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5 Reasons to Invest in Ranch Land


If you’ve always had cowboy dreams, buying ranch land doesn’t have to be just a Wild West fantasy. In fact, it can be rather practical and beneficial, especially given the Lone Star State’s continuing and rapid development. Here, benefits to acquiring some acreage of your own.

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The Resort Ranch on the Texas Range: Wildcatter Ranch

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Sometimes the buzz of the big city seems like a far cry from the rich and rooted nature of Texas’ past.  Luckily, for those seeking a rustic escape, Wildcatter Ranch is within reach. Etched into the North Texas countryside just 90 miles northwest of Fort Worth, Wildcatter Ranch presents a rare opportunity to own a piece of history in the shape of a fully operational 1,484-acre legacy ranch.


Have a taste of the classic cowboy lifestyle with a luxurious twist — this property combines western-themed cabin suites and upscale amenities, not to mention its permanently unobstructed views of the Brazos River and North Texas Hill Country.


You may be familiar with the Wildcatter Ranch by its rich reputation — given its extensive history chronicled in Lonesome Dove and dramatized in The Sons of Katie Elder, and as the subject of media coverage by high-profile publications like The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and USA Today, the Wildcatter Ranch draws international attention and has attracted guests from Britain to the Netherlands and all corners of the United States.


This recognition is only its fair due as the Wildcatter Ranch is a true dream destination. Its personal accommodations—a 15,436-square-foot main house—are unparalleled.




With 16 cabins and a 16-room hotel, it’s the perfect location to welcome friends and family, hold conferences and corporate retreats and host weddings, honeymoons, parties, reunions and vacations.


The 25,000-square-foot restaurant delights palettes with authentic Texan cuisine, while the two horse barns promise a wide range of active entertainment.


Recreation options include horseback riding, spending time at the archery range or clay shooting range, world-class fishing, winding down in the hot tub or therapeutic spa, exploring the 25 miles of hiking and biking trails or discovering Fort Belknap history.


The Wildcatter Ranch has a fabled past and, as a turnkey property, it is ready to give its new owners a beautiful present.

Listed by Michael Crain of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. More information is available at

For more luxury land and ranch properties throughout North Texas, see and click “Ranches”. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in  Dallas,  Fort Worth Cultural District,  Fort Worth-Mira Vista,  UptownLakewoodSouthlakeThe North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.  


Chateau Lumier: A Magnificent Estate in the Heart of McKinney

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Situated in the heart of McKinney, TX is a 15.8 acre estate which has undoubtedly caught the eye and curiosity of many who have traveled along the romantic Gray Branch Road. Built by Dallas’ Sharif & Munir Custom Homes in 2011, with design work by Dallas Design Group, this French-inspired estate, given the name “Chateau Lumier”, is a work of art and craftsmanship. At approximately 15,000 square feet, with 6 bedrooms and 7.3 baths in the main home, and 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths in the attached apartment, the grandness of the estate can only be appreciated in person.

The driveway to the front of the home starts with a 22 ft wide gated entry, winds around the treed property, across the cattle guard, over a 50 x 18 ft former country bridge and pond, and alongside the Longhorn cattle to arrive at the circular drive and picturesque fountain. Upon entering the home, you are greeted by a 26 ft high entry with two beautiful crystal chandeliers and a marble floating staircase and views to the pond and manicured gardens in the back of the home.

You begin the experience of the one-of-a-kind and custom features such as an antique 1845 Communion rail from Tuscany built into the kitchen bar counter, specialty stones like Breccia De Vendome marble from Italy and African Blue granite, numerous custom fireplace mantles, intricate crown moldings, and specialty wall and ceiling finishes. The China and Silver room, just off the kitchen and formal dining, has custom felt-lined drawers, glass cabinet doors, and the most envied cabinet hardware. Two laundry rooms are in the main home as well as one in the apartment. Everyone loves the “Costco” room and the Craft/Wrapping room.

The well-equipped media room has a 123-inch media screen and is located downstairs for ease of use, along with a formal Study and another separate Home Office overlooking the property. Additionally, the master bedroom with separate luxurious closets, a large secondary bedroom, an exercise room or flex room, storm room, and a temperature-controlled 1000 bottle wine room, and two guest powders are located on the first floor. The Otis elevator is ready and waiting to bring you upstairs.

If you need ice or coffee, Chateau Lumier has 5 ice makers and coffee bars throughout the home. Five sets of French doors lead to the patio from the Great room, which is adorned with a cathedral ceiling and massive wood arched beams. One of the favorite rooms of the home is the breakfast room with a bricked ceiling, cozy fireplace, and a Betty Lou Phillips inspired wall of plates. Not to leave out two of the award-winning rooms—the master bath and kitchen are remarkable and elegant.

Entertain and enjoy al fresco dining on the large covered travertine patio and veranda with a Linx stainless grill, cabinets with laminate interiors to prolong life outdoors, two mounted TVs, and a large romantic fireplace while overlooking the manicured gardens and the picturesque cypress-tree-lined pond with a fountain. This Chateau in the middle of the city lives and feels like a country paradise.

Listed by Debra Brown of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Call 214-478-7543 for a private showing.

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Making Your Home Market-Ready: The five musts that could bring the most money

3508 Crescent Avenue in Highland Park · PhotosBriggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

In this competitive real estate market, there are mistakes to be made — but an expert agent can help you avoid them. Just one example? How your home looks — and feels — to potential buyers is of utmost importance, and can bring a sale faster and for more money. Here, five must-dos to get your home ready for the market. Your Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agent knows many, many more.

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The nearly 500 expert agents of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty have just propelled the brokerage to new superlatives in the most prestigious real estate ranking in the United States.

Per the latest report from REAL Trends, which surveys residential firms, agents and teams across the U.S., Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has achieved:

No. 1 in highest average sales price of any brokerage in Texas

No. 1 Texas firm in the Billionaires’ Club, with 2017 sales of nearly $3.1 billion

Top 11 percent of the highest-selling brokerages in the entire United States

No. 6 affiliate of 950 Sotheby’s International Realty® brokerages around the world

REAL Trends was founded in 1987. Each year, the real estate industry awaits its influential lists — which are especially valuable as the data used in its rankings is independently verified.

The agents of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty are having an exceptional 2018. Based in 10 offices across North Texas, they are selling fine properties all over the area, the state and the country — from homes and high-rises to ranches and land. The brokerage has invested in new technology and tools that, combined with each agent’s own instincts and knowledge, are making the best agents in the business even better.

To see all the exceptional homes, ranches and land offered by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty — in North Texas and around the world — go to


Tour: French Provincial Elegance | 3901 Turtle Creek Boulevard #9

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The stunningly curated French Provincial limestone façade home at 3901 Turtle Creek Boulevard #9 blends profound elegance and flawless balance. The front entry, which is adorned with 24-karat gold P.E. Guerin hardware and polished marble floors, sets the tone for the fine quality revealed throughout. Continue Reading…


Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty | App Benefits

The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand has introduced revolutionary augmented reality (AR) app Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty(sm).  Here are some of the ways the app will benefit homebuyers, sellers, and real estate agents.

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B Magazine: The Inside Issue | Spring + Summer 2018


In today’s Wall Street Journal, inserted as a paid supplement inside North Texas subscriber copies, there is something quite special: the latest issue of B, the luxury lifestyle magazine published by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. This one is a real page-turner, full of fascinating stories about private places, from a tiny Dallas apartment that lives like a manor house to an exclusive look inside the design department of Dickies, the great Fort Worth–based workwear company whose story just keeps getting better — and more global. It’s all paired with some of our most intriguing listings, everything from mansions to ranch land. Enjoy every page.

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How to Curate Art for Your New Home

5807 Park Lane in Old Preston Hollow · PhotosBriggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Your new home serves as the outward expression of your inner self — and it’s what you display inside it that makes it highly unique.

Sotheby’s International Realty recently revealed some key steps to curating an art collection that not only speaks to you, but is displayed at its best.

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Tribute: Susan Medina | Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Photo by Glen Wood / Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Susan Medina is a Southern woman and, like many magnolias, she’s tough as nails when it comes to telling the absolute truth to clients who need to hear it. Medina, president and founder of SKM Communication Strategies, doesn’t believe in dancing around a subject. “I never tell clients what I think they’d want to hear,” she says. “I am honest and candid. I want to know I’ve brought value to them.”

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