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.
$1,495,000  •  41.01 acres
Summary: Named for the remarkable sunsets that the owner has come to regularly enjoy here over the years in good ol' Bosque County, the Fire Sky Ranch features a wonderful ranch home, well maintained and functional equipment/horse barn, diverse terrain, abundant wildlife, and while only being minutes from the town of Meridian, offers that highly sought-after peace and solitude of the country. This property is ideal for those looking for a finished, ready-to-go, full-time residence or private family retreat from the city. Location: Located in the heart of Bosque County approximately 4 miles east of Meridian, Texas, the ranch is an easy 1 hour 15 minutes south of Fort Worth, 1 hour 40 minutes southwest of Dallas, 50 minutes northwest of Waco, and 2 hours 30 minutes north of Austin. Area attractions include the natural beauty and appeal of the Bosque County landscape, Meridian State Park, Lake Whitney Reservoir, Rough Creek Lodge, unique cultural arts center and revitalized downtown of Clifton, Texas, historic Norse community, "The Gap", as well as many unique dining and shopping opportunities that can be found in Meridian and the many other area towns. Directions: From the courthouse square and intersection of Main Street (State Highway 144) and Morgan Street (State Highway 22) in downtown Meridian, head east on Morgan Street which in approximately 0.5 miles becomes FM 2840 at its intersection with State Highway 174. Proceed east along FM 2840 for approximately 2.4 miles to Bosque County Road No. 1100 on the right. Turn right and continue south along paved CR 1100 for approximately 1 mile to the gated ranch entrance on the right. Physical Address is 637 CR 1100, Meridian, TX 76665 Ranch Home: The property's focal point is the spacious ~4,300 sf 3 bedroom, 3 full bath ranch home. The home was completed in 2002 and is wood frame construction with metal roofing and Hardi-plank siding, and features a main living area/great room, chef's kitchen with large island, stainless steel appliances, gas range, and walk-in pantry, separate formal dining room, small home office, second living space, two separate utility rooms, and bunkroom, as well as numerous custom closets and storage nooks throughout. Interior finishes include stained concrete flooring, custom cabinetry, and wood trim work. Just out back of the home, you'll find a large concrete patio, covered entertainment area, and swimming pool. Attached you'll also find a drive-through carport and additional covered parking nearby. Barn/Sheds: The barn is located just steps north of the ranch home and measures ~1,900 sf fully enclosed with a partitioned workshop on one end and 3 horse stalls that open out to the east side. There's also a ~580 sf lean-to off the west side of the barn for equipment and additional covered storage. The property also offers 3 separately fenced pens each with its own shed for your farm animals. (Note: All square footage measurements are approximate.) Terrain/Topography: The land is relatively flat to gently sloping native pasture and offers some distant views of the surrounding countryside to the north, west and south. The tree cover found on the ranch consists of numerous live oak motts, elm, hackberry, bumelia, sumac, cedar, mesquite, and various other species. The owner has also planted pecan, black walnut, and bur oaks around the home. Water: The ranch has its own private water well that serves the ranch home and barn. This is believed to be a Paluxy Aquifer water well and is fully equipped with a pressure tank and housed in a well-organized well house/storage room. There are two areas on the property that appear to offer the potential for building surface water ponds/stock tanks. Wildlife: The property offers excellent wildlife habitat and as you'll see in the photos, the whitetail deer and Rio Grande turkey feel right at home. Hogs, bobcats, foxes, coyotes, and songbirds of all kinds are often seen or heard as well. Roads/Fences: An improved all-weather gravel ranch road provides entry from paved Bosque County Road No. 1100 and winds its way westward through the property leading to the ranch home and barn. The property has a nice gated pipe entrance and good perimeter fencing in place. Minerals: The owner will consider conveying some minerals with an acceptable offer. The 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 Meridian Independent School District. Easements: Aside from the typical electric utility easement that services the property, there are no known easements encumbering the property or providing access to neighboring landowners. Subject to title search. Property Taxes: The property is currently under wildlife exemption and the annual property taxes for 2021 were approximately $5,800. Asking Price: $1,495,000 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.
$2,750,000  •  344.33 acres
Summary: Just minutes north of the historic, bustling town of Hico, Texas, you'll find the Duffau Creek Ranch. This wonderful combination use property has been owned, operated, and enjoyed by the McDonald family since the late 1970s. The "farm" holds many fond memories that span multiple generations and include farming, hunting, fishing and swimming in the creek, skipping rocks, climbing trees, planting and working a garden, and just good old country living. Memories that the family will continue to cherish, but they are now excited for the next chapter of this property's story to be written, and it is our privilege to offer their beloved property "For Sale". The ranch features that highly sought- after live water that you've been looking for along with gently rolling terrain, excellent hunting and recreation, end of the road seclusion, good proximity to the DFW metro area, Waco, and Austin, and is simply a great place to put down roots and call home, or lay stake to your long-awaited retreat in the country. Location: The property is located in northwestern Bosque County and southeastern Erath County, approximately 5 miles northeast of Hico, ~1 hour 45 minutes southwest of Dallas, and 1 hour 20 minutes southwest of Ft. Worth. The physical address is 1459 PR 1649, Hico, TX 76457. Terrain: The property is situated in the southern portion of what is known as the Western Cross Timbers sub-ecological region of North Central Texas, and typical of this area the property features a nice mix of wooded acreage, open improved and native pasture, and cultivation. There are approximately 10 cross fenced pastures, which include 32+/- acres of cultivated land (oats/wheat), 65+/- acres of improved pasture, and the remainder being unimproved native pasture and wooded areas. The land features 90'+/- of overall elevation change as a gently sloping plateau runs through the property from north to southeast separating the Duffau Creek and Camp Branch watersheds on either side. Tree cover primarily consists of post oak and elm with scattered live oaks along with some cedar/juniper, mesquite, bumelia, sumac, elbowbush, and hackberry. Water: The main water feature on the property is the Duffau Creek, a limestone bottom live water creek and major tributary of the Bosque River in this area. The Little branch of Duffau Creek and Big branch of Duffau Creek converge a little over 3,000' north of the ranch which is ideal as the property benefits from the gathering of both of these watersheds into one as "Duffau Creek" prior to it flowing into and through the property. There are long holes of crystal-clear water, perfect for all types of recreation, and in places there are limestone ledges that allow you to walk right along the water's edge. Another great feature of this creek is that it runs through the property rather than being a boundary, which essentially doubles your creek frontage from roughly 2,200' to 4,400', as you can take advantage of and enjoy owning along both sides of this meandering body of water. Similarly, Camp Branch a seasonal creek carves its way through the northeast portion of the property for approximately 2,800' and is also owned on both sides, aside from a couple of areas where it curves out near the east property boundary. In rainy weather, Camp Branch will carry a lot of water and can be another good source of water for wildlife and livestock. In addition to the creeks, there is one stock pond on the property. One water well serves the home, bunk-house, and barn, and is also piped to three concrete freshwater troughs in the pastures. A fourth trough is also in place, but is currently not operational. Wildlife/Hunting: The ranch has only been lightly hunted in recent years and offers an abundance of wildlife and great habitat. The collection of reliable water sources, plentiful cover, and desirable forbs, browse, and grasses seem to keep the deer population interested and frequenting the property, and some of the best Rio Grande turkey hunting you'll find anywhere is right here along these creeks. There is also plenty of hogs, coyotes, fox, the occasional bobcat, dove, and even some duck when the season is right. Roads/Fences: A good all-weather gravel road leads in from PR 1649 and into the heart of the ranch to the improvements. The many interior roads and trails are unimproved but provide easy travel throughout the property. Exterior and interior fences range from excellent to poor, and currently appear to be holding livestock. Minerals: Owners are believed to own some minerals and are negotiable on conveying some minerals with an acceptable offer. The buyer will assume responsibility and expenses associated with a mineral ownership report if one is desired. Structural Improvements: A farmhouse is located on the property at the end of the gravel entry road and offers approximately 1,600 sf of living space and would easily make a great hunter's cabin or fixer-upper project. Just a short walk or drive from the house you'll find a ~384 sf bunkhouse with combined living/kitchen/bedroom and separate bath. There are also multiple old barns, sheds, and grain bins on the property. Utilities: United Cooperative Services provides electric service with lines in place on the property. School District: Hico and Iredell Independent School District Easements: Aside from the typical electric utility easement that services the property, there are no known easements encumbering the property or providing access to neighboring landowners. Subject to title search. Property Taxes: The property is currently ag-exempt and annual property taxes for 2021 were approximately $2,541.68. Asking Price: $2,750,000 ($7,986.52 per acre) Contact: Bret Polk, Agent 254-965-0349 mobile bret@ 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