Bill Gates Buys Historic Wyoming Ranch
Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, has reportedly purchased Irma Lake Lodge, a famous Wyoming ranch once owned by William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who may have been one of the earliest successful entrepreneurs. After serving in the U.S. Army, Cody was hired to hunt bison and scout Indians and then he started his famous “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” show where Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull performed among other notable characters of the Old West.
Cody established Irma Lake Lodge as his own personal hunting retreat. It is a 492-acre property named after Cody’s youngest daughter, Irma, and is located about 20 miles outside of Cody, WY. The lodge is virtually secluded and surrounded by wilderness and forest lands since it sits next to Shoshone National Forest and nearby Washakie Wilderness. It is approximately 50 miles from Yellowstone National Park.
The final purchase price is unknown at this time, although it was originally listed at $12 million several years ago and has received several price cuts — coming all the way down to a listing price of $8.9 million before Gates bought the ranch.
Only two people have owned the ranch since Cody: the William R. Coe family, who purchased it from Cody in 1911 and owned it for 75 years, and then Minnesota’s Roger Hollander. And now, another famous Bill takes over.
Joan Rivers Selling Upper East Side Penthouse for $25 Million
Located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side “in one of the East Sixties grandest limestone mansions,” is entertainer Joan Rivers’ penthouse condo, which is listed for $25 million, according to Big Time Listings. Although the condo address is not disclosed, Big Time says the property is located at 1 E. 62nd Street (off Fifth Avenue, in the Lenox Hill sub-neighborhood).
According to the Sotheby’s listing, the “…penthouse aerie (”nest”)” has a doorman (of course), is located steps from Central Park (naturally) and was designed by America’s greatest classical revivalist, Horace Trumbauer in the neo-French Classic style (magnifique!). The 42-foot wide mansion was built for Alice Troth Drexel in 1903. (Yes, those Drexel’s).
So, why is Joan selling? According to the NY Times, she wants to move closer to her daughter, Melissa and grandson who live on the West Coast. Joan recently won the 2009 version of The Celebrity Apprentice, even beating out her daughter.
Was This Most Expensive Real Estate Sale in Dallas — Ever?
Down in the Big D where everything’s big, there was a big sale recently. Our friend Candy Evans at Dallas Dirt reported that an estate in Preston Hollow, located at 5323 Park Lane, Dallas, TX, was just sold for the priciest Dallas real estate transaction in history — possibly for about $30 million.
Candy says it was originally listed for $45 million last year, but was recently lowered to just under $40 million and then her sources say it was sold for “$30 million-ish.” The buyer is Kelcey Warren, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Energy Transfer Partners, L. P. (ETP) and the seller is Larry Lacerte, founder and CEO of Exponent HR, a Web-based technology solution for human resource and payroll administration. Interestingly, Warren’s agent was Rosie Waters (of Allie Beth Allman and Associates), who is married to football legend Charlie Waters, who works for… Energy Transfer Partners!
If the Preston Hollow neighborhood sounds familiar, it’s where former President George W. Bush and Laura live after life at the White House.
Look at the aerial below and try to identify some of the unique outdoor amenities on this 9-acre estate:
- racquetball court
- exercise room and locker rooms adjacent to a near Olympic-sized natatorium
- bowling alley
- wine cellar with tasting room
- an Orangery conservatory
- Interlocking Koi ponds loaded with about a million dollars worth of Koi
- tennis court
- baseball diamond
- private lake