Livermore Ranch~Last of the Great Places is located in the “Sky Island” region of the Davis Mountains in far West Texas about 30 miles west of Fort Davis. Fort Davis is recognized as the highest town in Texas. The city of Marfa, with its vibrant arts community, is about 25 miles southeast. There are few truly great ranches available in Texas—ranches that are intrinsically valuable, with unique geographic features and established wildlife resources—ranches that are private and encompassing, yet still easily accessed and navigated, even among the challenging and awe-inspiring mountainscapes of the region. Livermore Ranch is largely situated upon alpine topography and includes major to minor peaks, shear bluffs, notorious rock formations, deep shaded canyons, and large meadows which create a diverse ecological system featuring both aspen forests and productive Chihuahuan grasslands. The ranch is home to a stunning diversity of birds and plants, ranging from golden eagles and hummingbirds, to Texas madrone trees and delicate orchids. There is an abundance of game and non-game wildlife including trophy mule deer, elk, and aoudad, along with mountain lions, turkeys, and javelinas. There is assumptive evidence of black bears on the ranch. Bird enthusiasts will appreciate the many coveys of both scaled and Montezuma quail as well as doves, hawks, and prolific annual migratory species. The ranch also features exceptional improvements for both friends and family including a six-bedroom, five-and-one-half-bath adobe brick-styled home, traditional of the Trans-Pecos region, as well as various horse barns, shops, cattle facilities, and housing for ranch management. It’s a ranch with four real seasons, plenty of west Texas sunshine and a high elevation climate. Offering the high desert grasslands of the Chihuahuan ecosystem at 5,000 feet above MSL, to the verdant alpine oasis at nearly 8,000 feet above MSL, the ranch combines both the deep box canyons and the mountain summits to truly create a rare setting, especially in Texas.
Rarely, if ever possible, can one purchase a mountain ranch in Texas that offers aspen trees, elk, and ever true nature of an alpine property. Combined with the exceptional hunting, stately and locally fitting improvements, and unparalleled aesthetics, it is truly the majestic and beautifully serene place the name implies.
The Lodge at the center of the ranch is the Livermore Lodge, which offers a panoramic view of the mountain complex, and is a stately 8,166± sq. ft. ranch house designed by Dallas oilman James Marvin Boyd. The lodge is a stylized fixture of the Trans Pecos region, with walls of 14-inch stabilized adobe bricks that are tremendously sturdy and excellent for insulation, and a fire-safe 100-year zinc-copper-tin roof. The great room of the lodge was built for entertaining family and friends with its with its 30-foot cathedral ceiling and massive stone fireplace. There are four bedrooms on the main level, each with a private bath, plus private guest quarters with two bedrooms and a kitchen on the lower level. The home’s relaxed floor plan encourages indoor-outdoor living with eight placed eight-foot-high accordion doors in the main living areas that open onto a courtyard with a spectacular mountain view, and a fenced back yard with solid and lush turf.
Livermore Ranch ~ Last of the Great Places is named so almost uniquely due to its aesthetic considerations. As a backdrop, the Davis Mountains are stunning from any point on the ranch. The cauldron face of Baldy Peak, and the shear dominance of Brooks Mountain never escape one’s line of sight and are nearly as prominent from 50 miles as they are from 500 yards. It is truly a ranch to get lost in, and quite easy to make the decision to stay another day. It is the rarest opportunity to discover the “Last of the Great Places.”
Adjacent Gearhart Ranch also available.
Co-listed with Tyler Jacobs of Hall and Hall
Land area : 4772.0 ac Location : Fort Davis, TX, United States
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