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Hinkley ranch to be offered at auction
Water rights included, solar farm potential
HINKLEY • A 640-acre ranch including water rights, located three miles west of Barstow off Hinkley Road, will be offered at auction Feb. 28.
Oasis Ranch “is at the mouth of the Black Canyon Watershed, in an area historically known as Water Valley,” said Gene Kingaman, executive vice president of Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company, in a press release.
Water consultants estimated that the property can produce 20,000 to 30,000 acre-feet of water per year between its five wells, water attorney James L. Markman said.
The first 10,000 acre-feet of water per year will be included in the bid price, according to the press release, and Markman said he believed “this will be attractive to water districts, investors, water brokers and others.”
A listing on the commercial real estate website LoopNet indicated that the property also carries potential to host a 120-megawatt solar farm — not an uncommon topic in the area.
In October of last year, the Marine Corps Logistics Base launched two new solar farms. On Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management held a meeting in Barstow for a proposed 300-megawatt Stateline Solar Farm on the California side of the Nevada border.
The auction will begin at 1 p.m. at Bacara Resort located at 8301 Hollister Ave. in Santa Barbara. For more information, contact Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company, which is marketing the property and will manage the auction, at (800) 451-2709 or visit www.schraderauction.com.
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