Independence Ranch is a 149-acre ranch located two miles southeast of Fitzhugh, OK, 100 miles from Oklahoma City and 150 miles from Dallas, TX. This square, quarter section of land has some great natural resources and thoughtful improvements to make it the basis of your self-reliant lifestyle.
The ranch has both surface and ground water. The surface water takes the form of half acre plus size pond and two small wet weather drainages that flow through the center and southeast corner of the property. There appears to be an opportunity to build a larger lake at the confluence of these two drainages but we haven't verified that the soils in that location would be suitable. If they are, then a 10 acre lake would fit nicely near the southern boundary of the ranch. In addition to the water that is visible, the ranch overlies the Arbuckle Simpson Aquifer. This karst aquifer is known for its pure and abundant waters. In fact, it is one of the most protected water sources in Oklahoma because of an integrated water study conducted by the state to ensure the future of this resource. The high volume water well on the ranch is approximately 100 feet deep and can be pumped continuously without going dry.
From a vegetation standpoint, the property is approximately 75 percent open with a strong growth of bermuda grass and clover in pastures that are shaded by large native pecan trees. In addition, there is a small orchard behind the main home that has pear, apple and fig trees. A series of trellised gardens are currently used to grow various vegetables, planter boxes with clear plexiglass covers are used to grow strawberries and multiple greenhouses are used to start and transplant vegetables early and grow tropical plants such as papaya. One of these facilities is built into the south end of the largest barn, has multiple rooms and sprinkler system. In addition to fruits and vegetables, one of the sheds was previously used as a chicken coop and there are multiple horse barns with stalls that could be used for anything from chickens, small animals like goats and sheep to horses. The property is cross-fenced into multiple paddocks that are associated with horse barns and loafing sheds. In addition to the obvious equestrian uses, these could also be used for raising show calves, feeding out steers or for other types of livestock. Larger open pastures could be used for grazing or hay production.
We routinely see deer on the property, and ducks visit the pond during the winter. We are unsure about the quality of fishing in the pond, but pond management isn't that difficult if it needs a little help.
Independence Ranch can also create its own energy via a 10.6 KW rated solar power system. This system is used to offset electrical use from the grid but could be equipped with battery storage to completely disconnect from outside sources. In addition, it also comes equipped with a propane powered whole house generator.
The ranch home has 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms and approximately 2300 square feet. One of the rooms is an attractive office that could also be converted into a bedroom. An updated kitchen, classic dining room and comfortable living room are the main attractions on the first floor. The upstairs master suite provides a secluded, peaceful setting with great views of the property from its high windows. If you need more room, a guest home located on an adjacent 11 acres is available for purchase with an asking price of $275,000. It is a more modest, but well maintained 3 bedroom 2 bath home with a detached garage.
If your dream has been to have a farm with great horse facilities or to have a place where you and your family can produce your own food, water and power, then Independence Ranch would be a great property for you to visit. Please call Chrissy Banks at 765 220 2489 to schedule a showing.