New Year Creek Ranch - Washington County, Chappell Hill, TX
The New Year Creek Ranch is a spectacular live water ranch located just north of Chappell Hill in one of the most sought-after areas of the county and in proximity to both Houston and Austin. This ranch is a fantastic opportunity for a long-term investor, an end user wanting the convenience of the location, or a developer. In addition to over 3/4 of a mile of free-flowing New Year Creek, the ranch offers extensive pasturelands, wonderful woodlands, rolling terrain, and spring-fed ponds allowing for extensive agricultural, equestrian, and recreational opportunities.
The New Year Creek Ranch is located about 3 miles from the charming community of Chappell Hill, 10 miles from Brenham (where grocery, medical, and home improvement options are available), about 60 miles from Houston, and only 98 miles to Austin.
The ranch has extensive frontage on FM 1155 (~4,550’) and on South Meyersville and North Meyersville Roads (over 2 miles).
Topography, Rangeland & Habitat
The varied yet pastoral terrain, rangelands, and wildlife habitat of the New Year Creek Ranch have welcomed many different uses over the years from cattle grazing to recreational hunting to periodically hosting a “fox hunt” on horseback with foxhounds. With over 100’ of elevation changes across the ranch, the rolling terrain includes four distinct drainages and incredible trees, including live oaks, water oaks, post oaks, pecans and elms. Multiple hilltops offer tremendous 360-degree views that are truly breathtaking.
Only about 172 acres, generally along New Year Creek, are located in the FEMA floodplain.
The ranch enjoys populations of wildlife including great white-tailed deer numbers, a few quail, dove, and some limited waterfowl; as well as feral hogs and predators.
Currently, the ranch is leased to an area grazer who runs cattle on New Year Creek Ranch. The owner also keeps a small Wagyu herd and some horses on the ranch.
The ranch is improved with a unique multi-story hilltop home with commanding views of the ranch and surrounding countryside.
The headquarters area where the home also includes an enclosed barn, a shed, and other necessary infrastructure for ranching operations.
The ranch is watered by the 3/4 of a mile of live water New Year Creek, numerous stock ponds (several being spring fed), and 2 water wells servicing the home and headquarters area as well as some distribution to troughs. The ranch is situated over the Gulf Coast Aquifer with plentiful and relatively shallow (100’ – 150’) groundwater.
The ranch has electrical service at the headquarters and on numerous other portions of the ranch.
Washington County played an extensive role in Texas History, too much to include here, but it is interesting to note that artifacts from the Paleo-Indian culture have been found in the area that is now Washington County, indicating that it has been occupied by humans for perhaps 9,000 years or more. Early Indian residents most likely included the Tamique and Xaraname tribes, who inhabited the prairie between the Tonkawas of Central Texas and the coastal-dwelling Karankawas. Early frontiersmen found Tonkawas living in permanent settlements in the central portion of the area that is now Washington County and encountered transient Arananamus and Apaches in the area (Source: TSHA Online). On the ranch, a site is suspected to be a significant mound feature that has not been thoroughly investigated.
With minimal floodplain, multiple amazing views, and tons of road frontage, this ranch would be a great long-term investment for future development. The ranch has several high-end developments next door and this area of Chappell Hill is growing at a very fast rate.