Inside the $72 million ranch the size of San Francisco and 1 hour east of the Bay Area that the state of California may want to turn into a state park

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The N3 Cattle Company ranch is on the market for $US72 million. California Outdoor Properties


If you have $US72 million, you can own what’s believed to be the largest piece of land for sale in California – but its new owner could become the state of California itself.

The 50,500-acre ranch, known as the N3 Cattle Company ranch, was listed for $US72 million for the first time in 85 years in July 2019. And just last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he wants legislative leaders to put $US20 million from a one-time budget surplus toward a new public park in California. As the Los Angeles Times’ Louis Sahagun reports, the governor declined to disclose where the new park would be, but Bay Area lawmakers have been pushing for the $US20 million to go toward the N3 Ranch.

Financial commitments from non-profit conservation groups have already been secured, and if the $US20 million gets approved quickly from the state, the funding for the ranch would be complete, creating one of the largest public parks in California. There’s a matter of urgency, however – the listing has attracted national and global interest, with the property’s listing agent telling the LA Times that it’s been shown to 14 prospective buyers so far.

The N3 Cattle Company ranch stretches across four counties: Santa Clara County, Alameda County, San Joaquin County, and Stanislaus County. The Wall Street Journal reported in July 2019 that the ranch is larger than the city of San Francisco.

The property has been a working ranch for 85 years and is currently owned by fourth-generation ranchers, according to the listing. It includes 80 square miles of watersheds, creeks, diverse terrains, and wildlife, along with 200 miles of private roads.

There are hunting cabins scattered throughout the property along with a four-bedroom main house and four cabins for employees.

Take a look inside the ranch.


The N3 Cattle Company ranch is located in Livermore, California, east of Oakland and San Jose.

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It is the largest piece of land for sale in California, according to the listing.

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Source: California Outdoor Properties


It spans 50,500 acres and stretches across four counties: Santa Clara County, Alameda County, San Joaquin County, and Stanislaus County.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, the property is larger than the city of San Francisco.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal


It has been a working ranch for 85 years …

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Source: California Outdoor Properties


… and is currently owned by fourth-generation ranchers.

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Source: California Outdoor Properties


The property includes 80 square miles of watersheds, creeks, diverse terrains, and wildlife.

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Source: California Outdoor Properties


It also includes 200 miles of private roads.

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Source: California Outdoor Properties


Along with hunting cabins, the property comes with a four-bedroom main house …

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… as well as four additional cabins for employees.

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There is also a horse barn, hay barn, two shops, and sheds on the property, according to the listing.

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A living area in one of the many structures on the ranch. California Outdoor Properties

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The ranch has five corrals …

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… and can house up to 650 cow and calf pairs year-round, 1,500 cow and calf pairs seasonally, or 3,200 stockers seasonally.

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The property is currently on the market for $US72 million.

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Source: California Outdoor Properties