In 2012, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand introduced the real estate market to the groundbreaking Farm & Ranch division via the launching of a new specialty market website. Farm & Ranch properties are much more than homes; with the pedigree that comes along with being a trophy ranch, polo property and a cherished multi-generational investment, “Selling these properties involves aspects of professionalism that are specific to the category,” says Bill Fandel of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty of Colorado. “You must be familiar with everything from water rights to agricultural and zoning easements. Things you wouldn’t familiarize yourself with for a typical residential transaction.”
With experts in 40 countries, more than $3 billion in inventory, and an unrivaled vision in pairing buyers with incomparable trophy homes, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand has become nothing short of a dominant force in the specialty real estate market. Here is a closer look at some of the properties that make the Farm & Ranch market so extraordinary.
The magnificent Rancho San Carlos is an approximately 237-acre estate property that for nearly one hundred years has been under the ownership of one family. Noted architect Reginald Johnson designed the sprawling hilltop Monterey Colonial manor in 1931 with an approximately 29,483-square foot main residence that has more than 30 rooms. Infused with an atmosphere of sophistication and refinement, the grand home is astutely sited on two natural terraces, and by planning the formal living rooms around a central courtyard and placing the master and family bedroom wings on the upper terrace, he effectively created a spatial separation that afforded privacy, calm and exceptional views. There also are ten residential cottages, an office, producing orchards and extensive equestrian facilities.
La Colorada is a traditional Argentinean estancia. Its magnificent homestead is surrounded by a majestic grove. The colonial main house was built more than one hundred years ago but it was refurbished to maintain its original characteristics. It features nine bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a spacious living and dining room, verandahs, kitchen and an outdoor swimming pool. Fifteen percent of the land is suitable for agriculture and raising cattle.
This historic 133-acre Tahoe lakefront Shakespeare Ranch boasts vistas as grand as Montana and Wyoming, nearby ski resorts with Olympic heritage to rival Aspen and Vail, a lake- side golf course more intimate than Pebble Beach and a yachting paradise on par with the Caribbean. There are 423 feet of sandy shoreline on Lake Tahoe, a 397-foot shared pier with boat lift, five boat buoys and nearly 40,000 square feet of improvements including a historic entertainment barn built in 1873 with chef’s kitchen and plans for a new, approximately 9,500 square foot estate home with garage. There are 17 guest homes and cabins and along with the barn, office and pool building, there are 25 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms and 13 kitchens. The 5,111 square foot entertainment barn was built in 1873 then moved to its present location and restored by the current owners, outfitted with a gourmet kitchen and wine room for celebrity events. “They don’t make barns like this in Texas,” former President Bush told the owners when he visited the ranch one summer. Outside, the buildings frame a large central grass courtyard. There is a pool house with indoor pool and fireside dining, an outdoor spa, a root cellar converted to a wine tasting room, fully equipped gym, an art loft, executive office suite, a staging kitchen for catering and guest bathrooms. There are horse stables with paddocks, a green house, vegetable gardens, animal en- closures, rodeo grounds with pens and bleachers where the annual “Glenbrook Rodeo” is held.
This world-class property has 2,919 secluded acres on five miles of the renowned Snake River below Hells Canyon. A 4,948 square foot timbered lodge and 2,000 square foot care-taker quarters sits along the ancient, arid and rugged river canyon. The ecosystem includes rare plants, herds of bighorn sheep, mule deer, upland game birds, and marine life includes bass, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. Lewiston was rated the number one town for quality of life, raising a family, hunting and fishing by Outdoor Life Magazine.