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Big Sandy Creek Ranch
Location: Located 12.3+/- miles southwest of Breckenridge, Texas, the county seat for Stephens County, the ranch is approximately 1 hour east of Abilene, 1 hour 50 minutes west of Fort Worth, and 2 hours 30 mins west of Dallas. Physical address is 10107 CR 187, Breckenridge, TX 76424.
Directions: From Breckenridge take Hwy 183 south approximately five (5) mile to FM 576. Turn right (West) on FM 576 and travel 3.2 miles to CR 187. Turn left (south) on CR 187 and travel 4.1 mile to the intersection on CR 187 and CR 193. The entrance gate is on the right hand side of the intersection.
Summary: Big Sandy Creek Ranch is located in the southwest portion of Stephens County approximately 6 miles north of the Eastland County line and 6 miles east of the Shackelford County line. This quality combination ranch features strong native and improved pastures, cultivation, multiple water features, well maintained all-weather ranch road, good perimeter and cross fencing, and a great set of covered working pens, traps, and scales. While cattle, grass, and efficiency of their production are at the forefront of land use here, the property also offers some recreational appeal with topography, scenic views, and its name sake, beautiful Big Sandy Creek. Rounding out this great property, the ranch headquarters provides a comfortable home, shop, implement barn, and roping arena.
Ranch Headquarters: Located in the heart of the ranch, the headquarters is comprised of a:
- 2,050 sf brick home with three (3) bedrooms, two (2) full baths, large kitchen and breakfast area, dining room, living room, office, utility room, pantry, multiple walk-in closets, additional storage areas, large covered porch, and an attached 576 sf two-car garage. The home is on rural water supplied by Stephens Regional Special Utilities District and electric supplied by Comanche County Electric Co-Op.
- Large covered pavilion complete with large rock fireplace and wood fired oven/cook top. Cowboys will come running from all over the ranch when they hear the dinner bell ringing at the pavilion! This area is also perfect for parties or outdoor family gatherings.
- 2,688 sf two (2) bay shop on concrete with three (3) roll-up doors, tack room, and a lean-to shed with pipe horse stalls.
- 6,208 sf cattle and hay barn with pipe catch and sorting pens, working chute, and large set of scales all under roof. There's also an attached stock load-out and 20 ton overhead feed storage container just outside. The hay storage area is enclosed with doors on either end of the barn for drive thru convenience.
- 5,040 sf equipment/implement barn.
- 1 acre lighted roping arena
Pasture Management & Cattle: The ranch is cross fenced and divided into 7 separate pastures with multiple catch pens for ease of rotational grazing and moving livestock to the working facilities. Aside from the southwest pasture which has been left untamed for hunting and recreational uses, the pastures are maintained and managed, have very little prickly pear, and offer a variety of grasses with native pasture, some improved WW B-Dahl and Coastal Bermuda, and 100+/- acres of cultivation that is typically put in wheat to winter yearlings. This 100 acres is broken up into two separately fenced pastures of ~60 and ~40 acres respectively. The ranch is currently operated at approximately 1 animal unit per 12 acres with ~100 mama cows, and also carries an additional 60-80 yearlings through winter.
Water Features: There's an abundance of surface water found at Big Sandy Creek Ranch, with no less than eleven (11) earthen stock tanks across the property. They range in size from under 1/2 acre to 3.5+/- acres depending on rain fall amounts. There are five (5) tanks located directly behind the headquarters area alone. This system of reservoirs provides reliable sources of surface water for livestock and wildlife as well as some great fishing and seasonal water fowl hunting. In the southwest corner of the ranch you'll find Big Sandy Creek winding its way through. This large seasonal creek and the riparian areas along it offer some great recreational uses for fishing, hunting, canoeing, arrowhead hunting, mountain biking, or just a quiet area to get away and relax.
Terrain: The topography of the ranch is generally flat to gently rolling with multiple high points that provide some scenic views of the property and surrounding area. Surpisingly, there's ~75' of relief across the ranch from east to west as the land gradually descends back toward the Big Sandy Creek watershed. Tree cover offers a variety of hardwoods including live oak, post oak, pecan, and elm, along with brush species such as mesquite, hackberry, lotebush, wild plum, and many others. Soils consist of Rowden clay loam, Leeray clay, Gageby clay, Minwells fine sandy loam, Leeray clay, Thurber clay loam, Bastrop fine sandy loam, and Truce fine sandy loam.
Fences and Roads: Perimeter and cross fences range in condition from good to excellent. An all-weather main entrance road leads into the ranch from CR 193 to the headquarters and a good system of interconnected pasture roads and trails provide easy travel throughout the property.
Wildlife & Hunting: The southwestern portion of the property is heavily wooded and features Big Sandy Creek. This area has large hardwoods and plenty of brush offering ample cover for attracting and holding wildlife including whitetail deer, Rio Grande turkey, hog, varmint, and quail. Two cultivated fields on the property covering a combined total of 100+/- acres are annually planted in winter wheat, only adding to the appeal by wildlife. Seasonal dove hunting can also be excellent in the area. There are several quality deer blinds and feeders that may be included with the sale.
Leases: There are no active leases for hunting, grazing.
Minerals: There is production on the property. No minerals are owned by seller.
Utilities: Comanche County Electric Co-Op & Stephens County Special Utilities District.
School District: Breckenridge Independent School District.
Taxes: The property is ag-exempt and annual property taxes are estimated to be ~$5,600 for 2019.
Price: $2,108.23 per acre ($2,695,000)
Bret Polk, Agent, 254-965-0349 mobile
Jack Fauntleroy, Agent, 940-550-4432 mobile
Blake Hortenstine, Broker, 214-616-1305 mobile
Broker & Commission Disclosure: Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be identified upon first contact with Listing Broker/ Listing Agent and Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be present at the initial property tour in order to participate in the real estate commission. Commission splits will be at the sole discretion of Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC.