Double Eagle Ranch, located on 41± acres in Cedar Creek in Bastrop County within 20 minutes of Austin- Bergstrom International Airport, is secluded but not removed. Easy drives deliver all of the sophisticated, funky urban amenities of Austin, as well as the luxury of the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort, the ruggedness of McKinney Roughs Nature Park, the lost pines of Bastrop State Park and the high-speed thrills of the Circuit of the Americas.
Double Eagle Ranch, includes some of the highest elevations in Bastrop County as well as Colorado River frontage, so the views range from the Austin skyline to rich, tree-covered bottomlands. The ranch is unrestricted and maintains a wildlife tax valuation.
Early pioneers staked their claims in what became Bastrop County because of the abundant natural resources and boundless opportunities. Double Eagle Ranch offers the same thing for 21 st century pioneers, whether you are looking for a family retreat that allows you to carve out a life on the land, a business venture such as a corporate retreat or boutique hotel with a nature park, or a savvy investment in one of the country’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas.
The improved limestone road winds through the woods for about a mile, dipping up and down over hills that rise to peaks of about 450 feet en route to the main compound. Once you reach the vantage point of the compound, you can overlook the treetops and see the changes as the elevation drops for about 100 feet to the Colorado River valley below.
On the drive, it’s possible to spot white-tailed deer and wild boar or one of the myriads of species including cottontail rabbits, gray and red foxes, squirrels, armadillos, and even the occasional bobcat. The ranch offers excellent hunting opportunities for deer and hogs as well as dove, turkey, ducks, and geese.
The ranch took its name from a breeding pair of Mexican eagles (also known as caracaras) that raised young year after year in the late 1960s when the current owners’ family purchased the property. Bald eagles are frequent visitors up and down the river. A breeding bird survey conducted in April 2020 identified 36 different bird species including Great Blue Herons, Painted Buntings, and Summer Tanagers.
Water has long been a calling card for wildlife and humankind. Dry Creek, which flows year-round and is marked by unique sandstone boulders, makes its way from the property’s western boundary down to the Colorado River, where there are approximately 1,700 feet of frontage.
Access to the Colorado River means plenty of fishing for channel, yellow and blue catfish. Sometimes the water runs so clear, it’s possible to gig fish by moonlight. A pond stocked with channel catfish and perch gives anglers an additional opportunity to wet their lines.
Private river frontage also means canoeing, kayaking, and floating is always a possibility. Launching from the Double Eagle can take you through Wilbarger’s Bend, the site of a Comanche attack in 1833 on pioneering surveyor Josiah Wilbarger, who was scalped alive.
The Double Eagle Ranch is resplendent with vegetation native to the Post Oak Savannah ecoregion. Having both uplands and bottomland means that Mother Nature’s diversity is on full display. A variety of oaks—live oak, post oak, water oak, and Spanish oak—are scattered across the ranch. Elms are another predominant species. In the river bottom, legacy pecan trees that count their life spans in centuries, provide shade along the bank and drop their rich, sweet nuts that once sustained Native Americans and early settlers.
Mother Nature’s bounty also includes mustang grapes, dewberries (wild blackberries), Texas persimmons and wild plums as well as mesquite beans and nopales (prickly pear apples). In the spring, She rolls out a quilt adorned with wildflowers such as bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, and fire-wheels.
It’s fun to explore the ranch’s hidden corners by hiking, horseback riding, or touring in an ATV.
With two houses to choose from, living is comfortable, stylish, and easy. All this well-appointed floor space provides a lot of options whether you’re interested in entertaining or entrepreneurship. The houses, each with fenced yards, are within sight of one another but separated by enough distance to ensure privacy and elbow room.
The three-story, 3,159± square-foot main house, built in 2015, is situated to take full advantage of the property’s stellar views. An elevator and spiral staircase make traversing between levels easy. The main house overlooks Dry Creek as it tumbles through the sandstone boulders on its way to the Colorado.
Crafted from native stone, the house looks born to the land. It was designed so the first floor is self- contained, which lends itself to commercial purposes such as an Air BnB, a rental property or makes it ideal for multi-generational family life or entertaining. Each floor has a vestibule that separates the landing from the living space. Plenty of windows allows the outdoors to come inside and ensures a light, airy feeling throughout.
The first floor has a full kitchen, living room, office/flex room, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and a laundry.
The second floor also has a full kitchen, living room, laundry, office/flex room, master bedroom and bath, and a hidden safe room.
A walkout observation deck with glass railings is arguably the third floor’s focal point. From here, you can see Austin on a crystal clear day or enjoy the silence of a sunrise or the glow of sunset. A hot tub allows you to soak away the day’s tensions as you take in the views.
The third floor features a living room, half bath and an office/flex room that would make a perfect bar
The 3-bedroom/2-bath Texas ranch-style house encompasses 2,544± square feet with a detached, bonus 861± square-foot theatre/game room. The ranch house, which currently serves as a guest house, was built in 1954 but renovated in 2020. Solar panels make the home energy efficient and eco-friendly; a new septic system was installed as part of the recent updates.
The living area includes an eat-in kitchen, a living room, a dining room, laundry, and mudroom; the bedrooms, including the master, are grouped in a sleeping wing. Tile floors and stone countertops lend a modern feel while ensuring durability.
A stone patio, perfect for gathering with family, friends, or clients, extends from the living room to the infinity pool that gives a birds-eye view of the Colorado River. The pool features a stone waterfall crafted from sandstone rocks gathered from nearby Dry Creek.
Initially, the Double Eagle Ranch was part of Bastrop County’s original land grant that was presented to Jose Antonio Navarro, an early Texas patriot who served in the first Republic of Texas Legislature. Later it belonged to renowned Texas author and historian J. Frank Dobie.
The area is rich in history and natural beauty. In 2003, Walt Disney Productions filmed the Runaway Scrape scene featured in its film, “The Alamo,” at the Double Eagle. Dennis Quaid portraying General
Sam Houston led more than 150 actors and extras in period costumes through the chest-high water in the Colorado River.
With its proximity to Austin and the state seat of power, Double Eagle Ranch has long been a destination for entertaining. Earlier in its history, the Double Eagle was a working, showplace cattle ranch. Today, although its scale is smaller, it is still well-suited for a small herd of prize cattle or horses.
For those desiring to simplify and get back in touch with the land, the Double Eagle Ranch features a small orchard with plums, peaches, pears, and apricots. The boutique chicken coop currently houses chickens, guinea fowls, and ducks that make their way to the pond for a quick paddle.
Two metal barns round out the ranch infrastructure. The first, which doubles as vehicle storage and located between the two houses, is the site of the rainwater catchment cisterns and the water filtration systems. The houses and outbuildings can be supplied by either rainwater or from the private well; it is anticipated that an Aqua Water hook up will be available sometime in the future. The second barn, located near the orchard, is used for large equipment storage.
The Double Eagle Ranch is a one-of-a-kind place that offers a unique opportunity for visionary owners who want to stake their claim on a legendary piece of Texas and the legendary Texas lifestyle. To see the
Double Eagle Ranch for yourself, contact Aleata Oeser with All City Real Estate at (832) 878-1656 or A@aorealtor.com. The ranch is listed for $2.3 million.