Calohan Creek Ranch

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Calohan Creek Ranch - Recently Sold

$2,350,000
Dripping Springs, Texas

Calohan Creek Ranch exemplifies the best of Hays County living and the lifestyle its citizens are drawn to. Perfectly constructed improvements located just west of Dripping Springs offer the quality of country life for those who want to hear the wild turkey and songbirds of a hill country morning, while being close to the unique urban culture of Austin.  The long, winding, paved drive is securely accessed through an automatic gate, leading downhill past the guesthouse and landing at the main home, which is perched 50 feet above the creek and pasture below. Formerly a horse farm, much of the black rail fencing still defines the upper paddocks which are lush with grass and shade trees, and in its entirety consists of 53.24± acres of pasture, live oaks, and wildlife habitat giving abundant opportunity for recreation, leisure, hunting and a country lifestyle supported by the highest quality improvements. Calohan Creek Ranch offers beauty, diversity, and impeccable improvements within a reasonable drive of the lifestyle from which you need a break.

Colisted with Keller Williams Realty. 

Location: 

Calohan Creek Ranch is located just 25 miles from Austin, TX, or only 7 miles from Drippings Springs, accessed via a shared private road accessed from Old Red Ranch Road, which is approximately 1 mile north of US HWY 290.

Locale: 

Dripping Springs is known locally as the “Gateway to the Hill Country,” and is everything one expects of a growing hill country town that has protected its heritage, charm, beauty, and good old-fashioned hospitality. The ranch is situated among similar properties, primary residences on acreage, and larger ranch holdings in the region. Most of the immediate region of Hays County has developed into low density parcels, and provides for the infrastructure and access of suburban living, yet enough space and family ranch holdings to protect the country lifestyle. The town of Dripping Springs offers exceptional venues for entertainment, dining, and community events, and is accessible to Austin through an easy commute, which makes it such an attraction to those wanting the best of both worlds.

General Description: 

The ranch is accessed by a custom stone and ornamental iron, remote key coded gate. Passing through the gate, the asphalt drive winds down the hill through manicured oaks and past the horse paddocks, water cistern, guest house and beyond to the main house, snaking steeply down to the shop and creek pastures below. The concentration of the improvements is central to the boundaries, atop a ridge offering views across Calohan Creek, and even uphill towards the guesthouse and manicured grounds. The main home accentuates a central courtyard design with windows to enjoy the exceptional setting of the land. The pool and landscaping are uniquely central in the courtyard, and match both the interior and exterior features of the home. At 4,427± square feet, the three-bed, three-and-one-half-bath stone home is designed to offer large gathering spaces and was remodeled in 2015 for the finest in ranch living.  The guest home was born out of the desire to repurpose the horse barn in look and location, however. Among its screened porches and rolling barn door entrance is a home equally matched in quality and appeal to the main residence. Offering approximately 1,938 square feet of living area, the home is nestled higher upon the hill and is the perfect distance from the main home – close enough for a short evening walk but far enough to provide privacy to both homes.  

The meanders of Calohan Creek travel northwesterly as part of the Perdernales River watershed, and are occasionally sequestered by three coffer dams which pool the water into a nearly permanent supply of water for wildlife and recreation. The scattered oak timber, exceptional varieties of forbs, and manicured scrub brush offer an exceptional amount of wildlife coverage, forage, and habitat.  Calohan Creek offers the common features of most larger Texas Hill Country ranches, with exceptional improvements packaged within a smaller acreage offering.  

Acreage: 

53.24± deeded acres

Leases & Permits: 

None known of record.

Improvements: 

Calohan Creek Ranch has a home, guest home, office/shop with equipment storage, two rain water harvesting systems, paved road, wood fencing, automatic gate, green house, and chicken coop. 

Climate: 

While Dripping Springs resides in the eastern reaches of the Texas Hill Country, it does typically benefit from the moderate weather patterns of winter and the cooler evenings of the hot Texas summer. Average July highs reached 95 degrees and average January lows drop to 38 degrees. Precipitation usually averages 36 inches per year, and falls on an average of 77 days per year, leaving 229 days of sunshine.

Water Resources: 

Calohan Creek traverses the property for nearly 1,400 feet, with three concrete coffer dams which are in need of some repair after recent flooding. Generally, Calohan Creek would be considered seasonal. South of the shop, and below the main house, a nice pond is constructed in the side of the pasture. Towards the front entrance is a water well, reportedly deep and reliable. There are two rainwater harvesting and storage systems, totaling 55,000 gallons, proving soft clean water to the homes while conserving the aquifer groundwater. 

Grazing Resources: 

As with most hill country ranches, grazing capacities can vary greatly in a very close proximity.  The pastures in the Calohan Creek bottom are rather lush and fertile, as well as the pastures above the guest house. The areas with higher slopes have eroded soils and exposed rock, greatly reducing the production value of any range capacity. On average, however, the grazing resources are well above average. Historically, horses have been grazed on the upper pastures.

Wildlife Resources: 

Whitetail deer and eastern wild turkey reside on the property in a regular and casual fashion. Mourning dove and an abundance of songbirds provide an enjoyable atmosphere over a morning cup of coffee. Occasional bobcat and the regular list of hill country varmints will be spotted on occasion as well. This property is managed under a 1-D-1 wildlife exemption.

Fishery Resources: 

Native fish in the small pond below the main home provide a perfect setting for the grandkids and a new Zebco.

Recreational Considerations: 

Calohan Creek Ranch is a recreational purchase without exception. The country lifestyle, scenery, executive guest quarters, and rolling pastures offer a lifestyle opportunity rarely offered in this market context.

Aesthetic Considerations: 

With the house situated below the entrance and drive but upon the edge of the creek bluff, Calohan Creek offers a unique aesthetic asset with over 120 feet of elevation change within a relatively small land parcel. However, it still remains a productive and pastoral setting not usually found among such topographic features.

Taxes: 

Ad valorem property taxes totaled $14,978 in 2015.

Water Rights: 

No reservations or exclusions known.

Sources/Footnotes: 

Hall and Hall is acting as a Listing Broker and will gladly cooperate with any Broker acting as a Buyer's Agent only.

Disclosures: 
Texas Real Estate Commission Information About Brokerage Services

Texas Real Estate Commission Consumer Protection Notice

The Facts: 
  • 53.24± acres
  • 4,427± sq. ft. main home updated in 2015 with three-bedrooms, three full and one half baths, and a three-car garage
  • 1,938± sq. ft. three-bedroom, two bath executive guest home
  • 55,000 gallon rainwater collection system
  • Wildlife qualified 1-D-1 exemption
  • Calohan Creek and coffered dams
  • Large shop, greenhouse, and small efficiency quarters for labor
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Mike Hall or Judy Chirila • (303) 861-8282
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NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been provided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee. Prospective buyers should verify all information to their satisfaction. Prospective buyers should also be aware that the photographs in this brochure may have been digitally enhanced.