LOCATION: This incredible Balcones Canyonlands ranch is located on the west side of RM 1376, with the main body connected to the public highway via a 69 wide fee simple owned strip of land, about 5 miles N of quaint Sisterdale, a cluster of cottage businesses centered around a well-known tavern and event venue.
Boerne, the county seat, is located 15 miles south (services, supplies, hospital, restaurants, shops, box stores), and sizzling Fredericksburg (upscale shops, restaurants, jet airstrip, hospital) is about 20 miles NW. Luckenbach, a world renowned music venue, is about 10 miles N. For more info on Kendall County, please visit the official website.
San Antonio, the nations 7th largest city, is about 40 miles S, and includes international airport, universities, major medical facilities, while State Capitol Austin lies about 70 miles east, with similar amenities to SA. This location is smack dab in the big middle of all things Texas Hill Country, and while secluded, is very accessible to all.
Adjoiners are 100+ acres, including several larger parcels, with the exception of a few parcels to the north located in the Alamo Springs subdivision. This is a well-heeled area of old family ranches mixed with highly improved showplaces, and is one of the last true frontiers this close to San Antonio.
Property Address: 1646C FM 1376, Sisterdale, TX 78006.
ECOREGION: DMR is located in the ecoregion of the Balcones Canyonlands. The Balcones Canyonlands ecoregion forms the southeastern boundary of the Edwards Plateau. The Edwards Plateau was uplifted during the Miocene epoch at the Balcones Fault Zone, separating central Texas from the coastal plain. The Balcones Canyonlands are highly dissected through the erosion and solution of springs, streams, and rivers working both above and below ground; percolation through the porous limestone contributes to the recharge of the Edwards Aquifer. High gradient streams originating from springs in steep-sided canyons supply water for development on the Texas Blackland Prairies at the eastern base of the escarpment. The Balcones Canyonlands supports a number of endemic plants and has a higher representation of deciduous woodland than elsewhere on the Edwards Plateau, with escarpment black cherry, Texas mountain-laurel, madrone, Lacey oak, bigtooth maple, and Carolina basswood. Some relicts of eastern swamp communities, such as baldcypress, American sycamore, and black willow, occur along major streamcourses. It is likely that these trees have persisted as relics of moister, cooler climates following the Pleistocene glacial epoch. Toward the west, the vegetation changes gradually as the climate becomes more arid. Plateau live oak woodland is eventually restricted to north and east facing slopes and floodplains, and dry slopes are covered with open shrublands of juniper, sumac, sotol, acacia, honey mesquite, and ceniza. For more information, visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's(TPWD)official website.
WATER: The site includes part of the headwaters of two major drainages, West Sister and Block Creeks, including seasonal springs and spectacular falls gushing into stunning swimming holes. These creeks are mostly rock and gravel bottom, and include small plots of clay bottomland along their winding courses, and are simply gorgeous in their flora and fauna.
There are 8 major canyons, including two named creeks, offering several of the finest sites for large lakes weve seen in this part of the world. Significant impoundments exist on adjoiners and nearby, and the primary site on this ranch could achieve a 12 15 acre lake, subject to confirmation by engineer.
There is 1 water well on the ranch, and area groundwater maps reveal numerous nearby wells in the 30 50 gpm range, at depths of 400 700. For further information on area groundwater, please contact the Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District.
LAND: There is not a more pristine site known in the area, and the classic Balcones Canyonland features dominate! This ranch has elevation changes totaling 530 feet, and is absolutely one of the crown jewels of the Sister Creek drainage. Dunners Mountain towers over the head of the valley like a sentinel, offering dramatic views down the Sister Creek drainage over Boerne and almost all the way to San Antonio.
The dramatic hills and ridges with distant vistas are simply beyond compare, and the deep valleys below are ripe with hardwoods and shrubs, concealing whitetail deer, axis deer, aoudad sheep and other exotics plus turkeys so thick you have to swat them away. The rugged country offers unique variety, and includes several large, flat bottomland fields in the SE portion, lined with heritage oaks, elms and many pecans. Brackett-Real association soils rule the uplands, while the bottoms feature Krum and Doss silty clays.
A unique feature of this site is the feeling of seclusion one has on a great majority of it. Numerous spectacular view homesites overlook mostly-owned land and hills, and one can get truly lost in the deep, remote valleys in the western portion of the ranch.
IMPROVEMENTS: There are few improvements other than two hunting cabins, some working pens, sheds, 1 water well, 3 improved springs, 3 stock tanks and a barn. An interesting but functional road system allows surprisingly good access to many sections of the ranch, which is fenced into several pastures. Several stretches of the perimeter are high fenced, and two of the fields have been maintained to a degree in recent years.
SUMMARY: This is a rare opportunity to purchase a legacy-type ranch directly from one of the Hill Countrys most legendary families that of Adolph Stieler, the Goat King of Texas. The power and magic one feels on site here is palpable, and the canvas is almost totally blank, awaiting fresh vision and funds. We are honored to present this ranch to all qualified comers, and welcome your inquiries and interest.
FINANCIAL/TITLE: Listing price is $5,450/acre = $17,222,000. Sellers will provide current survey and basic title insurance. Mineral conveyance is negotiable. A monopole electric transmission lines crosses the very front portion of the site, and there are visible utility services on site as well, but no other known major title issues. A hunting lease is in place until January, 2016. The property is located in the Comfort ISD, and 2014 ag-exempt taxes were about $3,200.
The information contained herein has been diligently assembled and is deemed reliable, but is not warranted by Broker or Seller, express or implied, and is subject to change, prior sale, errors and/or omissions and withdrawal from market. Buyers must verify accuracy of representations on their own, as well as investigate potentially pertinent natural attributes, laws and regulations, and draw their own conclusions regarding the usefulness and value of the property for a given purpose. Viewing appointments scheduled with LANDTX staff only. SHOWN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY DO NOT TRESPASS.
Buyers brokers must be identified on first contact, and must accompany buying prospect on first showing to be allowed full fee participation. If this condition is not met, fee participation will be at sole discretion of LANDTX, David E. Culver, broker.
The west side of RM 1376, with the main body connected to the public highway via a 69 wide fee simple owned strip of land, about 5 miles N of quaint Sisterdale. Property Address: 1646C FM 1376, Sisterdale, TX 78006.
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