Here’s our quarterly snapshot of the most expensive ranches currently listed for sale throughout the United States. Three 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 a historic cattle ranch outside of Fort Worth, Texas. Elsewhere, land for sale covers prized coastline near Santa Barbara and the best wilderness spaces in Colorado and Idaho, plus a multi-million-dollar pistachio orchard in the fertile farming belt of Central California.
Cover image: Sandow Lakes Ranch in Texas
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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 Tulare County Feedlot, California | $81,000,000
Hilarides Dairy is a large, productive farm operation in the heart of Central California’s farm belt. The facility features milking parlors, cattle facilities, processing equipment, feedlots and more. It also includes a cheese-making facility and visitor amenities. Tulare County leads the nation in dairy production and is among the country’s top three farm counties. Arnel Koster with Visalia, California-based Schuil & Associates is the listing broker.
#8 Alico East Ranch, Florida | $83,518,500
In use for ranching and farming for many decades, Alico East Ranch is over 25,000 acres in Hendry County, Florida. his 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. 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. The listing broker, Dean Saunders of Lakeland, Florida-based Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate, brought the property to market on April 11, 2018.
#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 54,176+/- 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 Central California Pistachio Orchard & Farmland | $108,000,000
This 5,814-assessed-acre opportunity is in the closely held farming area of Corcoran, California. The land is planted to 1,161 acres of pistachios, 4,104 acres in use for row and field crops, and the remaining balance of land being for the home and shop areas, roads, ditches and canals. The land has proven to be well suited for its current use and the remaining farmland may be well suited to develop additional pistachios and/or for mitigation for SGMA. This investment-grade opportunity offers income, pistachios in full production, tax benefits, good location, and both district water and well water.
#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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