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California To Sell Ramirez Canyon Park, Barbara Streisand's Donated 22.5 Acres In Malibu

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Despite opposition, Ramirez Canyon Park, the 22.5-acre Malibu ranch donated by (mega) Barbara Streisand in 1993 to the state of California, is on the list of properties that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to shop around. Streisand reportedly says she understands if the gifted land needs to be sold to help balance the budget and hopes the buyer will preserve its "special habitat," reports the Associated Press.

The property contains meadows, gardens, a creek and three homes that Streisand customized with a wealth of architectural detail ranging from Art Deco metal panels to Douglas fir framing on a Craftsman-style house. It was valued at $15 million when Streisand gave it to the state and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, a state agency that Brown established in 1980 during his first stint as governor.

A spokeswoman for Brown told the LA Times the property served no "essential state function." Opponents to the sale believe the state will reconsider its proposal, asserting that "recent zoning changes to the property have rendered it virtually worthless on the open market."