Stephen Schwartz


Stephen Schwartz was raised in East Texas, where he graduated from White Oak High School. Most of his childhood was spent hunting and fishing in the woods of East Texas, where he learned at a very young age to respect the outdoors. Following his interests, he graduated from Texas A&M University in the spring of 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Systems Management with an emphasis on rangeland and wetland management. After he graduated he began working in the engineering department at the TXU Martin Lake Mines. He then worked for over a decade in the mining industry. For the first 7 years he worked in engineering as a surveyor and long-range planner, where he designed and led the construction of various projects ranging from initial clearing and mining activities, to permanent reclamation. Along with that he developed a special interest in land reclamation where he had hands on experience with many extensive watershed management projects. He also had a hand in developing many of the ponds, wetlands and reforested acres that are now enjoyed by many. He then spent the next 4 years as an operations supervisor learning the big picture of the entire mining process, further developing his leadership skills in managing people, money and machines. Overall he has gained a unique perspective in the importance of sound land stewardship and how vital it is to a successful ranching operation. His unique skill set enables him to clearly visualize a property’s potential and effectively communicate that to potential buyers. He is dedicated to use that knowledge to better understand the needs of each client and will go the extra mile to ensure they are met. Stephen is a committed steward of the land which shows through continuing his education through the Quality Deer Management Association as a level 2 Deer Steward, which specifically focuses on intensive management for white-tailed deer. He has also been an active member of several conservation organizations such as Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Delta Waterfowl, Quality Deer Management Association, Trout Unlimited, and National Wild Turkey Federation. Stephen is a committed husband to his wife, Lacie of 6 years, and new father to his son, West. He is a deacon at Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview and enjoys spending as much time as he can in the outdoors with both his wife and son.
$2,690,700  •  580.02 acres
Overview: Buck Creek Ranch is an exceptionally structured and well-watered recreational hunting ranch, located in the piney woods of NE Texas. The Cass County property has incredible history of pioneering from the family that has owned it for over 100 years. The 580+/- acres boasts crystal clear springs, most of which, feed a 29+/- acre lake, a wide variety of mature hardwoods, managed plantation pine, diverse plant life and strategically located food plots providing exceptional hunting opportunities for deer, hogs, waterfowl and turkey optimal. Tucked away in the towering pines of Northeast Texas, is an excellent, historic ranch perfectly setup for hunting, fishing, and recreation. There's something for everyone at Buck Creek Ranch, whether you're into deer and turkey hunting, waterfowl, bass fishing, mountain biking or hiking on nearly 7 miles of trails, or just exploring in the woods, you'll never run out of activities for you and the family. For day trips, one could tour Caddo State Park (only 35 min from ranch) or for some good dining enjoy some BBQ at Joseph's Riverport BBQ in Jefferson, 5-D Cattle Co. Steakhouse in Avinger, or enjoy a nice evening out at Enoch's Stomp Winery in Harleton, TX (45 min from ranch). Location: Buck Creek Ranch is located at 945 FM 130, ~5 miles west of the quaint town of Linden, Texas, home of Don Henley and only 19 miles SW of Atlanta, TX. From Dallas, the drive is ~ 150 +/- miles (2 hr. 30 min); from Shreveport, the drive is ~64 miles (1 hr and 5 min.). Airports: Atlanta NDB ATA 347: 18 miles from ranch. Mt. Pleasant Regional Airport KOSA: 39.5 miles from ranch. History: Buck Creek Ranch is rich with history. The owner's family settled and homesteaded the property back in 1919 and their parents acquired their first tract from her in the early 1930's. They then built a 2-room log cabin overlooking the spring-fed lake. The cabin was built with timbers harvested from the lake site, hewn and milled right there on the property. The family lived here and worked the land through the mid-century years and eventually built the main house out near FM 130. During those years the land took on many different uses from harvesting timber, to sharecropping, then to raising cattle, and eventually planted in pine timber. Along with the original cabin, which has been updated and added onto throughout the years, the original "potato shed" can still be found near the shop SW of the lake. This shed was built to store potatoes, corn, and used as a smokehouse as well. Like most centennial ranches, this one has a unique fingerprint of its predecessors, but plenty of room for new memories for years to come. Directions: From Dallas- take I-30 east for 114 miles then take exit 160 for US-271/TX 49 toward Mt. Pleasant. Turn south onto US-271 for 0.4 mi then bear left on TX-49 E/W Ferguson Rd. Continue on TX-49 for ~19 mi into Daingerfield. Then left a left on TX-11 E and continue east for 18.5 mi. then take a left onto FM 130. Follow FM 130 to the north for ~1.1 mi., the entrance to the ranch is on the right. Improvements: Buck Creek Ranch is a turnkey property with 3 homes spread out on the property. The main home is located on the west side of the ranch along FM 130. Main House- The main home is a 2,500+/- SF (3 BR, 1.5BA) with propane stove and hot water heater, electric HVAC and updated throughout. Along with the main home there is a 46'x16' RV cover and a 30'x20' outbuilding for convenience. Log Cabin- This was the original homestead of the property, built in 1933 on Skelton Lake, which has been added onto and updated several times since construction. The cabin is ~900+/- SF (1BR, 1BA) and sleep up to 4. It has modern conveniences such as electric stove and water heater, screened in porch, propane heat and wood burning stove. Along with the cabin there is a storage building and fishing pier as well. Cottage- The cottage (1BR, 1.5 BR) is another home that was added in the 90's overlooking the southcentral portion of Skelton Lake and sleeps 4. It has a full kitchen, screened in porch, new septic system, all electric and also has its own storage building and fishing pier as well. Shop- 64'x45' Shop on a concrete slab with 64'x22' lean too. Pole Barn- 64'x60' wood frame Surface Water: The ranch features exceptional recreational surface water with a 29+ac lake as the centerpiece of the property. Skelton Lake was built in 1929 with mules pulling timber out on sleds and dug with an old dragline. Its builders even had the forethought of putting in a well-built concrete spillway. The lake is stocked with Black Bass, Crappie, Coppernose Bluegill, various other panfish and baitfish and provides an incredible ~1.7 miles of shoreline. The lake also doubles as an excellent resource for waterfowl both in the fall and the spring. Nearly 1,800' of Buck Creek runs through the ranch to feed the lake, then run off on the Northeast boundary. Buck Creek is a substantial, year-round creek that is lined with century old hardwoods, Cypress and Birch trees. An additional 4,000' of spring-fed creeks can be found traversing the ranch providing reliable water for wildlife and recreation. Wildlife & Fisheries: In terms of wildlife, Buck Creek Ranch has it all. The topography, diverse, and thick cover provides an excellent habitat for deer growth. Native forbs such as beautyberry, green briar, pokeweed, Chickasaw plum, goldenrod, muscadine, and other prime forage can be found across the ranch, mostly in the successional regrowth along the abundant edge and amongst the mature pine. In addition to forbs, soft mast such as wild plum and persimmon are also common. The phenomenal cover also provides habitat for Eastern Turkeys and other animals. There are several prepared food plot areas, and many more that can be easily developed to supplement the native habitat the ranch provides. The property's water assets provide waterfowl hunting opportunities as well. Along with duck hunting, the 29+/- acre lake also provides incredible bass fishing. Cypress trees were brought in from Caddo decades ago and added around the lake which gives it the unique feel that can only be found in this part of East Texas. Timber: The ranch not only features incredible recreational attributes, but also income producing ones as well. Buck Creek's ~266+/- acres of 21-year-old plantation Loblolly Pine will be ready for thinning again soon and can potentially provide a new owner with future income for the next ~10-12 years. With ~80 acres in Loblolly Pine that was planted in ~2016, this will be available for supplemental income within the next ~7-9 years as well. The ranch also has near ~185 acres of native hardwood and mixed pine stands which boasts abundant White Oak and Red Oak varieties, Black walnut, Hickory, Dogwood, maple, elm, and some sweet gum. The amount of acorn mast provided by the native oaks on this property is astounding and certainly play a strong role in how wildlife uses this property. Topography: The topography is undulating throughout the ranch with significant elevation changes surrounding the creeks and ridges on the property. The ranch has a high point of ~390 feet above sea level and a low of ~255 feet above sea level. Easements: Two main electrical easements: one runs along the north portion of the property and the second through the middle portion of the ranch. There are also two shorter easements for service lines to cabins, shop and main house. Utilities: Electricity is provided by Bowie Cass Electric Cooperative, and water provided by Western Cass WS and a deep water well. Taxes: $3,837.33 per the Cass CAD. The ranch has a timber management plan in place and has a timber Ag exemption. Minerals: Ask Broker for details. Asking Price: $2,690,700 ($4,641.43/acre) Contact: Stephen Schwartz - Agent, 903-738-7882 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.
$1,031,878  •  322 acres
Overview: Wildhorse Ranch is approximately 322.5+/- acres located in close proximity to the quaint East Texas town of Henderson, TX. The ranch is bordered by two quiet county roads providing reliable access points to the majority of the ranch. Wildhorse Ranch is a combination ranch consisting of improved pastures, two ponds, multiple split finger draws, towering plantation Pine timber, and mature native timber; thereby, creating a multitude of ranching and recreational opportunities.Location: Wildhorse Ranch is located approximately ~15 min N/NE of Henderson, Texas; ~25 minutes S/SE of Longview; ~2.5 hours east of Dallas, Texas, with road frontage on FM 1716 and FM 782 for all weather access.Improvements: Located on the southcentral portion of the ranch, a historic farmhouse containing ~1,964+/- square feet of living area pays tribute to a ranching legacy. The home was constructed in 1928 per records held by the Rusk County Appraisal District. While the home is in need of repair, utilities are directed to the home site providing an opportunity to remodel for a primary or secondary residence.Trees, grass, forbs: Wildhorse Ranch's fertile, sandy loam soils foster two improved hay pastures located on the west side of the ranch. The center and east side of the ranch consists of native hardwood timber and towering plantation Pine. A recent timber cruise was conducted yielding 183+/- acres of timber valued at over $197,000. Native forbs and browse are also plentiful and provide robust habitat for wildlife.Water: There are two ponds currently located on the west side of the ranch. With multiple split finger draws in the central and eastern portion of the ranch, it is believed that numerous additional ponds could be created throughout the ranch. One of the draws with water development potential appears to have a natural spring running from south to north on the eastern most draw. For family's desiring a lake house/ranch combination this could be a great fit. The ranch is located minutes south of the private shoreline of Lake Cherokee giving buyers the opportunity to have the best of both hunting and water sports!Topography: The ranch boasts particularly good rolling to sloped terrain with almost ~100 feet of elevation change across the ranch. The undulating scenic trails through the towering Pines is a pure East Texas feel. Such diversity offers the landowner several options for potential pond/small lake site development.Wildlife and fisheries: This ranch has not been hunted in recent years. There is an abundance of deer in this part of Rusk County. Fishing opportunities may exist in the scenic ponds located on the property.Hay Production: This ranch offers two improved pastures yielding ~40 acres of grass that have been fertilized and managed for optimum production.Minerals: Surface onlyEasements: Multiple pipelines easements traverse the east side of ranch operated by Atmos Energy and Rock Cliff Energy. These easements act as good access points/trails or shooting lanes throughout the ranch. An electric transmission runs through the west side of the ranch.Regional Airport: East Texas Regional Airport (GGG) is a full service regional airport located approximately ~ 10 minutes north of the ranch gate. The airport features regional flights and for private aircraft two runways being 10,000' & 6,109' in length.Utilities: Electricity runs from the east boundary into the home site on the property and from the northwest quadrant across the ranch to the northeast corner. Rural water supply is plumbed to the home.Property Taxes: Wildhorse Ranch is not currently Agriculture Exemption. Taxes for 2019 were $9,759.19.Schools: Henderson Independent School DistrictPrice: $3,200 per acre ($1,031,878.40)Contact:Stephen Schwartz - Agent, 903-738-7882Casey Berley - Broker, 214-422-7253Cash McWhorter - Broker, 469-222-4076
$658,000  •  117 acres
Pine Hill Ranch is a beautiful 117.5+/- acre combination ranch nestled in a highly desirable area of western Harrison County. The property consists of incredible rolling pastures, multiple ponds, scattered hardwood timber, and an excellent balance of ranching and recreational attributes.  The ranch
Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC

Stephen Schwartz
10711 Preston Road, Suite 240
Dallas, TX 75230

Mobile: 903-738-7882
Office: 4692224076