Cattle grazing, dairy farming, and crops of hay and vegetables have been the order of business at this updated 1860s German farmhouse property, designated a “Century Ranch” by the Texas Dept. of Agriculture for its continuous operation by a single family. (Actual reported time of tenancy by the Hillegeist family: more than 130 years.) The Tomball homestead, outbuildings, and pastures occupy 133 acres west of SH 249 near the Oaks of Rosehill area off FM 2920 (which places it about 20 miles west of the new ExxonMobil campus, in case you’re calculating). The property has been on the market since June 2014, for $6.64 million.
Oak trees planted more than 100 years ago shade the 5-acre fenced section that’s home to the 1,572-sq.-ft. farmhouse and several of its outbuildings (above).
A sun porch entry faces north pastures.
Renovations back around Y2K brought the place into its 3rd century. Many of the windows are original, as are the pine floors . . .
but updates spiffed up the flow between rooms and finishes, brought in central air and heat, and boosted other modern conveniences.
There are 3 bathrooms — though none made the listing photos. Both secondary bedrooms are on the first floor. Here’s one of them:
For the master suite, head upstairs:
That’s it for the interior. From the back deck, pastures and more pastures are the view:
The old smokehouse is part of the package:
As is the structure the listing calls the “dairy barn” :
A dirt road leads past buildings used as a tool shed and a saddle room. The smaller metal building houses the property’s private water well system.
Up a stretch, there’s a stock pond . . .
which doubles as a watering hole for livestock and any passing critters . . .
There’s also a storage building . . .
and cattle shed.
An assortment of fencing and cross-fencing sections off the land:
The listing notes the pastoral property is 218 ft. above sea level, one of the highest points in Harris County. Meanwhile, a mile or so south of the listing, a Grand Parkway segment is expected to open in 2015. The neighborhood of Powder Mill Estates, near Tomball’s Spring Creek Park 3 miles to the northeast, was carved out of a separate family ranch sold by the Hillegeists back in 1996.
Official signage on one of the homestead’s fences by its main road (and gate) details the property’s designation (at right). A closer look at this spread of country living is available by appointment only.
- 21327 Cedar Ln. [HAR]