|Prudential Real Estate|
|Former Listing of Prudential Real Estate|
59885 Table Mountain Trail Anza, CA 92539
Here is a much better view of Cahuilla Mountain from this Table Mountain property. Incredibly, the original sale of this property was $35,000 for almost 4 view mountain top acres of land. I assume it went into foreclosure and was put on Auction back in March of this year 2013. The Auction had only seven bids with the winning bid which won the property at a steal at $5,000. Can you believe it ? Actually with the major economic downturn which to me actually hit in 2007 along with the excessively rapid rise in Fuel prices, Anza experienced a major real estate shutdown and many properties did go into foreclosure. Seriously, look at most of the real estate listings up there and many sales are Bank owned.
Can you imagine the interest in this land at the original price had the owner left that land alone ? The shock of the Coulter Pines being chained sawed down was reminiscent of the Chainsaw Massacre on Rattlesnake Mountain which I encountered the hostility of those neighbours from Sky Ranch Community guilty of the Conservation Area trespass and protected plant destruction I wrote about Here . This isn't the only example of private land mismanagement. It's everywhere in the back country. Someone will buy property on a mountainside with impossible access and will be determined to conquer it. In the process they create an ecological mess that is hard to correct. While out on San Felipe Rd with Richard Halsey and his Graduate Student assistant Dylan, we encountered just such an example behind the San Diego County Sheriff Sub-Station on a steep mountainside where someone had hired a company to bulldoze an improbable road access up a steep mountainside to a outcropping rocky knoll where they constructed a building pad for their dream home. Clearly destructive and almost impossible to maintain, and there will be no quick fire route escape access either. If my camera batteries hadn't gone out I would have photographed this place. Nevertheless, you all know where to find it just south of R.D.'s Log Cabin on San Felipe Rd (S-2) just behind the Sheriff Sub-Station.
I know, not much to look at with this photo (and I wasn't in the mood to climb down for a better shot), but that's the point, it use to be when the Coulter Pine trees were there! This seriously is almost the carbon copy of what happened to those Torrey Pines in El Cajon CA. I'm sure they made use of the larger logs which were put to good use as firewood. I seriously have no idea why they would cut down both of these trees.
|Curly Bonner's Reate Rancheros|
|Credit: Gayle M. Woodsum|
Classic Anza in the Old Days
The average person can be compared to a child, who looks up to Government & Big Business as an Authority figure. Like a child, it's the old saying - "Like Father Like Son" ? The average land owner follows the examples of those taking the lead. There have been times I often thought there should be a proper Eco-Land Management course and certification requirement before a person is allowed to purchase property. And like any license, before any renewal, it comes only after careful inspection of the property to verify the property owner has kept the requirements under the law. Well yes, of course this is ridiculous, and would involve more bureaucratic insanity along with all the manner of under the table cheating and fudging that goes along with such programs. You know how humanity is ? But the truth is, Earth is also ruined by the billions of little people. Unfortunately, most folks often forget this when they join causes and movements to fight against some big Industry pursuit or Government Policy. It falls on everybody. *Sigh* Still, can you believe it, $5,000 greenbacks for an awesome four acre view lot ? I believe that's about what those lots went for back in the early 1970s.
"A sense of place is the sixth sense, an internal compass and map made by memory and spatial perception together.” —Rebecca Solnit
BTW, little off topic, but here is a hiking trip up Cahuilla Mountain by David Lockeretz of "Nobody Hikes in L.A." The pictures are beautiful, especially when you get up above it all and appreciate beautiful landscapes untouched by the Human Stain.
Seriously though, think about what I just said and take GOOD CARE of your LAND. Enjoy the pics below.
The California Chaparral Institute had an important information post link on the death trap area for which 19 firefighters lost their lives as a result of no escape outlet. Please don't ever expect anyone to save your material belongings in a death trap area chose out of a bad decision choice. Do your homework, the lives you save may be your family:
"An aerial photograph of the site where 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite firefighting crew, died. The visible road was made by a bulldozer to retrieve the bodies."