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

The 30-acre property just north of Sundance was informally named after his 1998 movie ‘The Horse Whisperer’

BY E.B. SOLOMONT  |  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON JUNE 15, 2021  |  THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Actor and director Robert Redford, who turned an area of north-central Utah into a ski and lifestyle empire, is selling a 30-acre horse ranch nearby that was informally named after his 1998 movie “The Horse Whisperer.”

Horse Whisper Ranch is about 16 miles north of Sundance, the ski and resort community Mr. Redford started. It is seeking $4.9 million, according to marketing materials. Mr. Redford bought the property in 1996 as a place for his horses to exercise during the winter, said Compass’s Steve Mavromihalis, who is listing the property with Jaisa Bishop of Windermere Utah.

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

Located at the northern edge of Deer Creek Reservoir and the Provo River, the property has views of Mount Timpanogos. Property records don’t disclose how much Mr. Redford paid.https://84c58798670384cd21c92eb55830272c.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

The working ranch has seven structures, including a modest, 1,460-square-foot farmhouse with two bedrooms. There is also a nearly 2,000-square-foot wood shop, 3,200-square-foot garden hobby house, boat garage, hay barn, covered four-stall breezeway run, covered horse stalls, along with a training ring and pastures.

Robert Redford is selling a 30-acre horse ranch
Robert Redford turned an area of north-central Utah into a ski and lifestyle empire.FADEL SENNA/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Mr. Redford said Horse Whisper Ranch is a play on the title of the movie, 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 he was a child. Mr. Redford began amassing property 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 took off in 1969, the year he co-starred in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” about a band of Western outlaws.

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In the late 1960s, he bought the first parcels of land that became Sundance Mountain Resort. In addition to founding the Sundance Film Festival, Mr. Redford founded the Sundance Institute, an arts nonprofit and a mail-order catalog. In 2004, Mr. Redford sold the Sundance Catalog to ACI Capital and Webster Capital, in a deal valued between $20 million and $40 million, The Wall Street Journal reported at the time.

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

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