After a brief 50 minute drive from Houston w/ a click of your remote the electric access gate allows you/your guests to enter this ONE-OF-KIND - Casa Bendita (or "Blessed House") Ranch! Enjoy immense beauty of towering Oaks as you wind up the sweeping paved drive thru the lush green country side w/ endless views as far as you can see - it's all yours! Wait till you see the tree lighting! You'll quickly realize what Stephen F Austin also found so endearing! Weekends never felt so good!
You CAN have it all! Closer to Houston than Brenham, Round Top or Chapel Hill, you'll swear you are in the foot hills of the Hill Country rather than minutes from our great Texas Coast! Rolling Hills combine w/ massive (centuries old) Oak trees, covered in Spanish moss towering over the paved driveway and lush green grass leading up to a private retreat like no other! You will marvel at the sloping hillside views in the distance and find it hard to believe you're just minutes from the Beach! WOW!
No expense was spared in constructing this first class boat house! Multi-level sun docks, metal roof, custom lighting, ceiling fans, running water, electrical plugs, fish cleaning table, built-in bench, ladder and steps, extensive bulkhead system, private boat ramp and more! WOW, Will you be fishing, skiing or taking a sight seeing cruises or all of the above? Answer D, all of the above!
Miles and miles of the coveted San Bernard River are at your finger tips! Endless RIVER FUN awaits you and your family, including: scenic evening boat cruises, high speed jet ski fun, pulling the kids skiing or tubing, paddle boarding, kayaks, fishing or simply just hanging out on the River! And if you're up for a little saltwater adventure - head out to the Bay! WOW!
Whether you enjoy water skiing, wake boarding, wake surfing or perhaps a leisurely pontoon boat cruise - you can do it all from your own boat house on the San Bernard River!
From this view you can see the endless sprawling lawn of lush St Augustine grass manicured for family and friend fun!
At night the manicured grounds surrounding the home come alive with beautiful adjustable area and tree lighting. No need for flash lights as they provide the perfect amount of lighting to stroll to one of the 3 different patios, all controlled w/ just a touch of a remote control button! The ideal setting to enjoy the evening breeze or starlit sky!
Looking to get away, then look no more! There's not another neighbor, house, barn or building anywhere in sight no matter where you are on the Ranch! Well maintained trails/roads like this gravel road, called "River Road", wind thru the dramatic sloping hillside from the House and is flanked by towering Live Oaks, leading down to the dense river bottom w/ over a quarter mile of private water front along the live flowing San Bernard River and of course the 3 story newly built Boat House, ramp and toy dock!
An aerial view of some of the lush green pasture land and the dense forest near the River in the distance!
What you can't appreciate in this aerial shot are the endless hill top views and dramatic rolling terrain, for that you must see it in person! AMAZING! But this serene aerial view does show the pond below the lush green hill side, along w/ the beautiful rolling pastures and thick tree lines! NOTE: No other homes, buildings or structures of any sort are anywhere in view no matter where you are on the ranch! Here you can truly escape to the country!
Massive mature Live Oaks galore, scattered around the beautiful compound create the perfect shady spot to sit and read in the cooling breeze or enjoy the endless views of the ranch! Unfortunately, the photo doesn't depict the dramatic rolling terrain that will wow you in person! Gorgeous!
Understated elegance comes to mind as you arrive in the massive circular drive, yet almost instantly the quality and craftsmanship of this Architect's own custom built dream Home is noticeable and appreciated! Mahogany stained screened front porch, copper standing seam roof and gutters, beautiful flowing hardscape of brick/stone inlay walks, patios & planting beds, custom halogen lighting, irrigation and more! Truly ideal for entertaining!
What a wonderful sprawling screened front porch w/ heavy duty mahogany stained wood framing and door, stained Ponderosa Pine bead board ceiling w/ 5 ceiling fans custom lighting, speaker system and more! Its the ideal place to relax and enjoy the views! With a push of the button the automatic storm shutters come down to keep out any unwanted weather. NICE!
Once inside the front door, you will marvel at the long gallery hall, custom art lighting, high ceilings, Portuguese fired tile and worlds of natural light beaming thru the large double pane Pella windows and doors! Handsome stained trim thru out are mix of Ponderosa Pine and Red Oak and can be easily painted if desired!
The spacious Family Room is where everyone likes to hang out - Open to the stylish island Kitchen and wet bar, its easy to see why it's the heart of the Home!
Another view of the warm Family room! Can you see your Family here watching TV, playing cards, working on puzzles or simply just enjoying the Family time?
The Spacious Living Room boasts brilliant recessed and art lighting, Portuguese fired tile floors, an antique marble fireplace w/ stunning views of the Ranch and back yard and features an open flow to the Billiard Room and Dining Room!
The great open flow of the inviting floorplan boasts a flexible design ideal for multiple use! Whether you're looking for a great entertaining Home or a comfortable recreation design for Family, the sprawling layout of this primarily one level Home is perfect! If desired, the beautiful pine trim and molding can also be painted white or any color you choose! Natural light abounds thru full size double pane windows, w/ custom interior blinds, decorative lighting & more! WOW!
The massive Dining Room easily accommodates a large dining set and more! Custom art lighting, 14 inch tile and stunning views!
The spacious Island Kitchen boasts South African marble counters, wet bar w/ ice maker and wine storage, two large pantries, Butler's pantry and buffet and hi-end brand appliances!
From the cheerful window sink w/ Hans Grohe faucet you'll see wildlife, song birds or simply enjoy the beautiful views of the ranch! Note the handmade copper vent hood and pot rack and top of the line appliances including: double Dacor convection ovens, Wolf cook top, Sub Zero fridge.freezer, Bosch dish washer, Sharp built-in convection microwave and more! WOW!
One of the two downstairs Master Suites, this spacious suite boasts a separate sitting area or Den, plus a glass door opening to a private patio! Wait till you see the regal bath and walk-in closet!
Here's the private patio off one of the Master Suites. Will you be having you morning coffee here?
Spacious Programme Martine walk-in closet features a clever pass thru design! Ideal for sharing!
Sprawling marble counter w/ dual under mounted sinks, stain grade job built cabinets, polished nickle fixtures plus a separate tub and shower!
The flexible floorplan boasts another grand Master Suite (down), with a private sitting room or Study that also makes a great extra bedroom as you will see! Note the endless closet space and lavish Master Bath!
Both Master Suites boast separate rooms in an L-shape lay out, ideal for a separate sitting area or to arrange as an extra Bedroom as done here!
No expense was spared to create luxurious master baths. You may be in the heart of the Country, but you'll feel pampered in your upscale bath rivaling any 5 star Hotel! Dual vanities/sinks, wall of mirrors, custom lighting, massive closets, garden tub w/ separate walk-in shower, private water closet and more! NICE!
Another lavish Master Bath, features a large jetted garden tub, separate glass shower, Corian counters w/ dual sinks plus high-end polished nickle hardware and fixtures! Enjoy the views or pull the custom adjustable blinds encased in the double glazed windows! NICE!
This Guest Suite boats in own private in-suite Bath, great closet space, handsome tile, extensive pine woodwork (easily painted if desired) and more! Note the views of the ranch and wildlife thru the custom double pane windows! Beautiful!
Nearly 70 feet long, plus bonus space and a large full bath, the massive upstairs Bunk and Entertainment Space lets kids be kids and and sleeps 12-14 easily in its current configuration! You'll marvel out the over insulated pine floors and raised bead board ceiling. Be sure you check out the kid's favorite "hiding loft"!
The elegant grounds feature lush green St Augustine grass, massive Oak trees providing play space galore and beautiful views from atop the high point of the ranch! The 25 meter pool was designed to enjoy year round and is both heated and chilled! Don't worry, it's all nicely fenced to keep out cattle and horses on other parts of the ranch!
Perfectly placed and designed! The house and lawn enjoy a southern exposure to take full advantage of the prevailing breeze, while the setting sun is shaded by massive trees! As the shadows grow long you simply won't believe the gorgeous sunsets that await!
Thoughtfully designed outdoor entertaining spaces galore! This spacious patio hosts the Texas TV (aka fire pit), iron fire wood holder, irrigated planters and more! Whether cooking s'mores or a fireside party this is perfectly placed not to disrupt others inside or perhaps even enjoying another patio! Well designed!
Want your own water front river paradise? Here it is! Newly built 3 story boat house with electric hoists, multiple docks, private concrete boat ramp and wood bulkhead! Jump in and swim or take the boat or jet skis down river to some of the best water skiing water you'll ever see!
The primarily clay loam soils of the Ranch allow for fertile lush grasses everywhere thru out the 150 acres! Here is a close up the thick improved Bermuda grass, w/ a pear tree orchard in the distance and numerous other types of trees. At the top of the hill is the Red Barn, coral and more!
The beautiful Ranch features several small creeks, ponds, rolling hills, thick forests, river frontage and on and on! Casa Bendita Ranch really does have it all!
A small metal barn is conveniently located near a working coral and livestock shoot, standing fuel tank and more! Ideal for storing tractors, buggies, trailers or what ever you desire!
Another view of the beautiful grounds of Casa Bendita! Note the Spanish Moss blowing in the breeze, wonderful shade, lush green lawn and endless blue skies!
By taking a drive around the ranch you can't help but marvel at it's beauty and diverse countryside and perhaps you'll even see what the great Stephen F Austin also saw in the special land, as he was the first owner of record! Here's your chance to own some Texas History!
Early Spring signals that it's time for the budding Pecan Trees to start their annual bloom of new leaves! Thru out the bottomland near the river, the Ranch hosts a wonderful assortment of mature trees including Hackberries, Magnolias, numerous types of Oak Trees, Pecans, Pears and more! Yet even w/ all the trees good grasses still thrive providing excellent grazing for cattle, horses and other wildlife!
Early Spring signals that it's time for the budding Pecan Trees to start their annual bloom of new leaves! Thru out the bottomland near the river, the Ranch hosts a wonderful assortment of mature trees including Hackberries, Magnolias, various types of Oaks, Pecans, Peach and more! Yet even w/ all the trees good grasses still thrive providing excellent grazing for cattle, horses and other wildlife!
The ranch holds an endless variety of wildlife including whitetail deer, wild hogs, birds of prey, turkey, doves, water fowl, predators and more! Whether the kids or guests are hunting their first Buck or you simply enjoy watching the wildlife (like this recently born fawn), Casa Bendita is Home to an abundance of Texas wildlife!
A healthy friendly heard of cattle has plenty of grass land w/ improved Bermuda (Alicia) grasses plus hay production and proper fencing and coral pens ideal for horses and cattle! They'll also eat out of your hands! Aww!
Solidly constructed of coveted Bayou City brick(on all sides), plus double pane Pella windows and doors w/ automatic Rollack storm shutters, standing seam copper double locked roof w/ 6 inch copper gutters this home was engineered and built-in to last!
Right outside the Kitchen doors is this spacious patio w/ landscaped beds and views of the ranch! The perfect spot for grilling, boiling crawfish, shrimp or crabs, or simply just hanging out.
Hard to believe all of this and your still only 20 minutes or so from the beautiful Texas Coast! Maybe you'll take a quick day trip to the Surfside Beach or some other easy access beach! Have fun!
You might decide to venture into West Columbia to check out some of the local hot spots, shops, food trucks, boutiques, eateries and more! And not to worry, we also have the creature comforts of an HEB, Walgreens and other essential commerce!
An aerial view of the front lawn gives you some idea of the private surroundings and 360 degree views of nothing but nature in every direction! Are you ready to escape to a peaceful paradise, or host friends and family making lifetime memories? Talk about the ideal spot to "shelter in place"!