Hope Valley Homestead

Location: Carson Pass, California

Price: $1.5 Million – SOLD


One of the only private holdings in the most dramatic alpine valley in California, this rare 40 acre ranch is nestled at the base of picturesque Carson Pass and the 10,000 foot High Sierra’s. Add a classic willow-lined trout stream meandering through an alpine meadow and a custom log cabin set amongst the quaking aspens and you have completed the almost picture perfect postcard setting with views everywhere.

LOCATION: Hope Valley is located in Alpine County about 30 minutes south of Lake Tahoe in a large glacial valley at the headwaters of the Carson River, surely the most spectacular setting of all the publicly accessible parts of the Northern Sierra. Reno is 1.5 hours drive, and Carson City, Nevada’s capitol, is about an hour away. On the other side of Carson Pass, Kirkwood ski resort with its shops and gourmet restaurants can be reached in only 10-15 minutes.

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GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Surrounded on three sides by National Forest, this very rare private holding is accessed by Highway 88 which traverses the Sierra from the Carson River Valley in Nevada, to the Sacramento Valley in California. Originally made famous by explorers Kit Carson and John Fremont as they found their way over the Sierras with help of the Washoe Indians, Highway 88 is now a National Scenic Byway.

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The small ranch is a remnant holding of a long time ranching family from Carson Valley that has run cattle in the Hope Valley area for more than a century. Access to the property is through a locked gate from Hwy 88, then up a private driveway that leads through groves of quaking aspens to the custom-built log cabin.

The two story, three bedroom, two bath cabin was built in 1994 and has been kept in impeccable condition. The interior is of log and knotty pine construction, with hardwood floors in the main living room, dining and kitchen area. In the living room, there is a massive floor to ceiling granite fireplace, along with large windows providing views of the meadows and mountains surrounding.

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The kitchen utilizes a spacious island with a propane fired range, propane refrigerator, dishwasher, dual stainless steel sinks and knotty pine cabinetry throughout. Off-the-grid, the house is powered by propane generator and has a private well for water. There is an additional small cabin at the property entrance that is used for the caretaker. This cabin was an old line shack for summer grazing in days gone by. Located in Alpine County, the ranch is zoned Agricultural with a 20 acre minimum parcel size. Assessor’s parcel number is 02-110-020.

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Red Lake Creek, a tributary to the West Fork of the Carson River, flows through the property for approximately one-third of a mile offering a scenic creek side setting and a very productive trout fishery. The large meadow in front of the cabin is surrounded by stately aspens, and pine and fir forests. A popular choice is to hike or ride into the adjoining National Forest for miles.

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PRICE: Reduced to $1,500,000.00 all cash to Seller.


BROKER’S SUMMARY: This rare Hope Valley property is one of the last chances to own a property in one of the most scenic High Sierra settings in California. In turn-key condition, all you need to bring is your toothbrush to start enjoying this spectacular retreat. You have endless hiking, horseback riding, fishing, skiing and snowshoeing right out your front door. All this, and only minutes from Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood and Carson City, Nevada. A rare private holding amidst the one and only Hope Valley.

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