- County: Washington
- Address: 5255 Ganske Road
- Zip: 77835
- Type: Horse Property, Recreational Property, Residential Property
- City: Burton
- Price: $3,795,000
- Acres: 120
- State/Zip: Texas 77835
- Beds: 4
- Status: Available
- Baths: 4
Independence Ranch is a spectacular horse farm located less than 8 miles northwest of Brenham. The property is well groomed open farmland with see-forever views in every direction. With excellent hay production and wonderful amenities, this ranch is a true gem and presents a rare opportunity in the Burton area of Washington County. The improvements are centrally located on the property, which has been a working cattle farm in past and is currently a working equestrian ranch. It is the home to Independence Foxhounds which was established in 2004 and has been a fabulous facility for the training and exercise of horses and hounds for the past 18 years.
Topography, rangeland & habitat: Sitting on one of the highest points of Washington County, the property rolls and drains well. With improved hay pastures and rolling hills, the land is easily navigated with room to graze cattle or gallop horses up and down the terrain.
Improvements: The main house (completed in 2004) is 4,500 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths and one powder room and a bunk room above the game room that can sleep many. It has a beautiful covered front porch, an enclosed rear porch for outdoor dining, a stone-decked pool, and a large stone patio with a fire pit for stargazing.
The guest house (completed in 2007) is 3,200 sq. ft. and has 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. It has a large sitting and entertainment area with an adjacent but separate gym, luxury kitchen and a 3-car garage with a fully equipped workshop in an adjoining room. Originally built to enclose a dairy operation, the house has solid concrete walls throughout most of its area and expanded foam insulation, making it highly efficient to heat and cool. This house is attached to a 150 ft X 80 ft clear span covered arena. This area is currently used for equipment storage, but the views are endless and could easily be an indoor arena, a pickleball court or an extraordinary party barn with 360-degree views.
The third house (for staff or additional guests) was completed in 2009, is 1,200 sq. ft. and sits under 2 majestic oaks. It features two bedrooms, one bath, a large sitting area, a full kitchen with dining room and laundry room. A standby emergency generator serves this house and the well pump house which is located near the barn. The house was built with insulated concrete and steel forms with a stone exterior, making the walls 16 thick and very efficient.
There is also a 16-stall barn, wash racks and a 20 X 15 tack room with great ventilation and always a breeze for the horses. The 3,000 sq ft kennel is just down the hill and great for dogs or could be easily converted to another barn or storage facility. The kennels has its own bathrooms and septic system. There are 16 board-fenced paddocks with water and walk-in sheds for each horse, and a professionally designed cross country jumping course around the property for 3-day event training and galloping the horses, hounds or kids! There is hay storage in a purpose-built hay barn adjacent to the guest house.
The main house has county water and the other two houses, barns and pond use 2 high-flow wells. Each house has its own septic system.
There is a 1-acre pond at the back of the property with big trees creating shady banks for afternoon fishing and a skeet shooting area behind the pond.
There are no minerals with the property and the surface is protected.
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