58 Acres | $1,657,000
Stony Brook Ranch is a gorgeous recreational property featuring over half a mile of Onion Creek, hilltop views, open pastures, wooded trails, a treehouse hunting blind/cabin, water well, and electricity. Use it as a weekend getaway, or build your dream home just 10 miles from popular Dripping Springs, and 35 miles from downtown Austin. A recent appraisal and survey are available.
Loop 165, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 – Click here for an interactive map
3.8 miles south of Hwy 290 in Henly, 12 miles to RR12 in Dripping Springs, 13 miles to Hwy 281 in Blanco, 19 miles to Johnson City, 35 miles to downtown Austin, 60 miles to downtown San Antonio
The crown jewel of the property is over half a mile of Onion Creek; 2,300 feet of both sides and 550 feet of frontage. A dam near the upper end holds water for most of the year. When full, the center is approximately 8 feet deep. Downstream from the dam are several springs. Cottonwood Branch joins Onion Creek at the northeast tip of the property, creating another deep swimming hole that holds water year-round.
58 acres surveyed out of a 73-acre tract. Approximately 75% of the diverse landscape is improved and native pasture, perfect for cultivating hay or grazing livestock. The large eastern pasture has been terraced to reduce erosion. The remaining acreage consists of oak-juniper woodland and riparian corridors lush with a wide variety of plant life. Trees include Ashe juniper, pecan, live oak, Spanish oak, shin oak, sycamore, elm, hackberry, walnut, and black cherry. Shrubs consist of agarita, Texas persimmon, American beautyberry, and many large Mustang grapevines draped from the trees. Grasses include King Ranch bluestem, buffalograss, blue grama, threeawn, one-seed croton, cedar sedge, big muhly, and a mix of wildflowers in the spring.
With 80 feet of elevation change, the southern hilltop provides sweeping views of the Hill Country. A cleared area provides space to build an observation deck or cabin.
Much of the creekbanks are within the floodplain, however, FEMA maps are not completely accurate. Please see the attached flood map for the historically observed flood areas.
IMPROVEMENTS / UTILITIES
A concrete dam and patio located near the upper end of the creek were constructed in the late 1980s.
A treehouse by the dam was built in the mid 2000s and used as a hunting blind and cabin.
A water well in a small shed is located at the northeast tip of the property. The well was formerly pumped to the house at the road, but has not been used in about 15 years and the condition is unknown. Historically, this well would run dry in the heat of the summer, but it could possibly be dug deeper for year-round water. The water quality was good and drinkable. A drilling company could test the depth, GPM, and quality.
There is an electric meter at the well provided by Pedernales Electric (not activated).
An easement road runs along the southern border, allowing two landowners access to their properties. Only one owner lives there full time, so traffic is minimal.
The entire 73-acre property is perimeter fenced but will need additional fencing to enclose the 60 acres if desired (the neighboring sellers graze 2 horses on the property). The southern border is high fenced for exotic game, while the remainder is low barbed wire and mesh.
The proposed driveway, giving direct access to Loop 165, will be 40 feet wide and cannot be categorized as commercial. A permit will need to be issued by Hays County.
WILDLIFE / HUNTING / FISHING
Hunting is allowed, and seasonal opportunities include whitetail deer, turkey, and dove. Perch and bass wash down from upstream and are found year-round in several parts of the creek. Other wildlife includes many songbirds, hawks, owls, foxes, rabbits, raccoons, armadillos, skunks, and the occasional bobcat.
All mineral rights owned by the seller will convey with the property.
COMMUNITY / AREA ATTRACTIONS
Dripping Springs provides nearly all amenities, including HEB grocery, Tractor Supply, Walgreens, post office, healthcare, banks, churches, and many restaurants and shops. Known as the Wedding Capital of Texas and Gateway to the Hill Country, Dripping Springs is a destination with dozens of event venues, wineries, breweries, and distilleries in the area.
Johnson City ISD (low property tax!) – 20 miles to LBJ schools
13 miles to Blanco State Park, 14 miles to Pedernales Falls State Park, 20 miles to Jacobs Well Natural Area, 25 miles to Hamilton Pool Preserve & Reimers Ranch Park, 39 miles to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, 53 miles to San Antonio International Airport
Johnson City ISD tax rate is 1.14, compared to 1.52 in Dripping Springs ISD.
The property benefits from a wildlife management tax valuation. The sellers will provide all information necessary to continue the activities.
Total property taxes for the 58 acres will be under $200/year.