The Cottingham Ranch - Live Oak County, George West, TX
The Cottingham Ranch is the quintessential dual-purpose Live Oak County ranch, consisting of 175 acres of thick South Texas native brush and 172 acres of open land with healthy native grasses, scattered brush, and majestic live oak trees. Boasting some of the best views in Live Oak County, with the headquarters sitting at 280-feet, you are guaranteed some of the best sunrises and sunsets in South Texas. This ranch has been enjoyed by the same family for the past 50 years and is ready for your family to come and make their forever memories.
Located 7 miles from George West and 5 miles from I-37, this ranch is easily accessed but still remote. A straight 90 mile drive from San Antonio and only 70 miles from Corpus Christi, this property can be enjoyed with ease.
Topography, Rangeland & Habitat
Topography ranges from 280 feet down to 170 feet providing a phenomenal 110 feet of relief and roll across the ranch.
The southwest 172 acres of rangeland consists of open native grasses with scattered mesquite and huisache regrowth and a multitude of beautiful live oaks. This is ideal bobwhite quail country. There is a nice draw in the southern portion well suited for the addition of a surface water tank to expand your hunting pursuits into some epic dove hunts. This portion of the ranch has historically been used for cattle. The 172 acres has been divided into eight separate pastures for rotational grazing, with a fenced lane running through the middle leading to the working pens. Fencing is in need of repair/replacement. Five strategically placed cement water troughs with piping from the headquarters provided water for the cattle.
The northeast 175 acres consists of native high protein South Texas browse perfect for holding and growing the trophy white-tailed deer this area is known for. Recently reclaimed Senderos makes this ranch ready to hunt on day one and other Senderos could be reclaimed to open up additional hunting access. In the northern portion of the property is a draw ideal for the addition of another surface water tank. Large live oaks along the draw provide roosts for turkey. The thick cover and elevation changes make this portion of the ranch feel and hunt much larger.
Soils are a mix of different fine sandy loam (Annarose – 53%, Sarnosa – 18%, Pernitas – 13%, mix of other making up the balance). The property also features a caliche pit that can be used to provide road base, etc.
Wildlife consists of white-tailed deer, bobwhite quail, turkey, feral hogs and badgers. The property has been only very lightly hunted in the past by family and friends. Large coveys of quail have been observed along with good groups of turkey and certainly a lot of good deer!
All but the southern neighbor’s fence line are low fenced, providing for a good mix of genetics and fair chase game. The size, shape and diversity of this property make it an ideal candidate for high fencing for those who want to introduce improved genetics and/or exotics.
Improvements consist of a 700 sq. ft. home with loft bedroom, four-bay garage with a 1/1 garage apartment, and metal barn with workshop and four open bays.
The cedar-sided home, built circa 1979, was designed by noted Corpus Christi architect, Garth Carroll. A highlight of Mr. Carroll’s design are two 17-foot sliding panels, mounted on barn door tracks, which cover glass doors located on opposite sides of the house. This home is so unique it was featured in Southern Living magazine in 1982. Other windows and doors are covered with a shutter system to allow the entire home to be closed and locked securely. This is not your typical ranch house or barndominium, it is unique and worth preservation.
Built later, circa 1993, the cedar-clad garage has a four-bay garage for all your toys and accessories. One bay opens into a private workshop area while the three other bays share a common room. Above the workshop area is a comfortable apartment with a bathroom and wet bar. This spacious living area opens up to deck that provides a view of miles and miles of the South Texas countryside.
The metal barn was constructed circa 1975. It contains a large enclosed storage/workshop area and an open pole barn with large bays for tractors, trailers, etc.
There is a water well located at the Headquarters servicing the improvements and five cement troughs throughout the 172-acre portion with water lines feeding them.
Electricity is located at the headquarters.
Surface sale only, no minerals are being offered. There has not been any production on the property in the past 50 years and is not currently leased.