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High Lakes Ranch

$3,919,350 Blanco, TX 493± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

High Lakes Ranch is located in southwestern Blanco County, about ten miles west of Blanco, on paved Maenius Road in an area of medium to large working/recreational ranches and acreage tract subdivisions. Being part of a ranch once owned by actor Jimmy Stewart, High Lakes Ranch shows its sheep and goat heritage by having little to no cedar amongst its gorgeous cover of oaks, resulting in a refined, sophisticated look. The location is next to none, with the now-famous 290 Wine Corridor less than ten miles north, and sizzling Fredericksburg just 20 miles west. This is about an hour’s drive to either Austin or San Antonio, both home to international airports, and smack dab in the big middle of one of the three top growth areas in the United States. The ranch features at least seven vista points with huge southeastern exposure, along with several pond sites in the draws that could be enhanced. A uniform cover of live oak and Spanish oak is observed on the hillsides and tops, while heritage live oak, elm and walnut appear in the deep soil valleys. Hunting can be described as good for whitetail, exotics, hog and turkey, and a permanent, spring-fed pond offers potential for the fishing enthusiast. Other than perimeter fencing, this ranch is unimproved, a veritable blank canvas for the Hill Country end user with a plan. Hope to see you there soon!

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Just the Facts

  • 493± acres located on paved Maenius Road in Blanco County, Texas
  • Spectacular high hills with long southeastern exposure
  • Refined look with little to no cedar, abundant oaks
  • Good hunting for deer, turkey, hogs
  • Permanent, spring-fed pond with fish
  • Other pond sites can be enhanced
  • About one hour to Austin or San Antonio
  • 10 minutes to the famed 290 Wine Corridor

General Description

A good variety of hills, canyons and gently sloping pastures comprises the bulk of High Lakes Ranch, which falls from north to south with about 300’ of elevation change overall. The dramatic hills offer stunning homesites and viewpoints overlooking the picturesque Blanco River valley below. The look is refined (think Napa Valley), yet rugged, with various species of oak dominating the landscape, with little to no cedar to be found.

Deep canyons have creeks lined with heritage oaks, cedar elm, walnut and some sycamores. Shrubs include persimmon and agarita, with native and introduced grasses such as Indiangrass, bluestem, switchgrass and kleingrass, and native turfs. The abundant wildlife includes whitetail deer, a few exotics, turkey, dove and varmints. Feral hogs are found in this area as well, but not in epidemic numbers.

Soils are primarily stony clays in higher elevations, and silty clays in the more level areas. There are small sections of the property suitable for food plots, and a large grass field is located in the southern tip of the site. 

Broker's Comments

If you seek quality, unimproved land in bulk at high value, with an impeccable location, High Lakes Ranch should be on your short list of prospects. This blank canvas has that “clean Lindendale look,” due to grazing by Angoras decades ago which virtually eliminated the cedar but preserved the oaks. The combo of scenery, water development potential, location, dramatic homesites with a tad of fertile land is second to none. We appreciate your consideration, and welcome your inquiries, and hope to see you soon.

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Location

This fine offering is situated in the prized “Lindendale” area, with long frontage on Maenius Road, about 10 miles west of Blanco (restaurants, shops, services, supplies), or 20 miles to Fredericksburg (world class restaurants/shops, jet airport, hospital, box stores). This is about one hour from both Austin (tech center, State Capitol) and San Antonio (medical center, international airport, nations 7th largest city), in the epicenter of the famed Texas Hill Country.

The area is known for its scenery and seclusion while being in the shadow of one of the most dynamic growth areas in the country. Once known as Angora goat country, this zone is now dominated by improved recreational ranches and stock farms of several hundred acres and up. Adjoiners range from 100 acres and up in size, with one acreage tract subdivision adjoining to the northeast.

Locale

High Lakes 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 winter-grass, yellow Indiangrass, white tridens, Texas cupgrass, sideoats grama, seep muhly, and common curlymesquite. Ranching is the primary agricultural industry in the region.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded Acres: 493±

Total Acres: 493±

* All acreages are approximations.

Improvements

Ranch fencing and cross fencing is mostly fair to good, and there is some high fencing along part of the north boundary. Ranch roads are unimproved but passable, and some old pens might hold aging stock. You are definitely not paying for someone else’s impractical improvements here!

Water Resources

The site features several canyons that flow water seasonally, along with several sterling lake sites awaiting development. Several gorgeous ponds are found throughout the ranch, one of which never goes dry (per manager), in beautiful, private settings. A focused surface water development program elevates this ranch to the next level!

Groundwater is rated excellent in this area, with abundant, sweet water available at 400-500’ depth. There are no functioning water wells on the ranch, and additional data on area groundwater is available at Blanco-Pedernales GCD.

Taxes

Property taxes are approximately $800 based upon past years.

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