Eric O’Keefe

For Sale: 1.2 Acres for $12.5 Million

Every now and then, a listing comes along that is a flat-out jaw-dropper. Some, like the Bell Ranch at nearly 500 square miles, defy comprehension because of sheer size. At 186′ x 300′ this residential lot in the Dallas suburb

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Regional News, Residential Property, Southwest, Topics

For Sale: Bell Ranch Gets Bigger

The biggest ranch on the market in America just got bigger. The heirs of William Lane, who assembled New Mexico’s Bell Ranch 40 years ago, have elected to include an additional 40,100 acres of canyon country and pastureland in the offering, which

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Hunting, News Desk, Regional News, Southwest, Topics, Water

Supreme Court Rules 9-0 Against Hawaiians’ Land Claims

Last week the nation’s highest court ruled that Native Hawaiians do not have a legal claim to state lands totaling more than 1.2 million acres. Native Hawaiians as well as the state’s Office of Hawaiian Affairs had asserted that a

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Pacific, Public Land, Regional News, Topics

Danish Pension Fund Buys 90,000+ Acres in New York

Published reports indicate that the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy has sold 90,593+ acres of the former Finch Paper holdings to a subsidiary of the Danish pension fund ATP. The sale to ATP was handled on a sealed bid

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Posted in Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Northeast, Regional News, Timber, Topics

Sold! 1,789 Acres of Kansas Farmland for $765 Per Acre

Nebraska’s York College sold off a 1,789-acre bequest in Ellis County, Kansas. The college got $1.369 million ($765 per acre) at the January auction and retained the mineral rights.

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Posted in Auctions, Energy, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, News Desk, Regional News, Topics

Forest Service Paving the Way for Plum Creek?

The nation’s largest landowner may be getting a last-minute, going-away gift from the Bush Administration. The Forest Service may amend existing easements, a step that would allow Plum Creek Timber (NYSE:PCL) to pave roads through USFS land.  Such a move would facilitate an

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Regional News, Residential Property, Timber, Topics, West

CNL Lifestyle Properties to Pay $132 Million for Crested Butte, Okemo, and Mount Sunapee

CNL Lifestyle Properties, an Orlando-based real-estate investment trust (REIT) will announce today that it is acquiring Crested Butte Ski Resort in Colorado (pictured), Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont, and Mount Sunapee Ski Resport in New Hampshire from Triple Peaks LLC

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Posted in Feature, Golf, News Desk, Northeast, Recreation, Regional News, South, Topics, West

For Sale: Colorado’s Hunt Ranch Back on Market for $30,000 Per Acre / $17 Million

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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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Developers, Equestrian, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Topics, West

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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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Pacific, Regional News, Southwest

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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Posted in Cattle, Equestrian, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Pacific, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Topics

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