The Solo Guajillo Ranch is named for the single guajillo bush discovered growing and thriving on the ranch even though it is not native to Central Texas and is not known to grow in this areaa possible omen to someone wondering if this is a good place for a non-native to put down roots! This ranch has been carefully developed over the last four decades in a way that has coaxed the best from our Texas hill country. Much thought and care has gone into making it into a piece of Texas any real man of the land would be proud to own. It has provided sustenance and sanctuary for a loving family and given boundless pleasure when shared with friends. The years have flown by and now it is time for this ranch to provide the next family with its own generations of new memories. View the pictures contained here and allow yourself to dream a little bit
TERRAIN: The land is rolling hill country, sloping gently east to west toward the Colorado River. Controlled burns have been used in the past to open grassy meadows between heavily wooded areasperfect habitat for wildlife and livestock. Most of the open areas are devoted to growing native and improved grasses but some areas are planted for food plots and winter grazing. The deep soil on about 200 acres is well suited for cultivation. Many years ago cotton and other crops were grown here. The wooded areas are composed mostly of oak, mesquite, pecan, elm, willows and cottonwood along with native brush such as bee brush and some cedar. Other varieties are mixed in such as gum bumelia trees whose berries were a favorite of early pioneers for making pies and jelly and still a favorite of doves and other birds.
WATER: The ranch boasts about 2600 feet of frontage on the Colorado River up to the mouth of Pecan Bayou, a major river traversing Brown and Mills Counties that feeds into the Colorado River. The river offers unlimited recreational possibilities as well as water if needed for domestic use. In addition to the river, the ranch has a water gathering and storage system built by linking a series of 2 ponds and a lake with a mile of diversion ditch. Rainwater runoff is collected in the ponds (tanks). When the first pond fills to capacity the overflow is diverted into the second pond and when it is filled, it empties into the lake near the residence, 12 total surface acres of water. If the lake should fill to capacity, it has a spillway into the river below. This system makes water available to live-stock and wildlife in all pastures and because the tanks are stocked with fish, great fishing, too.
WILDLIFE: Whitetail deer, doves, quail, wild turkeys, ducks, catfish, bass, perch, etc. and all sorts of other native Texas wildlife. There is no way to name all the varieties of birds that are attracted to the habitat provided by this ranch. It is simply a birdwatchers paradise!
RECREATION: Hunting prospects are awesome and fishing couldnt be more fun! The possibilities for outdoor recreation is limited only by your imagination and energy leveleverything from bird watching and wildlife photography to hiking, camping, riding ATVs, kayaking swimming, etc. How about opening river mussels in search of a beautiful fresh water pearl? One was found by the owners daughter!
PRODUCTION: The ranch has been used primarily for a cow/calf operation and is well suited for the purpose. A small pecan orchard also has income potential. Hay production or row crops are also possible.
HISTORICAL: Ancient campsites and stone artifacts testify to the frequent occupation by Native Americans along the river. The owners feel that the artifacts belong to the land and will be left there. It is written that the last council meeting of the Kiowa Indians was held at the mouth of Pecan Bayou. There are more tales of clashes between Texas Rangers, early settlers and Comanches that were reported to have occurred in this same area.
ADJOINING PROPERTIES: The ranches that border this one are all very largecomposed of hundreds of acres each.
FENCES: The perimeter of the ranch is fenced except along the river. It is also cross-fenced into pasturesabout 17,619 feet of fencing.
RESIDENCE: The distinctively Texas 3436 sf country home was built in the 1980s in a style that becomes even more appealing as it ages. Who would not enjoy the sound of rain pattering on the metal roof or the cool shadows of the trees that shade it? The stone used to construct the exterior was actually gathered on the ranch and the wide porches that wrap around it speak of the hospitality that waits for friends. The primary feature of the great room is the enormous stone fireplace soaring 2-stories to the vaulted ceiling above. It defines the character of the home as being both aesthetically pleasing as well as practical: the fireplace can also be used to cook campfire meals. Swinging metal arms used to hang cast iron cooking pots over the fire and metal grills are easily added or removed. The great room includes a large dining area and a beautifully appointed kitchen beyond. The large commercial stove with double ovens, handy pantry, and center Island make meal preparation a pleasure. The oversized master bedroom features a beautiful fireplace and mantel salvaged from a pre-Civil War home. The attached walk-in closet and bathroom with step-in shower and jetted bathtub are also oversized. The downstairs floor plan also includes another bedroom, currently used as an office that has an exterior door opening onto a covered side porch. A second bathroom serves this bedroom and doubles as a powder room for guests. The laundry room has a wet sink and storage closets. Upstairs, two more bedrooms with dormer windows share a bathroom featuring a claw-footed soaking tub as well as a step-in shower. Multiple closets (one is cedar lined) provide ample storage. High ceilings, ceiling fans, and the use of a combination of natural wood, stone and tile are tastefully used features but it is the salvaged antique materials-- such as the multi-paned diamond cut beveled glass in the entry door and echoed in the built-in china cabinetsthat give the home an authentic and distinctive Texas ranch flavor. The upstairs and downstairs have separate heating and cooling systems. The system allows the heated air from the wood-burning stove downstairs that naturally rises to the second floor level to be fan forced downstairs. This circulation of heated air is a very efficient and cost saving way to heat the home in cold weather. The heating and cooling systems are all electric. It is optional to use the wood-burning stove as a supplementary heat source. The house receives DSL internet service via Central Texas Telephone fiber optic cable.
OTHER STRUCTURES: Detached triple carport; water pump and treatment room; 20x30 workshop built on a slab; a 50x70 barn with working pens and hay storage area; 3 hunters cabins in fair condition; and a concrete 10,000 gallon water storage tank. A fenced chicken yard surrounds a garden area with fruit trees. The chickens patrol the perimeter of the garden as a natural defense against bugs that want the fruit and vegetables. An old smokehouse is still used to prepare smoked meat.
LEGAL: A recent survey has been done of the ranch and will be provided to Buyer. There have been no road easements granted to cross the ranch. No deed restrictions.
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