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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 below.

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 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!


A 2800 sq. ft. updated manufactured  home with 3 bedrooms/2 baths.    above right-Rustic Bunkhouse

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 Star 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

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Hillside vistas from one of the many building sites               Picturesque cabin near Mattie Creek
Below left, Rustic bunk house is right out of the Old West, and can serve as a tack room or guest quarters.  (below right)    Lush ivy surrounds steps and covers the hillsides near the home

(Above left) This scene above could have been of a mountain retreat, but the peaceful front-porch swing and pastoral scene, is only possible because of the abundant source of water on the property, and secluded and private location. (above right) The Golden Star window of the tack room and rustic hand-hewn retreat near the corrals.


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) 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. (Photo lower right) Large storage tank for the upper well  at over 3,000 feet elevation, can contain almost 10,000 gallons of water.


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!


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

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The largest parcel, (above)   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.

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above- Aerial of the property looking South, with portions of the Towns of Cave Creek and Carefree  visible. The property goes up the hill, not quite to the ridgeline, above the home.
Photos below:  Noted architects have identified five or six stunning building areas on  the upper reaches of the property.  photo below left, is one of those areas, looking to the Southwest.  Photo on the right shows the views uphill, on the higher elevations of the property, with rich Upper Sonoran landscaping.

 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 fine property is shown by appointment.   Call your Carefree residents for 30 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.