Olive Ranch For Sale

Much information has been published about the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet and in particular about extra virgin olive oil. Purchase your own olive ranch and know that you will always have a reliable and constant source of fresh extra virgin olive oil. Located in the beautiful Carmel Valley, Sandy Creek Olive Ranch is a well-established working olive ranch with over 600 olive trees on 120 acres of land. With all equipment included for a turnkey operation you can start your dream of owning an olive ranch almost instantly.

Property Details

Price $895,000.00
Acreage 116 acres (two adjacent 58 acre parcels)
Property Type Working Olive Ranch
Street Address 40001 E Carmel Valley Rd.
Nearest City Greenfield
State CA
ZIP 93927
County Monterey
School District Carmel Unified School District
Terrain Hills
Access Gated
Possible existing $300,000.00 'maybe' assumable

What Is Included

This offer inlcudes everything you will need to operate your very own olive ranch.

  • Two(2) adjacent 58 acre parcels comprising Carmel Valley's oldest olive ranch APNs 418 310 052 and 418 310 053
  • 6 acres under olive (for oil) cultivation with approximately 400 12-year old trees and 200 2- to 3-year old trees
  • Approximately 30 useable available acres for cultivation
  • Plenty of space for another 20,000 olives for close crop/vineyard style planting. Suggested varietals would be: Arbequina, Koroneiki and Arbosana
  • Two rustic ranch cottages with bathrooms, large decks and wood burning stoves that are fully furnished
  • Fully equipped workshop/barn with all tools, equipment and supplies necessary to maintain ranch
  • All ranch equipment is included for a turnkey operation: 1700 series Ford tractor and implements, generators, welding equipment, three quads, Jeep CJ7, trailers and more

Property Comparison

Highlands Vineyard—a property immediately adjoining Eastern Vineyard sold prior to planting of its 11 acres of grape for $675,000 three years ago and included only one 60 acre property APN 418 310 051

Sale Price

Offer price of $895,000.00 includes all ranch equipment, furnishings, rolling stock, Ford 1700 series tractor, Jeep CJ7, goodwill and a website located at olive-ranch.com


Olive Ranch Location

Wine Enthusiast Magazine recently stunned the wine world by announcing Monterey County as one of the "World's Top Ten Wine Destinations", skipping both Napa and Sonoma regions.

Sandy Creek Olive Ranch is located at the 32-mile marker on the north side of East Carmel Valley with a southern exposure. The property is situated one hour east of Highway One and 30 minutes east of Carmel Valley Village. It is also within 1 1/4 hours from Big Sur, Carmel by the Sea, Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Laguna Seca Raceway, Pebble Beach, 17-mile Drive and Pinnacles National Park.

Area Information

Not too long ago Carmel Valley was real rural area with only dairy farms, horse ranches, row crops and fruit-and-nut orchards. Still exuding an Old west feel, the world is now beating a new path to Carmel Valley and the reason for this renaissance is wine. There is dozen or so small-scale family wine operations up and down the Valley today with over 20 wine tasting rooms. The village has become a mecca for wine aficionados with an abundance of restaurants offering all types of cuisine. A short drive on Carmel Valley Road G16 to escape the fog of the Monterey Peninsula and you land within 15 minutes in the sunshine and blue skies of Carmel Valley Village. Continuing east of the Village about 1/2 hour drive is Sandy Creek Olive Ranch.

Carmel Valley Road (a.k.a. Monterey County Road G16) is a picturesque two-lane blacktop that begins at Highway 1 near Carmel-by-the-Sea and terminates 53 miles later in the Salinas Valley town of Greenfield. G16 is the backbone of Carmel Valley. Travelling east out of Carmel Valley Village, Sandy Creek is a leisurely 1/2 hour drive, right at the 32 mile marker.

Olive Growing Climate

The climate is classified as Dry Summer Subtropical or Mediterranean. Rainfall varies from 16 to 60 inches throughout the area, with most precipitation on the northern higher mountains. Almost all precipitation falls in the winter. Higher elevations of Sandy Creek experience some snowfall which rarely settles. Temperature highs in the summer can reach 105 °F at mid-day.


Immediately to the east of Sandy Creek Olive Ranch is Highlands Vineyard which produces 11 acres of Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay varieties. Trails to the west lead to a small ranching operation featuring organic, grass-fed beef. There is a close-knit group of neighbors who share equipment such as tractors or cultivators and have BBQs once in a while. We draw from an experienced pool of 25 – 30 workers in the labor force who have worked with us for over 7 years.


Good forest growth featuring Coast Redwood, Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Madrone, Buckeye, several species of Oak and an abundance of Chaparral.


About the Ranch

At the turn of the century Sandy Creek—named after Sand Creek—was a part of a large cattle ranch. The land was cleared by yoke of oxen ploughs of all rocks in the areas most suitable for cultivation. Due south from the property is the Santa Lucia Mountain Range which runs from Monterey southeast for 105 miles to San Luis Obispo. The top Ranch Cottage has sweeping views of the highest summit of this range: Junipero Serra Peak at 5,853 ft and 25 miles distant. Evidence shows that the first American settler came in 1868 in the Arroyo Seco Valley although the Indian tribes Costanoans, Salinan and Esselens occupied the area prior to the Mission days. We occasionally find stone arrow heads at Sandy Creek and there are several examples of Indian bedrock mortars just a mile from the lower Ranch Cottage. The old Stage Coach line ran right through the property.

Olive Trees

  • Approximately 400 Italian — 12 year old olive tree varietals for oil: Leccino, Frantoio, Marino, Pendolino and Canino
  • Approximately 200 Italian — 2-3 year old olive trees for oil
  • Spanish varietals for table olives — Grosso Di Spagno and Noccellara Del Belice

Olives are picked in late November or early December by a labor contractor Azcona Harvesting. Olives are then driven 45 minutes—same day—to Pietra Santa Winery in Hollister where they are pressed using a state-of-the-art Italian Pieraliti Press. Olive oil is 'table ready' within 24 hours.


Present owners purchased the Sandy Creek Olive Ranch over 15 years ago and have made many improvements, including concrete roads for easy year-round access. Water from the well is pumped up to 6,500 gallon holding tanks which then feeds the property through an extensive water-delivery system.

Recreational Activities

Property is ideal horse country with an abundance of over 5 miles of trails. Fabulous terrain for backpacking to the upper climes of the property. Hunt wild boar, mule deer, and upland game include dove, turkey and quail. Skeet shooting from the upper cabin deck is a popular summer activity. Several miles to the west lies Tassajara Hot Springs, Carmel Valley Tennis Ranch and numerous vineyards in the Cachagua area.


Contact Us


Tel: (831) 236-5389 or (831) 595-9291