LOCATION: Rancho Kendall is located in highly desirable Kendall County, one of the fastest-growing counties in the USA, which comprises the northern edge of San Antonio, the nation’s 7th largest city. The property fronts on paved RR 473 for approx. 4,300’, and is a couple of miles west of the quaint community of Sisterdale. This is 14 miles north of Boerne, and 35 miles north of San Antonio.
Austin, the State Capitol, is 80 miles to the east, and the famed Highland Lakes and championship golf courses at Horseshoe Bay are 45 miles to the north. This location is well-centered in the Texas Hill Country, one of the most dynamic growth areas in the USA.
LOCALE: Boerne is home to numerous fine shops, restaurants, services and medical facilities, while San Antonio boasts a medical complex, major universities and an international airport. The nation’s 7th largest city is known for diverse culture and activities, while hosting some of the State’s finest food and entertainment.
The Sisterdale area has long been known as home to many fine, showplace-type ranches tightly held by well-heeled Central and South Texas families. Adjoiners to the ranch range from 80 to 300 acres, and the nearest subdivision is actually the town of Sisterdale, about one mile away, boasting perhaps a couple of dozen permanent residents housed in gentrified, clean country homes.
The bustling “Texas Wine Corridor” is only 15 miles to the north, with over 40 wineries, distilleries and tasting rooms lining US 290 for about 25 miles east of Fredericksburg. Of course, Fredericksburg itself is a well-known shopping/eating/drinking destination, and is only 20 minutes from the entrance to this ranch.
Agriculture and outdoor recreation are the primary ranching activities in this area, with cattle, horses, sheep/goats and hay production being the ag focus, while hunting and water recreation are the primary human activities. River traffic in this area remains minimal due to limited access, and across-river development is limited, insuring maximum privacy on this ranch.
PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1033 FM 473
ECOREGION: Rancho Kendall is located in the ecoregion of the Edwards Plateau Woodland. It contains the central part of the Edwards Plateau and receives sufficient rainfall to support woodland. The Edwards Plateau region comprises an area of central Texas commonly known as the Texas Hill Country. It is a land of many springs, stony hills, and steep canyons. The region is home to a whole host of rare plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. Average annual rainfall ranges from 15 to 34 inches. Rainfall is highest in May or June and September. Soils of the Edwards Plateau are usually shallow with a variety of surface textures. They are underlain by limestone. Elevations range from slightly less than 100 feet to over 3,000 feet above sea level. Several river systems dissect the surface, creating a rough and well-drained landscape. The limestone of the Edward's Plateau is honeycombed with thousands of caves. Beneath the eastern edge of the Plateau lies a hidden world of underground lakes known as the Edwards Aquifer. This precious water resource also is home to a number of curious creatures, such as the blind salamander. Today, the Edwards Plateau is characterized by grasslands, juniper/oak woodlands, and plateau live oak or mesquite savannah. Open grasslands and savannahs were more common in pre-settlement times than they are today. The grasslands of Ecoregion 30a are considered a southern extension of the mixed grass prairie, expressed as tallgrass or shortgrass dependent upon soil type, moisture availability, and grazing pressure. Grasses include little bluestem, Texas wintergrass, yellow Indiangrass, white tridens, Texas cupgrass, sideoats grama, seep muhly, and common curlymesquite. Ranching is the primary agricultural industry in the region. For more information, visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) at www.tpwd.texas.gov.
WATER: Rancho Kendall is blessed with an abundance of precious fresh water, including one mile of frontage on the ever-flowing Guadalupe River, one of most scenic of the Texas Hill Country rivers. The water is spring-fed and clear, noisily flowing over gravel riffles punctuated with giant limestone boulders and deep holes, some totally covered by cypress canopy. Fishing and floating are favored activities, and river access is easy at multiple points on the ranch. Put an inner tube in at the upstream point on this ranch, and enjoy a lazy, 1 hour float to the get out point downstream still on this ranch!
The water system on the ranch is first rate, with 4 electric water wells feeding a system of troughs that essentially blanket the ranch. Groundwater in the area is solid, with high volume wells nearby, and on-site wells producing from 20 – 45 gpm. Riparian rights to pump 232 acre-feet of water per year from the river are included with the property, and are designated for 116 acres of coastal Bermuda fields adjoining the river. For more information on area groundwater, contact the Cow Creek GCD at www.ccgcd.com.
LAND: The ranch slopes down gently over 240’ from north to south, and is bisected by a scenic, seasonal creek valley that enters the ranch near the NW corner. This valley contains elm, oak and other hardwoods, and the upper part of the creek flows much of the time, being fed by an augmented pond just upstream. Immediately north and east of this creek is the level ridge housing the horse improvements. Distant views to the south and southeast are prevalent over much of the property, and hardwood cover is uniform, with no thick cedar to be found.
Soils are very good, with about 60% being clays or loams with excellent productive capability. There are few rocky areas on this ranch. Several improved grass fields are scattered about the ranch, and the coastal fields adjoining the river are lined with heritage oaks, with giant pecan and cypress trees closer to the river. These fields are magnets for wildlife, and this area contains a high concentration of Axis deer, not to mention native whitetails and some exotics.
Homesites are numerous, most having SE views, and there is a particularly scenic ridge overlooking the eastern coastal field. This portion of the ranch is dominated by large liveoaks, and a scenic limestone bluff follows the edge of the ridgeline. A group of 30 Axis were observed from this perch on a recent visit!
IMPROVEMENTS: The northeast portion of the property is a highly improved equine facility, designed and outfitted for performance horses such as cutters, ropers and dressage, with over 40 stalls and multiple arenas/working pens. Impressive stone structures include a beautiful, curved rock entrance, and a multi-purpose office/residence with classic features and amenities including a full wet bar, reception area and bedrooms. The landscaped grounds include paved parking areas, multiple service structures, 3 modern cabins, grain storage and an airplane hangar which serves a 3,600’ paved, registered airstrip.
Other useful features include an electric horse walker, lighted riding arena, roping arena, 20 paddocks/pens, feed & equipment storage structures and multiple barns. The horse and related facilities cover about 200 acres, and the balance of the property is lightly improved, with several dwellings and a large hay barn, and a couple of older stone houses with restoration potential.
The ranch infrastructure is solid, with paved or crushed rock roads serving many areas. There are also miles of smooth wire fencing, plus a superior ranch water system powered by 4 wells supplying troughs in all areas.
SUMMARY: It is rare to find excellent equine facilities tied to a beautiful, live water Hill Country ranch of this size and location. This stretch of river is postcard-quality, with noisy, gravel riffles linked by long, deep holes covered by cypress canopy. Irrigated coastal fields line the riverbank, with oak-shrouded, south-facing hills rising in the background. Rancho Kendall is truly a Texas Hill Country Classic!
FINANCIAL/TITLE: Listing price is $16,500/acre, Seller to provide acceptable survey and basic title insurance. 232 acre-feet of pumping rights from the Guadalupe River, as well as Seller’s owned mineral rights, can convey at an acceptable price.
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. 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 the sole discretion of LANDTX, David E. Culver, broker