An incomparable 14,000+ acre Carmel Valley cattle ranch, just forty minutes from Pebble Beach and Carmel, is for sale!
Rana Creek Ranch is a 14,000+ acre working cattle ranch comprised of 12 legal parcels located in central Carmel Valley, California, just forty minutes from the world-famous resort of Pebble Beach and the coastal community of Carmel, California. This trophy property is being offered for sale for the first time in over 30 years and is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the discriminating buyer to own a true piece of California history.
From dramatic ridgeline vistas to rolling verdant valleys covered with heritage class oak trees, the ranch pays tribute to Central California’s rich ranching heritage. The ranch has a plentiful supply of water and natural feed that supports an abundance of wildlife, including black tail deer, wild boar, wild turkeys, mountain lions and all of the other species of birds and small mammals that are indigenous to the area. This is truly a rare opportunity to own a property with miles and miles of bridle trails and over 50 miles of roads that meander through a variety of fields and pastures. For the equestrian, this is a genuine paradise. For the outdoorsman, this is truly a unique opportunity.
Weather at the ranch is highly desirable, almost always clear, with the average temperature in the 70’s, with maybe a week of temperatures exceeding 85 in the summer and a week of colder temperatures during the early part of January. Since there are no street lights, the milky way is clearly visible almost every night.
Location, Location, Location…
Located on Carmel Valley Road approximately 20 miles east of the City of Carmel, the ranch reaches south to the top of the mountain ridges that border Cachaqua and north almost down to the foothills of Salinas. At it’s highest point of 3,405’ the view stretches from King City to the southeast to Santa Cruz to the northwest. Not even a wide-angle lens can do it justice!
A portion of the ranch consisting of approximately 1,700 acres is located on the south side of Carmel Valley Road and was recently reconfigured into 10 legal parcels. This portion of the ranch also houses a 2,900 ft improved airstrip. This very unique feature allows the owner and guests access to the ranch within 25 minutes or so from San Jose or San Francisco.
Spacious Main Residence
The ranch boasts considerable improvements, including a beautifully sited main residence of approximately 7,100 sq. ft., surrounded by fenced pastures and corrals, with extensive use of pecan flooring and paneling, giving the home a modern but western feeling. A dramatic entrance gallery leads to the large open floor plan that incorporates the oversized living and dining rooms. Here a handsome trestle and beam paneled ceiling, wrought iron chandelier and artistic lighting make these rooms both comfortable and sophisticated. A natural stone fireplace dominates the living room wall and is the gathering spot for relaxed evenings after a day’s ride. These two rooms look out over a lawn ringed by native oaks. Pocket doors in the dining room can be closed for more formal entertaining. A truly unique room is the wonderful western style bar, replete with carved wooden columns, stained glass lighting, a wood burning stove and natural tree trunk beams that help create an elegant and unique entertaining area.
The gourmet kitchen features brick lined walls, a central island and granite countertops. Honey colored pecan flooring that is used throughout the house is also featured here. The kitchen is equipped with a walk-in refrigerator and a gourmet cook top. A large and comfortable sitting area, with brick wood burning fireplace and dining area, completes this room.
The Master Suite features breathtaking views across the valley. A pot-belly stove framed by massive glass windows is the perfect spot to watch the many wondrous sunsets. The paneled ceiling, with both cove and recessed lighting, matches the color of the pecan floor. The Master bath features stained glass windows, dual marble vanities and a raised platform for the free standing, footed porcelain bath tub. Adjacent to the Master suite is a luxurious family room/den with brick surround fireplace.
A graceful round swimming pool, surrounded by brick and natural aggregate decking, is located several steps down from the main residence. A large natural year-around pond is also located close to the main residence and is home to many native birds. Other improvements nearby or adjacent to the main residence include a guest cottage, additional staff residences, ancillary barns, a large sand-filled riding arena and a tack room.
Large Office/Conference Center
A spectacular addition to the property is the 9,000 sq. ft. two-story office building that was completed in 2003. Its “barn style” architecture is evocative of early California and allows the building to blend seamlessly into its site. This facility can be used to manage ranch activities or, conversely, could easily become the center for a non-ranch related business activity. Both the impressive double-story entrance foyer with vaulted ceiling and the large carpeted conference center feature massive stone fireplaces. This building is particularly well suited to handle large-scale conferences and also houses several private offices, as well as a large commercial kitchen for entertaining.
On the southern side of Carmel Valley Road, there is an additional staff residence that overlooks Carmel Valley. Near the west entrance to the ranch there is an additional recently constructed staff residence. A little more than half way up Rana Creek Canyon is a separate barn, corral, and residence that are generally used only during annual round-ups and brandings.
The property is presently managed, operated and maintained by a full-time Ranch Manager, three full-time employees and one part-time employee. The property is assessed as an agricultural preserve under the Williamson Act. Currently, the cattle operation provides a significant contribution towards fixed and variable expenses. In addition, the cattle operation contributes to the safety and security of the ranch by reducing the fire hazard.
Rana Creek Ranch is a truly remarkable property offering the utmost in rural privacy in a pristine and untouched landscape, yet uniquely located near the world-class amenities provided by its proximity to the Pebble Beach community.