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Texas Quarterly Commercial Report
Luis B. Torres, Harold D. Hunt, Clare Losey, Garret Newman, and Brynn Martin (Mar 16, 2021)
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Fourth Quarter 2020

Labor-market conditions deteriorated compared with strong 2019 levels. Layoffs could have been worse if not for federal loans to small businesses that incentivized employee retention. One of the few bright spots, Texas' housing market boomed with record sales amid historically low interest rates, although depleted inventory is a significant headwind in 2021. The nature of the pandemic-induced recession this year, however, suggests a silver lining. If the virus is contained through vaccinations, immunity, and continued measures to prevent the spread of the disease (e.g., social distancing, mask wearing), economic activity and mobility may recover to pre-pandemic levels in the short-term. For additional commentary and statistics, see the Texas Real Estate Research Center's Outlook for the Texas Economy.
Long considered a smart investment, rural land became even more appealing in the turbulence of 2020.
As the old saying goes, ‘They’re not making any more of it,’ but this past year really highlighted the value of having a place to get away from it all,” said Brandon Bownds, owner-broker of Bownds Ranches in Utopia. “It’s an investment that brings peace of mind and enjoyment as well as tax benefits and a strong return on investment.”
Recently, the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers released its annual Texas Rural Land Trends report. According to the report, 2019 rural land prices in Texas were up year-over-year by 6.94 percent despite a weaker oil and gas economy. Although the volume of 2019 land sales was less than that of 2018, the dollar volume increased by 12.09 percent to $1.4 billion.
While statistics aren’t available yet for 2020, anecdotally it was a record-breaking year.”
While statistics aren’t available yet for 2020, anecdotally it was a record-breaking year.
“2020 was as busy as any year I remember—and 2021 doesn’t show any signs of slowing down,” Bownds said. 
Currently, inventory is tight. Buyers are anxiously waiting to purchase a suitable property when it becomes available. In several instances, Bownds has sold multi-million-dollar ranches before he’s even had a chance to have photos taken. A limited inventory means that buyers don’t have the luxury of long deliberations.
“In this market, if you see something you like, jump on it,” Bownds said. “It may not be there tomorrow.”
Many first-time land investors are flocking to the marketplace as part of the current land rush.
“Like any investment, purchasing land has its own nuances, so it’s important that buyers work with a trusted professional,” Bownds said. “Decades of hands-on experience, like I’ve earned, can help showcase opportunities and avoid pitfalls. 
Our Hill Country Land Listings
Sycamore Falls Ranch
3050 Sycamore Falls Way, Marble Falls, TX 78654
103.89 acres
Price - $1,990,000
 
Description: ~104-acre turnkey recreational ranch located just north and west of Austin and east of Marble Falls in the Ranches of Sycamore Falls Estates. Located in the rugged Balcones Canyonlands with dramatic long-range views and large elevation changes across the property. The ranch includes everything needed for a large family gathering place (sleeps up to 20 people) or a long-term private residence. Includes a custom home, detached 3 car garage with storage and extra bedroom, guest house, large equipment storage building and workshop, swimming pool with spa and two stock ponds. This property is set up as the perfect getaway location and includes everything needed to immediately enjoy everything it has to offer. The property sale includes some furnishings in the house, guest house and garage apartment, deer feeders, fish feeder, hunting blinds, tripod stands, two Kubota tractors w/attachments and Kubota skid steer w/numerous attachments, a John Deere Gator and a 4 seat Kawasaki Mule. The current owners have done a fantastic job of updating, maintaining and improving the property. If you are looking for a well maintained, private turnkey recreational ranch with long range views, lots of native wildlife and plenty of room to roam, you do not want to miss this opportunity.
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Lee County Acreage and Custom Home and Barn
1674 CR 119 Giddings, TX
~60 acres, fenced and cross fenced w/frontage on Nails Creek
List Price - $825,000
59.90 acres of beautiful open and rolling land located 8 miles north of Giddings, Texas. Just off FM 141 on paved CR 119. This property features a gorgeous, custom built two bedroom two and one half bath rock home loaded with custom features. Located on the ground floor are two spacious masters each with private bathrooms and walk in closets, a half bath for visitors, spacious utility room with additional countertop and storage areas, walk-in butlers pantry with built-in countertop and custom storage space and an open concept living, dining and kitchen areas surrounded by walls of windows which provide a beautiful view. The living area includes custom corner built-in entertainment center and vaulted ceiling extending to 17 feet. The kitchen includes a U-shaped bar/counter with seating on three sides, stainless steel appliances including double oven and bonus food prep/countertop areas and space for a formal dining area if desired. Located just off the dining area to the rear of the home is a covered patio for outdoor entertaining as well as access to an outdoor rock fireplace perfect for enjoying a chilly evening or roasting marshmallows or making Smores.
Buyers Representative
Courtesy of Westfall Real Estate
Canyon Lake Estate
1180 Purple Sage, Canyon Lake, TX 78133
Unrestricted ~3.4 acre Estate in Comal County
List price - $950,000

3.4-acre, unrestricted, oak covered estate currently available in the picturesque north Canyon Lake area. This estate includes a ~2400 sqft custom home, detached garage, small guest house, 700 sqft commercial grade office space, ~1800 sqft commercial grade winery building and all wine making equipment, custom greenhouse, vineyard, irrigation system, two water wells and much more.
The estate is completely enclosed and self-contained with a 6’ security fence and two automatic gates. Located just north of Canyon Lake.
The grounds include several ancient oak trees around the house as well as many other trees and ornamental bushes that create a sense of privacy.

This property has unrestricted possibilities. It includes everything needed to be developed into a commercial winery, or it can be used for other commercial purposes or just as a personal home, office and workspace.
  • Main House: Two story ~2400 sqft custom rock house built in 1985, three bedroom, 2 ½ baths, gourmet kitchen and lots of storage. Covered front and back porches with a unique outdoor BBQ pit built into the fireplace.
  • Detached two car garage with storage space.
  • Guest House: ~400 sqft modular guest house.
  • Commercial grade winery building: two story commercial grade building complete with wine making equipment and set up to process grapes and produce wine.
  • Office Space: standalone, 700 sqft office space complete with small parking area.

This estate is centrally located just North of Canyon Lake, 30 minutes to San Marcos, TX, 37 minutes to New Braunfels, 1 hour to downtown San Antonio and 1 hour to downtown Austin.
Featured Hill Country Land Listings
Undeniably one of the best panoramic views in the Hill Country on this 12 acre tract in the desirable development of Stone Mountain. Easily accessible to Marble Falls, Burnet and Kingsland, this is a rare find for a spot to build your dream home with land to spare! The top of the property has plenty of cleared open space for a building site plus a walkable wooded area leading down to a beautiful spring fed creek that runs through the property on the lower level. Stone Mountain, a beautiful gated community offers its own water system, underground utilities and ribbon curbed paved streets throughout. All of this tucked in the tranquil Hill Country, just 10 miles from Marble Falls and only 45 miles from Austin.
Courtesy of: Dale Brown Properties, LLC
The Two Sisters Ranch is a true, turn-key ranching experience located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. This 95.72 acre property has been meticulously improved and maintained and is now available to for lucky buyer! The ranch features highly productive Willman Love Grass and Coastal Hay fields, perfect for those who love tall green grass for cattle and horses. The fertile soil of these well established fields make for great hay production and grazing. The ranch also has good tree and brush cover for hunting and is home to whitetail, black buck antelope, dove and turkey. Like to fish? There's a tank stocked with bass and catfish!
Courtesy of: Jesse James Real Estate
Amazing 52+ acre ranch 15 minutes East of Marble Falls and 35 minutes West of Cedar Park with NO restrictions! This respected Hill Country property is currently used for wedding/event venues, corporate retreats, and family vacations. 6,500 sf barndominium (offices or living quarters & 3,000 sf event barn); 4,143 sf house 5 bedroom 3 bathroom with 6,000 sf deck & fabulous views; 2,784 sf house 3 bedroom 2 bathroom; most furniture conveys with few exclusions; 30’x40’ tractor barn; workshop; rustic cabin; 3 wells; 3 septics; wet weather creek with waterfalls; and, so much more! Ask for full list of features.
Courtesy of: Texas Brokers Realty, LLC
Tremendous property with a wonderful location and fabulous Hill Country views including picture perfect looks at Sharp and Sandstone Mountains! The main home has too many features to list but is not pretentious in any way and brings feelings of comfort and relaxation when you enter. The spaciousness of the home and property are just begging for guests to come and help you enjoy the pool, game room, built in outdoor kitchen, and fishing in the tanks on the property. The primary bedroom is quite large and has it's own walkout to the east porch. Lots of great storage in the entire home with a nice walk in closet off of the primary bedroom's.
Courtesy of: Frosty Miller Ranch Realty, Inc
Recent Sales
San Gabriel Estates Custom Home and Barn
201 Nordic Ridge, Bertram, TX
~76 acres, fenced and cross fenced
List Price - $1,200,000
Horse lovers dream! Beautiful custom home situated on 76 acres of rolling hills and breath taking views. This property as it all: Horse stables, John Lyons round pen, chicken coop, stock tank, electric gate and a wet weather creek. The home comes fully furnished so just pack your bag and enjoy your new paradise!
Buyers Representative
Courtesy of Mcallister and Associates
Sparerib Estates Home and Acreage
403 Sparerib Road, Marble Falls, TX
~25 acres, Home and Stables
List price - $699,000

24.87-acre horse property is now available in the scenic area just 5 miles North and West of Marble Falls, TX. This property includes a ~2484 sqft home, five stall horse barn, two storage buildings, loafing shed, horse fencing and a carport. 
The house and 4.39 acres are located in Sparerib Estates with light restrictions and a $50/year POA road maintenance fee. The remaining contiguous 20.48 acres is located in Tobyville Acres which has a slightly different set of restrictions. The property is fenced and cross fenced, mostly with a horse friendly pipe fence with some slick wire in the back of the property. Sparerib Creek runs thru the southern edge of the property. 
The grounds include several nice oak trees around the house, a water well and a recently updated septic system.
·        Main House: Two story ~2484 sqft house built in 1985, three bedroom (two down and one up), two full baths, covered front and back porches, woodburning stove in the living room, brick fireplace in the master bedroom. The house needs some finishing work and TLC.
·        Five stall horse barn with paddocks for each stall.
·        Loafing shed.
·        Carport for 2 vehicles.
·        Completely fenced and cross fenced – horse friendly pipe fencing in front and slick wire in the back.
There is additional paved road frontage on Fieldcrest Drive on the East side of the property.
Property nicely located ~5 miles North and West of Marble Falls, 54 miles to downtown Austin and 92 miles due North of San Antonio.  
Lake Travis Waterfront
20200 Thurman Bend Road, Spicewood, TX
~11 waterfront acres
List price - $1,850,000
~11+ Acres of Fabulous, Lake Travis Waterfront property with Multiple Building Sites, all with Lake Views.
Provides ~374 feet of Lake Travis Waterfront.
Currently two platted waterfront lots being sold as one property with potential for a private boat dock.
Located in the Thurman Bend Estates Gated Subdivision (27 parcels) with community boat ramp and swimming platform.
This unimproved tract has two lots (26A - Tx ID 457830 is 5.87 acres with 204 feet of waterfront and 26B - Tx ID 457829 is 5.31 acres with 170 feet of waterfront).
In the boundaries of the exemplary Lake Travis School District with a good tax rate.
Close to Bee Cave Galleria Shopping and Restaurants.
Only 30 miles to downtown Austin and within 1 hour to Austin International Airport.
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