Presented by Solveig A Thompson
The History of Bear Valley Springs
by Fred Trower
While the nation had pushed to the western coast, the land the Fickert family settled in 1869 was still isolated and remote…a rich, virtually hidden valley. For centuries, it had been the realm of the Native Americans (Kawaiisu).
Over the years, after purchasing squatter’s rights to 160 acres, the Fickerts expanded their holdings until, by the 1900’s, their ranch encompassed a vast region, approximately 25,000 acres. By 1959, the last of the immediate Fickert family were gone, joining their kin who had gone before in the tiny family cemetery just up the hill from the main house. A quiet rural dynasty was ended.
After long negotiations, Dart Resorts purchased the ranch, in its entirety, from the Fickert heirs. An outstanding ecological organization, Resource Ecology Associates, was employed by Dart to plan and maintain the original natural value of the property, including wildlife. Thus, Bear Valley Springs was born.
The first sales of property were in late 1970 with a full sales team starting in January 1971. The project was sold out in November 1977. The Bear Valley Springs Community Services District was formed to act as a nonprofit organization for management and maintenance of the water, roads, and police protection. At the same time, the Bear Valley Springs Property Owner’s Association was formed to administer the amenity package. These groups acted to insure the upkeep of the facilities of Bear Valley Springs. Many projects in California have taken on one or the other. Bear Valley Springs has taken on both entities to protect the stability of the project.
The original concept was a second home destination resort where families could come to spend a weekend or longer and have a complete amenities package. As the uniqueness of Bear Valley Springs became apparent, many families moved here permanently, some retired, and some to raise their families. The concept slowly changed from second homes to full time residents, approximately 2,700 homes.
In these changing, clamorous times, the historic legacy of the Fickert family lives on.
About Bear Valley Springs
Bear Valley Springs is a private gate-guarded community, located in the Tehachapi Mountains in California. BVS consists of 25,000 acres of land and 2,700 home sites.
BVS has a Country Club, Golf Course, Tennis Courts, Equestrian Center, Horse Trails, Rifle Range, Swimming, Indoor Recreation, Lakes and Wilderness areas. Private roads and security to promote a safe life-style.
On April 17, 2020, there were 86 lots listed for sale, ready for your dream home. These lots range in size from .914 of an acre to 33.05 acres and all have paved roads, water-lines, and power-lines to each lot. Some have natural gas and public sewer, while others may use septic tanks and propane. Prices range from only $5,000.00 to $195,000.00.
As for homes listed for sale… On April 17, 2020, there were 74 homes listed for sale. These homes range from 1,224 square feet to a 4,526 square foot home with asking prices ranging from only $165,000.00 to $799,000.00.
Bear Valley Springs is estimated to have a population of 7,500, While the greater Tehachapi area, which is within a 25 mile radius, has an estimated 35,000. Bear Valley Springs’ elevation ranges from 4,118 feet to 6,934 feet (Bear Mountain). Tehachapi’s elevation ranges from 3,969 feet to 7,981 feet (Double Mountain).
Solveig achieved her Realtor’s license in 1985 and her Broker’s license in 1991.
She has been a Broker Associate since 1993 at Bear Valley Springs Realty. Solveig served as Vice-President of the Greater Tehachapi Board of Realtors in 1989 and as the Education Chairman from 1988-1989.
She has been a Top Producing Agent at Bear Valley Springs Realty since 1996.
Solveig served as President of Friends of Tehachapi from 1992-2000. Vice-President of Tehachapi Soil Conservation District from 1995-1998 and Director of the Tehachapi Conservation District form 1992-1994.
Solveig is a member of the Tehachapi Area Association of Realtors, Inc., the Tehachapi Heritage League, the Bear Valley Horsemen’s Association, and the Cummings Valley Protective Association.