Take a look inside the 100-square-mile Texas ranch that T. Boone Pickens, the oil magnate who just died at 91, listed for $250 million in 2017
T. Boone Pickens, the famed oil prospector and famed hedge-fund founder, died on Wednesday, September 11 at age 91. He was the owner of Mesa Vista Ranch, one of the most expensive properties in America. In 2017, he put the ranch on the market for $250 million. No one has bought it yet. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. T. Boone Pickens, a famous oil prospector, hedge fund founder, and philanthropist, passed away on September 11 at age 91. Pickens had a long, successful career in business. He founded the oil and gas company Mesa Petroleum and the hedge fund BP Capital Management.Read more: T. Boone Pickens, the ‘Oracle of Oil,’ Republican donor, and billionaire philanthropist, dies at 91 In 2017, he made headlines for listing his 100-square-mile ranch in the Texas Panhandle, northeast of Amarillo, for a whopping $250 million. Keep reading for a look inside.When Pickens first bought about 2,900 acres of land here in 1971, the only structure was a corrugated metal house that he used to stay warm during days of hunting quail.Foto: sourceMesa Vista RanchSource: Hall & Hall, Mesa Vista RanchSince then, the ranch has increased by 22 times its original size and now covers some 64,800 acres.Foto: sourceMesa Vista RanchSource: Hall & HallAdditionally, there are now a number of different structures: the 12,000-square-foot lake house; the 33,000-square-foot lodge; the 6,000-square-foot family house; the 1,700-square-foot gatehouse; the 1,600-square-foot pub; and the 11,000-square-foot kennel.Foto: sourceMesa Vista RanchSource: Hall & HallPickens’ childhood home even sits on the property. It was moved there from Oklahoma in 2008.Foto: sourceMesa Vista RanchSource: Wall Street JournalThere are roughly 12 miles of water in the form of man-made waterfalls, creeks, and lakes.Foto: sourceMesa Vista RanchSource: Hall & HallIn 2014, Pickens married his fifth wife — the couple later divorced — in a chapel on the premises.Foto: sourceMesa Vista RanchSource: The Wall Street JournalThe front door of the lake house used to be situated on Bing Crosby’s house. It’s a metal door with stained glass.Foto: sourceMesa Vista RanchSource: Hall & HallThe Lake House has 3,800 square feet of patios and 11,500 square feet of living space.Foto: sourceMesa Vista RanchSource: Hall & HallThe ranch has its own FAA-approved airport. The hangar has a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment upstairs, which is meant to be for pilots.Foto: sourceMesa Vista RanchSource: Hall & HallThere is even a home theater that seats 30 people.Foto: sourceMesa Vista RanchSource: Hall & HallAll of the furnishings, farming equipment, pick-up trucks, and hunting gear are included in the purchase price.Foto: sourceMesa Vista RanchSource: Hall & HallHowever, Pickens’ personal art collection, according to the listing website, as well as other personal effects, are not included in the purchase.Foto: sourceMesa Vista Ranch Pickens reportedly owned pieces from artists N.C. Wyeth and Charles M. Russell, as well as an oil painting of his late dog, Papillon, that hangs in the master bedroom of the Lake House. The buyer will also get 40 bird dogs. Pickens was a seasoned quail hunter, but according to the Wall Street Journal, he planned to leave the dogs behind because he didn’t have the space for them.Foto: sourceMesa Vista RanchSource: The Wall Street JournalThe dogs can be housed in the 11,000-square-foot kennel on the property, which boasts a veterinary lab, an office, a meat-processing center, and an exercise area.Foto: sourceMesa Vista RanchSource: The Wall Street JournalThere’s also a single-story structure where ammunition, hunting gear, rifles, and shotguns are stored.Foto: sourceMesa Vista RanchSource: The Wall Street JournalMesa Vista Ranch is one of the most expensive properties available on the US market.Foto: sourceMesa Vista RanchSource: CNBCThe post Take a look inside the 100-square-mile Texas ranch that T. Boone Pickens, the oil magnate who just died at 91, listed for $250 million in 2017 appeared first on Business Insider Nederland.
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