Do you ever catch yourself dreaming of the rolling pastures of Central Texas, catching the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair?
These five luxurious ranch houses will make you want to invest the millions they cost to be surrounded by Texas' beautiful Hill Country flora. Each one of these countryside villas is within an hour of Austin and on the market.
17301 Flintrock Road | 28 acres | $6,500,000
This six-bedroom, eight-and-a-half-bathroom cabin-like estate has views and wood paneling for days. The 11,000 square foot "Colorado style Mountain Lodge" blends in seamlessly with the surrounding Lakeway nature and lies outside of Austin city limits, for utmost privacy. Wraparound decks and porches let you take in the view of the luscious Hill Country from above the treetops and the outdoor firepit lets you take it in from inside the trunks. This gated space is massive and waiting for a new owner to bring it back to life.
11949 Escarpment Blvd. | 20.5 acres | $4,900,000
Down by Circle C Ranch, a sprawling four-bedroom, five-bathroom estate gives you the privacy and perks of the countryside without removing you from the city. With a 20.59 acre lot and a 4,529 square foot home, you won't be confined to the cooped-up real estate in the city, but since it's only a 15-minute drive to Lady Bird Lake, you'll never be too far away. Rustic stone finishes and exposed wood accents give the house that familiar Texas feeling, while the white cabinetry and enormous windows keep it modern, plus it gives the option to overlook your pool and firepit. Just a few steps away from the main house are a guest house, greenhouse, fruit orchard, raised garden and barn. Play your cards right and you might never have to leave.
300 Thomassen Ranch Road | 45.5 acres | $4,500,000
This secluded Dripping Springs ranch house has everything Central Texas has to offer, from proximity to the Hill Country wine trail to the shroud of greenery that keeps this property so elusive. Each of the five bedrooms has a bathroom to match on the 5052 square foot property. The outdoor pool and corresponding jacuzzi are comfortably situated near a covered veranda and kitchen, ideal for entertaining guests, plus over 2,500 square feet of outdoor living space, for those who just can't get enough of Texas nature. Trees are spotted all over the property and a fenced-in pasture nearby will support livestock or horses, if you so choose. If that isn't enough, the barn onsite can be used as a workshop and the property comes with its own basketball court.
488 Shovel Mountain Road | 172.5 acres | $4,400,000
This home is built for the true rancher, so don't move in without your farm animal friends in tow. Light-colored walls juxtaposed with dark cabinetry, exposed wood beams and tasteful wood paneled accents characterize this home, which sits on 3,727 square feet of gated property. The open floor plan supports four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms plus an outdoor covered kitchen with space to keep guests. The real beauty of this house is the capacity to keep animals, with a massive 11,000 square foot livestock show barn, because your animals deserve only the best, complete with grooming stations, pens, feed storage and a vet room. With three ponds and two wells on the property, the proliferation of land leaves so many opportunities to farm, ranch, graze and grow.
Sanctuary Cellars 14145 Bear Creek Pass | 5.5 acres | $3,695,000
This modern ranch house is the perfect place to start your hobby farm without deviating from a life of luxury. You don't have to leave your Austin lifestyle behind since the house sits only 20 minutes away from downtown but 5,300 square feet, six bedrooms and five bathrooms allow you to claim some space. Clean lines, white walls and simple fixtures give this home a timeless look, and the wildflowers surrounding the property keep it looking vibrant. A Napa-style pool overlooks a Spanish Tempranillo vineyard and equestrian barn to either raise horses or turn into an entertainer's dream venue.
Who said country living couldn't be glamorous?
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Austin's Delta 8 industry has been turned on its head after Texas health officials clarified that the cannabinoid is on the state list of illegal substances, though it was previously believed to be legal by most retailers, consumers and manufacturers.
House Bill 1325, which was signed in June 2019 by Gov. Greg Abbott, and the Farm Bill, signed into law by former President Donald Trump in 2018, legalized any hemp product containing less than .3% THC. The same bills were thought to have made Delta 8 legal, though the Texas Department of State Health Services added a notice on its website saying it was still a controlled substance as of Friday, Oct. 15.
Both the federal and state governments keep separate lists on what is considered a controlled substance. Marijuana is considered Schedule I, a category reserved for substances with "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse," both statewide and federally.
Austin-based CBD retailer Grassroots Harvest CEO Kemal Whyte, like many CBD shop retailers, was blindsided by the announcement. Many small businesses rely on Delta 8 for their sales—Green Herbal Care CBD said about 90% of its sales come from Delta 8—and Whyte said he is frustrated by the inconsistencies in the drug scheduling system.
Since 87% of Texans support the legalization of marijuana, at least for medical use, per a recent poll, Whyte said he wonders who this legislation is for.
"It's gonna have a massive impact on small businesses—there's just no way around it," Whyte said. "The reality is, we don't want to push out anything bad for our customers, we want this to benefit our customers and to help them. If we can make money while doing it, that's the American dream. What are we doing, whose benefit is this for?"
Delta 8 surged in popularity after the perceived legalization—consumers enjoyed its lower psychotropic potency, decreased anxiety while using it and the peace of mind as a legal way to get high. So in order to protect their products and livelihoods, both Grassroots Harvest and Austin-based manufacturer Hometown Heroes are taking legal action.
Whyte said Grassroots Harvest is suing DSHS, saying their action is creating negative effects in the market. Meanwhile, a Hometown Heroes spokesperson said the company is in the process of filing a temporary restraining order that would pause the ban on Delta-8 in the state of Texas.
Threats against Delta 8 are not new—DSHS lost a lawsuit trying to make "smokable hemp products" illegal last year and Texas lawmakers had been considering a bill that would make Delta 8 illegal, though it was dropped after the clarification was made.
Hometown Heroes released a formal statement in response to the DSHS rule.
"I need to be clear—we love Texas, we're just choosing to fight for the will of the people in regards to cannabis in Texas," Hometown Hero CEO Lukas Gilkey said in a statement. "(Texas DSHS) are using backhanded ways to create legislation and go against the will of the people."
Whyte laments the fact that it would be easier legally to "open up a strip club that also sells guns," and said he can't post customer testimonials that mention the benefits of Delta 8 without getting hit with a cease and desist from the Food and Drug Administration. Whyte said he isn't opposed to regulation—far from it—he just wants to see it go through the correct channels.
"The fact that they're stunting our ability to communicate with our clients that want to learn about this, you're preventing us from communicating with them and teaching them, or spreading information that we know," Whyte said. "I think that that in and of itself opens up a lot of questions."
Grassroots Harvest still has Delta 8 products on its shelves for the time being but for how long, Whyte doesn't know.
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Austin Public Health and other clinics around Austin are now providing booster shots for all three vaccines, including Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, to fully vaccinated individuals after both Pfizer and J & J were approved by the CDC on Wednesday.
APH and Austin clinics, which were already administering the approved Pfizer booster, will begin distributing shots as soon as Friday.
Those who received the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine more than six months ago are elligble to receive a booster if they are over 65 or if they are over 18 and:
- Live in a long-term care environment
- Have underlying medical conditions
- Work or live in high-risk settings, such as schools, hospitals or correctional facilities
Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes said in a media Q&A Friday that APH is encouraging boosters just as much as they have urged residents to get their first and second doses.
"Boosters are incredibly important to keeping our community protected and hospitalizations low," Walkes said. "If we can stay on top of our vaccinations, we provide protections for our most vulnerable and make it that much harder for COVID to spread in our community."
Eligible residents are free to choose the same booster as their first doses or "mix and match," per the CDC announcement.
Those looking for another dose can simply bring their vaccination card to APH centers or the dozens of Walgreens and CVS locations in the metro, which began administering doses Friday.
Additional updated guidance from the CDC allows for all eligible individuals to choose which vaccine they receive as a "mix-and-match" booster dose. It is advised to remember to bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Card showing the original doses with you when going for booster shots.
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