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Hondo Creek Ranch

2,234+/- Acres    ·    Bandera County, Tarpley, TX    ·    $16,755,000

The Hondo Creek Ranch, in south central Bandera County, offers prolific live water, developed water features, productive valleys, exceptional topography, forever views and fantastic historical improvements. The stunning O’neil Ford remodeled historical custom home overlooks valleys encompassing the 1.65 miles of Hondo Creek and 1.1 miles of Spring Creek that are found on the ranch. The extensive water features, rich native grasses, abundant wildlife, stately oaks plus inviting canyons and ridges make this ranch the personification of the the Texas Hill Country.

Location: The entrance is approximately 4.3 driving miles west of Tarpley on paved highway FM 470. The property is approximately 68 miles from the San Antonio International Airport.

Water: Live water Hondo Creek passes through the ranch for 1.65 miles and Spring Creek (portions live) drains into Hondo Creek after crossing 1.1 miles of the ranch. There are 4 developed water features on the creeks: two on Hondo Creek and two on Spring Creek with the largest lake being about 5 acres!

In addition, there is a substantial group of year round springs that emerge in the central part of the ranch and flow for about 9/10 of a mile (depending on weather conditions) across the ranch before leaving the property.

Also, there are 7 plus stock tanks that are supplied by runoff across ranch with a couple being spring fed as well.

The ranch has 4 operating water wells with two servicing the headquarters and surrounding areas, a third serves the creek

house area and the fourth serves the hunter’s camp and nearby livestock facilities.  Water distribution is in place to some 15 troughs.

Topography, Rangeland and Habitat:

This scenic hill country ranch has nearly 600’ of topographical relief with a high point some 1960 feet above sea level. Approximately half the ranch is is fertile valley bottomland with majestic trees and deep rooted grasses bounded on the northwestern and southern ends by extensive ridges, hills and canyons. This diversity along with the riparian areas along the Hondo Creek and Spring Creek offer extraordinarily productive habitat.

Typical of this part of the Hill Country, the habitat includes oak juniper woodlands with incredible tree diversity including live oak, spanish oak, shin oak, lacey oak, Texas Madrone, cherry, redbud, walnut and ash juniper.  Additionally, diverse brush species, succulents and native grasses also provide excellent habitat for wildlife.

Juniper management has been in place on the ranch for years in the valleys, lower hillsides and ridge tops; enhancing range conditions, habitat and spring flows.

Agriculture:

The ranch has grazed as many as 90 mother cows but was de-stocked during the drought of 2011. Currently they are grazing about 32 cows and recently brought in 13 heifers. The ranch utilizes 10 pastures for rotating livestock.

There are two pivots that can irrigate a couple of small pastures to improve grazing forage to meet operational objectives.  In addition, two portable hose reels will convey allowing irrigation throughout many areas of the ranch by way of attaching to an underground water distribution system on ranch.

Wildlife and Hunting:

The ranch is home to thriving populations of white-tailed deer, turkey, dove, quail and varmints plus exotics including Pere David Deer, red deer, axis deer, fallow deer, water buck, aoudad and feral hogs. In addition, this area of Texas is a known destination for birdwatchers!

4 hunting blinds and 3 feeders will convey.

Improvements:

The centerpiece is the the hacienda style O’neil Ford remodeled 7,700 SF home with its inviting front porch, tile floors, plaster walls and tile roof. The home has 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, a wood beamed living room with formal dining, billiard room, breakfast room, 8 fireplaces and 2 office spaces. One of the bedrooms is accessed by way of a porch and is known as the “LBJ” room. The home has a history of entertaining celebrities and diplomats over the years…if only these walls could talk!

The main home area is comfortably landscaped and irrigated; it also includes a swimming pool with fountain, a tennis/basketball court and hen house.

In the headquarters area are also located the foreman’s home, several barns, stables and turnouts, a set of working pens and arena.

Elsewhere on the ranch are a hunter’s cabin and the creek house.

The main entry road is paved from the main gate to the main home compound and the entire ranch is high fenced with the exception of one small 150+/- acre portion in the northwest that was acquired later.  There is a separately high fenced 200 plus acre pasture just south of the headquarters.

Electricity: Electricity is available with existing service to several areas of the ranch.

Area Attractions:

Less than 5 miles to the east is the quaint community of Tarpley with a music venue and “Mac and Ernie’s”, known across Texas and beyond for serving up some of the finest gourmet cuisine to be found…on paper plates!  Another 10 minutes east is Bandera, Texas, known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” and for its year round events for the whole family.  It is also home to numerous shops, restaurants and a few well known watering holes!

Other:

  • A monopole electric transmission line easement impacts a very small portion of property near front gate.
  • Two neighbors access their ranches via an easement along the hills in the northwest portion of the property.
  • The ranch is located just inside the northern edge of a TPWD CWD monitoring zone.  The ranch submitted hunter harvest tests during the 2016-2017 and 2018-2018 seasons and the test results did not detect any disease.
  • The ranch is appraised under 1D1 Ag, except for three two acre parcels with improvements and one 50.177 acre parcel purchased in 2014 that the owner is in the process of getting back on 1D1 Ag.

CONTACT: Charles M. Davidson - Broker Associate/Partner or Mark R. Matthews - Broker Associate/Partner

PHONE: 210-415-5570 or 210-416-2737

EMAIL: cmd@republicranches.com, matthews@republicranches.com

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