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David Culver
David Culver
Culver/LANDTX, Inc.

Rio Vista Ranch

0 Althaus Ranch Rd, Johnson City, Texas 78636 - Blanco County
$3,272,500 187 Acres
Property ID 2819433


LOCATION: This sweet site is located via short fee simple owned road just off of paved Althaus Ranch Road, on the south banks of the Pedernales River NW of Johnson City (services, supplies, restaurants, schools). The prized area includes larger recreational ranches and large acreage subdivisions, some of which adjoin, but intrude minimally, on this ranch.

The location is about 50 miles west of Austin (international airport, major healthcare, universities, box stores), 25 miles east of sizzling Fredericksburg (hospital, wine mecca, top cuisine, high end retail, jet airport) and 60 miles north of San Antonio, the nations 7th largest city. For more information on Johnson City,and Blanco County, please visit their official websites.

Property Address: 0 Althaus Ranch Road, Johnson City, TX 78636, an address has not been formally assigned.

ECOREGION: RVR 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's (TPWD)official website.

WATER: The clear-flowing Pedernales River forms the northern boundary of the ranch for 5,700 feet. The rock-bottom frontage consists of riffles, shallow to medium depth holes and noisy falls, and offers the finest in swimming, floating, wading and fly fishing. Make no mistake, this is Grade A water, and this ranch boasts one of the highest ratios of waterfront/acre weve seen in a while.

Water accessibility is an important attribute of this tract of land, with a smooth, 15 mph road within 100 yards or less of the waters edge along much of the frontage. Another unusual feature is the presence of cypress and pecan trees along one particularly pretty stretch.

The annual rainfall at this location is 33.99 inches, and a nice spring flows from a trough around large cypress trees during normal years. There are multiple 75 100 gpm water wells located within a mile of the ranch. For further information on area groundwater, please visit the Blanco-Pedernales Groundwater Conservation Districts official website.

LAND: The attractive rangeland has been totally cleared of dead cedar, leaving a savannah of mostly liveoak that has max visibility to the river from almost all locations on the ranch. This is a sleek, refined look holding a high degree of appeal, with an improved loop road providing access to the entire river frontage and most of the uplands, including multiple awesome homesites with sweeping river views.

The site rolls gently down 120 from SW to NE, and is bisected by three minor draws with no bluffs. Some nice bluff views across river are had upstream, and there are several homes across-river which are clearly visible from locations on site as well. Soils are primarily stony clays with limestone shelf outcrops along the river, with tiny sections of tillable dirt along the draws and in the river floodplain. Wildlife includes whitetail and exotic deer, turkey, varmints and a few hogs.

IMPROVEMENTS: The property is unimproved except for a first class improved road system, tasteful electric gate entrance and a single livestock shed in poor condition. An attractive rock trough has been constructed to contain and define a flowing spring, and the property is fenced except along the river.

SUMMARY: Rare is the chance to own such a big water Hill Country property, with over one mile of spring-fed, clear river on only 187 acres! The land is 100% cleaned up and ready for the trophy home or high end subdivision it is deserving of. If there ever were a truly investment-class Pedernales River offering, this one would be hard to top.

FINANCIAL/TITLE: Listing Price is $17,500/acre = $3,272,500. Sellers will provide recent survey and basic title insurance. Mineral conveyance is negotiable. The property is located in the Johnson City Independent School District, and 2015 ag-exempt taxes are estimated at $266. The site is served by Pedernales Electric Coop, and there are no known easements crossing the ranch.

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. Viewing appointments scheduled with LANDTX staff only. SHOWN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY DO NOT TRESPASS.

Buyers 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 LANDTX, David E. Culver, broker.


Just off of paved Althaus Ranch Road, on the south banks of the Pedernales River NW of Johnson City. Property Address: 0 Althaus Ranch Road, Johnson City, TX 78636, an address has not been formally assigned.

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Culver/LANDTX, Inc.

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Mason, TX 76856

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