JS Ranch is located less than 60 miles from Temple, Waco, Stephenville, and Lake Whitney, TX placing it in the heart of the central Texas ranch country. The ranch consists of 960± acres of rolling pastures, hardwoods, creek bottoms, cultivated fields, and brush, which yields abundant and diverse opportunity for recreation, leisure, hunting, and agricultural production. The ranch is well-watered with the two larger ponds each being over 2.5 acres and supplemented by two smaller ones, along with several prospects for future pond and lake development. The diversity of the JS Ranch is certainly the largest contributor to its beauty. Kelly Branch is a nice creek which has “live water” much of the time. In wetter weather patterns, the creek flows are quite beautiful and appear to be sourced by shallow springs. There is more potential for development of this creek frontage available to the next owner, while the current owners have opened up key stretches through brush removal. The frontage on Highway 36 is divided into two segments, totaling approximately 2,650 feet of frontage. This small division is the only exception to the regular shape of the ranch. JS Ranch offers beauty, diversity, and modest but well-appointed improvements within a reasonable drive of the lifestyle you need a break from.
Just the Facts
- 960± acres
- Fronts Highway 36
- Multiple land classes
- Excellent wildlife habitat
- Fertile soils and established forage production
- Well-appointed 1,300± square foot home
- Four ponds/lakes
- Kelly Branch (creek) runs through the property
- 200 feet of elevation change
- 150± acres in cultivation
- Extensive brush management and clearing
- Miles of new fencing
- Heart of Texas ranch country
From my first visit with this client, I knew this ranch was the perfect package. It has all of the features today's recreational ranch buyer is looking for and a location that is “far enough” but not “too far.”
Learn about the locale
The ranch is located approximately two miles southeast of Jonesboro or 14 miles northwest of Gatesville on Highway 36 in Coryell County. Gatesville is self-promoted as the “Spur Capital of Texas” and offers a tremendous amount of community activity with festivals and arts.
Situated in northern Coryell County, the ranch is tucked in among larger neighbors. This area is home to both enduring family agricultural holdings and many recreational ranches owned by weekend type citizens of larger Texas cities. The ranch is regionally located near the intersection of Highway 36 and Highway 84, making access easy from Waco, Killeen, Temple, Austin, or Dallas/Fort Worth. The Gatesville Municipal Airport is a general aviation airport consisting of a 3,400-foot runway with Visual Flight Rules approach and Automated Weather Observation System that is accessible by telephone or aircraft radio. Located 3 miles west of Gatesville, the airport has services provided by Centex Aviation. AWOS: (254) 865-6742.
It is estimated that Jonesboro receives more than 30 inches of rain in the average year, which falls on a total of a 68-day average. The average summer high is 95 degrees and the average winter low is 34 degrees. The high temperature in January is 61 degrees, and the average low temperature in July is 71 degrees.
The rolling foothills, pasturelands, and cultivated hills provide aesthetic balance against the “hill country” feel too much of the ranch as contributed by the cedar and breathtaking views. Kelly Branch rounds out the beauty as the rain and spring water rolls across the limestone rocks.
The remnants of the original Williams home and barns still stand, as a reminder of the agricultural prosperity of the region long after the previous residents which included the Tonkawa, Lipan Apache, Kiowa and Comanche Indians.
Learn more about the property
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Deeded Acres: 960±
Total Leased Acres: 0±
Total Acres: 960±
- 1,300± square foot brick home recently remodeled with three bedrooms and one bathroom.
- Attached carport with hunters bunkhouse.
- Two barns.
- Water well.
- Community water.
- Elevated and enclosed hunting blinds.
- Game feeders.
- Approximately a half-mile of 82nd game fence on southern property line.
The ranch has four main surface tanks ranging from 1.2± acres to over 3± acres. Kelly Branch and its associated feeder creeks run through the center of the ranch.
Currently taxed on a “Wildlife Management” ad valorem valuation. Annual property taxes are approximately $3,723 based upon past years.
Learn about the recreational amenities
The general makeup of this ranch is well-suited for serious wildlife management, either within a low fenced program or if a purchaser wanted to invest in a game fence. It would also make an exceptional ranch for exotic game management. Indigenous trees include red cedar, live oak, Spanish oak, burr oak, shin oak, cedar elm, hackberry, pecan, redbud, Mexican plum, buckeye, ash, and Eve’s necklace. Native grasses include bluestems, gramas, and buffalo grass, all believed to be on the ranch.
A beautifully diverse ranch, this is the perfect family weekend setting with wildlife, scenery, cattle, and even a modest amount of farming if desired. The house provides the perfect spot to land, even if only a step to bigger plans.
Learn about the general operations
JS Ranch currently operates under a wildlife exemption with a small herd of Brangus cows utilized to complement forage production.
Leases and Permits
Cultivated ground cash leased (150± acres).
There has been significant brush reduction and forage enhancement accomplished in the last few years, with cedar and mesquite removal, along with some reseeding of native grass species. A rough estimate would put the significantly improved areas at about 60 percent of the cultivated fields. It is notable that the eastern end of the ranch carries more brush density than the western.
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