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 vimeo.com
Read about the large stamp mill of William Hellings found on the
property, which has been donated to the Cave Creek Museum:
Read press coverage of this amazing story in the Sonoran News:
See complete water information below.
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
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:
Complete Water and Hydrology report here:
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
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 #
The largest parcel, (above) 31.31 acres, parcel # :
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.
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.