March 1, 2012 by Land Report Editors
Filed under Agriculture, Auctions, Bankruptcy, Cattle, Conservation, Developers, Dogs, Energy, Equestrian, Equities, Farming, Federal Policy, Field Reporters, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Hunting, International, Midwest, Minerals, Newsletter, Northeast, Pacific, Public Land, Recreation, South, Southwest, Timber, Topics, Water, West
The Spring issue of The Land Report has arrived!
Right now it’s en route to bookstores such as Barnes & Noble and subscribers’ offices around the world, but thanks to the miracles of modern technology you can read right now right HERE.
Learn the stories of America’s Best Brokerages in our second annual survey. More than 70 are profiled from coast to coast. Read how Bernie Uechtritz pulled off 2011′s Deal of the Year by selling Camp Cooley Ranch in just 45 days. Find out why George Clooney has such strong ties to the land in the Academy Award-winning movie The Descendants.
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World Class Hunting and Ranching in Mendocino County, California
Located at the southern end of the scenic Round Valley, the historical Hop and Barley Ranch (pictured above) features fertile farm land on the valley floor, beautiful lush forests and meadows in a mountain-like setting, with rolling grasslands and a mile-and-a-half river frontage.
At 6,420± acres, this legacy ranch is teaming with an array of wildlife, from trophy blacktail deer, Tule elk, and cougars to pigs, bears, quail, turkey and dove.
Well-rounded improvements complement the ranch built of redwood siding with corrugated metal roofing for the classic rustic ranch look, reminiscent of a John Wayne movie. A ranch of this size and diversity is a rare find and only a four-hour drive from the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Spring Creek Ranch in Fall River Mills, California
Located near the Fall River Valley in California, Spring Creek Ranch is one of America’s finest trophy trout ranches.
At 1,346± acres, this ranch is one of the best fly-fishing ranches with private fishing water on the headwaters of the most prolific spring creek wild rainbow trout fishery in the country, with the average catch in the 3-6 pound range. This ranch also fronts a second spring creek, Lava Creek, as well as frontage on the world renowned Fall River and is home to abundant migratory waterfowl including ducks, geese, pelicans, egrets, herons and swans.
Spring Creek Ranch is a true wildlife refuge in a beautiful mountain area featuring stunning views of Mount Shasta to the north.
This property is listed for $12 million. For more information, contact Terry Hundemer at (503) 265-5774 or at email@example.com.
South Battle Creek Ranches in Mt. Lassen Foothills, California
The Oasis Springs Lodge and the Rocky Springs Ranch, collectively known as the South Battle Creek Ranches, are a quintessential sportsman’s paradise.
Oasis Springs Lodge
Situated near the small foothill community of Payne Creek, the Oasis Springs Lodge overlooks a private crystal clear trophy-trout stream on the lower flanks of Mount Lassen.
Encompassing over 1,100 acres of range-land and meadows interspersed with blue oak woodlands, this ranch is punctuated by fresh water springs, ferns, alders and willows along the South Fork of Battle Creek. A true fly-fisherman’s oasis, the Oasis Springs Lodge boasts some of the most productive fly-fishing streams in California.
Surrounded by some of the richest wildlife habitat in the Western states, it’s common to observe one of the state’s largest migratory deer herds traveling through the area. Other wildlife includes bears, mountain lions, eagles, hawks, quail, dove and wild turkey.
Rocky Springs Ranch
Located in the Mount Lassen foothills of northern California, Rocky Springs Ranch features world-class deer, dove and quail hunting, plus amazing trout fishing.
With nearly 3,000 acres of rolling meadows and blue oak woodlands, this ranch is home to one of the largest migratory deer herds in the state and also provides prime habitat for dove, quail, and wild turkey.
Panoramic views of Mount Lassen to the east and the adjoining ranches and the Sacramento River Valley below can be enjoyed from most areas of the ranch.
Totaling 4,137± acres, these two ranches can be purchased together for $9.39 million (The ranches are each owned by separate entities and are also available separately for $4.895 million and $4.495 million, respectively). Contact Terry Hundemer with The Chickering Company at (503) 265-5774 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
January 1, 2012 by Land Report Editors
Filed under Agriculture, California, Conservation, Farming, Hunting, Iowa, Land Report Top 10, Minerals, Montana, Newsletter, Pacific, Public Land, Recreation, Texas, Water, West
Here’s a great way to start your year: the January edition of The Land Report newsletter.
As you might imagine, December wrapped up with a slew of end-of-the-year closings, and several key ones are detailed in the January newsletter, including the sale of Montana’s Horse Ranch and the sealed-bid auction of the Robert Mondavi Estate in Napa.
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As everyone knows, T. Boone Pickens has had an immeasurable impact on the way America does business. From his pioneering role as a shareholders’ rights advocate to his legendary renown in the energy industry, Pickens always has a plan.
Readers of the current issue of The Land Report will learn how the Oklahoma native has applied this same goal-oriented approach to revitalizing his beloved Mesa Vista Ranch. It wasn’t too long ago that the 68,000 acres he currently owns in the Texas Panhandle was essentially overgrazed cattle country. But with keen foresight and plenty of stewardship, he was able to nurture and develop a quail hunting property that is without peer nationwide.
Enjoy this issue’s cover story: a tour of the Mesa Vista Ranch featuring text by Ray Sasser as well as breathtaking photography by the State Photographer of Texas, Wyman Meinzer.
In addition to this Land Report exclusive, the winter issue also includes an opportunity to review The Land Report Top Ten, featuring the nation’s leading listings. Another must-read article is the story of Taylor’s Trees, which many have already perused at Land Report.com.
Walton Ranch, situated in the shadow of Wyoming’s magnificent Grand Teton Mountain Range, is one of the most exquisite, authentic working cattle ranches in the American West today. The 1,848-acre ranch has its own resident elk herd, which can be seen on the property daily, and is home to deer, eagles and bears. The three miles of Snake River running along the ranch’s western boundary supports native and resident trophy rainbow and brown trout.
Nestled in the middle of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, this area is densely populated with many rare and spectacular wildlife species including elk, moose, mule deer, grizzly and black bears, mountain goat, antelope, bighorn sheep, foxes, coyotes, eagles, great owls, mountain lions and wolves.
Its proximity to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks offers a wide array of recreational opportunities, from mountaineering and fly-fishing to white-water rafting, wildlife expeditions, and hiking.
Surrounded by natural beauty, Walton Ranch offers a rare opportunity to own a sizable ranch in one of the most sought after locations in the world.
Click here to see the full list of Land Report’s Top 10 priciest properties.
November 23, 2011 by Land Report Editors
Filed under Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Developers, Farming, Feature, Field Reporters, Hunting, Public Land, Recreation, Residential Property, Water, West, Wyoming
Jackson Land and Cattle Ranch is a remarkably beautiful 1,750± acre ranch literally on the edge of the town of Jackson, Wyoming. Known as the premier resort community in the Rocky Mountain West, Jackson Land and Cattle Ranch takes full advantage of the most magnificent views for which the area is so famous. This is arguably Jackson’s most desirable ranch that remains essentially unencumbered by development restrictions.
This ranch is the finest offering available in arguably the nicest resort communities in the country. Its world-class cutting horse and cattle operation is situated in the most remarkable setting one could ever hope to find. Large productive hay meadows and pastures span the valley floor and give way to hills and mountains covered by large aspen groves and dense green timber slopes that provide exceptional habitat to the abundant wildlife. Three large trout-filled ponds have been developed close to the equestrian center and a beautiful spring creek meanders down through the valley. The backdrop is the famous Teton Range with its centerpiece, the Grand, in full view from the ranch.
Click here to see the full list of Land Report’s Top Ten priciest properties.
SEPTEMBER 6 UPDATE:
Camp Cooley Ranch sold at auction for $28.5 million to Circle X Land and Cattle Company August 4. Twenty-two qualified bidders, along with their families, attorneys, lenders, and consultants, attended the auction, which was held at the Robertson County ranch. The $28.5 million sale price included surface and mineral/royalty interests. All equipment and personal property was offered through a separate transaction.
According to Bernard Uechtritz of Great Estates Ranches, Camp Cooley ranks as one of the most beautiful ranches in the nation, thanks to its topography, abundant waters, and multi-million-dollars of improvements. “In the cattle industry, Camp Cooley is a major brand name,” he said. Uechtritz coordinated the extensive marketing campaign leading up to the auction; the auction itself was overseen by Hall and Hall Auctions.
Read more details HERE.
JULY 25 UPDATE:
In the midst of a statewide drought that is crippling Texas farms and ranches, Camp Cooley Ranch continues to thrive.
“Camp Cooley is an oasis,” says Bernard Uechtritz during a telephone conversation from the headquarters of the Central Texas ranch. “Every other ranch I’ve seen over the last few weeks has browned up, but not Camp Cooley. It continues to irrigate, to fertilize, and to bale hay. Take a look at that aerial video at Camp Cooley.com. We shot that two weeks ago, and everything was still green. Still is. Name another ranch in Texas that is baling hay in late July.” According to Uechtritz, Camp Cooley Ranch has a year round carrying capacity of 4,000 head, and as recently as two weeks ago was running 4,700 head.
As the August 4 auction deadline approaches, Uechtritz reports that multiple stalking horse bids have been received for specific assets as well as for the entire ranch. “The action has been terrific. We’ve easily had 20-plus parties tour the ranch and given it a serious look,” Uechtritz says.
Leading the list has been a large number of cattle companies that recognize Camp Cooley’s turnkey potential. “Readers of The Land Report would immediately recognize the names of many of these famous ranch operators. These guys know what a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Camp Cooley presents,” Uechtritz says. Other parties who have toured the ranch have eyed the mineral rights, the water rights, royalty revenues, the hunting preserve, and the possibility of developing a wetlands mitigation bank.
“Watching the interest build around Camp Cooley has been extremely exciting for Hall and Hall,” Scott Shuman says, head of Hall and Hall’s Auction Division. “When you get a property with the history and the potential of Camp Cooley and combine it with such close proximity to major metropolitan areas such as Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio, it’s bound to generate a ton of interest. And we’re definitely seeing that. I expect the pace to pick up even more as the auction date approaches.”
Buyer’s registration forms and bidder’s packets for the invitational auction are being released on Friday, July 22. Bidders must pre-qualify and be invited to attend the August 4th auction, which is presently scheduled to take place at Camp Cooley Ranch. Through the protected buyer process that was approved by the court, there is also the possibility of a private treaty sale prior to the August 4 auction.
Learn more HERE.
JULY 15 POST:
A Texas icon goes on the block this August as Camp Cooley Ranch is to be auctioned off by Hall and Hall Auctions. At 10,600± acres, Camp Cooley is one of the largest properties in close proximity to Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio. A sophisticated multi‐level turnkey cattle and commercial hay operation, Camp Cooley generated more than $700,000 in grazing revenues, more than $1.5 million from commercial hay operations, and more than $1.4 million in gas royalties in 2010. In addition, there are considerable untapped revenue streams associated with existing gas and water rights. Located in the heart of the Lone Star State near Franklin, Camp Cooley will be auctioned by Hall and Hall as a single tract on August 4, 2011.
Camp Cooley Ranch is located in Robertson County in the heart of Central Texas and is bounded by the Navasota River to the east. Approximate drive times are as follows: Bryan-College Station, 30 minutes; Austin, 90 minutes; Houston, two+ hours; Dallas, two+ hours; San Antonio, three hours.
The ranch takes its name from the Civil War
Houston entrepreneur Bert Wheeler assembled Camp Cooley from dozens of neighboring tracts. As Camp Cooley’s renown grew, Wheeler hosted such Texas luminaries as John Connally and Lyndon Johnson.
Under current owner Klaus Birkel, Camp Cooley Genetics has become one of the country’s best known seedstock cattle operation, running up to 4,500 cow/calf pairs and as many as 2,000 bulls.
Ranch headquarters is a 8,590-square-foot lakeside main residence. Improvements include a 15-suite executive office complex, meeting rooms, and security and communication systems to monitor the ranch.
The entire ranch is served by a computer-monitored water well system, including all residences, barns, workshops, a multi‐use sale pavilion, and the breeding and cattle workstations. There are approximately 84 miles of roads in place on Camp Cooley.
Camp Cooley boasts rolling terrain that boasts numerous lakes, abundant woodlands, as well as wetlands that are ideal for development as a mitigation bank. The ranch’s 1,000‐acre exotic game preserve is among the oldest in the state and could be increased in size.
Qualified bids need to be submitted by Wednesday, July 27 at 5 p.m. (CST). For more information on this auction, contact Bernard Uechtritz at (214) 608-8567 or Scott Shuman at (800) 829-8747.
The creators of Patriots Plantation envisioned a special place where nature, friends and families could come together to enjoy the beautiful Low Country outdoors in a tranquil setting where rush hours and daily routines simply don’t exist. That vision became a reality is obvious to anyone who visits these extraordinary 1,886± acres in historic Williamsburg County, South Carolina. Now someone will have the opportunity to make this plantation their own on August 25 when it will be offered to the highest bidders at an absolute auction, regardless of price. This one-of-a-kind opportunity will be conducted by The National Auction Group, Inc. of Gadsden, Alabama, a company with years of experience marketing farms and ranches.
Located at the southern tip of South Carolina’s Pee Dee district and only 45 minutes from Myrtle Beach, Patriots Plantation is one of the finest facilities of its kind in the South. Fenced and gated, the property is blessed with roughly 7 miles of water frontage, plus lakes and ponds. More than 15 miles of maintained roads are already in place. The main entry gate can be conveniently controlled with remotes, a key pad, or a cell phone.
Patriots Plantation is well known for its duck, quail, and deer hunting as well as its trophy fishing. The highlight is the beautiful and spacious main house that was built with the finest materials and with meticulous attention to detail. The centerpiece of the home is a massive den that blends perfectly with the gorgeous natural setting. Its special features include a stone wood-burning fireplace, a large bar with refrigerator and ice maker, and a 10-person dining table for large family or corporate gatherings. Equally special are the fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with wine captain and the huge master suite that features a marble steam shower, a pair of walk-in closets, an office and a gym. There are also two additional bedrooms with their own baths and sitting areas, a large laundry room and both a screened porch and deck.
“This is a very unique plantation that is not only beautiful but with a superb location just minutes from Myrtle Beach,” said National Auction Group president William Bone. “With no minimum bid required, this is an unparalleled opportunity to purchase a special lifestyle that might remain in a family for generations.”
National Auction Group
2011 Market Update: Chip Lenihan has been fly-fishing Colorado’s best waters for 40 years. His side gig? Running the Telluride office of Fay Ranches as lead broker. The Land Report turned to this former mayor of Telluride for an update on today’s recreational properties market.
How is that manifested?
Buyers are willing to sit back and wait until they get real value for their money.
Who’s driving today’s market?
The biggest part of my business is families. Men tend to drive the decision-making on hunting properties and ag land, and women trend more in the direction of resort sales, ones that are closer in to town and that feature more amenities. But come rain or shine it’s families who are looking to enjoy the sort of lifestyle you can only find out in the great wide open.
What’s been the biggest surprise of 2011?
The number of investors parking their money in land. The capital is out there. But after what happened in 2008, no one is in a hurry to put it in traditional markets.
Five years ago, land was a hot commodity. Everybody wanted to get on board before the train left the station. And that brought a lot of buyers with short-term horizons into our market. Today, investors recognize the value inherent in current markets. A good number of them are looking at land as a smart buy, one with proven returns, long range stability, plus big upside from a personal standpoint.
Public land. Do buyers want to border national forest or BLM, or should they steer clear?
Great question. if you’re scouting a potential property and it borders public land, it’s absolutely essential to determine how intensely it’s used. Are you up against an unused corner of a national forest? Great. That will add a 10% to 20% premium to the value of your property. Does a hunting outfitter operate a base camp right across your fence line that’s going to bring in 25 guns for deer and elk season? Might not be your cup of tea.
Ever considered owning your own business on the water? Then take a close look at this one-of-a-kind opportunity to acquire a prime .66-acre parcel on the Atlantic seaboard in the heart of one of North Carolina’s most popular tourist venues.
The structures consist of a fully restored 1926 Sears & Roebuck Craftsman home and an adjacent boathouse. The home features 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, kitchen, dining and living rooms. There is a covered front porch and a large deck on the rear of the house. The house itself has been highlighted in promotional literature for the area and is ideally suited for development as a bed and breakfast.
The large 30′ x 40′ boathouse was used by the original owner for building boats. This is a unique structure and would be ideal for many different uses. On the water at the back of the property stands a pier with six boat slips. Currently there are six sailboats moored in the slips and and a seventh at the end of the pier. The slips rent for $1,000 per year (payable in January) and produce a steady revenue stream.
Manteo can be found in the heart of North Carolina’s Outer Banks on the eastern side of Roanoke Island along Shallowbag Bay. Dare County is prime tourist destination. These .66 acres are adjacent to downtown Manteo within walking distance of the waterfront boardwalk and a short distance from Festival Park. Nearby tourism interests, businesses, and parking are already in place. The Lost Colony and the beaches of the Outer Banks are only a few minutes away, including high traffic attractions such as Nags Head and Kitty Hawk.
This .66-acre tract is zoned B-1, which includes bed and breakfasts, apartments, hotels, motels, and similar businesses that provide overnight accommodations. B-1 also includes restaurants and retail businesses.
Please contact Briggs Neal at (252) 480-1200 or email Briggs at email@example.com.