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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

Photos and video / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

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.  



Modern Monday: Once a Ranch, Now a Modern Marvel

Photos  / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Listen, we won’t lie. It wasn’t easy to choose the photo that would represent the modern beauty that is this home.

Should we first draw attention to this gorgeous master bath, with the soaking tub atop a platform, sleek vanity and modern-rustic shutters? (And did you note the shower floor? Seriously?)
But then there’s the beauty of the open floor plan, and all of the architectural touches that surround it:
(More shutters!)
And we didn’t want to forget the backyard entertainment mecca. Stunning.
In the end, we chose a photo that shows off the wonderful open floor plan of this rebuilt ranch. With three bedrooms, 3.1 baths and 3,441 square feet, this home has undergone extensive upgrades and expansion.

To schedule a tour of the modern home at 5818 Meadow Crest Drive in North Dallas, contact Edward Slater of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

DFW Moderns is a publication of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in DallasFort Worth Cultural DistrictFort Worth-Mira VistaUptownLakewoodSouthlakeThe NorthRanch and LandRanch and Land West, and The Ballpark.

Buzz, Fort Worth

Get Connected to a New Walsh Ranch

Photo / Republic Property Group

We’re going to have to adjust the old saying that “everything’s bigger in Texas” to include faster… 

Developers with Republic Property Group just announced that Walsh (previously known as Walsh Ranch) will be the  first community in the country to feature two gigabit internet speeds in every home and school as the minimum connectivity standard. Residents of the 7,200-acre neighborhood under development in west Fort Worth will enjoy two gigabit service – already twice as fast as other fiber internet providers in the area. This world-class infrastructure will support homes and innovative businesses from day one. Ten gigabit service plans will be available to any resident that wishes to upgrade their two gigabit bandwidth.

“Innovative planning and forward thinking like this is what makes Dallas-Fort Worth so unique and creates growth that is not only powerful, but sustainable for future generations,” says Robbie Briggs, President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, the area’s leading luxury real estate brokerage. “We’re excited about this emphasis on connectivity, and pride ourselves on connecting North Texas to the world and the world to North Texas.”

While Google Fiber is no longer coming to Dallas-Fort Worth, homes at Walsh will be connected to an extensive fiber network that is even faster. In building the community from the ground up, developers at Walsh focused on technology as a utility, elevating the importance of fiber to that of a neighborhood’s need for reliable water, gas and electricity services. They’ve also declared their dedication to using technology to the fullest in order to create the most convenient living environment possible. So, as smart home technology continues to develop, fast internet speeds will be just the tip of the iceberg.

For more information about Walsh, CLICK HERE. Check back on Update the Metroplex for future updates.


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Invested in Texas: Lone Oak Ranch

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Whether they’re living in Australia, California or a high rise in Uptown, buyers looking to invest their money in hard assets have trained their eyes on Texas ranch and land opportunities.

“For the most part, people who are heavy in the stock market feel that a correction is coming,” says David Burgher, whose ancestors arrived in Texas by horseback in the 1840s. “It makes sense to have a portion of their assets in something tangible and take advantage of the rising ranch and land market.  And unlike gold or silver, you, your family and friends can enjoy your investment in the land while it increases in value.”


Contrary to recent reports, the North Texas market is not dependent on buyers coming from the oil and gas business. Instead it is much more diversified and buyers are coming from every industry—auto, insurance, healthcare, technology and more. “There’s an incredible diversity of buyers out there,” says Harlan Ray, himself a third generation Dallasite, “just as there’s an enormous diversity of geography and land options in Texas.”


Today’s land buyers largely fit into two categories. First is the recreational rancher looking for a place to enjoy hunting, fishing and a little “tractor therapy” on the weekends while building lifelong memories with family and friends.  Second is the buyer interested in owning land purely for investment purposes. These buyers interested in long-term land plays are snapping up corn and cotton fields along the north/south arteries, all the way from North Dallas to Oklahoma, betting that they’ll be in the growth path as companies like Toyota and State Farm move people and dollars into the area.

Lone Oak Ranch | 16489 CR 665 75442, Farmersville, David W Burgher, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-land

One example of a property that bridges both recreational ranch and land play markets is the Lone Oak Ranch in Farmersville, just northeast of McKinney. The iconic ranch features a spectacular pool/spa/cabana overlooking a five-acre lake and working cow place with more than 1,000 acres of rolling grassland and mature trees. Lone Oak Ranch is listed by Burgher-Ray Ranch Sales

For more opportunities for ranch and land investments throughout North Texas and beyond, see

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, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark

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Texas History and Wildlife at Johnson Ranch {Video}

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Discover – and enjoy – more than 3,000 acres of high-fenced recreation at the historic Johnson Ranch, at 8000 CR 1117 in Snyder, TX.

Johnson Ranch, 8000 CR 1117 79549, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Snyder-turkey

Whitetail deer, wild hogs, quail and turkey freely roam in the canyons and along the creek beds of this property. The native whitetail deer enjoy a hearty diet of protein and other minerals year-round and have been strictly managed for more than 15 years.

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Burgher-Ray Win Texas Ranch Award

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

The Dallas-Fort Worth team of Burgher-Ray Ranch Sales, led by David Burgher and Harlan Ray, has received the Texas Land Star Award for 2015 for selling the largest property in the state of Texas. 

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At the Top of Texas Hill Country – 4E Ranch

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

The 4E Ranch with its grand, wide-open spaces and gorgeous vistas is southwest of historic Glen Rose, TX. Glen Rose is often described as the top of the Texas Hill Country, and after viewing this magnificent ranch with its breath taking views and beautiful sunsets you will understand why.

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Polo Paradise at T Bar W Ranch

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

T Bar W Ranch is a top of the line equestrian and longhorn ranch with multiple residences and exceptional recreational facilities with an incredible attention to detail. The ranch is located in Mineola, Texas, in Wood County, approximately 1.5 hours east of Dallas and is 40 minutes north of Tyler.

And it’s the site of an exciting day of world-class polo, fine food and great country music this weekend – presented by Bernie Uechtritz, international real estate advisor with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. (For details and tickets: click here.)

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Find a Texas Lake House or a Ranch Close to Home

Valor Farm | 9599 FM 455 E | Pilot Point, TX. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Want to enjoy this summer on a lake or ranch without moving far from the city? We have several close-in ranches and lake properties waiting for you.

Explore the beautiful lake and ranch opportunities listed below …

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