Hall and Hall’s Southeastern Affiliate Broker Elliott Davenport Featured in Wall Street Journal

Elliott Davenport, owner of The Wings Group and our Southeastern Affiliate, was featured in a massive Wall Street Journal story today titled, “Fragile Hunting Grounds in Southeast’s Quail Belt.” In addition to facilitating the WSJ’s meeting with the owners of Loveridge Plantation, Elliott was quoted in the story.

Elliott has been around the quail plantation scene for three decades and has a great understanding of these properties, how they operate, and the history and tradition that surrounds them. He is also highly respected by both landowners and managers. With the support of Hall and Hall’s reputation and brokerage experience as well as our national and international presence, Elliott brings an entirely new dimension to the marketing of quality properties in the Southeast.



Hall and Hall Brokers Historic Oklahoma Land Purchase by Osage Nation

Hall and Hall was honored to represent Ted Turner in the historic sale of his 43,000 acre Oklahoma ranch, known as Bluestem Ranch, to the Osage Nation. More than 300 Osage citizens gathered Wednesday to celebrate the purchase, a $74 million deal, which had been in the works since last year.

“It was an amazing experience to represent Ted Turner on this historic transaction,” said Hall and Hall Partner John Wildin. “He truly loves land and has become one of America’s greatest land stewards.”

Bluestem Ranch is 43,000 storied acres of Osage Nation history that now has a new story to tell.

Bluestem Ranch is 43,000 storied acres of Osage Nation history that now has a new story to tell.

Comprised of cross timbers and tallgrass prairie, the Bluestem Ranch is managed for bison grazing, which has proven to be very conducive to quality wildlife management. Bluestem’s primary species are whitetail deer, wild turkey and bobwhite quail. Waterfowl hunting and fishing are also popular.

The Osage Nation once owned nearly 1.5 million acres before the land was divided and distributed among individual tribe members in the early 1990s. Tribal holdings had decreased to less than 5 percent of the original Osage Reservation by the time Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear took office in 2014.

To learn more, watch this great news story by Oklahoma’s News on 6: “Land Purchase Returns Piece Of History To Osage Nation

“There's 20,190 of us, and we're scattered throughout the United States,” said Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear. “This land now belongs to all of us.”

“There’s 20,190 of us, and we’re scattered throughout the United States,” said Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear. “This land now belongs to all of us.”

Hall and Hall Awarded The Land Report “Deal of the Century” and “Deal of the Year”

We were thrilled to learn The Land Report Magazine named Standing Butte Ranch and Waggoner Ranch the”Deal of the Year” and ”Deal of the Century” respectively in its Spring 2016 issue. Excerpts from the magazine are below. Read the full issue here.

Formerly known as the Triple U, the Standing Butte Ranch’s 46,000 acres are native prairie grassland that has never been scarred by disc or blade. After more than a half century of stewardship, the Houck family decided to sell their ranch and awarded the listing to Tom Metzger of Hall and Hall. Metzger’s colleague, Scott Shuman at Hall and Hall Auctions, began prepping for the sale, which was scheduled for last July in Fort Pierre. But in late June, Hall and Hall announced that the ranch would no longer go to auction; a single buyer had emerged. Ten weeks later, a succinct announcement out of Atlanta confirmed the new owner: “Turner Enterprises’ purchase of the property kept its size and scale intact, saving Standing Butte from being subdivided into multiple parcels at auction. Some of the parcels would have undoubtedly been plowed and farmed by new ownership, fragmenting the pristine native landscape.”

Established in 1849, the Waggoner Ranch spans six Texas counties and covers almost 800 square miles. The 510,527-acre ranch’s asking price was $725 million; no terms were disclosed. “This is an incredible opportunity and an even greater responsibility,” said Kroenke in a press release. “We are honored to assume ownership of the Waggoner — a true Texas and American landmark — and are deeply committed to continuing the proud legacy of W.T. ‘Tom’ Waggoner, his family, and his descendants. Our gratitude to them and to the many parties involved in this process is immense. We will continue to preserve and protect this uniquely American treasure.” Bernard Uechtritz, international real estate adviser to Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty and founder of International Icon Properties, and Sam Middleton of Chas. S. Middleton & Son represented the owners. Joel Leadbetter of Hall and Hall and Sam Connolly, general manager of Kroenke Ranches, represented Stan Kroenke.

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