Qualifications of Sandy Ruppel

Headquarters West, Ltd.
PO BOX 1039
Sonoita, AZ 85637
P: (520) 444-1745

Being married to a ranch manager, Sandy has lived and worked on ranches in Texas and Arizona for more than 25 years. Though she had her own careers – from working with a racehorse trainer in Texas, to most recently spending eight years as the Principal and only teacher of a one-room, K-12 school in Sonoita, AZ – she was also involved with the day-to-day operations of the ranches her husband, Doug, managed.

When their kids, Jacob and Jessica, finished high school, Sandy decided to pursue a career in real estate. Having lived on ranches and in rural communities for so long, she degcided to focus her efforts on rural properties, especially cattle ranches and unique horse properties. She has had a successful career and in 2015, she upgraded her license from Agent to Broker in both Arizona and New Mexico. Sandy has stated that she looks forward to a long career with Headquarters West as she assists her clients achieve their goals of selling their property, or buying the next one!


Graduate of Texas A&M University - BA from Texas A&M University with a major in English and minor in Psychology.

Current listings


119 Acre Horse Property/Hilltop Home - Pearce, Cochise County
Beautiful hilltop home! This is a custom, 3,488 s.f., 3 bedroom/3 bath, that was built on the highest point of the property. Patios and porches placed around the home allow spaces to relax, entertain, and enjoy the 360⁰ views across the Sulfur Springs Valley to the surrounding mountain ranges. Spacious rooms and ample windows lend to the relaxed atmosphere of the home. A large office room has interior and exterior access. Granite tile countertops, double ovens, plentiful, and the built-in wet bar combine to create a kitchen perfect for entertaining. The Master Suite has room enough for a sitting area and a door in the en suite bathroom allows direct access to the enclosed pool/spa room. Sliding glass doors surround the solar heated pool and allow for year-round pool access for exercise and enjoyment. An over-sized 2 car garage/work shop is accessed via an interior elevator located by the kitchen and the paved area in front of the garage has been used for basketball and as a tennis court.


Harris Farm - Pearce, Cochise County
219.9 acre parcel with 3 wells - 2 irrigation and 1 domestic well. Beautiful mountain views! 50 acres are under pivot with 3 other fenced native grass pastures. Current owner has developed a sturdy 280 bunkspace pipe pens/feedlot. Property also includes a newer shop building with covered hay storage and an old homesite. Existing home has a portion which was the original adobe homestead, but would require a complete rebuild, the add-on portion is likely beyond being remodeled. Parcel includes an approximate one acre pond with trees and fish.

This property has been used as a horse ranch, cattle ranch, and flood irrigated crops. Peace, quiet, beautiful views!  Come and develop into your own dream!


53 acres near Sonoita/Greaterville
53 acres - If you're looking for quiet seclusion, off-grid living, this is the place for you! Property is already divided into three parcels, so could easily be split.


240 Acre Australian style ranch house - Cochise County
This beautiful home was designed and built with a dream and a lot of love and hard work.  It exudes a feeling of relaxed peace mixed with fun and adventure.  This is a unique home, looking for that unique Buyer to embrace and continue building on the dream, but in the direction of their own vision -  possibly to plant a vineyard and convert the shop into winery with tasting room; create a custom horse training facility; expand the tree farm business; or, even sell some of the extra parcels to downsize and help finance your own dream!


Coyote Hill Equestrian Property - Benson, Cochise County
Built in 1991, Coyote Hill is a three bedroom, two bath, 2469 s.f. custom built home with horse facilities situated on approximately 23.59 acres. The unique, curved design highlights the beautiful views over the San Pedro Valley.

Constructed with exposed, stabilized adobe block and large wooden beams, the home exudes the warmth and comfort of nature. Ceramic tile and stained, solid wood doors add to relaxing feel of this southwestern home. The open living area features a corner fireplace for the cool winter nights and large windows for enjoying the views. A covered and partially enclosed porch stretches along the length of the house, offering plenty of room for an outside eating area, a comfortable seating arrangement, and more. With two workstations, two refrigerators, and two pantries, the kitchen is well equipped for entertaining. The Master Suite features a large, walk-in closet incorporated into the on-suite bathroom and French doors exiting to the covered porch. This all electric home features Pella windows, Butler doors, a jetted tub in the guest bath, an oversized carport, and two water heaters.



Rancho Rossa Vineyards Estate, Elgin, Santa Cruz County
Rancho Rossa Vineyards offers the opportunity to purchase a true turn-key vineyard/winery estate.  With equipment and available bottled inventory included, marketing and production of wine can continue without interruption.

In addition to the vineyards, there are multiple fruit trees on the property including varieties of peaches, apples, pears, nectarines, plums, and pomegranate.  A large, fenced garden plot is set near the greenhouse and chicken coop.  Several additional fenced yards are available for other small farm animals or dogs.  A 20 foot metal container offers additional secure storage. 

$1,300,000 - for the 17.02 acre Rancho Rossa Estate
$450,000 - State Land Lease with additional vines


196 acres with House - Elgin, Santa Cruz County
This property offers the opportunity to invest in a large parcel of dividable land with highway frontage and bordering open state land.  The lower portion would be suitable for many uses such as horse facilities, guest housing, or possibly even a vineyard.  In the past, the property included a runway for take-off and landing of ultralight aircraft.

The home has not been updated since the original build and is being sold AS-IS.  This is reflected in the purchase price.



39.6 acres - Elgin, Santa Cruz County
39.9 acres of rolling grasslands located in Elgin, Santa Cruz, AZ, with 360° views of the surrounding mountain ranges.  



Select Past sales (prices are the original asking price)

Heartland Ranch Equestrian Estate - Elgin, Santa Cruz County

Heartland Ranch was designed and built with care and attention to detail.  With quality, well-maintained improvements set on 153± acres of grassland and wooded rolling hills that  border open Forest Service land, this could be an exceptional turn-key equine training and/or breeding facility.  There is plenty of room to add a full-sized arena, pasture for roping/cutting stock, and the moderate temperatures allow for year-round equine activities.    Heartland Ranch easily lends itself to a variety of uses and must be seen to truly appreciate all it has to offer.  Bring your horses and enjoy!