Lake View Property in California

Rare find. Ridge-top privacy and views on five acres via paved, private road from the Enterprise launch ramp and recreation area on Lake Oroville. The lake is low right now so many investors haven’t seen the sparkling water views. Now is the time to buy.

RV hookups, deep well and septic in use, permitted, and approved by the county after Bear Fire. We found this gem in 2018 and were renovating the old wood structure when the fire came through and cleared out 80 years of brush. Had we another week, that old dry deck would have been replaced. Well, darn it. That old 70’s home was kind of, well, old. So now we’re enjoying the property and lake access as a vacation (half time) from a luxury double air-conditioned 460 square foot RV. And it’s really nice.

Enjoy the easy lake access now and/or build your dream home at your leisure on the prepared and perfectly-positioned building pads for big-window lake views from the living room.

Park your boat on site and explore your five acres with your horses, dogs, quads, or motorcycles via drive-to access to many usable areas including gentle south slopes perfect for gardening and irrigation, and a second ridge top area for more incredible views. 90 undeveloped acres to the east and five to the west complete the end-of-road privacy of this exclusive property

Want to work from home? Enjoy the benefit of fast 5G internet (AT&T) on this ridge and across the entire property. In fact, I’m using it now to post this property.

Your parents may have told you to always invest in south facing land, and they knew what they were talking about.

This is a good country home. Great food (burgers/beer/salads/pool/music) five minutes (two miles) up the road. It’s about 18 minutes (13 miles) to shopping and town. We enjoy Gold Flake and Feather Falls Brewery and catch the shows there when we can. The Lake! Oroville Lake is huge and fun to explore.

Launch your boat at your Enterprise Ramp one mile away on your private road–the ramp is open (and free) when the Lake level is about 838′ or more. Otherwise Loafer Creek launch ramp is about 18 minutes (12 miles). Either way we set up a shore side spot, swim in the clean warm water, and

This is the most desirable property in this quiet neighborhood and could be the catch of a lifetime. Gate is locked, and home may be occupied, so contact Karen and I first for a showing time.

Price

$218,000 for 5 acre lot with RV – Owner will carry with $54,000 down payment 5% for five years
$197,000 for 5 acre lot without RV – Owner will carry with $30,000 down payment 5% for five years

Other things you should know (Cons)

  • The private road is shared among neighbors who form an amicable committee to maintain it. In the four years we’ve been there we paid $180 total to help pay for maintenance. (yes, that’s $180).
  • If you plan to cultivate cannabis beyond the allowed amounts, you will risk getting a visit from enforcement. A conviction related to the property will call the note if owner carries. For cash buyers, it’s your own business what you do on the property.
  • Signs of the Bear fire are everywhere. It did come through here in 2019 and burned over 80 years of brush and fuel. There are many ‘blackened’ trees nearby and on the way up. As mentioned before, we hadn’t finished clearing the property and also had a very dry rickety exposed wood deck attached to the house, with dry grass leading up to it. If you build with dry exposed wood and have flammable things or dry grass next to your new home, and allow brush and fuel to grow near the home, then yes, you have some risk of losing that home. Current home standards and the absence of nearby fuel reduce that risk, in my opinion, to nil. In fact, we do plan to build at some point if we don’t have a buyer first. My plans are for either a vaulted-ceiling manufactured home (that come with fiber board like cement) siding OR a steel/glass home modular that would laugh at any unlikely fire.

The RV is a 2014 Keystone 3495FL. We bought it for $30,000 just before RV prices skyrocketed. It is salvage title, and we could not, for the life of us, figure out why. Stolen? Who steals a huge fifth wheel? Drug seizure? Nope. It’s too nicely taken care of and the prior owners kindly left manuals for us in the drawers. The prior owners were part of a Northern California high school cycling team. Clearly nice people. As if never used at all, we found it structurally and cosmetically flawless. An it remains in very clean excellent wonderfulness positioned perfectly for the view, and for building should you choose to do so. It has a Full-Size Refrigerator (13-Cubic Feet). The microwave is also an electric convection oven, so you can do a turkey in the gas oven and a turkey in the top oven at the same time 🙂 The RV has a central vacuum system by Dirt Devil, huge TVs forced air heating, a fireplace (electric) heater and two (count ’em) air conditioners. It has a two zone programmable thermostat that I can never quite figure out, but we remain comfortable in the end. Of course everything is in perfect working order. Except some cabinet hinges squeak. I need to get on that. Oh, and the remote control for the skylights is finicky. I think that’s it.

There are washer and dryer hookups in the laundry area. The closets are cedar lined. The kitchen table extends for larger parties. Two pairs of dining chairs are included. There is an immense amount of storage inside and out.

Photos below are of the RV on site. This video is fairly accurate. Here are Specifications. And here are some others for sale where we see pricing between $38K to $55K for the models older than this 2014. Do your own research on this. We aren’t experts, but we think we got very lucky and hope to pass that on to you.

The RV is connected to always-on water from the well, and to the septic tank, even though it has it’s own large tanks for water and waste. So if there’s ever a power outage, you don’t really care, because heating, waste, water, the refrigerator, and cooking all just keep running.

Thinking of building? Smart move. I recommend a sub-grade garage under a large two bedroom home with big windows facing the lake. We left the excavated area for just that. Or a container house. Or a high end pre-fab steel house. Or a manufactured house. Permits are easy (well easier than Santa Cruz, that’s for sure) since you have an approved (fully permitted) septic, well, and power service already set up. The septic system is installed and approved for *any* size two-bedroom (it’s a 1,000 gallon concrete tank). That means that you could build a 5,000 square foot two bedroom with three dens. I mean you wouldn’t. But that’s an example to underscore the point that the size doesn’t matter – just the bedrooms. I leave it at that.