Bret Polk


Bret Polk was raised on a working ranch along the Bosque River just North of Hico, Texas. He developed a passion for hunting, fishing, and the natural beauty of this part of Central Texas, at a young age. Something he shares with his wife and three children today. In 1999, Bret graduated from Tarleton State University with a B.S. in turfgrass management and was hired by Rough Creek Lodge and Resort as superintendent of resort grounds and a couple years later as assistant superintendent at Lake Fork’s acclaimed championship golf course, The Links at Land’s End. Each of these positions allowed him unique opportunities and invaluable experience working on property development and enhancement projects. With a growing family and intent of raising his children on the family ranch near Hico, he returned in 2002 where he went to work for a land surveying company. After six years working in the land surveying industry, Bret started his own firm in 2008. He has had the pleasure of assisting clients with their land acquisitions and sales surveying farm and ranch property throughout Central Texas, including Bosque, Hamilton, Erath, Comanche, Mills, Lampasas, Coryell, Hill, and Somervell counties. He currently owns and operates Polk Land Surveying, specializing in farm and ranch boundary and topographic surveys. He has also worked with numerous land owners on private lake construction projects and the NRCS on flood control structure rehabilitation projects. In 2012, Bret received his Texas Real Estate License and joined the Hortenstine Ranch Company team. Bret uses his vast knowledge from surveying, land management, and land development to assist clients who desire to sell or purchase ranches for sale in Texas, more specifically in the Central Texas area.
$660,110  •  77.66 acres
Overview: Outstanding combination use property located in desirable Bosque County just minutes from beautiful Lake Whitney. The ranch is surrounded on three sides by U.S. Army Corp of Engineers land which provides for additional seclusion and privacy, as well as enhanced wildlife habitat. With over 70' feet of elevation change across the ranch; it definitely gives the ranch a bigger feel and some impressive views. Conveniently located off FM 56, the ranch offers exceptional proximity to Fort Worth, Dallas and Waco. Location: Located in eastern Bosque County near Lake Whitney, the High Creek Ranch is approximately 6.3 miles south of the town of Kopperl, and only 1 hour 10 minutes south of Fort Worth and 1 hour 30 minutes southwest of Dallas. The physical property address is 12932 FM 56, Morgan, TX 76671 Terrain/Topography: The land offers some great rolling topography with approximately 70' of elevation change. There are numerous high points that would make ideal building locations where you could take in scenic views of the property and surrounding area. The south portions of the ranch offer rough and rugged terrain while the majority of the north portions offer deeper fertile creek bottom soils. The tree cover found on the ranch consists of live oak, red oak, elm, pecan, hackberry, bumelia, sumac, cedar, mesquite, and various other species. Water Features: The ranch features 2 stock ponds that provide water for livestock and wildlife, and Steele Creek is only steps away. There's also one water well on the property that was drilled in 2018. Lake Whitney is just minutes away and is known as one of the most scenic recreational lakes in the state of Texas, with deep clear water surrounded by limestone cliffs. The lake covers 23,500 surface acres and is a noted fishery for striped bass, largemouth bass, sand bass, crappie, and catfish. Other activities include recreational watercraft, skiing, swimming, scuba diving, and duck hunting in the fall and winter months. Two boat ramps are located nearby within 5 minutes ranch. Steele Creek Access: Access to nearby Steele Creek may be granted through a relatively simple permitting process with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. This permit would provide the land owner access to the creek by way of walking path crossing government land. Wildlife & Hunting: The property offers excellent wildlife habitat with a great mix of heavily wooded acreage and open areas that are ideal for establishing wildlife food plots. The ranch also benefits from being surrounded on three sides by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land associated with Lake Whitney and portions of Steele Creek. These areas are relatively untouched and hold even more wildlife that frequent the ranch. Roads/Fences: An improved all-weather ranch road provides entry from FM 56 into the heart of the property. Creating a unique ranch road/trail, the rail bed of the old MKT railroad runs through and along the south boundary of the property. The old rail road bridge abutments and columns where the rail line once crossed Steele Creek are still in place on the neighboring Army Corps of Engineers land. The property drives bigger than the acreage and has a great feel with numerous pasture roads and trails providing good travel throughout. Fences appear to hold livestock and range in condition from excellent to fair with new fence all along the north part of the property. Barns: Currently there are two barns on the property that are both approximately 800 sq. ft. in size. One is on a concrete foundation with a roll-up door on one end and standard walk-thru door on another side. The other barn is dirt floor and has 3 roll-up doors. Each provide great storage for tractors, atv's, utility vehicles & trailers, hunting & fishing gear, feed, tools and other ranch must haves. The water well is located on the northeast end of one of these barns along with a water storage tank. Minerals: Owner will consider conveying some minerals with an acceptable offer. Buyer will assume responsibility and expenses associated with a mineral ownership report if one is desired. Utilities: United Cooperative Services provides electrical service to the property. School District: The property is located in the Kopperl Independent School District. Taxes: The property is currently under ag. exemption and the annual property taxes for 2021 are estimated to be around $425. Asking Price: $660,110 ($8,500 per acre) Contact: Bret Polk, Agent - 254-965-0349 Chance Turner, Agent - 972-765-7326 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.
$749,000  •  23.22 acres
Overview: Live water river frontage, unique ranch home, private getaway, seclusion, scenic views, are just a few of the words that quickly come to mind when considering all the features found at the Spencer's Brazos River Ranch. This remote oasis is perfect for full time country living or your very own weekend retreat, and the many local attractions and amenities only add to the appeal of this hidden gem. Location: Located along the banks of the Brazos River in eastern Somervell County between the towns of Glen Rose and Cleburne, Spencer's Brazos River Ranch is approximately 45 minutes south of Fort Worth and 1 hour 10 minutes southwest of Dallas. The physical property address is 2400 N FM 199 Cleburne, TX 76033. Water Features: Approximately 645' of highly sought-after Brazos River frontage anchors the water features found on the property. Not only does the river provide opportunities for fishing, swimming, kayaking/canoeing, or simply sitting in the shade and listening to the water flow by, but the river and its riparian areas can provide lots of adventure and hours of exploration for families to share. There's also a seasonal stock pond on the property that provides water for wildlife. A private water well was drilled in 2003 and serves the home. Residence: The ranch home is perched near a high bluff that overlooks the Brazos River and river valley to the north. Comprised of approximately 1,985 square feet the two-story 3/1.5 rock home was constructed in 2003 and offers unique custom craftmanship and charm. The exterior of the home is a mix of Arkansas moss stone and brick masonry with cedar trim all covered by a metal roof. First Floor: A large custom Mesquite double front door imported from Mexico offers impressive entry into the home. The main floor primarily consists of a large open concept living, kitchen, and dining room that all fit and flow together nicely under 12' foot ceilings with Saltillo tile flooring. The living room has a large floor to ceiling Arkansas moss stone fireplace as a wonderful focal point. The kitchen boasts solid wood custom cabinets made by a local craftsman near Glen Rose, copper countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Just off the kitchen & dining area you'll find the downstairs 1/2 bath and nearby bedroom. The home has Anderson wood frame windows throughout and solid wood doors all with Emtek hardware. Second Floor: Upstairs you'll find a wonderful second living area/game room along with 2 comfortable bedrooms and a full bath. This living area features a scissor truss raised ceiling, 100 years old oak wood flooring, and a wood burning stove. There are cedar decks that extend off the upstairs living room and north bed room offering some awesome vantage points by which you can take in views of the property, river, and surrounding portions of Somervell and Hood County to the north. The upstairs bath room resembles and has the finishes of a small resort, with marble tile, large corner jacuzzi tub, and glass shower. Terrain/Topography: For its size the property packs a punch in terms of topography and features almost 200' of elevation change with the highest point near the ranch home and lower elevation found along the river. As you would expect, this amount of elevation change creates some jaw dropping views while also making the property feel a good bit larger than its acreage suggests. The land offers a nice mix of rough and rugged terrain that can be found along the river bluff and switchback road that leads to the river, and varied, gullied, and gently rolling pasture that makes up the southern 2/3rds of the property. Tree cover consists of a variety of oaks which include live oak, post oak, and red oak, as well as some cedar and mesquite. The owner reports finding arrow heads and spear points on the property and there are many unique geologic features to investigate as well. Wildlife: The property and area are home to an abundance of wildlife that include deer, turkey, hog, bobcat, fox, coyote, squirrel, rabbit, and all kind of song birds. For those interested in bee keeping, the property offers multiple areas for placing bee boxes. Roads & Fencing: The ranch has a good all-weather main road that meanders its way from the entrance near the southwest property corner to the house, and provides good access through the interior of the ranch. An improved all-weather switchback road winds back and forth from the house along the river bluff and down to the river. This road is a must for reaching the river and the owner wisely invested in creating this means by which the river can be accessed and enjoyed. The property boundary is not fenced at this time, but there are line posts in place along the perimeter. Utilities: United Cooperative Services provides electrical service to the ranch and all service lines are underground. Easement: An automatic gate entry provides access at the north side of the intersection of FM Highways 199 and 2174. From there you travel along multiple deeded easements and an all-weather gravel road to the southwest corner of the property where you enter the Spencer's Brazos River Ranch. A large electric transmission line runs along the access road just south of the property with minimal impact. School District: The property is located in the Glen Rose Independent School District. Taxes: The annual property taxes for 2021 are estimated to be around $8,300. The property is not ag or wildlife exempt. Minerals: Owner is believed to own some minerals and may consider conveying a percentage with an acceptable offer. Buyer will assume responsibility and expenses associated with a mineral ownership report if one is desired. Area Attractions and Amenities: Local attractions and amenities include the town of Glen Rose and its historic downtown district for dining and shopping, Squaw Valley Golf Course, home to the area's two acclaimed 18-hole championship golf courses, the Comanche Lakes Course ranked #1 and the Apache Links Course ranked #4 municipal courses in Texas by the Dallas Morning News, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Dinosaur Valley State Park, and Rough Creek Lodge & Resort just to name a few. Asking Price: $749,000 Contact: Bret Polk, Agent - 254-965-0349 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.
Contact for Price  •  1,628.84 acres
Summary: Bois d'arc Hills Ranch features 1,628.84+/- acres of rolling pasture, scattered tree cover, cultivation, numerous stock ponds, and multiple large bass lakes. The property also offers high potential for development with an abundance of road frontage, utilities (power and water) available, and excellent proximity to I-35 and DFW. Location: The property is located in the northeast part of Hill County on FM 67 and FM 2719 between the towns of Grandview, Itasca, and Covington, approximately 55 miles south of Dallas and 43 miles south of Ft. Worth. Terrain: In an area generally known to for its abundance of gently rolling farm land, Majors Branch and other seasonal branches & creeks have uniquely shaped the landscape here within this scenic valley to create a surprising 120'+/- of overall elevation change and big distant views across the ranch. The land has great character and diversity, and is marked by rolling hills, abundant water features, lush hay meadows, fertile fields, and a variety of native hardwoods. Bois d'arc, pronounced "bo-dark" and French for "bow-wood", is one of the hardest hardwood tree varieties that you'll find in our state and was long known and used by native Indians as a great wood for bow and tool making due to its excellent flexibility, hardness, and durability. Also known as Osage Orange, (name given as the wood was sought after and utilized by Osage Indian tribes) or "horse apple", this tree species is scattered across the hills and in abundant supply on the ranch along with a lot of elm and hackberry, and the occasional oak or pecan. Water: Water, water, water. Surface water is in abundant supply here as the rolling terrain is traversed by multiple wet weather creeks and branches including Majors Branch, which feed the ~43 acre, ~12 acre, and ~7.5 acre lakes, and 12+/- stock ponds that you'll find on the property. The ~43 and ~12 acre lakes are Soil Conservation Service structures that were originally constructed in 1967 as part of the Chambers Creek WS project and designated as Dam Sites 67B and 67A. As is fairly common with SCS lakes, the dam design and construction are about as good as you'll find, and both lakes have concrete drop inlet primarily spillways and grass embankment auxiliary or emergency spillways. These two lakes are located in relation to one another as such that it allowed their auxiliary spillways to be constructed where they tie together and is a really interesting feature that took some serious engineering. Also common with SCS lakes of this age, they do tend to silt up over time and can be fairly shallow. All three lakes are fed by healthy watersheds and don't fluctuate a great deal. The smaller ~7.5 acre lake has an interesting dam construction/shape and also has a similar drop inlet primary spillway. Recreational use for fishing is outstanding for largemouth, bass, catfish, crappie, and perch, and there's no doubt seasonal duck hunting has been and can be off the charts good. These many water features stretch through and/or are scattered around the ranch and provide reliable water sources for livestock and wildlife. There are believed to be a few water wells on the property and many in the area if underground water is desired, and local rural water providers are believed to have water lines piped to the property along both FM highways that border the north and south sides of the ranch. Wildlife/Hunting: The ranch has not been hunted by the owner or leased for hunting in years. There are deer, hogs, and varmint here, but with this much water and as is evidenced by the several old duck blinds that remain, hunting for waterfowl is where it's at on Bois d'arc Hills. Pastures: The property is leased for grazing and cross fenced into ~20 pastures that aid in pasture management and rotational grazing practices. Through the current tenant's efforts, the pastures are occasionally sprayed & fertilized and clearly show no signs of overgrazing. Many of the pastures have improved grasses such as coastal Bermuda and are cut and baled annually. Cultivation/Farming: There are ~643 acres leased and farmed for wheat, corn, and occasionally cotton. The current lease is through September 1, 2023, but may be terminated as terms of a sale. Roads/Fences:The ranch has approximately 3.8 miles of road frontage on FM 67 to the north, FM 2719 to the south, & CR 4114 to the west, is also believed to have ~2,200' of frontage along and access on PR 412. The interior roads are largely unimproved, but the property does have a good system of pasture roads and trails. Exterior and cross fences range from fair to excellent and have been well maintained by the grazing tenant. There are also 3 separate sets of working pens as well as multiple catch pens and hay storage traps around the property. Minerals: Owner is believed to own a considerable percentage of the minerals and is negotiable on conveying some minerals with an acceptable offer. There are 4 gas wells on the property. Buyer will assume responsibility and expenses associated with a mineral ownership report if one is desired. Structural Improvements: There are three homes on the property that are currently rented out. There are also 3 other old homes that are believed to be beyond repair. There are also numerous barns, sheds, and even a few grain silos on the ranch. Utilities: Hilco Electric Cooperative provides electric service with lines in place on the property. Files Valley Water Supply provides rural water to the north and west portions of the property along FM 67 and CR 4114. Woodrow-Osceola Water Supply services the southern portion of the property along FM 2719. School District: Itasca Independent School District Property Taxes: The property is ag-exempt and annual property taxes are believed to be approximately $11,000 Asking Price: Contact Agent Contact: Bret Polk, Agent 254-965-0349 mobile 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.
$577,500  •  137.5 acres
Location: Ideally located in the northeastern portion of Bosque County, approximately 2.0 miles west of the town of Kopperl, Texas, the property is an easy 1.5 hours southwest of Dallas, 1.0 hour south of Fort Worth, and 1.0 hour northwest of Waco. Summary: The Kopperl Lakes Ranch is a great combination use property with ample pasture and grasses for grazing, surprising amounts of cover for wildlife, and good surface water sources. The property was once part of a sand and gravel mining operation, and is an excellent example of the owner's land stewardship and reclamation efforts. Water: Kopperl Lakes Ranch is very well watered. There are approximately 7.3+/- acres of surface water across two lakes and three ponds. Raymond Creek also runs near the east boundary of the property and a wet weather branch flows through a Cottonwood bottom found on the west end of the ranch. There are no water wells on the property at this time, but underground water is generally easy to find in this area and it is believed that a water well could be successfully drilled if so desired. Pastures: The center 25+/- acres of the ranch is comprised of some of the thickest switchgrass (believed to be Alamo variety) you will ever see. This pasture has been cut and baled in years past, and could be utilized once again for hay production. The balance of pasture on the west and east ends of the ranch primarily consist of perennial and native grasses. Hunting and Wildlife: The property has not been hunted regularly in years, but appears to attract and hold plenty of wildlife including deer, turkey, hog, and varmint. If you're a duck hunter then you're in luck as the property offers multiple ponds and small lakes that attract a wide variety of waterfowl. The eastern portion of the property may also offer potential to develop a managed wetland or connect and expand on the size of a couple of the smaller lakes. Roads and Fencing: The ranch has road frontage along two sides as the west boundary fronts along Bosque County Road No. 1165 for ~1,340' and the south boundary fronts along Bosque County Road No. 1160 for ~ 4,282'. The property is pretty raw with very few ranch roads or trails in place, however there is a nice road and gate entrance from County Road 1160 that was once an the haul road up to the plant site during years of previous mining activity. Perimeter fencing ranges in condition from good to poor, with the parts of the northern boundary and the entirety of the eastern boundary being unfenced. Minerals: Minerals are negotiable. Easements: There are no known pipeline, large transmission line, or neighboring land owner access easements encumbering Kopperl Lakes Ranch. Electricity: United Cooperative Services provides electrical service to the area with lines in place along the county roads. School District: Kopperl Independent School District Asking Price: $4,200 per acre ($577,500) 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. Contacts: Bret Polk, 254-965-0349 mobile Chance Turner, 972-765-7326 mobile
$525,150  •  35.01 acres
Location: Ideally located ~10 miles south of Glen Rose, Texas, and just into the northern portion of Bosque County on Bosque County Road No. 2730, the Crystal Springs Ranch Hill Creek Tract is approximately 1 hour 35 minutes southwest of Dallas and 1 hour 5 minutes south of Fort Worth. Summary: Live water, topography, multiple building sites, and big views, all on ~35 acres! Water: The spring-fed South Fork of Hill Creek winds its way through the property providing over 2,300' of frontage along both sides. Natural rock shelves and water falls are just a few of the unique features to be found. A concrete creek crossing is in place providing easy travel through the property, and backs up a nice stretch of water. There's also a wet-weather creek that meanders through for over 1,000' and converges with Hill Creek on the property. Underground water is readily available with the property located above the prolific Trinity Aquifer. New water wells are commonly drilled to depths of 500'-600' in this area. There are believed to be two old water wells on the property at was once the location of an old country school house. Terrain: The land on Crystal Springs Ranch Hill Creek Tract is primarily open rolling to gently sloping native pasture with a few live oaks, china berry, and some areas of sumac. ~50' of elevation change occurs with two nice elevated points and potential building sites that overlook most all of the property, Hill Creek, and a large portion of the 5,000+ acre ranch to the north. Roads & Fencing: The north side of the property offers ~4,100' of road frontage along Bosque County Road No. 2730. The fencing along CR 2730 is new and in excellent condition with 4 gated entry points. A winding pasture trail leads into the property, across the creek, and up to the top of the hill. Almost 2,600' of the south fence line was recently repaired and is in good condition. The remaining ~1,790' of south fence line is a combination of old low and high fencing. Wildlife: The property is primarily open and not likely to hold a lot of wildlife, but Hill Creek is a reliable water source and travel corridor for wildlife as they move in and around the area. Deer were recently viewed on the property and numerous antler rubs found (see photos). Livestock & Grazing: The owner utilizes the property as part of a rotational grazing program that includes almost 6,000 acres, ensuring that the pastures are not overgrazed. Minerals: Negotiable. The owner is believed to own a portion of the minerals. There's no production on the property. If desired, Buyer may have a mineral report conducted at Buyer's expense. Electricity: United Cooperative Services provides electrical service to the area with lines near the property. School District: Walnut Springs Independent School District Deed Restrictions: As terms of a sale some deed restrictions will apply. Contact agent for more information. Taxes: Property is ag-exempt and annual property taxes were $56.64 for 2020. Price: $15,000 per acre ($525,150) Contact: Bret Polk, 254-965-0349 mobile Additional Acreage: See our website for additional listings of the Crystal Springs Ranch or contact agent for more details. Will divide. 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.
$664,610  •  64.84 acres
Location: Ideally located ~7 miles south of Glen Rose, Texas, and just into the northern portion of Bosque County on CR 2720, the Crystal Springs Ranch House Lake Tract is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes southwest of Dallas and 1 hour south of Fort Worth. Physical address is 593 CR 2720, Glen Rose, TX 76043 Summary: Find your oasis here in beautiful Bosque County, on almost 65 acres with a hilltop home, big views, wildlife, water, and the peace and solitude of country living. Terrain: Approximately 60' of elevation change occurs across the Crystal Springs Ranch House Lake Tract as the land gently slopes to the north/northwest toward the lake. The setting is scenic with big hills in the distance and great views of the property and surrounding countryside. The land is predominately native pasture thick with a variety of grasses and pockets of tree and brush cover. Water: The property features a wonderful 2+/- acre bass lake for your recreational enjoyment while also serving as a reliable water source for livestock and wildlife. Underground water is readily available with the property located above the prolific Trinity Aquifer and there is one water well currently in place that serves the home with a new water softener unit in place. Water is also piped to the barn and to two water troughs in the pastures. Structural Improvements: An ~1,800 SF 2 bed/2 bath brick home is perched on a hill overlooking the property with an attached 336 SF garage and concrete storm shelter that is accessed from inside the home. The interior of the home was recently repainted and is a clean blank slate awaiting the finish-out and touches of a new owner. New Anderson windows were also recently installed along with new HVAC unit and ducting, and hot water heater. A small, but quaint 600 SF barn is also on the property and located just north of the home. Roads & Fencing: The east side of the property fronts along Bosque County Road No. 2720 for approximately 1/2 mile and is high game fenced with a large gated entrance near the home. The remaining fences are all barbed and net wire low fences. The structural improvements are enclosed within ~1.25 acres that have been cross fenced. Most of the fences are like new and in great condition. Older perimeter fences are in good shape and appear to turn livestock. Livestock & Grazing: The owner utilizes the property as part of a rotational grazing program that includes almost 6,000 acres, ensuring that the pastures are not overgrazed. Wildlife & Hunting: Bosque County is known for its abundant wildlife and great hunting, and this area is no exception. The many areas and diverse types of cover, sources of native browse and forbs vegetation, and reliable water sources create great habitat for the deer, turkey, hog, dove, and varmint regularly found here and the lake is a frequent stop for waterfowl. Minerals: Negotiable. The owner is believed to own a portion of the minerals. There's no production on the property. If desired, Buyer may have a mineral report conducted at Buyer's expense. Electricity: United Cooperative Services provides electrical service to the property. School District: Walnut Springs Independent School District Deed Restrictions: As terms of a sale some deed restrictions will apply. Contact agent for more information. Taxes: Property is ag-exempt and annual property taxes are estimated to be around $1,360 for 2021. Price: $10,250 per acre ($664,610) Contact: Bret Polk, 254-965-0349 mobile Additional Acreage Available: If additional acreage is desired, there are 97+/- adjoining acres to the north with a ~4 acre lake and 2,100' of the north Fork of Hill Creek that winds through, and there are 37+/- adjoining acres to the south. See our website for additional listings of the Crystal Springs Ranch or contact agent for more details. 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.
$637,650  •  90 acres
Location: Ideally located ~7 miles south of Glen Rose, Texas, and just into the northern portion of Bosque County on Highway 144, the Crystal Springs Ranch Highway 144 East Tract is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes southwest of Dallas and 1 hour south of Fort Worth. Physical address is 6174 South Hwy 144, Glen Rose, TX 76043 Summary: 90+/- inviting acres welcome you to Bosque County, and if it's a small farm you're after, then look no further. The land is ideal for cattle and/or horses, managing pastures for hay production or cultivation, and an abundance of wildlife roam the area. The homestead is located near the highest point on the property where you can enjoy distant vistas and take advantage of easy access to and from pavement. Last, but certainly not least, the Crystal Springs Ranch Highway 144 East Tract is only minutes from Glen Rose and Walnut Springs, and offers great proximity to Dallas/Fort Worth. May divide. Terrain: Big hills surround the south and west parts of the property in the distance, giving it a somewhat sheltered and unique feel. These large hills are the beginning of the north fork of Hill Creek watershed as the land gently slopes from the west/southwest to the east/northeast toward this tributary. Surprisingly there's an overall elevation change of ~80' across the property that creates some big scenic views. Approximately 7 acres of the property is cross fenced off near the southwest corner around the existing home and barn, but the remainder of the land is primarily native pasture and formerly cultivated land. Soils primarily consist of Denton silty clay and Purves clay. Water: Approximately 870' of the north fork of Hill Creek passes through the northeast portion of the property where it is dammed up and creates one of the two stock ponds that you will find here. Underground water is readily available with the property located above the prolific Trinity Aquifer and the property has one water well in place near the home. This well is piped to a water trough near the barn. Structural Improvements: A 2,075 SF double-wide mobile home and 1,650 SF barn with carport are in place on the property. The home is believed to be approximately 22 years old. Roads & Fencing: The west side of the property fronts along State Highway 144 for approximately 2,700'. There is pipe fencing along the highway near the home and a double gated entrance. The remainder of perimeter and cross fencing is barbed and net wire t-post fence and the north fence line is high fenced. Most of the fences are like new and in excellent condition. Livestock & Grazing: The owner utilizes the property as part of a rotational grazing program that includes almost 6,000 acres, ensuring that the pastures are not overgrazed. Wildlife: The property is primarily open and not likely to hold a great deal of wildlife as far as deer, turkey, and hog, but with the additon of feeders and/or wildlife food plots near the more remote easterly portions of the property, those species will potentially be drawn to frequent these areas. Ample opportunity awaits to create some great dove hunting with plenty of tillable acreage for establishing your very own sunflower field. Minerals: Negotiable. The owner is believed to own a portion of the minerals. There's no production on the property. If desired, Buyer may have a mineral report conducted at Buyer's expense. Electricity: United Cooperative Services provides electrical service to the property. School District: The Crystal Springs Ranch Highway 144 East Tract is within the Walnut Springs Independent School District. Deed Restrictions: As terms of a sale some deed restrictions will apply. Contact agent for more information. Taxes: Property is ag-exempt and annual property taxes are estimated to be around $850 for 2021. Price: $7,085 per acre ($637,650) Contact: Bret Polk, 254-965-0349 mobile Additional Acreage Available: If additional acreage is desired, there are 97+/- adjoining acres to the east with a ~4 acre lake and an additional 2,100' of the north Fork of Hill Creek that winds through, and there are 33+/- acres located directly across Hwy 144 to the west with electricity and water well in place. See our website for additional listings of the Crystal Springs Ranch or contact agent for more details. 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.
$887,065  •  97 acres
Location: Ideally located ~7 miles south of Glen Rose, Texas, and just into the northern portion of Bosque County on Bosque County Road No. 2720, the Crystal Springs Ranch Alice Lake Tract is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes southwest of Dallas and 1 hour south of Fort Worth. Summary: At just under 100 acres this slice of Bosque County checks off a lot of boxes with great surface water, scenic terrain, abundant wildlife, building sites, outstanding proximity to Dallas/Fort Worth, and is only minutes from historic Glen Rose, Fossil Rim, Dinosaur Valley State Park, and Rough Creek Lodge. Whether you're searching for the perfect spot to build and put down roots, or just a nice get-away in the country, the Crystal Springs Ranch Alice Lake Tract is ready to be yours. Water: The highlight of the property is a 4+/- acre bass lake fed by ~2,100' of the clear flowing north fork of Hill Creek. Additional water features include a small stock pond and seasonal creek. Underground water is readily available with the property located above the prolific Trinity Aquifer. New water wells are commonly drilled to depths of 500'-600' in this area. An old water well is located on the property near the county road at the site of what was once a windmill, but is not in service at this time. Terrain: The property is located in a great setting and feels somewhat nestled in amongst the many big hills that surround this area. These hills in the distance and particularly those to the west, form the valleys and head waters of the north fork of Hill Creek. This tributary of the Brazos River gives shape to the land as it carves its way through the property. Here you'll find gently rolling to sloping native pastures with scattered woods and brush that mainly consist of willows and button brush near the lake, and cedar, sumac, bumelia, cedar elm, mesquite, and hackberry along the hillsides and upland areas. Ranging in elevations from approximately 868' to 923' above sea level, the topography offers ~55' of change and multiple potential building locations with a lake view. Wildlife & Fishery: The property has not been leased or hunted in years, and you can quickly see that the wildlife have been largely undisturbed and feel right at home. The abundance of water, native vegetation, and areas of thick cover combine to provide great wildlife habitat for deer, turkey, hog, dove, and varmint, and the lake is frequented my migratory duck and geese. The lower lying southeast portion of the property along Hill Creek could potentially be developed to create a managed wetland area if waterfowl are a priority. The lake offers great bass fishing and with some management could grow some real trophies, or simply continue to be enjoyed as it is with family and friends. Fencing & Roads: The perimeter fences around the property range in condition from good to excellent. The east fence line stretches along CR 2720 for ~2,350' and is high fenced with two gated entry points. The north boundary is also high fenced. The south and west fences are standard height barbed & net wire t-post fences. Interior roads and trails are few, offering the new owner the opportunity to blaze their own. Livestock & Grazing: The owner utilizes the property as part of a rotational grazing program that includes almost 6,000 acres, ensuring that the pastures are not overgrazed. Minerals: Negotiable. The owner is believed to own a portion of the minerals. There's no production on the property. If desired, Buyer may have a mineral report conducted at Buyer's expense. Electricity: United Cooperative Services provides electrical service to the area and there is a line already in place that runs across the south portion of the property. School District: Walnut Springs Independent School District Deed Restrictions: As terms of a sale some deed restrictions will apply. Contact agent for more information. Taxes: Property is ag-exempt and annual property taxes are estimated to be around $130 for 2021. Price: $9,145 per acre ($887,065) Contact: Bret Polk, 254-965-0349 mobile Additional Acreage: If additional acreage and an existing home are desired, there are 65+/- adjoining acres to the south with a hilltop brick home and ~2 acre lake, and 90+/- adjoining acres to the west with a mobile home, barn, water well, 2 stock ponds, and highway 144 frontage, that are also available. See our website for additional listings of the Crystal Springs Ranch or contact agent for more details. 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.
Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC

Bret Polk
10711 Preston Road, Suite 240
Dallas, TX 75230

Mobile: 254-965-0349
Office: 4692224076