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Tidwell Ranch - Austin County, New Ulm, TX

The Tidwell Ranch is an exceptional large acreage offering in the highly sought after area of Cat Springs and New Ulm. A fantastic mix of thick stands of oaks and interspersed prairie creates beautiful landscapes with great views from multiple vistas. The ranch has four well dispersed homes on the property and several large fishing lakes. It also has 1.7 miles of frontage on FM 1094 creating an excellent opportunity as an investment property.

Location: The property lies 6 miles northwest of Cat Springs on FM 1094 and 4 miles east of New Ulm.

Habitat & Topography:

The ranch is found in the rolling hills of western Austin County in the Cross-Timbers ecological region of Texas. The ranch typifies this region of undulating lands dominated by belts of oaks among prairie grasslands. The area receives an average of 41.5” of rainfall per year.

The property is dominated by fine sandy loam soils with huge post oaks and water oaks dominating the multiple large trees found throughout the property. There are three large drainages running through the property that are heavily forested with multiple ponds and lakes. Elevation changes are over 70’ on the ranch with multiple hill tops and gorgeous views of the countryside.

Much of the property is planted in improved grasses (primarily Bermuda) with some pastures still in native grasses. The loamy sand soils are excellent for growing hay, running cattle, and for the health of horses.

Wildlife, Hunting:

The Tidwell Ranch has solid populations of white-tailed deer, hogs, and dove for hunting. The multiple lakes on the property provide opportunities for waterfowl hunting in the winter. Several of the lakes are stocked with Florida strain largemouth bass and offer excellent sports fishing.


Surface water on this ranch includes multiple ponds and lakes. The crown jewel of the lakes is one situated just below the main house which is over 25 acres when full and is a tremendous fishery. This lake is serviced by a large deep well with a 3 phase pump to maintain water levels. On the eastern side of the ranch is a beautiful 3 acre lake that is stocked with bass and another outstanding fishery. An additional 6 ponds are scattered throughout the ranch with several of these also containing fish.

Groundwater in the area is generally easily found and relatively shallow (average house wells on the ranch are 150’ deep). The ranch boasts 4 water wells for servicing the several homes on the property and include an irrigation well that is over 400’ deep serviced by 3 phase electricity that is currently used for maintaining in lake levels of the main lake.


The main ranch house is approximately 8,500 SF of living area and was originally built in 1968 and was extensively remodeled and added on to in 1993. The house has 4 bedrooms and 5 full baths and include a large family room with living area. There are 1,700 SF of porches and a 672 SF patio area. It also has a carport. The home sits on a hill overlooking the big lake on the property with great views to the north and west. It is set way back off of the property line to ensure minimum road noise.

Toward the back of the property is the guest house which is a 1,412 SF living area built in 1965 and also remodeled in 1993 and is currently in good shape. The house is a 3/2 with a porch and covered canopy area. The house sits under some huge trees and is fenced off to keep the yard in good condition.

Managers cabin: A log cabin designed home that is 732 SF with one bedroom and on bath with large living area and kitchen and includes two small lofts. It sits in beautiful area with fishing pond in back and nice porch.

There is also a small 400 SF guest home near the road that is in good condition and is a 1/1.

The main barn is 4,400 SF and was constructed in 1992. It includes a concrete floor over much of it for equipment storage and a shop. It is also part of a rather extensive cattle pen which serves the ranch. There are two other smaller barns on the property.

The property has excellent roads, good fencing with multiple interior fenced pastures and wide distribution of water for raising cattle and cutting hay.

Minerals: Seller will convey minerals owned on the ranch. There is no production and the ranch is not currently leased.

Other: The west side of the ranch borders a railroad track which is still in use. This ranch is co-brokered by Republic Ranches and Bill Johnson & Associates Real Estate.

Price: $9,249,000 ($12,882/acre)

Contacts: Jeff Boswell – Broker


Kimberley Zapalac– Broker

Disclaimer: The information contained herein has been gathered from sources deemed reliable; however, Republic Ranches, LLC and Bill Johnson & Associates Real Estate brokers and agents cannot guarantee the accuracy of such information. The information contained herein is also subject to changes, errors, omissions, prior sale or withdrawal of property from the market without prior notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Prospective buyers should verify all information to their satisfaction.


Tidwell Ranch

Austin County, New Ulm, TX

718 Acres

Property Sold
Dec 23rd, 2020
$9,249,000 (Asking Price)