Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty | Rio Bonito Ranch

The Rio Bonito Ranch at 5309 Rio Bonito Ranch Road is priced $45,000,000.
The Rio Bonito Ranch at 5309 Rio Bonito Ranch Road is priced $45,000,000.

This is a chance to own a piece of Texas history. At more than 15,000 acres, nearly 25 square miles, the legendary Rio Bonito Ranch is nestled in the heart of Texas Hill Country, just 90 miles from San Antonio. Owned by one of the founding families of Texas for nearly 90 years, the ranch has never been on the market until now.

Rio Bonito’s many features include a mile-long private lake, multiple spring-fed creeks, exceptional wildlife, premier fishing, live-oak-lined foothills, limestone rock cliffs and incredible vistas. It spans parts of Kerr and Kimble counties, with the main gate accessible off Interstate 10 between Kerrville and Junction. A part of Johnson Fork, a main tributary of the Llano River, runs for more than 4.5 miles across the western portion of the ranch.

Rio Bonito is an exceptional wildlife, hunting and fishing retreat, with white-tailed deer, exotic game, turkey, wild Russian boar and more. There are multiple lakes across the property and water throughout, with multiple springs and 11 working windmills.

The pièce de résistance is the 28,000-square-foot, Spanish-style hacienda designed by academy award winning architect and art director Carl Jules Weyl. It is a spectacular and sprawling stone lodge, with a classic red tile roof and 19 bedrooms, both bunk-style and private. setting for gatherings of family, guests or hunters. The book The Arts and the American Home: 1890-1930 singled out the hacienda for its “decorative importance of beamed ceilings, tile work, and plain plastered walls in creating an atmosphere of spaciousness and simplicity.”

The Rio Bonito Ranch, located at 5309 Rio Bonito Ranch Road in Junction, Texas, is listed for $45,000,000 by Bernard Uechtritz.

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