La Bahia Trail Ranch is likely the best offering in the Brenham area for the buyer ready to make the lifestyle move from Houston to the bedroom community famous for bluebonnets and grand views. The Brenham area has long been an attraction for those that are ready to build the country estate of their dreams. La Bahia is the ideal ranch for such a purpose.
The 113± acres of the ranch is perfectly proportioned for its size. It is wide enough to allow an uncluttered feel to the future improvements, and deep enough to appreciate the size of the ranch. Rarely do you find such an arrangement where the highpoint of the property is almost in the exact middle.
Approaching the property along the highway, La Bahia Trail Ranch is on the southern uphill side, opposing the downward slopes towards Yegua Creek and the greater Brazos River bottom regions. Currently the entrance gate is directly under a massive and ancient live oak, which on its functional hinges is old, authentic, and well used, reflecting the very nature of this ranch. As one meanders through the property, the northern views continually beg for attention. The heart of the property is often dotted with round bales of hay and lazy shaded cattle. Continuing to the rear, the serenity and solitude of country living are settled in one’s observations.
The property is currently owned by the very descendants of Nestor Clay, who surveyed much of Austin’s original “Old 300” grant. Nearby Clay, TX is named for the family, and much of Independence is steeped in Clay family history. The ranch is now ready to return to the use it was set apart for well over 100 years ago, as a prominent location for a prominent homestead. The hay meadows, mottes of trees, scattered ponds, and older barns all serve to authenticate the desire of what many are looking for. La Bahia Trail Ranch is not a remnant of a better parcel, nor the completed improvements of another’s vision, nor the segmented tract of a country developer, but an exceptional 113± acres high on a hill, anticipating the legacy investment its prior history demands.
Just the Facts
- 112.962± acres per 1996 survey
- Located near Brenham, TX just west of Independence on La Bahia Trail Scenic Loop 390
- Exceptionally coveted area
- Elevations from 365 feet to 418 feet, with highest elevation near center
- Regular shaped 1 to 3 proportion
- Rare offering to the region
- Currently operated as a small cattle ranch
- Approximately 20 acres of improved Coastal Bermuda
- Major view to the north towards Texas A&M University and Kyle Field
- Ag exempt
- Former site of the famous Clay Castle
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