South Face Ranch is 493± acres of cedar-free oak savannah supremely located on a quiet paved road only one hour from Austin or San Antonio. The land offers up much topography, with several south-facing summits, steep hillsides, multiple pond sites and a spring-fed lake. Forests of live oak, elm, Spanish oak and walnut are prevalent, and there is very little cedar to be found on the ranch. Wildlife is abundant and includes healthy numbers of whitetail, axis and turkey. The ranch features staggering vistas to the south and east, overlooking the Blanco River valley in the distance, and there are multiple properties under Conservation Easement or restrictive covenants in the general area. If one seeks a “blank canvas” with superior location to Austin or San Antonio, South Face Ranch must be on their short list.
Just the Facts
- 493± acres @ $7,400/acre = $3,648,200
- Paved frontage on Maenius Road
- About one hour to Austin or San Antonio
- Supplies and services 10 minutes away in Blanco
- Wildlife includes axis, whitetail, turkey
- Spring-fed lake fluctuates little
- Refined, cedar-free look is appealing
South Face Ranch 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 wintergrass, yellow Indiangrass, white tridens, Texas cupgrass, sideoats grama, seep muhly, and common curlymesquite. Ranching is the primary agricultural industry in the region.
If you seek quality, unimproved land in bulk at high value, with impeccable location, South Face 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 combination of scenery, water development potential, location, and 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.
This timely offering is situated in the prized “Lindendale” area, with long frontage on paved Maenius Road, about 10 miles west of Blanco (restaurants, shops, services, supplies), or 20 miles southeast of Fredericksburg (world class restaurants/shops, jet airport, hospital, box stores). Also 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 sizzling Texas Wine Trail, featuring literally dozens of wineries, tasting rooms and distilleries along US 290 between Fredericksburg and Johnson City, lies less than 10 miles from this ranch, which was once owned by actor Jimmy Stewart.
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. There are a number of 5,000± acre ranches in the neighborhood.
A good variety of hills, canyons, and gently sloping pastures comprises the bulk of South Face 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.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Deeded Acres: 493±
Total Acres: 493±
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!
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), some 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 water available at 400-600’ depth. There are no functioning water wells on the ranch, as it was once part of a larger ranch with water system. Additional data on area groundwater is available.
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