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Held in Private ownership for decades and now available.  The Golden Star Ranch.  A Private and Lush Historic Property Few Have Ever Seen!   Over 38 acres of Rare Patented Land offered  for  $4.2 million
See the video tour on   Golden Star Ranch Video  Read about the large stamp mill of William Hellings found on the property, which has been donated to the Cave Creek Museum: Stamp Mill Project
Read press coverage of this amazing story in the Sonoran News:  Press Coverage
See complete water information here:   Water HistoryAlso see a list of many of the plants and trees!
Here's a handy list of common questions and answers!  Common Q & A's

 In the entire Greater Phoenix Area, there aren't many places that are secret anymore. . . except for the Golden Star ranch. At the end of the road, minutes north of Cave Creek, is a hidden valley steeped in history, site of one of the earliest mining bonanzas, where massive mining chains remain lashed around 350 year old cedar trees. Almost 11,000 gallons of pure water flows though the property every day, nurturing a bountiful arboretum with over 50 fruit and nut trees,  terraced gardens with paths lined by rose bushes and ivy.  In all, 38 acres of incredible high Sonoran Desert, gated & private, with a number of luxury homesites.

Sheltered and lush garden area by the home. You can't believe you are in Arizona with this oasis of one of Arizona's rarest commodities-water! The property has two horizontal wells which can release nearly 11,000 gallons of water each day. In addition, the property includes 6 acre feet of surface water rights a year, with an acre/foot of water equal to 326,700 gallons!

Quiet and selcuded areas in the lush landscaping are everywhere! (above right) Patio entrance to the home, pictured below as well. A 2800 sq. ft. updated manufactured  home with 3 bedrooms/2 baths.   

Below, the road up to the ranch is very picturesque, winding through riparian areas.

Rustic cabin on the creek as you enter the Golden Star Ranch property. Below, aerial view of the road

First things visitors see is this rustic cabin above Mattie creek      Bunkhouse which also can be a casita
Below, several views of the covered stalls and turn out pens

Surrounded by trees and terraced flower beds, this historic Homestake & Cottonwood Mining Claim is for the discriminating buyer who desires the ultimate in nature's pleasures and tranquility and absolute privacy.  Nearby, a picturesque bunkhouse and 6 covered horse stalls with a large turn-out cover a small part of this large estate. At higher elevations, although much of the property is sloped at greater than 15%, there are panoramic views of the Tonto National Forest, and the Valley, and lots of flexibility for development with a number of stunning estate home sites identified by a nationally-respected architect.  This land is a true part of the OLD WEST  and much of the local  Cave Creek history started from this area where the gold mines of the past were located,  with the settling of the area by William Hellings and the Golden Reef Mine.  Plus,  an added benefit . . .water gushing out of the mountain in springs, because of the rare combination of shale and granite rock. The sale includes  4 parcels.  This is a patented mine claim bordered by State and  BLM land and in unincorporated  Maricopa County.   By appointment only.  Qualified buyers please.
7718 E. Golden Reef Road  Gated  2 Wells  Offered for $4.2 mil  
See the video tour:  Golden Star Ranch Video Tour    Complete Water and Hydrology report here: Water Info

This large amount of flowing water has nurtured an amazing varity of plants and trees.  Included are: Orange, tangerine , blood orange, pink grapefruit,  lemon,  plum, pomegranate, apple, pear, fig ,almond, pecan, date. All produce fruit. there are multiples of certain fruits, ie lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, orange, fig and plum. There is also a wild grapevine, variety unknown. There are some older olive trees that do produce olives.  There is a mature and two smaller bay trees. There are over 50 rose bushes, hundreds of bearded iris, many native flowering plants. A very large magnolia tree and seasonal raised garden beds for vegetables.

Hillside vistas from one of the many building sites              Stately saguaros on the hillside
Below, some of the level building sites identified by a nationally-known architect,  located up the mountain, with sweeping vistas to the South      And below right, Gated Entry to the property

(Below)  Whiling away the days on the porch.  This scene above could have been photographed at a mountain retreat, but the peaceful and pastoral scene, is only possible because of the abundant source of water on the property, and secluded and private location.

Below, charming and rustic bunkhouse  (right) and old wash tub near the cabin on Mattie Creek


Where in Arizona would you find something like this?  And minutes from town.  The Golden Star is a nature-lover's paradise, and the perfect horse property with 6 semi-covered horse pens, and a half-acre turn-out.

Updated and enlarged manufactured home on the site can provide perfect accommodations while building other residences, or for support staff or a visitor's cottage.

Abundant water is liquid gold in these parts. Not only did the gold draw William B. Hellings to the site of one of Arizona's first gold strikes at the Golden Star in 1876, but the profusion of water coming from the hills provided life-giving support to the miners and the operation.  Today, the owners of the Golden Star enjoy the lush surroundings the clear water supports. (above left) the lower horizontal well for the property, found in an adit on the Homestake lode. (Photo, top right)  Storage tank for the upper well, high up on the property.  This tank for the upper well  at over 3,000 feet elevation, can contain almost 10,000 gallons of water.
Photos below are anything unlike you'll see in the Upper Sonoran Desert!!

Below left, This is the reason for all the water.  Precambrian schist rock in the middle, surrounded by Gold Hill  granite. The fractures of the rock draw the water out like a funnel. This property simply can't be duplicated anywhere else!

What makes the Golden Star so private?  Look closely at the photo above left and you'll see the road that travels up a hill to a draw. Once on the top, the property becomes visible. Note the same road from the entry gate.  You can't see what's on the other side until you are there.  Below. Here's an aerial from the draw, showing the road to the Golden Star property. A historical Arizona family owns about 3 acres adjacent to the Golden Star Ranch.
Overall aerial below shows the approximate sites of historical areas, springs and mining camps. Scroll down to see the individual parcel photos and more. Some historians believe that the Hellings camp was on the site of the current home!


More photos of the residence below.  This home could always be used as an accessory residence, ie:  ranch manager's home, while another residence is built on one of the level view areas above.




See the parcels below:  (lower left)   House parcel, 5.99 acres, parcel #  :202-99-008-H                        
 (lower right) Lower creek parcel,  .99 acres, parcel # 202-17-029

The largest parcel, (below)   31.31 acres, parcel # : 202-99-008G  Rising terrain with many slopes of greater than 15%, but a number of incredible view lots have been identified, some of which can be accessed with a high-clearance road.  Stunning views of the Tonto National Forest and into the Valley.
Photos below:  photos taken on this parcel, near some of the possible building sites.

Below, surrounding land includes BLM land, dramatic, and unspoiled

No need to go to the florist anymore! Pick your favorites-Iris, Roses, Lillies....and all kinds of fruit!!

You may have read the story about how this historic stamp mill was transported from the property, to the Cave Creek Museum, and the thousands of hours spent restoring it to working condition.  Once a year, the Museum has a special event and fires up the stamp mill to show onlookers how it worked.  You can contact the museum for the schedule.

 Pictures can't describe this awesome setting. Be sure to watch the video tour on Click here:   Golden Star Ranch Video 
Complete Water and Hydrology report here: Hydrology Report
This rare and fine property is shown by appointment.   Call your Carefree residents for 33 years, Preston and Nancy Westmoreland, with the Russ Lyon Carefree office.  Please, no unauthorized visits to the property.  Qualified buyers--Please contact us at 602-377-0060 for more information or a tour.  Thanks! Offered for $4.2 million dollars.