Brazos River Ranch
Price: $1,795,000 ($12562 price per acre)
Size: 143+/- Acres
County: Bosque County , Texas
PROPERTY OVERVIEW: Exquisite improvements, manicured roads, abundant surface water, history and over 1,000 feet of Brazos River frontage are all offered on this 142.89 +/- acre Brazos River Ranch in northern Bosque County, Texas. The property is approximately ½ mile east of Brazos Point, TX by way of paved County Road 1175. The property is utilized mainly for recreation, offering river access, 3 private lakes (~8.5, ~7.5 and ~5.5 acres), a manicured road system and abundant wildlife resources. The main entrance is impressive and leads from the county road to the ranch headquarters in a desirable location. The 2,000 SF, 2 bedroom/ 2.5 bath home includes a 1,000 SF covered porch with views of the two largest lakes. A 1,680 SF barn sits near the main home and is used for equipment and vehicle storage. It is complete with 800 SF of secondary living quarters including a kitchen, bathroom and second-story guest room with balcony. Towards the river, big hills offer scenic terrain and dramatic views of the Brazos River and hardwood forest. A nearby walking bridge leads to an impressive treehouse overlooking the river perfect for entertaining. The Brazos River Ranch is a peaceful escape from the city filled with sounds of live, rushing water and impressive views.
LOCATION: The ranch is located 1 hour 15 minutes southwest of Dallas, 50 minutes south of Fort Worth, and 25 minutes west of Cleburne. The ranch is conveniently located approximately 45 miles down-river from Lake Granbury dam and approximately 25 miles up-river from the start of Lake Whitney in Kopperl. The nearest public access point up-river is at FM 200 in Rainbow, 12 miles from Brazos River Ranch.
BRAZOS RIVER, LAKES & FISHING: The Brazos River Ranch includes approximately 1,034 +/- feet of prime Brazos frontage. This particular stretch of the Brazos River features a gravel/sand bar that lends itself well for recreational camping, hiking or fishing in the river. Small and Largemouth Bass fishing in this stretch of the river is good. As populations in Lake Whitney have flourished, fish have moved up the river and can be caught from the tailwaters of the Lake Granbury dam all the way to Lake Whitney. Striped Bass and catfish populations are also abundant in the deeper pools of this section of the Brazos River. In the spring, White Bass run up the river from Lake Whitney to spawn, providing another unique fishing opportunity.
Three private lakes are found on the property, measuring ~8.5 +/- acres, ~7.5 +/- acres and ~5.5 +/- acres. The largest lake is full with clear water fed by the aquifer below. Largemouth bass and a variety of baitfish were stocked in the largest lake. Channel catfish, largemouth and baitfish were also stocked in the 7.5 +/- acre lake. The two larger lakes fluctuate slightly in dry times, but the ~5.5 +/- acre lake used to go dry during extreme drought conditions, but it has been dug out and is not believed to go dry any longer. These lakes were all created by past sand and gravel pits being reclaimed.
TERRAIN: Open pasture and surface water at the front of the property gives way to forested bottomland along the Brazos River. Historically, the property was mined for sand and gravel with the result being the system of lakes. Current owner has done extensive excavating in and around the lakes to create these appealing bodies of water.
TREE COVER & WILDLIFE HABITAT: The variety of tree and plant species on the Brazos River Ranch is representative of the greater Bosque-county ecosystem. Approximately 60% is wooded with a variety of trees and vegetation including elm, cedar, pecan, wild plum, live oaks, mesquite, cottonwoods and hackberry trees. The back portion of the property is more heavily wooded with massive oaks and pecan trees.
WILDLIFE & HUNTING: The array of wildlife on the Brazos River Ranch is impressive and the ranch has experienced little to no hunting pressure. Whitetail deer and Rio Grande turkeys are plentiful in this part of Bosque County, and provide outstanding hunting potential. In the Fall and Winter months, the lakes reportedly get covered up with hundreds of migrating waterfowl. Ducks include mallards, pintails, widgeon, redheads, teal and a variety of other species. Waterfowl frequent the property located in the Central Flyway due to the abundant surface water. Other wildlife includes feral hogs, dove, bobcats, foxes, coyotes, varmints, reptiles and many different song birds. All animals thrive within the impressive wildlife habitat found on the Brazos River Ranch.
FENCES, PASTURES & CATTLE: Current owners run 11 head of longhorns on the property. There are 4 cattle guards and cross-fencing which keep cattle away from the river and hunting areas.
The Lodge (Approximately 2,000 SF) – This newly constructed primary residence, has 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths with a limestone rock and rustic wood exterior. A refurbished and fully-modernized 1860’s era Tennessee log-cabin was incorporated into the home and serves as the main living area, complete with a gas-log stone fireplace. A large kitchen comes complete with a second gas-log fireplace, antique wood island with pot rack, gas stove, granite countertop and newer appliances. A large master bedroom has expansive views of the two big lakes. The master bathroom is completed by a tile and slate shower, double vanity sinks and a concrete closet that doubles as a safe room. The upstairs bedroom includes a large bathroom and a porch with double-doors looking over the lakes. The ranch-style house has a standing seam metal roof, 8-foot wraparound porch (1,000 SF) and a stone patio with firepit all with views of the two lakes. The home sits on a concrete slab foundation and has a 750-gallon aerobic septic system run to both the main home and the barn. A gas line was buried from the house to the grill for convenience. There is a sprinkler system in place that waters the grass and landscaping around the headquarters, along the entrance road and even to the landscaped front gate. A 605-foot water well services the ranch headquarters, equipped with a 5-horsepower submersible pump. A 250-gallon propane tank was buried under the headquarters area for stone, gas-log fireplaces and gas grills.
Guest Quarters and Barn (Approximately 1,680 SF) – An adjoining 800 SF guest quarters for family and friends is located a short walk from the main ranch house and complements the home with a similar style. The guest quarters are complete with a fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, bedroom, bath, upstairs balcony and is all electric. The remaining 880 SF is a barn for equipment, tool and vehicle storage. A portion of this area is currently occupied by a travel trailer complete with water, electricity and septic. (see below “Personal Items” included)
Storage Containers – Four 8’ x 20’ steel sea containers sit side-by-side and next to the barn, blocked from view by an 8-foot cedar fence. Previous owners used the containers for 4-wheeler, ATV, and feed storage.
Tree House & Bridge – A massive treehouse was built in five live oak trees in a scenic location overlooking the Brazos River. A firepit, table and ample bench seating ensures the treehouse as a special retreat near the banks of the Brazos. A 60-foot wooden bridge provides access to the treehouse across a drainage leading into the river. The bridge rests upon a steel I-beam support that is securely anchored into the ground.
Entrance Gate and Privacy Fence – An electric gate being 8’ tall X 15’ wide has dual gate panels and serves as the main ranch entrance. A keypad grants access to the ranch and an 8’ tall privacy, cedar fence lines the majority of the frontage along County Road 1175.
ROAD FRONTAGE & INTERIOR ROADS: The property fronts along County Road 1175 for approximately 1,400 feet. The entirety of this frontage is privacy fenced with 8’ cedar fencing blocking views of and noise from the county road. Interior road system is in excellent condition providing access to just about everywhere.
AREA ATTRACTIONS: In 1947 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction of Lake Whitney Dam across the Brazos River downstream and 4 years later the impoundment was complete. Today, Lake Whitney is known as one of the most scenic recreational lakes in the state of Texas, with deep clear water surrounded by limestone cliffs. The lake covers 23,500 surface acres and is a noted fishery for striped bass, largemouth bass, Kentucky spotted bass, smallmouth bass, sand bass, crappie, and catfish. Other activities include recreational boating, skiing, swimming, scuba diving, and duck hunting in the fall and winter months.
In 1966 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction of Lake Granbury Dam across the Brazos River, north of Brazos River Ranch. Water impoundment began in 1969 and today the lake has a total capacity of 8,310 surface acres and 103 miles of shoreline. From the 1970’s and even today, new lakeshore developments have spearheaded a building boom around the lake. Today, Lake Granbury is a popular fishing and recreational lake in Hood County, attracting most of its tourists and homeowners from nearby DFW-metroplex. The lake is a noted fishery for striped bass, largemouth bass, Kentucky spotted bass, sand bass, crappie, and catfish. Other activities include recreational watercraft, skiing, swimming and scuba diving.
AREA HISTORY: Few places in Texas have inspired and emboldened Texans like the Brazos River. It was along these banks that our earliest ancestors hunted for bison and where later, Native Americans would canoe up and down the river for trade, travel and war. Known as the dividing line between East and West Texas, the Brazos River was the place chosen by Stephen F. Austin to establish the Republic of Texas in 1836. Today, the Brazos River still looms large in the hearts of Texans throughout the rivers 840-mile journey through the Lone Star State.
The history of the immediate area, Brazos River Ranch and Brazos Point specifically was recorded in 1981 by Ella Lee Hudson Osborne in her book, In Remembrance of our Ancestors. Born and raised in Brazos Point, Ella Osborne’s relatives still own and live on the neighboring ranch today.
DIRECTIONS FROM FORT WORTH (50 minute drive):
From downtown Fort Worth, take Interstate 30 west to Chisolm Trail Parkway. Take Chisolm Trail Parkway south for ~28 miles before turning right onto US Highway 67 West. In ~6.8 miles exit left onto Park Road 21 towards Cleburne State Park. Continue south for ~7 miles before turning right onto FM 200. Travel ~3.6 miles and take a left onto County Road 1118, in ~2.1 miles the entrance will be on your right.
DIRECTIONS FROM DALLAS (1 hour 15 minute drive):
From downtown Dallas, take Interstate 35 south towards Waco, exiting in ~4.7 miles onto US Highway 67 towards Cleburne. In ~53 miles exit left onto Park Road 21 towards Cleburne State Park. Continue south for ~7 miles before turning right onto FM 200. Travel ~3.6 miles and take a left onto County Road 1118, in ~2.1 miles the entrance will be on your right.
MINERALS: No minerals, surface only. There is no active oil and gas production on the property.
RIGHT-OF-WAYS: No right-of-ways or easements are known to affect the property.
UTILITIES: 600’ water well in second Trinity provides improvements with water. Electricity is provided by United Cooperative Services and all powerlines are underground avoiding any visual obstructions.
SCHOOL DISTRICT: Kopperl Independent School District.
PROPERTY TAXES: The property taxes for 2018 were estimated to be approximately $5,423.71.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: The following items are included with the sale of this property:
2008 38-HP Kubota Tractor with 5’ mower, disk, rock rake, box blade and grain drill.
All appliances including refrigerators, washers/dryers and stoves/ ovens.
A travel trailer sleeping up to 6 people in excellent condition.
Other furnishings could be purchased, but are not included.
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