Rancho Casitas is a European style guest ranch, which offers vintage lodging, horse facilities, and 120 acres of rolling high desert with exceptional location, character and land details combined with mature landscaping and improvements. The property has been continuously operated by the same family for over 50 years and today centers on annual and seasonal guest operations with multiple units and 22 bedrooms. Whether expanded in its present use, developed for luxury residences or created into any number of wellness/therapeutic/rehabilitation retreats, the property has the unmatched setting, feel and location necessary for a great development property.
The property has an excellent location, highlighted by a skyscape that affords spectacular sunrises, sunsets, star gazing and moon rises beyond compare and lends itself to a continuing or expanded guest operation, equestrian facility, high-end home development, a wellness-rehabilitation center or retreat.
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Rancho Casitas is 4 miles west of Wickenburg and one mile off of US Hwy 93. Wickenburg is just 60 miles northwest of Phoenix and 50 miles from Scottsdale. Sitting on the northern border of the Sonoran Desert, just below the Mountains of Arizona, Wickenburg, at 2,200 feet elevation, lays in a favorable temperate zone.
Rancho Casitas consists of 120 acres and lies along a high ridge line allowing stunning views over Sols Wash and of the surrounding mountain ranges. The improvements lie along one of the three highest ridges on the property. The surrounding land has open and unobstructed views, begs to be divided and is available for innovative development.
These incredible home sites have unparalleled views. The property is easily accessible yet isolated and protected from the public.
This property is zoned R-43 – one dwelling per acre, its topography is undulating. Physically the property is suited for luxury rural residences, rehabilitation centers, or for use as an equestrian facility.
Available for corporate or recreational use the amenities consist of a main home, two other homes and 6 casitas which offer an atmosphere of serenity and hospitality. The property offers a total of 22 bedrooms, with a double occupancy pillow count of 44 pillows.
The main home is a 4,400 square foot southwestern home with arched doorways and high-beamed ceilings. The main structure has been divided into several units, one being a studio of 600 square feet and the other a one-bedroom with kitchen-living areas, a full bath and its own patio. The home has several secluded patios including one with a pool and hot tub.
The six casitas, 1- and 2-bedroom units, have vintage 1960s decor and feature fireplaces, TVs with cable channels and full kitchens. The casitas, joined by slump block structure, have full bedrooms and living areas with individual kitchens and front and back patios. The construction of heavy beams and slump block walls enclosing scored concrete floors and corner fireplaces reflect desert southwestern construction.
The two other homes, both two-bedroom/two-bath and approximately 2,300 square feet could be used for guest lodging, caretaker or managers homes.
Perks of the existing operation include an outdoor pool with a hot tub, plus complimentary firewood, guest laundry and weekly linen service. Lodging comes with accommodations for two horses and includes 120 riding acres, and unparalleled views of state lands.
Wickenburg boasts nearly 300 days of sunshine and an average of 11 inches of rain per year. The 35 days of any measurable precipitation may often come during the summer monsoons. The average daytime July high temperature for Wickenburg is around 104 degrees and the nighttime low in January low is 31degrees. However, much of the year offers very pleasant daytime living temps ranging from 55 to 85 degrees along with cool nights characteristic of the northern Sonoran desert.
Long before the white man appeared the Indians "Anasazi and Yavapai" found the climate along the Hassayampa River basin to offer a long and mild season located in the high desert and cooler than the valley by prevailing breezes and elevation. Located at 2200 feet this property exhibits all the benefits of the high desert, beautiful mountains, an abundance of flora and fauna.
During the 1862 gold strike Henry Wickenburg founded the Vulture Mine where over $30 million in gold has been dug from the ground. To this day it is being prepared to be a re- activated mine. The foothills surrounding the city display relics of other mines that prospectors left in their searches. The mining history of this region the, past and present add to the appeal of the area.
In its history Wickenburg supported a number of Dude ranches and was named by its tourists “The Dude Ranch Capital of the World”. Today some of these ranches still offer their unique brand of Western hospitality. The Rancho Casitas of today was originally the headquarters for the White Land and Cattle Company. The White’s owned all the land from the base of Yarnell Hill into the outskirts of Wickenburg. The existing main house on this property was the original headquarters for this ranch. Rancho Casitas became a well-known popular dude ranch and today is wonderful and restful guest facility.
The 6,604 population number often can double during the winter months of the ‘snow birds’ Wickenburg is often promoted as a destination location – it continues as a town growing in economic and developmental directions.
Here too, one finds the healthiest climate in America with more sunshine and very low humidity. Here in this setting, Wickenburg thrives as “the most western of western towns". With the Bradshaw Mountains to the east, the Harquahallas to the west and the famous Vulture Mountains to the south, this property truly enjoys an astounding 360 degree view.
The dusty boots of the 1950s – 1960s dude operations are now replicated in a large influx of team ropers from all over the United States, laying claim to “Roping Capital of the World’ for the extended winter season. The abundant clean air and open spaces continue to attract a whole new generation of those searching the Southwest.
While riding, roping and four wheeling are the obvious activities in Wickenburg, the quiet beauty of the desert abounds. Birding includes cardinals, big horned owls, orioles, thrashers, not to mention full coveys of quail and dove living side by side with the desert white tail rabbit and the plentiful jack rabbits. Wildlife are often seen the occasional visits of the mule deer and javelinas, occur with the echoes of the ever present coyote. Hiking on the easy trails will bring everyone face to face with the ever present vistas and the serenity of this property.
Rancho Casitas, with a steeped history as a livestock, dude and guest ranch, offers a location greatly sought after in this southwestern locale. The property has an excellent location, highlighted by a skyscape that affords spectacular sunrises, sunsets, star gazing and moon rises beyond compare. The western ambience still thrives on this property and management has remained committed to preserving the best traditions of the Western lifestyle for its guests. The property and its location lend itself to a continuing or expanded guest operation, equestrian facility, high-end home development, a wellness-rehabilitation center or retreat.
Cooperative Marketing provided by Listing Agent Stacey Lee Simmons, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Rancho Rio Real Estate