Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

A dusting of snow at Ahvsan Ranch

A 376-acre “private oasis nestled high atop Palomar Mountain"

Clean country living: just one of Ahvsan Ranch’s several viewing tubs
Clean country living: just one of Ahvsan Ranch’s several viewing tubs

Shots of a sun-drenched pool deck are essentially a requisite box to check when developing marketing materials for a San Diego-area mansion, but how many elite local homesteads can be accurately portrayed with a dusting of snow?

Ahvsan Ranch, a 376-acre “private oasis nestled high atop Palomar Mountain where lush valleys, shimmering ponds, forested hilltops, scenic vistas and picturesque picnic sites abound,” was the retirement project of Arthur Voss, a businessman from Wisconsin who built an international imports empire and helped found what would become 21st Century Insurance.

A snowy taste of home for the Wisconsinite Voss

The ranch’s “stunning main estate” provides four bedrooms, five baths, and an estimated 6100 square feet of “rustic luxury living.” High-end appointments include a glass-ceilinged breakfast nook off the “chef’s grade kitchen,” formal dining, four fireplaces, a wine cellar, vaulted exposed-beam ceilings, and multiple whirlpool tubs placed to take advantage of the home’s sweeping valley views, including in the master suite. Exterior wraparound decks provide outdoor entertaining space for denizens of the main residence’s hilltop perch “to enjoy the scene at daybreak or to toast the end of the day.”

Additional buildings on the property include a three-bedroom caretaker’s home, a “charming log cabin,” and two barns that, when coupled with “numerous outbuildings,” provide another 12,000 square feet of space under roof for stables and storage. There’s also a heli-pad for those who don’t want to be troubled by the lengthy drive up the mountain to where the property sits, just below Caltech’s historic Palomar Observatory.

When Voss was curating his ranch in the 1990s, it was home to herds of bison and cattle, along with a menagerie of exotic animals. These days, “a trail ride around the property includes sightings of quail, pheasant, [and] deer.”

The acreage includes a total of six ponds, 12 pastures “with commercial-grade irrigation system,” and six wells that deliver more than 700 gallons of “crystal clear premium water” every minute, responsible for “nurturing meadows, trees, and wildlife.

“Whether you are a rancher, farmer or entrepreneur looking for an amazing opportunity, this is a truly special property and one not to miss,” listing materials for the estate conclude.

The ranch, whose acreage is split across four separate parcels in addition to the 91-acre lot housing the main estate, has been transferred between holding companies since Voss sold it for $2.7 million in 2005, two years before his death. The most recent transfer indicates a sale price of $4 million, recorded in 2012.

Ahvsan Ranch was listed for sale on the open market for the first time in mid-July; it carries an asking price of $12,900,000 that remains unchanged to date.

33941 Canfield Road | Pala (Palomar Mountain), 92060

Beds: 4+ | Baths: 5+ | Current Owner: Hage Estates LLC | List Price: $12,900,000

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

One or two puffs for the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health

And so starts the procession of questions.
Next Article

The Golf Bar: Bratwurst and ball whacking

“This is the first golf bar in San Diego.”
Clean country living: just one of Ahvsan Ranch’s several viewing tubs
Clean country living: just one of Ahvsan Ranch’s several viewing tubs

Shots of a sun-drenched pool deck are essentially a requisite box to check when developing marketing materials for a San Diego-area mansion, but how many elite local homesteads can be accurately portrayed with a dusting of snow?

Ahvsan Ranch, a 376-acre “private oasis nestled high atop Palomar Mountain where lush valleys, shimmering ponds, forested hilltops, scenic vistas and picturesque picnic sites abound,” was the retirement project of Arthur Voss, a businessman from Wisconsin who built an international imports empire and helped found what would become 21st Century Insurance.

A snowy taste of home for the Wisconsinite Voss

The ranch’s “stunning main estate” provides four bedrooms, five baths, and an estimated 6100 square feet of “rustic luxury living.” High-end appointments include a glass-ceilinged breakfast nook off the “chef’s grade kitchen,” formal dining, four fireplaces, a wine cellar, vaulted exposed-beam ceilings, and multiple whirlpool tubs placed to take advantage of the home’s sweeping valley views, including in the master suite. Exterior wraparound decks provide outdoor entertaining space for denizens of the main residence’s hilltop perch “to enjoy the scene at daybreak or to toast the end of the day.”

Additional buildings on the property include a three-bedroom caretaker’s home, a “charming log cabin,” and two barns that, when coupled with “numerous outbuildings,” provide another 12,000 square feet of space under roof for stables and storage. There’s also a heli-pad for those who don’t want to be troubled by the lengthy drive up the mountain to where the property sits, just below Caltech’s historic Palomar Observatory.

When Voss was curating his ranch in the 1990s, it was home to herds of bison and cattle, along with a menagerie of exotic animals. These days, “a trail ride around the property includes sightings of quail, pheasant, [and] deer.”

The acreage includes a total of six ponds, 12 pastures “with commercial-grade irrigation system,” and six wells that deliver more than 700 gallons of “crystal clear premium water” every minute, responsible for “nurturing meadows, trees, and wildlife.

“Whether you are a rancher, farmer or entrepreneur looking for an amazing opportunity, this is a truly special property and one not to miss,” listing materials for the estate conclude.

The ranch, whose acreage is split across four separate parcels in addition to the 91-acre lot housing the main estate, has been transferred between holding companies since Voss sold it for $2.7 million in 2005, two years before his death. The most recent transfer indicates a sale price of $4 million, recorded in 2012.

Ahvsan Ranch was listed for sale on the open market for the first time in mid-July; it carries an asking price of $12,900,000 that remains unchanged to date.

33941 Canfield Road | Pala (Palomar Mountain), 92060

Beds: 4+ | Baths: 5+ | Current Owner: Hage Estates LLC | List Price: $12,900,000

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Jerry Andrews preaches the beauty of the savior

“Don’t doubt in the dark what God has shown you in the light.”
Next Article

Ellen Sturgis Hooper: cited as the most gifted of the Transcendentalist Movement

Ralph Waldo Emerson often commissioned her to write verse for The Dial
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close