Clark Company Ranch Real Estate Sells Large California Cattle Ranch

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This column is part of a regular weekly series highlighting the largest land sales recorded each week through the Lands of America Comparable Sales program. To learn more and participate in the program, or to subscribe, click here.

Congratulations to Pete Clark of Clark Company Ranch Real Estate for the sale this week of 12,221-acre Rancho El Toro in Merced County, California. This sale of this turnkey cattle-ranching operation occurred on September 20, 2017, and was submitted through the Lands of America Comparable Sales program.

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One of the largest ranch offerings in California, Rancho El Toro presented over 12,000 acres of vast, rolling land with unspoiled views of creeks, springs, canyons and tree-studded hillsides. With over three miles of highway frontage, Rancho El Toro is conveniently situated between two of the state’s major transportation routes, US 101 and Interstate 5.

A traditional, owner-operated cattle ranch, Rancho El Toro offers a turnkey cattle operation with a carrying capacity of 600 cow/calves and 1,000 stocker cattle complemented by ranch headquarters, owners’ residence, appurtenant structures and abundant hunting and recreational opportunities.

Acquired by the previous owners in 1971, Rancho El Toro was named after their home town: El Toro in Orange County, California, where the family started in the cattle and farming business during the 1800s.

The ranch offers bountiful recreational opportunities including fishing in the bass-stocked ponds and deer, turkey and pig hunting. Rancho El Toro also possesses the potential to be developed into an outdoorsmen’s lodge and hunting retreat.

Positioned in both Santa Clara and Merced Counties, Rancho El Toro is located 65 miles southeast of San Jose, situated on the north side of Highway 152/Pacheco Pass Highway mid-way between US 101 and Interstate 5. The Highway forms the southern boundary and offers 7.29± miles of highway frontage and five access points.

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