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Secluded Ranch With 6 Abandoned Goldmines For Sale For $2.5 Million

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For just $2.5 million, Lonesome Ranch, a secluded off-the-grid ranch with six abandoned gold mines, could be yours.

Built in 1870, this 12-bedroom, 5-bathroom ranch sits on a serene 190 or so acres in the Sequoia National Forest in Claraville, about a three-hour drive (or 45-minute helicopter ride) from Los Angeles.

According to the listing website—which automatically begins playing the Dixie Chicks cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide"—it has a wood-burning fireplace, a modern kitchen, a private helipad, a place to store your helicopter in the cabin, and satellite TV and wifi. It also has not one, not two, but six abandoned gold mines, and the option to live off the grid via solar panels, propane tanks, generators and wells. The ground also contains streams and a pond. Basically, if you are a prepper looking for a place to feel secure when zombies inherit the earth, this is a fine place to hunker down. You can even store your MREs and emergency water pouches among the nine separate cabins found on the grounds, four of which have been restored. Oh, and it also apparently has a graveyard and former brothel in need of repair.

A former radio DJ named Simon T. bought a portion of the property in the 1980s from a guy named Lonesome Al, then continued to buy parcels throughout the years, according to a video produced for the Wall Street Journal. In 1996, the year Lonesome Al died, Simon T. named the property Lonesome Ranch. T is getting married and has decided to unburden himself of the ranch.

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Simon T. Strikes Gold With Lonesome Ranch from Zach Faulds on Vimeo.