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Fish Farm with Great Potential

139 FM 1480 San Saba TX 76877  |  San Saba County, TX
  • $199,000
  • 7.27 acres
  • Bedrooms3 Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms1 Bathroom

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Listing Status: Sold
Listing Type: Sale
Property Type(s):
Irrigated: No
Residence: Yes
Property ID: 8086229

Property Description

POTENTIAL, POTENTIAL, POTENTIAL! Perfect location about 1 mile North from the town of San Saba and right on the corner of Hwy 16 and FM Road 1480. This would make a great home-place so conveniently located outside the city limits with quick easy access to paved frontage while sprawling out over a 7.27 acre hillside. There are 38 producing Pecan trees, 2 Peach trees, 3 Pear trees, 1 Apricot tree and all are free from treatment of any kind of chemical applications. Due to the sensitivity of the fish ponds, the owner never uses any pesticides or herbicides. This place may be as organic as you can find! The previous owners made their living out of this property and raised 4 children here over a 50+ year period. The home needs to be modernized but the structure is solid and ready for you to put your own Chip and Joanna Gaines touches on it. Did I mention it has great potential?

There are a total of 9 ponds but only 3 are active with fish. The fish have been undisturbed in there habitat for at least the past 9 years. Besides catfish you will find Israeli carp and lots of other bait fish like perch and minnows. Its been so long since anyone has worked these ponds, it is really unknown all the species that are present. I did witness the largest bullfrog I have ever seen! The current owner has hobby farmed the fish for her enjoyment over the past 9 years but says that to this day people still call asking to fill orders for fish that her father used to fill in years past. She says people will occasionally come up the drive looking to buy bait fish as so many people are fishing in the nearby San Saba River (across FM 1480) and Colorado River. Potential income is knocking at the door if someone wants to utilize it.

You might ask how one is able to maintain the water levels in all the fish ponds? Well the entire property is fed by the water from 3 separate wells, all located within 10 feet of each other. There are no pressure tanks in place but the water remains pumping out (electric pumps) 24/7. This has been going on for many, many years! What a resource!! Can you see the potential? The home is on the same water supply and the current owner does not drink the water nor has ever had it tested but she grew up drinking the water. As you might expect, the trees and grass around the house are very well watered!

The current owner describes how her father used to garden out of some of the dry fish ponds and how the garden would produce beyond belief. The high production is believed to be attributed to all the naturally occurring organic material formed at the bottom of a pond along with the accumulated fish droppings. What a great benefit to raising fish! The 6 empty ponds have been overgrown with mesquite trees and need attention to put them back in service. However, could you imagine what might happen if you established a grape orchard inside these empty and potentially fertile pond areas? There is already a very large and productive grape vine near the house (unknown variety) and several vines growing along the fence bordering the driveway. The home could easily be converted to an office or production facility. What could you do with this property?

There has been very little maintenance or improvements to the property over the past 10-15 years and needs someone with a vision and resources to make the most of all the potential this property has to offer. You could easily make your living from this property and make it a family business again. What a great way to raise your children! Even if you didn't want to put the other ponds back in service, charging customers to come up and fish, in a catch and release atmosphere would most likely be a huge hit!

The home is cinder block construction with metal roof on mostly slab foundation. There is a partial that is pier and beam. Cooled by window units and heated by propane gas. The 6.27 acres has ag exemption in place and buyer will need to maintain to keep it active. The most recent property taxes were $1041.32.


This property is subject to prior sale or change in price or removal from market without notice. All information contained is believed to be true and correct according to our best knowledge and sources for information. Property taxes and exemptions are subject to change without notice. Hoyt Real Estate will not be responsible or held liable for any changes or discrepancies.

Buyers having brokers or agents represent them must accompany the buyer at the initial and all other showings of the property in order to receive an equal share of commission.

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Driving Directions

From the intersection Hwy 190 and Hwy 16 in San Saba, Go North toward Goldthwaite for about a mile and turn right on FM 1480 and the drive will be immediately on your left. Do Not Trespass.

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