Shenandoah Ranch: 27220 Mesa Grande Rd, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070 return to slideshow
Offered at $4,500,000
Main House
• 4 bedrooms
• 3 bathrooms
• House Size: 3,000 sq.ft.
Other Dwellings
• Caretaker's house is 2 independent apartments
• Property Size: 1,500 sq.ft.
• 1 Barn with 3 stalls
• 1 Workman's Shop, approx 2000 sq.ft.
Located in the beautiful Santa Ysabel valley, just 65 miles north east of downtown San Diego, the ranch consist of 250 acres with a three stall barn, round pen, arena, and a 1,500 square foot caretaker’s house. This unique architecturally designed custom built main house is 3,000 square foot with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. The impressive chandeliers and sconces are Jim Gibson originals, and the massive stone fireplace in the center of the house is flanked by two James Hubbel iron sculptures. The ranch has long ties to California history, with a gold mine dating back to the 1870's. The homesteader of the ranch, Fritz Scholder, came to California from Germany to flee European conflicts, only to get caught up in the American Civil War. "Legend has it" that Scholder was stationed in east San Diego County with the local Calvary, became sick, and was discharged from service and found himself in the Mesa Grande area during a bought with fever. A local Mesa Grande Indian woman, Joaquina, found Scholder on the land then brought him to her reservation, and nursed him back to health. They fell in love and, after the war, homesteaded a thousand acres on Mesa Grande Road, naming their ranch the Shenandoah, after the infamous mountain range in Virginia that Scholder first saw when he arrived in America.

As luck would have it, Scholder was a trained geologist, and found gold on his land. Legend has it that over $5 million in gold was extracted in 1878. In 1883, heavy rains flooded the shaft, forcing the mine to shut down for good. Scholder, Joaqina and ten other family members are buried in the small cemetery on the ranch, which is featured in the current book, "Cemeteries of San Diego County," by Seth Mallios and David M. Caterino (Arcadia publishing, March, 2007).

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