This secluded gem of a ranch is located in northwest Real County, Texas, a little over an hour’s drive from Kerrville. With its own private, spring fed lake on the East Prong of the Upper Nueces River, a modern residence for the Main House, and the historic old ranch home - nicely remodeled - for a Guest House, the Broken Oak Ranch offers comfortable accommodations and extraordinary, year-round recreational activities: hunting, fishing, kayaking, ATV riding, hiking, horseback riding, or just taking it easy on the porch. This is one of those rare, legacy ranches a family will enjoy for generations.
Real County | Lat: 188.8.131.52 N. | Lon: 184.108.40.206 W.
The ranch is located in the beautiful upper Nueces River Basin about eighteen miles north of Camp Wood, Texas on RR 335 and about two miles east on County Road 227. The ranch is centrally located about sixty miles SW of Kerrville, 115 miles NW of San Antonio and as the crow flies about eight miles south east of Rocksprings. The drive from RR 335 on CR 227 to Broken Oak meanders along the bank of the Nueces River and through three pecan bottoms. This drive is one of the most scenic country roads in the Hill Country.
Nearly 3 foot catfish taken from the river
Large bass taken from the river
Game animals on Broken Oak include White-tail deer, Axis, Aoudad, Fallow, Blackbuck Antelope, bobcat, grey fox, turkey, feral hogs and transient elk. With the river as a water source, wild animals of all kinds call this ranch their home. Livestock was removed from the ranch in 2006. With only one deer proof fence boundary, animals are free to roam up and down the river and around the ranch and its other neighbors, so there is a constant introduction of new genetics over time. The terrain of the ranch has a place for a hunter of every skill level. Other than the river bottom, the approximate north one-third of the ranch is flat to very gently rolling and is well-cleared of cedar and other brush, creating beautiful meadows and flats all over this part of the ranch. This is easy, gentle country to cover by ATV, pickup or on foot, with long distance views from your hunting blinds. Sanchez Draw, a massive dry weather creek, roughly divides the flatter north one-third from the southern two-thirds of the ranch. That south part transitions from rolling to steep hills as it climbs to the distant ridge lines on the south boundary. Hunting this part of the ranch will offer a welcome challenge to the more dedicated hunter, as the thick brush and huge draw headers create rugged topographical changes from the ridge-tops down into the heavily wooded canyons. For those who like to stalk game, in this varied terrain every hunt will be new and different. Or set up some secluded blinds and feeders in these canyons to see what might pop out of the brush.
There is no better example on the Upper Nueces River of its legendary spring fed, crystal clear, rock bottom waters than the lake on the Broken Oak Ranch. The private lake created by a 5.5’ dam encompasses about 3.6+ acres with good fishing, swimming and canoeing. Large catfish, bass and perch roam the water way. The lake has a solid limestone rock bottom. Long stretches of the bank is mostly wide, smooth flat bedrock for much of the lakeside, providing great places to set up recliner lawn chairs and lay out beach towels.
Spring: A huge spring gushes out of the high south bank keeping the lake fresh and full. After rains, water will often flow out of several cracks in the bank. The spring adds to the water flow that comes down from the more northern Nueces headwaters. The spring flows into a partly modified, natural basin at the lake edge from which water is pumped to each residence for pure drinking water and other household needs.
The Main House sits on the high bank of the river at the east end of the lake a little way off the county road that meanders through the ranch. A large, beautiful meadow covered with live oak trees, native flowers and a variety of native grasses can be seen from the front porch. The Main House and the Guest House are a short walking distance from each other. The Main House is a 2BR/2B modern home, built in 2002, that blends in perfectly with the Hill Country landscape. The Kitchen-Dining-Family Room open design keeps everyone together for entertaining while dividing the bedrooms for privacy. Covered porches on the back and the front of the house can be enjoyed mornings and evenings. The Guest House 3BR/1B - the old ranch headquarters built in 1929 - has been nicely remodeled and provides spillover accommodations for extra guests or a place to sequester noisy grandkids with the TV and video games on rainy days. Front and back porches here, too. The Main House septic is up to code under a permit and the Guest House septic is grandfathered. Floor plans are available for both of these residences along with a standard Seller’s Disclosure Notice of property condition on the Main House.
Fences & Neighbors: Except for the west side of the river, the ranch perimeter is totally fenced - the east side is deer proof fencing in good condition - but stretches of the fencing will need some repair to reliably hold cattle. Neighbors include the Kendricks’ 119+/- acres on the north (formerly part of Broken Oak Ranch), Eagle Nest’s 2800+/- acres on the east, Hackberry Ranch’s 10,000+/- acres on the south, and the Smithers’ 900+/- acres on the west(sharesa small stretch of the lake with Broken Oak).
Other Structures: A double carport, metal container, Pole Barn, RV Port and a nice 24 x 24 Metal Shop with a concrete floor are additional facilities that make the ranch workable, convenient and enjoyable. Also included with the sale are two hunting blinds and three game feeders.
Electricity is provided by Pedernales Electric Co-op and telephone service is provided by Southwest Texas Communications, a local phone company headquartered in nearby Rocksprings.
Seller owns 100% of the minerals and will negotiate a portion as part of the sale.
Property taxes are Ag Value based on Wildlife Management. A copy of the ranch’s wildlife management plan is available on request.
There are no surface leases and no private access easements to any neighbor. The washer, dryer, refrigerator, and deep freezer convey with the sale; all other furniture, appliances, furnishings and equipment will be reserved by the Seller. SHOWN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - DO NOT TRESPASS. Please contact Lockhart Real Estate to schedule a showing.
The Dean family has enjoyed the Broken Oak Ranch for generations. It is very seldom that an old time family ranch with river front, and which has been in the same family for almost eighty years, comes up for sale. There is a reason for that: it’s a very special place that generation after generation treasures and holds on to for the next.
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