Legendary investor T. Boone Pickens is selling his enormous Texas ranch -- complete with an airport -- for a whopping $250 million

Mesa Vista RanchT. Boone Pickens at Mesa Vista Ranch, which he has said is home to ‘the world’s best quail hunting.’
  • T. Boone Pickens is selling his Texas ranch for $US250 million.
  • It’s one of the most expensive homes for sale in America.
  • The ranch comprises 100 square miles of land and several structures.
  • Pickens said in a statement that he was selling the property because it was “the prudent thing for an 89-year-old man to do.”

The legendary investor and oilman T. Boone Pickens has put his enormous Texas ranch up for sale, and it comes with an equally enormous price tag of $US250 million.

Mesa Vista Ranch, which encompasses more than 100 square miles of land in the Texas Panhandle, has long been a hunting and golfing getaway for Pickens, who cited his age and health as his primary motivators for selling.

Pickens has owned the ranch for 46 years.

“Selling the ranch is the prudent thing for an 89-year-old man to do,” he said in a statement. “It’s time to get my life and my affairs in order.”

He continued: “There are many reasons why the time is right to sell the ranch now, not the least of them ensuring that what I truly believe is one of the most magnificent properties in the world winds up with an individual or entity that shares my conservation beliefs.”

The property has an airport and several accommodations, including 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 12,000-square-foot kennel, which has space for 50 dogs.

There’s also a single-story structure where ammunition, hunting gear, rifles, and shotguns are stored.

Here’s a look at the massive ranch.


Welcome to Mesa Vista Ranch.

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Mesa Vista Ranch covers some 64,809 acres in the Texas Panhandle, northeast of Amarillo.

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According to a brochure with details about the listing, Pickens assembled the land in a series of purchases beginning with about 2,900 acres in 1971.

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Pickens said that much of the proceeds from the sale would go to the T. Boone Pickens Foundation, which funds various philanthropic efforts.

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“I see this sale as a new beginning — for the new owners and for the recipients of my charitable giving the sale will spur,” he said.

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Mesa Vista is an oasis of luxury in the Texas prairie. It’s being sold turnkey, meaning all furnishings and equipment — except for Pickens’ personal belongings and art collection — are included in the sale.

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There are several structures. Pickens’ childhood home was even moved here from Oklahoma in 2008.

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Source: Wall Street Journal


The lake house has 11,500 square feet of living space plus 3,800 square feet of patios. The front door was once the entry to Bing Crosby’s house.

Mesa Vista RanchThe lake house at Mesa Vista Ranch.

The 33,000-square-foot lodge includes a wine cellar …

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… a library, a 30-seat media room, and a commercial kitchen. The family house, west of the lodge, has five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

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Outside, there’s a lighted tennis court, a skeet/trap range, and a golf course with two fairways. The gatehouse, next to the golf course, has three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

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There are many sculptures throughout the property …

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… including at the kennel, which can accommodate up to 50 dogs. It has a veterinary lab, an office, a meat-processing center, and an exercise area for the dogs.

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This chapel on the north end of the lodge compound was built in 2007. It has a functioning bell tower and a waterfall feature in the back. Pickens married his fifth wife here in 2014, though they are now divorced.

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Source: Wall Street Journal


It’s an especially serene part of the ranch.

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The ranch has an airport, approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, with a 52,600-square-foot concrete tarmac.

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The hangar also has a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment for pilots upstairs.

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Mesa Vista is home to a variety of wildlife, including whitetail deer, mule deer, antelope, quail, and dove.

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The fishing is also said to be excellent.

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According to a brochure announcing the listing, Pickens has introduced several conservation practices that have kept wildlife plentiful on the ranch. It also says the staff would be interested in staying on with whoever buys Mesa Vista.

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The $US250 million listing price puts Mesa Vista Ranch among the most expensive properties in the country. Molokai Ranch, which comprises about a third of the Hawaiian island of Molokai, is on the market for $US260 million.

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“In large part, this is a lifetime of work,” Pickens said in a statement. “And I intend for a lot more good to come from the sale of the ranch.”

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