The Houston Spring Creek Ranch
De Leon, Comanche County, Texas
First time offered!!
The 232.8 acre Houston Spring Creek Ranch is named for the beautiful creek that feeds the property's 30 acre private lake. The present owner purchased this ranch in 1966 and over the last 5 decades has meticulously developed it in a way that has produced one of the nicest properties that the Upper Leon River valley of Texas has to offer. Just one visit and it becomes obvious of how much thought and care has gone into making this property into a piece of the Lone Star state that any real man of the land would be honored to own!!
TERRAIN: The ranch is located in the gently rolling area of the Western Cross Timbers region of north Texas, and the property's terrain gradually slopes from the western boundary toward the river bottom located to the east. Over those past 50 years, the owner has devoted his attention into improving the hay field and the grassy meadows, with the focus being on livestock production and at present the ranch will sustain a herd of 50 mother cows. In years past and gone, the crops grown on the deep sandy soil of the upland would have been Peanuts and Cotton, thus it is well suited for the present day grass and hay production. This is truly a remarkable property with the gorgeous landscaping, beautiful meadows and dotted Post Oak and Pecan trees adding to its appeal.
WATER: The crown jewel of this ranch is the 30 surface acre private lake that the owner contracted built in 1970. Prater Construction moved 65,000 cubic yards of soil to construct the earthen dam and when they were finished, from the top of the concreted spillway to the bottom of the lake was 26 feet. The lake is stocked with yellowcat, channelcat, black bass and crappie and the owner stated that recently a friend had caught a 57 lb. yellowcat, as well as another yellowcat in the 40 lb range and the largest ever taken out of it was 74 lbs. As mentioned above, the lake is fed by the Houston Spring creek and is truly a beautiful sight to behold and enjoy. In addition to the reservoir, the ranch also has 4 ponds, one of which is next to the residence and is pleasantly landscaped with a Gazebo and a wooden catwalk bridge. The property includes 4 water wells, 2 of which are used for the residence and 2 which could be used for irrigation.
WILDLIFE: Whitetail deer, wild turkey, dove, ducks and other wildlife call this ranch home, and as we mentioned the lake is well stocked with BIG fish!!!
PRODUCTION: The ranch has been used primarily for a cow/calf operation and is well suited for this purpose. Attached to the horse/livestock barn is a wonderful set of all steel working pens complete with a sorting tub and both a calf squeeze chute and a larger cow squeeze chute. The producing Coastal Bermuda hay field covers about 48 acres with approximately 40 acres of it being irrigated under a 4 tower, 3 year old Zimmatic pivot. Water for the irrigation pivot is pumped from the lake by a 3 phase centrifugal irrigation pump.
FENCES: The ranch has excellent fences and cross fences around and dividing the cattle pastures, and has a freshly painted wrought iron and rock column fence extending from the lake, up and around the ranch house and then back down the waters edge.
, Cogburn Realty