Huge Nevada Ranch Once Owned by Bing Crosby on the Market for $7.28M

While Bing Crosby crooned about dreaming of a “White Christmas,” it seems that what he was really hankering for was escaping to his ranch outside Elko, NV.

The nearly 3,000-acre cattle ranch once owned by the singer in the 1940s has become available for $7.28 million. The property’s current owner purchased it in 2010.

The star, who died in 1977, became enamored with the area in 1944, when he purchased the first of seven properties in Elko. He owned his Nevada spread until 1958, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“He could be himself there. He really wanted his kids to grow up on a ranch. He put them to work out there,” says listing agent Todd Renfrew.

Ranch once owned by Bing Crosby
Ranch once owned by Bing Crosby

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The property includes an airstrip and hangar.
The property includes an airstrip and hangar.

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Dock and pond
Dock and pond

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Cattle on the ranch
Cattle on the ranch

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You too, can live like a star far, from the paparazzi, in this rural retreat. But be prepared to roll up your sleeves. Or not—depending on what you prefer. “You can lease it out,” says Renfrew. “It runs a lot of cattle because of all the water. You could get a pretty good chunk of change and not have to do anything. Let somebody else worry about it, and you get to enjoy it.”

Located 45 miles north of Elko, Lawson Ranch has enough grazing for over 600 head of cattle. It still has the original cabin from the homesteading era on the land. It’s “reminiscent of the old West, yet complete with updated modern conveniences,” the listing description notes.

The property includes a remodeled, 5,000-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bath main house, currently used as a bed and breakfast. There are three additional guest homes, as well as a private airstrip and a large hangar. 

Two large, fully enclosed hay barns, one heated repair shop, and enclosed equipment storage make this “your quintessential turnkey Western cattle ranch,” as the listing puts it. The picturesque property has plenty of green, and offers views of the Independence Mountains as a backdrop. “It’s a really beautiful property,” Renfrew says.

If ranching isn’t your thing, consider another standout home belonging to the star in Rancho Mirage, CA. Built for Crosby in the exclusive community of Thunderbird Heights, the 1957 residence is 6,700 square feet on 1.36 acres. The single-level midcentury modern residence offers indoor-outdoor space, walls of glass, and hand-carved wooden doors. The home hosted celebrities and presidents, and is still available for $5 million.

The recording artist and film star was one of the most popular musicians of the 20th century, with 41 No. 1 hits. His wildly popular song “White Christmas” has sold over 100 million copies around the world.

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