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Published on March 13, 2024
Petaluma's Historic Rockin’ H Ranch with Vineyard and Airstrip Lists for $17 MillionSource: Tim Rangel and Rene Richardson / Sotheby's International Realty Wine Country

A historic Sonoma County gem is hitting the market with a hefty $17 million price tag. The famed 130-acre estate, situated at 6614 Lakeville Highway in Petaluma, comes complete with its own vineyard and aircraft-capable infrastructure, including a private hangar and airstrip. This rare offering boasts a total of 11 bedrooms and 15 full baths, sprawled across several residences on the property.

Listed last week by Tim Rangel and Rene Richardson of Sotheby's International Realty Wine Country, the ranch known as the Rockin’ H Ranch has over 46 acres of vineyards yielding four types of grapes: Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Grenache. Having equipped with a two-bedroom Victorian enclave featuring an office and guest suite, these luxury abodes cater to both privacy and grandeur. Restoring the historic waterfront residence, the estate now features a deep-water boat dock that ushers in private access to the San Francisco Bay. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the lavish setup is a nod to the property's multifaceted history, which once belonged to General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo and was later owned by Nevada Sen. James G. Fair.

The waterfront hangar, not only houses aircraft but also doubles as an event space, featuring a wet bar, stage, and a bespoke disco ball. "The 2,000-foot runway caters to small to medium aircraft, facilitating swift journeys to destinations along the Central California coast," as noted in the San Francisco Chronicle. This property reflects a luxurious yet functional lifestyle, blending California's viticulture heritage and high-flyer convenience.

Horse enthusiasts can revel in the estate's equestrian facilities, which include stables accommodating up to 30 horses and expansive riding arenas. Running through exquisite landscapes, the riding trails, along the Petaluma River framed by eucalyptus groves, envelop the property. Sotheby's International Realty details reveal the property as not just a home, but "an invitation to a grander, more leisurely lifestyle." Whether by air, water, or horseback, this estate indeed redefines what it means to live lavishly amidst Northern California's natural allure.

The lineage of 6614 Lakeville Highway is significant, tracing back to an original seawall constructed by Vallejo for a munitions depot, further adding to its historic fabric. Having first planted with wine grapes around 1878 by William Bihler, the acreage sits in the Petaluma Gap, renowned for its unique climatic resistance to frost. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that after a period of decline, the Hendrickses, who acquired the estate in the early 1990s, took on substantial upgrades revitalizing the vineyards and breathing new life into the grape production.