On the Cover: Buck Springs Ranch

500-Acre Live Water Paradise in Bandera County
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Buck Springs Ranch is featured on the cover of the Fall 2019 issue of Texas LAND magazine. Click here to subscribe!

Buck Spring Ranch has been in the same family for decades and is in one of the most iconic and coveted areas in the whole state, the Texas Hill Country.  With magnificent vistas, rocky creeks, multiple homes and compounds for entertaining large families or groups of friends,  this property is rich in Texas History with all the characteristics that make it truly Texas. 

Location

The property is in the south-central portion of Llano County, approximately nine miles southeast of Llano, Texas. The property is physically located on the east side of County Road 312, a paved road maintained by the county.

Land

This 1,578±-acre ranch represents some of the most iconic and desirable attributes of the Texas Hill Country. From breathtaking views of the surrounding country, to cleared pastureland ideal for hay production or improved grasses, to rock bottom creeks and draws flowing with cool spring water, this property has it all. There is a diverse mix of grasses, vegetation, and trees providing excellent habitat for both wildlife and livestock.

Water

The water on this property is abundant. There are three named creeks on the property, including Honey Creek and two branches coming off Honey Creek (one named Pyramid Creek and the other, Salt Branch). Pyramid Creek and Honey Creek both have concrete dams on the property creating a man-made lake as an additional water feature. There is also an excellent spring on Honey Creek in the northeastern corner of the property. There are a total of five stock tanks or ponds located on the property including the two that are on the creeks. There are four live water wells on the property, providing ample water for livestock, people, and irrigation. 

Terrain & Topography

The elevation on the property is varied with ravines and hills typical of the area. It ranges from approximately 1,700± feet above sea level at the highest point of the property on the southern end of the ranch. The lowest point of the property is approximately 1,380± feet above sea level on the eastern border of the property along Honey Creek. These measurements were taken from a USGS topographical map online. Numerous bluffs and caves are located throughout the property, especially along the creeks.

Recreation & Hunting

Recreational opportunities are abundant through the property. Hunting on the ranch includes whitetail deer, feral hogs, dove, duck, and turkey. It is not uncommon to see Aoudad and axis deer in this part of the state as well. Great fishing can be had in several of the stock tanks throughout the property. 

Minerals

Seller owns a large portion of the mineral estate, though there is little to no activity in this area. Contact broker for more details.

Improvements

Five homes comprise the ranch including a main lodge and outbuildings, a gatehouse and two other homes suitable for ranch-labor. Custom-built in 1989 by Satterwhite Log Homes, the main lodge is the focal point of a large compound of structures perched on a hilltop with stunning views. 

Constructed of beautiful specialty woods with native stone fireplaces and hardscape, the lodge is ideal for entertaining—with huge living areas and spacious wraparound porches to experience stunning sunrises, sunsets, and mountain breezes. Easily sleeping ten or more on the main level, the lodge has five bedroom suites on the first floor, and two additional bedroom suites and a sitting area upstairs to accommodate another six to eight guests. High vaulted ceilings and large windows create abundant light and a warm cozy feeling inside the lodge. 

Surrounding the lodge, there are three additional buildings. On the west side of the driveway/motor court, there’s a well-appointed gameroom/guest lodge equipped with pool table, entertaining areas, wet-bar, big screen TV, and one-and-a-half baths on the first-floor level. On the upper level, there are two bedrooms with en-suite half baths to accommodate up to eight people. On the opposite side of the motor court, there are two buildings, including a commercial-capacity laundry room with an adjacent room for hunting gear, and a free-standing storage building. 

The exterior finishes and workmanship on all buildings complement the main lodge. Looking out from the east side of the main lodge the view includes a sparkling and heated swimming pool with a native stone waterfall, a large fire pit for nighttime activities, a sandbox for young children, and a lighted tennis court. 

At the gated front entrance to the property, an additional guesthouse/gatehouse welcomes all visitors. The gatehouse looks out at a reservoir with a dam, a rugged and natural setting for viewing wildlife, and offers additional lodging for five to six guests, three bedrooms with en-suite baths, two kitchens and a spacious common area. The homes for ranch labor include one manufactured home and another built on site. 

Additional improvements include a barn and two shops, a small airplane hangar with shop and concrete flooring with an adjacent grass landing strip. The remains of a settler’s home built of stone circa 1850 are a reminder of the rich history of this special property.

A welcoming paved road leads from the main entrance all the way to the lodge at the top of the hill. Rough-cut roads and trails can be found throughout the rest of the ranch. The property is fenced and cross fenced with scattered food plots for deer and other wildlife.

the 1,578-acre Buck Spring ranch in llano county is being offered For Sale and is Exclusively Listed by Harlan Ray and David Burgher of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with an asking price of  $9,700,000 


BurgherRay.com

David Burgher
c: 214.213.8715
dburgher@briggsfreeman.com

Harlan Ray
c: 214.908.7770
hray@briggsfreeman.com


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