Castle house with amusement park in Northern California Lists

Visiting Amador Castle, prominent in the foothills of the Sierra, guests first see a mineral zoo and other statues lining the 500-foot-high walkway: horses, giraffes, elephants, oversized sheep, a Sasquatch figure, and hares.

After that, they come to the property’s amusement park with ferris wheels, bumper cars, train track, rides and tour.

In the end, they arrived at the astonishing main residence, the castle-like house known as Amador Castle. The complex, which is located on approximately 28 acres in Jackson, is up for sale for approximately $4 million. Jackson is located a little over an hour southeast of Sacramento.

Headquarters (16390 Ridge Road) It spans over 8,500 square feet with seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, two kitchens, an elevator, a full bar, and a ballroom. It is designed for entertainment on a large scale. The amusement park can be seen from the road, and often attracts the attention of curious passersby.

“I think the property is beautiful,” said listing agent Alan Lee Vito III of Foundation Real Estate. “I think it’s a host’s dream. The first impression I got, I had butterflies in my stomach when I was able to go up there and see the property, because I’ve driven by it so many times in my life, I’ve always seen that carnival.

“I got a lot of calls from the sign with people asking ‘Why do they have the carnival there? Do they have kids?'”

The amusement park was not part of the original house, which was built in 1985. At the time, it was owned solely by Bonnie Aparicio and her husband. Two decades later, John Hertzig and his wife joined Aparicio as owners and the property took on an eccentric feel.

“(John) is the weirdest little guy,” Vito said. “He founded the circus and all that stuff. …John just likes to give people something to talk about.”

Vito remembers Herzig explaining why he created the amusement park in a local TV story.

“You can often hear John saying, ‘Hey, why do you want to grow up? We’re supposed to grow old and stop having fun. I want to have fun and enjoy myself all my life. He had birthday parties there. He would have parties for his employees and business and host different things. Bonnie did a couple in The past. She had weddings there many times. But they never pursued it as if it was from a commercial point of view.”

Vito said a fully functional metal zoo along the boardwalk and carnival rides – including “octopus” – will move to the new owner. The exact asking price is $3.995 million.

Hertzig, a wealthy businessman who owns a paving company, remodeled the kitchen and entertainment areas and added an elevator.

Vito said the property would be an ideal setting for a winery or events. There is a gorgeous, spacious stone tile patio at the back, a 3,000 square foot bar area, and a banquet hall.

“Come and look at this one-of-a-kind property for your wedding venues, winery, and B&B, or come build your family’s legacy,” the property listing states.

In addition to the main house, the property is divided into four other parcels of 5 acres, three of which are already equipped with well and sewage systems. The property includes a 3,000-square-foot shop that can store an RV, boats, cars, and equipment.

The house hit the market about a month ago and is the highest price list in Jackson. It’s also among the highest priced in Amador County, according to numbers for Sacramento appraiser and market analyst Ryan Lundquist.

A 213-acre property at 16,920 Greilich Road is listed for $6.4 million. Also, there is a winery and event center, located on 60 acres at 19900 Shanandoah School Road, on the market for $7.2 million, which The Sacramento Bee wrote about in May 2022. Both properties are located in Plymouth.

Jackson’s house has an amusement park with a ferris wheel, carousel and rides. Glenn Rose Photography

This story was originally published August 6, 2022 4:00 am.

David Carraccio is a video producer for The Sacramento Bee who was born and raised in Sacramento. A graduate of San Diego State University and a longtime journalist who worked for newspapers as a reporter, editor, page designer, and digital content producer.

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