Here’s our quarterly snapshot of the most expensive ranches currently listed for sale throughout the United States. Spanning the country from Florida to Oregon, these spectacular properties represent almost $1 billion in rural real-estate value across almost a half-million acres. Sure, they might only be attainable to the tiniest percentile of the wealthiest One Percenters, but you can bet an investment in these ranches will be enjoyed for generations to come.
Image featured above is of Colorado’s Cross Mountain Ranch, a significant legacy ranch and investment opportunity less than an hour from Steamboat Springs, a popular four-seasons Rockies resort town.
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Barefoot Ranch truly has to be seen to be believed. A ranch in name, this secure, upscale property less than an hour from Dallas might well be labeled a luxury four-season resort. Activities on tap throughout the 2,493-acre private retreat include hunting, fishing, clay shooting and a PGA-rated nine-hole golf course. Unsurprisingly, the property has hosted high-security executives, state and national politicians, countless rock and country music stars as well as celebrities of all kinds.
Diamond Cross Ranch lies in one of Montana's most private and beautiful locations. This ranch is a culmination of many ranches that were assembled during the last 15 years by an owner with vision and passion for the region's land, culture and industry. This offering is a large block of land in the heart of Montana ranching country, which values traditions of hard work and good neighbors. The ranch traverses both Big Horn and Rosebud counties, whose county seats are in the towns of Hardin and Forsyth, respectively.
Set in the rolling prairie land of north-central Montana, IX Ranch is a true legacy ranch, with only two owners in its 128-year history. Currently owned and operated through three generations of the same family, the Roths, IX Ranch runs over 4,000 head of feeder cattle, plus a smaller horse-breeding program for use working the cattle and occasional recreational programs. Given its enviable location in the foothills of the Bear Paw Mountains and adjacent to the protected lands of Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, hunting opportunities at this stellar Western ranch include elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, antelope, mountain lion and five species of upland birds.
The Antone Ranch, located 100 miles east of Bend, Oregon, is a legacy recreational ranch consisting of approximately 36,663+/- deeded acres in a large private block with exceptional water resources, including live-water creeks, numerous fishing lakes and irrigated lands. With the Spanish Peak as its backdrop, the topography ranges from timber-covered slopes, grassy hillsides, steep canyons and large irrigated meadows. The ranch has an elevation ranging from 2,600 to 6,000 feet, with over ten miles bordering the Ochoco National Forest allowing for diverse wildlife habit. The property’s pristine 85-acre Rock Creek Lake provides recreational opportunities ranging from water-skiing to trophy trout fishing, along with an additional 14 miles of Rock Creek offering further fly-fishing opportunities.
This Blue Ridge Mountains acreage hit the market on December 1, 2016, is the largest and last remaining private land holding in the southwestern mountains of North Carolina. The 8,300-acre tract is notable for the sweeping views from a series of towering cliffs that look out over Pisgah National Forest and toward Mount Mitchell, the state’s highest peak. The thickly forested property is laced with creeks and trails and offers potential for future recreational development as well as timberland use. Another advantage of this unique acreage is its proximity to the four-season town of Asheville, a popular tourist destination that offers many attractions and amenities.
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. Read more about the Veale Ranch listing here.
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.
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.
Listed for $125 million, this 225-acre island off the port city of Ingleside, Texas, occupies a prime position in the deepwater channel of Corpus Christi Bay, a Gulf Coast waterway and key shipping route. The island is able to accommodate the development of multiple shipping docks and is connected to mainland power and water utilities. The island first arrived on the market on May 4, 2016.
Industrial manufacturing giant Alcoa Inc. listed its Texas land holdings for sale in mid-April, 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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