Escaping the cacophony of everyday life is seemingly impossible, but given the right piece of real estate and possibly a small aircraft, anything is possible.
A 320-acre sanctuary, complete with two private lakes and four rustic cabins, awaits just outside the small Northern California town of Fort Bidwell. And while the property is accessible by car, a nearby airstrip has been put to good use by current and previous owners.
The property, which the owners have coined the Forest Lake Retreat, is not only a haven for busy professionals, but also a soothing menagerie of wildlife. Guests and owners can unwind by searching the skies for bald eagles or casting for trout in either the five or three-acre spring-fed lakes.
“We purchased Forest Lake retreat in 2003 to escape the population explosion of the North Lake Tahoe area,” said current homeowner Jack Bazler. “This special spot was a short drive from our Northstar home and exceeded our desire to find beauty and adventure in a tranquil environment. The gorgeous trees, wildlife and lakes exceeded our expectations.”
The retreat has three A-frame cabins (adjacent to the five-acre lake), as well as a traditional home (on the smaller lake), comfortably sleeping up to 18 total. All structures, including an attached workshop and garage, are served by essential utilities.
Listed at $1.6 million, the property can be divided into two parcels, each with its own lake. It is represented by Chris Hinkel of Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty.
Nestled at a 5,500-foot elevation in the Northeastern corner of California, the surrounding forest was once used as a logging area. Old logging roads now serve as meandering trails for exploring the endless cedars, white fir, aspens, and ponderosa pines. The property still lies on a timber production zone, with special tax benefits.
A small dirt airstrip (Ft. Bidwell on aviation charts) just a few miles from the property could be used by pilots with small aircraft, while those with larger planes can utilize a larger, paved strip in the town of Cedarville just 20 miles away.