Carancahua Bay Ranch

Location:    The ranch is located approximately 25 miles south of Ganado, Texas on Hwy 172, just south of the Hwy 35 intersection. At CR 303, one heads east about 2 miles until it terminates into the property and Carancahua Bay. Excellent geographic location places this property 97 miles south of Houston, 145 miles from Austin, and 148 miles from San Antonio. The convenient drive time of 2 – 3 hours from major cities gives the owner a recreational property with both hunting and bay fishing venues.

First Impression and Habitat:    As you drive into Carancahua Bay Ranch you have a sense of owning your own private peninsula with the vast expanse of Carancahua Bay as your front yard. There is a feeling of good wildlife habitat as you pass scattered doves crossing the road and the occasional covey of quail. You note a large hay field to the left that would make an excellent planted field of sunflowers for dove attraction. There is an existing new Aeromotor windmill pumping water into a shallow pond that attracts birds and wildlife. Behind the windmill in the distance is an impressive inland, 35 acre fresh water lake that in the fall is covered with ducks. The current owner has enjoyed duck hunts on the large lake during past seasons. Looking at an aerial you can note a ¼ mile drainage system that feeds the large lake and keeps game on the property, providing a waterfowl sanctuary.

Your front door is protected by a newly completed 2,300’ bulkhead (installed at a cost of $200 per foot, $460,000) that stretches from the southwestern corner of the property to the east, beyond the quality, weather-resistant 3-bedroom home completed in 2013. The bulkhead continues east past the home and protects the major part of the 28 acre parcel the house is located on, shielding the property from land erosion due to tidal movement and wave action. The property enjoys 1 mile of frontage on Carancahua Bay. As seen in the Port Alto community to the west, a fishing / boating pier could easily be constructed from the bulkhead, with a path across the yard from the house, for great fishing, boating, and swimming access.

Improvements:   In addition to the bulkhead along the 28 acre residential land, the property is improved with a 3/2 single story house containing 2,671 SF constructed in 2013. Water is furnished by a separate water well and sewer is provided through a septic system. The house is on a slab with wood frame, HardiPlank siding, and a metal roof, plus all windows feature storm shutters (at a cost of $11,000). The house has a very spacious, open floor plan, ideal for entertaining. The large living room features plate-glass windows giving full view of Carancahua Bay. The full-service kitchen with well-appointed appliances, flows into the large living room area. The bedrooms are of generous size and there is a separate office located next to the back entrance of the house. There is an attached garage (24’ x 44’ which fits 4 cars with a work area) as well as a detached new 2-vehicle (40’ x 40’) metal garage with a paved drive to the house.

The house and 28 acre parcel are offered separately at $999,000. Unless the remaining 229 acres is sold first, the house must be sold simultaneously with the remaining acreage.

Minerals:   None available.

Wildlife and Fishery:   Because of the large fresh water lake, bird life is present year-round, including wood storks, roseate spoonbills, ibis, small shorebirds, great blue herons, mottled ducks, and numerous egrets. It is truly a birder’s paradise on Carancahua Bay Ranch.

Migratory waterfowl abound during seasons plus doves and quail are on the ranch. They are also plentiful in the area and can be further drawn to the property with enhanced sunflower and grain planting. The property provides ground cover for quail nesting and mesquite trees for dove nesting and roosting. Food plots and mechanical feeders will attract deer and wild hogs to the area. Fish,, primarily speckled trout, redfish, and flounder are abundant in the Carancahua Bay system along with numerous oyster reefs. Excellent fishing has been experienced by the owner wading the bulkheaded shoreline on the property.


BROKER: David Boyles

PHONE: 713-857-7174



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