John Wayne

John Wayne’s former 2,000-acre California ranch on the market for $12 million

A sprawling Riverside County ranch once owned by Western film star John Wayne is on the market for $12 million.

Called Rancho Pavoreal, the 2,000-acre spread is in the community of Sage, south of Hemet and a 20-minute drive from Temecula Valley wineries.

The Hollywood legend known as The Duke and a partner owned the ranch from 1938 to 1948, when it was sold, according to a 1993 California Department of Forestry archaeological report. reported in 2000 that Wayne owned it in the 1970s, adding “he frequently invited guests out for horseback riding, shooting, and other ranching activities.”

Although other owners have since passed through the property, listing agent Tatiana Novick of Coldwell Banker Realty insists “John Wayne’s presence still lives on in Rancho Pavoreal’s very masculine and Western aesthetic.”

There’s a three-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot stucco home, dating to 1950, a still older barn and a three-car garage.

Other highlights include three wells, fenced and cross-fenced land for horses and cattle and riding trails through the valley floor punctuated by outcrops, a creek and Native American artifacts.

Views of the surrounding valley floor, rolling hills and Palomar Mountain abound.

“A perfect multipurpose ranch, Rancho Pavoreal can be used for camps, hunting, horseback riding, cattle grazing, riflery, archery, hiking, equestrian use, a motorcycle ranch — you name it, it has it,” Novick said.

When listed in 2018 for $8 million, it was marketed as a potential pot farm.

Wayne appeared in nearly 250 films and became a household name when director John Ford cast him in “Stagecoach” in 1939, according to IMDb. In 1970, he won an Oscar for his starring role in “True Grit.” He died in 1979 at 72.

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