Price: $1,774,980 ($3460 price per acre)
Size: 513+/- Acres
County: Erath County , Texas
Location: The Ator Ranch is found in northern Erath County, approximately 24 miles north of Stephenville, Texas, 1 hour southwest of Fort Worth and 1.5 hours southwest of Dallas near the Hood, Parker, and Palo Pinto County lines.
Directions: From Dallas or Fort Worth take I-20 west to exit 380 for Santo and FM-4. Proceed south on FM-4 for 3.6 miles to the intersection of FM-2803 on right. Turn right and continue south along FM-2803 for 1.7 miles to Erath County Road No. 141 on right. Turn right and proceed west for 0.7 miles to the ranch entrance on left.
Summary: The Ator name is synonymous with this portion of Erath County, dating back to the late 1800’s as several members of the family traveled west from Arkansas and settled in this part of the county. Henry Ator reportedly established one of the first businesses in the small community of Patillo, just over a mile east of the ranch. The Ator Ranch is primarily raw land that features an excellent variety of tree cover, scenic rolling terrain, numerous surface water ponds and seasonal streams, plentiful wildlife, privacy, and potential mineral ownership. Aside from the remains of an old cabin, its rock chimney, and set of working pens, there are no improvements on the ranch, offering a new owner the opportunity to make it their own.
Terrain: Located in the Western Cross Timbers the influences of this ecological region are clearly present as the property’s landscape is heavily to moderately wooded with live oak, post oak, elm, hackberry, mesquite, cedar, bumelia, cedar elm, elbowbush, sumac, skunkbush, greenbriar, and various other forms of vegetation. ~125’ of scenic elevation change occurs through the ranch from high points and plateaus, to valleys and draws where seasonal creeks have carved their way through the land. There’s a 15+/- acre field located in the southeast part of the property that could be utilized as a large wildlife food plot or easily be put back in coastal for improved grazing for livestock. Soils consist primarily of Truce fine sandy loam, Owens clay, Bonti-Exray complex, Demona loamy sand, Chaney loamy sand, and Thurber & Hassee soils.
Wildlife & Hunting: The property provides excellent habitat for the whitetail deer, turkey, dove, hog, and varmint that call this area home. There are many areas especially along the creek bottoms where wildlife food plots could be established and numerous high points where elevated hunting blinds would allow glassing large portions of the ranch as well as enjoy distant panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Water: 5 stock ponds and a number of wet weather creeks provide a good supply of surface water for wildlife, livestock, and recreation. The stock tank in the NW corner is believed to be spring-fed. There are several potential locations for additional stock tanks or small lakes. Barton Water Supply provides rural water service to the area with a 2” service line believed to be in place less than a mile east of the ranch. Contact broker/agent for additional information and estimated cost to extend the water line to the property.
Fencing and Roads: Perimeter fencing ranges in condition from excellent to poor, with new fence along the south boundary and stretches of older fence along portions of the north and east boundaries. The north and west sides of the property front along County Road 141 for a combined total of almost 9,400’ with gated entrances on each side.
Minerals: Minerals are negotiable.
Electricity: United Cooperative Services provides electrical service to the property with lines in place on the east and south portions of the ranch.
School District: Santo Independent School District
Taxes: Property is ag-exempt and annual property taxes for 2019 are estimated to be ~$1,000.
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