34 acres in San Saba County, Texas
WOW! Or some similar exclamation of awe is heard several times as the unique features are seen by first-time visitors to this ranch. The first exclamation comes after entering the electric entrance gate and traveling up the new private access easement road to the crest of a 1305 foot hill. Miles and miles of Texas Hill Country along the meanderings of the Colorado River can be seen from this vantage point and from the road as it winds downward to the property entrance gate. Most of the acreage is heavily covered in native trees and brush â juniper, mesquite, post oak, persimmon, etc. - and affords plenty of cover for deer, wild hogs, turkeys, and other wildlife. The property is flanked by large acreage, low-fence ranches assuring seclusion as well as good hunting prospects. A seasonal creek has cut a deep draw along one side of the property exposing massive boulders, interesting fossils and unusual water formations. Artifacts and other evidence of habitation by ancient Native Americans are scattered on the property.
The most outstanding natural feature of the property is the Colorado River with endless opportunities for activities like fishing, kayaking, swimming, and bird watching. Enormous native pecan and elm trees shade over 1570 feet of river frontage which has been cleared of much of the underbrush making a park-like setting. This stretch of the river is deep and wide and is home to some big-daddy catfish as well as other natives such as bass, perch, etc. Ducks and other waterfowl frequent this quiet place, too.
On higher ground above the river tucked under the trees sits a beautiful native sandstone home trimmed with cedar and boasting energy efficient windows and a metal roof. An open porch stretches across the front of the house and a large screened-in porch at the rear extends the living area outdoors and offers a nice view under the trees and down the hill to the river. The house has approx. 1637 sq. ft. of central heated and cooled living space plus 370 sq. ft. of enclosed porch and 312 sq. ft. of front porch for a total of 2007 sq. ft. Central in the house is a large living room with stone wood-burning fireplace and floor to ceiling glass windows and doors opening to rear porch. A pass-through dining bar separates the kitchen from the living area. An exterior side door opens into a utility/mud room with washer & dryer connections, a laundry sink and attached bathroom with a step-in shower-- handy to come in from the river and shuck your dirty clothes and step into the shower or for cleaning up the little ones before they track through the house. The utility/mud room is located on one side of the kitchen and the dining room is on the other. The brightly lit kitchen features natural wood cabinets with glass fronts, two ovens and a glass cook top, and dishwasher. Another room is currently used as a bar but could be utilized as an office or third bedroom. A large master bedroom occupies one corner of the house with glass doors opening onto the back screened-porch and awesome views of the woods and river from the windows. The attached master bath has a separate step-in shower and over-sized bathtub, plenty of floor space, and a nice walk-in closet. A second bedroom and full bathroom occupy the opposite side of the house. Attractive tile floors are in the living areas of the house; the bedrooms are carpeted. This house is very clean and well-maintained.
Other improvements include a 24âx30â metal shop building on a concrete slab with roll-up door; high fenced garden area with metal storage shed/chicken house; and a âfishing campâ. The fishing camp has 2 camp houses on either side of an area currently set up as an out-door kitchen. The grills, barbeque pits, fish fryers, tables, refrigerators, etc. are personal property and would have to be negotiated separately if interested in purchasing. One camp house is 8âx16â with attached 10âx16â covered porch and is perched on the edge of a high bank above the river. The second camp house is 12âx20â. Both houses have electricity.
The well that was drilled on the property produced plenty of water but the owner found it too salty to use. Whether another well drilled further back from the river would produce good water is unknown. However, there is a good well with good quality water drilled up the hill on the adjoining ranch. Rather than drill another well, the owner elected to install a system using water from the river which involves a settling tank and filter system. This system has worked well to date. Using water from the river for domestic purposes (house, garden, yard, livestock, etc.) is allowed without obtaining a certificate of adjudication.
The winter scenes shown in the pictures recently taken of this property only hint at the beauty of this Hidden Treasure. Can you imagine what this is going to look like in the Spring? If you have paid your dues in the business world and now you are ready to find the perfect place to escape into solitude and beauty for your retirement years, look no further, this is it! Would also make a perfect family or corporate retreat but not suitable for people that enjoy door-to-door sales people, car pooling, sounds of traffic, neighbor dogs barking, and other assaults of the senses common to urban life. More suitable to those enjoying the sound of the wind in the trees interrupted only by bird songs or the flop of a fish jumping in the river or a black velvet night sky filled with stars. If this sounds like the Hidden Treasure you are seeking, donât hesitate â now is the time to make it your own!
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