Real Estate: Western Ranch living can be like a rare art form; there is a limited supply of quality properties which is exacerbated by continued development in the western US and there is increasing demand for these properties. We are not making any more land and the value of these properties is related to their uniqueness, amenities offered and location. Purposefully acquired and properly cared for; a western ranch, like a rare painting, will increase in value.
The primary draw to buying a ranch involves the form of lifestyle offered by these property holdings. They provide the owner with privacy, freedom, an opportunity for family enjoyment without interruption and the ability to explore nature in one its most natural and beautiful forms. Nothing compares to the experience of witnessing the birth of a young foal or calf or seeing the forces of nature at work such as a cow elk protecting her young from a hungry predator. The chance to hear a bugling elk ringing in the morning silence, the howls of coyote family just after dark, wild trout surfacing for a new fly hatch and such...are experiences that stay with you and those you share them with.
Western ranches beg for family involvement whether it be a ranch chore, a seasonal activity or one of the many forms of recreation that may exist. The changing seasons as well as the daily change of weather make one appreciate all that Mother Nature offers and how important a functioning eco-system is to our future. Your family's time on a ranch will fill your lives with learning experiences, fond memories and a healthy lifestyle. The experiences you gain on a western ranch are lessons of life and death, good times as well as hardships, helping others, gaining responsibility, working with nature and taking something away that makes you a better person. Most people will tell you that once there, they do not want to leave...it is a painting that continues to intrigue you, an emotional fascination like an ongoing play, and a feeling that satisfies and makes you long for more, it is the Art in Western Ranches.
Just as any hunting ranch, fly fishing ranch or cattle ranch is a form of art, there is also a science to buying one. Knowing what to look for and what to look out for are not learned in few hours or days. The How's, Where's and Why's of acquiring and owning a Western Ranch can be complicated and time consuming. There a few basic factors that you need to consider in the acquisition of a ranch for sale and they center around working with an experienced ranch broker (the How), the outside influences in your life (the Where) and your lifestyle (the Why).
John A. Stratman
Broker - Mason & Morse Ranch Company
As Americas' leading ranch real estate brokers, Mason & Morse Ranch Company continues to evolve as a world-class brokerage firm for recreational and investment ranches, guest ranches and working farms and ranches throughout the western United States.
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