Lezlie Sterling/lsterling@sacbee.com

Visitors enjoy a lunch buffet at Big Springs Gardens in Sierra City last week. The beautiful 118-acre property just beneath the 8,600-foot Sierra Buttes, recently went on the market for $3.5 million. Surrounded by national forest without other dwellings or roads in view, visitors often experience it as a kind of private Shangri-La.

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