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.
$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
$233,381  •  33.58 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 West Tract is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes southwest of Dallas and 1 hour south of Fort Worth. Physical address is 6175 South Hwy 144, Glen Rose, TX 76043. Summary: Here's a great spot to create your getaway in the country on ~33 acres in highly sought after Bosque County. The Crystal Springs Ranch Highway 144 West Tract offers water and electric already on-site, a great setting with views, highway frontage, easy access to Glen Rose and Walnut Springs, and proximity to DFW that's simply hard to beat. Terrain: The land offers a nice mix with the south ~1/2 being open gently sloping native grass pasture and the north ~1/2 consisting of a variety of brush and browse that includes cedar elm, sumac, hackberry, bumelia, greenbriar, mesquite, and cedar. There's approximately 50' of elevation change and the property sits near the foot of some big hills or what we here in this part of Texas like to call "mountains". Regardless of what you call them, they surround the property on the south and west and create a unique setting and feel. They also influence the property just enough that they create some big views looking east to the horizon and across an area locally known as 7 Knobs as you look north toward Glen Rose. Water: Underground water is readily available with the property located above the prolific Trinity Aquifer. There is one submersible pump water well in place and an old windmill standing nearby for nostalgia. Roads & Fencing: The east side of the property fronts along State Highway 144 for almost 1/2 a mile. Fences are like new and in excellent condition. Livestock & Grazing: The property is not leased and the owner currently utilizes it to graze a small herd of goats. Wildlife: There are numerous signs showing that wildlife frequent the property and north half offers good habitat with cover and plenty of browse that will attract and hold some game periodically. The property is also bordered by much larger neighboring ranches and you can rest assured there's plenty of wildlife nearby. Set up a feeder and game camera, and you might be surprised to see what stops by. 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 Easements: A pipeline easement runs from south to north through the property, as does an electric line easement that run along the highway. 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 $100 for 2021. Price: $6,950 per acre ($233,381) Contact: Bret Polk, 254-965-0349 mobile Additional Acreage 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.
$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.
$358,512  •  36.96 acres
Location: Ideally located ~7.5 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 Hilltop Tract is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes southwest of Dallas and 1 hour south of Fort Worth. Summary: The Crystal Springs Ranch Hilltop Tract is almost 37 acres of raw land in highly desirable Bosque County. Build your very own hilltop country home or cabin and take advantage of the amazing unimpeded views across the 5,000+ acre neighboring ranch to the east, as you enjoy sunrises, star filled night skies, and the peace and tranquility of good ol' country living. Terrain: Ranging in elevations from approximately 906' to 989' above sea level, the property offers just over 80' of scenic rolling elevation change. A hilltop is situated near the heart of the property providing an outstanding potential building site with views as far as the eye can see to the north and east, and a backdrop of bigger hills to the south and west. Tree cover consists primarily of cedar with scattered mesquite, sumac, cedar elm, bumelia and hackberry, along with a few oaks that dot the landscape. Water: The property features a nice sized stock pond which serves as a reliable source of water for wildlife and livestock, while also offering some great fishing. 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. Wildlife: Deer, turkey, hog, fox, bobcat, coyote are all found in the area and with a feeder and game camera set up, you'll be sure to see some visitors. Roads & Fencing: The east side of the property fronts along Bosque County Road No. 2720 for approximately 1/2 mile. Fences primarily consist of older barbed wire and t-post fencing, but appear to be in fair to good 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. 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 a line already in place on 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 $65 for 2021. Price: $9,700 per acre ($358,512) Contact: Bret Polk, 254-965-0349 mobile Additional Acreage Available: If additional acreage with a home is desired, there are 64.84+/- adjoining acres to the north with a ~1,800 SF brick home and 2+/- acre lake. 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.
$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