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Located at nearly 4,000 feet in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains just north of Tucson's most successful suburb ( Oro Valley, Arizona) is the historic Canyon of Gold Ranch, considered by many as the finest property in all of Southern Arizona.
Sitting on a high ridge overlooking the Oro Valley the CDO Ranch history and its historic infrastructure make this parcel uniquely different than almost any other, anywhere.
Once a vast hunting ground for native peoples today the property still hosts many original buildings constructed by the original homesteader, his successor Lady Margaret of Suffolk , the former Motorola Executive Institute and the more recent additions by the University of Arizona, New York City's Columbia University and the Biosphere 2 project.
A small 27 room Inn, a full service restaurant facility, the Historic "Casa del Oro" ( The Countess of Suffolk's famed "House of Gold" ), a 112 seat welcome center and theater and the simple, rustic and well-appointed Ranch House are just a few of the many buildings that dot the vast rolling private property.
Extensive roads and paved parking have been added over time and significant power, gas and water distribution and resources accompany the property which sits quietly and comfortably 2 miles off of Arizona's north-south state highway 77.
More than 1,600 acres of private land holdings are included and a vast array of development entitlements have been completed including a plan that allows over 1,550 homes, a 200 room resort and significant commercial opportunities all in development friendly Pinal County, Arizona.
Especially unique is the existing commercial activity that the property abuts in the form of the University of Arizona's Biosphere 2 Research Institute. Nearly 150,000 well informed tourist pass by the CDO Ranch front gate to visit the Institute annually. The University also operates a boutique, one hundred room Conference Center that attracts diverse intellectual and industrial conference groups from around the world.
The climate here is generally 15 degrees cooler than Phoenix to the north and about 7-8 degrees cooler than Tucson to the south. Snow occurs a few times every year and over eight inches have been recorded in recent times. Rain averages more than 20 inches per year and provides for the lush high Sonoran Desert vegetation and diverse wildlife that flourish on the grounds.
The acclaimed Saddlebrooke retirement Community and its three public golf courses and vast recreational infrastructure is our southern boundary while undeveloped state land surrounds most of the remaining borders.
Other significant neighbors include the world famous Miraval luxury spa resort just a few miles to the south, the Saddlebrooke Ranch Community a few miles south west across highway 77, and the eclectic art community of Oracle, Arizona four miles to the north. Ten minutes to the south on the northern edge of the town of Oro Valley is the highly successful Innovation Park which is the host to two major biotech firms, Roche-Vantana Medical and the French Pharmaceutical giant Sanofi. The new Oro Valley Hospital and health complex is also located there.
The Canada del Oro Ranch is a CDO Ranching & Development premiere property.