Foresthill Preserve

Location: Placer County, California

Price: $2.45 Million – SOLD

The Foresthill Preserve is more than a 1,046 acre sanctuary of native forests, lush riparian habitat along three miles of stream, and comfortable living, all just 20 minute drive from Interstate 80 in the Sierra Foothills near Auburn, California. A place where one can hike, bike, ride ATV’s, go four wheeling and ride horses for miles. Maybe even train for the world famous Tevis Cup in your own canyon and trails.


SHIRTTAIL CANYON: In the deep lush canyon, nearly 1,500 feet below the residences, Shirttail Creek, a tributary of the North Fork of the American River, flows for nearly 4 miles through the Foresthill Preserve. North Shirttail Creek is controlled by Sugar Pine Reservoir and Big Reservoir, and then joins up with the main Shirttail Creek on the Preserve. Beautiful riparian habitat along the creek is wonderful place for that picnic and leisurely swim. The stream is also a very productive small rainbow trout fishery. There is serious interest from conservation groups to preserve this riparian habitat which may be an opportunity for a Conservation Easement. Please call our office for more details on possible conservation ideas.

FORESTS: The Preserve enjoys a great variety of trees with the majority of canyon in live oak, California Bays, Maples, and finally Willows and Alders along the Creek. The balance of the Preserve has wonderful assortment of Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Incense Cedar, Madrone and stately Black Oaks. The owner has had a timber inventory completed in 2004 as there is a substantial value in harvestable timber on the Preserve.


MAIN HOUSE: Driving down a paved private driveway through the wooded forest, you will come to the Contemporary custom built stucco home set amongst fenced pastures, towering cedar, pine and fir trees, plus the largest dogwood tree found anywhere in the foothills. Picture windows help bring the outdoors into the living areas of the three bedroom, two and a half bath house. The recently remodeled kitchen has all new Thermador appliances and granite counter-tops for the gourmet chef. There is a two car attached garage and a separate detached two car garage. Propane forced-air heat and air conditioning, plus a 100 KW backup generator…fully automatic and powers all of the buildings and facilities on the Preserve. Blazing fast internet for those that need to stay “connected”.

GUESTHOUSE: Continuing down another private paved driveway, out of sight of the Main House, is the guest house and the attached Barn/Shop facilities. Built of the same contemporary design of the main house, the stucco with metal roof guest house features two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a full kitchen. The open beam style interior makes for a comfortable place for visiting guests or family.

BARN/SHOP: Separated by a breezeway from the guest house is the large Barn and Shop building, also built of stucco, wood and metal roof. The Barn/Shop includes three stalls, large dog kennel, bathroom (with shower), laundry room, built-in air compressor, fire sprinklers, and five stalls with rollup doors for vehicles and toys.

MULTIPURPOSE BUILDING: Known as the “Doghouse”, this large 3,000 square foot (Not including basement) building with open beam ceilings has been used by the owners as private theater and exercise room (theater and exercise equipment not included in sale.). Also on the first floor are a spa, bathroom and large shower. Downstairs is a full size basement with an indoor sporting range complete with 105 yard rifle range. High-tech noise reduction and ventilation system allows for the expert sportsman to refine his marksmanship accuracy indoors. A large historic Diebold Safe from the Oakland Herald is included for gun storage. Workbenches line the walls of a large work area guns, ammo, and other hobbies.

All of the Preserve is in Placer County and is made up of 14 Assessor’s Parcel numbers. Roughly 100 acres is zoned Residential Forest (RF-B-X) with a 20 acre minimum. The balance is in Timber Preserve (TPZ) with very low property taxes. The parcels are shown as follows with approximate acreage and zoning:

1. 064-320-001, 20.2 acres, RF-B-X, 20 acre min.

2. 064-320-020, 19 acres, RF-B-X, 20 acre min.

3. 064-320-021, 20.8 acres, RF-B-X, 20 acre min.

4. 064-320-022, 20.1 acres, RF-B-X, 20 acre min.

5. 064-330-007, 20.2 acres, RF-B-X, 20 acre min.

6. 064-090-038, 40.1 acres, TPZ, 160 acre min.

7. 064-090-003, 40.8 acres, TPZ, 160 acre min.

8. 064-090-039, 40.7 acres, TPZ, 160 acre min.

9. 064-090-040, 117.92 acres, TPZ, 160 acre min.

10. 064-090-041, 124 acres, TPZ, 160 acre min.

11. 064-060-015, 160 acres, TPZ, 160 acre min.

12. 064-060-029, 241.9 acres, TPZ, 160 acre min.

13. 064-060-060, 43.3 acres, TPZ, 160 acre min.

14. 064-060-061, 137.2 acres, TPZ, 160 acre min.

Any further questions on zoning and land use, please call Placer County Planning at 530-745-3000.

Finding a ranch of more than 1,000 acres only 2.5 hours from the Bay Area is getting really hard to find. One with native forests and a small trout stream lends itself to many possibilities from a corporate retreat (as the current owner has), to family residence, to a training camp for endurance sports such as the Western States 100 and the Tevis Cup. With high conservation value, there are many options for the new owner.

For a private showing, call Terry Hundemer at 530-265-5774 or 530-913-8095.

NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change orwithdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications,potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have beenprovided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee.