438 Wharton Ranch - Matagorda County, Wharton, TX
This beautiful 438-acre ranch is a cattleman's paradise located outside of Wharton, TX. The property is a very well-maintained cattle ranch with beautiful oak and pecan trees scattered throughout. The ranch has a lovely recently renovated farmhouse with loads of character, areas of thicker woods teeming with deer, and lots of good road frontage which will make for excellent future opportunities to develop the property further. The ranch is very accessible from Houston, being less than an hour's drive.
The ranch is in the northeastern part of Matagorda County between Wharton and West Columbia on 3,000 ft of FM road frontage on FM 1301. The ranch also has 950’ of frontage on paved Old Alabama County Road. West Columbia is 16 miles northwest, and 20 miles southeast of Wharton.
Topography, Rangeland & Habitat
The ranch is mostly clay and silty clay soils on relatively flat country with minimal roll. Most of the ranch is well-maintained improved pastureland with plenty of old oaks and pecans scattered throughout the property. There are heavier cover areas on the ranch, including one that is left in very heavy older forest, and a small bayou runs through the middle of the property with plenty of cover along its banks.
This area has loads of white-tailed deer, and they are seen during every trip to the ranch. There are also plenty of hogs and this area can be very good for dove. With some work on wetland development, this area can also be very good for migrating waterfowl.
The land is under ag exemption and is currently being grazed by a well managed herd.
There is an original ranch-style farmhouse with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, and beautiful wooden floors that have recently been updated. The house also has a wrap-around screen porch for entertaining with a view of cattle and wildlife surrounding the house. This home would make for a great weekend hunting cabin or weekend getaway. The home sits next to the bayou and has beautiful trees surrounding the home. A 2,400± sq.ft. hay storage shed and a set of pens are just down the road from the home. A new loafing shed is located in one of the open pastures. Electricity is brought to the middle of the property. Perimeter fencing is in very good condition.
The property has one pond on the ranch that is almost an acre in size. A small bayou runs through the middle of the property which holds water usually year-round. There is one water well at the house and a second well in the pasture. This area has excellent groundwater from the Gulf Coast Aquifer and most wells are 100’ – 200’ deep and easily can produce more than 50 gpm.
Surface protection. Three pipelines run through the property, operated by Enterprise Products, Energy Transfer Co. & Florida Gas Transmission Co.
While this ranch is an excellent combination of a cattle and hunting ranch, with all the road frontage it could be an excellent investment opportunity as this area has been growing over the past five years and will have development potential in the future.