South Mill Ranch, Luxury property for sale in Tubac, Arizona

South Mill Ranch

Tubac, Arizona, USA

8 bed | 7 bath
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Key details

  • Approx size: 557.40 sq m (6,000 sq ft)
  • Building type: Ranch
  • Property Style: Farm/Ranch
  • Approx plot size: 3,176,782 sq m (34,194,597 sq ft)
  • Ownership: Freehold


  • Outdoor pool
  • Equestrian
  • Horse facilities
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Stone floors
  • Mountain views
  • Investment
  • Parking
  • Golf
  • Original features
  • Fitted bathroom
  • Wooden floors

Property overview

The South Mill Ranch consists of 2,700± deeded acres that essentially lies in its own valley protected by the San Cayetano Mountains which rise 2,000 feet above the ranch to 6,000 feet on the west - the ranch owns the entire eastern facing slope.

The 8,000± acre Sonoita Creek State Natural Area borders the ranch on the south, and natural geography including the Grosvenor Hills are on the east. The Santa Rita Mountains are just to the north, rising over 9,800 feet.

The ranch lies 18 paved miles east of Tubac behind a private entry gate, and just over an hour's drive south of the Tucson International Airport.

The adobe style ranch improvements are impeccable and include a magnificent owner's residence, an equally attractive but smaller guest house, a manager's home and a stable complex.

The ranch is well watered and offers incredible vistas, dramatic terrain, extensive wildlife and complete privacy. 

Broker's Comment (Hall & Hall):

As a purveyor of what we term "Investment-Quality Rural Real Estate", we are always on the lookout for unique and special properties that have broadly desirable intrinsic qualities that give them a value that will endure the test of time. When we find such a property and it is available for sale, we are proud to bring it to the marketplace. When we heard about South Mill Ranch, we were literally on the next plane down to visit it. It represents the very best of a class of property we refer to as a "retreat". In the case of South Mill Ranch like the best of properties in this class, one owns significant enough private acreage to control one's destiny (and one's viewshed), to maintain an agricultural status and to have space to ride and walk and hunt or whatever one might choose to do. It is dramatically beautiful and diverse. It enjoys a wonderful climate for most of the year and has easy access to the charm and amenities of Tubac - a town that has a unique history going back over 300 years - as well as a commercial airport within an easy drive.  Needless to say the improvements were thoughtfully designed and ready to be occupied. 


The South Mill Ranch is an exclusive listing of Hall and Hall and is being offered by Sphere International Estates under a co-marketing agreement with Hall and Hall.

Regional info

The State of Arizona is known for the famous Grand Canyon but with five distinct regions, dozens of national and state parks and hundreds of towns and cities, Arizona's landscape is as diverse as it is beautiful.

Tubac is located in Southern Arizona, a romantic region of stately saguaros, scenic preserves and exciting destinations. From Tucson, the area's thriving metropolis, to Wild West towns, rugged adventure areas and rolling vineyards, the cities of Southern Arizona are as interesting as they are diverse.

The Sonoita Creek State Natural Area lies to the south. It is home to southern Arizona's largest lake - Patagonia Lake - which offers fishing, sailing, water skiing and other water related activities. South Mill enjoys rare private access from the north which makes it a virtual extension of the ranch. There is a large operating ranch to the east.

Tubac is the dominant community in the area and immediate and easy access to it is, in our opinion, one of the primary selling points of South Mill. Tubac is described as a place where "art and history meet". It lies along the Santa Cruz River in one of the few spots left where the rivers natural riparian habitat has been protected. 

It has been home to Native American populations - most recently the renowned Apaches as well as the more peaceful Pima Indians - for at least 10,000 years. Its history since the arrival of Europeans goes back to the early Spanish explorers looking for the legendary cities of gold.

In 1952 the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park became the first State Park in Arizona. It is now a charming town on the banks of the Santa Cruz River with many galleries and shops as well as restaurants and other more basic services. The community has come together to deal sensibly with the inevitable growth while maintaining its charm and culture.

The Tubac Golf Resort and Spa, situated on the old Spanish Land Grant Otero Ranch just north of Tubac, is a championship Red Lawrence designed golf course offering 27 holes of outstanding golf. The movie Tin Cup was shot on the course and gave it some notoriety. The spa and luxury accommodations, including excellent dining, are an attractive nearby source of enjoyment and entertainment for an owner of South Mill Ranch.

Buyers guide

The South Mill Ranch is being offered for sale by the developer of the Morning Star Ranch. He has determined that the southern 47 lots (1,700± acres) together with the magnificent improvements he has constructed for his own use, stand alone as a separate and very private ranch. The additional 1,000± acres being offered that adjoin it include a dramatic mountain face that is in everyone's viewshed and should never be developed. It is not a part of Morning Star Ranch. Subject to a buyer's wishes, the seller intends to sever the 1,700± acres from the development while retaining utility and access easements across the development in return for agreeing to share in the road maintenance and agreeing to not allow any development on the 1,000± acres. This creates a simple and effective break and leaves a buyer with a very private but thoroughly accessible stand-alone ranch.

It should be noted that, because of the successful development of the adjoining Morning Star Ranch, the donation or sale of a conservation easement giving up the development rights should have a significant financial benefit to a new owner of this ranch.

The seller would also consider some form of maintaining the current status quo whereby a buyer could step into his shoes as the developer/declarant in some way. This would likely facilitate the process of an easement donation. Seller's attorney has prepared a memorandum which describes this aspect of the offering in more detail.


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