Interested in buying a ranch? Look below the Surface


Many Texans dream of owning a ranch or a country home. Gorgeous sunsets, discovering wildlife, fishing at your very own pond; it can all be yours with a little help. Before you buy, ask an experienced real estate associate what’s underneath it all.

Brian Smith,
Dave Perry-Miller & Associates’
“Country Connection”

“Knowing what type of soil you have is the basis of making intelligent decisions when buying a ranch or land in the country. The first question I ask is ‘What’s your use? Recreation, wildlife preservation, or a working cattle ranch?’ You have to have the right soil for the right use,” said Brian Smith, the “country connection” at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.

Be sure the land you are interested in will work for you. If you plan to build a lake, will the soil hold water? Is there a sufficient amount of watershed? What soils and plants are conducive to feed, support and attract wildlife or livestock? How many head will the property support (carrying capacity) before you have to buy supplemental feed?

“We are so fortunate to have Brian Smith at the reins, “said Bud Bush, General Manager of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. “For more than 35 years, Brian has specialized in rural property.”

Last spring, Brian Smith, already an Accredited Land Consultant and Certified International Property Specialist, and his family were recognized by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. They received the 2011 Lone Star Land Steward Award for the conservation work done on their Trinity Bluff Wildlife Ranch in Navarro County.

“Removing livestock, prescribed burning, disking, mowing, and planting native seed are some of the methods used on the ranch to improve native plant diversity,” Smith says. They also have worked with the East Texas Wetlands Project and Ducks Unlimited to construct a 20-acre wetland in the Trinity River bottom that captures floodwaters and attracts waterfowl, wading birds and shorebirds.

Smith believes good land is rich with wildlife and his ranch serves as an example to other land-owners of how good stewardship can help. “Many of our younger buyers have the same objective for their families, which is rewarding to see,” Smiths says.

Today, many Texas ranches offer more than just a piece of the “great outdoors”. One example is a Dave Perry-Miller & Associates listing on 1555 SW Highway 34, in Italy, Texas. It is a historic Texas ranch 45 minutes from downtown Dallas with luxury amenities and retreat appeal. Over 550 acres of rolling hills accented by two wooded creeks, a 5,376 square foot luxury ranch home, 1,700 square feet of outdoor living space with dual pools, large guest quarters, multiple barns, foreman’s house, softball field—even a covered bridge!  “It has a bit of history, 365 beautiful sunsets, and it’s a whole lot of fun,” remarked listing agent Dana Whitehead Riggs. For details call Ms. Riggs at 214-369-6000.

1555 State Hwy 34
Italy, TX 76651
$5,000,000
1555 State Hwy 34
Italy, TX 76651
$5,000,000


Another example, listed by Smith, is a gorgeous piece of Texas – a 1300 acre, high fenced wildlife ranch in Henderson County. Among the many amenities there are majestic views along the Trinity River and a stately log cabin style residence. Offered at $4,395,000. For more information contact Brian Smith at 972 588 8300 or visit www.countryconnection.com.

12005 County Road 2140
Kemp, TX 75143
$4,395,000
12005 County Road 2140
Kemp, TX 75143
$4,395,000

“My experience has given me the knowledge and confidence to properly represent my sellers and make sure my buyer clients find the right property for their intended use,” Brian concluded.

For more information, please visit our website for a complete list of our listings, www.daveperrymiller.com.

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