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Trophy ranch in Austin outskirts hits market for $36 million

The massive ranch hit the market on Tuesday. (West and Swope Ranches)

A massive expanse of land on the northern outskirts of Austin has hit the market, offering local wildlife, central proximity and 1,469 acres to sprawl out on.

The Pecan Ranch, located between Georgetown and Killeen in Williamson County, hit the market on Tuesday for a cool $25,000 per acre or $36.72 million, according to a report from Mansion Global. It is the largest parcel to go on the market in the area in recent years.

The nearly 1,500-acre ranch is located far north in Jarrell. (MapRight)

The listing is zoned for agricultural use and has “long-term investment potential” as it is “ideal for a large master-planned community.” The ranch has remained in the same family for decades, allowing it to flourish with flora and fauna—you’ll find whitetail deer, coyotes, wild hogs, turkey, bobcats, wintering waterfowl, creeks that run through and plenty of mature oak trees.

There are several bodies of water running through the ranch. (West and Swope Ranches)

The large swath of land is growing increasingly rare in and around booming Austin—according to the Austin Economic Development Corporation, Williamson County is the 12th fastest growing county in the nation.

Yet, the “diverse and magnificent” ranch is still secluded—the listing says the ranch sits 45 minutes from downtown, 25 minutes from Georgetown or Temple and 10 minutes away from I-35.

“With the national influx of companies such as Tesla and Samsung moving to the north and east outskirts of Austin, the surrounding counties have experienced tremendous growth,” West and Swope Ranches partner Louie Swope said in a statement.

The listing is held by San Antonio-based West and Swope Ranches.


Austin's airport consumer satisfaction drops from a year ago, below Texas peers

(Austin-Bergstrom International Airport/Twitter)

Flyers are less satisfied with the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport than a year ago, a new study shows.

Research firm J.D. Power placed ABIA at No. 15 on a list ranking overall customer satisfaction at large airports, a slip from last year’s spot at No. 7. Other Texas airports secured rankings ahead of Austin, with Dallas Love Field at third, Houston Hobby at eight, and San Antonio International Airport at ninth.

Dallas/Ft. Worth ranked eight in the "mega airport" category.

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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