- Kermit Brown
Texas Ranch Twice the Size of San Francisco Now Asking $170 Million
The 65,000-acre property, which comes with multiple homes and an airport, belonged to the late oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens
Liz Lucking | Mansion Global
Colossal in both size and price, the legendary 64,672-acre Texas ranch that belonged to the late oil tycoon and financier T. Boone Pickens is now asking $170 million.
The fresh price tag, announced this week, comes courtesy of a $50 million price cut that brought the ask down from $220 million, and it’s an $80 million drop from the $250 million the ranch first listed for in 2017.
Mesa Vista Ranch, as it’s known, encompasses a prime swath of the Texas Panhandle some 85 miles northeast of Amarillo.
Pickens, who died in 2019 at the age of 91, began assembling the property in 1971 with an almost 3,000-acre purchase along the south side of the Canadian River in Roberts County. Over the years, he acquired additional adjoining land, Mansion Global previously reported.
“To our knowledge, no other ranch can replicate Mesa Vista Ranch,” Monte Lyons, managing director at Hall and Hall, wrote in marketing materials for the property. He’s handling the listing with the Lubbock, Texas-based firm Chas. S. Middleton and Son.
Properties galore dot the ranch, the main of which is the Lodge, which boasts more than 25,000 square feet of interior space, with another 10,000 square feet of porches and patio areas. The compound is also home to a tennis court and a small golf course.
There’s also the 6,000-square-foot family house; a two-story gate house, a pub with a game room; a single-story gun room for storing hunting gear; and a chapel.
The property’s Lake House spans roughly 11,500 square feet and has a front door that was originally attached to the home of Hollywood icon Bing Crosby, according to the listing.
Other highlights include an airport with a 6,000-foot-long runway and a 25,000-square-foot hangar; an 11,000-square-foot kennel; and a veterinary lab.
Though amenities abound on the ranch for humans, it caters to its wild residents, too.
“Boone spent nearly 50 years transforming [the ranch] into a wildlife paradise,” Mr. Lyons said in the marketing materials.
In an effort to enhance wildlife on the property, Pickens adopted a number of conservation practices across the ranch, which supports deer, antelope, quail, turkey, pheasant and aoudad, or Barbary sheep.
“The ranch is basically ‘turnkey,’ including all rolling stock, equipment, pick-up trucks, hunting vehicles, farming equipment, furnishings and bird dogs,” according to the listing. “The only exclusions are personal effects, livestock, and the remaining art collection. The livestock are available to be purchased and the remaining hanging art can be negotiated with the purchase.”
As well as being offered in its entirety, the property is also available in two parts, with a smaller eastern portion of the ranch spanning some 15,700 acres being offered at $20 million.