The dream of ranch ownership is real. And steeped within the fabric of American West ranching is Wilder on the Taylor, an iconic Colorado ranch property sandwiched between Crested Butte and Gunnison with a lineage dating back to 1893. As the story goes, three young men filed claims for a parcel of 160-acre homesteads that year. Within five years they were granted ownership, and soon began occupying and working the land.

Today, the sprawling Colorado ranch spans more than 2,100 acres along the Taylor River, offering a rare ownership opportunity for those looking to claim a slice of the good life in a thriving ranch community. Here we highlight five things to look for in a ranch community and uncover what makes Wilder on the Taylor so unique.
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Breunig Ranch | CandysDirt.com

Just in time for the NFL Draft,  a brand new ranch property is going on the market — the 101-acre Mineola ranch owned by Bob Breunig, the legendary Dallas Cowboy linebacker from the Roger Staubach and Danny White eras. Breunig is known not only as a  Super Bowl Champion and one of the Cowboys’ all-time greats, but as a civic and business leader in Big D. Improvements to his horse ranch include a 2,400-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath main house; two guest cottages; a 15-stall Morton horse barn; a riding arena; and more.

Breunig Ranch | CandysDirt.com

We have a first look today of this pretty rural East Texas property with karma galore:

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1444 County Road 1125, Daingerfield | Candy's Dirt.com

Greer Farm, a local legend amongst North Texas foodies, is on the market, now at an even lower price. We posted on the property last October, when it was listed at $3.5 million. The picture-book property at 1444 County Road 1125, Daingerfield, is 150 miles from Dallas off Highway 49 in northeast Texas. Current owners chef Eva Greer and her husband, Sid, have lived at and operated the farm since the late 1990s. Along with growing high-quality produce and grass-fed beef for sale, Greer Farm is an agri-tourism destination, drawing fans for cooking classes, culinary events, berry-picking, and overnight stays on the charming 252-acre property. It’s time for the Greers to retire to travel and spending time with their grandkids, so the price has been reduced.

The property includes a lovingly renovated 168-year-old plantation home, a separate industrial kitchen, four guest cabins on a pristine lake, living quarters for caretakers, and some of the prettiest and most fertile farm acreage to be found in Texas. Whether or not you’re in the market, the photos are must-see country lifestyle eye candy.

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The Brookfield-Evans-Cremer House in La Grange, Texas, boasts a rich pre-statehood history and beautiful views.

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2018! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at SecondShelters.com!]

From Bethany Erickson: I’m a history nerd. When I found this house in La Grange that carried so much Texas history with it, we began talking as a staff — what if every week we featured a historical home in a place people would love to travel to? Historical Shelters was born.  (more…)

T. Boone Pickens Ranch | CandysDirt.com

Photos courtesy of Mesa Vista Ranch

What a year 2017 has been for the Texas real estate industry! Between riding the top of the charts for growth and residential value increases, the explosion of commercial development, hurricane crises, and blockbuster luxury property listings, the Texas real estate market has stayed in the spotlight. Capping the year, a legendary captain of industry put his personal retreat, an over-the-top ranch he developed over nearly half a century, up for sale.

T. Boone Pickens Ranch | CandysDirt.com

Recognizing the limitations of his advanced age, oil magnate T. Boone Pickens listed his beloved Mesa Vista property in the final quarter of this year. The asking price? $250 million. Now 64,809 acres, Mesa Vista began as a 2,900-acre parcel Pickens purchased 48 years ago. Pickens indulged a passion for quail hunting on the site, adding to it and improving it over time to become a Panhandle showplace, encompassing more than 100 square miles of scenic lands. Mesa Vista now boasts world-class quail hunting, multiple baronial structures with lavish landscaping, extensive water features, resort-like recreational amenities, an airfield and hangar, and a picturesque chapel.

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Paws Up Resort|candysdirt.com

Glamping: Camping meets luxury in posh tent accommodations in remote, wilderness settings.

Among the guest residences at The Resort at Paws Up, a 37,000-acre luxury western resort based in Montana, are such fabric-encased shelters, tricked out with electricity, air-conditioning, full baths, and eye-catching Bohemian-style decor.

“The Resort now has one-, two-, and three-bedroom tents to accommodate anyone from solo travelers or honeymooners to larger families,” said The Resort at Paws Up owner Larry Lipson. “Our newest glamping camp, North Bank Camp, opened in June 2017, and it can accommodate families and groups with four two-bedroom, one bath tents and two three-bedroom, two-bath tents. Anyone with an appreciation of nature and ‘roughing it like a royal’ is a good candidate to stay in one of The Resort’s luxury glamping tents.”

No, The Resort at Paws Up doesn’t offer private home ownership, but, it’s a great place to experience a unique vacation and glean design ideas if you’re looking to expand accommodations at your ranch or mountain home. Here’s a look:  (more…)

Who can say how much value celebrity provenance adds to a listing? To sports fans, the Circle 12 Ranch, just north of the Texas border in Oklahoma, might just be priceless! Circle 12’s owner is Hall of Fame quarterback and broadcast analyst Terry Bradshaw, one of pro sports’ most recognizable figures. Bradshaw led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl Wins in the 1970s. Since 1994, he has been co-host of NFL Sunday. He’s also an actor, playing cameo and comedic roles on television and movies, including Warner Brothers’ new film, Father Figures, with Ben Helms and Owen Wilson, to be released December 22.

Bradshaw bought the land more than 15 years ago and developed what was once pasture into a working ranch showplace, complete with a six-bedroom home built for entertaining. He’s been raising horses, cattle, and pigs on the Circle 12 for more than a decade now. Reportedly ready to dial back a bit, he’s putting the ranch up for sale. Real estate industry advisor Bernard Uechtritz, who led the 2016 record-breaking $725 million sale of W. T. Waggoner Ranch in Texas is representing the property. Here’s a look at a spectacular ranch, home to a sports legend: (more…)

Adena Springs Farm, Paris, Kentucky|www.candysdirt.com

Have horse racing in your blood and the deep pockets to chase that passion? Here’s just the place for you— Adena Springs, the crown jewel of Kentucky horse farms. Austrian-born billionaire horse racing entrepreneur Frank Stronach masterminded the 2,250-acre horse farm and breeding complex located in Paris, Kentucky, about 20 miles outside of Lexington (the epicenter of the American Thoroughbred horse farm universe.) Whether or not you’re seriously looking at such an investment, the photos and video of this lovely racehorse farm offer a glimpse into an exciting, glamorous industry.

Real estate industry advisor Bernard Uechtritz, who led the 2016 record-breaking $725 million sale of W. T. Waggoner Ranch in Texas, has been tapped to represent the property, working with the support of Kentucky Bluegrass Sotheby’s International Realty office to field “boots on the ground” showings and equine expertise information.

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