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Napa Soda Springs resort was an elegant destination for San Franciscans in the 19th century.

The famous Napa Soda Springs property, home to a one-time resort that dates to 1856, is for sale in what could be one of the largest land deals in the Bay Area.

Located east of the Silverado Trail and north of the city of Napa on the edges of the main wineries in the area, the 857-acre property still contains ruins of the old resort, including the remnants of a castle-like rotunda and other crumbling structures.

JLL Capital Markets brokers Gerry Rohm, Mark Root, and Tatiana Hodappare are seeking potential buyers for the property, which is near the intersection of Soda Springs Road and Soda Canyon Road on the eastern ridges of the Napa Valley. The nearest wineries are V12 Vineyards and Hossfeld Vineyards.

The property, measured by acreage, is one of the largest contiguous parcels of land in the Napa Valley, according to JLL. It’s available for sale for the first time in more than 40 years, the brokerage stated.

“Napa Soda Springs represents a rare and generational ownership opportunity that offers access to all the best the Napa Valley has to offer,” said Gerry Rohm, a managing director with JLL Capital Markets.

In 1856, the first resort hotel opened on the Napa Soda Springs property. In 1877, a formal ball introduced the just-opened Rotunda buildings to guests. By 1881, the Soda Springs Resort had opened to overnight guests.

During the early 20th Century, with the onset of Prohibition and the disruption of World War I, the Soda Springs Resort began to wane in popularity. The resort, though, continued to sell Napa Soda extracted from the springs on the site.

But in the 1940s, a fire roared through the property, although the soda bottling plant survived. A second fire sometime in the 1960s ruined the remaining buildings.

“It is the most extensive, richest sanctuary opportunity in the Bay Area,” Rohm said. The asking price is believed to be about $50 million, experts estimate. JLL didn’t discuss financial details.

Despite the recent wildfires, remnants of the Rotunda and other intriguing structures survive to this day.

“A future owner will have an opportunity to customize the parcel sizes and locations to match their visions and creative stewardship,” Rohm said.

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