This week, legendary investor T. Boone Pickens listed his 100-square-mile ranch in the Texas Panhandle, northeast of Amarillo, for $US250 million.
Pickens, 89, has had a long, successful career in business and is currently the chairman of BP Capital Management (which he founded), so it’s no surprise that he owns such an expansive spread.
There are some features of Mesa Vista Ranch, however, that make it truly unique. We’ve rounded up the most interesting facts about it here.
When he first bought about 2,900 acres of land here in 1971,the only structure was a corrugated metal house that Pickens used to stay warm during days of hunting quail.
The ranch has increased by 22 times its original size since then. Mesa Vista Ranch covers some 64,800 acres now.
And now, there are a number of different structures: the 12,000-square-foot lake house, the 33,000-square-foot lodge, the 6,000-square-foot family house, the 1,700-square-foot gatehouse, the 1,600-square-foot pub, and the 11,000-square-foot kennel.
Pickens’ childhood home even sits on the property. It was moved here from Oklahoma in 2008, and it could be moved to the campus of his alma mater, Oklahoma State University.
Source: Wall Street Journal
There are roughly 12 miles of water, in the form of man-made waterfalls, creeks, and lakes.
In 2014, Pickens married his fifth wife in a chapel on the premises. They have since divorced.
The front door of the lake house used to be situated on Bing Crosby’s house. It’s a metal door with stained glass.
The Lake House has 3,800 square feet of just patios. The house itself has 11,500 square feet of living space.
The ranch has its own FAA-approved airport. The hangar also has a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment upstairs, which is meant to be for pilots.
All of the furnishings, farming equipment, pick-up trucks, and hunting gear are included in the purchase price.
Pickens has filled a gallery with his personal art collection. The collection, as well as Pickens’ other personal effects, are the only things not included in the purchase.
Pickens reportedly owns pieces from artists N.C. Wyeth and Charles M. Russell, as well as an oil painting of his late dog, Papillon, that hangs in the master bedroom of the Lake House.
A home theatre has seats for 30.
The buyer will also get 40 bird dogs. Pickens is a seasoned quail hunter, but according to the Wall Street Journal, he’s planning to leave the dogs behind because he doesn’t have the space for them.
The dogs can be housed in the 11,000-square-foot kennel on the property. It has a veterinary lab, an office, a meat-processing center, and an exercise area for the dogs.
There’s also a single-story structure where ammunition, hunting gear, rifles, and shotguns are stored.
Mesa Vista Ranch one of the most expensive properties available on the US market.
Molokai Ranch, which comprises about a third of the Hawaiian island of Molokai, is on the market for $US260 million. A mansion in Bel Air that comes with a four-lane bowling alley and an entire collection of cars is also listed for $US250 million.