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Blake Hortenstine


Blake Hortenstine was raised in North Texas and graduated from Highland Park High School in Dallas. Hunting, fishing and assisting a wildlife manager on a Shackelford County ranch developed his childhood interest of wildlife fisheries management into a career. This interest led him to pursue a degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Blake graduated from Texas A&M in the spring of 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management. Upon graduation, Blake was hired as a hunting guide for Dresser Industries’ Mota Bonita hunting operation in South Texas. He relocated south to Falfurrias, Texas in Brooks County to help manage the ranch’s wildlife and to guide business executives on quail, deer, hog and turkey hunts. After living on the King Ranch for a year, he moved to Dallas to pursue a career in commercial real estate. Upon relocation to Dallas in 1997, Blake became the game manager of a low fenced 14,000 acre hunting operation and wildlife management program in the eastern Rolling Plains west of Albany, Texas. As a result of his management efforts, the ranch’s wildlife improved considerably with whitetails scoring over 170” Boone & Crockett. Blake resigned as wildlife manager in 2012 after 15 years of intensive game management due to his busy real estate career. Early in 1998, he officially began managing another ranch property north of Breckenridge, Texas in Stephens County. This hunting operation began as a 3700+/- acre ranch and was grown to include over 11,000 acres of land. The acreage was subsequently reduced to 8200+/- acres which was intensively managed for wildlife. Blake resigned in 2013 after 15 years of service as wildlife manager. In June of 1998, he joined Henry S. Miller Commercial’s Farm & Ranch Division to focus on rural and recreational property sales. After nearly 5 years with Miller’s Ranch Division, Blake decided to start his own company, Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC. The company was successfully launched in April of 2003. In December of 2011, Blake formed a partnership with Cash McWhorter. Blake and Cash continue to successfully grow and run the business. In 2004, Blake purchased a small property Southeast of Albany in Shackelford County near Ibex. The property has Hubbard Creek running through it and land management has been intensive since his ownership began. The wildlife has flourished and improving the property has been a favorite pastime. Blake currently resides in Dallas and has two boys, Rollins and Hayes. Hortenstine Ranch Company can accommodate Buyers and Sellers of ranch properties in the state of Texas and southern Oklahoma with primary focus being properties within a 3 hour radius of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.
$10,500,000  •  522 acres
Overview: Quintessential East Texas legacy ranch with towering pines and hardwoods, 50+/- acres of surface water featuring a 36+/- acre lake, immaculately cared for improvements, rolling hills, improved pastureland, springs and everything imaginable to entertain all your friends and family. This is a rare and difficult asset to find in a highly desirable area of East Texas being less than 80 miles East of Dallas, TX. Location: Five Points Ranch is located approximately 80 miles from Dallas (1 hour 15-minute drive) and only ~16 miles SE of Canton, TX. This is in an exceptional location less than 1 mile south of Edom, 5 miles north of Brownsboro and 8 miles SE of Ben Wheeler, TX. Directions: From Dallas go east on Interstate 20 passing Canton, TX until turning south on FM 314 near Van, TX. Take FM 314 south, going through Edom and continuing for .64 miles until the property's entrance is located on the right or west side of the farm to market road. Lake #1: The "big" lake is 36+/- surface acres of prime East Texas clear water with several coves, fingers and one predominant peninsula. This is the premier water feature for the ranch and provides recreational activities such as fishing, wakeboarding, swimming or just relaxing at the boat dock's oversized deck watching scenes of the day. The pristine East Texas lake is 22-24' deep with undulating topography under the surface, open water as well as good subsurface structure for fishing. Water exits the lake via an overflow pipe in the dam as well as an emergency spillway. Lake #2: The "small" lake is 7.5+/- surface acres and is stocked with fish. There is a john boat storage facility on the water's edge keeping your boat out of the weather and making it easy to launch. Tree cover surrounds the lake and there is an overflow pipe for this lake as well. A nostalgic wooden bridge crosses one of the spring-fed drainages feeding into the lake. Lake #3: The smallest of the 3 lakes measures 3.5+/- surface acres and is surrounded by a mature mixture of hardwood and pine trees. The east bank of the lake was recently mulched providing a scenic overlook of the lake. This lake sits above the big lake and the dam provides a beautiful view of both lakes. This lake has a pipe and overflow in the dam and water will flow into the main lake when it is at capacity. Springs & Creek: Several springs run through the property and feed into some of the lakes and ponds. There are believed to be 2-3 springs that run into the big lake and at least 1 spring that runs into the small lake. There is also 1850+/- feet of spring-fed Murchison Creek with the surrounding low-lying area being locally known as the Stewart Bottom. This area is known to flood during heavy rain events which could present additional hunting opportunities for waterfowl enthusiast. Terrain: Scenic and rolling terrain with 170 feet of elevation change from the NE portion of the property near the headquarters to the SW portion of the property near Murchison Creek. Landscape is heavily wooded, but there are several meadows throughout giving the property a good balance of wooded to open land. Open Pastures: Horse Pasture near Barns= 13+/- acres Front Pasture on FM 314= 24+/- acres Hilly Hay Meadow= 24+/- acres Murchison Creek Meadow= 6+/- acres Entrances/ Drive-up Appeal: Inviting, stone entrance with "Five Points Ranch" steel arch greets guests upon entering the property on the westside of FM 314. The paved aggregate drive leads a short distance to the house surrounded by massive mature pines and hardwood trees. There is also a secondary entrance to access the barns. The foreman's entrance is across the FM road close to the main entrance. The ranch hand's entrance is near the southern boundary of the property on the west side of FM 314. There is 4000+/- feet of FM 314 road frontage with landscaping along the road providing seclusion for the property. Main Home: With a timeless East Texas style, the main home is estimated to be a 10,000+/- square foot 2-story home with 8 Bedrooms/ 8.5 bathrooms and 900 square feet of air-conditioned covered porches/patios. The home was added on to in the early 2000s. There are enough beds in the main home to sleep 29 people comfortably. The back porch provides views that feel more like a painting overlooking the manicured grounds surrounding the pool/pool house, manmade rock lined stream with waterfalls flowing into the pine tree lined pond as a backdrop to a perfect back porch setting. There are two hot water heaters, 65 & 75 gallon tanks, 5 air conditioning units and a shingled roof that was replaced 5-8 years ago. An attached drive through garage leads into the washroom with washer, dryer and sink. There are 2 dining areas and a grand stone wood burning fireplace in main living room downstairs with a wood beam lined two-story ceiling. A stairway leads to an oversized game room with seating for large family gatherings, ping pong table, pool table, built in seating with storage below, small bar/kitchenette and an oversized television perfect for relaxing and cheering on your favorite team. Downstairs- There are 5 bedrooms/ 5 1/2 bathrooms. Two of the rooms are bunkrooms with 3 sets of bunkbeds in each with one bathroom each. Upstairs- There are 3 full bedrooms plus a small room with 3 single beds that would work well for a nursery connected to one of the bedrooms. The king bedroom shares a bathroom with a bunkroom and there is a 2nd bathroom in the hallway for the other bedroom and small living area. Guest Cottage next to Main Home: The quaint East Texas cottage is within walking distance of the main home and is estimated to be 1104+/- square feet. The one bedroom/one bath cottage has a wood burning fireplace in the living area for those cool winter evenings. Morning coffee is a must on the front porch in one of the two rocking chairs or the oversized rocking chair for couples desiring to enjoy the sounds of the morning close together. Song birds and butterflies can be found utilizing the lush landscaping surrounding the front porch. The immaculate timeless cottage has been well cared for and is in excellent condition. Area around Main Home/ Pool/ Irrigation: There is believed to be approximately 30+/- acres of well water irrigated grounds around the improvements with numerous watering zones for those hot Texas summer months. The highly manicured grounds, mature and massive pine and oak trees speckled with an occasional ornamental create a serene setting. Pool House: Estimated to be 1851+/- square feet living area with an additional 1462 square feet of covered patios/ porches. The pool house has a sunken sitting area surrounding the rock lined fire place and a full kitchen and bar perfect for relaxing or entertaining. There are also two full bathrooms with shower in each. To top it off is a sauna inside the pool house, perfect for post workout or after a brisk swim in the pool. Pool: The saltwater pool is surrounded by a stone patio and an elevated hot tub with cascading waterfall that overflows under the walkway to the pool house and down into the pool. The pool area is surrounded by a metal rod iron fence to ease concerns of parents/guest with small children or pets. The pool sits below the main house, a short walk down hill on a rock paved walkway next to a landscaped stone retaining wall with flower beds. The pool and hot tub were recently rebuilt with all new fittings, skimmers, lighting, and re-grout of the surrounding stone patio. Rock Lined creek: This manmade feature is very impressive and provides the sights and tranquil sounds of a natural running stream with several waterfalls, pools and natural stonework. Water runs from the water well to the stream and then into the scenic pond below keeping it full. There is an overflow pipe allowing water to run water from the pond into Lake #3 above the Big Lake. A pump circulates water from the pond to the upper end of the creek to increase the velocity and amount of water running to each cascading pool. Barn with Stalls: 75' X 55' enclosed horse barn with functional, but older horse stalls inside with a 20' X 75' lean-to on one side for equipment storage. There is an outside wash station for horses and a 12+/- acre pasture with 2 loafing sheds nearby. Barn with Shop: 36' X 55' barn with high ceiling and roll-up door being utilized as a work shop. There is a 75 X 36' attached and covered lean-to perfect for equipment/ vehicle storage. Foreman's Home: 1950+/- square foot home sits across FM 314 near the property's main entrance. All new ductwork, carpet and some drywall work were recently completed. Roof was replaced 5-8 years ago. This home sits on 20.43+/- acres in a great location. There is a high hill with an impressive view and a pond on this property. The acreage is in a perfect location protecting the drive-up to the main property. There is another 2+/- acres just up the road across from the FM road near both the primary entrance and the entrance to the barns. Home has electricity, rural water meter, gas, and a septic system. Ranch Hand's Home: 2040+/- square foot home appears to be in good condition and sits on the west side of FM 314 just down the road from the property's main entrance. House has electricity, water meter, gas, septic system. Ropes Course/ Climbing Wall: There is a fun and challenging ropes course with nearby climbing wall in a wooded area that provides a lot of fun and another activity to entertain friends and family. Skeet & Gun Range: Located near the 7.5+/- acre lake is a 100-yard rifle range and skeet range. The skeet range has a high house and a low house as well as 8 stands to shoot from. Clay pigeon machines are fully functional and ready to entertain. Boat Dock: Perched on the NW bank of the main lake is an oversized wood boat dock with a deck perfect for relaxing in the Adirondack chairs. There are two boat slips, places to hang life jackets, and a concrete boat ramp. A big firepit is located up the hill from the dock in a grove of manicured pine trees perfect for a cool fall campfire overlooking the lake. Vegetation: Massive mature pine trees and hardwoods can be found throughout the property. There are dogwood trees, ferns, American beautyberry, some coastal Bermuda pastureland, and a variety of other native grasses, trees, forbs, and shrubs. Soils: Sandy to sandy loam soils exist and are perfect for trail riding horses. There are believed to be good deposits of clay that were utilized when building the lakes. Wildlife: Whitetail deer and hogs are plentiful. Owner has harvested 4-5 deer in the last 25 years so hunting has been minimal. There are ducks in the fall and winter months on the various bodies of water that can provide good hunting opportunities. Fisheries: The big lake has produced black bass over 10 lbs. and owner has begun culling smaller fish to reduce the overall population, which has produced larger fish. Other fish species include crappie, catfish, bluegills, and a variety of baitfish in the 36+/- acre lake. Other lakes and ponds have good fishing, as well. Internal Roads & Access: There is an excellent system of roads providing access throughout the property. Some of the roads are iron ore and semi-all-weather. Trail System: In addition to the primary internal roads there is also a substantial trail system throughout the property that was recently mulched. These trails are perfect for horses, mountain bikes, hiking, running, riding motorcycles and other recreational activities. Dozens of culverts can be found throughout the trail system to allow water movement and reduce erosion. Management: Ranch foreman is interested in staying on to continue running the property. He and his family live on the ranch across the road and he has been working on this property for 30+ years and worked for the previous owner. He is a wealth of knowledge and a true asset to the property. New owner would be fortunate to keep him on board. Surface Leases: None to our knowledge. Fencing: Fencing is in average condition. Water wells: Groundwater is abundant in this area. There is one irrigation water well near the house that is 300 feet deep with 6" casing and a 5 HP submersible pump that is pumping 40 gallons per minute (gpm) at 280 feet. This well is used to Replenish the pond below the house, which is the source of irrigation for the grounds around the house. Electricity: There is electricity to the homes, pool house, and barns. Gas & Pipeline Easement: There is a gas meter providing natural gas to the house. A gas line/ easement runs parallel to FM 314. Foreman and Ranch hands' homes are believed to have natural gas meters as well. Minerals: No minerals are owned. Area: Edom, TX is a small, artistic east Texas community. Ben Wheeler is 8+/- miles from the ranch and hosts several good restaurants, live music, and shopping. This is one of the choice destination areas people like to visit in East Texas. Brownsboro is the closest town of size which is located south of the ranch and only 5+/- miles away. Canton is home to the popular First Monday Trade Days (known as the world's largest flea market) and is only 16 miles away from the ranch. School District: Van Independent School District. District is A-rated. City Limits: There are 132+/- acres within the city limits of Edom. There are no known ordinances that appear to negatively impact this portion of the property. The acreage in the city limits is on either side of FM 314. Highway Cleanup Program: You will notice blue highway cleanup signs on your way to the property showing the stretch of FM 314 that the owners participate in cleaning up trash a couple times a year to contribute to the local community. Furniture: House, guest house and pool house are all tastefully furnished and ready to accommodate friends and family very comfortably. Furniture is negotiable. Property Taxes: 2021 taxes were $50,217. Majority of the property is agriculturally exempt. Broker & Commission Disclosure: Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be identified upon first contact with Listing Broker/ Listing Agent and Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be present at the initial property tour in order to participate in the real estate commission. Commission splits will be at the sole discretion of Listing Broker. Price: $10,500,000 ($20,102 per acre) Contact: Cash McWhorter 469-222-4076 mobile Blake Hortenstine 214-616-1305 mobile Chance Turner 972-765-7326 mobile All information is deemed reliable, but is not warranted by Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC. All information is subject to change without prior notice.
$3,600,000  •  288 acres
Property Overview: A wild and natural place, Hickory Creek Ranch includes rolling terrain, massive hardwoods, exceptional wildlife habitat, trophy whitetail deer and over 1.58 +/- miles of Hickory Creek. Visitors are likely to experience "sensory overload" when visiting this dynamic property. Properties like Hickory Creek rarely make it to the market; and present a unique opportunity to own a piece of a highly sought-after area of Texas. Location: Hickory Creek Ranch is an easy 80-mile drive north of Dallas & Forth Worth and a 30-minute drive to Thackerville, OK (home to Winstar World Casino & Hotel). It is located on the south side of FM 2383 in a highly sought-after area of Cooke County, only 15-20 minutes northeast of Gainesville, Texas & Interstate 35. Gainesville has all the necessary amenities (population in 2020 was 16,557). Access: Hickory Creek Ranch includes 2,000+/- feet of paved road frontage on FM 2383 on the northern end of the property. There are no other roads fronting the property, resulting in an abundance of privacy and seclusion. Terrain: The terrain is rolling to steep, with over 130' of elevation change within the boundaries of the property. Hickory Creek Ranch includes a combination of both upland and riparian landscapes. There are rocky ridges and draws as well as deep soils perfect for wildlife food plots or a potential pecan orchard. The property is largely blanketed by a hardwood forest including a variety of oaks and other native trees. Trees: Tree diversity on the ranch is impressive and includes red oak, burr oak, blackjack oak, walnut, hickory, elm, plum, eastern redbud, post oak, cedar, sycamore, hackberry and a variety of other trees common to the Red River Valley. An ancient, impressive burr oak with a 14 1/2 ' circumference sits just off Hickory Creek. Large, mature Pecan trees and hundreds of smaller pecan trees, some of which have been grafted, are located in the central portion of the property adjacent to Hickory Creek. Grasses: A variety of native grasses common to the area are found here, including little bluestem, big bluestem, silver bluestem, Indiangrass, sideoats & hairy grama, tall dropseed, vine mesquite, Canada wildrye, buffalograss and Texas needlegrass. Browse and Forbs: Including greenbrier, blackberry, redbud, sand plum, American beautyberry, patridge pea, smooth sumac, Virginia creeper, ironweed, eastern poison ivy, box elder, Engleman Daisy, buffalo-bur and other native species. The combination and diversity of plants in this ecological area is vast. Wildlife Species: Northern Cooke County is well known for its low-fence trophy class deer, and Hickory Creek Ranch is no exception. Several bucks in the 200+ B&C class have been harvested in the immediate area. Turkey populations can also be really good with opportunities to enjoy the spring breeding season. Additionally, there are hogs, bobcats, coyotes, owls, dove, bats, bald eagles, woodpeckers, hawks and over 315 vertebrate species native to this region of Cooke County and the greater Red River Valley. Wildlife and hunting can be nothing short of exceptional on this property. Water: Surface water is provided by over 1.58+/- miles of Hickory Creek frontage on one or both sides of the creek. There are year-round pools of water in the creek with black bass, bluegills, and other fish species. Several smaller drainages appear to present themselves as viable pond/ lake sites, but would need to be confirmed by a certified lake engineer and proper officials. Groundwater in the area is good with a high likelihood of drilling a water well. Property History: Hickory Creek Ranch is the eastern most part of a larger ranch that has been owned by the same family for 25+/- years. The ranch has been taken good care of and lightly hunted. Area History: Incorporated in 1848, the county was named after a hero of the Texas Revolution, William McKinley Cooke, who fought at the Battle of San Jacinto and served as Chief Clerk of War for the Republic of Texas. Later, the Butterfield Overland Mail Route would cross this part of North Texas, carrying mail and wealthy passengers from St. Louis, Missouri and Memphis, Tennessee along some 2,800 miles to San Francisco. Today, the countryside still exudes the same wild nature that called to civilizations past; abounding with wildlife, home to undisturbed and mature tree canopies with vista views for miles. Land Management: The property has one wildlife food plot measuring approximately 1.25 acres. There are 3 other open to semi-open meadows with multiple opportunities to develop more wildlife food plots/ cultivated areas as follows: 7-10+/- acre North Meadow below home building location. 3-4+/- acre Pecan Orchard in middle of property. 3+/- acre South 160 centrally located with 4-5 big scattered oaks. Roads: Landowner has recently improved the internal road system throughout the property improving access considerably. Fencing: The north, south and east boundaries are fenced. A majority of the west boundary has been cleared, but not currently fenced. Fencing cost is a negotiable item, but a western boundary fence will need to be built after closing. Lake Texoma: Impounded in 1944 and a short distance from Hickory Creek Ranch, Lake Texoma is a renowned fishery and recreational lake found along the border between Texas (Grayson and Cooke Counties) and Oklahoma (Bryan, Marshall and Love Counties). This 74,000+/- surface acre lake is controlled and operated by the US Army Corp of Engineers and attracts over 6 million visitors every year. The two major tributaries of Lake Texoma, the Red and Washita Rivers, make Texoma one of the few freshwater lakes in the United States with a self-sustaining, landlocked population of striped bass. Black bass are also present in Lake Texoma including Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and Spotted Bass. Catfish include Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, and Flathead Catfish. The current Texas state record Blue Catfish was caught here in 2004, weighing 121.5 pounds. Fishing guides operate year-round on Lake Texoma and can accommodate families or large groups. Information provided by TPWD - Lake Texoma Maps and descriptions of Public Access Points can be found by visiting TPWD - Lake Texoma Public Access Points Minerals: No minerals are owned by the landowner or offered with the sale. There is a single producing well on the front of property operated by Sydri Operating, LLC. A couple of old and mostly inactive pipelines cross the northern end of the property. School District: Hickory Creek Ranch is located in the Callisburg Independent School District. Property Taxes: Annual property taxes should be approximately $500 and property is agriculturally exempt. Utilities: Electricity in the area is provided by PenTex Energy. There are currently no water wells on the property, but a number of water wells are in the immediate area. Depths of area wells range from 600-800 feet and produce from 10-25 gallons per minute. Price: $3,600,000 ($12,500 per acre) Broker/ Agent Contacts: Chris Wengierski 214-707-3474 mobile Blake Hortenstine 214-616-1305 mobile
$10,500,000  •  522 acres
Overview: Quintessential East Texas legacy ranch with towering pines and hardwoods, 50+/- acres of surface water featuring a 36+/- acre lake, immaculately cared for improvements, rolling hills, improved pastureland, springs and everything imaginable to entertain all your friends and family. This is a rare and difficult asset to find in a highly desirable area of East Texas being less than 80 miles East of Dallas, TX. Location: Five Points Ranch is located approximately 80 miles from Dallas (1 hour 15-minute drive) and only ~16 miles SE of Canton, TX. This is in an exceptional location less than 1 mile south of Edom, 5 miles north of Brownsboro and 8 miles SE of Ben Wheeler, TX. Directions: From Dallas go east on Interstate 20 passing Canton, TX until turning south on FM 314 near Van, TX. Take FM 314 south, going through Edom and continuing for .64 miles until the property's entrance is located on the right or west side of the farm to market road. Lake #1: The "big" lake is 36+/- surface acres of prime East Texas clear water with several coves, fingers and one predominant peninsula. This is the premier water feature for the ranch and provides recreational activities such as fishing, wakeboarding, swimming or just relaxing at the boat dock's oversized deck watching scenes of the day. The pristine East Texas lake is 22-24' deep with undulating topography under the surface, open water as well as good subsurface structure for fishing. Water exits the lake via an overflow pipe in the dam as well as an emergency spillway. Lake #2: The "small" lake is 7.5+/- surface acres and is stocked with fish. There is a john boat storage facility on the water's edge keeping your boat out of the weather and making it easy to launch. Tree cover surrounds the lake and there is an overflow pipe for this lake as well. A nostalgic wooden bridge crosses one of the spring-fed drainages feeding into the lake. Lake #3: The smallest of the 3 lakes measures 3.5+/- surface acres and is surrounded by a mature mixture of hardwood and pine trees. The east bank of the lake was recently mulched providing a scenic overlook of the lake. This lake sits above the big lake and the dam provides a beautiful view of both lakes. This lake has a pipe and overflow in the dam and water will flow into the main lake when it is at capacity. Springs & Creek: Several springs run through the property and feed into some of the lakes and ponds. There are believed to be 2-3 springs that run into the big lake and at least 1 spring that runs into the small lake. There is also 1850+/- feet of spring-fed Murchison Creek with the surrounding low-lying area being locally known as the Stewart Bottom. This area is known to flood during heavy rain events which could present additional hunting opportunities for waterfowl enthusiast. Terrain: Scenic and rolling terrain with 170 feet of elevation change from the NE portion of the property near the headquarters to the SW portion of the property near Murchison Creek. Landscape is heavily wooded, but there are several meadows throughout giving the property a good balance of wooded to open land. Open Pastures: Horse Pasture near Barns= 13+/- acres Front Pasture on FM 314= 24+/- acres Hilly Hay Meadow= 24+/- acres Murchison Creek Meadow= 6+/- acres Entrances/ Drive-up Appeal: Inviting, stone entrance with "Five Points Ranch" steel arch greets guests upon entering the property on the westside of FM 314. The paved aggregate drive leads a short distance to the house surrounded by massive mature pines and hardwood trees. There is also a secondary entrance to access the barns. The foreman's entrance is across the FM road close to the main entrance. The ranch hand's entrance is near the southern boundary of the property on the west side of FM 314. There is 4000+/- feet of FM 314 road frontage with landscaping along the road providing seclusion for the property. Main Home: With a timeless East Texas style, the main home is estimated to be a 10,000+/- square foot 2-story home with 8 Bedrooms/ 8.5 bathrooms and 900 square feet of air-conditioned covered porches/patios. The home was added on to in the early 2000s. There are enough beds in the main home to sleep 29 people comfortably. The back porch provides views that feel more like a painting overlooking the manicured grounds surrounding the pool/pool house, manmade rock lined stream with waterfalls flowing into the pine tree lined pond as a backdrop to a perfect back porch setting. There are two hot water heaters, 65 & 75 gallon tanks, 5 air conditioning units and a shingled roof that was replaced 5-8 years ago. An attached drive through garage leads into the washroom with washer, dryer and sink. There are 2 dining areas and a grand stone wood burning fireplace in main living room downstairs with a wood beam lined two-story ceiling. A stairway leads to an oversized game room with seating for large family gatherings, ping pong table, pool table, built in seating with storage below, small bar/kitchenette and an oversized television perfect for relaxing and cheering on your favorite team. Downstairs- There are 5 bedrooms/ 5 1/2 bathrooms. Two of the rooms are bunkrooms with 3 sets of bunkbeds in each with one bathroom each. Upstairs- There are 3 full bedrooms plus a small room with 3 single beds that would work well for a nursery connected to one of the bedrooms. The king bedroom shares a bathroom with a bunkroom and there is a 2nd bathroom in the hallway for the other bedroom and small living area. Guest Cottage next to Main Home: The quaint East Texas cottage is within walking distance of the main home and is estimated to be 1104+/- square feet. The one bedroom/one bath cottage has a wood burning fireplace in the living area for those cool winter evenings. Morning coffee is a must on the front porch in one of the two rocking chairs or the oversized rocking chair for couples desiring to enjoy the sounds of the morning close together. Song birds and butterflies can be found utilizing the lush landscaping surrounding the front porch. The immaculate timeless cottage has been well cared for and is in excellent condition. Area around Main Home/ Pool/ Irrigation: There is believed to be approximately 30+/- acres of well water irrigated grounds around the improvements with numerous watering zones for those hot Texas summer months. The highly manicured grounds, mature and massive pine and oak trees speckled with an occasional ornamental create a serene setting. Pool House: Estimated to be 1851+/- square feet living area with an additional 1462 square feet of covered patios/ porches. The pool house has a sunken sitting area surrounding the rock lined fire place and a full kitchen and bar perfect for relaxing or entertaining. There are also two full bathrooms with shower in each. To top it off is a sauna inside the pool house, perfect for post workout or after a brisk swim in the pool. Pool: The saltwater pool is surrounded by a stone patio and an elevated hot tub with cascading waterfall that overflows under the walkway to the pool house and down into the pool. The pool area is surrounded by a metal rod iron fence to ease concerns of parents/guest with small children or pets. The pool sits below the main house, a short walk down hill on a rock paved walkway next to a landscaped stone retaining wall with flower beds. The pool and hot tub were recently rebuilt with all new fittings, skimmers, lighting, and re-grout of the surrounding stone patio. Rock Lined creek: This manmade feature is very impressive and provides the sights and tranquil sounds of a natural running stream with several waterfalls, pools and natural stonework. Water runs from the water well to the stream and then into the scenic pond below keeping it full. There is an overflow pipe allowing water to run water from the pond into Lake #3 above the Big Lake. A pump circulates water from the pond to the upper end of the creek to increase the velocity and amount of water running to each cascading pool. Barn with Stalls: 75' X 55' enclosed horse barn with functional, but older horse stalls inside with a 20' X 75' lean-to on one side for equipment storage. There is an outside wash station for horses and a 12+/- acre pasture with 2 loafing sheds nearby. Barn with Shop: 36' X 55' barn with high ceiling and roll-up door being utilized as a work shop. There is a 75 X 36' attached and covered lean-to perfect for equipment/ vehicle storage. Foreman's Home: 1950+/- square foot home sits across FM 314 near the property's main entrance. All new ductwork, carpet and some drywall work were recently completed. Roof was replaced 5-8 years ago. This home sits on 20.43+/- acres in a great location. There is a high hill with an impressive view and a pond on this property. The acreage is in a perfect location protecting the drive-up to the main property. There is another 2+/- acres just up the road across from the FM road near both the primary entrance and the entrance to the barns. Home has electricity, rural water meter, gas, and a septic system. Ranch Hand's Home: 2040+/- square foot home appears to be in good condition and sits on the west side of FM 314 just down the road from the property's main entrance. House has electricity, water meter, gas, septic system. Ropes Course/ Climbing Wall: There is a fun and challenging ropes course with nearby climbing wall in a wooded area that provides a lot of fun and another activity to entertain friends and family. Skeet & Gun Range: Located near the 7.5+/- acre lake is a 100-yard rifle range and skeet range. The skeet range has a high house and a low house as well as 8 stands to shoot from. Clay pigeon machines are fully functional and ready to entertain. Boat Dock: Perched on the NW bank of the main lake is an oversized wood boat dock with a deck perfect for relaxing in the Adirondack chairs. There are two boat slips, places to hang life jackets, and a concrete boat ramp. A big firepit is located up the hill from the dock in a grove of manicured pine trees perfect for a cool fall campfire overlooking the lake. Vegetation: Massive mature pine trees and hardwoods can be found throughout the property. There are dogwood trees, ferns, American beautyberry, some coastal Bermuda pastureland, and a variety of other native grasses, trees, forbs, and shrubs. Soils: Sandy to sandy loam soils exist and are perfect for trail riding horses. There are believed to be good deposits of clay that were utilized when building the lakes. Wildlife: Whitetail deer and hogs are plentiful. Owner has harvested 4-5 deer in the last 25 years so hunting has been minimal. There are ducks in the fall and winter months on the various bodies of water that can provide good hunting opportunities. Fisheries: The big lake has produced black bass over 10 lbs. and owner has begun culling smaller fish to reduce the overall population, which has produced larger fish. Other fish species include crappie, catfish, bluegills, and a variety of baitfish in the 36+/- acre lake. Other lakes and ponds have good fishing, as well. Internal Roads & Access: There is an excellent system of roads providing access throughout the property. Some of the roads are iron ore and semi-all-weather. Trail System: In addition to the primary internal roads there is also a substantial trail system throughout the property that was recently mulched. These trails are perfect for horses, mountain bikes, hiking, running, riding motorcycles and other recreational activities. Dozens of culverts can be found throughout the trail system to allow water movement and reduce erosion. Management: Ranch foreman is interested in staying on to continue running the property. He and his family live on the ranch across the road and he has been working on this property for 30+ years and worked for the previous owner. He is a wealth of knowledge and a true asset to the property. New owner would be fortunate to keep him on board. Surface Leases: None to our knowledge. Fencing: Fencing is in average condition. Water wells: Groundwater is abundant in this area. There is one irrigation water well near the house that is 300 feet deep with 6" casing and a 5 HP submersible pump that is pumping 40 gallons per minute (gpm) at 280 feet. This well is used to Replenish the pond below the house, which is the source of irrigation for the grounds around the house. Electricity: There is electricity to the homes, pool house, and barns. Gas & Pipeline Easement: There is a gas meter providing natural gas to the house. A gas line/ easement runs parallel to FM 314. Foreman and Ranch hands' homes are believed to have natural gas meters as well. Minerals: No minerals are owned. Area: Edom, TX is a small, artistic east Texas community. Ben Wheeler is 8+/- miles from the ranch and hosts several good restaurants, live music, and shopping. This is one of the choice destination areas people like to visit in East Texas. Brownsboro is the closest town of size which is located south of the ranch and only 5+/- miles away. Canton is home to the popular First Monday Trade Days (known as the world's largest flea market) and is only 16 miles away from the ranch. School District: Van Independent School District. District is A-rated. City Limits: There are 132+/- acres within the city limits of Edom. There are no known ordinances that appear to negatively impact this portion of the property. The acreage in the city limits is on either side of FM 314. Highway Cleanup Program: You will notice blue highway cleanup signs on your way to the property showing the stretch of FM 314 that the owners participate in cleaning up trash a couple times a year to contribute to the local community. Furniture: House, guest house and pool house are all tastefully furnished and ready to accommodate friends and family very comfortably. Furniture is negotiable. Property Taxes: 2021 taxes were $50,217. Majority of the property is agriculturally exempt. Broker & Commission Disclosure: Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be identified upon first contact with Listing Broker/ Listing Agent and Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be present at the initial property tour in order to participate in the real estate commission. Commission splits will be at the sole discretion of Listing Broker. Price: $10,500,000 ($20,102 per acre) Contact: Cash McWhorter 469-222-4076 mobile Blake Hortenstine 214-616-1305 mobile Chance Turner 972-765-7326 mobile All information is deemed reliable, but is not warranted by Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC. All information is subject to change without prior notice.
$7,998,040  •  2,806.33 acres
General Description: This is the first time in 144 years this property has been offered for sale. Deep seeded in history, this cattle and trophy deer hunting ranch has plenty to offer. It is located in big, low-fenced ranch country with native rolling terrain covered in live oak, mesquite, and elm trees. The East Fork of Bufford Creek meanders through the property for 2 miles. Location: Approximately 12 miles E/NE of Breckenridge fronting on quiet FM 701 in a great location just over 2 miles north of Highway 67. There is approximately 3/4 mile of paved FM road frontage. It is 2 hours west of Dallas, 1 1/2 hours west of Fort Worth, 3 hours east of Midland, 1 hour NE of Abilene, and 24+/- miles to Graham. Directions: From Breckenridge, go east on Highway 180 and turn north towards Graham on Highway 67. Then go 7.3 miles to FM 701. Go North of FM 701 for 2.2 miles until the black pipe gate located on the left or west side of the road. History: The Muleshoe Ranch brand was registered in 1856 in Fannin County by Henry Black. Henry fought in the Confederate Army in 1861 and after 4 years he returned to find that his wife, Jane, had died giving birth to their 3rd child. He then remarried and started a new life with a master seamstress, Sarah. They then began their life together in poverty. Henry acquired most of his 1000 cattle and 500 horses by trading his skill and courage, moving herds of cattle across the Red River when it was overflowing. He also traded his wife's shirts for cattle and horses. In 1877, Henry and Sarah left Fannin County to relocate to Quanah, Texas, but a heavy rain season forced them to stop in Stephens County. They stopped along Bufford Creek and Henry went into Breckenridge the next day to purchase 4 sections of land. He, his brothers and his sons ultimately grew their herd to 20,000 head of cattle and the ranch to 30,000 acres. Henry passed away in 1906 at 66 years of age after catching the flu at a Confederate War veteran's reunion in New Orleans. His wife Sarah then divided the ranch amongst several family members. The Black family has had many accomplishments over the years, helping to make Breckenridge what it is today. This portion of the Black Brothers Muleshoe Ranch is now owned by 3 siblings being fourth generation owners. It is not every day that you come across an opportunity to purchase a historic ranch of this caliber. (Additional history is available upon request) Terrain: Rolling hills to level terrain with an elevation change of 130 feet (high elevation of 1290' and low elevation of 1160'). The East Fork of Bufford Creek meanders through the heart of the ranch. The riparian area along the creek is lined with mature elm and oak trees with incredible rock features of boulders and massive rock shelves creating a unique land feature. Pastureland is productive for cattle and there are scenic rocky ridges as well. Vegetation: This property is located in the Cross Timbers Region of Texas. Tree cover consists of mature live oak, post oak, cedar elm, hackberry, mesquite, and a variety of other trees commonly found in this area. Forbs, browse and cactus species include elbowbush, skunkbush, prickly pear, tasajillo, catclaw, lote bush and greenbrier to name a few. Native grasses include side oats, bluestem, switchgrass, Texas wintergrass, dropseed, buffalo grass, Indiangrass, curly mesquite, and a variety of other grasses. Wildlife habitat and pastureland is above average and in excellent condition. Water: There are at least twenty (20) earthen stock tanks providing water to livestock and wildlife in every pasture. Approximately 2 miles of the East Fork of Bufford Creek meanders through the middle of the ranch with seasonal pools of water. Rainfall averages around 29 inches annually and a rural water line runs along FM 701. (See below) Wildlife: Deer, turkey, hogs, quail, dove, ducks and native wildlife species are plentiful and provide great hunting and viewing. The free-ranging, low fence, trophy whitetail deer herd is one of the best you will find in Stephens County. Migratory ducks utilize the stock tanks in the fall and winter months creating additional hunting opportunities.The ranch has not been leased for hunting in decades (if ever) and the whitetail deer herd is in excellent condition as a result. There is one new deer feeder in place, but no other deer stands or feeders on the ranch. Deer Herd: The following data was obtained from a helicopter deer survey on October 20, 2021: TOTAL DEER: 213 DEER DENSITY: 1 deer per 13 acres BUCK: DOE RATIO: 1 buck: 3 does (43 bucks & 132 does) MATURE BUCKS: 8 mature bucks OTHER: Two bobcats, 6 coveys of quail, 96 hogs, 10 coyotes, and surprisingly only 5 turkey (which are normally abundant). Grazing: Carrying capacity for cattle is approximately 1 animal unit per 20-30 acres (depending on your goals and objectives). This ranch is 100% native with no land being cultivated. Rangeland is strong and cattle do very well in this area. Soils: A variety of soils types can be found. Lindy silt loam is common and may be used for cultivation, pasture, range, woodland, and wildlife. Other soils range from fine sandy loam to Throck clay to very stony/ bouldery soils. There are several areas conducive for cropland or wildlife food plots if desired by new owner. Fencing: Perimeter fences are in good to excellent condition and will hold cattle. There is approximately (1) mile of new fencing in the northwest portion of the ranch. In addition, several new gates have recently been installed to improve internal access. Eight (8) fenced pastures allow for rotational grazing and there are two (2) sets of cattle pens. Internal Roads & Access: There is a good system of roads to get around the property. Recent road work has improved internal access substantially. FM 701 runs along the East side of the ranch allowing access to the entrance gate in all weather conditions. Electricity: Oncor provides electricity to the property. There is electricity available throughout the property, but owner doesn't have any active meters since there are no structural improvements. Rural Water: A water meter was installed at the entrance to the property in July of 2022. Stephens Special Utility District is the water provider and has a 2" rural water line running down FM 701. Oil & Gas Production: There are several old wells, but only a couple pump jacks. The production is on the decline and there has not been any recent drilling. Easements: Sunoco Pipeline crosses the property creating a cleared right-of-way that is beneficial for hunting, grazing and viewing. It is regularly maintained. School District: Breckenridge ISD. Airports: Stephens County Airport is located a few miles south of Breckenridge. It is a quality airport with a 5000' runway to accommodate larger aircrafts. Fuel is available as well. Hospitals: Stephens Memorial Hospital is located in Breckenridge. Legal Description: 2806.33 acres located in TE&L Survey 2059 A-824, TE&L Survey 2058 A-823, J. Hopkins Survey A-74, TE&L Survey 1176 A-505, S.P. RR Co. Section 27 Block 4 A- 203, TE&L 2060 A-825, S.P. RR Co Section 23 Block 4 A-204, TE&L 1348 A-575 & TE&L 1351 A-578. Broker & Commission Disclosure: Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be identified upon first contact with Listing Broker/ Listing Agent and Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be present at the initial property tour in order to participate in the real estate commission. Commission splits will be at the sole discretion of Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC. Comments: This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase a historic legacy ranch. The Black Brothers Muleshoe Ranch is a true representation of a premier Stephens County cattle and hunting ranch. Property Taxes: 2021 Taxes are $3649.61. Price: $2850 per acre ($7,998,040) Contact: Blake Hortenstine 214-616-1305 mobile Jack Fauntleroy 940-550-4432 mobile
Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC
Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC
Blake Hortenstine
Blake Hortenstine
12740 Hillcrest Road, Suite 230
Dallas, TX 75230

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