One of Osceola County’s most renowned ranching families has once again put its 5,977 acres on the market — this time for $140 million.
Dusty Calderon, grandson of Henry O. Partin, has joined SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate and teamed up with land specialist Dean Saunders to list the property, which features more than two and half miles of lake frontage on Lake Tohopekaliga. The ranch has been in the Partin family for over 100 years, and they’re not interested in dividing the property.
“We’re looking for one buyer, one good buyer to come in and take it down,” Calderon said. “We’ve got so many offers, oh we’ll buy 500 acres from you, we’ll do this. They’re just, you know, there’s more than just selling a piece of land when you sell a piece like this. Your heartstrings are attached to it, and the last thing you want to do is sit there and watch and get turned over.”
Calderon previously listed the ranch with a $145 million price tag. He told GrowthSpotter the recent loss of three family elders this year spurred him to put it back on the market. “We just decided the best thing to do to get the right offer was probably to let some people see it that maybe haven’t seen it before, and Saunders has a marketing machine going.”
The Green Island Ranch is a major component of the county’s South Lake Toho Element, a master plan approved in 2009. The ranch already has an approved DRI (development of regional impact) with entitlements for 13,000 homes, five schools and millions of square feet for office, industrial and commercial space. The development order even calls for a regional mall and a research park. The county’s comprehensive plan allows for up to 17,000 residential units.
Situated on the south shore of Lake Tohopekaliga and spanning both sides of the Florida Turnpike, the approved conceptual plan and development order for Green Island Ranch includes a full interchange with the future Southport Connector, a toll road now in the planning stage by Central Florida Expressway Authority.
Business development opportunities include a marina, urban center, regional mall, industrial, office, hotel and civic space. Recreational development possibilities include a theme park, ecotourism, or outdoor concert venues in one of the world’s most popular recreation destinations.
Saunders is one of the top land brokers in Florida and the nation. In 2018, he sold Osceola’s El Maximo Ranch for $136.5 million.
“Dusty and the Partin family are living testaments to Florida history and the cowboy heritage that many people today may not even know about,” Saunders said “It’s an honor to have Dusty on our team and to work with him to broker this historic ranch.”
Calderon said the family currently runs about 1,000 head of cattle and operates a sod farm on the ranch.
“It’s a moneymaker just as it sits, especially for one investor,” he said. “But when you got big families, everybody’s looking towards another future a lot of times, and that’s, that’s where we’ve gotten. We’ve been very fortunate to have this place. We’ll never ever, ever reproduce this place, and I can say that without a doubt that we’ll never have a place as beautiful, probably any of us. But we’ll be able to carry on our legacy for our kids, and that’s the most important thing.”