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7718 E Golden Reef Road, Cave Creek, AZ – $3,580,000

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,800 Sqft
  • 5.99 Acres
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,800 Sqft
  • 5.99 Acres

7718 E Golden Reef Road

YOUR SAFE HAVEN, Hidden and rare. A PREMIERE WATER SOURCE with amazing artesian wells bubbling out over 11,000 gallons of fresh water from the mountain daily, nurturing a bountiful Eden of over 50 fruit & nut trees, terraced gardens w/ paths lined by rose bushes and ivy. ALL PATENTED LAND (mineral rights) Held in private ownership for decades, with 38 acres This ranch, minutes N. of Cave Creek, is steeped in history, where the Golden Reef Mine was located. The charming and rustic land, surrounded by preserve and gov't land, was just used as a location for a motion picture! Gated & private, and a number of luxury homesites have been identified, in addition to the quaint residence there now. Includes stables, and climate-controlled bunkhouse used as a casita. Watch the video tour! Purchase includes the parcel with the home, APN # 202-99008H, land parcels 202-99-008G, and 202-17-029. The bunkhouse, used for a casita, is air conditioned and heated also. Here's the takeaway from the recent news story this week from the US Geological Survey. The Colorado River is going to be much drier than thought and millions of people will be affected. Here's why: Between 19905 and 1922, when allocations were given out to states bordering the Colorado River, tree ring studies by the University of Arizona, have shown these were extremely wet years, and the water was over appropriated. Further, they didn't take in account evaporation from the future Lake Mead, use by plants and the future guarantee to Mexico in 1944, of millions of acre feet of water. Now, Lake Powell and Lake Mead are over half-empty, the river flow is dwindling . The region is stuck in a 19 year drought, the worst in 1,250 years. And the tree ring studies indicate these dry periods can last 1,000 years. Some scientists doubt the lakes will ever be full pool again. Lake Mead is getting dangerously close to the level that triggers mandatory water cutbacks to lower Colorado basin states when Tier 1 water restrictions kick in. Level of the lake is now 1,096 ft. Mandatory cutbacks start when it hits 1,075 feet (above sea level) Below 1,050 ft., Hoover Dam may not be able to generate electricity. Worst-case scenario is the drop below 895 ft. Water can no longer pass through the dam, the dreaded "dead pool" scenario. Since Arizona gets 40% of its water from the Colorado River, a wise land investor would do well to consider land like this that "makes" its own water.

Essential Information

  • MLS® #5993430
  • Price$3,580,000
  • Bedrooms3
  • Bathrooms2.00
  • Square Footage2,800
  • Acres5.99
  • Year Built1972
  • TypeResidential
  • Sub-TypeSingle Family - Detached
  • StyleRanch
  • StatusActive

Community Information

  • Address7718 E Golden Reef Road
  • CityCave Creek
  • CountyMaricopa
  • StateAZ
  • Zip Code85331


Hidden and Secret Ranch of Patented Land, loaded with water!


  • UtilitiesAPS, City Electric
  • Parking Spaces2
  • PoolNo Pool


Gated Community, Horse Facility


  • Interior FeaturesOther (See Remarks)
  • HeatingElectric Heat
  • FireplaceYes
  • # of Stories2


Ceiling Fan(s), Both Refrig & Evap


1 Fireplace, Fireplace Living Rm


  • ExteriorPainted
  • Exterior FeaturesPatio, Private Street(s)
  • RoofComp Shingle
  • ConstructionFrame - Wood

Lot Description

Hillside Lot, Mountain View(s), Street(s) Not Paved

School Information

  • ElementaryBlack Mountain
  • MiddleCactus Shadows
  • HighCactus Shadows


093 - Cave Creek Unified District

Listing Details


Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty

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Listing information last updated on February 28th, 2020 at 7:13am MST.