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What Investors Should Know About Opportunity Zones
by Caroline Kirby
Opportunity Zones have been a hot topic of interest ever since their creation by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 22, 2017. Even though it’s been nearly two years, the real estate industry is buzzing with questions around what it means and how to create profitable opportunities from them.If you want to learn more about these opportunities and get full advantages, you need to understand some basics.
How a Historical Renovation Revived a Rustic Ranch
In builder Richard Laughlin’s central Texas market, propane is vital to delivering the modern comforts that thrill clients — and the historical touches that set his homes apart.
When award-winning homebuilder Richard Laughlin works with a customer whose current home is heated with natural gas, he shares a homespun anecdote to explain why they’ll probably want propane gas heating in their new home as well.
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Cedar Creek Ranch
+-246 acres | $3,499,500
000 Ranch to Market Road 3054
Log Cabin, TX 75148
2 miles NE of Log Cabin, TX and 10.4 miles east of Athens, TX
One of the last major tracts (+-246-acres) not yet developed on Cedar Creek Lake. This ranch Includes over 1700 feet of highly desired lake frontage and 1700 feet of frontage on Ranch to Market Road 3054. Only 70 miles to downtown Dallas and 102 miles to downtown Ft Worth. The ranch is heavily wooded with numerous varieties of trees and is just waiting for the right developer, investor or rancher to come along. The property has been in the same family since 1963 and is currently used for wildlife management and raising cattle. It is a fantastic property that has the potential to be developed immediately, purchased as a long-term investment or utilized as a gentlemen’s ranch. Read more ...
Mill Creek Homesite Acreage
13.175 acres | $249,000
000 FM 2657 Briggs, TX 78608
(Near 3400 FM 2657 Briggs, TX)
Wooded, 13-acre, recreational homesite property in NE Burnet County near Briggs, TX. ~23 miles south of Killeen and Ft Hood and 20 miles north of Liberty Hill. 
This property is heavily wooded and offers ~270 feet of frontage on Mill Creek and ~300 feet of frontage on FM 2657. Mill Creek has a hard limestone bottom in this area and runs crystal clear water. Electricity is available nearby and the property sits on the Trinity aquifer.
Whitewater Springs – Large Acreage Tract
8.78 acres | $165,000
000 FM 1174 Bertram, TX 78605
(Near 11311 FM 1174)
Large acreage (+-8.78 acres) homesite tract available in the picturesque Whitewater Springs subdivision near Marble Falls, TX. This tract has incredible views of the surrounding hills and rough canyons. It also includes numerous well-maintained oaks, elm and cedar trees. Drainage on the tract has been recently improved and all utilities are available. Includes over 600’ of frontage on FM 1174 and is currently under a 1-d-1 wildlife valuation which keeps the property taxes low.
Hilltop Springs Ranch Tract 1
18.08 acres | $208,000
000 FM 580 Kempner, TX 76539
(Near 12575 FM 580)
Wooded, lightly restricted, recreational/homesite property in Lampasas County near Kempner, TX. Not far from Killeen and Ft Hood, this property offers fantastic long-range views of the rolling hill country terrain. It is part of the Hilltop Springs Ranch subdivision and is currently under a 1-D-1 wildlife appraisal which keeps the taxes low. Includes a stock pond and over 1300’ of frontage on FM 580.  Electricity is available and a water meter and taps were recently installed with Kempner water.  This tract is reasonably priced and won’t last long.
Located ~11 miles North of Kempner, TX and ~28 miles West of Killeen, TX. 
Wildlife: The ranch habitat attracts most of the native Texas wildlife, whitetail deer, wild turkeys, feral hogs, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, mourning and white wing doves, quail and many other native small animals and birds are present on the ranch. 
Grasses and Trees:  Native grasses and trees. Live oaks, cedars and cedar elms are flourishing.
Improvements: Access to municipal water, stock pond, partially fenced. 
El Ranch Escondido
+- 200 acres -- $659,000
Unusual opportunity to purchase a 200-acre fully outfitted turnkey hunting ranch in the rugged and picturesque terrain of southeastern Edwards County. The property is located about 15 miles south and east of Rock Springs, TX in the Cade Draw pasture of Eagle Ridge Ranch. It is ~145 miles west/northwest of San Antonio and 180 miles due west of Austin. The Edwards County airport is located a convenient 10 miles from the ranch.  The terrain is rugged and beautiful at the same time. It has a total relief of some 240 ft. from a high of 2360 ft. above sea level at the top of the high peak to a low of 2120 ft above sea level at the bottom of the canyon. This property is already set up as the perfect hunting getaway and includes everything needed to immediately enjoy everything it has to offer. It has all of the attributes needed for a hunting getaway spot. The property includes a completely furnished two-bedroom, 1 bath cabin with a loft for additional sleeping space. Expansive two-story deck, a fantastic covered pavilion with barbecue pit, smoker, fireplace, cedar table and bench seats, a two story 30’x45’ steel workshop/storage building, tractor w/attachments, ranch truck, Polaris Ranger UTV, five deer stands, five corn feeders, three protein feeders, three alfalfa hay racks, two hog traps and much more.  Read more...
Crystal Creek Ranch
831 high fenced acres | $2,250,000
Crystal Creek is an 831.3-acre high fenced turnkey commercial hunting ranch. The ranch includes an ongoing commercially successful hunting operation that was established in 2005. Located in Kinney County, Texas between Del Rio and Brackettville, approximately 16 miles west of Brackettville and 12 miles east of Del Rio at the end of Mud Creek Road. This area is classic Southwest Texas brush country. The ranch supports significant native wildlife as well as being stocked with numerous exotics. The entire ranch is high fenced and the game are closely managed for quantity and quality in order to maximize the hunting experience. Whitetail deer, turkey and dove hunting are done in season while wild hogs and exotics are hunted year-round.
Mud Creek, also called Crystal Creek because of the clear water and hard bottom, flows through the ranch. It is a tributary to Sycamore Creek and the Rio Grande River. A dam and levee system near the main house create a fantastic 10-acre lake stocked with catfish, largemouth bass, goggle eyed perch and fathead minnows.
The ranch provides Texas hunting at its best and includes hunting for wild hogs, rams and goats, axis deer, blackbuck antelope, fallow deer, sika deer, aoudads, whitetail deer, and turkey. A full-time degreed wildlife biologist and hunting guide lives on the property and will consider working with any new owner to continue the successful operation.
The main house is a 1750-sqft 3-bedroom, 2-bath ranch house originally built in 1936 and remodeled and updated in 2005, with all new windows installed in 2018. The main house area also includes a screened porch, well maintained yard, two car garage/workshop with small living area and bathroom, and carport. This is a perfect home for an owner/operator.
The hunting operation includes a recently renovated 30x 60 two story bunkhouse with kitchen facilities, living and dining area, storage area, washer and dryer, 7-bedrooms, 3-baths and bunk capacity for 15 people which provides lodging for hunting clients and guests. A small 750-sqft cabin provides on-site living quarters for the hunting guide/foreman.
Location: 4969 Mud Creek Road, Brackettville, Texas -- Between Del Rio and Brackettville.  Read more:
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A paved driveway, lined with crepe myrtles, leads to the home which was built in 2009 with typical hill country style - an exterior of Austin stone, open floor plan, vaulted ceilings with crown moulding and cedar beams, Automatic irrigation system keeps the fully matured Zoysia lawn and shrubs green as an oasis. Stone work highlights the pool, spa and outdoor kitchen. Other improvements on the ranch include a metal RV barn / workshop; several outbuildings plus a one room cabin and a fruit tree orchard. Views and huge live oak trees scatted throughout, good grazing for horses, cattle and the native wildlife.
Courtesy of: Jim Berry Hill Country Ranch Sales
Perfect size hunting property tucked in the Llano Hill Country. Only about 7 miles from Castell, TX, this tract has approx. one mile of CR 405 frontage. In an area known for its whitetail deer hunting, this one stands out. Not many opportunities arise to own your own hunting property of this size in this area. Large live oaks and interesting granite outcroppings overlook the wet weather draw that meanders across the property. The ranch is divided into 2 units allowing for livestock rotation if desired. Lots of native cover for whitetail deer, turkey, hogs, and other Hill Country wildlife.
Courtesy of: Joe David Yates and Assoc.
The Homestead Ranch is the perfect turnkey legacy ranch. Exceptionally scenic, this ranch is perfect for entertaining, family gatherings, horseback riding, ATVs, hunting, archery, all types of recreation. And since a portion of the land was once farmed, it could easily be a hobby farm and even a vineyard. Located about forty-five minutes northwest of Austin and three hours from Dallas or Houston, it’s just the place to be for a slower paced, relaxed lifestyle. Offering total privacy, the ranch setting is one of gentle rolling landscape, lush green pastures with stately shade trees and a wet weather creek that runs throughout the property.
Courtesy of: Texas Ranch Brokers, LLC
A true variety of Hill Country topography, terrain, and vegetation. Large granite out-crops, one called "Big Rock," (your very own Enchanted Rock) provides the perfect perch for viewing spectacular Hill Country sunsets. Big oaks throughout especially around the riparian area, also plenty of good cover for wildlife and grass for livestock. The beautiful 3,800 sq.ft. 4 Bed/3 Bath rock home nestled among large granite boulders and outcroppings offers a Hill Country ambiance with modern finishes. The detached barn incorporates a 1000 +/- sq ft game room with a full kitchen, bath, and man cave.
Courtesy of: Joe David Yates and Assoc.
Recent Sales
Gaines Ranch
160 acres -- $319,000
Hunting ranch in the rugged and picturesque terrain of Southeastern Edwards County. The property is located about 15 miles south and east of Rock Springs, TX near the Cade Draw pasture of Eagle Ridge Ranch. It is ~145 miles west/northwest of San Antonio and 180 miles due west of Austin. The Edwards County airport is located a convenient 10 miles from the ranch.  The terrain is rugged and beautiful at the same time with a total relief of some 200 ft. from a high of 2280 ft. above sea level at the top of the highest peak to a low of 2080 ft above sea level at the bottom of the canyon. This rough and rugged property is perfect for a hunting getaway. Native wildlife abounds as well as numerous free roaming exotics. It has all of the attributes needed for a hunting getaway spot. The property includes electricity, water well, long distance shooting range (400 yard and 800 yard). Currently has a 1-D-1 Open Space Agricultural Valuation. The wildlife valuation significantly reduces the property tax burden – 2018 property tax ~ $106. The wildlife plan includes two supplemental wildlife watering systems, one utilizes well water, the other catches and stores rain water.  Cedar has been actively managed and strategically cleared over the years. An additional 200-acre turnkey hunting property, El Rancho Escondido is available for purchase. El Ranch Escondido adjoins the Gaines Ranch on the south side. Read More ....
Althaus Ranch - Sold!
+-1066 acres - $5,500/acre
Opportunity to purchase a very large ranch (+-1066 acres as per appraisal district) in the scenic area between Marble Falls and Burnet, TX. The ranch is located in south eastern Burnet County within an hour’s drive of the Greater Austin area. From the ranch entrance, it is 6 miles to Burnet (population 6355), 11 miles to the Highland Lakes town of Marble Falls (population 6514), 56 miles to downtown Austin and 97 miles to downtown San Antonio. This property has been in the same family for over 100 years and has been a continuous ranching and hunting operation during that time. The property is close to the Highland Lakes area in the Texas Hill Country and near the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. The terrain is rugged and beautiful at the same time with a total relief of some 300 ft from a high of 1480 ft above sea level at the top of the high mesas to a low of 1180 ft above sea level on Hairston Creek and its tributaries. The high points on the property offer many potential building sites with fantastic views of the surrounding rugged and sparsely populated Hill Country area. Hairston Creek and numerous draws, tributaries and springs are all flowing significant volumes of water right now. This property is a diamond in the rough and has many potential uses including continuing with the current ranching and recreational use or alternatively, the property has significant development potential. Read More ..
Canipe Ranch
89 acres | $389,000
89 acre recreational property in Lampasas County near Kempner, TX. Currently used for cattle, bees and recreational hunting.
More info coming soon!
Hood Ranch -- 75 acre recreational property near Kempner, TX. Currently used for raising goats and recreational hunting. The goat herd maintains the agricultural tax exemption and helps keep the cedar growth under control. The property has rolling terrain with some nice draws and views of the surrounding hills. A comfortable 2 bed room / 1 bathroom house makes for an upscale weekend cabin for hunters or family. The cabin has a wraparound porch and a propane stove.
Other improvements include a goat barn with custom feeder and pens with a loading gate and a storage barn.
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