California Riding Magazine • June, 2011

Marquis Ranch
Old California ranch living available in Murrieta.

by Valerie Upham

To travel back in time to experience the sophisticated lifestyle of the landed aristocracy of Old California one need only pass through the graceful iron-pillared gates of Marquis Ranch in Murrieta. Days can be spent in leisurely picnicking in groves of birch, liquid amber and ancient oaks, fishing for bass in the private pond or surveying the extensive grounds of a manicured, 6.78-acre estate on horseback.  
Live out a City Slicker's fantasy at your world-class equestrian facility and working ranch, equipped with immaculate stables, corrals and even a round pen to practice your show skills! Or connect with your inner gardener by cultivating herbs and vegetables or growing prize-winning roses to enter at the nearby annual county fair. 

As the sun begins to set, family and friends gather to dine al fresco on a meal cooked in your fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, then relax in the pool and spa and roast marshmallows in the fire pit. As your guests wander off to the privacy of their two-bedroom guest house or RV (there are seven RV hookups on the property), you return to the main residence to select a book from your private library, then curl up and relax before a crackling wood-burning fireplace.

You're only an hour's drive from San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties, but if you've got no time to wait, there's a private helipad to get you to the nearest airport in a flash! Experience Southern California estate living at its finest.

For more information on Marquis Ranch, contact Valerie Upham of Pacific Sotheby's International Realty, at 858-761-7890.