Attorney Trey Wilson - RL Wilson Law

22 May 2009

Ranch is Nation's Largest Piece of Property For Sale

They say everything's bigger in Texas, and ranches are usually not the exception to that Rule. We enjoy many of the nations largest ranches, with such legends as the King Ranch, XIT, and Waggoner, Texas is legendary for its wide open spaces.

But the largest piece of property for sale in the United States today is New Mexico's Bell Ranch. At 290,100 contiguous deeded acres, the ranch comprises 453 square miles. By comparison, the entire City of San Antonio had a total area of 412.07 square miles (source: 2007 U.S. Census).

The Bell Ranch was assembled 40 years ago by the heirs of William Lane. It features Bell Mountain, a dramatic butte punctuating the landscape of San Miguel County just east of Santa Fe. The Canadian River flows through the property for over 13 miles and the Hacienda is 10,832-square feet with swimming pool and tennis courts. The headquarters includes a general manager residence, lake house, ranch offices, stables, barns, garage, and storage facilities. Cowboy camps are located throughout the property, as well as thousands of untouched acres and an airfield with storage for 100LL avgas and a large hangar.

The Bell Ranch supports blue quail, mule, whitetail deer, dove and Barbary sheep. The adjacent 9,600-acre Conchas Lake provides a warm-water fishery for bass, walleye, bluegill and crappie, in addition to canoeing, sailing and water skiing.

For those of you interested in putting in a bid ...the current asking price is $103 million ($103,000,000.00) - $99 million for the land and $4 million for the livestock and equipment. This comes out to $341 per acre.

Also, our law firm represents ranches throughout Texas, but if you buy the Bell, give me a call, and I'll get licensed in New Mexico too!

Trey Wilson --Named By Scene in SA Magazine As One of San Antonio's Best Real Estate Litigation Attorneys -- September 2008 -- As voted on by peers