Get 40 Acres in Arizona while you still can . . .
First there was California, then there was Oregon/Washington State, and now, Arizona. Yes, Arizona. More specifically, the southeastern part of the state in Cochise county. You may not know it yet but others already do. In fact, Arizona wine from area wineries have been served at the White House multiple times and bottles routinely retail for over $30. So now is a great opportunity to get in while prices are within reach.
Who wouldn’t like an estate in Napa Valley right now or Sonoma or the Willamette Valley. Imagine the warm afternoons on your terrace overlooking the surrounding vineyards with the mountains in the background and wide, open space all around. Those properties are worth millions now but in the early days that wasn’t the case.
A new opportunity is opening up here for the few with vision and the foresight to act now. In fact, an application has already been approved for the new Willcox AVA, just to the north, and rumor has it that the application already filed to designate this area as a new AVA is currently making its way through the regulatory process as well.
. . . vineyard potential land can command 1½ to 2 times the price as similar land merely across the road, simply because of where someone drew the line for the AVA! – Flo Sayre, ALC
But even if wine isn’t really your thing, the wealth and beauty that the industry will bring to the area also makes it an ideal place for a B&B, like Dreamcatchers just down the road, or maybe an organic farm or an orchard. Or how about your own secluded ranch or family home compound. The possibilities are endless.
Oh, and we should also mention that the mineral rich Pearce gold mine has just been purchased and they intend to start production again in the very near future. Forget pick axes and shovels, this is a commercial mine with proven veins rich in gold and silver that will hugely contribute to the economic growth coming to this area.
Read about the Pearce gold mine here!
The Surrounding Area
What we have for you here today is over 40 acres of beautiful, flat, verdant soil with water, electric and phone on the Chiricahua Bench which is near the foothills of the Chiricahua Mountains around 4840′ in elevation. The soil is a thermic sandy loam soil which is well drained and ideal for growing just about anything, including grapevines. In fact, we have a copy of the adjacent Willcox AVA application that goes into much more detail about the climate and soil here, for those that care to see it.
At this elevation you’ll have four mild seasons with the cool morning air dropping down from the mountains. A volcano erupted in the Chiricahua Mountains thousands of years ago and remaining volcanic deposits along with decomposition of the mountain rock forms the “Bench” – a mostly flat, rich swath of land about 4 to 5 miles wide transitioning down to the Sulphur Springs Valley below.
Successful vineyards nearby on the “Bench” include Keeling Schaefer (pictured), Lawrence Dunham and Aridus, a “crushing facility” in Willcox that recently bought property nearby to begin growing their own grapes. Sandor, another 20 ac. vineyard, has also opened recently right at the intersection of Sunrise Dr. and Rt. 181. Great neighbors right?
The Chiricahua Bench, just SE of Willcox, the largest wine producing area in the state, is a growing vineyard destination. The climate is perfect, the soil is fertile and there is plenty of water above and below in one of the largest and deepest aquifers in AZ. In fact the property lies directly between two seasonal creeks coming down off of the mountains, Rock Creek and Turkey Creek. This is some of the best living possible, the ultimate in quiet, country living.
From the property there are mountain views in all four directions. The Chiricahua Mountains directly to the east, the Dragoon Mountains and the Cochise Stronghold to the west, the Swiss Elms to the southwest and the Dos Cabezas to the north. And due to the close proximity of the property to the foothills and the Chiricahua National Monument, there is also great mountain hiking available and abundant seasonal wildlife.
This property could easily be a ranch or resort, spa or retreat or just a great investment for the future in this developing region. And anything you want to grow will do well here too judging by the surrounding orchards, vineyards and farms. Don’t just think land, think commercial, income producing property, custom home, private retreat.
The property is currently accessed from Arizona Route 181 via E. Sunrise Dr. At this intersection, 181 and Sunrise Dr., is the picturesque Sandor Vineyards winery. Proceed east about 1/2 mile down Sunrise Dr., currently a well traveled dirt road, and the property will be on your right or south side where Sunrise Dr. ends – closer to the mountains than anyone.
In the near future, S. Quail Hollow Dr. will be abandoned and Sunrise Dr. will dead end at the property. From aerial photos you may also notice an existing diagonal road bisecting the property – this has already been abandoned so you will be left with your own private enclave.
As mentioned previously, there is also water and electric to the property. Electricity runs along Sunrise Dr. and there is also a 1/4 domestic water well share at the northern boundary of the property. From aerial views you can see a road going north from Sunrise Dr. to a small building with a 10,000 gallon water storage tank. This is the location of the domestic well, with water piping already in place directly south to the property with a meter on Sunrise Dr.
The 40 acres themselves are generally flat and the land is often covered in tall grass. The four corners of the property are marked but as 40 acres is approximately the size of 40 football fields, it might be hard to see the full limits of the property from one vantage point. Forty acres is a lot of land.
In our opinion this area, and this property in particular, represents imeasureable value. Especially with the recent granting of the Willcox AVA designation and the pending Chiricahua AVA application which includes this property. Others have paid, or are selling properties of this size for $495,000 to $600,000 however, we have a spectacular price below.
For the most part, the wine cognicenti have already discovered this region including Dick Erath, whose Oregon Pinot Noirs are world famous and who a few years ago bought 200 acres just north of here. He likened the area to Oregon 30 years ago.
There are so many positives we’ve already touched on that are all attracting considerable interest but the point is that the secret’s out and for those with a dream and the financial resources to fulfill it – now is your opportunity!
A great way to start is to visit one of the rapidly growing wine festivals held in Willcox every October and May. The wineries that surround this property, including 2016 Winery of the Year – Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards, will all be well represented there.
Our New, Premium Property Price Is . . .
NOW Just $129,000
With a significant down payment, monthly payments and terms negotiable
Note, another 40 acre property just south of this one is currently listed for $400,000 (check Zillow)
We suggest, with either terms or cash, closing through Pioneer Title in Benson, AZ
For complete information and to cheerfully answer any of your questions, please contact us, the property owners, via the seller information shown at the top of the page.
Our real estate is mostly for sale by owner – us!
Price: Premium 40 Ac in AZ
Closing costs: Shared
Payment options/terms: Seller Financing Possible w/25% Down
Address: E. Sunrise Dr.
Legal Description: SWNE SEC 11-18-28 40.16 AC TOG W/INT IN WLLSTE
Size: 40.16 Acres
Dimensions: 1323' x 1322'
Roads: Maintained but unpaved
Utilities: Water, Elec. & Phone
Taxes and Dues: 2019 Taxes $2,137
Terrain: Mostly flat
Zoning Info: RU-4 Rural min. 4 ac.
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