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Surging Springs Ranch

1517 CR 474 Harper TX 78631  |  Kimble County, TX
  • $3,349,975
  • 744.44 acres

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Listing Status: Off Market
Listing Type: Sale
Property Type(s):
Irrigated: No
Residence: Yes
Property ID: 3389029

Property Description

LOCATION: The site is located in SE Kimble County in the area known as Noxville, being the headwater springs of the Little Devils River, one of the least-known but prettiest and cleanest rivers in Texas. Kimble County Road 474 provides all-weather access about 1.5 miles off paved RM 479, and the site is 10 miles from Harper (basic services, restaurants, supplies, school, groceries), and 35 miles from Fredericksburg (fine shops, restaurants, hospital, box stores, jet airport), and Junction (restaurants, supplies, airport). For more information on Kimble County and Harper, please go to ([link removed] ) and ([link removed]).

This is about two hours from both Austin and San Antonio (international airports, medical centers, universities, shopping centers), and is in the western portion of the dynamic Texas Hill Country, one of the most prized ownership destinations in the USA. The area is driven by stock ranching, hunting and water recreation, and most area holdings are over 500 acres.

Interestingly; the site is where one of the last Indian raids resulting in fatalities occurred in 1865, known as the McDonald Massacre. The incident is described in detail in the History of Harper, and the grizzled walnut tree that gave cover to the redskins is still there to this day.

Address: 1517 CR 474, Harper, TX 78631.

ECOREGION: SSR 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 [link removed].

WATER: The fabled Old Ranch Spring, well known in the area as one of the most reliable permanent water sources, issues forth on this site into Grays Branch of the Little Devils River, flowing through the ranch for about 1/3 mile. This delightful brook rolls over small falls into lily-lined pools full of minnows in a spectacular riparian area of grassy meadows and overhanging pecan & walnut trees. Steady flow appears to be in the range of 50 gpm, and a site for a small but swimmable lake is evident.

There are three water wells in total on the ranch, depths and pumping volumes unknown, and the ranch system is more than adequate for livestock and wildlife. For more information on area groundwater, contact the Kimble County Groundwater Conservation District at kcwd@[link removed] or call 325-446-4826.

LAND: The hallmark of this site, clearly, is the wonderfully varied and complex topography, with the HQs and spring resting down in an ultra-private bowl, virtually oblivious to and unseen by the outside world. With almost 250 in elevation changes, the site presents multiple spectacular viewsites in all directions, with much cedar removal having been done over the present ownership tenure to enhance visibility.

The hills are covered with a healthy mix of liveoak, Spanish oak, shinoak, cedar and other assorted hardwoods, supported by clay soils with rock outcrops. This results in an impressive cover of native grasses (Spring 2016), and is a strong, healthy look, fully capable of supporting the extensive populations of native wildlife. Whitetail deer, wild turkey, feral hogs and some exotics and small game birds are all on the menu here.

IMPROVEMENTS: Solid and useful improvements are another calling card of this solid ranch. The HQs includes a nice, limestone, ranch-style home of about 2,800 sf, with 3 BR, 3.5BA built in 2007 (per CAD). Features include lots of windows, fireplace, granite countertops, and open design kitchen/living area. Make no mistake. . . this is a nice home ready for occupation now. The home is tied to a fabulous patio area containing multiple cooking units including an awesome pizza oven! This setup is designed for outdoor living and fun, and everything is fairly new.

A guest compound at a separate location on a hilltop includes a 2 room cabin with shower, implement shed, 10 x 12 storage shed and 2 RV sheds and hookups. Near the main house is a really nice barn/shop/shed of about 2,500 sf that is fully insulated, with a basketball goal, and an additional 1,500 sf of covered storage outside with concrete floor.

FINANCIAL/TITLE: Listing Price is $4,500/acre = $3,349,975. Sellers to provide basic title insurance and survey. Mineral ownership is not verified, and conveyance is negotiable. There are no known easements other than utility service. The property is located in the Harper Independent School District and pays ag-exempt taxes of approx. $5,143.93 annually.

SUMMARY: If you seek reliable, permanent water with impoundment possibility, surrounded by gorgeous land with solid, turn-key improvements already in place, SSR is a must-see. This is a high caliber offering featuring exquisite seclusion, yet in the shadow of one of the most vibrant real estate markets in the USA.

The information contained herein has been diligently assembled and is deemed reliable, but is not warranted by Broker or Seller, express or implied, and is subject to change, prior sale, errors and/or omissions and withdrawal from market. Buyers must verify accuracy of representations on their own, as well as investigate potentially pertinent natural attributes, laws and regulations, and draw their own conclusions regarding the usefulness and value of the property for a given purpose. Viewing appointments scheduled with LANDTX. SHOWN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY DO NOT TRESPASS.

Buyers 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 sole discretion of LANDTX, David E. Culver, broker.

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