Land quantity and quality may impact your budget, so speak with your broker to find the optimal deal
How much labor will you need?
- Depending on the intended use of your ranch and the ranch for sale, you may need to hire ranch hands, maintenance people, hospitality employees and general caretakers
Soil and Climate
- Does the soil support hay and other fodder consumed by your livestock? Soil depth, topography, and water availability can all impact the success of a ranch. Get your soil and groundwater tested
- There are many things you can do to reduce property taxes and qualify for agricultural-use tax rates, thereby decreasing the risk to buying a ranch property for sale. You may also be eligible for an agricultural loan depending on the land use – Read more on that below!
- Check local laws and discuss with your broker whether ranching and farming are permitted in the ranch for sale
Find a broker you can trust
- Use a real estate agent or broker with extensive ranch knowledge, a proven track record and a network of local connections you can trust
Whether you are looking for a San Diego ranch for sale or various ranches for sale in northern California, consider the tax implications and how you may be able to work legislation to your benefit. The Williamson Act was passed in 1965 to help conserve agricultural or open space property – ideal for those interested in ranches for sale in California.
Williamson Act California
Reduced Property Taxes for Large Acreages Ranches
The California Land Conservation act of 1965, commonly referred to as the Williamson Act, named after assemblyman John Williamson of Yolo County, was developed to restrict the use of land to agricultural or open space use. In return, landowners with approved Williamson Act contracts receive a reduction in assessed property taxes for their agricultural preserves. Today, nearly 17 million of the state’s 45 million acres are protected under the Williamson Act.
Williamson Act Contract Criteria
Owners of large acreage ranches can initiate a Williamson Act 10 year minimum contract if the property in question meets the minimum parcel size and meets the threshold for devoted to commercial agricultural use. These thresholds vary depending on the classification of the land (prime or non-prime). Here are the general guidelines for Williamson Act Criteria.
Benefits to Williamson Act Contract Holders
According to the department of conservation, the Williamson Act is estimated to save agricultural and ranch landowners from 20 percent to 75 percent in property tax liability each year. A 2009 survey performed by the University of Davis, California, found that 71% of Williamson Act-enrolled ranchers reported a net annual profit equal to or less than their Williamson Act property tax savings.
If you are looking for an eligible Williamson Act large acreage ranch for sale, contact us!
Our Ranches for Sale in California
25 +/- Acre Exceptional Agricultural Opportunity In the beautiful agricultural center of Julian, CA lies a rare offering of...
Lot Size25 Acres
177 +/- Acre Pristine Ranch Paradise ~ Seller Accepting Backup Offers ~ In the lush agricultural heart of the...
Lot Size177 Acres
Scenic Multipurpose Ranching Retreat 142+/- acres of scenic, private ranch land tucked away on the Northeastern margin of the...
- Sq Ft3500
- Lot Size142.10 Acres
9+/- Acre Ranch With Adobe Home Classic Olde California on over 9 acres, Sunshine Summit, Warner Springs. Original adobe...
- Sq Ft2978
- Lot Size9 Acres
7 +/- Acre Ranchette With Crisp Mountain Views Sweet, clean ranchette, 3 bedroom 2 bath home, with crisp mountain...
- Sq Ft1707
- Lot Size7.5 Acres
Martinez Creek Ranchette Homesite 40+/- acres of gorgeous and varied terrain to explore and enjoy scenic mountain vistas while...
Lot Size40 Acres
Julian Countryside Home With Barn On 4 Acres A whimsical dome home with barn & apartment on over 4...
- Sq Ft1417
- Lot Size4.19 Acres
11.36 Acres Fully Fenced In Ranchita When you want Montana ranch life, but you want to be in California!...
- Sq Ft1493
- Lot Size11.36 Acres
Equestrian’s Dream With Home And Hobby Vineyard Spectacular place to call home for you and your horses! Just outside...
- Sq Ft4205
- Lot Size8.49 Acres
Southern California Valley View Vineyard & Estate Come enjoy the country lifestyle at this stunning Valley View Vineyard Estate...
- Sq Ft2436
- Lot Size93.52 Acres
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DREAM MOUNTAIN RETREAT This private and peaceful 120-acre mountain retreat is a very rare offering situated inside the stunning...
- Sq Ft2000
- Lot Size120 Acres
Magnificent Private Retreat in Hoskings Ranch; History and Style Unite in a 4,500 esf Custom Ranch Home on 46...
- Sq Ft4500
- Lot Size46 Acres
Versatile Agricultural and Equestrian Property A beautiful and versatile 26+/- ranch in rural San Diego County offers endless possibilities...
- Sq Ft4461
- Lot Size26.74 Acres
160 Acre Mesa Grande Ranch An incredible opportunity awaits at this 160-acre ranch property, located in the heart of...
- Sq Ft1990
- Lot Size160 Acres
Dynamic Mesa Grande Ranch Located high atop historic Mesa Grande, one of the regions most coveted locales, lies this...
- Sq Ft1600
- Lot Size80 Acres
A rare opportunity awaits at this remarkable hilltop home situated on 98.09 acres with extraordinary 360- degree panoramic views. ...
- Sq Ft1861
- Lot Size98.09 Acres
Lakeside View Property There is much to explore at this 19+/- acre property situated on Rattlesnake Mountain. Bordering the...
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- Lot Size19.1 Acres
Endless opportunity awaits at this stunning 80 acre ranch located in one of the most desirable backcountry communities in...
- Sq Ft1700
- Lot Size80 Acres
Amador County Ranching & Agricultural Investment Opportunity Ideal investment opportunity awaits at this rare 146.97 acre former vineyard &...
- Sq FtN/A
- Lot Size146.97 Acres
Parcel #23: 9.47 Acres Beautiful Ramona View MOTIVATED SELLER!!! Price Reduced! Sitting on 9.46 acres in sunny Ramona, this...
- Sq FtN/A
- Lot Size9.47 Acres
40 Acre Diamond T Ranch Located in the scenic and desirable backcountry community of Mesa Grande, a large plateau overlooking...
- Sq Ft1841
- Lot Size40 Acres