Robert Redford’s Utah Horse Ranch Hits the Market for $4.9 Million

Actor and director Robert Redford, who turned an area of ​​northern Utah into a skiing and lifestyle empire, sells a 12-acre horse ranch informally named after his 1998 film The Horse Whisperer .

Horse Whisper Ranch is about 25 miles north of Sundance, where Mr. Redford began skiing and resorting community. The target is $ 4.9 million, according to marketing materials. Mr. Redford bought the property in 1996 so his horses could train in the winter, said Steve Mavromihalis of Compass, who runs the property with Jaisa Bishop of Windermere Utah.

Robert Redford’s Horse Whisper Ranch in Utah

About 15 miles from Sundance, this 30 acre property was bought by the actor and director in 1996.

Sctor and director Robert Redford requests $ 4.9 million for a 30-acre ranch in Utah.

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Sctor and director Robert Redford requests $ 4.9 million for a 30-acre ranch in Utah.

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“For the past 25 years my family and I have loved and embraced this ranch as the base for our equestrian program, running clinics, and home for our many beloved horses,” said Mr Redford, 84, in an email. “Looking ahead, we want to focus on expanding the facilities at our Sundance ranch in nearby Provo Canyon.” Mr. Redford also has homes in California and Santa Fe, NM, said Mr. Mavromihalis.

Located on the northern edge of Deer Creek Reservoir and the Provo River, the property overlooks Mount Timpanogos. Property records don’t tell how much Mr. Redford paid.

The working ranch consists of seven buildings, including a modest 1,460-square-foot two-bedroom farmhouse. There is also a nearly 2,000 square meter wood shop, a 3,200 square meter garden hobby house, a boat garage, a hay barn, a covered wind path with four stalls, covered horse stables as well as a training ring and pastures.

Robert Redford turned an area in northern central Utah into a skiing and lifestyle empire.


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Mr. Redford said Horse Whisper Ranch was a play based on the title of the film, based on a novel by Nicholas Evans about the relationship between a girl and her horse. Mr. Redford said horses have been important to him since childhood. Mr. Redford began piling up land in Utah in the 1960s when he bought 2 acres in Provo Canyon and built an A-frame cabin for his family. His acting career began in 1969, the year he starred in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” about a gang of western outlaws.

In the late 1960s, he bought the first lots that became the Sundance Mountain Resort. In addition to founding the Sundance Film Festival, Mr. Redford founded the Sundance Institute, a nonprofit arts organization and mail order catalog. In 2004, Mr. Redford sold the Sundance catalog to ACI Capital and Webster Capital for $ 20 million to $ 40 million, the Wall Street Journal reported at the time.

Last year, Mr. Redford sold the 2,600 acre Sundance Mountain Resort for an undisclosed amount to Broadreach Capital Partners and Cedar Capital Partners.

According to Mr. Mavromihalis, Mr. Redford still owns approximately 1,800 acres in Utah, including his family’s ranch in Sundance.

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