Eric O’Keefe

Sold! The Bell Ranch

BY ERIC O’KEEFE On August 17, Liberty Media CEO John Malone bought the 290,100-acre Bell Ranch, an event that qualifies as the largest single ranch sale since Ted Turner bought Vermejo Park from Pennzoil in 1996. Price and terms on

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Posted in Landmarks, News Desk, Ranchland

On the Block: Aubrey McClendon’s 271 Ranch

Aubrey McClendon’s 271 Ranch goes on the block Thursday, August 5. The National Auction Group is handling the sale, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. (CST) at the ranch headquarters. Bidders can register beginning at nine o’clock. The 4,391-acre cattle

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Posted in Landowners, News Desk

Forbes Profiles Land Report 100

Forbes.com bills itself as the “Home Page for the World’s Business Leaders,” and on Monday the website lived up to its moniker by profiling the top ten US landowners as featured in The Land Report 100. Among the many names

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The Land Report Summer 2010

Big Deal Would you call a working cattle operation set on thousands of acres along the Continental Divide a ranch, or does the term “residence” seem more appropriate? Major transactions like the sale of Colorado’s Boot Jack Ranch a few

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Posted in Back Issues

Sold! Steamboat’s Perry Ranch

A well-known Rocky Mountain landmark, Colorado’s 470-acre Perry Ranch, sold for $11 million ($23,000+ per acre). The sellers paid $13 million for the Routt County ranch in 2007 intending to improve it and then market it as a conservation development

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Posted in News Desk, Sporting Properties

Crescent Resources Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Charlotte-based Crescent Resources filed for bankruptcy protection in Austin on June 10 listing assets and liabilities in excess of $1 billion. Founded in 1969, the developer is owned by Duke Energy and Morgan Stanley’s real-estate fund unit and has interests in

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For Sale: Colorado’s Hunt Ranch

In a surprising turn of events that is the norm in real estate development, the investment group that paid $8 million for an historic cattle ranch downvalley from Aspen was denied crucial development rights by Garfield County. Hunt Ranch LLC had applied to develop

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Border Fence Spikes Demand for Appraisers

670 miles. That’s the distance along the U.S.-Mexico border that the Department of Homeland Security wants to cordon off with its 18-foot-high border fence. The sheer size of this massive undertaking and the number of property owners already disputing the

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Tom Barrack Takes Control of Neverland

Earlier this month, AP reported a development that every real estate professional in Santa Barbara County fully anticipated: Neverland no longer belongs to Michael Jackson. The new owner of the 2,500-acre trophy property? That was even less of a surprise: Sycamore Valley

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Not Your Typical Water Hazard

What story broke yesterday and continues to dominate the business press today? Begin by asking yourself which feature adds the most value to a piece of rural or recreational land. As we all know the answer is almost always water. Unfortunately that same

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