Rocky Mountain Recreational Area Land Auction

The Mumbers’ Many Streams Ranch off Big Texas Valley Road, described as ‘a breathtaking mountain oasis,’ set for auction Feb. 16.

By Natalie Simms

Twenty years ago, local physician Dr. Matt Mumber and his wife, Laura, purchased 420 acres in the Chattahoochee National Forest in northern Floyd County with a dream to build a private retreat center. Now with multiple log cabins, sport court, pool, pond and more, this property now known as Many Streams Ranch is going on the market through an auction on Feb. 16.


“We bought the property in 1999 through a private sale, so it’s never been on the open market before to my knowledge,” says Mumber, a radiation oncologist with Harbin Clinic.

“We’ve developed it over the last 20 years as a retreat center and donated the use of it to Cancer Navigators for retreats. We’ve also enjoyed it over the years with family and friends. And for the last five years, we’ve had it listed on VRBO for rentals for family reunions, church retreats and family gatherings.

“We now live on Mount Alto and have a beautiful place there … so we just figured we didn’t need both beautiful mountain views. Really, we are ready for the next chapter in our lives, so we thought now is the time to let someone else build and create the place of their dreams.”

The Mumbers are working with Albert Burney, a boutique auction company based in Huntsville specializing in luxury real estate auctions, to facilitate the live auction that will take place at the property at 3761 Big Texas Valley Road at 11 a.m. on Feb. 16. Registration begins at 10 a.m.

The property has been divided into three individual parcels for the auction. Bidders can bid on each parcel separately or on the entirety as a collective bid.

“It will be one auction and every bidder will have an opportunity to place a bid and the marketplace will determine how much it will go for on auction day,” says James Morgan, project manager with Albert Burney.

“We will go with the higher … whether it’s three individual bids on each parcel or one bid on the collective. The collective must be higher than the three individual bids. Each bidder will have opportunity to increase bid whether individually or collectively.”

Here is a brief description of each parcel (click here for extensive details on each parcel/building):

  • Parcel 1: includes 109-plus acres, the Deer cabins and a pond. From a private or corporate retreat to a family compound to the ideal gentleman’s hunting camp. With approval, this parcel can also accommodate up to a 5,000-square-foot barn and enlarging the pond up to a total of 10 acres.
  • Parcel 2: includes 28-plus acres, Bear & Moose cabins, sport court and pool. The lit sport court includes basketball, tennis, volleyball, badminton, hopscotch, four square and shuffle board. This parcel boasts the ideal homestead location. The existing cabins would be perfect for weekend getaways or build your dream home on this site and you already have plenty of room for guests to visit.
  • Parcel 3: includes 284-plus acres, an orchard, two three-acre building envelopes, and accommodations in place for up to a 5,000-square-foot barn with approval. This parcel is a blank canvas to create your own mountain hideaway. Potential use could include a family homestead, mountain get-away, hunting camp, or a nature lovers paradise.

“The Mumbers have made the decision to sell and close this chapter of their life,” says Morgan. “They still had events there up until the first of the year and are not taking any more reservations at this time.”

The auction is a reserve sale, so the owners have the ability to accept or refuse the final bid or bids, says Morgan.

“We usually ask our sellers to be open to the marketplace and not set a certain price. These particular sellers want the ability to say yes or no at the end of the day, so this is a reserve sale subject to the sellers’ confirmation,” he says.

Albert Burney has been marketing the property for a number of weeks with print ads and lots of digital content.

“We do lots of tracking and work to market the property through a custom campaign…once someone calls, we take them through the process,” says Morgan. “We target buyers looking in the Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama area, as well as high net worth individuals to create opportunities. What we do is stand the property on a pedestal and shine the light on it, but really, the property stands on its own.”

He says they have had some calls on the property but so far not the response they thought they would have.

“The property has beautiful mountain views of the sunset and sunrise, the ideal retreat center or for family compound…it’s a breathtaking mountain oasis,” says Morgan.

The Mumbers do have a conservation easement on various parts of the property but the easements are not in conflict with continued operations.

An Albert Burney representative will be available daily from Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Feb. 13 through auction day between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to show the property by appointment only. You can schedule a private tour by calling, 800-434-1654

Mellowood Vineyard

El Dorado Vineyard set for auction as Seller prepares for Peace Corps

Albert Burney Auction Company

Mellowood Vineyard to sell in absolute auction as owner prepares to join Peace Corps

SOMERSET, California (Jan. 13, 2018) – Eighteen years ago, Linda Neal decided to follow her dream of creating a vineyard in the Sierra Foothills. Today, she’s preparing to sell Mellowood Vineyard at absolute auction so she can pursue her next dream of serving with the Peace Corps.

Albert Burney Auction Company will market the property and conduct the auction.

Neal began planting vineyards in 1987, as owner of a vineyard management company in the Napa Valley from 1987 until 2008. In 2000, she purchased the property now known as Mellowood Vineyard, planting the vines in 2002 and opening the tasting room to the public in 2010. Its reputation has grown through its highly regarded Zinfandel and Syrah grapes and wines. Its 2014 Syrah was named as best Syrah for the state and best red wine of the region in the 2017 California State Fair competition.

Located in the Gold Country of California’s Sierra Foothills, the 25-acre property is located in the Fair Play AVA (American Viticultural Area) of El Dorado County. It has 9.75 planted acres and a tasting room/winery/office. It is irrigated, with two permitted wells providing ample water for the vineyards as well as the ranch-style home.

“There is enough land and water to plant some additional vineyards, so the next owner would have growth opportunities,” said Warren Ward, president of the auction company.

The buyer of the estate will have the right of first refusal for the purchase of the Mellowood brand, signage, inventory of approximately 300 cases, and other assets.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, March 5, at the vineyard, 2979 Mellowood Drive, Somerset.

Albert Burney representatives will be available at the property Feb. 28 through the auction day to conduct tours and inspections. Arrangements can also be made for tours prior to that date. Individuals seeking additional information may visit or call 800-434-1654.

Albert Burney Auctioneers, based in Huntsville, Ala., conducts auctions and markets high-value real estate throughout North and Central America.

San Antonio Luxury Real Estate Auction

Elegant home in San Antonio’s historic Monte Vista District set for auction

SAN ANTONIOAug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — In 1922, Everett Love and his Italian bride retained the prominent firm of Adams & Adams to create a Mediterranean style home in what we now know as the Monte Vista historic district of San Antonio. The result was the elegant Villa Amore, which today has such features as a cigar room, billiard room, media room, and even a dine-in wine cellar.

And on Thursday, Sept. 7, the home will be offered in a live auction, with Albert Burney Auctioneers marketing the home and conducting the event.

“Monte Vista is an historical treasure chest, and this home is one of its most precious jewels,” said Warren Ward, president of the auction company. The architectural firm had credits that included the famous King Ranch. (The story of the home is described in the 1988 book, Monte Vista, the gilded age of an historic district: 1890-1930, by Donald E. Everett.)

The meticulously landscaped three-story home features flooring of marble, hardwood and tile, with four bedrooms, three living areas, and a heated pool and cabana.

“The owners, Jennifer and Jimmy Day, who have decided to sell at auction, embarked on an eight-month renovation of the home in 2005. Jennifer is an ASID-certified interior designer, and they did a remarkable job while remaining true to the historical features of the home,” said Ward.

Auction personnel will be available at the home by appointment only August 19-20 and August 26-27, or from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 1-7. Individuals seeking additional information may visit or call 800-434-1654.

Albert Burney Auctioneers, based in Huntsville, Ala., conducts auctions and markets high-value real estate throughout North and Central America.


2017 USA Today / National Auctioneer Association Marketing Awards

Award Winning Luxury Real Estate Auction Marketing

For the third year straight, Albert Burney Inc. has been recognized by the National Auctioneer Association for its excellence in the production of marketing materials for its clients’ properties. Awarded by NAA and Presented in Partnership with USA Today, Albert Burney won five awards including 1st Place awards for Blue Harbour, Roatan, Honduras, (Recreational Real Estate Brochure), Black Sheep Ranch, Red Lodge, Montana (Luxury Real Estate Brochure), Black Sheep Ranch (Photography).

2nd Place awards: Deep Creek Ranch, Vernal, Utah (Farm Real Estate Brochure), Heart Valley Ranch, Groveland, California (Residential Traditional Real Estate Auction Brochure).

Albert Burney is a boutique auction company specializing in luxury real estate auctions including homes, ranches and unique income properties like vineyards and golf courses. Since its inception in 2001, Albert Burney has conducted luxury auctions from coast to coast in 40 states, Canada, Mexico and 9 other countries, including the Caribbean.

 “We want to thank all of our sellers for giving our team the opportunity to market and sell these amazing properties.” Warren A. Ward, President of Albert Burney,

Previous awards include:  2016 one – 1st place award (Montana Land Rush), two – 2nd place awards (Leaf River Sportsman’s Getaway & Red Lodge Retreat) and 2015 one – 2nd place award (Sundance Community Lot).

The NAA has approximately 4000 members from the United States, Canada, Australia, China, Czech Slovak, Great Britain, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the Virgin Islands South, and West Africa. Membership is open to anyone worldwide who is involved in marketing through competitive bidding or the auction method of marketing. Judging of the competition was performed by a panel of judges from NAA and USA Today.  Winners were selected from thousands of entries.


Costa Rica Real Estate Auctions

Costa Rica Real Estate Auction

Costa Rica Real Estate Auction

Is life really pure?  Absolutely, if you live in the right place.  And now is the opportunity to purchase a Costa Rican Estate at Absolute Auction, meaning that the property will be sold regardless of price on auction day.

Welcome to the providence of Heredia, known as “The City of Flowers,” where you will find charming little towns surrounded by coffee plantations, rich tropical flora and breathtaking views of the Central Valley and San Jose.

Above the winding streets of Heredia, you will also find the “Atrium House,” a private mountain estate with stunning panoramic city and mountain views.

Selling Regardless of Price – June 9th

The defining feature of the home’s architecture is a lavish 20-foot by 40-foot core glass covered Atrium with dramatically vaulted ceilings clad in travertine marble, centered on a courtyard fountain sculpted from opulent black granite. The Atrium is covered by a custom engineered steel support structure with high tech self-cleaning and solar-E glass, which has the option to be totally open to the rest of the home or closed off by a frameless European sliding glass wall system that separates the central area of the home from the private and social area.

Casa Pura Vida

The marble lined main entrance draws the eye through the home’s elegant centerpiece, the open-aired sitting area of the atrium to the infinity pool that seemingly disappears into the views of the Central Valley.

The home’s kitchen features top-of-the-line cabinetry and appliances, including two dishwashers, an electric oven and a 6-burner gas cook top and two refrigerators. The kitchen also features elegant marble countertops coupled with open space and clean lines for both functionality and an open view to the nearby sitting room.

Each of the main home’s five large open-and-airy bedrooms comes with a full bathroom and dual vanity, warm marble tiles and lifestyle shower features. The large windows in the bedrooms provide magnificent lighting and incredible views.

The infinity reflecting pool is truly dramatic and the outdoor patio is the perfect area to entertain. A small drainage trough around the pool perimeter balances the water level to that of the surrounding terrace for an incredible, clean horizon effect.

The home is located only 20 minutes to San Jose and 20 minutes from the airport. Nestled on the southern slopes of the Central Valley, it is a relaxed, private tranquil setting, surrounded by rich tropical coffee and fruit plantations.

The property sits on 2.579 acres facing southwest so that the home is bathed in natural sunlight all day.

Why Costa Rica?


Pre-Sale Inspection:  An Albert Burney representative will be available daily from June 2, 2017 thru auction Day between 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For more information call (256) 543-165

Auction Site: The auction will be held at the property. Directions are available through Google Maps, at the bottom of the Casa Pura Vida webpage.

Auction Registration: Registration begins at 9:00 A.M. on Auction Day. Auction begins at 10:00 A.M.

Terms: Ten percent (10%) down Auction Day with closing on or before July 10, 2017. Certified funds in the amount of $100,000.00 will be required to bid. The certified funds may be in the form of a Cashier’s Check made payable to the bidder, or a personal or company check with a Bank Letter.

Auction Fee: A 10% auction fee will be added to the high bid price to arrive at the contract price paid by the purchaser.

Broker Participation: Broker participation is welcome. Call for guidelines: (800) 434-1654 or (256) 543-1654.

Don’t miss the opportunity to bid on this magnificent architectural masterpiece selling at Absolute Auction – Regardless of Price! Auction to take place on – site on June 19th.

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Madison River Valley

A River Runs Through It

Based on a true story, Brad Pitt and Robert Redford brought this fishing tale to life on the big screen back in 1992. America was treated to beautiful Montana scenery, so lovely in fact that the film was awarded an Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

Not far from where this was filmed rests the Madison River Valley Lodge property selling at auction October 15th. Anglers enjoy some of the most diverse and consistent fly fishing here, making it one of the best trout streams in the Western US and Canada. Sentiments like “trophy sized” and “blue ribbon” are often shared in these parts.

But you don’t have to fish to experience Madison River! The whole family can partake in a meandering float trip downstream through the wondrous outdoors. There’s also plenty of opportunity for  boating and water sports on one of the many lakes in the valley.

Hikers, bikers, and campers love the surrounding Madison Mountain Range (the second highest range in Montana) where they enjoy national forests, high mountain lakes, a view of the famous Palisades, and plentiful wildlife.

Because of the rich diversity of Montana’s wildlife and its sprawling landscape, hunters consider it to be a premier destination. Montana is blessed with more than 30 million acres of public hunting land, populated by elk, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, bear, bison, antelope, moose, and waterfowl.

“Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the river and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise. Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”  — Norman Maclean, author

Flathead Lake Auction – Luxury Real Estate

Flathead Lake, MT. (Aug. 21, 2015) – Albert Burney Auction Company will once again offer Montana property at auction on October 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM PST, after successfully selling a total of six properties in the Flathead Lake, Livingston, and Red Lodge areas in July.

This secluded 5,632± sf estate enjoys stunning views of mountains and 400± feet of shoreline on the crystal clear lake. Resting on 3.8± acres of gradually sloping manicured land, this spacious home offers 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, office, theater room, huge master suite, and gourmet kitchen. Other amenities include a sunroom, sauna, a triple storied rear deck with submerged hot tub, and over 100 fruit bearing cherry trees.

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Over the past thirty-five years, I have been involved in the purchase and sale of many properties.
In the sale of any property, the marketing is always of key importance. To be successful in the handling of properties ——— especially in today’s rugged economy ——— a far reaching marketing approach is absolutely necessary. One can no longer wait patiently for local real estate agents to generate sufficient interest.

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$8,000,000.00 in 8 Days in Montana

Successful Montana Land Auctions – $8 million in 8 days

BIG TIMBER, MT. (Jul. 23, 2015) – A group of six properties in Montana – from Flathead Lake to Red Lodge to Big Timber – have sold at auction for just over $8,000,000, with Albert Burney Auctioneers marketing the property and managing the auctions.

Six separate auctions in July, five absolute and one reserve, brought bidders from Canada, California, Connecticut, Utah, Texas, North Carolina, Wyoming, and Montana. A pre-auction offer was accepted on one of the properties.

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Montana Land Auctions

Five Montana ranch and recreational properties, set for July auction

BIG TIMBER, Montana (July 1, 2015) – Albert Burney is offering five distinctive Montana properties at auction on July 11th and July 18th.

The first auction: on July 11, the company will offer The Landing at Angel Point on Flathead Lake. The 3.8-acre property has 300± feet of shoreline access with a newly remodeled 4,000± sq. ft. carriage house; the site is already prepared for construction.

The second auction features four premier Montana ranches – including a working cattle operation, the ultimate recreational ranch and two emergent properties in Paradise Valley – all of which will sell at absolute auction Saturday, July 18, with Albert Burney Auctioneers marketing the properties and managing the event.

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