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Whitehall Ranch

$21,600,000 Whitehall, TX 656± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

The rolling hills and quiet pastoral setting of Whitehall, Texas have a wonderful secret - the 656± acre Whitehall Ranch, a master-planned ranch property with architectural consistency throughout every improvement within commuting distance to Houston or College Station. Despite a very private and pristine setting, the ranch is easily accessed via Highway 6 and the new Highway 249 extension.
Anchored by a private, family compound tucked into a natural protected setting, Whitehall Ranch reflects the thoughtful merger of inspiration and architecture. The main residence, two guest homes, and pool complex are a masterpiece of design and modern luxury with soaring ceilings and wall-to-wall windows. No mechanical or aesthetic detail was overlooked. Terraced landscaping and manicured grasses offer a Zen-like setting among architectural symmetry and dramatic lines. The ranch is an incredible place to take pleasure in a multitude of year-round activities and to relax in luxury and savor the amazing scenery. The owner was in no rush to get this right and went to, and continues to go to, extraordinary lengths to ensure this ranch's place among Texas's finest properties.

Co-listed with Deitra Robertson Real Estate

Just the Facts

  • A master-planned property within 656± acres in south-central Grimes County
  • True architectural consistency and quality across every ranch improvement
  • Located in south-central Grimes County within a few minutes of direct access to the Aggie Freeway
  • Three home camp, pool and pool house, gate house, stable and maintenance headquarters, homestead headquarters, and three staff houses
  • Cattle ranch
  • Trap and Skeet complex
  • 10± acre turf sporting field
  • 8± acre lake with boathouse
  • Two live water creeks
  • Exceptional ecological aesthetic diversity

General Description

Accessed off of FM 362, which is widely known as the prettiest drive in southern Grimes county, the ranch's gate on CR 305 is quiet, modest, and welcoming as you approach it. The gate house perched high on the hill is passed on the beautiful white rock roads, cresting the hill to the view of the stable and barns below. The scenery cannot be more stunning for this part of Texas. The setting is perfectly planned in every way. Each bend in the road and hilltop crested leaves you wondering what is beyond the next point.

Whitehall Ranch is the perfect lifestyle escape, offering the best of refined Texas ranching and recreational amenities. Horses, cattle, homestead living, wing shooting, hunting, fishing, and supporting infrastructure master-planned throughout one ranch, make this a lifestyle to be savored.  

Broker's Comments

In my twenty plus years of marketing and selling ranches in Southeast Texas, I have not brought a more thoroughly well planned and executed improved ranch property to market. Whitehall Ranch combines location, recreation, and lifestyle via land and improvements suitable for full-time residency with work from home capability or as a treasured weekend retreat for friends, family or clients. One can only appreciate the property and the owner's attention to every detail with an onsite personal showing. 

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Location

Whitehall Ranch is located on a no outlet county road in south-central Grimes County among a community of large ranches and acreage holdings. Situated between Houston and College Station, it is only minutes by helicopter from the lighted helipad at the ranch to just about any location you would need, including the Houston Medical Center. Major highway arteries, including Highway 6 and the new Highway 249 "Aggie Freeway" extension are close by, allowing quick and easy access to all points. Private jet capable services are available in nearby Navasota and several other cities in the region.

Climate

Grimes County features a typical Texas climate with hot summer days, mild winters, and enjoyable spring and fall seasons. August is the hottest month with an average high temperature of 95° and the most pleasant months of the year are March, April, and October with temperatures averaging in the 70-85° range.

Aesthetic Considerations

The topography is rolling with open pastures, drainages, and dense woods sitting above the high ridges of pastureland. The ranch is part of the sub-regions of the Brazos Bottom, East Coastal Plains, and the Southeast Piney Woods. The far reach of Beason Creek and its tributaries, as well as the natural springs, lakes, and ponds, contribute to the constant migration of wildlife through the ranch. These features combined with the stunning sunrises and sunsets give the owner a visually stunning experience every day.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded Acres: 656±
Total Acres: 656±

Improvements

All of the ranch's structural improvements share the same design and architectural elements, which could be described as “modern farmhouse”, creating a grand sense of refinement without opulence. The "modern farmhouse" architecture, consistent throughout the ranch, offers exterior elements shaped by white residential wall paneling and galvanized standing seam roof with correlating vertical beams. Various complexes and headquarters are spread thoughtfully throughout the ranch, providing all of the necessary improvements to savor the lifestyle of refined ranching and outdoor recreation with family and friends.

Home Camp

Three residences sit within the "Home Camp" and are accessed via a separate gated entrance in the ranch. Each home is situated among structured native landscaping and facilitates a perfect balance of privacy and community, offering a visual engagement with the outdoors from every vantage point. The Main Home is designed for the owner's comfort and entertainment of guests and features dramatic lines and modern luxury with an open floor plan. The Couples Suite features two master suites, a full kitchen, and a living room with a fireplace. The Bunk House is perfect for accommodating large groups of friends and family and consists of four bedrooms and four bathrooms, along with a full kitchen and living room.

The three residences all have access to the pool and pool house, including a full gym, massage studio, sauna, commercial laundry room, full kitchen, and pass-through serving bar. Each home has a two-vehicle carport, and a five-car garage is located near the exterior road for additional parking. There is fiber optic connectivity in each residence, as well as extensive security features in the Main Home. Live-oak trees provide the visual and structural boundary of the entire Home Camp, while the landscaping within the area offers visual beauty and privacy for each residence.

Stable Complex

The stable complex and ranch headquarters are situated at a highpoint on the ranch, offering easy access from the main ranch road and an enjoyable view in every direction. The stable area hosts two mirror image horse barns with ten oversized stalls in each barn for a total of 20 large stalls. Tack rooms, grooms' quarters, and an office are among the cross-aisle areas. Other improvements consist of a large equipment barn, a storage barn, a maintenance building, and a lighted helipad conveniently accessed from the complex's north side.

 Homesteading Headquarters

Whitehall Ranch has all of the necessary improvements for those wishing to partake in homesteading activities. A potting facility with a canning room and summer kitchen provides necessary space for maintaining the fenced irrigated garden and fruit orchard. There is also an animal processing area and chicken yard and coop.

Skeet and Trap Complex

The skeet and trap complex has eight skeet stations and five trap stations with high/low houses designed for accuracy and elevation so that even the most accomplished shooter will never tire of this well thought out and perfectly designed facility. The complex also features a cozy clubhouse to enjoy a beverage or to relax and enjoy the view.

Sporting Field

A 10± acre turf sporting field provides the potential for various sporting opportunities. The irrigated field sits on a central ridge above the large lake and consists of Tiffway 419 turf. The field is currently utilized for match polo.

Staff Housing

The ranch manager's home is located near the ranch entrance and is perfect for a small family. Three additional staff homes are located in the northeast corner of the ranch and are accessible directly from a public road.

Water Resources

There are abundant water resources on the ranch, of which the crown jewel is the 8± acre lake centrally situated on the northern end of the ranch. The lake captures run-off water and offers excellent fishing for bass, perch, and bluegill. Two water wells are located nearby to help keep the lake full in the drier seasons if needed. A boat dock provides an entertainment area and covered docking for the pontoon boat.

Two live water creeks traverse the ranch, and the permanent flow of these creeks are supported by springs and have stormwater flows during higher rainfall events. The ranch's entire western boundary sits in the Beason Creek channel and meanders through the small amount of bottomland.

 There are a total of seven water wells on the ranch, varying in capacities and distribution. The larger wells support the lake and irrigation needs as they may occasionally require. Several smaller stock/wildlife ponds are located throughout the ranch as well.

Timber Resources

There are significant acreage amounts of native and un-even aged pine timber on portions of the ranch and pockets of hardwood and riparian species like willows, cottonwoods, and sycamore.

Taxes

Annual property taxes are approximately $36,500 based upon past years.

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Wildlife Resources

Whitehall Ranch is a haven for wildlife and is currently under professional consultation and planning, and qualifies for a 1-D-1 wildlife valuation. Habitat enhancement projects have taken place throughout the ranch, including a two-acre wetlands project currently under construction for waterfowl. Wildlife includes whitetail deer, foxes, raccoons, hawks, waterfowl, and feral pigs. There are protein feeders for deer, and dove and sunflower plantings create great bird hunting or watching opportunities.

Recreational Considerations

Whitehall Ranch was developed from the first day of ownership to offer recreational opportunities to the owners and guests. Equestrian activities are unlimited from the competitive enthusiast to the most modest of trail riders and hobbyists. Wing shooting on the ranch is much the same, offering a daily challenge to the most competitive trap and skeet, to the annual weekend harvesting of a few dove. Hunting, fishing, boating, birding, and stargazing are all combined here in one amazing ranch.

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General Operations

The ranching operations at Whitehall Ranch are quite diverse and include cow-calf ranching, heifer development, and hay farming. Multiple improved pastures and paddocks of different sizes are scattered around the ranch, with many areas designated for hay production and wildlife sanctuary. Horse farm supporting recreational riding, performance, and breeding.

Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency from the land and is a real possibility at Whitehall Ranch. The ranch's abundant resources, such as livestock, gardening, orchards, wildlife, timber, abundant water and fertile soil, make it one of the most unique offerings of any ranch in this class.  

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