Wheelbarrow Ranch

28803 Highway 101 N. Willits CA 95490  |  Mendocino County, CA
  • $8,250,000
  • 5,107 acres
  • Bedrooms3 Bedrooms

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Listing Status: Active
Listing Type: Sale
Property Type(s):
Irrigated: No
Residence: Yes
Property ID: 9884179
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Property Description

Spanning over 5107 acres in central Mendocino County, the Wheelbarrow Ranch is multidimensional in both its resources and beauty. Arriving at the Ranch via direct access off US Highway 101, one ascends up a well maintained gravel road through a protected forested canopy until a vast high mountain valley reveals itself in its full spender with towering Valley Oaks welcoming the visitor in their magnificence as they have done through the centuries.
At its outset Wheelbarrow Valley is divided by a large mountainous outcropping that has been known as the Island from time memorable. As one travels further into the interior, the valley opens up and is met by its eastern finger creating an even more expansive flat crossed by Wheelbarrow Creek and its many tributaries. From the valley floor, one could look in all directions to the lush forests that nestles this magnificent valley.
LIVESTOCK
The Wheelbarrow Ranch strikes the right balance between a productive livestock operation and a long term sustainable timber production with the added benefit of its phenomenal recreational attributes. Currently the ranch runs between 50-70 cow/calf units. This number could be increased if resources were committed to water development for valley irrigation, dry farming where irrigation is unfeasible and perimeter and cross fencing, repaired and/or placed, to increase the quantity and quality of the grazing area.
TIMBER
There has not been an official timber cruise done to determine the actual volume of existing timber but it is safe to say there is a vast stand of Douglas Fir, literally millions upon millions of board feet, that is representative of significant working asset. Whether one wishes to bank this reserve and let it grow for future generations, harvest it at a sustainable level or sell the carbon credit, there is a real value here that should produce an exponential rate on its own accord.
RECREATION
Of course, the recreational merits of a natural treasure such as this are endless . With close proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area and Sonoma Airport, access to a sportsman is easily accessible. Teeming with Blacktail Deer, bear, Tule Elk, wild hog, turkey, mountain and valley quail, bangtail pigeon, migratory birds in season, mountain lion and bobcat ones always guessing what the next corner will yield. The Ranch would seem to be a perfect candidate for California Fish & Wildlife Private Land Management Program (PLM). The depth, diversity of terrain and water attributes all contribute to making the Ranch a wildlife haven which was not lost on the original Pomo Indian inhabitants nor the later European settlers who were drawn to this rich region and whose respective settlements are evidenced in niches and corners throughout the Ranch.
HISTORICAL
Further to its historical significance, the Ranch played host to the legendary Coates - Frost Family Feud that left 8 dead in October of 1867. Legend has it that lawmen pursued the fleeing perpetrators through the Ranchs backcountry resulting in scattered skirmishes in long forgotten and unmarked battlefields. As one journeys through the depth of the Ranch, there is an underlying sense of stepping back in time when the West was wild and filled with hope for the newcomers to leave their marks.
IMPROVEMENTS
Besides the wildlife and other natural attributes, there are miles upon miles of improved and unimproved ranch roads and trails for exploring by ATV, horseback or foot. In addition, there are numerous potential campsites, old homesteads and one picturesque functioning backcountry cabin.
There is a modest but functional main ranch house, an updated caretakers cabin, backwoods cabin, rental cabin, large workshop/barn with stable, hay barn, numerous outbuildings and some corrals and holding pens. There is electric to the houses, propane delivered and water supplied by a gravity fed spring.
WATER
Water resources include the Wheelbarrow Creek, Bean Creek, Bud Creek, Tomki Creek and numerous lesser creeks and tributaries. Abundance of water is evidenced by the numerous springs scattered throughout the Ranch. Situated in the valleys southwest side is the Ranchs main spring fed reservoir. With crystal clear water and an elevated pier, the reservoir invites the swimmer seeking reprieve from the mid-day heat and the angler seeking its abundant bass and bluegill.

Property Highlights:

5,107 acres in central Mendocino County
Direct Access of Highway 101
3 Bedroom / 2 Bath Main House
2 Bedroom Caretakers House
30' x 50' Hay Barn
50' x 60' Red Barn
Runs 50-70 Cow/ Calf Pair
Numerous Creeks & Springs
Timber - Millions of Board Feet - Primarily Douglas Fir
Abundant Wildlife - Deer, Pigs, Elk, Bear & Upland Game Birds
Site of Historic Coates - Frost Family Feud (circa 1867)
Miles of Hiking & Riding Trails
Backwoods One Room Cabin
Multitude of Micro-climates
One Acre Pond - Great Swimming / Fishing

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Driving Directions

From Eureka, take Hwy 101 South to 5 miles north of Willits to Ranch entrance on the left.

From the South, take Hwy 101 North to 5 miles North of Willits to the ranch entrance on the right.

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