There’s nothing more authentically Western than a 2,000-acre cattle/horse ranch once owned by the legendary actor John Wayne.
The vast acreage is located in a hilly Riverside County, CA, community known as Sage, just south of the city of Hemet, CA.
Now this unique piece of Americana—which includes the three-bedroom, three-bathroom ranch house where the Duke actually stayed—is on the market for $8 million.
“It’s the largest property of this type in the entire San Diego area,” says the listing agent, Tatiana Novick of Coldwell Banker, Rancho Santa Fe.
It’s known as Rancho Pavoreal (Peacock Ranch in Spanish), and Wayne owned the property in the 1970s.
He frequently invited guests out for horseback riding, shooting, and other ranching activities. The main bedroom where he slept is intact, as is the large living room where he entertained.
The property is currently being used as a family retreat and zoned as residential property. Novick says that with new zoning, the property would be ideal for a scout camp, an animal sanctuary, a church retreat, an equestrian facility, or a cattle ranch.
It encompasses 10 separate parcels, and the entire property is fenced. There are three wells on the property and miles of horse and hiking trails.
Scouts and hikers would doubtless enjoy the many Native American artifacts found on the property, including rocks with holes in them for cooking and processing game.
But the property could also be used for agricultural purposes. The adjacent ranch is currently being used as a palm tree farm.
Novick notes that while the property has a true back-country feel, it’s only 10 minutes from Murrieta and Temecula wine country, with all its vineyards, tasting rooms, and retail stores, not to mention a resort casino or two.
When the property was used as a dude ranch, the site included several more buildings, which have since been demolished. Right now, in addition to the main house, there’s a barn as well as an older house that is “still very livable,” according to Novick. The property’s caretakers reside there now.
“It’s a wonderful property,” says Novick. “The owner loves it, and is looking for the right buyer. Ideally it would be someone who loves horses, but the possibilities are endless.”
Wayne ruled over the big screen for decades. He appeared in 179 films, and was a top box-office draw before passing away in 1979 at age 72.
His best-known films include “The Quiet Man” (1952), “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962), “The Green Berets” (1968), and “True Grit” (1969), for which he received an Academy Award for Best Actor.
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