$2,103,750 • 153 acres
LOCATION: This awesome, small farmstead lies one mile south of US 290, in the Texas Wine Corridor, at the end of a private easement off of paved Rocky Road near Johnson City. The area is comprised of small to medium sized working/recreational ranches, and there are no small tract subdivisions in the immediate area. Agriculture and outdoor recreation are primary activities, with livestock ranching, water recreation and hunting leading the way.
LOCALE: This is 5 miles west of Johnson City, a growing small community offering restaurants, supplies, shops and basic services. The Texas Wine Corridor now encompasses dozens of wineries and tasting rooms lying along US 290 between Johnson City and Fredericksburg, and there appears to be no end in sight to the growth!
Fredericksburg is 20 miles west, and includes a jet airport, regional hospital and world class shopping and dining with a Texas Hill Country flair. The famed Highland Lakes area with world class golf and multiple large ski lakes is but 30 minutes north. San Antonio and Austin, both major metropolitan areas with international airports and major medical centers, are a little over one hour away, and offer everything anyone could ever need.
Property address: 1049 Rocky Fork Road, Hye, Texas 78636
ECOREGION: Rocky Creek Farm is located in the ecoregion of the Edwards Plateau Woodland. It contains the central part of the Edwards Plateau and receives sufficient rainfall to support woodland. The Edwards Plateau region comprises an area of central Texas commonly known as the Texas Hill Country. It is a land of many springs, stony hills, and steep canyons. The region is home to a whole host of rare plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. Average annual rainfall ranges from 15 to 34 inches. Rainfall is highest in May or June and September. Soils of the Edwards Plateau are usually shallow with a variety of surface textures. They are underlain by limestone. Elevations range from slightly less than 100 feet to over 3,000 feet above sea level. Several river systems dissect the surface, creating a rough and well-drained landscape. The limestone of the Edward's Plateau is honeycombed with thousands of caves. Beneath the eastern edge of the Plateau lies a hidden world of underground lakes known as the Edwards Aquifer. This precious water resource also is home to a number of curious creatures, such as the blind salamander. Today, the Edwards Plateau is characterized by grasslands, juniper/oak woodlands, and plateau live oak or mesquite savannah. Open grasslands and savannahs were more common in pre-settlement times than they are today. The grasslands of Ecoregion 30a are considered a southern extension of the mixed grass prairie, expressed as tallgrass or shortgrass dependent upon soil type, moisture availability, and grazing pressure. Grasses include little bluestem, Texas wintergrass, yellow Indiangrass, white tridens, Texas cupgrass, sideoats grama, seep muhly, and common curlymesquite. Ranching is the primary agricultural industry in the region. For more information, visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) at www.tpwd.texas.gov.
WATER: The farm is blessed with abundant water resources, highlighted by over ½ mile of both sides of spring-fed Rocky Creek, an area landmark. A well-designed concrete, drive-across dam backs water up over a quarter of a mile, creating one of the most scenic water features in the area. Over ones head in places, the creek offers excellent fishing, floating, rock skipping and swimming, and is lined by lazy, overhanging hardwoods including oak/pecan.
Two water wells exist on site, and abundant groundwater is available in this area at varying depths. One well on site tested at 60 gpm. A seasonal spring emerges from a small canyon in the SW corner of the ranch, creating a nice pond on the neighbor’s property. For more information on area groundwater, contact the Blanco-Pedernales GCD (http://www.blancocountygroundwater.org/.
LAND: This is a clean looking place with loads of potential, having 80% loamy or clay soils and very little cedar amongst a solid hardwood forest. The land lies flat along Rocky Creek to the west, and rises 80’ to a ridge and oak savannah that comprises the SE portion of the property. This level ground features scattered Live Oak and Post Oak cover, and is quite scenic, offering distant views to the south and west.
The land falls to the west, with a clean, fertile field being the SE corner of the ranch, and an awesome bottom of oak/elm/pecan comprising the northern portion. Several cleared areas punctuate the bottom, which provides excellent shelter and habitat for both axis and whitetail deer, as well as hordes of Rio Grande turkeys. The fields are clean, and have potential for grapes, orchards, improved grasses or horses.
IMPROVEMENTS: A cute stone farmhouse with 2/1 and CACH serves as the primary residence, and is situated near Rocky Creek amidst a towering canopy of oak/elm/pecan. The structure is clean and usable, and can sleep a family over a weekend nicely, and has a fenced yard.
Two large, extremely interesting stone and wood barns are on site, one with living quarters. These large barns are very well built, and could be restored nicely. A set of cattle working pens is nearby, and the property is fenced with some cross fencing.
SUMMARY: Rocky Creek Farm is one of the premier, smaller live water offerings ever in this area. The concrete dam is one of the most solid we’ve seen, and the water backed up behind it is first rate. The barns are simply awesome, the hardwood bottom is classic, and the fun factor is over the top. If you seek a combination of production, recreation, privacy and location in an affordable package, this is a must-see!
FINANCIAL/TITLE: Listing Price is $13,750/acre = $2,103,750, cash to Seller, who will provide an acceptable survey and basic title insurance. There are no easements on site other than utility, and mineral rights can convey with an acceptable offer. A water use agreement with a neighbor terminates soon, ask broker for details. The property is located in the Johnson City ISD, is served by Pedernales Electric, and 2018 ag-exempt taxes were $662.61.
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Buyer’s brokers must be identified on first contact, and must accompany buying prospect on first showing to be allowed full fee participation. If this condition is not met, fee participation will be at the sole discretion of LANDTX, David E. Culver, broker.