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Pauma Mountain Ranch

Pauma Mountain Ranch, a 454.71± acre production avocado and citrus grove in the heart of San Diego County’s prime agricultural production area.

MapPin San Diego, CA
454.71 Acres
  • Farmland
  • Ranch
  • Permanent Crop

Property Description

AcrePro is pleased to present Pauma Mountain Ranch, a 454.71± acre production avocado and citrus grove in the heart of San Diego County’s prime agricultural production area. This property offers a unique opportunity to acquire one of the last remaining large production groves in the region. Currently, the property is leased; however, the lease will be terminated upon sale with crop to be negotiated between Owner and Tenant. Additionally, the property will be sold subject to the completion of an agricultural conservation easement.


Per San Diego County Zoning, the large majority of the property is zoned Limited Agricultural Use (“A70”), with 8 acre minimum lot sizes. This zoning designation is intended primarily for agricultural crop production and would allow for a packing and processing facility subject to a major use permit. Parcel number 132-160-21-00 is comprised of 4.63 acres and is zoned Residential-Single Unit (“RS”) and has a minimum lot size of 10,000 square feet. This parcel provides access from Highway 76 to the ranch and would allow for the development of one residential dwelling.


The property will be sold subject to an agricultural conservation easement that will protect the conservation values of the property, including its current agricultural productive capacity, the future viability for agricultural use, its agricultural soils and other characteristics of the property.


Primary access to the ranch is provided from Highway 76 at Sam’s Mountain Road. Secondary access is from the northeastern boundary of the ranch along South Mesa Drive.


The ranch has steep to rolling topography that is typical for avocado and citrus plantings in the area. The majority of the ranch faces to the south and southwest providing good sun exposure.


The ranch has no municipal sewer system; however, it has septic systems for the residential improvements. Electricity is provided from San Diego Gas & Electric. Gas is provided from propane tanks.


Water is provided from Yuima Municipal Water District – Improvement District A. Current water rates are available upon request. The ranch has a total of 12 water meters, most of which are 1”, 2” and 3” in size. Irrigation water is delivered to the farmed areas by way of surface hoses with one emitter per tree. Yuima Municipal Water District relies on two main sources for their irrigation water: Local groundwater, which is pumped from deep underground wells located throughout Pauma Valley. This underground aquifer is known as the Pauma Groundwater Basin. Imported water is purchased from the San Diego County Water Authority, which in turn purchases the majority of its water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. MWD imports water into Southern California from two sources: a 242 mile-long aqueduct that brings water from the Colorado River’s Lake Havasu, and a 444 mile-long aqueduct that carries water from the State Water Project (SWP). Water from these sources is conveyed to the MWD system through pressurized large diameter pipes, open aqueduct canals and open reservoirs. The supply is then treated at the MWD Skinner Filtration Plant located in Western Riverside County. After treatment at the Skinner Filtration Plant, the water flows into an aqueduct pipeline and is delivered to the Yuima Municipal Water District. Once in the Yuima system, which includes 42 miles of water mains, 10 water storage tanks, and 9 pumping stations; the water remains in the pressurized pipelines and tanks, further protecting its quality.

More information will be made available in the data room to potential Buyers upon execution of the non-disclosure agreement. The non-disclosure agreement is available in the documents section below.

Property Details


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The ranch is improved with a 1,600± square foot modular home, (two) 1,200± square foot modular homes and (two) 1,000± square foot modular homes. All of the residential structures are being used for labor housing and are generally in fair to average condition.


Property Docs


Non-Disclosure Agreement

Agent BIO

About Dylan Marschall

Dylan Marschall is a 5th generation California farmer from San Diego, California. While obtaining his degree in finance with an emphasis on real estate, Dylan worked as an intern with Cushman and Wakefield doing real estate appraisals and consultation, specializing in land and agribusiness. He then worked as a full-time appraiser for three years before transitioning to transactional brokerage at CBRE. During his tenure at the world's largest commercial real estate firm, he was responsible for the growth of the National Agricultural Practice and participated in a wide range of significant real estate transactions, exclusively focused on agricultural properties and land. Dylan is now a Senior Vice President at Acre Pro, specializing in California Agribusiness and is also a partner on a specialty crop operation in San Diego that grows 400 acres of permanent plantings. When Dylan isn’t in the field or tending to client needs, he can be found surfing, fishing, or going on hikes with his chocolate lab (Doyle), wife (Samantha), and daughter (Saylor).