Here’s our quarterly snapshot of the most expensive ranches currently listed for sale throughout the United States. Four of the properties on this list hail from Texas, where ranches currently for sale include incredible legacy property in the wilds of West Texas to real estate owned by T. Boone Pickens. Elsewhere, land for sale covers prized coastline near Santa Barbara and the best wilderness spaces in Colorado and Idaho.
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#10 McCall Red Ridge Ranch, Idaho | $61,669,440
At over 30,000 contiguous deeded acres, McCall Red Ridge Ranch is a scenic mountain timber ranch nestled in the stunning Payette National Forest. Overlooking and adjacent to the major tourist town of McCall, Idaho, the ranch has uniquely positioned mountain ranges; making it one of the very few ranches located on a geographic divide that produces streams flowing both north and south. A unique and rare first time offering, this recreational and productive ranch is full of water, timber, big game, and endless division and subdivision possibilities.
#9 Las Varras Ranch, California | $80,000,000
Stretching between the Pacific Ocean and Los Padres National Forest, Las Varras Ranch features some two miles of unspoiled oceanfront, including a coveted surf break at Edwards Point. Inland, over 500 acres of pristine, gentle ranch land and oak-filled canyons offering recreational as well as ranching acreage. An 18-acre surface lake overlooking the entire ranch completes the picture with spectacular ocean and Channel Island views.
#8 Alico East Ranch, Florida | $83,518,500
Never before on the market, Alico East Ranch is approximately 25,690 acres in Hendry County, Florida. This south-central Florida ranch is comprised of a mix of improved, semi-improved and native pastures for cattle ranching or leases, hunting leases or agricultural use. The surrounding area is predominately used for ranching, vegetable farming, sugarcane and citrus production. This property has been used for ranching and farming for many decades. The ranch is easily divisible and is currently offered as a whole or in six separate tracts ranging from 1,265 acres to 8,586 acres.
#7 Ranch San Carlos, California | $85,000,000
Framed by tall, swaying SoCal palm trees, Ranch San Carlos is a 237-acre estate property that for nearly 100 years been under the ownership of one family. It’s also the kind of place that you imagine has hosted its share of A-list Hollywood royalty over the decades. Spilling down the foothills of Montecito, with panoramic vistas across the valley to the shimmering Pacific, a long, gently curving driveway edged with Santa Barbara stone ascends through acres of citrus groves to the sprawling hilltop manor home designed in 1929 by master architect Reginald Johnson for one of America’s most prestigious families. Johnson was the pre-eminent architect of the era and continues to be celebrated for the many notable homes he designed in Pasadena and Montecito.
#6 Veale Ranch, Texas | $95,000,000
Veale Ranch is a unique real-estate opportunity just 11 miles from downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Occupying 3,790 acres across Tarrant and Parker counties, the working cattle ranch has been owned by the Veale family since 1935. It was listed for sale at $95 million through Republic Ranches on September 27, 2017.
#5 Cross Mountain Ranch, Colorado | $100,000,000
Located in northwestern Colorado, the 56,050+/- deeded acre Cross Mountain Ranch represents one of the largest and most diverse recreational and operating ranches on the market today. A wildlife preserve stretching over four counties and 168,000+/- acres of leased National Forest, BLM, State and Park Service lands, the ranch is home to North America’s largest elk herd. It is an ecologically diverse landscape with several miles of river frontage on the Yampa, Little Snake and Williams Fork rivers and numerous other streams, lakes and ponds. With valuable and historic water rights, plus within 45 minutes from the resort town of Steamboat Springs and 20 minutes from a commercial airport, Cross Mountain Ranch represents a significant legacy ranch and investment opportunity.
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#4 Nottingham Ranch, Colorado | $100,000,000
This working cattle ranch of 19,493 deeded acres is bisected by the Colorado River, offering incredible water rights and options for irrigation. In addition to extraordinary elk/deer hunting on the ranch, there are over 50,000 acres of BLM/Forest Service grazing permits available in the adjoining Flattops Wilderness. The ranch is situated just over an hour from Vail and 45 minutes from the jet-accessible Eagle Airport.
#3 Rancho Agua Grande, Texas | $100,000,000
Listed on June 21, 2016, Rancho Agua Grande is an exceptional live-water ranch in southwest Texas, boasting an incredible diversity of terrain across its 17,132 acres. Split by seven miles of the year-round Live Oak Creek, which is fed by more than 30 springs, the ranch supports abundant wildlife, from local game to non-native wildlife species including kangaroos, camels, zebras, gemsbok and water buffalo. Along with its impressive bonafides as a commercial hunting venue, the ranch features eight antique cabins plus an expansive 6,000-square-foot lodge for hosting private events or corporate retreats.
#2 Mesa Vista Ranch, Texas | $250,000,000
Famed oil tycoon and businessman T. Boone Pickens listed his longtime Texas Panhandle ranch for sale in December 2017. Occupying a 100-square-mile swath in Roberts County that includes about 25 miles of Canadian River frontage, Pickens assembled Mesa Vista Ranch over the course of almost a half-century since his first acquisition of 2,900 acres along the south side of the river in 1971.
#1 Sandow Lakes Ranch, Texas | $250,000,000
Industrial manufacturing giant Alcoa Inc. listed its Texas land holdings for sale in April 2017, including what could be the state’s largest water rights deal. Sandow Lakes Ranch covers 33,800 acres and is for sale at $250 million. The property includes 14 lakes comprising 1,960 surface acres and almost 50,000 acre-feet of water; an additional 44,000 acre-feet of water per year are permitted from the local Simsboro aquifer, plus another 18,000 acre-feet from the Little River governed through a 1950s diversionary rights agreement. All water rights transfer with sale of the property, along with some oil and gas mineral rights on certain acreage throughout the property.
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