Located less than an hour south of the Sam Houston Tollway outside of Sweeny, the Brazoria Oaks Ranch is a working cattle ranch. The ranch is mostly cleared of thick timber and underbrush, but the open prairie is loaded with beautiful, mature, Spanish Moss covered oaks. The pastures are some of the most scenic on the upper coast.
Location: The ranch is located just south of Sweeny off of FM 524, just off the west bank of the San Bernard River. Local, small town amenities in Sweeny are 5 minutes from the gate, while more dining and retail opportunities are found in Lake Jackson (+15 miles), Angleton (+25 miles), and suburban areas south of Houston are only 50 miles away. The coast and Matagorda Peninsula are a short 25 mile drive south to Sargent.
Habitat: Approximately 90 acres of the ranch are planted in jiggs bermuda, with an additional +40 acres in Gordo. The balance of the grazing pastures are native grasses.
Huge live oaks are spread throughout the ranch. There are a handful of hackberry and pecans, but the overwhelming majority of the trees are oaks.
Per USDA data, soils are predominantly Pledger Clay (prime farmland classification), with approximately 15% of the ranch shown as Asa Silty Clay Loam (also prime farmland).
The topography is generally flat, sloping gently east towards the river. Elevations range from 25 feet to a low of 15 feet over the 2.5 miles from the west to the east end. An extensive system of drainage ditches and a gentle slough help the ranch drain well. Per FEMA data, approximately 800 acres of the ranch lie outside of the 100 year flood plain.
Livestock: As of this writing, there are approximately 400 head of cattle on the ranch. Livestock are not included in the asking price.
Wildlife: Native game on the ranch include deer, hogs, dove, and in the winter months, waterfowl. Other than hog control, there has been very little hunting pressure on this ranch.
This area is known for excellent waterfowl hunting, and with some additions of wetland units, could make an excellent duck and goose property during the winter months.
Improvements: The main house is a 1,384 square foot, 3-bed:2-bath home with a detached, oversized carport. A second, small, 3-bed:1-bath frame house is located close by. Both of these homesites are located a short distance off FM 524 and are screened from the road and neighbors by numerous oaks.
A 26,000 SF open sided hay barn, 3,900 SF Quonset barn, and some smaller open sheds are located at the headquarters area. The working pens and traps are also located here.
Fencing and crossfencing is primarily 5-wire. Excluding limited stretches, the fencing is in good to very good condition.
The working pens are older and of wood construction, but are functional. The pens include a covered working area and hydraulic squeeze chute.
Water: Water is primarily provided by seven wells with numerous troughs spread around the ranch. These are supplemented by six small stock tanks. Depending on the source, Brazoria County is reported to average +52-56 inches of rain annually, so shallow tanks are effective.
Highlights: In addition to the aesthetics and productivity of the land, this ranch has characteristics that enhance its investment value. The ranch has direct access via paved roads on four sides, which would allow for easy subdivision.
The far northeast end of the ranch adjoins the Union Pacific railroad for + 1,200’, potentially providing connectivity to the petrochemical and refining plants of the Texas Gulf Coast. The Old Ocean refinery is approximately 10.5 miles northwest and ties into the same line. These features, along with pipelines carrying natural gas and various feedstocks make this site a candidate for heavy industrial/petrochemical development.
Minerals: Surface only. There are no leases and no production on the ranch.
Price: Contact Broker
This property is being marketed in conjunction with Cushman & Wakefield of Texas, Inc.
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