Unseen Images From Inside Willie Nelson’s Crazy Texas Ranch

By Nick Hadji 10 months ago

1. This man is a saint!

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If you didn't already know, Willie Nelson is a legend, and not just because he's an iconic country star. Willie and his wife live on a sprawling ranch in Texas. But it's not just the two of them. Willie's ranch is home to 70 horses he rescued from a slaughterhouse! Let's take a look inside...Original content sourced from Femanin.com

2. Welcome to "Luck" ranch

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Willie Nelson decided to move away from the limelight when he found his 700-acre ranch in Texas Hill Country. The musician calls it "Luck" ranch saying that people feel lucky when they're on the estate, and the luck of the rescued animals. We want to know how we get a private tour of this place!

3. One more thing about the horses

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The massive ranch allows the horses to run wild and live freely, having a lot of space to roam. There's a lot of grassy areas for the animals to feed on, and beautiful wooden stables for the horses as well. He seems to genuinely care for each of the animals, so these guys really DID get a pretty lucky deal!

4. His actual house is 4 minutes away

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While some things about the ranch and especially the house, which is a short drive down the road, are kept private, here are a few things we know. The house itself has 4 bathrooms and nearly 14,000 square feet of living space. It was originally built in 1983, and there's also a swimming pool on the property.

5. He hosts festivals at the ranch

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He hosted a 10 day festival called Lucktoberfest, which was complete with a costume ball and 'Black Opry' Night. With a ton of musical guests, there was something for everyone beyond just country music. He's also used the space to host SXSW Day Fest. Seems like he loves to welcome people to his home!

6. He's just like us!

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We're told the kitchen on the ranch is pretty cozy. People might be surprised to find that it's straightforward and traditional, unlike other Hollywood cribs we have seen. There are photos hung on the walls, and he's said to be a gracious host to any guests who come through.

7. Of course, a lot of musicians come through the doors

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From what we can see, the space seems pretty peaceful, which probably makes it ideal for songwriting. And with Willie's legendary status, we're sure most people would jump at the chance to make music on the ranch property. It seems he loves to use the estate to host other musicians for sessions and do what he loves!

8. A tornado almost tore the place down

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Back in 2014, a tornado ripped through Willie Nelson's ranch, and a lot of the buildings were destroyed by the high winds. Willie shared the news on his official Facebook page, promising that it would be rebuilt and stronger than ever. Being such an iconic part of the area, many people were saddened by the news.

9. The damage was pretty devastating

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As we mentioned, several of the building on the ranch were completely destroyed when the tornado came through. Here's a photo of one of the other buildings that was damaged. It took Willie a lot of time and money to rebuild everything, but we're happy to see that the place is restored to its lively self.

10. It was once a movie set

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It's modeled after an old Western town, and was once a movie set starring Willie himself. There's a bank, a post office, and World Headquarters. The space isn't typically open to the public, but as we mentioned, there are occasional events that are hosted there if you want to take a peek!

11. There's an Opry House

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While this building may not host events on the regular, it's definitely one of the more iconic spots on the ranch. It just has that classic old-timey feel that everyone wants to experience. Some say that when you step onto the ranch, it feels like being transported to another time.

12. There's even a church

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This was once a movie set, as we discussed, so the entire ranch is built to look like a town. Which means, there's even a church on the premises. We feel like there would be so much to see around the ranch, and you could probably take the entire day exploring if given the opportunity. Would you go to a church service on the ranch? It also housed speakers and events during SXSW.

13. There's plenty of room for activities

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Willie Nelson has said that the key to staying young is taking care of yourself. He rides his bike on the property and is sure to get a little exercise by going on a walk or jog around the estate. His active lifestyle and mindset probably contributes to why he has no plans of retiring! He has said that music is what he does, so retiring isn't even on his radar.

14. This might be our favorite part

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As we all know, Willie Nelson has never shied away from talking about his use of cannabis, and his love for it. So it makes sense that there's a building dedicated to it on the ranch. Out of everything we've see so far, we're most curious about what this building has on the inside! Who's ready to take a road trip to Texas?

15. We hear it's spectacular at night

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While there's no doubt in our minds this place is an absolute blast when it's packed with people and music and food, there seems to be something so serene about this quaint town all lit up at night with few people around. We wonder if the horses go for strolls through the town when everyone else has gone home just to take in the majesty.

16. The World Headquarters was completely restored

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As we saw, the World Headquarters building was left in shambles after the tornado. Apparently, repairing this building took a lot of work to get it back to the way it was. You can see in this photo that it's been completely restored, even the World Headquarters sign is back in its proper place!

17. Willie hangs out in the church sometimes

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It appears that the church is up to code and provides a place of serenity on this massive estate. Willie likes to go into the church sometimes, either when he's giving a tour, or when he just wants a moment of peace and quiet. We're quite sure that this place feels pretty sacred to all who step inside.

18. This isn't the only property he owns

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Willie Nelson owns several other properties besides the ranch and the house in Spicewood, TX. He owns this house in Hawaii, which he purchased in 1983. The house sits on the island of Maui and it boasts about 6,000 square feet. The best part? When he bought it in 1983, it was only $450,000. Only steps from the beach, it's definitely went up in value since then!

19. His tour bus is also pretty rad

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We're including this because his tour bus is basically his home away from home! The bus has a cool purple interior that really speaks to Willie Nelson's personality. There's a lounge area that's built to replicate a wagon from the Old West (makes sense), and off of that, there are several bunks for the band and Willie to sleep. This bus has hosted a ton of famous musicians and even some songwriting sessions!

20. This isn't the first ranch he's owned

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Before he bought the Luck ranch, Willie Nelson had a ranch in Utah that was also pretty impressive. This ranch in Birdseye, Utah is 95 acres. While in comparison to the Texas ranch, this seems small, we promise this ranch was anything but! The wide open spaces and beautiful landscape created a beautiful home for Willie and his family.

21. He also owned a gorgeous home in Tennessee

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His home in Tennessee was a log cabin with gorgeous wooden interior design. The 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home that Willie Nelson built for himself sits on 150 acres of land about an hour outside of Nashville. When he decided to put it on the market, it went on sale for $2.5M, and it's affectionately known as "The Hideaway."

22. He really does love the simple life

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Maybe you read 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom and think that it seems kind of small. Well, compared to most people of his wealth and fame, it probably is. But Willie has truly always been about building a quiet life for himself that he loves. Seen here on Luck ranch surround by fresh produce he picked, enjoying the day.

23. This is his safe haven

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We couldn't find a lot of information on this photo, but there's something so special about it. Seeing Willie Nelson partaking in so many things that he loves all in one photo. On the ranch that he loves, getting exercise, which he says is vital to longevity, and being in front of a camera where we love to see him!

24. There's even a golf course on the property

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700 acres is a lot of space to fill, so when we found out there's a golf course on the property, we weren't THAT surprised. A lot of friendly games between Willie and his guests happen on this course, and apparently even if you don't have a shirt or shoes, that won't keep you from playing!

25. Sorry, we're back on the tornado

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This image of more tornado damage on the property is so sad. The entire town really took a hit, and we commend Willie for taking the time and money to restore the property. It took months and months to get the town back to what it was, and then his willingness to allow the public in at designated times just speaks to who he is!

26. Some people have even gotten married there

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We're pretty sure this might cost a small fortune? But people have had weddings at Luck ranch, and the wedding photos look pretty amazing. Especially for couples from the south, this has to feel like such a momentous time to marry the love of your life on Willie Nelson's iconic ranch.

27. There's a cute little post office

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We don't think that it's fully operational or anything, but restoring this little post office to its original glory was such a good call! It just adds to the charm of the ranch being a small town. We personally think that Willie Nelson should film another movie here now that the town has been rebuilt!

28. Just another little nook

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Here's another little corner of the town that seems just picture perfect. If you had the day to explore the ranch, what would you most want to do? From looking for wild horses to taking pictures in front of the Luck sign, to maybe catching some fantastic live music, the possibilities are endless!

29. He celebrated his 89th birthday on the ranch in style

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We can't imagine anything more iconic than attending Willie Nelson in concert for Willie Nelson's 89th birthday on Willie Nelson's Luck ranch. Can you? The country legend hosted friends and family for a special event, which we are sure was nothing short of the best night of everyone's lives!

30. Would you feel lucky?

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Now that you've seen Willie Nelson's sprawling ranch, would you feel pretty lucky if you got to step on the property? Remember, luck comes to you as soon as you set foot on the ranch, but when you leave, so does your luck. So we should all just pack our bags and stay forever with the horses!

31. A look outside his tour bus

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Even Willie Nelson's tour bus is rather modest from the outside - these days when you'd think of a famous musician's tour bus you'd think of flashing lights, garish outside paint and anything that shouts 'look at me' - but not Willie Nelson! There's a classic, welcoming feel to this.

32. Plush purple interior!

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Of course, he has to be a little bit self-indulgent somewhere! And that's where that gorgeous plush purple interior comes in! This definitely looks like a place you'd want to sit during a long road journey listening to some good country tunes with even better company.

33. His huge house in Maui, too!

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Willie Nelson also has a huge complex in Maui, Hawaii, but he's a lot more low profile with this one. You can catch Willie out and about at bars and restaurants in the area if you're very, very lucky, but you're better to stick to the Texas ranch or book tickets to his show if you want to see him!

34. A closer look at his house in Tennessee

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His homes just scream comfort, a welcoming order and modesty, don't they? Even for such a huge star, you wouldn't look at this and think 'celebrity mansion'. He sure likes his traditional ranch wood decor, and he has a fridge and some comfy-looking seats - what else could you need?

35. How much?!

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The home was marketed at over $2 billion, and is also well known as the home that influenced Willie Nelson's famous album, Shotgun Willie. You can definitely imagine relaxing in this space and strumming on your guitar, can't you? No wonder he got some of his best work done there!

36. Want some facts about Willie Nelson? He has two birthdays

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So fun fact, Willie Nelson was born on April 29th in 1933, but because the time of his birth was so close to midnight, some source state his birthday at April 30th instead! We don't know how close to midnight but if we're talking minutes or seconds it all depends on which clock was working best!

37. He was raised by his grandparents

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Alfred and Nancy Nelson were Willie's grandparents, and it's this couple who raised Willie as well as his siblings. His grandparents were into music too, it seemed, because they studied music course from the Chicago Music Institute by receiving material in the mail!

38. His first public performance was when he was 5 years old

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Most famous singers, actors and performers dabbled in something similar when they were very young, like the school play or talent show - and Willie was no different. He was 5 years old when he did his first public performance, but it's not what you think: instead of singing, he recited a poem!

39. He picked his nose when he was nervous!

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Willie Nelson also had a nervous tick which set off when he had those pre-show nerves - or at least when he was a nervous 5 year old waiting to read out his poem! He picked his nose so badly that it actually made it bleed, and he even got a nickname for it: Booger Red!

40. He wrote his first song at 7 years old

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He may have been reciting poetry when he was 5 years old, but it was only 2 years later when he was writing his own songs all by himself. We wonder if it was just a nonsense song or if he actually used the same material to put into his latest and greatest biggest hits...

41. He's had a ton of jobs - including Bible salesman

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Most musicians have a lot of different jobs before they hit the big time, to try and make ends meet - and legend Willie Nelson is no different! Among the jobs he had before he became a professional artist are: Bible salesman, vacuum cleaner salesman, cotton picker, saddle maker and he was also in the Air Force!

42. He had a $50 a week salary when he was signed

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It doesn't sound like much these days, does it - and especially not for a big time musician! But back then, it must have been a lot of money to a young Willie Nelson, especially if the alternative was trying to meet a quota on vacuum sales! And he only got the salary because a fellow country singer sacrificed his own bonus so Nelson would get signed.

43. His house burned down the day after writing some huge hits in it

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Willie Nelson and fellow musician Hank Cochran - the man who gave up his bonus so Nelson could have his $50 salary - had written seven songs in the basement of Nelson's home in Ridgetop - and only a day later, the house burned down. Was this a sign for Nelson to make a big move with his new hits?

44. It's this that made him move to Texas!

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Indeed, it's the Ridgetop house burning down that made Willie Nelson move to Texas, where he lives now on his amazing ranch. It was also after this property fire that Nelson bought his home in Hawaii, too. Everything happens for a reason, we guess - even the bad stuff!

45. One of his albums stayed in the charts for 10 YEARS!

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You can usually judge how well an artist is doing based on how long their albums and songs stay in the charts, but have you ever heard of a musician having an album in the charts for 10 whopping years? Nelson's album, Stardust, stayed in the charts for 540 weeks!

46. He wrote his most famous song on an airplane

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If you're a Willie Nelson superfan, you'll of course know one of his most famous songs, On The Road Again. And where did he write it? Quite literally on the road! Okay, so he wasn't in a tour bus or van on the highway, but he was travelling 'on the road' in a plane when he wrote this song!

47. His guitar is named after a horse

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One of the most famous possessions of Willie Nelson - and one of the most famous instruments in the world - is his guitar, that's been with him through thick and thin. And that guitar has a name: Trigger! The name came from cowboy star Roy Rogers' horse, Trigger.

48. And it has a ton of signatures on it!

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You might not have known much about Willie's guitar if you're a new fan, but one thing you definitely need to know is the amount of legendary signatures on it! Trigger the guitar is home to the signatures of many of Willie's fellow artists in the music biz, and the first person to sign it was Leon Russell.

49. He once had tax debt

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A lot of celebrities have been victim of the IRS or been embroiled in some tax drama or two - turns out that even good guy Willie Nelson couldn't avoid some confusion with the IRS. In order to settle the millions of dollars of debt, he wrote and released an album with the very purpose of raising the money and paying it off! And he did.

50. He's been in both music and agricultural halls of fame

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It's no surprise that Willie Nelson has been featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame, back in 1993, down to his amazing contribution to the world of country music. But because of his work for family farms and his huge heart for helping the farming community, he was also featured in the National Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2011.