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The Wall Street Journal
Wed, 02/22/2017 - 15:00

Financier Pays $40 Million for Quail EstateWitt Stephens Jr. has purchased a SouthGeorgia quail-hunting plantation for approximately $40 million, according to public records.

Known as Blue Springs Plantation, the property wasn't officially on the market, said Elliott Davenport Jr. of Hall and Hall who represented Mr. Stephens. Mr. Stephens, an avid hunter, had been looking for a plantation for over a year. "We approached the owner and were able to work something out," Mr. Davenport said.  [read more]

 

 

Wall Street Journal
Tue, 02/07/2017 - 14:45

Bobwhite quailStraddling the border of Georgia and Florida are 300,000 acres of pristine pines and rolling, grassy hills. Hunting parties traverse the grounds, accompanied by mule-drawn, 100-year-old wagons, trained dogs, and staff on horseback in search of wild bobwhite quail. Plantation homes sit at the end of long driveways, invisible to passersby.


The region is called the Red Hills, an area designated one of America's "Last Great Places" by the Nature Conservancy. Plantation owners want to keep the wide-open spaces undeveloped, partly to preserve quail habitats for hunting, but largely to act as stewards of the land and homes that have been in their families for generations.


"We want to make the world safe for bobwhite quail," says Charles Chapin III, a retired banker who lives in Oldwick, N.J., and spends four months a year on the quail-hunting plantation in Thomasville, Ga., developed by his grandfather at the turn of the century. [read more]

 

 

Wall Street Journal
Tue, 02/07/2017 - 14:45

Kessler CanyonTech entrepreneur Peter Kight has paid $28 million for the roughly 15,000-acre Kessler Canyon ranch in Colorado, according to the seller, former Days Inn Hotels CEO Richard C. Kessler.


The Garfield County ranch first went on the market in 2014 for $35 million with Michael S. Hall and Brian Smith of Hall and Hall, then saw its price drop to $32.5 million. [read more]

 

 

Bloomberg.com
Tue, 02/07/2017 - 14:15

Dancing Wind Ranch

In the early 1990s, Tamra Call and her husband O. Jay Call began to look for a vacation property that they could develop and eventually retire on. "It was a dream we had, to own a ranch," Call said. Their criteria were, on the face of it, easily attainable: The property needed to offer some privacy, yet also be less than an hour's flight from the Ogden, Utah, headquarters of Flying J, (now FJ Management), the multibillion-dollar oil and refining, truck stop, banking, adn insurance business her husband had founded in the late 1960s. [read more]

 

 

Kessler Canyon Sells for $28 Million
Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:30

Kessler CanyonFormer Days Inn Hotels CEO Richard Kessler has sold his exquisite ranch resort west of Glenwood Springs to CheckFree founder Peter Kight. Numerous structures built to exacting standards exist on the property, including the 20,000-square-foot Homestead Lodge. According to The Wall Street Journal, the 15,000-acre ranch, which was originally listed for $35 million in 2014, changed hands for $28 million. Mike Hall and Brian Smith of Hall and Hall represented Kessler, and Cody Lujan of Hall and Hall represented Kight. See the listing HERE. [see article]

 

 

The Land Report
Thu, 12/15/2016 - 15:15

Los Robles RanchLos Robles, California

This 640-acre San Diego County gem features a 4,000-square-foot owner's home, two guest houses, two caretakers' homes, a 19-stall barn, a 6-stall mare motel, an outdoor riding arena, a skeet range, and a dozen water wells. [read more]

 

 

 

 

 

Omaha World-Herald
Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:00

Thomas Land CompanyOGALLALA, Neb. — One of Nebraska’s largest farm and ranch operations fetched $37,555,000 in bids at auction Thursday.

The auction of Thomas Land Co., a 28,645-acre operation that overlooked Lake McConaughy, attracted international interest but drew a mostly regional crowd of 300 people to the Keith County Fairgrounds.

The operation’s 45 square miles of ranch and farmland would roughly cover Omaha from the Missouri River on the east to... [read more]

 

 

The Land Report Newsletter
Fri, 12/23/2016 - 13:30

Thomas Land CompanyA rare opportunity to acquire a major Great Plains farmland holding presents itself on December 1 when Thomas Land Company goes to auction at the Keith County Fairgrounds in Ogallala. The 28,645-acre farm includes 26,739 deeded acres and 1,906 leased acres of Nebraska state farm and ranchland with 11,705 acres in dryland crops, 13,293 acres in ranchland, and 3,647 acres in irrigated farmland. "It is very rare to find an assemblage of this magnitude and diversity being offered for sale," said Scott Shuman of Hall and Hall Auctions. [read more]

 

Financial Times
Sun, 10/09/2016 - 13:30

Miller Lake RanchJason Spaeth broke the first commandment of ranch buying when he came across a 7,000-acre cattle ranch with miles of flowing streams and deer habitat in western Wyoming.

"The number one rule is don't get emotional, but I did," says the retired financial services executive, who paid about $10.5M for the property in June. "I really fell in love with the place."

Spaeth, who lives in Minneapolis, plans to operate the property as a cattle ranch and spend summers there with his wife and three sons. But he realizes it will be difficult to make money in the cow business. [read more]

 

 

Kansas Agland
Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:45

Yaggy PlantationThe plantation at one time had as many as 50,000 apple trees and a million catalpa trees

The 130-year-old Yaggy Plantation - once the largest shipping point for fruit between the Missouri River and California - is for sale.

The historic property at one time had as many as 50,000 apple trees and a million catalpa trees - which were sold for fence posts and railroad ties. The plantation even employed 300 people during the harvest season, helping to ship apples across the countryside. [read more]

 

 

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