Extraordinary self-sustaining Hill Country ranch hits the market for … – CultureMap Austin

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A glorious and spacious Hill Country ranch fully equipped for off-the-grid living has landed on the market with a grand $8.75 million price tag.
The Lonesome Valley Ranch, located at 1430 Gibson-Best Rd. in Hye, sits behind a gated entrance on a short road for ultimate privacy. Past the gate is 260-plus acres of land, a one-acre pond, and four fully-furnished buildings ready to accommodate large gatherings or events.
The single-story main residence has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, while the two-story "barndominium" serves as a three-bedroom, three-bathroom bunkhouse and saloon. The bunkroom includes 10 bunk beds, so it's perfect for large groups. Both homes have wrap-around porches, extensive outdoor living spaces, and 360 degrees of Hill Country views.

Overlooking the pond is a two-bedroom, one-bathroom cabin with a connected 40-foot pier for guests to try their hand at fishing or take a dip in the water. Also within the pond is an anchored dock and a fountain.
The fourth building on the ranch, hidden among the woods, is an equipment barn and workshop with a loft, apartment, and caretaker's residence.
The ranch is fully capable of operating off-the-grid thanks to an extensive solar system, several backup generators, a deep water well, a supplementary 100,000 gallons of rainwater collection, a propane capacity of 4,000 gallons, and much more.

Lonesome Valley Ranch is truly an entertainer's paradise. With the benefit of having no restrictions, the next owners could choose to Airbnb the bunkhouse, host special events or corporate retreats, and more. According to the listing, the property could generate $200,000 to $300,000 yearly for the next owners, while still operating as a family compound.
Photo courtesy of DMTX Realty Group
Lonesome Valley Ranch is located in Hye, Texas.
Thanks to the seller's intentional preservation of the heavily-wooded areas of the property, there is an abundance of wildlife suitable for hunting. Other outdoor amenities provided include an NBA-sized basketball court, a tennis court, and a pickleball court.

The property is also neighbored by the award-winning William Chris Vineyards and Garrison Brother's Distillery. The ranch is an easy 20 minute drive from Fredericksburg, and an hour's drive from Austin.
David Murray from DMTX Realty Group holds the listing. More information about the ranch can be found on dmtx.com.
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Housing markets may be stabilizing in most areas of Texas, but there's one sector that's still booming. A new housing report by RubyHome Luxury Real Estate has revealed that Texas leads the nation with the highest new home construction rate.
The study examined property data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2022 American Community Survey, including the number of occupied properties and the number of homes built between 2010 and 2022.
Nearly a quarter (22.5 percent) of all occupied housing units in the Lone Star State have been built since 2010, the report found. That adds up to nearly 2.5 million homes out of a total 11 million-plus in the state.

Texas' fast new home construction rate was predictable, as the state had gained the most new residents between 2000 and 2022, according to a RubyHome spokesperson. That's another trend that doesn't appear to be slowing down in Texas, or in Austin for that matter.
"Residents of Texas are more likely to live in a new, modern property than any other state across the country," the report said.
Austin has its own reputation for being the Texas city with the seventh highest new home construction rate in 2023, with more than 11,000 new home permits issued as of June, including more than 4,800 single-family home permits.

For comparison, there were about 131.2 million recorded occupied households in the U.S., according to the 2022 Census survey. More than 15.7 million of those homes were constructed since 2010, which is nearly 12 percent of the homes across the country.
North Dakota fell behind Texas in No. 2, with less than 69,000 out of a total 331,481 homes built within the same time frame. New construction homes made up less than 20.74 percent of all of the housing stock in the midwestern state.
The top 10 states with the highest new home construction rates are:

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