Mick Ruthven
(AVSIG Member)
07/22/16 09:59 PM
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Almost-Fly-In Forest Lake Retreat - Northern CA

My friends Jack and Diane Bazler have put their off-the-beaten-track property up for sale. The following was posted on Facebook where I picked it up.

FORT BIDWELL, Calif. (July 20, 2016) – Escaping the cacophony of everyday life is seemingly impossible, but given the right piece of real estate and possibly a small aircraft, anything is possible.

A 320-acre sanctuary, complete with two private lakes and four rustic cabins, awaits just outside the small Northern California town of Fort Bidwell. And while the property is accessible by car, a nearby airstrip has been put to good use by current and previous owners.

The property, which the owners have coined the Forest Lake Retreat, is not only a haven for busy professionals, but also a soothing menagerie of wildlife. Guests and owners can unwind by searching the skies for bald eagles or casting for trout in either the five or three-acre spring-fed lakes.

“We purchased Forest Lake retreat in 2003 to escape the population explosion of the North Lake Tahoe area,” said current homeowner Jack Bazler. “This special spot was a short drive from our Northstar home and exceeded our desire to find beauty and adventure in a tranquil environment. The gorgeous trees, wildlife and lakes exceeded our expectations.”

The retreat has three A-frame cabins (adjacent to the five-acre lake), as well as a traditional home (on the smaller lake), comfortably sleeping up to 18 total. All structures, including an attached workshop and garage, are served by essential utilities.

Listed at $1.6 million, the property can be divided into two parcels, each with its own lake. It is represented by Chris Hinkel of Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty.

Nestled at a 5,500-foot elevation in the Northeastern corner of California, the surrounding forest was once used as a logging area. Old logging roads now serve as meandering trails for exploring the endless cedars, white fir, aspens, and ponderosa pines. The property still lies on a timber production zone, with special tax benefits.

A small dirt airstrip (Ft. Bidwell on aviation charts) just a few miles from the property could be used by pilots with small aircraft, while those with larger planes can utilize a larger, paved strip in the town of Cedarville just 20 miles away.

For more information about the property, call Chris Hinkel at 530-412-2644 or go to http://bit.ly/2a30gJl.

Photos:
http://sothebys.2view.com/%23Archive/Fort%20Bidwell/

Video link without narration:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOSLNtmoavs

Video link with narration:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2v5muop1zI&feature=youtu.be



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