Almost secretly tucked away along the edge of Lake Hatchineha, is a 1,620 acre private ranch that is the culmination of years of strategic planning on how to save one of Central Florida's last most beautiful natural ecosystems. Whether it is described as a recreational trophy property or more subtly a ranch, Lake Hatchineha Ranch is undoubtedly one of the best remaining examples of Central Florida's once pristine lands.
Once a portion of the well-known Stokes Ranch, visionary landowners of the past preserved the best of the best which is now this ranch as they sold off the edges in part of what is now the 7,156 acre Catfish Creek Preserve State Park and 4,786 acre Nature Conservancy Hatchineha Ranch Mitigation Bank. This ranch is now bordered on three sides by conservation land. While one only has to pay for 1,620 acres, the way this ranch was carved gives it the privacy and seclusion even few 10,000-Acre ranches can command. The entire western boundary is 4.25 miles of the Nature Conservancy Hatchineha Ranch Mitigation Bank and its views permanently remain in its natural state. It cannot be developed, altered, not even a shed can be added. Alternatively, the entire eastern boundary is 6 miles long and protected as the Catfish Creek Preserve State Park, of which there is no public vehicular access.
As far as the location goes, it's an anomaly. While it's “The” most private ranch in Central Florida, at the same time it's only 28 miles as the crow flies to the Disney's Magic Kingdom and Orlando itself with every type of entertainment, professional sports, hospitals, and services imaginable.
Given the fact this ranch too will never be developed, 100% of the energy goes into managing for wildlife and recreation; the habitat here is world-class and game is drawn here from miles around. Osceola Wild Turkey populations are off the charts. Whitetail Deer here score higher than anywhere else in the region due to maturity, nutrition, and lack of hunting pressure. Traditional Florida wild hogs are as prolific here as any ranch. Numerous wetland marshes on the ranch provide great waterfowl habitat.
This property has served as a retreat and Florida hunting headquarters for the Outdoor Dream Foundation, which connects kids and families suffering from chronic or terminal illness with the outdoors. Not a single kid has left the Ranch empty handed.
The Social Storm® attributes of privacy and security here are simply unmatched. With 1,620 acres deeded and the additional buffer provided by the conservation land surrounding the property, social distancing is a breeze. The current lodge is located in the center of the property, with additional lodge sites throughout the property. The main entrance is protected by a security gate located on Lake Hatchineha Road.
The ranch is currently holding nearly 400 cattle, but has a higher holding capacity. The farming infrastructure here is in immaculate shape and well capitalized, as evidence of new fencing and state of the art travel lanes. The highly improved pastures are configured for rotational grazing throughout the property. Prior landowners have done an excellent job balancing drainage and habitat. It's a role model property for its ability to move water. Having the ability to store wealth in cattle and with multiple nearby markets make this a very liquid investment.
There is only a few ranches really left in Florida and across the south that can hold a candlestick to a property like this. And this one is at the top.
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