About

the old oak ranch

The Old Oak Ranch was originally built in 1979 by Robert (Bob) Dunn, who was the first to develop the land into an Avocado grove. He sold the property in 2004 to a new family, who passed the property on to us in 2021 when we rechristened it The Old Oak Ranch. We were lucky enough to have Sergio, the farm’s original grove manager that planted the first tree with Bob Dunn back in the 80s, running the farm for the first year. He has retired this year and has passed the helm to his son, Manny, who now lives on site full time with his wife and young daughter.

We have two running creeks on the property, a rarity in Southern California, and even our own shooting range where my husband runs off to on the weekends. Over the past year we have put a lot of blood, sweat, and sleepless nights into restoring the main home into a place we could call home, even converting the master into three new bedrooms so everyone can have their own space out here in the wilderness. As we head into our second year, we are excited to continue to restore the Ranch back to its former glory while making it a place our family (and yours!) can be inspired by for decades to come.

Land purchased by the Dunns

Barn built (that is now my office!)

A beautiful home is built

Ownership to the Turners

The Old Oak Ranch becomes our home!
1973
1979
1980
2004
2021

Land purchased by the Dunns

Barn built (that is now my office!)

A beautiful home is built

Ownership to the Turners

The Old Oak Ranch becomes our home!
1973
1979
1980
2004
2021

Fun facts

#1

 

What is a holler anyway?

In literal terms a small valley between mountains often with a water feature. From my time in the Southern US however I know a holler as a dirt road in between mountains where you can ‘holler’ from one house to the other to tell the latest news or yell dinner time. For now I get to holler at my kids to come for dinner and stop leaving their wet socks on my kitchen floor.

#2

Chicken

 

What is strangest thing you have had to do yet on the farm?

Ripped a chicken out of a dog’s mouth with my bare hands. Twice. Don’t worry, they both lived. Jump to my blog if you just cannot resist hearing the full story!

#3

 

Avocado

 

 

How long can an avocado tree live?

Avocado trees can live for up to 400 years! However, that is an extreme. The oldest tree on our property is about 50 years. We have seen volume of fruit decline after about year 30.

#4

 

Satellite

 

Can you get internet all the way on top of a mountain? Like GOOD internet?

Literally our boys first question! After A LOT of trial and error we managed to get good enough internet for both Mark and I to work our VPN required desk jobs remotely while the kids stream way too muchYouTube. Need far flung rural internet? Drop me a message and I’ll tell you my tips!

Fun facts

#1

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is a holler anyway?

In literal terms a small valley between mountains often with a water feature. From my time in the Southern US however I know a holler as a dirt road in between mountains where you can ‘holler’ from one house to the other to tell the latest news or yell dinner time. For now I get to holler at my kids to come for dinner and stop leaving their wet socks on my kitchen floor.

#2

Chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is strangest thing you have had to do yet on the farm?

Ripped a chicken out of a dog’s mouth with my bare hands. Twice. Don’t worry, they both lived. Jump to my blog if you just cannot resist hearing the full story!

#3

 

Avocado

 

 

 

 

 

 

How long can an avocado tree live?

Avocado trees can live for up to 400 years! However, that is an extreme. The oldest tree on our property is about 50 years. We have seen volume of fruit decline after about year 30.

#4

 

Satellite

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you get internet all the way on top of a mountain? Like GOOD internet?

Literally our boys first question! After A LOT of trial and error we managed to get good enough internet for both Mark and I to work our VPN required desk jobs remotely while the kids stream way too muchYouTube. Need far flung rural internet? Drop me a message and I’ll tell you my tips!

Fun facts

#1

What is a holler anyway?

In literal terms a small valley between mountains often with a water feature. From my time in the Southern US however I know a holler as a dirt road in between mountains where you can ‘holler’ from one house to the other to tell the latest news or yell dinner time. For now I get to holler at my kids to come for dinner and stop leaving their wet socks on my kitchen floor.

#2

Chicken

What is strangest thing you have had to do yet on the farm?

Ripped a chicken out of a dog’s mouth with my bare hands. Twice. Don’t worry, they both lived. Jump to my blog if you just cannot resist hearing the full story!

#3

AvocadoHow long can an avocado tree live?

Avocado trees can live for up to 400 years! However, that is an extreme. The oldest tree on our property is about 50 years. We have seen volume of fruit decline after about year 30.

#4

Satellite

Can you get internet all the way on top of a mountain? Like GOOD internet?

Literally our boys first question! After A LOT of trial and error we managed to get good enough internet for both Mark and I to work our VPN required desk jobs remotely while the kids stream way too muchYouTube. Need far flung rural internet? Drop me a message and I’ll tell you my tips!