Northrup Pipe Creek Ranch is a rare opportunity to own a large Texas Hill Country ranch with true year around live water, unique features of nature and privacy all within 35 minutes from San Antonio. This 5000 +/- acre property has been owned by one family for over 80 years and is rich with history. The Northrup Pipe Creek Ranch is uniquely located in the geographic transition area between the rugged Hill Country and the Medina River valley. Ranching and nature come together here, with areas of wildlife habitat and multiple creeks and springs, combined with agricultural areas defined by improved pastures and fallow fields. The ranch name comes from the year around spring fed Pipe Creek and the Family who has owned and operated the ranch since the early 1930’s.
Located 6 miles west of Boerne, and 25 miles northwest of San Antonio, the Northrup Pipe Creek Ranch is easily accessed from Boerne Stage Air Field Jet port or the Kerrville City Municipal Jet port. Barely 10 miles from Bandera, the Cowboy Capital of the World, the ranch is only 35 minutes from San Antonio or 1.5 hours from Austin. This is the perfect combination of hill country charm with convenient fine dining, shopping, medical and grocery.
This extraordinary property includes paved access off of State HWY 16 and is bounded on three sides by over 6,000 acres of privately owned large ranches. Pipe Creek Ranch is also located adjacent to an additional three thousand acres of permanently protected State Wilderness Area known as the 3K’s, which provides protected vistas and ensures future privacy to the entire eastern boundary of the ranch.
Elevation, Topography, Soils and Foliage:
Northrup Pipe Creek Ranch is located on the southern escarpment of the Texas Hill Country, where the hills rise out of the Medina River Valley in dramatic fashion. The main valley is flanked on both sides by 1100-1900 foot plus ridges. Starting with sloping elevation and culminating steeply at the ridge, the ridge roads have spectacular views of the property, the Medina River Valley and the 3Ks State Nature Area. There are more than 800 vertical feet of topography change within the property.
The majority of the soils are comprised of various Eckrant rock with mixed clays throughout.
The rich variety of native forest and shrubs that envelop these hills provide habitat for a wide diversity of songbirds, game and many types of native flora and fauna.
A sample of some of the foliage this property includes are: piñon pine, Texas madrona, juniper, bluestem grass, yucca, wild garlic, pecan, walnut, red oak, live oak, Spanish oak, cedar, fig tree, sycamore, pear, Texas redbud, Texas bluebonnet, mesquite, maple, prickly pear, crape myrtle, morning-glory, cypress, wild petunia, Indian paintbrush, Texas sage, Indian blanket and Black-eyed Susan.
The ranch encompasses 4.4 miles of spring-fed Pipe Creek. This creek valley is one of the ranch’s defining features, winding through limestone bottomed pools and fern covered grottos into two large lakes. The northern-most boundary of the ranch offers a dramatic bluff with over a half a mile of spring-fed Bear Creek. The southern portion of the ranch holds the spring & head waters of Red Bluff creek which provides year around water for a 2ac lake before continuing on into the State Natural Area. The majority of the ranch topography acts as one large watershed collecting rainfall and channeling it to the various lakes and ponds. History shows that a good 5”+ rain will continue to seep water from certain limestone formations throughout the ranch for as many as six months thereafter. Whether swimming in deep pools or fishing in the 4 main lakes, multiple access points to the water are offered.
Habitat and Wildlife:
The ranch is framed by limestone walls, burgeoning Sycamores, and Live Oaks. Huge century Live Oaks line this water resources, creating a riparian habitat that is perfect for trails, hiking, and wildlife. Wildlife includes a healthy population of white-tailed deer, turkey and dove. Various exotic species are sporadically spotted throughout the ranch, including some elk. Predator species and hogs provide additional year around hunting opportunities. The ranch has run a Texas Parks and Wildlife - supervised management hunt program for the last 10 years with significant increase in herd quality.
Improvements, Structures and Roads:
The ranch has over 14 miles of 8’ game fencing on the perimeter electric gate cross fencing throughout the interior for rotational grazing. 1.5 miles of paved road runs from the entrance to the ranch headquarters to the houses and barns. The headquarters of Northrup Ranch consist of a native river rock house designed and built in the 1980s by the owners. The complex features agricultural working pens barns and a guest cabin. The manager house lies within sight of the main complex and adjoins the equipment barn with an employee apartment. An extensive water distribution system has been installed on the north ridge of the property with storage tanks and well to service livestock and wildlife needs. Two more deep-drilled wells and storage tanks in the main valley service the houses and pens.
Improvements on housing include:
Main house, “Creek House”, 2,884 square foot, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. River stone home with copper standing seam roof and large 1,844 square foot Saltillo tile patio with a walkway down to the creek. Long leaf pine windowed high ceiling living room with creek views and a large river stone fireplace. A 2-bay finished garage and 800 square foot guest house.
Historic Hill Lodge. Built in 1910, this 2,564-square foot, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bath with 800 sq/ft patio has incredible charm of an old hill country hunting lodge with dramatic views of the entire ranch. The Hill Lodge also has a 2-bay garage and housekeeper’s quarters.
Foreman’s House. 1,700 square foot, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath with covered parking.
Events Pavilion overlooking the second lake. Dressing room with covered patio and full guest facilities.
Barns and Ranch Operations. Pipe livestock work pens with hay barn and tack room with outside pipe runs. Equipment barn-300 square feet with tool room and concrete work area. Various sheds and outbuildings.
Excellent working pipe pens and several improved pastures.
Hunters’ Camp. Piped water, electricity and trailer hook-ups with rustic cabin.
During the Northrup's family’s tenured management and protection of the property, the ranch has been involved with numerous conservation programs including the riparian conservation program, invasive brush management and has earned Organic USDA certification as a land holding. These programs represent an extensive and deliberate stewardship of the land towards a carefully-designed Conservation Development Plan which embraces the natural resources and the amazing beauty.
The ranch has been reviewed with an engineering and development team and a parcelization and development plan has been established should a new owner seek to develop or maximize the sub-dividable potential. The designed ranch tracts aim to build upon the economic potential of the ranch while embracing its ecological function and beauty. Preliminary site plans are available for review by qualified prospects.
Minerals and Production:
A significant portion of the mineral rights and all of the surface and executive rights related to any minerals are owned by the seller. A portion of these will transfer with a qualified offer. Please contact broker for additional details. There is currently no production on the ranch.
The property is under a wildlife management tax exemption program.
This ranch is being offered For Sale and is Exclusively Listed by Tyler Thomas and Bernard Uechtritz of Icon Global Group with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Buyer’s broker must be identified on first contact, and must accompany buying prospect on first showing to be allowed full fee participation. If this condition is not met, fee participation will be at sole discretion of Listing Broker. Prospects will be required to provide proof of funds prior to scheduling a showing.