Cheap Land in California near Red Rock Canyon & California City
On the south side of the San Gabriel mountains is the hustle, bustle, glitz, and glamour of Los Angeles. On the north side, lies the Mojave Desert and the Fremont Valley, one of the best protected ecoregions in the United States. City folks head out here to experience the unbridled freedom and clean air that the big city just can’t offer. If you still want the L.A. action though — don’t fret — it’s only 90 minutes away, but this spot is even closer to some of Southern California’s most majestic mountains and natural features. Drive a half hour up Hwy 14 to get to Red Rock Canyon State Park to hike, bike, and see where parts of Jurassic Park were filmed, or head west into the mountains and explore in the mold of the great mountain man-turned-politician John C. Fremont, whose named is stamped all over the American West. California City sits near the center of the Fremont Valley (part of the Mojave Desert) here and provides a solid foundation of shops and services.
- Priced about 35% below market
- Legal Road Access
- 30 minutes to Red Rock Canyon, 30 mins to Walmart
- Beautiful Mounatin Ranges to the West & South
- Open Space Zoning
PROPERTY: This 40 acre vacant, square ranch land is lightly vegatated and features 1320 feet of frontage on Gant Road and sits at the SW corner of Sandy Avenue and Gant. The land is very flat and great for a recreational ranch or camping outpost. With Open Space zoning, the restrictions are extremely light. The property falls within the city limits of California City, whose downtown is only 10 minutes away and offers a nice array of small town services.
Cheap Fremont Valley Land in the Shadow of the Tehachapi Mountains
California City, just about 5 minutes down the road, is a small city (14K population) with a nice array of outlets, such as a supermarket, Ace Hardware, McDonald’s, AutoZone, PGA golf course, doctor’s offices, a few convenience stores, a few pizza places, its own school system, and a Dollar General. Despite the small town feel and population count though, it’s actually the third largest city in California by land area. Its original developer in the 1950’s had huge plans for the area and expected it to rival Los Angeles to the south, but it now serves as a welcome oasis for surrounding personnel from Edwards Air Force Base, Mojave Air & Space Port, and anyone from the big cities looking to retreat for a while. The smaller town of Mojave lies about 10 minutes in the other direction (west), and offers a few services as well.
The nearest Walmart is just a half hour to the west in the city of Tehachapi, named after its nearby mountain range. Tehachapi is serious about business and they have quite a few of them, and they’re presently recruiting California’s iconc fast food chain, In-N-Out, to set up shop here. They have no shortage of restaurants already though, including two different high-end steakhouses, Starbucks, Sonic, McDonald’s, Denny’s, and a brew pub. Once you’ve filled up on grub and you’re ready to get back to work, you can get all your major building supplies at the Home Depot here too.
Instead of heading west, if you head south towards the City of Angels, the first major city you’ll hit is Lancaster about 45 minutes away, and major retail has followed, including Costco, Ross, Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Marshalls, Harbor Freight, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Kohl’s, Best Buy, and CarMax. This is, especially when combined with its sister city Palmdale, a complete suburban shopping complex. Connecting L.A. with this Mojave desert oasis is the Antelope Valley Freeway (Hwy 14), which follows the Santa Clara River through the gap in the San Gabriel mountains before hitting Santa Clarita and the famous (or infamous) Los Angeles sprawl. If you’re an amusement park fan, great news: you’re only 90 minutes from the Six Flags Magic Mountain. Drive just a little bit further into L.A. and you will, of course, find everything you could ever want, with world-class sports, entertainment, shopping, and dining choices around every turn.
Where the Mountains meet the Desert
This 40-acre ranch land in California City lies very near the confluence of two great ecosystems – the San Gabriel and Tehachapi mountain ranges of southern California, and the great Mojave Desert. As such, a variety of outdoor venues await your exploration. The aforementioned Red Rock Canyon State Park is only a half hour away and, while it’s a smaller park that’s seldom crowded, contains one of the most eye-popping landscapes in Southern California, like a mini-Bryce Canyon (in Utah). Part of the great Pacific Crest Trail winds around this area and through the peaks and valleys within the Tehachapi mountains too, and your closest trailhead is only 20 minutes from the property. Start hiking from there towards Cache Peak or just enjoy the experience of straddling a dichotomous landscape between mountains and desert. You can actually drive to some of the other, more notable peaks in this area. For instance, Tehachapi Mountain Park is car-accessible and only 45 minutes away and serves as the gateway to the most picturesque mountains in the range, like Tehachapi, Double, and Covington peaks.
Call or text Scott directly at 314.639.9777 if you have any questions or would like to discuss an offer. There’s lots more info – including viewing instructions – below, so make sure to keep reading!
- SIZE: 40 acres
- POSTAL LOCATION (or PLUS CODE ADDRESS): 4X46+R7H California City, California 93505
- LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Parcel Map 1210, Lot 4
- PLAT MAP/SURVEY: not surveyed
- TITLE: clear – no back taxes, no liens
- MINERAL RIGHTS: transferred with property
- GPS COORDINATES (center of lot): 35.107054, -118.039255
- DIMENSIONS (approximate): square, 1320 feet on all sides
- APN: 30209013
- FLOODPLAIN: none
- ELEVATION: 2565 feet
- TERRAIN: flat
- ACCESS: about 1320 feet of direct frontage on Gant Road (dirt graded)
- WASTEWATER MGMT: none (septic tank and perc test would be necessary)
- WATER: none, well would be necessary
- POWER: none
- TAXES: $703.87 in 2020
- RESTRICTIONS/ZONING: Open Space/RA District (Residential/Agricultural)
- mobile units and RV’s allowed
- outbuildings such as garages, workshops, barns allowed
- camping allowed
- minimum setback = 25 feet from road & property lines
- no time limit to build – leave the lot as-is for as long as you want or need
- animals, livestock, etc. allowed
- no HOA or CC+R’s
- or . . . simply leave it as-is!
- HOA: none
- NEAREST CITIES: California City < Tehachapi < Lancaster/Palmdale
- NEAREST AIRPORTS: California City Airport (10 minutes), Hollywood Burbank Airport (90 mins), Ontario International (2 hours)
- COUNTY GOVERNMENT:
After opening this map, you may see even more information about the area by clicking on Map Legend, then MapRight Layers.
You can go view the property at your convenience – owner does not need to accompany. Please call/text us to let us know you’re heading out, so we can ensure we have our phone on us in case you need help or have any questions. We’d appreciate a couple hours notice if possible. In case you lose cell phone service, it may be helpful to print off as many helpful documents as you can before you head out there.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Click HERE to open the destination in Google Maps, and simply enter your starting point to get step-by-step directions.
- From this link, you can press “Directions” (on the left), enter your starting point, and Google Maps will provide you with step-by-step directions.
- You can also click “Send to Phone” if you’re viewing this on your computer
- And “Save” to download the directions so they’ll still work if you lose cell service.
If for some reason you’re having trouble with that link, you can navigate to GPS Coordinates 35.107054, -118,039255.
WALKING THE PROPERTY LINES w/YOUR PHONE: We highly recommend downloading Google Earth to your phone if you don’t already have it. Then . . .
- Download the property boundary file (called a KML file) here. You may be prompted to click “download” one more time, so do that . . . OR you may be prompted to immediately open the file with Google Earth and, in that case, do that and ignore the remaining steps. Otherwise . . .
- Open Google Earth
- Go to the main menu (the three horizonatal lines at the top left of the screen), then Projects > Open > Import KML file > select the KML file you just downloaded (it should show up on that screen).
Now you should be able to see the property lines on the map, and the green dot represents where you’re currently standing. This is a very important tool to learn BEFORE you head out there. Please call us if you have any questions about it.
Call or text Scott directly at 314.639.9777 if you’d like to discuss an offer.
FOR SALE BY OWNER: We are investors, and are selling this lot For-Sale-By-Owner. You do not need to submit your offer through a real estate agent, and in our experience we close transactions more quickly and easily by having our dedicated transaction coordinator work directly with the Title Company and Buyers. We will also both save money on commission/fees by cutting out agents as the middle men. However, if you feel strongly about working with a Realtor, then you’re welcome to have them contact us on your behalf.
OWNER FINANCING: We do not offer owner-financing but you could get a loan through a bank or another lender and we’d be happy to coordinate with them. Bank of the Sierra (phone # 760-373-8602) has a branch in California City and they offer personal loans.
WHY ARE YOU SELLING IT SO CHEAP? We are often asked why our properties are priced below market value, and the answer is really simple: we choose to sell to you at wholesale prices. We are investors who purchase properties at a large volume and discounted rates, and we strongly believe in passing this discount on to our buyers.
DISCLAIMER: We attempt to provide detailed, accurate and up-to-date information in our listings, in order to help our buyers to the best of our ability. However, it ultimately remains the buyer’s responsibility to perform their own due diligence and double check any details that are of significant importance to you including acreage, utilities, build-ability, and approved/allowable use-age for the property. We are happy to help however we can.