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Stewart Ranch

$8,120,000 Cleburne, TX 580± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Stewart Ranch consists of 580± acres in Johnson County, Texas, in close proximity to the Cleburne/Glen Rose area just south of Fort Worth. Situated between two paved county-maintained roads bearing a significant amount of road frontage on both the east and west boundaries. The land has a diverse soil composition including Frio silty clay, Sunev clay loam, Slidell clay, Sanger clay, Bolar clay loam 1 to 8 percent slopes, and Aledo-Bolar association 1 to 8 percent slopes. The land consists of rolling hills, a healthy stand of native grasses, cultivation and veins of larger vegetation, and cover in the bottom areas along Haley Branch Creek. The pooling areas along the creek provide a desirable wildlife habitat characteristic, thus further diversifying the property for the recreational buyer. The landscape is a great mixture of native grassland with rocky hilltops and expanded views in all directions. Johnson County SUD provides waterline access on both road frontages giving potential for development. A natural spring-fed creek and several earthen tanks provide abundant water for livestock, recreation, and wildlife equitably throughout the ranch. With such close proximity to the Fort Worth–Dallas metro area, yet surrounded by other ranch properties and bordered on two sides by paved roads, the potential for future development or subdividing provides an upside to equity.

Just the Facts

  • 360 degree views, good balance of grass and forage (has not been overgrazed or abused)
  • Roughly 500 acres of grazable improved grasses, including a sudan field and other native grasses, and around 60 acres in hardwood growth in the valleys and scattered underbrush for an estimated traditional carrying capacity of around 40-50 AU
  • Potential for continuing production with a rotation of cattle grazing and expanding the improved grasses for greater yields 
  • Existing equity with the potential for development in small acreage tracts utilizing the road frontage on opposing sides and access to SUD water line
  • Bordered by larger acreage ranch property.
  • Close proximity (9 miles) to the Chisolm Trail toll road that goes to downtown Fort Worth
  • No oil or gas production on site 
  • One pipeline easement

Broker's Comments

In this local area of Johnson county, it is rare for a larger acreage tract to come available in close proximity to Cleburne and Fort Worth. With most of the ranch property in the area traditionally being smaller in size, this property stands out. The amount of road frontage and access to county water lines on both sides of the ranch provides a security of instant equity for future possibilities. The hilltop views and the creek bisecting the property give this place character that many properties in the area lack. The livestock aspect of the ranch has been managed fairly and has left a healthy stand of grass on the property apparent in every pasture. I believe for a long-term investment this property has great potential with its location, access, and water, a buyer should have a sense of security in this investment. 

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Locale

Just southwest of the well-known and rapidly growing city of Fort Worth, Texas, Stewart Ranch is accessed along both east and west boundaries with an abundance of paved county road frontage. The ranch is approximately nine miles from the Chisolm Trail toll road just west of Cleburne, Texas. Cleburne is a city of approximately 30,720 people and has a robust employment base, commerce, and civic amenities. Nearby Cleburne Airport is less than one hour to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. No landing fees, RNAV / GPS approach 15/33 - LOC/DME 15, 5.700-foot by 100-foot runway, Enterprise rental cars (limo service available), full-service Jet A - 24-hour self-serve 100LL and Jet A, catering available, Unicom 122.8. Another local airport nearby is Fort Worth Spinks Airport that covers an area of 822± acres at an elevation of 700 feet above mean sea level. It has two runways: 17R/35L is 6,002 feet by 100 feet with an asphalt surface; 17L/35R is 3,660 feet by 60 feet with a turf surface.

Climate

August is the hottest month for Cleburne, with an average high temperature of 95.7°. In Cleburne, there are three comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Cleburne are October, April and May. January and February are traditionally the coldest months on average. 

History

Johnson County is located in north central Texas on the southwestern edge of the Dallas–Fort Worth area. Cleburne, the county seat, is 55 miles southwest of downtown Dallas and 19 miles south of downtown Fort Worth. The primary natural resources in the county are natural gas, sand, and gravel. The topography is level to gently sloping in the east and changes gradually to steep in some western parts of the county. Elevation ranges between 600 feet and 1,000 feet above sea level. The primary water sources are the Brazos and Nolan rivers. The Brazos flows along the southwestern border of Johnson County and the Nolan runs north to south through the center of the county to join the Brazos. Secondary streams include Chambers, Buffalo, Mountain, Village, Mustang, Valley, and Walnut creeks. The upper portion of Lake Whitney on the Brazos, and Lake Pat Cleburne on the Nolan are the principal reservoirs. The average annual precipitation is 33 inches and temperature averages range between a winter low of 35° F and a summer high of 98°. The growing season averages 233 days. Texas Highway 174, a four-lane divided highway, connects Cleburne, Joshua, and Burleson to Fort Worth. Chisolm Trail tollway connects from west of Cleburne to downtown Fort Worth. U.S. Highway 67 connects the county seat (Cleburne) with Dallas. Interstate Highway 35 cuts across the eastern part of Johnson County, connecting Dallas and Fort Worth with the high-growth areas to Waco and south. In addition to these, Cleburne is served by the Fort Worth and Western Railroad, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad, and Amtrak. Lake Pat Cleburne and Cleburne State Recreational Park provide recreational facilities. Lakes Whitney and Granbury border the county. In addition to Southwestern Adventist University, Hill Junior College in Hillsboro offers extension work in Cleburne and several other Johnson County communities. Multiple manufacturing facilities and oil and gas industries are seated in Johnson County. 

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded Acres: 580±
Total Acres: 580±

Improvements

Minimal improvements: older barns, farmhouse, perimeter fencing, cross fences, and a small set of pipe working pens for cattle. 

Water Resources

Five earthen tanks and SUD water lines along both road frontages that can be tapped for additional water resources. 

Water Rights

No known reservations or severances to any rights regarding water.

Mineral Rights

The sellers believe to own minerals. There are no active oil and gas wells or any kind of production. Minerals may be negotiable in the sale. 

Taxes

Property taxes are estimated at $1,504 based upon past years.

Learn about the recreational amenities

Fishery Resources

The ranch maintains four stock tanks as well as the creek that is believed to be spring-fed. Several deeper holes impound water along the creek where in the crystal clear water, fish can be seen with the naked eye. The stock tanks located on the ranch are believed to have fish in them but have not been professionally stocked with fish or intensively managed. 

Wildlife Resources

Whitetail deer are found year-round on the property. While hunting is not currently the ranch’s main use, there is a healthy population of deer in the area. Migratory birds such as ducks and doves will frequent the stock tanks and other surrounding bodies of water. With the amount of elevation changes, there are multiple opportunities to impound more water on the property and improve the waterfowl habitat as well as the fishing opportunities. Feral hogs frequent the ranch and can be hunted year-round with no bag limit and no season. Accompanying the pigs are a host of various other varmints that can be pursued for sport such as coyote, fox, raccoon, and bobcat.

Recreational Considerations

Regarding recreation, the ranch offers hunting, fishing, and of course an unlimited amount of hiking, and riding ATVs. Cleburne State Park is a few miles down the road and offers tons of hiking/biking trails, camping, and fishing in the lake. Lake Pat Cleburne, located just a few miles east of the ranch, also offers good fishing.

Learn about the general operations

General Operations

The ranch has traditionally been operated as a cattle ranch, with the current owners leasing it to a tenant for grazing. Approximately 60 acres of cultivated ground currently in Sudan hay production with the balance of the ranch in native pasture. The ranch has a carrying capacity of around 50 AU. 

Leases and Permits

  • Cattle grazing lease (month to month)
  • Residential lease on the farmhouse (month to month)

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