Winning the lottery and buying your perfect home is anybody’s dream come true, but just how big can you dream when the winnings top the nine-figure mark?
That was the case for a California construction executive in 2014, who had the winning ticket that brought him a brain-busting AUD $242 million (USD $180 million).
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With no hesitation, he immediately worked a deal on a mountaintop property with a mansion that was already under construction.
He enlarged the plans, finished building it and, at the same time, purchased more land totalling over 350 hectares, a buffalo farm, a steakhouse serving his grass-fed buffalo steaks and a Wild West saloon.
Now that the last detail is complete on the elegant chateau-style mansion and the related business operations are thriving, he is in search of another project.
So he’s put his mountaintop estate on the market, for a cool AUD $36.749 million.
Sited on a ridgetop above Oak Glen, California with views from Little San Gorgonio to Mount San Jacinto peaks, looking down over its 350 hectares, it’s like sitting on top of the world.
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The massive home is on a 2,743m peak on its own mountain with all-season trails for hiking, or four-wheeler adventures through towering Sequoias and Redwoods, abundant wildlife sightings, waterfalls and far-reaching mountain, valley and city views.
Just below is a clearing for a future helipad.
The vast mansion grounds also include an apple orchard, a 380sqm, six-bay garage and carport.
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Inside the five-bedroom home is a three-storey elevator, great room opening to wraparound deck, a 17-seat theatre, fully-equipped gym, wine cellar, its own water source, sustained internet and solar power system.
The state-of-the-art kitchen adjoins the great room and the master suite has its own deck and jacuzzi.
There is also an attached one-bedroom apartment, with a separate entrance and fully-equipped kitchen.
Immediate grounds include an outdoor kitchen, two ponds and a stream.
The buffalo ranch comes with a sustainable 45 head of grass and apple-fed buffalo, a caretaker’s house and two barns, one for equipment and one for hay storage.
And there’s a load of equipment that comes with the sale, which includes several trailers, Toolcat Bobcat with a commercial snow blower, Tractor, John Deere 701 Backhoe loader and an operating fire truck.
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The buffalo meat is served at the Oak Glen Steakhouse and Saloon.
Also included in the sale are the popular Oak Glen Steakhouse and Wild West Saloon that includes an extra 1.1ha undeveloped lot that was intended for additional parking.
This one-of-a-kind mountaintop chalet, the land, and three interrelated income producing businesses that the lottery built are all up for sale, totalling USD $26 million.
The listing agent is Craig Strong, Compass Realty, Los Angeles, California.
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