4.5 miles of dreamy riverfront and luxurious living on 1,080 majestic San Saba acres
$8.75 million price includes half of all minerals owned
It is not just a dreamy river that rolls and bends for 4.5 miles, but unrivaled hunting, fishing and even a good 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 1,080 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. A newly constructed entry hi end road system leads past the managers house, a three-bedroom, two-bath home complete with wraparound deck and past the shop and exquisite garden all the way to the main house. The 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 mappings and design that encompass every foot of the structure.
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 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 exists will be hard to reproduce in Central or North Texas again.
Turkeys roost by the river literally by the hundreds. In good years quail abound in huntable numbers.
If you are a history or Indian 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 meading 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 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 at a cost of more than $300,000 and completed 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 8 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.
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 costs are likely to decrease dramatically, making this strong well even more valuable.
There also exist a very comfortable "overflow" or "caretakers quarters as previously mentioned with 3 bedrooms /2baths and a custom front porch plus a lush garden creating 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! Fact is, that experienced what we all felt in 2020 the notion of possible self sufficiency combined with luxury living is a mighty comfortable one. A plethora of equipment (mules, blinds, feeders tools tractors and accompanying accessories) are includes in the $8,75M sales price as are half the owned mineral rights
broker struggled with mapping. a better one is pictured in last photo. For all details and showings, please contact Tom Stephenson at 214-207-8871.