The Diamond C Ranch is located in southeastern Arizona approximately 60 miles south of Tucson. The property is approximately 10 miles southeast of Sonoita on Highway 83.
This property lies in the scenic Sonoita area. This beautiful region offers quiet rural living with a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, birding and horse-back riding. The immediate area features numerous local vineyards and the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds with its festivals and equine events throughout the year. Tucson, an easy hours drive away, offers major medical facilities, the University of Arizona, shopping, restaurants, an international airport and the many other features of a major metropolitan area.
The Diamond C Ranch private land is composed of two separate parcels. The larger parcel (approximately 2,998.73 acres) is bisected by Highway 83 and consists of open, rolling ridges with many secluded valleys. There are a large variety of potential homesites scattered throughout this parcel. The smaller parcel (approximately 157.10 acres), is called the Cienega due to the sub-flow of water and riparian nature of this scenic valley.
The Diamond C Ranch consists of the following:
Private Land 3,155.83 approximate acres Forest Allotment (Post Canyon) 3,244.00 approximate acres Total 6,398.83 approximate acres
The Ranch will graze approximately 200 cattle annually. The Forest Allotment is rated for 66 cattle annually. The remaining 134 head are grazed on the private land.
The Diamond C Ranch has the following improvements on the Cienega parcel:
House- Approximately 1,350 square foot masonry home with living, dining, kitchen, bedroom, utility and one and a half bathrooms. Feed Barn- Approximately 800 square foot enclosed metal barn with Tack Room. Hay Barn- Approximately 1,920 square foot covered barn.
This area has a mild climate with Summer highs in the mid 90s and Winter lows in the mid 30s. Precipitation averages 15 inches per year. The elevation varies from 4,800 to 5,100 feet above sea level. The topography consists of low rolling ridges with open valleys on a north to south alignment. The vegetation is a Madrean Oak Grassland consisting of numerous native perennial grasses with scattered oak trees.
The Ranch has four wells ranging in depth from 60 to 240 feet. All of the wells are pumped by submersible pump with either overhead electric or generator. There are several miles of water pipeline with strategically located storage tanks that distribute the water throughout the private and Forest lands. The Cienega parcel is sub-irrigated and has intermittent surface flow which creates a unique riparian area.
The property has electricity provided by Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative. Telephone & internet service are available. Water is provided by private well. Sewer service is provided by septic tank. Propane is delivered by local providers.
The property is zoned Santa Cruz County GR (General Rural). This zoning provides for low density residential and agricultural uses.
Real Estate Taxes and Grazing Fees
Real Estate Taxes (2018) $ 3,359.74 Forest Grazing Fees (2018) 1,116.72 Total $4,476.46
This Diamond C Ranch is probably the last large land parcel available in the Sonoita area that has not been subdivided. Given its elevation and topography, this property has much more oak tree coverage than most of the Sonoita area grasslands. The Diamond C is also uniquely wedged between the Babacomari Land Grant (to the north), the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the Audubon Society (to the east) and the Coronado National Forest (to the south) which all combine to provide a buffer against future development adjacent this property.