HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Florida — Business leader and Florida philanthropist, Harvey Massey, is
preparing to auction his 1,187-acre Journey Circle M Ranch in Howey-in-the-Hills. The ranch, which he has used for his Angus breeding operations and as a personal retreat, also has an equestrian center, orange groves, several lakes and ponds, five homes and a fishing cabin.
Massey has retained Murray Wise Associates and Crosby & Associates to market the ranch and conduct the auction on Tuesday, April 25.
“I’m just not able to devote the necessary time to Journey due to my business responsibilities and the additional time I am spending at our ranch in Montana, which has doubled in size in the last year,” said Massey, chairman and CEO of Massey Services. Massey received the 2016 Horatio Alger Award and was named Orlando Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropist of the Year in 2016.
The ranch, located between Leesburg and Howey-in-the-Hills, will be offered in 23 tracts, according to Kenny Schum, vice president of Murray Wise Associates. “Various parts are geared to specific interests, so this will allow people to focus on their individual needs. For example, the equestrian center has stalls for 20 horses, and the ranch headquarters includes a horse training facility along with 28 stalls. There are six homes, ranging from a very luxurious four-bedroom house to a fully furnished fishing cabin,” Schum said.
One of the tracts selling includes a platted subdivision. “With its rolling hills, a developer with vision could combine a number of tracts to create a beautiful mixed use community within an easy commuting distance to major employers,” said Rick Gonzalez, an accredited land consultant with Crosby & Associates.
The auction will begin at 10 a.m. at the Mission Inn, Howey-in-the-Hills. Individuals seeking additional information may visit www.murraywiseassociates.com or call 800-607-6888.
Crosby & Associates Inc., based in Winter Haven, Florida, provides a full range of land and commercial real estate services throughout the United States, with an emphasis on Florida and the Southeast.
Murray Wise Associates LLC, headquartered in Champaign, Illinois, is a leading national agricultural real estate marketing and financial advisory firm, with additional offices in Clarion, Iowa and Naples, Florida.