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California is known around the world for many things including gorgeous beaches, a trailblazing technology scene, world-class wine production and celebrity inhabitants.

While all desirable qualities, many don’t realize the state also offers a more laid-back, wide-range experience for those who long for rural living.

In many areas, you’ll find large lots of land, plenty of wildlife, barn-styled homes and even horses galloping through the terrain. The rural life wouldn’t be complete without these beautiful creatures, and Californians love caring for horses in the comfort of home.

Here are a couple of countryside homes throughout the state that let you and your horses roam wild and free while still having the luxury of living in one of the world’s most influential regions.

Northern California
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95 Hampton Road, Martinez | $1,895,000 

This magnificent country estate offers the perfect mix of a well-designed active equestrian facility and a country home and grounds. The large four stall barn area with paddocks is separate from the main property and offers plenty of space for your horses to live comfortably and for you to enjoy their company. Outside, they can take in the afternoon sunlight as they walk around the ample hillside area. For riding, the Briones trail head access is only a short walk away, making this home the ultimate dream for any horse rider.

 

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4353 Barton Road, Loomis | $1,484,000

All the bells and whistles of an equestrian property are included in this beautiful rural remodel. Its location far from the street gives you the privacy and space to enjoy the surrounding terrain as you ride along the area’s green, luscious land. A six stall barn and pasture is centrally located, providing ample room to enjoy the sport of horseback riding. When you’re not riding, take a dip in the pool or cook up some delicious barbecue in the home’s outdoor kitchen.

 

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6105 McKeon Ponderosa Way, Foresthill | $998,000

With over 54 acres at your disposal, this ranch style house is the perfect place for those who enjoy exploring the beauty of nature right from their backyard. Your horses will also appreciate the space as they roam through the fenced pastures. A nearby trail, Tevis Trail, is ideal for horseback riding since the trail provides a mountainous and gorgeous terrain that any rider can appreciate. To seal the deal, a four-stall barn with storage, tack room and wash rack are available for use.

 

Southern California:

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35371 Butterfly Peak Road, Mountain Center | $1,895,000

An equestrian log home in California? You better believe it. This private ranch style home nestled in the pristine Garner Valley is less than two hours away from Los Angeles and offers spectacular mountain and pastoral views. The property includes two parcels totaling approximately 14 acres and features an eight-stall barn, 16-foot breezeway, tack room/office, wash area, covered hay storage, seven fenced pastures with three additional barns and roping area. A definite must see. Contact Independent Sales Associate Robin Evans to schedule a private viewing.

 

Which equestrian home is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.