Rivers Ranch

16757 Ellis Road

Rivers Ranch

Posted on: April 28th, 2019 by David Faust

Rivers Ranch
16757 Ellis Road
Menard, TX 76859

Location: The ranch is well located approximately 12 miles southwest of Menard, Texas and 20 miles northwest of Junction, Texas in Menard County. Ellis Road is a well-maintained county road providing a very private entry into the Rivers Ranch.

General: The sellers have owned the ranch since 1982. This portion of the ranch (which is comprised of 1567 acres with a new survey now complete) is being offered by The RIVERS FAMILY PARTNERSHIP. The Headquarters are about a mile from the gate and contain a very comfortable Main House of approximately 1600 square feet and the Rock House for guests of approximately 900 square feet. Several old barns and small buildings with an excellent set of working pens lie within the compound. A strong water well serves the headquarters with a nice pila that would make a great cowboy swimming pool and a separate concrete storage tank.

Hunters Cabin: Located about mile from the Headquarters lies the Hunters Cabin of approximately 1800 square feet. It is designed to accommodate 16 to 18 overnight guests. With a fenced compound and separate water well, it is far enough away from the Headquarters to provide privacy to both areas. In addition, there is a small 2-bedroom cabin in the adjacent Brown Pasture that overlooks a seasonal dove tank watered by a windmill.

Water Wells: The. Ranch is well watered with 4 total water wells, one at each house and one distributing water to concrete troughs throughout the ranch. All of the wells have held up well even during tough drought conditions.

Minerals: The sellers believe they own 1/2 of the minerals on the 1145 acres and all of the minerals on the remaining acreage. They will convey 25% of all minerals owned at closing.

Wildlife and Habitat: The ranch has been well-managed for wildlife and provides excellent hunting for whitetail, turkey and hogs. The dove and quail hunting can be very good on wet years. The habitat for wildlife is ideal with cover provided by live oak, spanish oak, shinnery oak, persimmon, agarita, mesquite and hackberry. The cedar has been well-maintained through the years and is left in certain spots for cover. Prickly pear, blue stem, indian grass, switchgrass and grama grass complete the landscape.

Double M Ranch

Posted on: February 8th, 2019 by David Faust

Location: This 1,000 acre property is located in Live Oak County between George West and Three Rivers 4 miles West of Hwy 281. The property has 1 mile of frontage on CR 443. It is a 10 minute drive to either George West or Three Rivers, both thriving South Texas towns. It has large neighbors on all sides, ranging from 1,000 acres to 4,500 acres. It is an approximate 210 mile drive from Houston, an approximate 75 mile drive from San Antonio, and an approximate 65 mile drive from Corpus Christi. Choke Canyon Lake, which has some of the best bass fishing in Texas, is only a 12 mile drive from the front gate of the ranch.

Terrain: This ranch is a great representative of South Texas Brush Country, and about 90% of the ranch has productive, deep, dark sandy loam soils. The terrain is made up of gently rolling hills with elevation changes of up to 100 feet offering beautiful views. There are bull mesquite and hackberry scattered all over the ranch. Native brush species include: guajillo, granjeno, guayacon, black brush, prickly pear, coma, cat claw, lime prickly ash, mountain laurel, and Texas persimmon. The brush does not get any better in South Texas. The seasonal Salt Branch Creek traverses the ranch for 1.5 miles, providing incredible drainage and wildlife habitat.

Water: This property has 3 water wells, the depth of each is 280 feet. The irrigation well is equipped with a three phase electric 40 HP pump that produces 300GPM. This irrigation well supplies water to the 30 acre dove field in front of the house. The 2 additional wells are each equipped with 5 HP electric submersible pumps and produce 40 GPM. These wells supply water to the house and barn, the 3 lakes, and over 20 concrete quail waters and cattle troughs throughout the ranch, via several miles of buried 1 and 2 inch pvc water lines. There are 3 ponds on the property, the biggest being approximately 2 acres and 10 feet deep with a liner, and stocked with bass.

Hunting: After 12 years of heavy game management and deer breeding operations, the ranch is consistently producing trophy bucks that score between 200 and 250 Boone and Crockett. There are two 5-acre DMP pens on the property, each containing 20 bred does at the time of this writing (3/23/17). There is a massive population of turkey on the ranch. The dove and quail hunting are also excellent. During the 2016/2017 quail season, it was not unusual to see 12 to 15 coveys of quail in a morning of hunting with dogs. The ranch has been strictly managed with brush clearing and controlled burning in order to have a sustainable quail population that produces large numbers of quail year in and year out. The dove hunting is second to none in this area. There are 3 cultivated and irrigated food plots, totaling 50 acres, each of these has been planted in brown top millet, maize, and sunflowers for the past 12 years, creating a major flyway for doves.

Improvements: Enter the property through the electric gate, and proceed down the 1/2 mile ultra smooth caliche road to the house, which is perched on a hill offering 360 degree views for miles. The house is 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, with an office, gun room, utility room, and storage room. The house was custom built in 2013, and has rock siding, large wraparound porches, covered carports, and a back patio with an oversized built-in fire pit. The interior features high ceilings, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and stained concrete floors. The front and back yard is full of old growth bull mesquites, and the fenced back yard has over 20 fruit trees in place with irrigation. Slightly down hill from the house, sits the 100 X 50 steel barn, including 3,500 sq ft of barn/storage area, and a 1,500 sq ft finished living quarters with 2 bedrooms/1 bathroom, full kitchen, living area, and utility room. Inside the barn, there is a walk-in cooler and cleaning station with stainless steel sinks and counters, and commercial ice machine. Near the barn, there is a fenced in dog kennel area, and three 15-ton overhead feed storage bins. The property is high fenced with galvanized tight-lock fencing. There is some barbed wire cross-fencing on the ranch, and 2 high fenced DMP pens. Also, 5 fiberglass executive hunting blinds, 6 Outback one-thousand pound spin feeders, and 6 Outback free choice protein feeders convey with the sale. None of the home furnishings, vehicles, ranch equipment or tools will convey with the sale.

Minerals: The owner does not own any minerals. There is no production or mineral lease in place.

Price: $4,650/acre. Cash at Closing. This property is co-listed with David Faust (512) 940-3300.

The information contained herein was supplied by sources believed to be accurate. Provider makes no representation as to the accuracy of the information contained herein and therefore assumes no liability for accuracy thereof. All terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. Property is subject to removal from marketplace without notice.

The Causey Ranch

Posted on: February 8th, 2019 by David Faust

Located in the sweet spot of South Texas lies one of the finest combination ranches in all of the state. Deep grass, fat cattle and big bucks thrive under high fenced management surrounded by live oaks, post oaks, bull mesquite and prime native brush. An 800 GPM irrigation well provides all of the water needed for pasture irrigation, hay field, lakes and ponds. Four other domestic wells serve the native stone home, pool, guest house and foremans house. A 10-stall horse barn, lighted arena and round pen, cattle working pens and miles of pipe fence make working cattle and/or equestrian activities a pleasure. With ten electrical gates on the main roads, checking fences is easy. One of those gates leads to the deep holes of the Medio Creek. This offering is surface only. There is no existing production on the ranch. Current survey and appraisal are available. REDUCED to $4,879,000.

445 Acres – Gonzales Co

Posted on: February 8th, 2019 by David Faust

LOCATION: The impressive Circle Bar Blue Ranch is located in south-central Gonzales County, less than 5 miles south of the historic town of Gonzales. The front gate is a 75 minute drive from both Austin and San Antonio with Houston being about 2 hours to the east.

Entering through the ranch’s custom front gates you are welcomed by a pastoral feeling courtesy of grassy, oak-studded hilltops that descend into dark blue lakes. Overlooking this manicured front pasture is an envelope of first-class building improvements consisting of a ranch office, main home, horse barn with apartment and a covered arena.

Main Home

The 2500 sqft 3 bedroom/3 bath main home is a modern farmhouse that is comfortable and cowboy chic while possessing a subtle elegant flair. The home was built and designed by an accomplished interior designer whose skill and talents are showcased within its charming walls. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the home is the formal dining room. It was crafted from a grain bin that was moved to the ranch and is now attached to the house. It boasts a massive iron chandelier salvaged from a Philadelphia train station complimented with Venetian Crystal sconces. The large master bedroom and bath create a comfortable retreat and include a soaking tub and steam shower.

Horse Barn w/ Apartment

Centrally located on the top of a hill is where you will find the well-planned, site built horse barn with 20+ concrete stalls. Multiple large roll-up bay doors and wide drive-through aisles allow for a spacious feel. There is also a centrally located tack room as well as a dedicated vet area with a hot/cold horse washing station. Attached to the barn is a +/-1,000 sqft 1 bedroom/1 bath apartment designed and constructed in a similar fashion as the main home and finished out entirely with reclaimed materials which gives the space a western elegant aura.

Arena

Adjacent to the barn are cattle pens and a covered cutting horse training arena designed and currently utilized by a Hall of Fame cutting horse trainer. You can rest assure knowing no detail was overlooked in the thoughtful design of this facility.

LAND: This area of Gonzales County is not typically known for its topography, yet traveling the ranch from one end to the other you will experience nearly 100 feet of elevation change. Cottle Creek traverses the ranch creating an expansive canyon that serves as prime, un-touched wildlife habitat. Throughout the Cottle Creek valley you will also find an impressive array of towering hardwoods including Live Oak, Post Oak, Burr Oak, Cedar Elm, Pecan and Sycamore.

There is over 45 acres of grass field on the ranch that could easily be put in hay production or row-crop production. Currently these fields produce a remarkable amount of under-utilized forage without any application of weed killer or fertilizer.

Having been rarely hunted in the past 20 year the Circle Bar Blue is teeming with wild game. A mature native whitetail buck in excess of 150 b/c has recently been spotted along with, hogs, bobcat and other native species in huntable quantities. There are a total of 4 lakes/ponds on the ranch, several of which are stocked with bass.

The Circle Bar Blue Ranch has over 1.5 miles of Guadalupe River frontage. This frontage is a mixture of accessible gravel beach as well as high river bank allowing for awesome fishing fishing and recreation.

MINERALS: The Seller owns approximately 1/2 of the mineral estate and will convey 1/8 of owned minerals at closing. Property is subject to an oil & gas lease. There is no oil & gas production , activity or surface equipment on the property. Please call Listing Broker for more information.

FINANCIAL: $5,450,000. Seller to provide standard owners title policy and existing survey. This Property is co-listed with Bluestem Ranch Group- John Lynd, Broker 830.446.6145

Buyers brokers must be identified on first contact, and must accompany buying prospect on first showing to be allowed full fee participation. If this condition is not met, fee participation will be at sole discretion of Listing Brokers, Bluestem Ranch Group and David O. Faust.

**Information contained herein is deemed reliable, but is not warranted by Broker or Sellers, and is subject to change, errors and/or omissions, prior sale and withdrawal from market. Buyers are urged to verify representations on their own regarding the usefulness and value of the property for a given purpose. Property is sold as is where is, with all faults and without warranty other than that of title.**

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