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Rancho del Rio Sold at Auction

Rumor has it that Rancho del Rio, the 188 acre ranch off Ortega Highway that we’ve written about here and here, was sold yesterday at a private auction to anonymous buyers for an undisclosed sum. It looks like this mysterious property will remain that way.

A Property with a Past: Rancho del Rio is Back on the Market

Perhaps sensing that the market for remote, sprawling gentleman’s lodges in the Ortega foothills, the Rancho del Rio ranch property has been relisted at a higher price: now asking $12,995,000. We originally wrote about the property here. The new listing, courtesy of Redfin, is available here.

image source: Redfin/MLS

Since then, a Redfin agent [...]