This East Texas cattle ranch includes the ideal balance of improved pastures and timber areas. Tucked back in the center of the ranch is a spectacular three-story 8,200 SF “Old Orleans” style home with a landscaped yard and gardens. Top notch improvements, productive sandy soil and over 7 miles of white pipe fence surround the ranch. This property has a unique blend of style and productivity. It was extremely well thought out and has been maintained on the highest level.
Location:The property is located in Rains County on the northwest side of Lake Fork, approximately 75 miles east of downtown Dallas off of I30 and TX 276 near Emory, Texas.
Topography: The land is comprised of mostly flat grazing terrain with very gentle rolling topo in certain areas.
Grazing: The ranch is cross-fenced into 14 pastures. Grass varieties include Tifton 85, Winter Rye, Gig Grass and Coastal Bermuda. The ranch can easily support 175+ momma cows. The grazing rights are currently leased out on a month to month contract.
Water, Fishing: The house is on coop water. Each pasture has at least one stock tank or spring fed pond. There is a small lake located at the home and a larger series of lakes in the center of the property. There are fish in the two largest lakes but species type and quality is unknown.
Habitat and Gardens: The landscaped and irrigated yard and gardens include beautiful Dogwoods, Azaleas, Rose Bushes and a multitude of other foliage. Large mature hardwoods are found in certain areas of the ranch. A variety of Sassafras, Black Gum, Sweet Gum, White Oak, Live Oak, Red Oak, Crape Myrtle, Golden Rain Tree and Cedars are scattered throughout.
Homes: Nestled in the center of the ranch amongst the irrigated gardens and landscaped yard is a fabulously well-built three-story 8,200 SF residence, which was influenced by the homes built in Natchez, MS in the mid 1800’s during the height of the cotton boom. David Shiflet is the Austin based architect who designed and supervised the building of the home. David has built many homes for Larry Gatlin and other prominent figures. The house includes an additional 4000+ SF of wrap around covered concrete porches. The foundation utilizes commercial grade 5’ deep and 18” wide beams with 15’ deep columns in the center. This light bright home, built in 1988 and designed for family living and entertaining, includes formal rooms, a large eat-in kitchen with center-island, a breakfast room with fireplace and an abundance of windows that overlook the beautiful gardens surrounding the house. The home was expanded in 2006 to include a downstairs master wing complete with a small kitchen, spacious living room, secondary bedroom with full bath that can double as an office, a large downstairs master suite with wide doorways and other accommodations for elderly persons. Each floor has a separate air conditioning system. There is a four car garage with attic storage above. The house has 7 dormers and 4 dominate chimneys with a total of 6 fireplaces. The roof on the house is Buckingham Virginia non-fading slate secured with solid copper nails. The flashing is copper and lead.
There is also 3 bedroom and 3 bath foreman’s residence located on the front portion of the ranch along CR 2324.
Other Improvements: Located within the property are four separate barns. The first is a large horse barn with workshop area, bathroom and 5 stall parking garage. The second is a 100’ x 50’ four stall equipment barn that was built in 2009. The third is a covered hay barn and the fourth barn is located next to the top notch set of cattle pens with all the bells and whistles.
The ranch has 7.15 miles of metal pipe fencing. The corner and gate supports are 4” diameter, while the post and top rail are 2.875” diameter. The rods are ¾” diameter and run through the center of each post, which are placed 36” in the ground with one sack of concrete laid per post. Corner and support posts are 60” in the ground with two sacks of concrete laid per post. The posts are spaced in 8’ intervals and the gates have grease fittings for lubrication.
Other: The property is currently under Ag Exemption. There are no easements of restrictions on the ranch.
Minerals: Please consult with broker regarding minerals.
This ranch is being offered For Sale and is Exclusively Listed by Harlan Ray & David Burgher of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.
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 the Listing Broker. Prospects may be required to provide proof of funds prior to scheduling a showing.