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Simms Creek Ranch

$3,030,500 Lometa, TX 1,102± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

This long-held family ranch lies in far southern Mills County, a few miles north of Lometa, on a caliche county road about two miles off of pavement. Goldthwaite, the county seat, is about 12 miles north, while Lampasas, which offers supplies, services and a hospital, is about 20 miles south. Austin, the State Capital, is 80 miles southeast. This area consists of medium to large working/recreational ranches, with scattered acreage tract subdivisions. A wind farm is clearly visible and adjoining to the north and west. The ranch features a pleasing mixture of rough and smooth ground, including a layer of cliffs that are loaded with fossils, along with nearly level clay loam fields that have been cultivated in the past. Overall, the ranch is tilted to the southeast, looking away from the turbines to distant views of rounded mesas. Much of the ranch is covered in a mix of oak/cedar, while some areas are predominantly cedar, and the bottoms show many walnuts, heritage oaks, elm and pecans. Not surprisingly, abundant wildlife is found in this area, including axis, whitetail, turkey, hogs and varmints, and large bodied deer are observed on most site visits. The headwaters of famed Simms Creek are located on this ranch, and the actual headwater spring seeps from the base of an oak and never stops flowing as it exits the property, creating an excellent site for a large lake to supplement the three stock tanks located on the ranch. This offering features a solid mix of high value, recreational potential, sleeper location and variety. If this speaks to you, we welcome your inquiries, and encourage a site tour!

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Just the Facts

  • 1,102± acres located in Mills County, Texas
  • Rolling mesa country of oak/cedar with good hunting/grazing
  • Several fields have been cultivated in the past
  • Good hunting for deer, turkey, hogs
  • 1,000± square feet clean hunting cabin and older outbuildings
  • Simms Creek headwaters with big lake potential
  • Borders wind farm to the north, but is tilted southeast
  • Pecan/oak/elm in bottoms
  • Can be divided into two parcels (North parcel is 620 acres and South parcel is 482 acres) with a price of $2,950/acre assigned to each

General Description

The ranch is split into two distinctive parcels by CR 330, with the north parcel being a combo of field and high country, and the southern parcel being a combo of high country, deep canyons and Simms Creek bottom. There is a fall slightly over 200’ from high point to low, and the northern portion has a couple of tillable fields that have been used for hay crops in the past.

The northern portion of the ranch is bordered by a wind farm with several towers nearby, however, SCR is tilted to the southeast, and the view of those towers can be virtually eliminated by proper positioning of dwellings. A long ridge forms the northern border, and there is one seasonal creek in this area of thick cedar and scattered oaks. Views to the southeast are spectacular, and clean fields lie below, punctuated by an interesting vega of giant cane, no doubt signifying a significant water eruption point.

Native pastureland, grasses and shrubs with scattered to thick cedar and assorted other hardwoods is the dominant land type.  There are at least four scenic canyons consisting of limestone cliffs, myriads of fossils and huge blocks littering bottoms of oak/elm in fantastic shadowy landscapes that are highly exotic. This varied, scenic land is refuge to numerous wildlife species, including whitetail and exotic deer, turkey, varmints, hogs, dove and some quail.

Broker's Comments

Simms Creek Ranch offers the full suite of rural investment value factors: good recreation, water development potential, solid area ranching unit, future subdivision potential, 1.5 hours from Austin. This ranch should be suitable for short or long term hold and the general area is regarded as extremely high value at current pricing levels. If the above speaks to you or your client, we welcome your inquiries and invite you for a site tour.

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Location

This interestingly varied property is bisected by caliche CR 330, about four miles northwest of Lometa (gas, restaurants, convenience store, school) in far southern Mills County, about two miles off of pavement. This is 13 miles from Goldthwaite (supplies, services, grocery store), 22 miles from Lampasas (hospital, paved airstrip, big box stores, etc.) and about 90 miles from Austin (State Capitol, major medical & universities, international airport, world-class dining/shopping/entertainment).

The area is primarily comprised of medium to large working/recreational ranches, with scattered small to medium sized tract acreage subdivisions, and a commercial wind farm adjoins the site to the north. We see cattle, horse and sheep ranching, outdoor recreation and scattered farming operations as the prevalent area economic activities, and there are even some northwest Austin commuters making their homes in this decidedly rural zone.

Locale

Early travelers through north Texas coined the name "Cross Timbers" by their repeated crossings of these timbered areas that proved to be a barrier to their travel on the open prairies to the east and west. This area in north and central Texas includes areas with high density of trees and irregular plains and prairies. Soils are primarily sandy to loamy. Rainfall can be moderate, but somewhat erratic, therefore moisture is often limited during part of the growing season. Also known as the Osage Plains, it is the southernmost of three tallgrass prairies. It varies from savannah and woodland to the east and south, into shorter mixed-grass prairie to the west. As in the rest of the Great Plains, fire, topography, and drought maintained prairie and established the location of woodlands.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded Acres: 1,102±

Total Acres: 1,102±

* All acreages are approximations.

Improvements

An 1,100 square foot two bedroom, one bath restored farmhouse is used as a hunting cabin and is served by a nearby water well with submersible pump. There are several rustic sheds and barns in two different areas, and an old set of working pen with little value. The ranch has fencing and cross-fencing into several pastures, and interior roads are adequate for livestock and hunting access.

Water Resources

The headwaters of a major area watershed, Simms Creek, are located on this ranch with about 2,000’ of live, flowing, clear water passing through a scenic hardwood bottom of oak/pecan/elm, culminating in a sizable lake site near the waterway’s exit from the ranch. This creek is said to hold water in places all of the time, per historical data, and has flowed all the way through the ranch as of June 2, 2018, since this observer has known the site (Fall 2017).

There are two known water wells on site, one in service with submersible pump, and there are three stock tanks that hold water.

Taxes

Property taxes are approximately $2,400 based upon past years.

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