McKinsey's Nighthawk Castle

Wheeler County Oregon
64+/- Acres

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Property Information

ID: 19162
Status: New Listing
Price: $625,000
Acres: 64 +/-
Address: 23684 Winlock Lane
Address 2: T8 SR24E TL1501 SEC13
City, State: Fossil, Oregon
County: Wheeler
ZIP Code: 97830
Lat/Long: 44.8809, 119.8095
Presented By: Julie Mansfield Smith
Taxes: $4,234
Dwelling Sq Ft: 1,758
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 3



If you are seeking an off grid, quiet respite with a mystical touch, look no further ... here is your magic kingdom! This fortress offers a vast array of amenities along with privacy and end of the road seclusion, and is a must see to appreciate.

This self-sustaining holding has room for improvements of your choice inside this secluded retreat. Within the walls of this solar powered castle lies a vibrant palette of color awaiting your personal touch to complete its intricate design. With a solid infrastructure, magical touches are awaiting the most discriminating buyer to make this house their home.

Attention to detail and pride of ownership is evident from the inside out of this unique, solar powered sanctuary on 64 acres that is open for your innovative imagination. Off grid and energy efficient, this custom home built 2-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 3 level home has 1758 sq ft of living space and was constructed in 2013. Numerous upgrades are found inside this one-of-a-kind castle such as skylights, Tamarack vaulted ceilings, arched double pane windows, loft, an open floor plan with living and dining combination, kitchen with 2 pantries, root cellar, utility room, solar hot water, propane and wood heat. Interior and exterior quality construction with 12 inch thick walls in the house, copper metal roofing and slab foundation ... and most importantly ... no light pollution. In a galaxy of stars, this is where the Nighthawk thrives!

Every room has a window to the world outside in a scenic backdrop with 360-degree views of the mountain ranges and sloping hillsides. Sit on the covered patio, enjoy the breeze and see nature at its best. Relish in the surrounding landscape of stark beauty in the craggy rock outcroppings, rolling vistas and mountain valley views with a gurgling creek on panoramic Rainbow Ridge. Discover your inner artist and get back to nature at its best with wildlife viewing galore. Dip your feet in year-round Corncob Creek which traverses the property along with numerous springs on this self-sustaining investment. Raise your own food from the old and new fruit orchard, garden and greenhouse and graze your cattle or sheep on the dryland pasture that is fenced and cross-fenced for livestock.

Property has DEQ approved septic system, 150-foot 5 GPM domestic well with gravity fed system within two tanks of water storage. There are 6 frost free spigots located from the home to barns to outbuildings. All structures are permitted. This recreational retreat and ranch destination can be your multi-faceted home away from home or full-time residence. Wi-Fi is available for remote working at home. Some unfinished interior with exterior ready for stucco. See documents with House Description for details for more information.

Outbuildings are of quality wood construction with metal roofing & well maintained and include a 48x36 livestock barn, 8x16 tool shed, 8x16 storage, 8x12 chicken coop with concrete floor, slider and windows, 40x28 workshop with 8 inch walls, loft and wood stove, 32x24 Barn with hay loft and attached greenhouse.

Personal property included in sale price are washer, dryer, Sunfrost 12v R-19 fridge, Sundanzer 12v Chest freezer, Premier Pro 6 burner(sealed) propane stove, Flameview wood cookstove also serves as heat source.

12 solar panels @ house; 16 solar panels @ workshop; New Renogy AGM maintenance free battery banks for home and shop.; 2 Outback inverters; 4 Morning Star charge controllers; Hot water solar collector; Outback Transformer Yanmar Diesel whole house generator included.

It is approximately 1/4 mile to power lines for electricity. Property is located 7 miles from Spray off Kahler Basin Road to Winlock Lane and borders private lands. Elevation is 2200 ft in mild climate with great growing season. Mixed use of recreational, ranch and residential with plenty of room to roam. Year-round access on private gravel road with cattle guard access to property within Spray School District. Just a ten minute drive the the reknowned John Day River for fishing, floating and fun. Drive to Service Creek less than a half hour away to take a shuttle, rent a raft or bring your own!  Take a day trip to Bull Prairie for a picnic and sit at the docks and fish or take your own watercrafts. Public land access is close by for big game hunting and other recreational activities.

There are good bones to this offering and no skeletons in the closet on this holding. Well, maybe in the bathroom. So come see for yourself if this cost-efficient castle fits the criteria in your karma. This lovely low maintenance offering is shown by appointment only with prequalification required before viewing.

Located at 23684 Winlock Lane Fossil OR 97830 in T8 SR24E TL1501;2945 SEC13. Property has been surveyed and is available upon request.

Built by Jim Dougherty Construction with blueprints available. Home will be sold unfinished in AS IS condition.

2021 Taxes were $4234. (Disqualified from farm deferral due to a non-farm dwelling permit issued in 2000. Inquire within for further details.) Zoned EFU.


Buyer's agent to provide client prequalification for purchase and be present at all showings.

Additional Information


  • big game
  • elk
  • mule deer
  • quail
  • small game
  • other


  • atv trails
  • bike trails
  • bird watching
  • equestrian trails
  • hiking trails

water access

  • creek


  • barn
  • fencing
  • shed
  • well
  • workshop
  • other

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