More than a century ago Simon Foxs widow built a new home to replace the old homestead cabin. Here it still stands strong as a testament to its original construction and maintenance through the years. It has been updated from time to time to include modern conveniences such as built in kitchen appliances, ceiling fans and central heat and a/c but the charm and historical character remains. The gleaming white siding on the house is accented by green shutters and trim. The metal roof is exactly right for the farm house look. A wide gallery porch wraps around 3 sides providing shade and ample room for rocking chairs and snoozing. All 3 bedrooms have doors that open onto the porch. The front door decorated with an etched glass window opens into a wide entrance hall where the original wood flooring has been exposed and beautifully refinished. Polished ceiling beams and floors, beautiful old woodwork and the native sandstone fireplace add warmth and coziness to the combination living, dining, and kitchen area. The kitchen is separated from the dining area by a bar which doubles as extra food prep area. The washer and dryer and more storage is cleverly hidden behind a sliding wall of antique tin in the utility room. The master bedroom has an attached bathroom and the other 2 bedrooms share a hall bath.
Native sandstone was used to surround the swimming pool and swim spa making a large out-door entertainment area bordered by a privacy fence of split cedar posts. An old grain storage bin was used to house the swimming pool equipment. The house, pool area and a generous lawn is enclosed by a fence. North San Saba Water, a rural water supply provides water for the house; well water is used for the swimming pool, to water the lawn, and provide water to stock troughs.
Approximately 5,000 sf metal barn is enclosed on 3 sides with roll-up doors on either end. A corner of the barn houses a large room currently used as for storage/feed/tack/shop space and was built on a concrete slab; the balance of the barn floor is dirt. The front 15 or so acres around the house and improvements are mostly open pastureland. A dirt tank (pond) in the pasture provides water for livestock and wildlife. The rest of the acreage is densely covered with large treesmostly oak and elmand native brush and is a haven for the deer, turkeys, and other wildlife that live there. Fox Creek, a seasonal creek, winds through the length of the property drawing the rainwater run-off from the surrounding hills to sustain the trees that line it.