T. Boone Pickens Lists Longtime Texas Ranch for $250 Million
Over nearly five decades, T. Boone Pickens turned a ranch in the Texas Panhandle into a retreat with its own airport, art gallery, chapel and an 11,000-square-foot kennel for hunting dogs. Now 89, the energy tycoon is putting his Mesa Vista ranch on the market for $250 million.
Mesa Vista is among the highest priced ranches on the market in the country, according to Eric O’Keefe, editor of the Land Report. In 2014 the Waggoner Ranch in Texas was listed with an asking price of $725 million. It sold in 2016. Molokai Ranch in Hawaii currently has asking price of $260 million.
Sitting on over 100 square miles in the Texas Panhandle and 85 miles northeast of Amarillo, the ranch encompasses approximately 64,809 acres and borders 25 miles of the Canadian River. In a statement, Mr. Pickens called the ranch “a lifetime of work.” He assembled it from 12 separate purchases, starting with 2,926 acres in 1971, said a spokesman.
Guests often arrive via the private airport, where there is a 6,000-foot-long runway and a 52,500-square-foot tarmac for parking multiple planes. The 25,000-square-foot hangar has a two-bedroom apartment for pilots.
A dirt road leads past antelope, camouflaged oil storage tanks and some of the nearly 1,000 quail feeders that dot the property. The road turns to cobblestone, and trees including Mr. Pickens’s favorite sycamores surround the more than 25,000-square-foot stone lodge which has a two-story library, the art gallery and a 30-seat media room. It is a short walk to the 6,000-square foot “Family House” with five bedrooms and five baths. The 2,300-square-foot “Gate House” has three bedrooms and three baths.
To the west sits the stone “Lake House.” In the master suite of the more than 11,000-square-foot home hangs an oil painting of Murdock, Mr. Pickens’s late papillon. The house overlooks much of the 24 miles of creeks, lakes, waterfalls, dams and aqueducts that he built to turn the land into a habitat for dove, turkey, pheasant, mule deer and especially bobwhite quail.
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