A Southern California ranch on the market for $1,495,000 is a unique, handcrafted throwback.
The original owner built the whole property in 1986, with mostly reclaimed wood, according to Gustavo Banuelos, who has owned the property since 2019.
“He brought all the lighting and all the fixtures from old train stations” and the like, he says. “Very vintage stuff. I had to get in this man’s head and to continue the work that he was doing. So, we got it back up to speed, and we kept using reclaimed items and materials.”
Banuelos, like his predecessor, has made inventive use of what he has salvaged elsewhere.
“I’m making paths out of broken concrete that I’m taking out of other properties,” he says. “I’m an investor, and when I’m demolishing old properties that are over 100 years old, I use that material to keep on going over here.”
The result is a rustic property that looks as if it’s been dropped straight out of the Wild West. It harks back to a different era, thanks to the smart reuse of all types of materials.
“Reviews on Airbnb all say the same thing. When they walk into the property, all their jaws drop. The first thing they say is that the pictures do not do this place justice,” Banuelos explains. “They’ve never seen anything like it.”
Several structures dot the property, including a main house, barns, horse stalls, outhouses, and a chapel.
The main house consists of three separate units, with a total of four bedrooms and four bathrooms.
“The upstairs has a high-pitched ceiling, a wood-burning fireplace, and a wonderful balcony. There’s one bedroom, a kitchen, and living room area,” explains the listing agent, Karin McCoy.
Two more units are downstairs. All have the same rustic aesthetic, with lots of stone and wood. One of the downstairs units even has a tree growing through it.
The land the ranch sits on is also unusual.
“It’s got a running creek. It’s got beautiful oak trees. It’s a very spiritual place,” Banuelos says.
He says it’s his understanding that way back, native settlers used to meet by the creek and pray there for their beloved ancestors.
“You can feel the energy,” he says. “You feel safe in there, and you feel a sense of calmness.”
Bridges and fire pits sit outside for guests who wish to commune with nature.
“There are meandering trails all throughout the ranch, with paths and artwork throughout. The workmanship on the trails alone is amazing,” McCoy says.
Both McCoy and Banuelos say the ranch would be a perfect second or third home for a buyer in search of a quiet place to escape urban life.
It could also make a perfect retreat or event space for an entrepreneurial buyer. Both agree that the serenity of the place will attract buyers.
“When you get in there, you want to turn off your phone, because it’s so peaceful and so beautiful you just don’t want to deal with the city,” Banuelos says. “When you’re on the property, you don’t see the roads. You don’t see anything and you don’t hear anything.”
Even so, it’s not exactly remote, McCoy says.
“It’s the most special property, yet it’s minutes back to town. There isn’t anything like it,” she adds.