Oak Hills Ranch

LOCATION:  This nicely shaped ranch lies at the end of Ten Mile Road, about one mile north of TX 29, and 12 miles NW of Mason.  Access is all-weather, via about 1.5 miles down Ten Mile Road, then a short distance on an easement road (abandoned county road), and Mason is less than a 15 minute drive from the front gate.  Neighbors are larger, and there are no subdivisions in the immediate area, and no easements through the ranch.

Nearby Mason is a prized Hill Country destination, known for its unique population of hard working and creative folks, and stunningly beautiful Courthouse Square.  Good restaurants, banks, medical services, supplies and groceries are readily available in this uber-cool community, known as “Tennis Town Texas.”  For more information on the City of Mason go to http://www.mason.tx.citygovt.org/ or for information on Mason County, go to www.co.mason.tx.us/.

Fredericksburg (high end shops, restaurants, jet airport, hospital) is located 55 miles SE, and Brady (jet strip, Wal Mart) is located 30 miles north.  Austin and San Antonio (international airports, major medical centers, universities, box stores) are both about 2 hours SE, and the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex is about 4 hours north. 

Property Address: 12332 Highway 29 West, Mason, Texas 76856.

ECOREGION:  Oak Hills Ranch is located in the ecoregion of the Llano Uplift.  The Llano Uplift is also known as the central mineral region. Although surrounded by the Edwards Plateau region, the Llano Uplift is distinguished by its unique geology. Home to some of the oldest rocks in Texas, the central mineral region contains unique minerals and rock formations. The region is characterized by large granite domes, such as Enchanted Rock near Fredericksburg. Rainfall averages about 24 to 32 inches per year, peaking in May or June and September. The landscape is rolling to hilly and elevation range from 825 to 2,250 feet above sea level. Soils are predominantly coarse textured sands, produced from weathered granite over thousands of years. Native vegetation consists of oak-hickory or oak-juniper woodlands, mesquite-mixed brush savannah, and grasslands. The woody vegetation may consists of plateau live oak, honey mesquite, post oak, blackjack oak, cedar elm, and some black hickory present depending on aspect and habitat. Flora normally found in the deserts of West Texas, such as catclaw mimosa and soaptree yucca, also occur on dry sites. Ashe juniper and Texas oak are generally absent from the Llano Uplift.  Grasses include little bluestem, switchgrass, yellow Indiangrass, and silver bluestem. Dome-like granite hills and outcrops contain unusual plant communities. Although ranching is the major land use, level areas of sandy loam produce wheat, sorghum, and peaches.  For more information, visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) at www.tpwd.texas.gov.

WATER:  The ranch is bisected by a scenic, seasonal creek that has waterholes that hold for a month or two after rains, named Spring Branch Creek.  Two stock ponds have been located, one still holding water on June 1, 2017, and a solar-powered water well waters the ranch through a pipe system to several troughs.

Average annual rainfall in this area is about 24 inches, and there is good proven deep water in the area capable of high volume yields. For more information on area groundwater, contact the Hickory Underground Water Conservation District at www.hickoryuwcd.org/

LAND:  The ranch has a clean, rectangle shape to it, and basically self-creates a “bowl” consisting of Spring Branch Creek bisecting two low ranges of hills as it drains to the north.  The gently rolling terrain has an elevation change of 140’, with several spots affording distant views of the Hill Country.

The countryside has been managed and burned over the years, resulting in beautiful open meadows of thick grasses and forbs amongst scattered monster oaks and thickets.  Heavier oak/mesquite rules about half of the ranch, with the balance being about half oak/ mesquite regrowth, and half being oak mott/open country.  The excellent variety of shrubs, trees and grasses supports and provides cover for excellent populations of whitetail deer, turkey, antelope and varmints.  Large bodied deer are observed on every visit, and the ranch has not been hunted or grazed recently.

Surprisingly, this ranch consists of about 80% clay or loam soils, which may explain the large-bodied deer, as the native range has flourished with burns and the forbs are still colorful into June, 2017.  Hardwoods consist of live oak, mesquite, elm, shinoak with a few post oaks, and primary shrubs are persimmon, agarita, prickly pear and bee brush, and there are some of the prettiest liveoak trees and motts in Mason County on this ranch. The ranch appears to be capable of supporting about 1 animal unit/25 acres.

IMPROVEMENTS:  Perimeter fencing and cross fencing is new to mediocre, and the water well serves a system which pipes to tanks and troughs.  Pasture roads are adequate to access most of the ranch, and an electric line bisects the property.

SUMMARY:  If you seek a high value investment in prized Mason County, this is a must-see.  This is mostly very attractive land with an oak-laden creek bottom teeming with wildlife, flanked by oak-covered hills with distant views.  A blank canvas at lowest area price. . . don’t wait!

FINANCIAL/TITLE:  Listing Price is $3,250/acre = $3,553,875.  Sellers will provide existing survey and basic title insurance.  50% of owned minerals are offered with the sale, and there are no known easements of any kind on the site other than utility.  The ranch lies in the Mason ISD, is served by Central Texas Electric Co-op, and 2016 ag exempt taxes were about $800.

The information contained herein has been diligently assembled and is deemed reliable, but is not warranted by Broker or Seller, express or implied, and is subject to change, prior sale, errors and/or omissions and withdrawal from market.  Buyers must verify accuracy of representations on their own, as well as investigate potentially pertinent natural attributes, laws and regulations, and draw their own conclusions regarding the usefulness and value of the property for a given purpose. Viewing appointments scheduled with LANDTX staff only.  SHOWN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY – DO NOT TRESPASS.

Buyer’s brokers must be identified on first contact, and must accompany buying prospect on first showing to be allowed full fee participation.  If this condition is not met, fee participation will be at sole discretion of LANDTX, David E. Culver, Broker.

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Mason County, Oak Hills Ranch Topographic Map
Mason County, Oak Hills Ranch Aerial Map
Mason County, Oak Hills Ranch State/County Map
Mason County, Oak Hills Ranch Ground Water Map
Mason County, Oak Hills Ranch Soil Map