This listing is the first in a series of luxury estates Unique Homes is profiling on our blog over the coming weeks. The profiled homes, all on the market, are the 20 most-expensive homes in the country. This “Ultimate Countdown” series is in anticipation of our May/June issue, the Ultimate Homes edition of Unique Homes, which includes all 385 listed homes in the United States selling for $20,000,000 or more.
Location: Mountain Home, Texas
Agent: Robert Dullnig
Why you should care about this estate: It’s one of the top destinations in the country for exotic hunting. Really, you’d be hard pressed to find a better destination for the hardcore hunter anywhere in the world.
The Y.O. Ranch is bursting with variety, from giraffes to wildebeests, gazelles to deer, elands to emu, and much more — not to mention the herds of native livestock on the property, such as quail and wild boar. Maintaining so many animals can be a difficult task, but the Y.O. Ranch — using its own modern conservation program — keeps the numbers at full force at all times.
All of this wildlife is spread across more than 27,000 acres in Mountain Home, Texas, where the Y.O. Ranch can feel worlds away from nearby cities like San Antonio. With nothing but five buildings and wildlife for miles, it can be easy to live with the solitude of a cowboy for a while.
The ranch was established when cowboys were in their heyday, in 1880, by Captain Charles A. Schreiner. Schreiner’s descendants have kept control of the ranch since its founding, through World War I and the Great Depression as well as the 21st century, and through it all have managed to keep an infrastructure that allows for peaceful living and plenty of hunting.
Part of that infrastructure is the luxurious main lodge, which has a 40-foot ceiling, a massive stone fireplace, a spiral staircase leading to a loft, and walls of stone with faded red planking. The property also boasts an auction barn with holding pens, a cabin, stables, staff homes, a waterfall pool and additional residences for guests.
Perhaps you’ve heard of the Y.O. Ranch in another way: It has its own brand across the state of Texas, where there’s a Y.O. Ranch steakhouse and hotel. Those businesses aren’t included with the purchase of the Y.O. Ranch, but they just go to illustrate how old and venerated this tremendous property really is.