Category Archives: Farm and Ranch

Beautiful ranch land for sale just outside Smithville Texas

Pines, Pasture, Pond!


One of the nicest land listings available in the area and it just came on the market!

000 Affeld , Smithville TX

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If you are looking for a property to build a custom home, and have some livestock, within a few miles of Smithville and about 15 minutes from Bastrop, check this out!   I am an Accredited Buyer Representative and I can show the property in the comfort of my Kawasaki 4 seat Mule.  Give me a call!   Deb 512-743-0516

See large acreage in comfort.
See large acreage in comfort.
I love living the country life!
I love living the country life!



Brown’s Mill?

Just 14 miles Northeast of Giddings on FM 141 is a small town called Dime Box, TX. The town was originated when a working saw mill was established there. They named the town after the owner of the mill (Brown’s Mill). Eventually the name was changed to Dime Box to rid confusion between Brown’s Mill and Brownsville. As of 2000 the population was at a whopping 200! Interesting fact about Dime Box is it housed one of the earliest Presbyterian churches in the state. So if you’re looking to get out and drive down a windy road with farms/ranches on either side, Dime Box is your place!

Dancing Turtles Ranch in Bastrop TX

The beautiful  Dancing Turtles Ranch, a 52 + acre permaculture farm and ranch property, located at 493 Cottletown Road just outside of Bastrop Texas,  is now listed and is being offered for sale $474,336.00.  Appointments for showings will be available soon.   It is a oasis nestled in the foothills just outside of town and the amenities list is lengthy:

5 Acre Lake (stocked with bass, sunfish, crappie, catfish)

1.5 acre Pond (sunfish, crappie, catfish)

Roads into property, both sides of the lake and around the back fenced field

10 acres livestock fenced on east side, with all but a small section of the small pond is fenced out for livestock

Electricity hookup (Bluebonnet Electric)

Septic system

Pumphouse (fireproof), 2 rooms, includes dryer (washer?), 20×10?, with RV hookup,

Additional electric junction box and RV hookup near concrete foundation

Concrete pad for LP gas tanks

Water conditioning system

Well, 650’, in the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer

16 solar panels, all other equipment, just needs wire and batteries to be complete (more details coming on this)

Greenhouse, 19×31’, on concrete poured footer

100’s of plastic growing pots of various sizes

Chicken coup (4×8’, insulated) + rabbit cage

Herb spiral garden

Five high fenced raised bed gardens (3,400 square feet, 28×22, 18×18, 19×32.5, 20×29.5, 35×37.5’)

250 planted fruit/nut trees (pecan, pomegranate, mulberry (white and black), hazelnut, filbert, black walnut, plum, apple, crabapple, jujube, pear, cherry,                    choke cherry, chestnut, olive, fig, loquat, pineapple guava, citrus, Jerusalem palms)

Additional trees planted include cypress, redbud, mimosa, green ash, hackberry, several oak varieties, moringa, osage orange, black locust and magnolia

Native grasses/plants seeded include: Little Blue Stem, Indiangrass, Sideoats Grama, Sand Lovegrass, clovers, native sunflowers, partridge pea, cowpea,                      sunchokes, native wildflowers

Irrigation system to all gardens and swales

Swales: 16 swales ranging from 100’ to 440’ in length, total of ~3,300’, all with trees planted on and below them

Flock of domestic ducks (mainly Cayuga and runner ducks) and a pair of geese

Pictures of  Dancing Turtles Ranch


If  you would like to schedule a private tour of this property by Kawasaki four seat mule call me at 512-743-0516!

Serving the area “in between” Austin – Houston – San Antonio in comfort!

I am a Career Realtor with almost 20 years experience ( time flies when you are having fun! ) successfully helping Buyers and Sellers meet their real estate needs.  I am very fortunate to have worked with great Clients over the years and I have gained knowledge and experience selling residential properties, lots, vintage and historic homes, alternative builds such as straw bale/Earthship/SIPPS panel/dome style homes and other.  My true love though is farm and ranch and horse properties.  Buyers and Sellers always look for benefits of working with a specific agent.  One of the benefits that I offer to my Clients who are looking to buy large acreage tracts , or have acreage to sell in the counties in between Austin, Houston, and San Antonio,  is my ability to large properties to potential Buyers in comfort with my 4 seat 4 x Mule ( rain or shine!).    If you are looking for a Realtor who is dedicated to her Clients, has made real estate her Career, has knowledge, experience, and great referrals buying and selling farm/ranch/and horse properties – please give me a call ( 512-743-0516 )  I would love to help you meet your real estate goals!

Kawasaki Mule
Kawasaki Mule

Land Buyers see properties in comfort!

Are you looking for larger acreage between Austin, Houston, and San Antonio?  I am an Accredited Buyer Representative with almost 20 years experience working with Buyers  with larger acreage farm, ranch, horse properties.  I cut my teeth showing large acreage along the Front Range  in Colorado,  moved back to Arizona to become a RARE Top Producer in the Prescott area ,  and since 2005   I have been in Central Texas specializing in the counties that  fall “in between”  three awesome Texas  cities.

As a Buyer Representative I offer my Clients an opportunity to see larger acreage tracts from the comfort of my Kawasaki mule that seats four. This is a great way to get the feel of a prospective property!


If you or anyone you know are considering the purchase of land in Central Texas call me, Deb!  512-743-0516 is my direct line.  Let’s schedule a time to do some 4 wheeling on some of the most beautiful ranch land in the nation.

Kawasaki Mule
Kawasaki Mule

Information on Leasing Services

Information on Leasing Services

One of the services I offer my Real Estate Clients is Property Leasing (not to be confused with Property Management, which I do not provide).

Steps to finding a Lease Property

If you are searching for a lease property here is an overview of the steps that I will take working with you as your Lease Agent. First visit the search below to look at available lease properties. Then call me or email me so I can learn more about your specific need for a lease property. Once we identify properties that feet your needs we can set showing appointments for appropriate properties during this appointment we will also discuss documents to use when Leasing a property which are:

Information of Brokerage Services, Intermediary Relationship Notice, Residential Lease Application, Residential Lease Guaranty ( if needed), and the Residential Lease.

I will prepare the necessary documentation and I will present your offer to Lease to the Listing Agent.

So, If you are looking for a lease property please contact me to set an appointment so we can start the process!

Steps to finding a Lease Tenant

If you own a property that you are considering Leasing I can help you find a qualified lease tenant. Here are the steps to listing a property for lease when a property owner decides to lease a property, or has an established lease property and wants to find a qualified Lease Tenant.

We will set an appointment to view the property, review the most recent market comparable information on similar lease properties, and we will go over the documents that will be used to put a Lease listing on the market, and we will discuss in depth the marketing program and steps to qualify a Tenant prospect.

Documents that will be used are:

Information on Brokerage Services, Intermediary Relationship Notice, Residential Listing – Inclusive Right to Lease, and if the property was built before 1978 – a Lead Base Paint disclosure.

Referrals Available for Property Management Services

If you are wanting to Lease your property and have it managed by a Property Management Service , although I do not provide Property Management services, I have a very good working relationship with area Property Managers with I will be happy to refer. I can find you a Lease Tenant and you can work with any management company of your choice when the property has been leased.

Great Realtors on the Colorado Front Range

Some of you may know that I started my formal real estate career in Colorado and cut my teeth on farm and ranch and horse properties up and down the Front Range. I established some wonderful working relationships with other Realtors during those sucessful years. When considering a purchase or sale of property in that neck of the woods please consider contacting one of these wonderful agents and tell them that Deb sent you!! Dena Stevens – Real Estate Colorado Style

Pat Kyffin – Move 2 Pueblo

Clearing wooded land – burn clearing example in Bastrop

A common way to clear land in this area is to burn clear. Basically it involves dozing over all of the brush that is unwanted and putting it in to piles and then burning it. It is important to work closely with the local authorities such as police/fire to confirm if there is a burn ban in place or not, and to let them know that you will be burning. Also nice to let your neighbors know so they don’t think your place is on fire! Here are pictures of some clearing that was done recently in the Alum Creek area of Bastrop at one of the local exotic deer ranches.

Land clearing technique – doze and burn

One of the ways that people who purchase acreage here in Bastrop and surrounding counties can clear their property is to hire a contractor who will come in with a dozer.

Owners walk the property with the contractor and the discuss what trees they would like to retain such as large oaks or large pines and what brush and scrub they would like removed such as cedar and mesquite. Cedar trees are huge water hogs and mesquites spread like wild fire!

The contractor then dozes the areas and creates burn piles. On a day when conditions are appropriate, such as high dew point, after a recent rainfall, and when there is little to no wind the piles are burned.

In Bastrop County you should request a burn permit from the fire department which is fairly easy to do. It is important to let them know that you are going to burn so they are aware of it and don’t roll on a potential forest/grass fire. Last year 1200+ acres of woodland and pasture land and a few homes burned in a dry and windy spell. There are burn bans when the area is droughty or the conditions are not right for a controlled burn.

Here is a picture of one of my neighbors who is clearing more of his property to create larger pastures for his herd of designer deer.

If you or anyone you know is looking for a Realtor with experience in farm and ranch properties please contact me!