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Red River Valley Ranch - Cooke County, Muenster, TX

Key Attributes


Red River Valley Ranch is a premier 430 acre riverfront property located in the beautiful North Texas Hill Country.  The main home was designed by renowned Texas-modernist architect Frank Welch and is thoughtfully positioned overlooking the Red River. Incredible views! With its 1.6 miles of Red River frontage, first-class horse facilities, hundreds of mature pecans and lush rolling pastures, Red River Valley is among the finest ranches of its kind in the region.

*Ranch can be purchase in two separate tracts. See below for details. 

Location: Red River Valley Ranch is situated in the North Texas Hill Country about 1.5 hours northwest of DFW International Airport. The ranch is located at 3748 County Road 435, Saint Jo, TX.

Land:   The terrain at Red River Valley Ranch can be divided into two main sections–an upper rolling section with excellent pastures and a lower section along the river with level ground, lush grass and mature pecan trees. The main homesite area offers fabulous views towards the Red River and beyond. Due to the dramatic bend in the river, you can actually see across Oklahoma and back into Texas as you look east from upper porch. A 4+ acre lake stocked with bass sits between the home and the river. The house and horse facilities are in the upper rolling section overlooking the “pecan bottom pastures” and Red River. With 8,700 feet of beach along the Red River, numerous recreational opportunities await. An approximately 40 acre section of hardwood timber lies on the south end of the property. The ranch’s elevation ranges from 705’ along the Red River to 825’ on the hills in the south east corner of the ranch. Red River Valley Ranch and the surrounding countryside is certainly one of the most scenic areas within 3 hours of Dallas. 

Main House: 

The main house, built in 2001, is a 7,000 sq. ft. (heated/cooled) Frank Welch designed home constructed out of cedar and stone.  Renowned architect Frank Welch passed away in 2017 and was legendary for his Texas modernist style. Clean lines, beautiful windows and excellent use of skylights give this home a special feel.  The upper porch and living area afford panoramic views of the Red River Valley. A majestic walk-around stone fireplace is the centerpiece of the great room and can be seen from the kitchen as well.
• 6 bedrooms/6 full bath and 2 half baths (main and guest area combined)
• Granite counters, Viking range, Sub-Zero refrigerator
• 2 laundry rooms, luxurious study, breakfast nook with spectacular view, reinforced storm room
• Upper and lower living rooms, both with access to porch
• Pool cabana with one bedroom and one full bath

Horse Facilities/Improvements: 

Red River Valley Ranch was designed to be a top-notch cutting horse operation but also has a high carrying capacity for cattle due to the dense grass and strategic layout of the ranch. A central fenced lane runs the entire length of the ranch allowing extremely easy movement of livestock.
• Large first class covered riding arena with observation deck- 100’ x 220’
• Breeding barn – 20 stalls
• Main barn – 15 stalls
• Mare motel – 10 stalls that can be 20 if needed
• Foreman’s house – 1,888 sq. ft. brick home near horse facilities
• Entertaining pavilion with stone fire pit, bar, custom stone smoker and bathrooms
• Large outdoor round pen
• Covered round pen
• Haybarn
• 7 loafing sheds throughout pastures
• Concrete main drive
• Approximately 7 miles of white pipe fence that is well maintained

Agriculture:  Thanks to the fertile pastures, excellent grass and optimized fencing this ranch can run near 100 animal units as a cow/calf operation.  There are hundreds of pecan trees can be harvested for a sizable bonus income.

Water:   There are two water wells – one for house only and the other for the rest of the ranch.  A third well has been repaired but is not currently used. In addition to the Red River and Owl Hollow Creek (seasonal), there is a 4+ acre stocked bass lake with great fishing. 

Climate:  The average annual precipitation for this area of Cooke County is approximately 37.7 inches. For more details on local climate see this link:

Area Information/History:  Located in the iconic Red River Valley, Red River Valley Ranch is minutes away from fun and historical sites. Within a short drive you will find two excellent wineries, historic St. Jo, Davis & Blevins art gallery, an old German market, quaint shops and an 18 hole golf course. The historic Spanish Fort and Red River crossing of the Chisholm Trail are located just a couple miles northwest of the ranch.

Soils:  Fertile fine sandy loams

Wildlife: The location on the Red River gives this ranch access to excellent hunting. Deer frequently move along the river corridor and into the lower pastures of the ranch. The ranch has a block of timber (approximately 40 acres) on the south side of the ranch providing additional wildlife habitat. Easy access to the river gives you lots of fishing options. Stripers can be caught from the banks of the river as the seasonally move upstream from Lake Texoma. 

Minerals: It is believed no minerals are owned.

Taxes: Approximately $21,000 yearly

*Northern tract includes the horse facilities and 279 acres. The price is $2.5M. The southern tract is 151 acres with the main house. This tract is available for $2.5M as a separate purchase from the whole ranch. Please contact for more details.


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Red River Valley Ranch

Cooke County, Muenster, TX

430 Acres

Property Sold
Sep 2nd, 2020
$4,399,000 (Asking Price)