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While there are many advantages and conveniences to urban living, there’s a special sense of freedom, pride, and stewardship that comes with owning a ranch property. For those craving a luxury retreat that features distant horizons and beautiful landscapes, as well as plenty of room for adventure, recreation, and even livestock, ranch life beckons with wide open spaces and room to roam. Debating about adding a luxury ranch to your life? Here are six reasons why it might be time to say yes.
When imagining the opposite of bustling city living, a picturesque tableau of rural ranch life is an appealing counterpoint. For peace, quiet, and privacy, many turn to the vast acreage that ranch-style properties can offer, where neighbors and light pollution may be miles away. The only noise and sights? The ambient sounds of rustling and chirping outdoors, and the spectacle of nature itself.
With more land comes a different quality of air. Not only is ranch living—which is traditionally more remote—easier on the lungs, but the lifestyle encourages more time spent outside, making it an idyllic setting for any size household. Guests can reap the benefits of fresh air, natural light, and room for wandering in the great outdoors. For any homeowner needing a momentary pause from urban air, a ranch offers a respite.
Horseback riding, fishing, rafting, archery, hunting, ATV riding—owning land brings endless possibilities for recreational activities for all ages, all year round. For those who would rather soak up the glory of nature quietly, there’s birdwatching, hiking and trail walking, caring for livestock and pets, gathering around the campfire, hosting cookouts for family and friends, and even the pleasure of outdoor yoga or meditation set against a priceless backdrop.
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The expansive, one-of-a-kind views that come with living on a ranch are an immediate attraction. Imagine sipping a cup of freshly brewed coffee in the morning while admiring untouched rugged landscapes, open skies and rolling hills, woodland and thickets, and even local wildlife as animals wander by—and in the evening, savor a glass of wine and settle in for the spectacular sunsets that linger on the horizon.
Ranches are ideal if there’s a desire for a large property, especially for those so inclined to keep livestock, or to breed or train horses for equestrian purposes—there’s ample room for riding and pastures for grazing. In addition to the potential for breeding and raising animals at home, the abundant land also presents a prime opportunity to grow local crops, whether as a business venture or for personal and sustainable gardening. There’s no meal more rewarding—or as fresh tasting—than one prepared with home-grown produce for true farm-to-table dining.
Though the solitude and seclusion of life on a ranch is one of its greatest appeals, it by no means equals loneliness for residents. Ranchers tend to be a tight-knit community, brought together by similar ideals, interests, and a unique way of living, so although homes may be situated far apart, there’s often an underlying feeling of kinship and a neighborly spirit to be found.
The allure of living on a ranch is evident, from the privacy and tranquility of a pastoral setting, to the many adventures to be had, to the ability to produce one’s own crops and keep livestock. It’s a special type of property that offers the extraordinary chance to be surrounded by the beauty of nature, and to feel more connected to it every day.
Inspired by the prospect of ranch life? Take a look at the breathtaking luxury ranches of Texas.