Slick Rock Ranch & Beach Retreat

Gualala, California

$4,500,000 | 283 ± Acres | Mendocino County

Slick Rock Creek Ranch & Beach Retreat is a tale of California itself. In the 1920s Walter Ratcliff, the renowned Bay Area architect and founding member of the Sierra Cub, sought a sanctuary for his family away from the chaos of civilization. Mr. Ratcliff chose the rugged and unspoiled coast north of Gualala as his refuge. He bought and consolidated the various tracts that would become known as Slick Rock Creek Ranch & Beach Retreat. Now, after close to 100 years of principled land stewardship by the Ratcliff Family, the Ranch has come to market.

The Slick Rock Creek Ranch & Beach Retreat’s 283 acres encompasses all the essential element of the California north coast: towering redwoods and ancient firs, big open mountain meadows, fern strewn valleys framing year round creeks and bathing pools, dramatic ocean views and its own private beach. There is a main road networks that winds around the Ranch with hiking trails bisecting the various quadrants of the same.

The Main Ranch House sits in a large sun filled meadow surrounded by redwoods with views and sounds of the ocean below. The Main Ranch House was designed by the Ratcliffs and built out of locally milled wood in the 1950s. Its simple and clean design is complimentary to its surroundings. Walking its rooms there is a welcoming nostalgia of a bygone era. On the other side of the meadow but tucked into the trees is the Caretaker’s Cottage. Between these two residences is the Barn with tools shed, tack room and horse stalls and storage. On the opposite end of the meadow is the pond.

Across the road is a small gate that allows you to access to your own private California coast peninsula. The trails meanders along the tree clad bluffs above isolated beach coves. The views of the distant horizon is nothing short of awe inspiring.

The commercial value of the ranch squarely rests on its dense and mature Redwood and Douglas Fir timber stands. The outstanding quality and quantity of these stands presents an exceptional investment opportunity for the conservation minded Buyer who seeks his coastal refugee but desires some return on his investment. Such an investment could be monetarized by a sustainable harvest plan or carbon credit banking. In addition, when the timber, multiple legal parcels and ocean proximity is taken into account, the Ranch becomes a prime candidate for a conservation easement.

The Slick Rock Ranch & Beach Retreat a one of a kind property that comes about only once in a lifetime. This Legacy is awaiting for the next generation of torch bearers.


  • 283 acres consisting of 8 legal parcels with the majority in TPZ for low property taxes
  • Main Ranch House (+/- 18oo Sq. Ft.) 1950's redwood lodge design, Caretaker's House (+/1 1500 Sq. Ft.), Barn with Stable and Tack Room and Equipment Barn
  • Substantial Dense Stand of Mature Redwood & Douglas Fir of Significant Commercial or Ecological Value
  • Year Round Creek Slick Rock Creek & other Seasonal Creeks
  • 9.5 acre Ocean Parcel with Outstanding Views on its own Peninsula & Beach

31101 South Highway 1
Gualala, California


38.7710021N, 123W

Go north of Gualala about pass Anchor Bay until you see gated entrance with address of 31101 S. Highway 1

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