“My hats off to y’all. I believe that Dusty and SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler are the only ones that could have gotten this deal done. I only wish my father was here to celebrate this moment with the rest of the family.” - Carlton Partin
LAKELAND, FL, December 28, 2021 – SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate has brokered the sale of Green Island Ranch in Osceola County for $150,000,000 four weeks after a call for offers. Dean Saunders, Founder and Managing Director contributes this success in part to the brokerage affiliation, “The condensed timeline of the Green Island Ranch sale is a testament to the vast network that SVN International lends us.”
Dusty Calderon, a senior advisor at SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate, is a family member that owns the 5,977-acre development property co-listed with Dean Saunders ALC, CCIM.
For over 100 years, this working ranch has been in the Partin family’s ownership and, at one time, was the largest ranch east of the Mississippi at 60,000 acres. This family has held an esteemed position in Florida’s history since the first patriarch arrived in 1847.
Carlton Partin, son of the late Mike Partin, shared his appreciation, “My hats off to y’all. I believe that Dusty and SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler are the only ones that could have gotten this deal done. I only wish my father was here to celebrate this moment with the rest of the family.”
Green Island Ranch was a rare opportunity in the Florida land market due to its size, history, and location and because it is an entitled mixed-use development for up to 17,000 residential units and over 7 million square feet for commercial and mixed-use spaces. The property is 25 minutes from Walt Disney World and the Orlando International Airport bisected by the Florida Turnpike.
Purchased by Gentry Land Company and Wheelock Street Capital, the sale represents the largest single real estate transaction in Osceola County. “Securing this deal is a good close to 2021. Our team is to be commended for their efforts and we look forward to creating and executing on the vision for this unique property”, said Daniel B. Green, Principal at Wheelock.
The property is within Osceola County’s comprehensive plan that includes supportive recreational amenities in conjunction with non-residential uses to create a flexible live, work and play environment. 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.
“The reality of Florida’s current environment demands master plan developments like Green Island Ranch. This property is deep-rooted in Florida’s history and it will continue to write its story,” said Saunders.
ABOUT DUSTY CALDERON
Dusty grew up in the land, cattle and grove business working on ranches since the age of six, so he brings years of industry experience to his role in real estate. He has worked in ranch and grove management, development project management, land sales and acquisitions and entitlement processes. Learn more about Dusty at svnsaunders.com/dustycalderon.
ABOUT DEAN SAUNDERS
Since 1985, Dean has specialized in Florida agricultural and transitional land and conservation easements. He served in the U.S. Senate as Agricultural Liaison, Special Assistant and Director of External Affairs to U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles, then Governor Chiles (D-FL). Dean earned the APEX 2018 and 2020 Top National Producer Award for the largest transaction volume of land brokers in the U.S. He also was named one of Florida Trend’s Florida 500 in 2019 and 2020 for his work in the real estate industry based on extensive contacts in regional business circles, hundreds of interviews and months of research. Learn more about Dean at svnsaunders.com/deansaunders.
ABOUT SVN | SAUNDERS RALSTON DANTZLER REAL ESTATE
SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate is a full-service land and commercial real estate brokerage with almost $4 billion in transactions representing buyers, sellers, investors, institutions, and landowners since 1996. We are recognized nationally as an authority on all types of land including agriculture, ranch, recreation, residential development, and international properties. Our commercial real estate services include marketing, property management, leasing and tenant representation, loan sales, valuation, advisory, and counseling services for office, retail, industrial, and multi-family properties. With over 60 expert advisors located in Florida and Georgia, we provide proven leadership and collaborative expertise backed by the strength of the SVN® global platform.