200 acres in Jeff Davis County, Texas
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Details for 4517 Hwy 118
Description of 4517 Hwy 118
UNDER CONTRACT PRICE REDUCED! Sky Island is comprised of 200 acres and one of the most unique "off the grid" homes in the State of Texas. The property is adjacent to the 33,000 acre Nature Conservancy's Davis Mountain Preserve and in proximity to private ranches also with conservation easements totaling 65,000 acres outside the preserve. Sky Island is part of a protected ranch neighborhood with unobstructed views of McDonald Observatory and rugged area mountains nearly to Marathon, 50 miles away.
The crown jewel of Sky Island is an acclaimed 5,600 square foot, new home built off the grid with paved entrance from the Scenic Loop highway. The topography of the property, although very much in the mountains, is gentle slopes which makes the entire tract accessible by almost any vehicle. The fantastic two-story home and 20,000 square foot courtyard and native gardens, are built on the top of a knoll with inspiring views of the mountains to the east and excellent views nearby to the Preserve and neighboring ranches. Rugged canyons surround the property and create a sense of being on a high rim in the mountains. From here the views are stunning and overlook the most spectacular scenery in the entire Davis Mountains., short of the Observatory itself. Historically, the Sky Island property was once part of the adjacent Eppenhauer Ranch, a well-known ranch spanning 30,000 acres and several generations.
Primarily built of stone, steel, glass and wood with large picture windows throughout the home. Stacked stone walls and bamboo wood floors with stone tiles in kitchen and baths.
Utilities - the Sky Island house is self-sustained and off the electrical and telephone grid.
Electricity: is provided by 24 batteries that store energy generated from 30 solar panels. The panels generate 15 to 20 kwh/day and average daily use is 6-8 kwh. An emergency back-up system is through a 17kw propane generator that can charge the batteries.
Water: is provided in two ways to the house. Drinking water is from a well. Water is automatically
pumped from the well by a solar-powered pump and stored in a 15,000 gallon sealed metal tank.
The second water system is a rain capture system for non-potable water. This water is used for
landscaping and is collected by the gutter system of the house and stored in an underground 10,000
gallon metal tank.
Wastewater: The property is serviced by a septic system designed to separate gray and black water.
Television, Internet and Telephone: The house is wired for Internet, but currently doesnt have a connection to the Internet. This can come through either a satellite or a wireless signal from Fort Davis. Television and Telephone are also through satellite connections.
16 rooms in a two-story open floor plan divided by different step levels and area definition. This minimizes interior vertical walls for an open interior atmosphere that intrergrates with the natural surroundings. Layout includes two separate offices that can convert into bedrooms making the home a four bed/bath house.
Second floor Master Bedroom Suite is 800 sq.ft. with skylight and picture windows to east and west. Built-in bookshelves and large walk-in room for closet/dressing room.
Covered porches, outdoor deck from master bedroom, courtyard fountain, two vehicle garage and separate tractor barn
20, 000 sq.ft. courtyard covered in flagstones and landscaped with natural grasses with various sitting areas for entertaining taking in the view.
Paved road from the highway entrance to the house to allow smooth and continuous access to the home by all vehicle types.
Perimeter Wall over 700 feet long surrounds the house to deter wildlife from entering courtyard and front area.
Map of 4517 Hwy 118
Directions to the Land
Located on State Hwy 118 on the Scenic Loop Road around the Davis Mountains approximately 12 miles from Fort Davis, Texas, past the University of Texas McDonald Observatory.
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