FX Bar Ranch 2,270 ACRE CENTRAL FLORIDA LAKE FRONT RANCH
Mary L. Adsit, Realtor ‐30+ years experience ‐Commercial/Development Land ‐Agricultural Land
MaryAdsit.com (863) 285‐7118 (P) (863) 285‐8888 (F) [email protected]
“The Land Lady”
FX Bar Ranch Central Florida Lake Front Paradise
The Owner’s residence is a 2 story concrete brick home with true brick veneer. The house features 4, 311 square feet, including 5 Bedrooms and 4‐1/2 baths. Beautiful Oak Tree shade, a screened porch, fireplace, central heat and air, ensure yearlong comfort indoors and out, also includes a 2 car garage. For guests, this house also features an apartment with an outside entrance and porch. This house was built in 1978, with a paved drive leading to the highway, secured with a gate.
‐2,270 ACRE LAKEFRONT RANCH ‐11,600+‐ ft. Lake frontage with Dock & Lodge ‐Pine Timber stands ‐7,161+‐ Ft. Paved Road Frontage ‐Trophy Bass Lake ‐Native Deer, Hogs, Quail, Turkey ‐Exotic Animal Herds ‐Commercial Cattle Herd ‐Private Hunting/Trophy Operation ‐Fishing Guides Available ‐Modern 5 Bedroom Home with apartment ‐2 Employee Houses ‐476 Ft. Dock with lighting ‐Selected Machinery & Equipment
Florida Ranch Property One of the last available tracts of land on pristine Lake Walk‐in‐Water (Lake Weohyakapka)
Includes improved and native pasture, 8' high fencing for trophy animals, modern 2 story brick home, 2 Employee houses, barns, pens, equipment buildings, large BBQ building for parties, Lodge for hunters and beautiful lakefront with dock on Lake Walk‐In‐Water 476 feet long. Beef cattle herd and exotic game animals on premises at the time of sale also included. There could be some flexibility as to closing and occupancy. PROPERTY SHOWN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. BUYERS MUST BE QUALIFIED. BROKER COOPERATION WELCOME. This property adjoins the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest and it could be assumed that purchase of this property could enhance those State holdings and give good public access to Lake Walk‐in‐Water.
Pastures Typical view of an improved pasture area. Owner intentionally encourages trees and palmetto shelter for wild game and birds. The ranch typically runs about 100 head of commercial cattle without using the areas utilized by the Water Buffalo and Exotics. There is no current inventory of the exotics as it keeps changing and they are wild animals!
Buildings The privacy of this property along with the lake frontage, residential and recreational areas would be an ideal location for a Corporate retreat, camp for disadvantaged children, Boy Scouts, Churches, etc. or if you just liked the privacy and ranching, continue the present operations of commercial cattle, citrus and sale of exotic animals as well as hunting operations for trophy animals. The property would also lend itself to a hunting lease operation. It could be reasonably assumed that the State of Florida would have interest in this to expand existing wildlife conservancy operations. These operations will not pay for or amortize the purchase of the property. A buyer would just want to have it and/or possibly have an additional alternative use for it. This could be an ideal IRS 1031 exchange whereby the buyer could utilize “Greenbelt” tax advantages while waiting for possible future land development or other such uses.
Employee Residence: 3 BR, CB, 1 bath, 6 rooms. Asphalt shingle roof. 30’x48’, built about 1960. Central heat and air and septic tank. Ideal guest house or operations tenants? There is a 4” well that services all of the buildings in this area.
Additional Residence: Frame construction, metal roof 1 bath, 2 bedrooms. (total of 5 rooms) 25’ X 36’ +/‐ Convenient access to the barns, machinery storage and livestock feeding and work area. Central air and heat and septic tank.
Equipment Storage and Maintenance Building: 40’ x 60’ Concrete floor, metal roof. Septic tank. This building also includes a 20’ x 20’ air conditioned office area with a bathroom and phone.
Livestock Barn: 62’ x 62’, frame, concrete floor, metal roof 6 interior stalls, 2 feed/tack rooms, bath Rear of building includes 8’ high board fenced “penning” area which includes “cat walk”, squeeze chute, etc. for handling and loading deer.
Public services to the ranch are Verizon telephone, Progress Energy for electric and Polk County arranges for garbage collection and this service fee is included with property taxes. Frostproof schools, hospitals and shopping Lake Wales, Avon Park & Sebring.
Additional Equipment Storage Building: Built around 1930 Utilized for storage of the stock trailers and equipment of this nature. It is in 2 sections. 24’ x 100’ and 24’ x 60’.
Chemical Storage Building
Heavy Construction Pipe Cattle Pens
Water Features This 476’ long dock has electric and lighting at the water’s edge. There is a walkway leading from the lodge/BBQ building area to the dock. There is a separate electric meter for this area of the ranch operations. There are 4 stocked fish ponds in this recreation area and also an ideal spot for a helicopter landing pad.
Hunting Lodge>>> Electric, TV, telephone, Air Conditioned. Sleeps about 13, couch. Large enclosed dining room across the front with a small kitchen. 1,864 sq. ft. under roof. This is used for ranch family guests, hunting or fishing groups or just persons who want to relax. This building has its own septic tank and is intentionally “rustic” in appearance. One 2” well serves the improvements on this area of the property. This area would also adapt to short term RV camping.
24’ x 48’ +2 bathrooms and storage area. (1,152 Sq. Ft.) Concrete block, recently sealed and air conditioned Metal roof Septic tank for this building Currently used for family gatherings, church groups, etc. and has alternative uses
This covered area is used for skinning There is a separate covered shed that and cleaning game and fish. It has a accommodates 2 “swamp” buggies. “walk‐in cooler” and hot and cold water.
Animals on the ranch include the commercial cattle, Water buffalo, Watusi cattle, native white tail deer abound, hogs, and the desirable Osceola turkey.
Axis Bucks in velvet.
The sale will include the exotics, commercial cattle, Water Buffalo, Watusi Cattle, etc. that are on the property at the time of sale. No inventory will be provided.
EXOTIC ANIMAL DETAIL: Typical game farm/Trophy animals may include: Fallow deer, Axis deer, Sika deer, Pere David deer, Red deer, Black Buck antelope, Zebu cattle. These are in addition to the native white tail deer, hogs, turkey, quail, dove, water buffalo and Watusi cattle.
Axis deer originate from the tropics of India. (aka Chital deer) They stay spotted all of their life with a black stripe down their back. Weigh 150‐ 250 lbs. All antlers are 6 points– 3 tines on each antler. Both sexes have alarm calls or “barks”.
(Below) Pere David “babies” looking in the mirror!
Pere David bucks in velvet.
Typical grazing area for Pere David
Pere Davids: They are extinct in the wild and originate from China. Believed to be native to the subtropics. Adults are 150‐ 200 lbs. They prefer marshland areas. Long tail, wide hooves and branched antlers. FX Bar has one of the largest Pere David herds in the State of FL.
Pere David Buck, Doe and fawn
(Left, above) Lots of native “White Tail” deer on the property !
Animals The exotic game and native game hunting is open to individuals or groups. Hunters may come for the day and obtain their trophy or stay for longer periods of time utilizing the lodge where they can prepare their own meals, socialize and enjoy a peaceful rest after the hunt.
Typical Grazing area for the Red Deer herd.
Red Deer Bucks
(Below) Fallow bucks. Look how they blend in with the cover! These animals are from England. Their antlers are multipoint and the ends are like the palm of your hand. Adult males range from 130‐170 lbs. They are very timid.
(above) Sika/Red Deer Cross?
(Below) Black Buck Antelope originate from India. They like higher, open land. Range 70‐85 lbs. One of the fastest animals on earth (up to 45 MPH) Males darken at maturity and dominant male of the herd has a black coat. Bucks have ringed horns that spiral in a “V”. White highlights the eyes, ears, chin and under parts of the rump.
(above)Red Deer are from Europe and Asia. Typical weight 165‐660 lbs. Elk like in appearance but smaller. Long legs and a keen sense of smell. Mature bucks have “crown” on the end of their antlers.
Watusi Cattle Watusi Cattle. Large horned cattle from Africa. An ancient breed and in Africa they were primarily used for milk. They are unique and famous for being the largest horned cattle. Some horns known to be 8 ft. from tip to tip. They come in all colors, resistant to drought, heat and direct sunlight. They can utilize poor quality and limited quantities of food and water.
Watusi Steer: Extremely Powerful necks!
Water Buffalo Originate from Asia and South America; valued for their meat, milk and draft animals. The milk is the traditional and preferable raw material for mozzarella cheese. It makes a more quality cheese than cow’s milk. Meat is tasty and lean with lower saturated fat than beef or pork. The buffalo survive on lower quality roughage than commercial cattle and adapt to either drought or wet, swampy conditions. The ranch has 5 herds with 1 bull‐per‐herd. Typically about 100 cows but varies.
Typical Zebu cattle: The Zebu on this ranch are considered a miniature cattle and ranch is establishing a registered herd, (2 groups‐1 bull‐per‐group) All adults are registered (adult is 3 years old) with IMZA.(International Miniature Zebu Association.) These animals make good pets and do well on native pasture. They also sell the animals at private sales or at the exotic sales. These animals are also being sold as “show” animals and the Polk County Youth Fair now includes this breed.
Land The ranch includes areas of wetlands and swamps in addition to the Native and Improved pasture areas. These areas serve a specific purpose as they provide areas for the “Game Farm” and Trophy hunting operations. They are also ideal habitat for native white tail deer, hogs, Osceola turkeys, gators, quail, dove and combined with the improved pasture, service the commercial cattle herd. These areas also include primarily pine and Oak timber stands on the property. They are very important to the ecology of Florida and in the future may be desirable to the State of Florida who owns considerable acreage to the West (The Lake Wales Ridge State Forest).
The Western boundary of the property adjoins the 6,034 Walk‐in‐Water Wildlife Management area. The 13,530 acre Arbuckle area to the South makes a great game corridor. The property is bounded on the South by CR 630, on the North by Lake Walk in Water, 2,500+ acres to the East and utilized for agriculture and pleasure hunting. Note Polk County has purchased a 5.07 acre “out‐parcel” and has drilled large wells on it for possible future County water needs. The owner has reserved 250,000. gallons per day capacity for use for development in the event this parcel should ever be developed. This water capacity agreement would transfer to a buyer and is part of the package. There is very little public access to Lake Walk‐in‐Water. This property has the advantage to good access and there is a 476 ft. long dock at the lake.
Property is about 12 miles east of the Int. of US 27 (4 and 6 lane major North/South FL Hwy) and 630A at Frostproof. Property is on the North side of CR 630 and goes from the highway north to the Lake. Coming from East: Go about 5‐1/2 miles west from the intersection of Hwy. 60 at Indian Lake Estates. (Hwy. 60 is a major East/West FL highway going from coast to coast.) There are signs on the property. Scan this tag for directions and more.
Lake Weohyakapka aka Lake Walk‐in‐Water: Lake Walk‐in‐Water spans 7,528 acres. The lake is spring fed and maximum depth about 12 feet. It is Polk County’s largest body of water. On a clear day with smooth water, you can see the bottom. This lake is nationally known for its trophy largemouth bass. The ranch available in this package is ideal for access to this lake. Clear water encourages boating, scuba diving, water skiing, fishing, and other water sports. Details of the Polk County Property Appraisers’ land use analysis as well as other detail are available upon viewing the property. Lake Walk‐in‐ Water does permit amphibious planes and there is area at the dock/landing that would support plane parking. 2013 Real Estate Taxes were $ 11,056.. Future Land Use is A/RR (Agricultural‐Residential Rural. This ranch has many distinct advantages. The entrance road which is paved to the house and service buildings then goes straight North to the lake and would provide great public or private enterprise access to the lake. The large wells owned by Polk County could be very beneficial to a land owner in the event of potential development. The fact that the property adjoins the Nature Conservancy, proves to be a great potential acquisition for the State to provide public access to the lake.
BROKER’S STATEMENT: Any information provided or implied in this package is obtained from sources that I consider reliable; however, I am not responsible for misstatement of facts, errors, omissions, prior sales, leases, easements, changes in price, zoning or future land use changes or withdrawal from market without notice. This office is not responsible for verification of property boundaries, wetlands or scrub verification, soils or sub‐soils, determination of flood hazard areas, underground hazards such as sink holes, air rights, buried tanks or other contamination. This office will provide a list of firms available for environmental assessments if you so request. Information on the grove has been obtained from best known sources and is not warranted to be correct as to production, varieties, rootstock, etc. A citrus consultant should advise for persons not involved in the industry. The information on the ranch areas is typical of a “working” ranch in Florida. The Comprehensive Future Land Use Plan that is now effective in Florida has made a drastic change in our land use and development as we knew it in the past. County Planning verification for intended use is recommended. A buyer should personally confirm that the intended purchase meets their present needs and any intended future use. All Real Estate investments contain risk. It is recommended that potential buyers investigate and inspect this property, obtain any desired professional advice from contractors, building inspectors, engineers, planners, your CPA or other financial adviser, etc. to fully evaluate this property and the investment. This should include your personal confirmation of present zoning, future “The Land Lady" land use, availability of utilities and all other regulations that would affect the intended use. The current operations conducted on this property will not amortize the purchase of the property.
Mary L. Adsit, Realtor
Adsit Co., Inc. ‐30+ years experience ‐Commercial/Development Land ‐Agricultural Land MaryAdsit.com (863) 285‐7118 (P) (863) 285‐8888 (F)