An Inspiring 100-Acre California Estate with 8,500 Avocado Trees Seeks $8M

Some writers find taking a vacation as a way to ease writer’s block, but life coach and author Diana Von Welanetz Wentworth found that tranquility at this 100-acre ranch in Temecula, California. Von Welanetz Wentworth, the co-author of two Chicken Soup for the Soul books, was inspired to write both titles here when she owned the expansive and dreamy property. Capturing panoramic views and far from any man-made noise sits 44665 La Cruz Drive, a beautifully isolated newcomer to the market asking $8 million.

Although the overall 2,700 square foot spaces may be just a small dot in the expansive land around it, the home holds three bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as an additional guest house. Indoor-outdoor living is the name of the game with a large covered patio just off the main living space, as well as a private terrace off the primary bedroom.

Opening into an open concept main space with warm, wood ceilings, the updated kitchen looks onto an expanse of orchards, which produce lemons, oranges, persimmons, and more. Perhaps most enticing for the Cali lifestyle, there are 8,500 avocado trees. Who needs to leave the home when avocado toast or guacamole can be made without even a trip to the grocery store?

Sitting just 15 minutes outside of Old Town Temecula and less than two hours from Los Angeles, this retreat is a serene place for all sorts of artists or creators to live and work on projects. A musician or painter could easily build studios alongside the current structures.

F. Ron Smith and David Berg of Smith & Berg Partners team at Compass hold this listing.