News / Events Archive

The Land Report - Texas 2017 Issue
Sat, 04/01/2017 - 09:30

Livermore Ranch advertisementSheer bluffs, aspen groves, Chihuahuan Desert grasslands - these 5,086 acres offer the rare opportunity to own a spectacular end-of-the-road getaway.

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The Wall Street Journal
Wed, 02/22/2017 - 15:00

Financier Pays $40 Million for Quail EstateWitt Stephens Jr. has purchased a SouthGeorgia quail-hunting plantation for approximately $40 million, according to public records.

Known as Blue Springs Plantation, the property wasn't officially on the market, said Elliott Davenport Jr. of Hall and Hall who represented Mr. Stephens. Mr. Stephens, an avid hunter, had been looking for a plantation for over a year. "We approached the owner and were able to work something out," Mr. Davenport said.  [read more]



Wall Street Journal
Tue, 02/07/2017 - 14:45

Bobwhite quailStraddling the border of Georgia and Florida are 300,000 acres of pristine pines and rolling, grassy hills. Hunting parties traverse the grounds, accompanied by mule-drawn, 100-year-old wagons, trained dogs, and staff on horseback in search of wild bobwhite quail. Plantation homes sit at the end of long driveways, invisible to passersby.

The region is called the Red Hills, an area designated one of America's "Last Great Places" by the Nature Conservancy. Plantation owners want to keep the wide-open spaces undeveloped, partly to preserve quail habitats for hunting, but largely to act as stewards of the land and homes that have been in their families for generations.

"We want to make the world safe for bobwhite quail," says Charles Chapin III, a retired banker who lives in Oldwick, N.J., and spends four months a year on the quail-hunting plantation in Thomasville, Ga., developed by his grandfather at the turn of the century. [read more]



Wall Street Journal
Tue, 02/07/2017 - 14:45

Kessler CanyonTech entrepreneur Peter Kight has paid $28 million for the roughly 15,000-acre Kessler Canyon ranch in Colorado, according to the seller, former Days Inn Hotels CEO Richard C. Kessler.

The Garfield County ranch first went on the market in 2014 for $35 million with Michael S. Hall and Brian Smith of Hall and Hall, then saw its price drop to $32.5 million. [read more]
Tue, 02/07/2017 - 14:15

Dancing Wind Ranch

In the early 1990s, Tamra Call and her husband O. Jay Call began to look for a vacation property that they could develop and eventually retire on. "It was a dream we had, to own a ranch," Call said. Their criteria were, on the face of it, easily attainable: The property needed to offer some privacy, yet also be less than an hour's flight from the Ogden, Utah, headquarters of Flying J, (now FJ Management), the multibillion-dollar oil and refining, truck stop, banking, adn insurance business her husband had founded in the late 1960s. [read more]



Kessler Canyon Sells for $28 Million
Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:30

Kessler CanyonFormer Days Inn Hotels CEO Richard Kessler has sold his exquisite ranch resort west of Glenwood Springs to CheckFree founder Peter Kight. Numerous structures built to exacting standards exist on the property, including the 20,000-square-foot Homestead Lodge. According to The Wall Street Journal, the 15,000-acre ranch, which was originally listed for $35 million in 2014, changed hands for $28 million. Mike Hall and Brian Smith of Hall and Hall represented Kessler, and Cody Lujan of Hall and Hall represented Kight. See the listing HERE. [see article]