Finding spring-fed ponds and creeks on a west Texas ranch is exceptionally rare. But not at the 2,883-acre Hat Creek Ranch, which has spring-fed creeks, two large dams with low water crossings, 11 active water wells and three one- to two-acre stock tanks. In addition to the water, the topography is breath-taking with hundreds of feet in elevation changes.
Just south of Sweetwater, Hat Creek Ranch at 2223 CR 181 in Blackwell also has extraordinary hunting, with a wide variety of animals including whitetail, fallow and axis deer, gemsbok, Corsican, red and aoudad sheep, plus dove, turkey and a re-emerging quail population.
Until recently, it was and could be a top-of-the-line deer breeding facility. Within the last year, the deer have been turned out into the ranch's high-fenced pastures. The fully furnished commercial cleaning facility includes a walk-in cooler.
This turnkey ranch is being offered by David Burgher and Harlan Ray for $9,950,000.
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On the hilltop property stands a 5,000-square-foot lodge, built of Austin stone, with a separate stone garage and storage building. The five-bedroom, six-bath lodge has all the amenities with great views from almost every room. The master bedroom, on the first level, features a sitting area and luxurious bath. Four bedrooms are upstairs.
A large, eat-in kitchen has stainless-steel appliances and dual sinks. Off the kitchen/dining area is a covered stone veranda across the back of the house, where one can enjoy watching a variety of wildlife, a sunset or the outdoor fireplace.
President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Lakewood, Uptown, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake. Briggsfreeman.com.