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Norton Ranch is for sale. At 60 acres this ranchito is full of history and nostalgia from the early days of Llano, Texas. The ranch is located just outside the city limits Llano, Texas. A 30-minute drive will take you to Lake LBJ and Marble Falls, and Austin is less than an hour away.
This remarkable hill country mansion is also known as the house on the hill. Built in 1883 by Frank R. Malone, a mineral wildcatter. He came to Llano from Iowa in hopes of getting rich fast. He became known as the most outstanding new citizen because of the new lavish new hotel and other businesses he was investing in around town. He poured all of his money in building the mansion that his enormous ideas for the house became bigger than his wallet. He had everything imported from England and hand-crafted to make this mansion truly a one of a kind. Unfortunately, Frank R. Malone never got to finish the house he had big dreams for due to poor management went bust. Several years went by a new owner bought the mansion with big dreams like Malone but would, unfortunately, fall short. Once again, the mansion would sit waiting for new owners.
Thomas W. Norton, born in Boston Massachusetts in 1886, his wife Mary Seggerson came to Llano in 1900. Here they established Llano Granite Works alongside the railroad just east of town. He owned a gray granite quarry just 6 miles south of Llano. In 1915, Tom and Mary Norton purchased the Malone Mansion and began the repairs to finish what Mary stated would be her dream home. By the end of 1916, construction on the house was complete and the Nortons moved into the home where they raised their five daughters Polly, Cordelia, Eleanor, Margaruite, and Catherine. Years went by and several of the family members Passed, Cordelia and Catherine would be the only two left to have the mansion. Cordelia and Catherine would still be respected women in Llano for their investments in new business ventures and philanthropic work for various causes (local schools, hospitals, city parks, etc) during their in Llano. Due to a pack by all daughters made to their father, none of the girls married and had children. Once Cordelia and Catherine passed away, there was no one to inherit the mansion.
The 3,760 sq/ft three-bedroom and three-bathroom home has incredible Hill Country views everywhere you turn. The home features a 180-degree porch with rock patio and outdoor fireplace, an observation room on the second floor can be used as a third bedroom. You can see the Llano courthouse, Llano River bend, Hwy 16, and the Llano airport from this ranch.
One well supplies water to the home, a second well is in the east pasture. Two ponds provide water to abundant wildlife such as whitetail and dove. The entire ranch is covered in Live Oak, Post Oak, Elms, and Juniper trees.
If you are looking for a true piece of Texas History, the Norton Ranch could be the perfect place for you. The possibilities for a historic home or bed and breakfast are endless.