Howard Hood


Hood Real Estate Inc. is a premier farm and ranch real estate brokerage located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. In 1992, Howard W. Hood founded Hood Real Estate Inc. with aspirations to turn his core family values and passion for real estate into a business legacy. Over the past 28 years, he has established a specialty in premier, live water, farms and ranches across the state of Texas, though he has also represented buyers from around the world. Recently, Howard’s son, Conner W. Hood, and brother, Jeffrey C. Hood, joined the family business, enabling Hood Real Estate Inc. to expand and continue providing unparalleled customer service to clients around the globe. If you are looking for expertise, diligence, and world class customer service, Hood Real Estate Inc. is the best in the business.
$15,950,000  •  5,698 acres
Cedar has been strategically removed throughout the ranch, opening space for native grass, forbs and nutrition-rich brush. Several varieties of oaks as well as elm, sycamore, Texas persimmon and other native species dot the land, providing shade and shelter for game.
$15,950,000  •  1,959 acres
Located on 1,959.63± acres in eastern Kimble County, the James River Ranch provides a secluded haven of peace, quiet and rugged Hill Country beauty that inspires a deep connection with nature. The current iteration, which is about 30 minutes from Harper, was created by combining three separate parcels. Within the high-fenced boundaries, the topography ranges from jagged limestone cliffs to rolling hills and a fertile river bottom. From the ridge tops, the views encompass the James River valley and far beyond. All-weather roads make every corner of the ranch accessible. The Water Both banks of the James River run through about 800 acres of the property, flowing from south to north. In the summer, the year-round river disappears beneath the gravel bottom but never stops flowing. Two dams create two impoundments, measuring 1± acre and 2± acres. Jim Little Creek enters the property on the far southwest corner coursing through the center of the property before exiting on the north. In the summer, it too disappears, but continues to flow. Arrowheads and other artifacts of the region’s earliest nomadic residents can be found along the waterways. An 8± acre lake, fed by groundwater, enhances surface water options. The lake, outfitted with five docks, is stocked with Florida largemouth bass and hybrid striped bass as well as bluegills and hybrid perch. James River Ranch also boasts 11 wells, three of which are irrigation wells. Twenty-one water troughs have been strategically installed throughout. The Land and the Wildlife Cedar has been strategically cleared and managed. Now, it only remains in a 30 – 40-yard-wide swath around the perimeter ensuring privacy and on the steep slopes where it controls erosion and provides nesting habitat for rare songbirds. In the cleared areas, native grasses reappeared. Even some of the ridgetops have been cleared and replanted in native grasses and Kleingrass. Several hay fields, watered by sub-surface irrigation, deliver winter feed for the cattle and under good conditions grow a saleable excess. Live oaks anchor the uplands while native pecan trees shade the James River and Jim Little Creek. Nutritious brush and forbs sustain the wildlife. Eighteen protein feeders supplement nature’s bounty. The native white-tailed deer population has been managed under an MLDP-3 permit. Hunting has been limited. Wild turkeys abound. Quail, dove and migrating waterfowl are present. Feral hogs, coyotes, bobcats, ringtails, raccoons, porcupines, foxes and the occasional mountain lion call the ranch home. Every spring bald eagles return. The Living The main house, which is about 2,100 square feet, contains two bedrooms, 2.5 baths and two studies that could be used as bedrooms. The “bones” were built in the 1960s and remodeled for the current owners’ use. Updates included adding an expansive, modern kitchen and an inviting wraparound porch, creating an open billiard room above the great room and installing large windows that illuminate the interior. A large, covered patio connects the bunkhouse to the main house. Designed to give guests privacy, but easy access to the main house, the bunkhouse features two bedrooms each with a private bath. The main barn features a second-story loft with two private bedrooms and two private baths. In addition, an historic lodge built from an early schoolhouse sleeps 12. Two private queen suites with private baths that are attached to lodge by a large, covered patio accommodate six guests. The patio is outfitted with an outdoor kitchen, fireplace and heaters, so the party can continue year-round. Three small cabins, three hay barns, two equipment barns, two vintage barns, two sets of cattle working pens, two game processing facilities with walk-in coolers and a 400-yard rifle range round out the ranch’s infrastructure. To experience the James River Ranch for yourself, contact Howard W. Hood at (830) 739-3815. call for price
$17,161,000  •  858 acres
Twin Creeks Ranch, 858± acres located approximately 11 miles from Kerrville in Kerr County, is an opportunity to stake a claim on a large-scale, live water property in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. The ranch fronts on Eagle Ridge Road.
$29,997,280  •  1,874.8 acres
Sitting on the headwaters of Myrtle Creek in a ruggedly beautiful box canyon in Bandera County BW Ranch offers live water and some of the most magnificent views in the country. The ±1874.83-acre ranch, which fronts FM 2828, is just 12 miles from Bandera, 17 miles from Kerrville (and its airport with two runways up to 6,000 feet), and 42 miles to San Antonio. Land, Wildlife and Water In Texas, it is rare for a ranch to include an expansive stunning viewshed as a primary asset. The BW Ranch showcases 24 peaks, expansive valleys and views that stretch to Bandera, Kerrville and Medina. The ever-changing landscape is enhanced by diverse vegetation. Cypress trees surround the main lake. Pecan trees shade the valley. Live oaks and Spanish oaks dot the native grasslands. A lone bull mesquite shades the pavilion. Cedar has been aggressively cleared and prescribed burns have been used to clear and reinvigorate the land. As a result, desirable native Hill Country browse provides a nutritious buffet for wildlife. Whitetails that benefit from enhanced genetics, Rio Grande turkeys, dove and bobwhite quail are native to the ranch. A herd of bison, numbering upwards of 50, graze the flats and hillsides. Auodad sheep along with blackbuck antelope, axis, fallow and sika deer also call the ranch home. Other wild denizens include coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions and a host of other non-game species and songbirds. Two Longhorns also roam the ranch. One’s horns measured 13.5 feet the last time a tape was put to them. Those numbers place him in world-record territory. Year-round Myrtle Creek brings life-giving crystalline water to the property. It feeds nine dammed ponds, making water for wildlife easily accessible throughout the ranch. An 8-acre± spring-fed lake, stocked with largemouth bass enhanced by Florida bass genetics, blue cats, blue gills and sun perch is arguably the recreational focal point. Anglers have landed some bass that tipped the scales at more than 14 pounds. A boat house, with a bathroom, a fish cleaning station and a pontoon boat, ensures that family and friends can make the most of the clear, inviting water. The ranch boasts second spring-fed lake, which is smaller. It, too, is stocked with desirable fish for additional angling fun. Living The three-bedroom/two-bath ranch house reflects its setting. Native limestone defines the exterior and interior flourishes including the impressive fireplace. Built with an eye to simple, comfortable elegance, the bright airy home combines soaring ceilings, shiplap, warm wood accents, Saltillo tiles and oversized windows. In the sunroom, which overlooks a pond surrounded by a bounty of native vegetation, the line between outside and inside is seemingly invisible. In addition, the home’s open floor plan includes a well-appointed kitchen, living room and trophy room. Its aesthetic and design invite gathering. Building sites, with exceptional views, abound. The possibilities for creating a livable masterpiece built to the new owner's taste and specifications are limitless. A nearby open-air pavilion, reminiscent of old-time Hill Country dance halls, takes the party outside. The pavilion, which follows the architectural theme of the main house, includes a full kitchen and large fireplace. The comfortable three-bedroom/two-bathroom caretaker's quarters with a full kitchen and large porches, front and back, is situated nearby. Currently, it is used for employee housing, but could host overflow guests. Infrastructure More than 25 miles of improved roads stretch to the highest peaks and most far flung corners providing complete, easy access. The main barn (approximately 40’ x 60’), which is constructed from metal and insulated, features four horse stalls, an office with a shower, a tack room and a tool room. Twelve-foot-tall doors on both ends keep equipment access simple. An equipment barn (approximately 20’ x 45’) with a game cleaning station that includes winches, running water and a walk-in cooler rounds out the infrastructure. The Opportunity The Hill Country is known for its live water and breathtaking scenery, but it’s rare to find a ranch that has both with plenty of elbow room. The fact that BW Ranch is also conveniently located to small towns and San Antonio makes it one of one. To experience the natural beauty of the BW Ranch for yourself, call Howard W. Hood with Hood Real Estate Inc. at (830) 739-3815. The ranch is listed for $16,000/acre.
$15,862,500  •  634.5 acres
Lake Farm, 634.5± acres located just 30 minutes west of San Antonio in Medina County, is a memory-making, live-water destination designed to make family, friends or business associates feel right at home in natural Texas. When guests enter the simple, but elegant front gate on County Road 451 they are struck by the oak-lined, chip-sealed Knippa stone driveway and the flanking irrigated pecan orchard with more than 500 productive trees. Landscaping throughout was designed and installed by the late Marc Tellepson and the late Mark Scioneaux, both of Houston’s famed Tellepson’s Landscaping Company. By the time guests arrive at the main compound featuring the two dogtrot lodges that reflect Texas’ pioneer heritage and the adjoining renovated barn and primary gathering space known as the Party Barn, they know they’re somewhere special. The Land Nestled in an ecological transition zone, Lake Farm, as the name implies, offers the beautiful live water and legacy oaks of the Hill Country and the varied brush that marks superlative wildlife habitat in South Texas. In addition to majestic live oaks, the farm is shaded by native pecan trees in the bottomlands of Hondo and Verde Creeks and old-growth bull mesquite throughout. The Water The creeks border the farm on two sides. Verde Creek, which is a year-round creek, courses through the farm for just under one mile on the east, providing private access to both banks. Hondo Creek runs along the south border for about 1.85 miles. A 7-acre lake that measures about 22 feet at its deepest point is stocked with bass, perch and forage fish. It is peanut-shaped with a jutting peninsula, which maximizes bank frontage and allows for plenty of angling fun. In case guests prefer to swim, carefully stacked native rocks create the perfect place to launch into the lake. Groundwater is also plentiful. Lake Farm has two center pivots supplied by an Edwards Aquifer irrigation well with 60 acre-feet of transferable Edwards water. The Wildlife Lake Farm has been managed primarily for doves, but whitetail deer, feral hogs, free-ranging exotics and a variety of varmints, small game and non-game species also call the low-fenced farm home. The Lifestyle Guests can sharpen their shooting skills and pass an enjoyable afternoon at the five-stand skeet range outfitted with 6 movable trap houses. Once the smoke has cleared, they can congregate at the nearby Gun Room, a ±945-square foot gathering space that includes a wet bar, drink coolers, a 72-inch tv as part of the indoor sitting area, gun lockers, WiFi and a built-in sound system. For those who prefer to be outdoors, a ±1,850-square-foot covered porch area, located between the Gun Room and the skeet range, is the perfect spot. Guests can sit in the shade of two ancient live oaks as they enjoy conversation and a cool breeze. Accommodations A set of two identical ±3,130-square-foot dogtrot lodges, crafted from reclaimed and washed barnwood epitomize the clean country style that defines Lake Farm and serve as the main compound’s focal point. Unlike their historical Texas predecessors, the dogtrots are enclosed. Each lodge, outfitted with WiFi, a built-in sound system and wood burning fireplace, sleeps up to 12 people. The spacious porches, on front and back, make it easy to take the conversation outdoors. The downstairs encompasses ±2,072 square feet and includes 4 bedrooms with 2 double beds, a coffee bar, tv and a private bath with heated floor. The upstairs features 2 king suites with a coffee bar, tv and a private bath with heated floor. A short walk down a crushed granite path bordered with concrete brings guests to the ±11,600-square-foot Party Barn. Crafted from an existing barn, the Party Barn combines entertainment and dining space with storage and workspace under one roof. The dining hall and the state-of-the-art, custom chef’s commercial kitchen encompass about 2,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 50 guests for special events. The mesquite-topped bar is set off by the shiplap walls adorned with metal touches reminiscent of modern farmhouse style. The interior of the Party Barn also includes 2 big screen tvs, shuffleboard, video golf and Buck Hunter as well as self-serve drink coolers, WiFi, a built-in sound system and two restrooms. An outdoor pass-through transitions into a ±3,600-square-foot work barn, which includes a gym and loft storage area. In addition, there are three small apartments: the ±180-square-foot bunk room has 4 bunkbeds and a private bath; the ±216-square-foot apartment, known as Joe’s Room, has a queen bed and a private bath; and the ±430-square-foot “downstairs room” has 2 queen beds and a private bath. Because a party is even better outdoors, the Party Barn has a ±3,000-square-foot covered porch shaded by Mexican sycamores. The porch has a built-in sound system, a tv, large outdoor fans, a fire pit and an outdoor bar with an ice machine. Infrastructure The ±5,900-square-foot Maintenance Barn, located in proximity to the main compound, is the site of the covered game cleaning station as well as the walk-in refrigerator and freezer. It also includes restrooms and additional storage. The 800-square-foot Laundry Building is conveniently situated within easy reach of the dogtrot lodges and Party Barn. Despite its utilitarian purpose, the stone building is one of the farm’s most beautiful. The main compound also has ±3,000 square feet of covered parking. The farm driveway is chip-sealed Knippa stone; all the other farm roads are caliche or improved, built-up dirt roads. All furnishings with the dogtrots as well as the entertainment area and commercial kitchen transfer with the sale. The Opportunity Lake Farm is the best of old and new Texas. Built to surround family, friends and business associates in the time-tested warmth of hospitality and the well-watered landscape of natural Texas. Claim Lake Farm as your place. A one-of-a-kind destination for making memories that will color your world. To experience the natural style of Lake Farm, a premier Texas destination, for yourself, call Howard W. Hood with Hood Real Estate Inc. at (830) 739-3815. The farm is listed for $15,862,500.
$11,275,000  •  451 acres
CB Farm, located just 30 minutes west of San Antonio in Medina County, is a 451-acre ± haven of live water and natural productivity. In an era where water is becoming scarce and highly sought after, the farm has exceptional surface and groundwater. Year-round Verde Creek courses through the property for 3,283.8± feet. In addition, the farm boasts four center pivots supplied by an irrigation well with 276 acre-feet of base Edwards Aquifer Water. Currently, the center pivots irrigate three corn fields and one sunflower field that is used as a calling card for migrating doves. Located in an ecological transition zone, the land showcases the best of the Hill Country and South Texas. While the low-fenced farm has been managed primarily for dove (and offers some of the state’s best wing shooting), the farm is also home to white-tailed deer, feral hogs, free-ranging exotics and a host of varmints, small game and non-game species. The Verde Creek Outpost, converted from the original New Fountain Post Office, is a multi-purpose facility that is outfitted with Yancey Water Corporation Supply water. Another structure, the former New Fountain Café, is completely empty and awaiting the new owner’s personal stamp. The property has frontage on FM 2676 as well as County Roads 4256 and 451 ensuring easy, unfettered access. The combination of easy access, plentiful water and unmatched productivity is rare. CB Farm has a place in an investment portfolio—and your family’s life. To experience the opportunity of the CB Farm for yourself, call Howard W. Hood with Hood Real Estate Inc. at (830) 739-3815. The farm is listed for $11,275,000.
$29,500,000  •  1,313.5 acres
Two Creeks Ranch, ±1,313.5 acres located just 30 minutes west of San Antonio in Medina County, is a memory-making, live-water destination designed to make family, friends or business associates feel right at home in natural Texas. This wing-shooters paradise has been used as a corporate retreat to entertain up to 24 people per weekend, but it is equally suited as a private family getaway or a rental property. The ranch can also generate income from wildlife and agriculture including a 500-tree irrigated pecan orchard. The Land Nestled in an ecological transition zone, Two Creeks offers the beautiful live water and legacy oaks and native pecans of the Hill Country and the varied brush and bull mesquite that marks superlative wildlife habitat in South Texas. The Water Year-round Verde Creek through the ranch for about 2.5 miles on the east, providing private access to both banks. Hondo Creek runs along the south border for about 1.85 miles. The 7-acre lake is stocked with bass for angling fun is also a prized swimming hole. Two Creeks Ranch has five water wells including two Edwards Aquifer irrigation wells: one with 276 acre-feet of base Edwards Aquifer water and the other with 60 acre-feet of transferable Edwards water. The property also boasts six center pivots. The Wildlife Two Creeks has been managed primarily for doves, but whitetail deer, feral hogs, free-ranging exotics and many non-game species call the low-fenced ranch home. The Lifestyle Shooting Guests can sharpen their shooting skills at the 5-stand skeet range outfitted with 6 movable trap houses, and then congregate at the ±945-square foot Gun Room with a wet bar and gun lockers. A nearby ±1,850-square-foot covered porch area allows the party to move outside. Accommodations Two identical ±3,130-square-foot dogtrot lodges crafted from reclaimed barnwood serve as the main compound’s focal point. Each lodge sleeps up to 12 people and features spacious front and back porches. The downstairs encompasses ±2,072 square feet and includes 4 bedrooms with private baths. The upstairs features 2 king suites with private baths. A short walk brings guests to the well-designed ±11,600-square-foot Party Barn that puts entertainment ranging from a wet bar to video games, dining, storage and work space under one roof. The dining hall with a mesquite-topped bar and the state-of-the-art, custom chef’s commercial kitchen encompass about 2,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 50 guests for special events. Party Barn also has a ±3,000-square-foot covered porch with large outdoor fans, a fire pit, an outdoor bar and more. An outdoor pass-through transitions into a ±3,600-square-foot work barn with a gym and loft storage area. In addition, there are 3 small apartments with private baths, ranging from ±180 square feet to ±430 square feet. Two Creeks’ second compound, with two homes and a large storage barn, is just a short drive to the west over improved ranch roads. The newly renovated, two-story 2-bedroom/3-bath Casa Verde House encompasses ±2,000 square feet with the bonus of a wraparound porch. The nearby 3-bedroom/2-bath Ranchero House with a front porch and screened porch includes a kitchen, office, laundry room, covered carport and detached game room. The 3-bedroom/2-bath Bader House that includes a loft serves as employee housing. Infrastructure The Two Creeks Outpost, converted from the original New Fountain Post Office, is a multi-purpose facility. Another structure, the former New Fountain Café, awaits the new owner's personal stamp. The main compound includes ±800-square-foot Laundry Building and is conveniently located in the main compound. The ±5,900-square-foot Maintenance Barn, houses a covered game cleaning station a walk-in refrigerator, freezer, restrooms and additional storage. The Hangar Barn provides ±22,500-square-feet of storage. All furnishings with the dogtrots as well as the entertainment area and commercial kitchen transfer with the sale. Call Howard W. Hood at (830) 739-3815. Listed for $29.5 million.
Contact for Price  •  630 acres
Comanche Rock Ranch Located in Gillespie County just 15 minutes north of Fredericksburg, Comanche Rock Ranch neighbors one of the Hill Country’s most iconic landmarks, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. The 630± acre ranch, which fronts on Ranch Road 965, is ideally suited as either a secluded private retreat or an income-generating destination for guests. Enchanted Rock dominates the viewshed. The massive pink granite dome can be considered and appreciated from many different perspectives throughout the ranch. Moving from the south to the north, the terrain changes from gently rolling open fields and hay meadows dotted with majestic oaks to craggy granite rock outcrops and ridges amid native oak trees and browse species that make up exceptional wildlife habitat. The high-fenced ranch is easily accessible on a network of improved roads. The ranch has several agricultural fields including a vineyard that provides grapes used for winemaking on the property. Some are productive hay fields while others are used as wildlife food plots. The southern section, which encompasses 208± acres, reflects the ranch’s roots as an equestrian facility and showcases the original horse headquarters. This section is home to a horse barn and stalls as well as a round pen. The northern section, which includes 422± acres, has been managed for wildlife since the mid-90s. It is home to white-tailed deer, axis deer and blackbuck antelope. In recent years, hunting has been limited to family and friends. Earlier in its history, the ranch was a commercial hunting operation. Recently, an eight-stall horse barn with a tack room, feed room and bathroom was added to the northern section to enhance its equestrian infrastructure. The new barn measures 70’ x 75’ with 12-foot overhangs to provide additional protection from the elements. Sandy Creek runs through the northwest corner of Comanche Rock Ranch and six stock ponds provide surface water. Several active springs along the drainage areas hold water throughout normal rainfall years. In addition, Comanche Rock Ranch has water rights to a deep well across RR965 and has eight water wells within its perimeter. There is also a limestone rock-lined underground water cistern on the north property. Five large-capacity aboveground water storage tanks serve the ranch compounds and several water troughs provide additional watering holes for animals. The ranch features a north and south headquarters, which is an ideal configuration whether the ultimate goal is a private retreat or commercial enterprise. The centerpiece of the north headquarters is the custom-designed home located on a ridge to take full advantage of the views of Enchanted Rock. Thick limestone walls and high ceilings hearken back to the area’s pioneer roots, while the longleaf pine beams and custom trim and hardwood floors and custom cabinetry add warmth. The main house features an open kitchen with commercial appliances and textured native stone countertops, a huge living room with a soaring fireplace, a glassed-in corner room that could be a second bedroom, a screened porch dining room overlooking the yard and pool areas. The master suite not only includes a bath, but a lovely, screened sun porch with windows framing Enchanted Rock. A home office and laundry room complete this home. Rock walkways connect the house to the nearby pool and patio area with sweeping views of Enchanted Rock. An adjacent, self-contained chinked cedar cabin serves as a separate guest house. The hunting lodge, which is a converted vintage barn, anchors a separate compound. In addition to three downstairs bedrooms with three private baths, the second-story bunkhouse can sleep up to eight people in four beds with trundles. The second story also has a kitchenette with a stove and refrigerator, a gathering space and bath facilities. The lodge has a large downstairs living room/game room and full kitchen as well as an outdoor gathering area with a gazebo, barbecue area, swimming pool, fire pit and games such as horseshoes, washers and darts. The original farmhouse dating back to the early 20th century delivers additional lodging for either guests or staff. The ranch office is in a separate building adjacent to the home. An old country store transported from Central Texas provides a perfect gathering place. It has a game processing area as well as a walk-in cooler and provides ample storage space. At the southern headquarters, the 4-5 bedroom/3-bath main house is built on the limestone bones of a circa 1900 German farmhouse and nestled into a beautiful grove of oak trees. The expansive house features a downstairs master suite, a large kitchen, two large living rooms, two upstairs bedrooms and one or two downstairs bedrooms (one was previously used as a study). The home also has an upstairs room off the attic that could be used for an office or a supplemental storage/closet area. The home was recently refreshed with new floors, paint and a bathroom remodel. The pool and patio are the centerpiece of the outdoor gathering area with a panorama of gorgeous Hill Country views. Comanche Rock Ranch’s potential as a personal retreat or a commercial enterprise is limited only by the new owner’s vision. Come see a life beyond the ordinary… Call Howard W. Hood at 830-739-3815 to experience the potential of Comanche Rock Ranch for yourself. Originally listed at $25 million/reduced to $18.9 million.
Hood Real Estate Inc.
Hood Real Estate Inc.
Howard Hood
Howard Hood
222 Sidney Baker South
Kerrville, TX 78028

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