On the Cover: Evans Ranch

592± Acres in Plumas County, California
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Evans Ranch is featured on the cover of the Summer 2021 issue of LAND magazine. Click here to find out more.

The 592-acre Evans Ranch is a true California gem, situated in Plumas County just five miles from the golfing mecca of Graeagle and 49 miles from world-famous Lake Tahoe. Top-shelf improvements include a 16,000+ square-foot lodge, carriage house, bunkhouse, caretaker’s house, barn and shops. Year-round water with trout-filled ponds and creeks surrounded by over a million acres of national forest land make this ranch one of a kind. The irrigated mountain meadows are great for livestock, and the equestrian enthusiast will love the miles of trails and copper-roofed round pen. The timber and park-like setting give this ranch an exceptional beauty and make it the grand entertaining ranch of the mountains.

Main Lodge

The 16,300± square-foot lodge is unquestionably the “Crown Jewel” of the property. The lodge is ideally situated on a hillside to take advantage of spectacular views from every side of the lodge. Literally, no expense was spared in the design and construction of this building. 

The main entrance into the building is through a set of specially-made glass double doors that front on an overly-sized, ruggedly tasteful porte cochère. The main entrance from the porte cochère enters the building at the second-floor level. Directly in front of the entrance foyer is the circular fireplace with an oversized, copper faced, floating metal chimney that is two stories tall. Past the fireplace is a raised stage with a Steinway grand piano. Enjoy the large window views from the long wooden table, made onsite for up to 22 guests. Additionally, there is a fully equipped liquor bar.

The bar area has a game section with a pool table, shuffleboard, poker table, TV and arcade games. The pass-through bar windows make entertaining outdoors even easier. The second floor also features an outdoor patio containing a barbecue pit, two spicket barbecues for large animal rotisserie purposes and a terracotta-domed, wood-burning pizza oven that was ordered and imported from Italy. 

The kitchen is highly impressive, featuring a plethora of stainless-steel cabinets, refrigeration and cooking devices. Gourmet-capable cooking capabilities on a large scale would be an understatement.

On the third floor, there are two large, luxurious master bedroom suites, one on each end of the building. Each bedroom features a large king-size bed, a river-stone fireplace, a walk-in closet, one washer/dryer set within the closet and a very large his/her bathroom that features a large copper/brass bathtub, multi-head showers and his/her copper/brass sinks. In-between the rooms is one large sitting room area that completes the two bedroom suites. Also on the third floor is a raised sleeping loft. An added luxury is the radiant floor heating throughout the house. 

The first floor houses the luxurious lodge amenities. There is a complete spa, steam, sauna and massage room, a bathroom with two showers, an exercise room, two bedroom suites each with their own kitchenette and refrigeration units, wine room and conference room. The wine room leads to a beautiful wine bar with wine cellar racks for the horizontal storage of wine bottles lining each side of the room. This room is conducive to stopping and enjoying a glass of wine. Directly behind the wine bar is a door that leads into a large, fully equipped business conference room. The state-of-the-art conference room accommodates up to 18 attendees. Bordering the room is the butler kitchen, pastry kitchen, service elevator and walk-in refrigerator and freezer complex.

Carriage House

The carriage house was the first house built on the property. The 1,536-square-foot, two-story home contains a luxuriously fitted studio above the two-car garage. Throughout the house, you will see many unique and original craftsman/artistic features. Much of the structural wood and trim used in the home emanated from trees that were logged on the property and milled locally. The location was specifically chosen to take advantage of the magnificent views of two of the ponds plus the surrounding mountains and forests. 


The bunkhouse was the second house built on the property. Highly functional, especially for large gathering entertainment purposes, the home is 5,512 square feet with a gourmet kitchen on its second floor. The dining area features an artisan designed and built table for eight people. There is a duplicate table in the opposite end sitting room. Both kitchen and sitting room have beautiful, specially designed, hand-crafted copper/glass wood fireplaces. The home also features two bars, the “Tequila Bar” and the “Jack Daniel” bar, with ice making, refrigeration and beverage storage facilities. 

The possibilities for outdoor recreation are endless, enduring all four seasons!”


There are independent bedrooms to both the right and left sides of the foyer. The right-side bedroom also contains an elevated sleeping loft. The bunk and Murphy beds were designed and built with onsite lumber, milled and finished from the workshop. Additional rooms include a large “wine-making room,” a living quarters on the second floor, a Murphy bed in the kitchen area and two bunk areas with each side containing three double bunk beds and their own dedicated bathroom at the hard end of the room.

Stable & Pavilion

The beautiful two-story, 3,240-square-foot stable building is one of a kind and perfect for the equestrian enthusiasts. It features an apartment, six stalls, hay storage, tack room, storage room and a bathroom. Next to the stable is the 2,826-square-foot equestrian pavilion/riding arena. Both buildings were built with copper shingle roofing. 

Cattle & Equestrian

About 450± acres are leased out for cattle from May to November. This cattle land consists of beautiful, irrigated meadows and mountain pasture. There are two pumps, water troughs, a pond and two creeks (Sulfur Creek and Wash Creek). The area is fenced and cross fenced and has one set of working corrals.

The ranch also benefits equestrian riders. With a million acres next door on national forest land and hundreds of trails to choose from, equestrian riders have endless opportunities for riding. The beautiful six-stall equestrian barn and riding arena only add to the benefits. Explore the ranch and help herd cattle or enjoy endless backcountry trails! 


The ranch provides a surplus of recreational activities, as do the million acres of the neighboring national forest land and the surrounding areas. The great outdoors is your very own backyard. The year-round water on the ranch creates a lush wildlife environment. The main pond is stocked with rainbow and brown trout. Go fishing, swimming, ride ATVs, mountain bike, kayak, canoe in the large pond or enjoy horseback riding on the miles of trails. There is even a tennis court with stadium seating and a trampoline for more on-site fun. Explore your surrounding areas with popular activities such as golfing or skiing during the winter months. The possibilities for outdoor recreation are endless, enduring all four seasons!


One of the most important aspects of the estate is the water rights. Water is accessible 365 days a year from multiple streams, creeks and ponds. The water rights provide five different usages of water and necessary means to the estate’s proper functioning:

  1. Agriculture purpose: cattle, sheep, horses
  2. Irrigation purpose: grazing land, landscapes, orchards, farming
  3. Potable water
  4. The perennial running stream purpose: agriculture, irrigation, ditches, streams and ponds
  5. The ponds on the property provide a lush environment for wildlife, fish and fire prevention.  


The ranch is located in Graeagle, California, in Plumas County. The town of Graeagle features much to see and do in the town itself as well as in the surrounding area. There are the finest 18-hole championship golf courses, 10 restaurants and shopping in the specialty shops, all within 14 miles of the ranch. There are three national forests in the area, and just on the other side of the ranch is the Sierra Buttes in the Lakes Basin area featuring beautiful alpine scenery, multiple trails and over 20 lakes. It is only a 30-minute drive to this incredible multi-faceted recreation location!

Located only 20 minutes away is the jet-serviced airport with hangars at Plumas County Nervino airport; domestic and international airports are only 44.8 miles and 62 miles away, respectively. 

592± Acres in Plumas County, California
Offered at $14,950,000

View on Lands Of America

California Outdoor Properties
Todd Renfrew
• Office: 707-455-4444 • Fax: 707-455-0455


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