Prairie Oaks Ranch

Bowie, TX
884 Acres
$9,750,000
Montague County

Property Description:

Sitting amidst the rolling hills of Montague County, Prairie Oaks Ranch boasts some of the most incredible views, abundant surface water, and pristine improvements around. This exclusive ranch has all the amenities including a 9 -hole golf course, 29 +/- AC lake, several smaller lakes, a shooting range, and a beautiful 5 bedroom home overlooking the lake and golf course.

Historic Prairie Oaks Ranch was once home to Sauropod Dinosaurs, American Bison rangeland, Comanche hunting parties, and even a way station along the famed Chisolm Trail.

Today, Blackjack Oak forests, wild plum, blackberry thickets and native grasses continue to thrive through extensive conservation efforts.  White tail deer, bobcats, coyotes, migratory fowl and bald eagles, among many other species of birds, fish and game now make their home at Prairie Oaks Ranch.

Improvements for all your needs have already been completed – from the 5 Bedroom house with vast porches overlooking the swimming pool and lake, numerous water wells, equipment barns, working pens and fencing for livestock. It is a perfect example of the quite retreat, just an easy drive from the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.

Location:

The property is located at the south end of Airport Road (PR 227) adjacent to the Bowie Municipal Airport (paved 3,600 ft runway) and just south of Highway 59. The property is just east of Bowie in Montague County. Bowie has an estimated population of 5,200. Bowie is less than a ten-minute drive and has all of the necessary services with numerous shops, stores, and restaurants. There are also a number of wineries and vineyards in Montague County.

Road/Frontage Access:

The ranch is accessed off of HWY 59 via a private road and entrance.

Land:

This ranch is located in the Cross Timbers section of North Central Texas.  Tree species on the ranch include a variety trees including Black Jack Oak, Bur Oak, Live Oak, Mesquite, Juniper, Elm, Cedar Elm and several other species providing an excellent habitat and forage for wildlife. An abundance of native grasses exist on the ranch including Big Bluestem, Little Blue Stem, Costal varieties, and some other bunch grasses. The property has an agricultural exemption. Soil types on the ranch include Cona association, Windthorst and Daffau soils, Windthorst sandy loam soils, Pulexas fine sandy loam, and Daffau-Guilied land complex.

Water:

There is a 29 +/- acre lake located in the center of the property, which is feed by live water Denton Creek. The ranch features over 4,000 feet of frontage on both sides of Denton Creek. There are an additional 9 lakes, most of them stocked with a variety of fish and several with wooden docks and piers. The other lakes/ponds range in size, but there are a couple that are 2 to 3 AC and some ranging from 1 to 2 AC as well. Several seasonal creeks can also be found on the property.

There are numerous water wells throughout the property including 2 EOG wells which are permitted for 26 million gallons per year that were used for oil and gas exploration and have since been conveyed to the owner.

Terrain/Topography:

The terrain of this property is rolling with great views looking over the various lakes, pastures, and golf course. Located in the Cross Timbers portion of North Central Texas, there are a variety of trees ranging from many types of hardwoods (various oak, elm, pecan) with a variety of brush, making wonderful habitat for livestock and wildlife.  Elevation on the ranch ranges from 1,100 +/- feet above sea level at the highest point on the southern end of the property and 1,010 +/- feet above sea level at the lowest part along the banks of Denton Creek.

Improvements:

The three story main house is well-maintained and constructed of primarily wood with stone trim and has a third floor viewing cupola. This 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home totals approximately 7,000 sf and was built in 2004 and remodeled in 2016. The open kitchen overlooks the great room with a vaulted, exposed beam ceiling with large stone fireplace. There is a large prep room with additional appliances behind the kitchen area and pantry. The house is wrapped by a large covered porches overlooking the pool, golf course, and lake.  There are 3 fireplaces and the gourmet kitchen with a granite center island and granite countertops and walk in pantry. Top of the line appliances are a combination of gas and electric. There is a propane tank and a septic system for waste.

There is a master bedroom on the first floor with fireplace and walk in closet, large bath with separate tub and shower and double sinks and vanity areas. Upstairs are 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a bunk/game. There is also a 4th level which features a viewing cupola with 360 degree views of the ranch.

The house and barns are accessed via a gated entry from Airport Road off of Highway 59. There are approximately 5 miles of concrete paved walks/cart paths throughout the property with 17 incredible art sculpture installed along them. The lawn is maintained by an irrigation system. In addition, there are numerous miles of trails throughout the ranch.

The area around the house is attractively landscaped and irrigated. Outside living is easy and comfortable with approximately 8,800 SF of covered deck that wraps around the entire house. Stay out of the sun and elements while enjoying the magnificent views of the lake, pool, and golf course while sitting on the covered porches, balconies on the back of the house. The outdoor area around the house is complete with outdoor fireplace and outdoor kitchen.

The auto courtyard has space for a number of cars and the concrete paved cover carports next to the house provide ample parking. There is also a covered dock/boat house for boats and wave runners with adjacent and boat ramp.

The property features an excellent 9 hole golf course that was designed and built over a four year period. It has been maintained to standards set by the GCSAA (Golf Course Superintendents Association of America). The course spans 2,500 yards with over 100 feet of elevation changes, dog legs and challenging waterside greens. Water is provided from surface runoff with an additional 25 million gallons per year in reserve from a grandfathered water well. Situated in front of both the golf course and the main residence, lies a beautiful and well maintained  29 +/- acre lake. There is a stone retaining wall and concrete walk around the edge for at least half of the perimeter. Several of the smaller lakes also have docks and piers for entertainment, fishing, and boating ease.

There is a large shop/storage building with concrete floors and roll up doors. Additionally, it includes an office and a barn apartment that sleeps 10, has a full kitchen and living area with 2 baths, an outdoor kitchen and living area.

A separate equipment barn with concrete floors and metal roll up doors is next to the golf course and houses much of the landscape equipment. There is sporting clay range and a rifle range in addition to numerous hunting blinds and feeders. The property is perimeter fenced and cross-fenced for rotating the livestock.

Recreation/Hunting:

Activities on the ranch include hiking with over 5 miles of paved hiking trails, biking on over 8 miles of trails/roads throughout the ranch, a rifle range with multiple distances and ranges, sporting clay range with knock out stations and mobile sporting clay throwers, boating and waterskiing on the lake, swimming in the resort style pool, a hatchet range, bird watching, and fossil hunting in the deep ravines where the ranch was once roamed by prehistoric dinosaurs. There is an abundance of typical Texas wildlife on the ranch: deer, turkey, quail, pig, dove, etc. The terrain and vegetation provide for an abundance of natural habitat for wildlife of all types. The fishing in the 29 +/- AC lake as well as the smaller stocked lakes are outstanding for bass, crappie, perch, and catfish, as well as duck hunting.

Minerals:

It is our understanding that the seller owns a small amount of the mineral estate, but is not conveying any of the minerals.

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