More than 4 miles of dreamy riverfront and luxurious living on 1,076 majestic San Saba acres
$9.45 million price includes half of all minerals owned
It is not just a dreamy river that rolls and bends for more than 4 miles, but unrivaled hunting, fishing and even a great bit of history. This is some of the prettiest river property a Texan will ever see. Panoramic views and lazy bends amidst boulders and formations hundreds of centuries old below 1,076 superb acres covered with mighty oaks, aged persimmons and other mixed timber blended with fabulous native grasses.
A recently completed similarly flawless 6,500-square-foot lodge is exquisite in taste, detail and imagination. This main house is one of the more elaborate homes, ranch or otherwise, you will ever encounter. Classic oversized doors and imported wood are just a small touch of the matchless and intricate design details that encompass every foot of the structure.
A newly constructed road system leads past the managers house three-bedroom, two-bath home complete with wraparound deck to the shop and exquisite garden before reaching the main house.
Unlike too many other river properties, this one allows nearly total access to water as a decent pickup or mule can transverse most of the riverbank. This part of the Colorado River showcases one of the finest fisheries anywhere with whoppers over 60 pounds caught each year. Last year on just one small stretch of river over a three-day period, the owners family took 24 yellow cats over 10 pounds, had one line broken and two Eagle Claw 7/0 hooks straightened out by larger fish.
The whitetail deer herd is most impressive for a low-fenced acreage. Cameras have captured some truly trophy bucks benefiting from years of partnering with the states wildlife deer program. Bucks here remarkably resemble South Texas deer in racks and girth. There are five 20-acre food plots in wheat, triticale and turnips. This unique combination of habitat and genetics will be hard to reproduce in Central or North Texas again.
Turkeys roost by the river literally by the hundreds, and in good years quail abound in huntable numbers.
If you are a history or artifact buff, you can actually feel the times gone by with every step where true arrowheads and working tools have been left behind by various Native American tribes. The owner has found many arrowheads by the river, where the Indians dined on freshwater mussels. Sometimes called bird points, these are Perdiz, Cuney, Edwards and possibly Scallorn typically found in close association with mussel shell middens. He also has a piece of a metate, or mealing stone, which was used to grind corn and acorns.
The geology of this place is well mapped on The Geological Atlas of Texas, published by the Texas Water Board. It sits entirely on Sandstone Number 16, a member of the Strawn formation. The historical consensus is that this was a flint quarry area that prehistoric man came to regularly over at least 6,000 to 8,000 years.
A deep-water free-flowing artesian well recently drilled and completed at a cost of more than $300,000 penetrates the entire sequence of sedimentary rock deposited at this location. It is a little more than 3,000 feet deep and extends into the underlying granite. The well was completed to produce water from the Hickory Sandstone formation of the Cambrian geologic age, which lies directly on the granite. Equal quantities of water were seen to flow from the overlying San Saba/Ellenberger formation of the Ordovician age, which is primarily a massive limestone. The first 1,000 feet of the well is cased with 10-inch steel casing. From there to the top of the Hickory Sandstone is standard eight-inch steel casing. From the top of the Hickory Sandstone to the granite is open hole, which is commonly used to develop Hickory wells. The well flows at about 60 gallons/minute and slightly less than 50 PSI. It is presently being used to irrigate hybrid Bermuda grass with excellent results. The artesian pressure will drive eight sprinklers with no pump needed. The water is moderately brackish and is also excellent for irrigating many vegetables, especially tomatoes.
The water has been tested for reverse osmosis, and the consultant reported that bottled water quality could be attained if desired. Efforts Are underway now to complete that process.
It is worth noting that this well lies just outside the northern boundary of the Hickory Water District, and therefore is not bound by the rules and regulations of that governing body. The owner believes this well will continue to produce at present levels indefinitely, certainly for generations to come. Also as technology continues to improve, water purification costs for human consumption are likely to decrease dramatically, making this strong well even more valuable.
The lush garden creates all the produce you might need (please see photos). Heck, with all the fish and game and garden, you might never need to go to town again! After what we all experienced in 2020, the notion of self sufficiency combined with luxury living is even more appealing. A plethora of equipment mules, blinds, feeders, tools, tractors and accompanying accessories can be negotiated. The $9.1M. Owner believes he has 7/8's of all the mineral rights and will convey all at right price.
For all details and showings, please contact Tom Stephenson at 214-207-8871.