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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 13wildcatterranch.com.

For more luxury land and ranch properties throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com 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.  


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Invested in Texas: Lone Oak Ranch


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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 briggsfreeman.com.

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}


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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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Equestrian Retreat on the Red River


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The Red River Estate at 1267 Gun Club Road in Denison sits on about 29 acres of private paradise overlooking the banks of the Red River in Grayson County.

Located less than 1.5 hours from downtown Dallas, this property is ideal for year-round living or a weekend getaway. The combination of the wooded terrain and adjacent river provide an abundance of recreational activities as well as peaceful tranquility.

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Polo Paradise at T Bar W Ranch


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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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Gold Pan Ranch: Right Mix of Views, Recreation


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While many properties are available in the Rockies, it is difficult to find that place that has that “right” mix of topography, accessibility, views, proximity to offsite recreational opportunities, water, wildlife and price.

The Gold Pan Ranch in the central Colorado Mountains is a unique and seldom encountered opportunity for full-time ranch residence and agricultural operation, or a combination of both.

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East Texas Paradise – Caney Creek Ranch


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Only minutes outside of the lovely east Texas town of Athens lies one of the most incredible recreational ranches on the market today. The Caney Creek Ranch is a one of a kind property with more than 24 acres of private surface water and access to a private 324-plus-acre lake, both of which make this property a true east Texas paradise.

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