Oakridge Lane, Benicia
20 Acre Parcel
What is Your Dream?20-acre improved parcel suitable for view home, vineyards, and agricultural use
What is your dream?
Welcome to this beautiful, 20-acre agricultural/residential property with 360° views from the top, and an east-facing 180° main view from the home building site overlooking a marsh and wildlife preserve that is part of a major Pacific flyway for birds. To the southwest, Mt. Diablo rises in the distance above the waters of the Delta.
Zoning allows for the building of two homes on the parcel: the main home, and a smaller home of 1800 square feet or less. The main building site for a custom home and gardens with the view is approximately two acres.
There are two other sites for building the second 1800 square-foot home. At the lower 1/3-acre home site, a guesthouse could be easily built with minimal grading and without the need to create an access road. This home could take the form of a tiny home or mobile home on a trailer if desired, and could be occupied temporarily until the main home above is completed. Once the main home is complete, the smaller home could be used for multi-generational living or for rental income.
If you are interested in having your own vineyards, not only do you have ready access to a potable water well, but there are also several feet of topsoil overlying volcanic rock at the site, which is potentially suitable for growing wine grapes or other crops, such as olive trees. You could either plant your own vines, or lease part of the property to a local vineyard management company to plant, maintain, and harvest the grapes. Perhaps you could have your own private label from your estate? This property is also ideal for horses, goats, or other livestock. Goats can be raised on the property or rented for maintaining the grass on the hillsides or for artisan cheese-making. It would also be easy to install sufficient solar panels on the property to power the home and all of the operations on the property, and with battery storage, your property can be truly “off-the-grid”.
Nature features prominently here. In the late afternoons, the red tail hawks regularly perform their acrobatics, and recently a bald eagle was observed making circles in the sky above the patio. Deer and wild turkey are regular visitors.
To the east, the view is of Suisun Marsh and Grizzly Island Wildlife Area. With 88,000 acres of land, bays and sloughs, the Suisun Marsh is significant: it is the largest contiguous estuarine marsh in the entire United States. Grizzly Island Wildlife Area is approximately 12,900 acres of this prime habitat and the complex is a patchwork of 10 distinct land parcels, many of which are not connected and are surrounded by private land. They offer a variety of recreation opportunities and act as a vital buffer against further marsh development.
The marsh is part of a major Pacific flyway for birds, and the wildlife area has a variety of recreation activities available, including bird watching, nature viewing, hiking, photography, fishing, boating, biking, and kayaking. The seasonal migration of geese is a beautiful sight with its floating sea of white birds.
The property is adjacent to Solano Land Trust open land (King Ranch) for hiking and horseback riding on 1,617 acres. On the 4th of July you can watch fireworks displays from at least four cities.
It feels like a world away, yet the property is located close to shopping, art, culture, and entertainment, as it is only 10 minutes from downtown Benicia for shopping and entertainment, 10 minutes from Green Valley vineyards and Cordelia for shopping, and 13 minutes from Concord/Pleasant Hill.
The city of Benicia is upscale with a small-town feel. Downtown you can enjoy a marina, antique shops, a yacht club, artists’ galleries, wine bars, cafes, live music, and events. Sometimes referred to as “Sausalito’s sister city”, it has been ranked “Best Place to Live” by Coastal Living magazine, and its schools are ranked 8 out of 10 by Great! Schools. The Benicia Open Studios event happens annually in May in the downtown area, as it has for the past 30 years, featuring the work of local artists. The property has been improved by the current owners with the creation of a Tuscan-style shaded patio, and a bocce/boules/pétanque game court for enjoying the property yourself or entertaining guests.
There is also a leveled pad suitable for a viewing gazebo or helipad at the high point of the property, as well as a storage shed complete with an RV commode. The property fieldstone has been professionally matched by Coronado Stone Manufacturing for use as building materials.
Building and plan resources and packages are readily available for a custom home that can be created with the green building process known as panelized framing which is fast, efficient, and eco-friendly, such as those from Blu Homes or Pacific Modern Homes.
A variety of financing is available to qualified buyers: lot-only loans, construction loans, and take-out loans or mortgages. An agriculture loan with a construction loan is another option that is available for this property.
The property has exclusive use of an existing working well with a 2500 gal storage tank, which is currently kept active by a neighbor. The well is located at a seasonal creek, and produces potable water. A water line has been added from the tank to the home site. Two 5000 gallon lowboy tanks are part of the site plan, providing adequate water storage for grading, home use, and irrigation. Many more tanks can be placed in the same area to store more water. One could line up 6 or more tanks (total 30,000 gals) if desired with the available space at the ridge. The current measured flow rate is about 3 gallons per minute, which provides a total of approximately 4000 gallons per day. A deeper well could provide a significantly higher flow rate.
The property has passed a septic soil inspection with a county septic engineer. The septic design and drain field location are part of the overall grading plans. The septic engineer performed a perc test in two areas, and the county has approved the plans.
Soils testing was performed by Geotecnia, and their report covers the soil types and bore hole testing results. An experienced grading contractor consultant told the owners that the bedrock cuts easily and is stable without the need for retaining walls along the driveway. Property soils comprise several feet of topsoil overlying volcanic rock.
Grading plans were completed by civil engineers Reichers Spence & Associates (RSA+) of Napa. These plans include a driveway, two building sites at the saddle area below the ridge with the same east view, a building pad, and an overall site plan including a drainage plan. Extensive research and engineering were performed to generate grading plans for a new paved driveway with a gentle slope to access the upper home sites. An aerial and ground survey was performed for topo map elevations and property boundaries.
Grading plans have been approved by the Geotecnia and Solano County, and there is an active major grading permit. The property has been fully researched with engineering, grading, and septic approval/permits and is ready to begin grading. A licensed and experienced grading contractor is available for this work and an estimate has been prepared.
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