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).

Contact: John A. Stratman (john@ranchland.com

Website: www.ranchland.com