North Mountain Ranch
Summary: The North Mountain Ranch is exactly what the name suggests. This 383.80+/- acres encompasses almost all of a single mountain system and is really the last significant topographical feature of its kind in this part of Comanche County as the land significantly flattens out from here moving north and east toward Eastland County. Which means what? Monster views to the north and east for miles upon miles. Big views are what this property is all about as this mountain system offers them in all directions from different and numerous unique vantage points. If you ever wanted a mountain top home, then this is the place as you can take your pick of the many potential sites the property has to offer. The wildlife habitat is second to none, and attracts and holds an abundance of game. The peace and tranquility offered by the remote country gem is immeasurable, and if you've been searching for a recreational/hunting getaway of your very own, or spot to build your new full-time residence, North Mountain is a must see.
Location: Located in northwestern Comanche County on Comanche County Road No. 177, the North Mountain Ranch is located 6.75 miles east of the town of May, Texas, 7.25 miles east of the town of Sidney, Texas, and 16.75 miles northwest of Comanche, Texas, approximately 2.5 hours southwest of Dallas, 2 hours southwest of Fort Worth, and 1 hour southeast of Abilene. The property is centrally located between and approximately 30 minutes from Lake Proctor and Lake Brownwood. Physical Address: CR 177, Sidney, TX 76474.
History: Just consider for a moment that this land was wild and widely uninhabited by Anglos up until the late 1,800's as this was Comanche Indian territory, as the county is so thusly named. North Mountain is the northerly most and middle pasture of a former 1,828 acre ranch known as Indian Hills. Comanche and Kiowa Indians frequented the area, and their presence is clearly evidenced by the collection of arrowheads, spearpoints, and tools found on the property over the years.
Terrain: Believed to have possessed the highest elevation point on the original ranch at ~1,929' above see the level, North Mountain offers approximately 230' of total elevation change, from big mountain tops and ridges, to canyon bottoms and creek draws. The mountain system found here can be seen and is easily recognizable as you approach the property from May, Sidney, and/or Comanche, and really stands out as one of the last big impressive landmarks in this part of the county as you continue north or east. There are rock points, ridges, outcroppings, overhangs, and just about every unique geologic feature you would expect to find. In addition, the mountain top is covered with a wonderful mixture of desirable trees and vegetation that includes shin oak, live oak, red oak, post oak, elm, redbud, and a variety of other species. To the south of the ranch lies the Patridge Creek valley and the southern portion of this mountain system forms a horseshoe shape that funnels the watershed to a large draw that feeds south toward Patridge Creek. However, this draw collects and gathers a great deal of runoff and is dammed up near the center of the southern thirds of the ranch, where it provides a deep pond and reliable source of water for wildlife, livestock, and recreation.
Water: As previously mentioned the property has one good stock pond that holds water year- round. This is the catfish pond, and a great place to spend some time with the kids and/or grandkids catching channel cat one right after the other. There are no water wells on the property at this time, but it is believed that one could be successfully drilled if desired, as there are several working water wells on nearby adjacent properties.
Wildlife & Hunting: Whitetail Deer, Rio Grande turkey, hogs, varmint, dove, and ducks provide many hunting opportunities. The ranch was previously in the Managed Lands Deer Program (MLDP) - Harvest Option. In conjunction with TPWD recommendations, the previous owners of Indian Hills management efforts recently produced a monster low fenced buck scoring over 200" B&C and had previously produced some other really nice trophies including a buck that scored over 170" and had a rare double main beam on one side. There's an equally impressive turkey population that calls the ranch home. Any blinds and feeders located on the property will remain and convey as part of a sale. The buck: doe ratio is believed to be 1 buck: 3-4 does.
Wildlife Habitat: The wildlife habitat is prime with 70% of the ranch being heavily to moderately wooded and includes browse species such as shin oak, elbowbush, skunkbush, bumelia, sumac, redbud, cedar elm, greenbrier, catclaw mimosa, agarita and hog plum.
Roads & Fencing: A new entrance and entrance road/trail are being constructed near the northwest corner of the property, and with the mountain just west of you as you enter into the ranch, this is an extremely satisfying feeling to know you own the land that towers over you to your left, and is a unique and impressive drive as you wind your way south and then turn west into the heart of the ranch. The roads include a mixture of improved all-weather gravel roads and unimproved pasture roads and trails. On top of the mountain awaits approximately 3.2 miles of trails that will take you completely around the top outer ridge and also interconnects with a few cross trails in the interior and a couple stem trails that run out to the end of several of the points. You could spend hours just on these upper trails and never see the same place twice. Additional trails provide good travel through the south portion of the ranch and also cross the dam of the stock pond. The fences are a mix of new and old fencing and appear to turn livestock.
Easements: There are no known pipeline easements, roadway easements, or large electric transmission line easements encumbering the ranch. Comanche County does have some wind development with wind turbines visible from and located approximately 4-5 miles south of the ranch, but with very minimal impact.
Minerals: There is no O&G production on the ranch and the minerals are not leased at this time. Buyer will assume responsibility and expenses associated with a mineral ownership report if one is desired.
Utilities: Electrical utility service is provided to the area by Comanche County Electric Cooperative.
Property Taxes: The property is ag-exempt and property taxes are estimated to have been $485.00 for 2021.
Asking Price: $3,100,000 ($8,077.12 per acre)
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.
All information is deemed reliable, but is not warranted by Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC. All information is subject to change without prior notice.