I am moving to the area out on Indian Hot Springs Rd. I am going to build a home there. Can you tell me how I can get water delivery there? I do not drive... I would like to fill a 1,000 tank each month.
Hi, Folks, I just purchased 20 acres from Sunset, in Blue Quail III.
I would like to communicate with any other land owners there. Especially about the water situation. I need to buy tanks, and arrange delivery, etc. I am doing the building myself. I am in Thailand now, but will be arriving in Jan of 2014. I was in Sierra Blanca in 2011, so know the place somewhat. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi. Have you drilled your well yet
Hi Dennis. Was interested in purchasing land there as well but was concerned about the water. Have u drilled yet or found a supplier
Hello it's 2017 now was wondering how your progress went I just bought 60 acres there and maybe we can help each other
Seems to me that water is going to be a problem. Are any of you interested in drilling a deep community bore well, to solve the problem?
I am. I did it in India, very successfully. Water is the key to any of this land here in Sierra Blanca. I will be relying completely on Solar Power also.
I am looking in buying some land out by Sierra blanca, how much did it cost you to drill for water?
Hi Dennis. Did you ever get feedback regarding the community well? We just purchased in bq ii off or fredricks rd
I think and by looking at google earth, we see a lot of ponds and water holes. So I guess collecting the little rain water there is..?? Or do they pump into their pond? Water runs I think sometimes..
Hello Dennis my name is jack I live in beaumont texas I am going to buy a 20acre plot in the sunset ranch estate I own a water well drilling rig which can drill up to a 6" water well and can drill down to 2.000 ft I have drilled several water wells just not out there but I have drill a lot of oil wells out in west Texas so I have plenty of experience in drilling for oil &water if anyone would like to chip in to drill a water well I am willing to bring my drilling rig down there and drill some water wells for people or I could just drill a well on the 20acres I buy and people could get water from there and every one who put up some front money to help pay for drilling the well and setting it up could have all the water they need for free and other people who would want water could get it from my well for a low price and that would help pay for the up keep of the well if you are anyone else is interested they can contact me at 409-207-2891 and I will answer any of their questions and explain to them about the up front money and the water deal if they are interested or even drilling them a well hope to here from you or who ever else that may be interested you can also text me at email@example.com
SCAM Warning: Jack Whittington does not own any equipment to drill wells, if you give him money to drill a well, you'll end up with no well.
Dear James (And anyone else that is interested)
I would like to communicate with anyone in the Sierra Blanca-Conrnudas area, about any issue, including water. I am somewhat familiar with some of the issues. I have 20 acres, and am planning to build a small house, and live off the grid, as they say. Water seems to be the main issue on everyone's mind and maybe we could work together on that for some realistic solutions (like a community bore-well, etc.)
Hello, just notice your post. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who is in need of water. 3 month ago started buying land in Sierra Blanca as well. I have 100 acres and have build more than one home here for the family. Was going to buy a 65,000 tank, but need water delivery. Have found any answers yet. Doing solar panels and I hope to get a fuel tank installed. Still researching that part. If you hear any can you please notify me please. Would be a blessing. Thank you in advance.
Hello I was reading some different blogs of people concerned about water I am looking to buy a 40 acre track hopefully on the main highway I am wanting to open up a small grocery store and a barbque place I own a water well drilling rig it is a oil field work over rig I converted it to a water well drilling rig it can drill up to 2,000 ft early from a2"to6"hole if I can find the right place to buy I will be moving out there and will drill a couple of water wells on the property. and hopefully help others get water on their place I have drilled many water wells by never in that area I was told I could get plenty of good drinking water from 600to700ft if anyone know,a if there is and land for sale on a main hwy for sale by that sunset ranch place please let me know I live in beaumont texas you can contact me at 409-207-2891 or e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Careful!! Jack Whittington is trying to scam property owners. He owns no drilling equipment, if you give him money, you'll lose it!
Did you get the water issue resolved?
Hello My sister and I just purchased a 20 acre plot in Cornudas. How is the water situation there and how far down do we need to drill?
I am at: email@example.com and would like to communicate with you as a neighbor, not only about water, but other issues as well. I have 20 acres in the Cornudas Section of Sunset Ranches, but know the other areas as well.
Hello I just bought 60 acres on Luke run I live in ga haven't seen the land yet bought from sunset ranches what does the land look like there and will I have anyone living close by
Hi am interested in trying to get someone in here to drill wells if we have several drilled at one time maybe we could get a break . There is a young man as well that is a licensed driller but he doesn’t have a rig . Maybe chip in and buy or he said he could build one and get wells drilled .
Their is no one that delivers water u must go to Sierra Blanca to get it. They want 130.00 down then the frist 2000gal. is 24.91
The price has gone up to 42.96 for 2000 gallons. The Sheriff delivers water, but it is pretty sandy. Just an update for those who still visit this page. Several, on the North side, have been quoted exorbitant prices for drilling. $35,000
Horse and buggy
I just bought a 40 acres plot close to Indian springs road. I heard table top water is shallow in that part of sirra blanca. I'm contemplating drooling a well and water delivery business. My family were into this sort of business when I was growing up. It's still in the planning phase but hit me up if you guys have a question.
If you get water delivery started please let me know,I’ll be very interested
I heard that there is a service and they will deliver the water to your place but check the price because it might be expensive.
I have purchased 60 acres north of sierra blanca at sunset ranches. Can you tell me of any health issues with air or water there because I have read some about toxic sludge dumping and am starting to worry a little.
Lets talk about water........that is the key to any of the land with
Sunset Ranches. Which phase are you in. I am in Blue Quail #3.
I have not heard of any health issues from the Sludge thing...and would not worry, unless you are sitting right on top or next to a dumping site.
Hi Mark, where exactly is your parcel? There are maps where the sludge were dumped. Are you going to live there?
I would like to know where I can get a copy of those maps showing where the sludge was dumped. Do you know where I can get one?
I have just bought 20 acres from Sunset Ranches, just west of 111 in Blue Quail III. I am going to be drilling for my own water, as it is the key for my development, and those around me. I will coming in Jan 2014, to build my own residence.
We have 20 acres in blue quail lll how deep did you end up drilling for water, and how much did it cost? What did you figure out for your electricity, we have an electric pole on our land
We just bought 60 acres in blue quail 3. We were wondering what you did for water so far and also what you did for an address. That is one of the problems we are having is getting a physical address for the property.
The slug area is nowhere near these sections...its south of Sierra sunset ranch areas..so you are fine...
to get a 911 address you must have your plot from your single piece of land that you will have home on measured from the main road with your plot maps and area measured and marked on it, until it reaches your driveway....... then you take it to the Sierra Blanca courthouse where they will process it down to El Paso then send it back to you a certificate of 911 address, an then go to the post office they will give you a post office box with your address for a mailing address. The water company in Sierra Blanca for FILLING WATER that YOU haul. Although there are water haulers who will truck in water in Dell and Van Horn that will tote it to you. Water tanks can be bought at Tractor supply. or El Paso craigslist under farming header has some for 80.00 for 275 ,gallon ones , or smaller ones(30g) for easy haulsf or 16.00.. You can pick up truck water tank containers from Tractor supply company or lowes or home depot. You can pick up 12volt water transfer pumps too which is easy to switch to your tanks. You can use that same one to hook on a solar power for your home use . or with a volt battery. gallon for You can also find portable water heaters that work on propane,that have pumps attached for your whole water needs. So its a good investment. Home Depot in El Paso rents tractors, trailers ect. You can get deals for weekend or holiday use a few extra days for same price as a weekday. The ECCO TEMP L5 is a good one...you can find it on amazon or its own web link... Water tanks ....http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/water-storage-tank-550-gal?cm_vc=IOPDP1 and https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=eccotemp&tag=mh0b-20&index=aps&hvadid=78546365804344&hvqmt=p&hvbmt=bp&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_83f07imwzc_p or the pickup transfer tank.... http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/pickup-tank-210-gal-28-in-h-x-51-in-dia Hope this helps people . you can look on those links and see bigger or smaller versions.. here too is the transfer pump 12 volt ....http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/high-flo-12-volt-ag-sprayer-pump-35-psi?cm_vc=-10005 .
I just purchased Lot 49 of Section 6 Block 71 5.14 Acres and was wondering if anyone could tell me about the area.
If anyone wants to communicate about sunset ranches, water, and all that stuff, I am at firstname.lastname@example.org I have 20 acres in the Cornudas section.
We just bought unit 649 section 4 block 71. And was wondering if you have been out there yet.
Good evening Slav I just found your website, Good show I hope to bee talking to you in person some time in the future.I just purchased 200 acre on Indian Hot springs Rd. just got back from a tour of the property and think I will like it there. I will be retiring from the trucking company that I own in 5 years or that the plan. I`m sure it will take some adjustment after living in Baltimore, Md. all my life. I have been doing some research on septic, water wells and dirt tanks for irrigation and will be returning to meet with the contractors in September.
The area you bought in looks to be north of town I bought about 10 miles south off of rt1111. So some of the questions I have are.
have you drilled for water or have you heard anything about the quality and depth.
Mike, we are your neighbors off Indian Hot Springs Rd. Please let us know when you will be out in September because we would love to meet with you. We have 220 acres across the road from where your land is located.
I have a little land between Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy Road and on Lone Ranger Dr. Would love to meet people in my area. John email@example.com
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I hunt out there each year. Live in the Dallas area, however your post caught my attention. 1. Because I hunt out there and know that water is a scarce, so curious how that's going or went for you? 2. My wife is from Balt. Md., so wondering how you adjusted. That had to be a shock on many fronts to you. I will say the sunsets are beautiful and the nights peaceful...unless you have to deal with any of the illegals or any other crime issues out there. Look forward to your reply.
Hi, my name is Holvin and I came across your posting about the sunset ranches. Tell me how is it out there? I'm buying 120 acres.
Are you at sunset ranches? We are in blue quail 3. I looked at some geology maps and there is a small underground areavof water in sunset ranch at the first angle left on 1111 after sierra blanca so we are going to have some one drill for us. I'm wondering about leaving items in a barn we build while we go back to Maryland to get our other tractor and my truck are they fairly secure ? Or will our absence bring less desirable people to see what they can make off with.
Hey Bill & Chris (and anyone else interested) -
Funny you should mention wells...Im a welder and i had planned to fabricate (build) my own drilling rig after i got further along in my ranch setup. I've have designed will dig 200ft+, and in our area (hudspeth/Brewster/Presidio) the water depth is about 150 or so. Initially I planned on putting off the project and just buying water for now until im further along in my rather setup. But, if enough of you guys need/want wells to justify my fabrication cost...and willing to commit to contracts, then i can work on the drill now and go ahead dig your wells for you all.
I'm thinking if say 5-10 people here pledge to contract a well @750 ea, then that would work out for all of us. You guys get cheap well dug, and i get my drill paid for!
What do you guys think??? The going rate for well diggers is about $3-5k.
Hey Joe blow
I want to buy about 100 acres in serria blanka and would like to know if your deal on the well could still be a possibility? Or any one for that matter please. Me and my wife want to move and build our. Family ranch, I know crime is everywhere but would we have to worry? How also greatest and cheapest way to get lumber for our house out there? Thank you and really hope we can all get together and have an amazing BBQ some real soon..
I just recently acquired 40 acres on the corner of Lone Ranger and Lone Star Trail. I got lots 15 & 16 on unit 8 section 22. Looking forward to exploring the land and spending time away from the city's. I would like to meet any folks that are around the area on the weekend of the 24th of this month. I plan on heading down to look for more land to hunt on.
Andy, We are neighbors. I guess you are next door to Ann? Which lots does she have 9-14? I have Unit 8 Section 22 lots 1-8. Yours are across the dirt road from my lot 1-2. I love that section of the ranch the best.
Nice to meet you neighbor. Yes, I am next to Ann. I just learned of her this past week. I'm actually looking in section 24 for more land.
I can't wait to get down there in a couple weeks. Do you go down often? What can you tell me about water depth?
Please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd like to talk more in depth about Silver Spur Ranch.
Hey yall. We just bought 40 acres 8n unit 616, tracts 1&2. Are we going to be near anyone in this location?
I am really writing this to find out if anyone got any real insight on the water situation. And also to find out about the cost of bringing electricity in.
Thanks neighbors! We will be coming out the first week of 2017 to check out our new property.
If anyone would like to keep in touch I'm at email@example.com
Have fun, y'all.
Sorry but I don't have too much information. I'm looking for some people who invested in buying land in Sierra Blanca. Maybe we can help each other in this research.
Thanks for contacting me.
I will let you know what I find out as I go. I should be hearing back from the well driller on 4/18 for an estimate. Am trying to line eveything up for next visit in late september. Cheers
I am your neighbor just down the street and across from you (lots 20, 24, 25, 32 and 33. I was just out there in October and talking with our neighbors. Seems we have a few things in common lol. We are truckers too, flat bedders and expeditors. I would really like to pick your brain if you still follow this thread. shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike, I believe we are near neighbors. I'm two or three lots from you. I'd like to meet you next trip I take out that way. John Wetlandspecialist@gmail.com
Hi Slav, I found your site a few months back and am just finding time to post a quick note. Me and my wife bought 870 acres about a year and a half ago and will be making it our retirement ranch. Our land is located in the Blue Qual Phase III plot. Our plan is to be completely off the grid using wind as the primary electrical source and solar as a backup. Our water usage will have a grey tank which will be filtered for landscape use and ground tanks for live stock. We are currently looking into drilling of wells and will post any info we finfd on it. I did talk to a few folks in Sierra Blanca and was told water can be hit at 500 ft. but it is not always potable at that depth. I was told that I may need to go deeper for good potable water. I will post up again as I get info to share.
Hi, I have 46 acres in phase 3 also, and I am really looking for info about the water situation. I would like to drill my own well, and need information about that, and also about water delivery. Like you, I want to be completely off the grid with solar power also. I would also like to get to know you, as a neighbor in a general way, also. I am living in Thailand now, but will be coming over in 2014.
Why not get in touch, and lets communicate.
I would really like to get to know you. What plots do you have in Blue Quail lll? I have 21 and 22 and can send you a map (46.6 Acres). My holding is very small compared to yours. Would like to know about Water, and drilling. I am told it is about 500ft to good water. I also want to know who I can contact for water hauling for my tanks when I put them in. I will be coming in Jan or Feb of 2014. I am in Thailand now, teaching. I am at email@example.com if you want to contact me direct.
I see that u have been out there for a while now. Do u have water now?
If so please can u fill me in on the last 3 years. Please.
I would really like to get to know you. What plots do you have in Blue Quail lll? I have 21 and 22 and can send you a map (46.6 Acres). My holding is very small compared to yours. Would like to know about Water, and drilling. I am told it is about 500ft to good water. I also want to know who I can contact for water hauling for my tanks when I put them in. I will be coming in Jan or Feb of 2014. I am in Thailand now, teaching.
I would really like to get to know you. What plots do you have in Blue Quail lll? I have 21 and 22 and can send you a map (46.6 Acres). My holding is very small compared to yours. Would like to know about Water, and drilling. I am told it is about 500ft to good water. I also want to know who I can contact for water hauling for my tanks when I put them in. I will be coming in Jan or Feb of 2014. I am in Thailand now, teaching. I am at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to contact me direct.
Hi Dennis, Good to meet future neighbors. I have been delayed in my research because my work got very busy. I have looked at the maps of the aquifer's in the area and also saw many reports of water at 500'. I suspect I will need to go deeper based off my location to the aquifers. My property, I just increased to 950 acres, is between FM1111 and Richardson Pass and between Gazette Rd and Johnson Run. I can post links to the aquifers and data that I have found. I will also contact you directly. I go over to my land as often as I can to slowly work at it. I plan on working another 8 years before retiring on my land so I'm taking it slow and steady. Thanks, Norm
Hello , Norm, I noticed your Sunset ranch post...and that you own the piece running along where mine is.... I do believe yours is next to mine. Since this is an older post, do you still own yours? I have been going out there for the last couple months fixing property for retirement also. Would be great to know if you are my future neighbor.
Hi Tammy, I do still own the land but haven't gotten back as much as I want to. Life in general has kept me pretty busy. I hope to be getting out there more often for 2016. I will keep an eye out for anyone I see and hopefully we will run into each other.
Thanks a lot for sharing. Please let us know how everything went. I wish you all the best, and good luck...
Hello All, I own 60 acres just north west of Big Tank Rd. The plan is to build a home, drill a well and retire there in a year or two. Would love to hear from anyone with info. Thanks
Did you ever build your house if so who did you get to drill the well?
Why do they call it "the big tank road"?
I have not bought anything yet. So I'm asking a lot of questions .
Just guessing but I assume it was the road that led to a big water tank?
I heard something that the Hudspeth County Attorney made a decision that they will not record any
land deeds for anyone for land that has any parcels less than 10.1 acres. Is this true?
No, this is not true. The only thing is that anything under 10 acres must have an aerobic septic system which is very hard to come by for the area and while living off the grid. They are trying to keep companies from selling parcels this small because it has caused many issues and obstacles for the unsuspecting land buyer.
Why is it so hard to get the aerobic septic system?
Aerobic systems require a lot of power and continuous water flow.
Just upped my purchase to 46 Acres in Blue Quail III on Buckhorn Road. I want to start looking into drilling for water, as that is my first concern. I am in Thailand now, but want to start things moving in January of February. Need the name of the Best waterdrilling Co. to talk to. I am at email@example.com if anyone wants to talk to me. I want to find out as much as I can about the area, and be part of the overall development. I also want to live off the radar, with Solar power and Wind power, with only generator back-up.
Why can I not find Buckhorn rd on Google Earth, or sunset ranches blue quail phase 3 for that matter. Please help, cause wife and I just sealed the deal on 24.45 acres, unit 639 lot 29 section 2 block 71
It's about 7 miles from the Rio is all I know
I am trying to locate neighbors in Blue Quail III who might be interested in talking about drilling a borewell as a community effort.
I am told it might have to be from 500 to 700 ft. I would be willing to go in for it, if I can find others to share the expense. Water is the key.
We are purchasing a 100 acre plot or unit 647 i think part of bq but not sure which one. I just want to say that we intend to move there coming jan 2017
We definitly interested in drilling a well plz we will pitch in.
We expect that we will b off grid and functioning upon arrival and hauiling water. I prefer a good well tho 😀
Hello jody. I will be buying some land in the sunset ranch place I will be making a trip out that way to look at the lay of the land before I buy I will be drilling my own water well and doing my own septic system in lik I was saying I have a water well drilling rig i converted a oil field pulling unit into a drilling rig i can drill down to 2,000 ft if need be I can't charge anyone to drill them a well because I do not have a drillers lic which is a texas requirement but I can drill you a well for a donation to help with the.fuel and what ever else I may need to drill you well if you would like to talk to me about a well and septic please feel free to contact me by phone or email my #409-207-2891 my email firstname.lastname@example.org I live in Beaumont texas I retired from the oil field after40 years I have done a lot of drilling all over west texas and have drilled several water supply wells for the drilling rigs in west texas I hope to here from you or anyone else who may be interested I can be reached 7days a week and will answer all questions if I can
Warning of Scam! Jack Whittington posted he can drill water wells. He owns no drilling equipment, if you pay him to drill you are likely to never see a well or your money again.
am looking n this area to retire .lookimg at 20 ac...wow water is way down ther ...n septic is sounding complex n costly...really like this area....was a little concerned that the land company was a bit on the shady side have any of u bought from texas ranch deals.com? n what about the sludge dumping? thx
Hello folks, I just bought 40acrs on the rent to own at blue quail 1 sunset ranches..I am comeing down in june or july to look atmy land which is block-46 sec-10 lot 19 and 20.I have been using google earth as means of seeing my ground for now think I am close to my land,its on Michican rd this I got from google earth.I READ THAT YOU CAN GET WATER AT WATER CO if you haul it for $36 2500 gal this souds cheap.I have found that sunset ranchs does not like to talk long on phone to you,so im trying to find stuff on my ownfeel free to call me and I will share what I know of this area,and thank you for this sight my phone is 814-387-4830 hope to hear from ya
Hey Richard -
I find this to be very true as well. I am actively looking for property in the area myself and had called out to Sunset ranches realtors and they dont like talking too long on the phone. You get one or two questions in and its bye bye!
Just got off the phone with the local water Co. in Sierra Blanca, and its true. you can setup a water account for $130 deposit. The monthly allowance is 2k gallons for $42.xx a month. + $7.50/1k gal extra. You must haul it yourself m-f 8am-4pm. AND you must have your own hoses. 2" or 3/4"
The water lies west to east under that part of 1111 that I mentioned I was under the impression that it would be deeper and there was a chance of a cave- in in the well borehole . What would we supply I understand it needs a outer core inner core something to keep stuff from closing in the intake submersible pump above ground coveretc.
Okay i REALLY do not like this forum website format. Its very hard to find the recent post by date and to follow the conversation my topic.
Anyway, as far as the actual digging depth to hit a aquafer, I anticipate anything between 150-200ft and thats based on what i've been told. Most of the wells in the area range about that. Let me clarify, thats what i have been told as i have not researched it nor started diging myself. But, in the grand scheme of things 250ft same difference. ts not a really big deal in SW. its not like digging in Colorado mountains where you gotta get past 100+ft of rock.
As far as the point of cave in's, you must be thinking of the old school hand dug 6ft in diameter wells. Where you send down a bucket and winch it up. That's not the case here.
New wells (for residential use) are usually dug with a 2-3" pipe. once water is hit, you send down a smaller pipe inside the bigger pipe and then you pull the digging pipe back up. And backfill the service pipe with pea gravel or bentonite. Water is allowed to weep into the service pipe with small holes in the last 5-10ft tip.
I would provide everything up to this point for the contracted price. The supplies you would need to supply would be in fact your submersible pump, water pressure tank & filtration system, and delivery lines into your house or irrigation fixtures.
So in addition to the contract fee, expect another $250-$400 for the actual pump, plus another $300 for well supply system.
Again, it still comes in MUCH MUCH cheaper than paying someone to do just the well.
So to go down say 170 ft figure: (10pcs) 16ft 1.25" pvc pipe,
I'm from Houston and own 40 acres off fm 1111.
Interesting ideas on digging wells, there. If you did em, they will come.
Are you sure you can find water there?
Hello Greg -
Again, im not there on site yet. Packing up now as im typing this. I plan on moving out there to start working on my homestead after the holiday.
But, yeah in my experience you can put a hole ANYWHERE in the ground as long as its deep enough you will hit some water. The issue is how long will it last. And that depends on whether or not you hit a larger supply or not. Think of the difference between hitting a river vs a small or large pond. this will determine how long your well will last.
Good news is with 20 acres, you can dig several holes in different areas and probably hit more underground aquafers or streams.
I plan on buying water for atleast the first 3 mnnths until i get the house built and the animal paddocks setup. then i will work on well diggings....but yeah i can do it!
Looks like you can get an affordable evaluation of water potential. Even if you're sure, it might pay to get an opinion like this.
I might have found the link on this site today. I know I saw it somewhere. [ http://www.wefindwater.com/ ]
Good luck with your trip. I'll be out there eventually, but I am stuck here in Houston for the time being.
If you can find water, you've got something.
Water is everything out there.
Joe Blow, did you decide if or did you build your drilling rig for water? My wife and I purchased 200 acres out there and we're trying to figure out how or means for a water supply. I've been looking into potable water tanks. You can email me at email@example.com Thank you.
Thank you for posting that info about the water company. I was starting to worry about water situation since there is no way I could afford to dig a well on my small pension. I would like to be there already but there's so much to do to prepare but thanks to you I am one step closer. Thanks again
Hey Joe I have land out there by Sierra Blanca TX I would like more info on your well partner thing
Plus I know where the cheap land is if you need help finding some email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
hi i just bought 140 ac and have spent the weekend on it. i love it and jerry was very helpful on the phone.
im in quail II unit 550
We just purchased 60 acres in qb ii unit 545. Guess we'll be nieghbors. Have you established a home yet? Drilled for water, etc. Plz email us at email@example.com if you have any helpful info. Thanks!
Just bought 80 acres south 1111 / from sierra blanca ....quitman rd.
keep in touch neighbors...From Sugarland,Texas.
Just bought 40. I'm in South Houston by Hobby. Hope to meet and discuss plans and information.
I guess I'm a neighbor with some of you. I just bought 40 acres at sunset ranch. I have seen some other posts that have disturbed me greatly. I want to put either a small portable cabin or RV and live off grid. Any advice for water or solar power i would be grateful. I may have to call Richard Jr. My plot is on McNeely rd 12 miles north on fm1111.hoping to be out there in a year or so. Hope to meet some of you soon.
Hello all. I am under contract for two adjoining 20 acre parcels on Indian Springs Rd., south of I-10. Land was advertised with "power on the land". I would like to come out, clear a few roads, and have electric installed further onto the property as a first step, but I read somewhere online that regulations require water/septic to be installed BEFORE power companies can legally hook up electric. Does anybody know if this is true? My goal was to live in a self-contained RV with electric power for appliances/tv, then work on the other site improvements afterward. Any info would be great! Thanks, Tom (978)870-3107 (also, does anyone have a skid steer/small dozer to rent to clear land with?)
Hello all, I have recently found out some information regarding water. I visited the water company and asked about the water purchase. The water company told me that you sign a contract with them for water. You get an account and this is how they monitor how much water you take when you fill your portable tank. The cost is $25 per month for 2000 gallons. The catch ; you pay $25 a month whether you get your allotment or not. If you go over the $25 per month, you will be charged extra. I also heard there is an old timer in town that will drill a well for $7500 and guarantee water. I still need to get more info about the well driller.
I just bought 60 acres and hope to build out there soon. Do you have information on the water hauler or the person who will drill a well?
I got very busy for the past year and had to slow my progress and research so I have not found a reliable well driller yet. I plan on hauling my own water and will also be willing to haul for my neighbors. I think it's important to help one another when you can, especially in such a rural setting. The down side is that I'm not sure when I will be there permanently yet. As I find out more info on wells or anything else important, I will share on this site.
I also have info on property tax. If you have not paid off your property, then you are currently paying a reduced tax rate that was given to Sunset Ranches. How do I know this ? I was told this by the appraiser's office when I called them. Why did I call the appraisal office ? Because I recently got a letter from them about property that I paid for. It was the new appraisal of the property and to inform me of the 400.6% tax increase. Yes, I said 400.6% tax increase. There is nothing special about this property and it is not on the road. In fact it is 1.5 miles off the road. I can't say for everyone else but this is what has happened with me.
If you don't mind, it would be helpful to know a dollar amount for the taxes. To help put it in perspective, so for example, how much for a 20 acre parcel, per year. Currently the taxes on my parcels are paid by the developer (current owner, lender), so I probably have another 10 years left before I have it paid off. Thanks and best wishes.
Hi Carlin, For the 20 acres I mentioned that increased 400%, the amount was $160 a year. This amount is minimal but what struck me was the amount of increase and basically how big Sunset Ranches tax break is. Now for 20 or 40 acres the taxes would be fine but I currently am at 1030 acres. I did find out that you can request an appeal and there are several requests you can make that will lower your tax rate. As an example, if you are a disabled Veteran, If you plan to use the land for farm or agricultural or if you have a large amount of land taxed as a single unit. But all of these must be requested and approved by Sierra Blanca board members. This is what I was told by the tax office in Sierra Blanca. Hope this helps some.
Thanks so much for the specific numbers, that will help with planning. I'm not an expert on this, but what I'm wondering, is that the Sunset Ranch tax is based on the whole ranch, and it may also be grandfathered in at an old rate. When the land is subdivided, and the deed transferred, it then gets re... reassessed or what ever the word is. And then of course, when you develop, build something, again, they may raise the value of the land again, and more taxes. A thought I just had, since I have 4 of the twenty acre parcels, if I keep all my improvements on one of the parcels, the tax on the other 3 shouldn't get jacked too bad... will see how that happens, but will be a while. Thanks again and best wishes.
Carlin, Texas is a non-disclosure State. What this means is that they can't force you to disclose how much you paid for your land or what improvements have been made. With that said, they will send you a letter , after you have paid for a parcel(s) and ask you to volunteer how much you paid. I strongly suggest that you provide this information since it will benefit you you for taxes. If you don't answer, then they assess your land based off of current selling prices of land around you which they may artificially inflate. As for the Sunset Ranches tax rate, it was a brokered deal with Hudspeth County and Sunset Ranches as land developers. County gave Sunset Ranches a very nice tax break with no increases. Also, I was told by the County Clerk in Sierra Blanca that no permits are required to build on your land if it's 20 acres or more. She told me very bluntly that "it's your land, do want you want with it." She did say she would sell me any permits I wanted but no one would come and inspect. I'm not sure how often or if they do reassess the property but I would not let that prevent me from building were I wanted on any of my parcels especially since they , by law, can't ask or trespass. Hope this helps. I'll do my best to answer based off what I know and have been told by the County.
That's good info, thank you very much Norm.
Wife and I just purchased 24.45 acres, Blue Quail III. And we have tried to locate it on Google Earth, to no avail. I was wondering about roads ( PAVED OR DIRT ) nearby, to help narrow it down. Any help would be greatly appreciated. THX IN ADVANCE
I have 60 acres in Blue Quail III, most of the roads are dirt and you will not be able to see it on google earth I tried also before taking my land tour. I didn't have cell phone service while I was on the property which is why you wont get it on the map.
All roads are dirt roads pending on which part u are in you may need a 4x4 truck.
Go to dept transportation el paso state road dept will look up 911address and assign it you also go to this department to get permit to install driveway after plan is approved. If you live on rm1111 I strongly recommend that you get all regulations, permits before you do anything construction wise. Rio grand electric in dell is provider for 1111 they also have telephone company. The only electronics that work in sunset ranch is gps devices
Hello all, I just purchased 60 acre in blue quail 3 block 600. Ive been through the area, but not on property yet. I plan on building on site. Wanted to say hi.
HI Dave , we are neighbors. I am in 601. Please let me know how it is.
I just purchased Lot 49 of Section 6 Block 71 5.14 Acres and was wondering if anyone could tell me about the area. There is an easement on the property for utilities.
Please let us know what you find out. We are on the same boat :)
I found a map online that was able to pin point my lot and the neighbors have an above ground pool at their ranch so it must not be that bad. I'm about 7 miles from the Rio and about 12 from town. I have maps that show roads that will allow you google map them and use the zoom function to actually do a virtual walk tour. Its KOOL!!
Hello everyone, 2 months ago I started my purchase of 100 acres unit 456 section 13 block 39. Any would by most appreciated. Water well and septic tank drilling info is what I'm looking for. If there is a water hauling that would be great. Having a home built and delivered as soon as the VA stop giving me the run around.
Did you get any info? I would like that info if you did.
I have spoken with the VA, I was told that I needed to have 10% of the $415,000 I was needing. So I'm back at the beginning. But that is okay, God will provide. I did try USDA you have lots of paper work.
We are really neighbors,I have 80 ac in blue quail 2, unit 458 block 39
I have a trailer on it but unfortunately don't have that much time to visit it
Hoe we meet soon.
Hi Bamo Jeff...How cool. Y'all are right behind us. Our property have 3 hills just west of your tract. We will be out there in a few months to start clearing and filling, etc. If you have facebook i encourage you to check out the "Sierra Blanca Community Page"
Many of us property owners our on that page n its easier to communicate on there...ok...hope to chat with ya soon. Blessings.
just bought 60 acres unit 453 going soon to build a adobe
Have u found water
I recently started making payments on a piece of the Silver Spur Ranch, I have 4 parcels of 20 acres each, for about 80+ Acres, total. The land is on the Indian Hot Springs Road, south of Sierra Blanca. I drove out from Austin on the 4th of July holiday weekend this year (2015) and camped.
Wind should be a good option for power generation, or flying kites! Saw a few jack rabbits and road runner birds. The stars at night were breathtaking.
Just wanted to say Thanks to Norm Henderson for posting the information about the water company, that seems to be a better option than drilling a well, especially for my plans of only going out a few times a year. Eventually I'll retire out there, but considering the cost of a well, it would take a LONG time to break even on that!
I did see one person living across from my property, noticed he had water tank in the back of his truck, so he likely was getting water from town. I respected his no trespassing signs and didn't go in to talk to him...
For anyone who hasn't been to your property yet, what I saw looks much like the pictures I saw on the websites. And it would look about the same for a few miles in any direction! I was able to find enough roads on Google Maps to get GPS Coordinates of my property. The company had offered a tour, but schedules didn't work out, I didn't have any problem finding it on my own, between my GPS and road signs. Once there, I walked the property and used my GPS to mark all the survey markers.
Nice to meet you all here, and best wishes!
Carlin (from Austin, Texas)
I'm from NY and also recently purchased 20acres off Hot Springs Rd. I haven't been able to see land yet, but was wondering if you have any pictures of your land.
Here's a link to some pictures I took back in July.
In the "Little Truck" picture, there is a motorhome, that is parked just off the county road, there is a power line there. I had hiked up toward the hill, to get the view over my property. That view was looking toward the south, across the valley.
The Silver Spur sign is at the beginning of the ranch, my property is a mile or so past that I think, been a while now :)
The tree is on one corner of my property, there were a few others like that, they grow probably over 10 feet tall, but most of the scrub brush is only 2 or 3 feet tall... in some areas the brush is thick enough you can't walk through it, but there are game trails so you just walk around the brush.
Hope that helps!
Hi Carlin and everyone! My family and I are looking to buy 60 acres there and get out of Arizona, any and all information would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you.
Welcome. I'm not out there yet, so haven't done much actual work, but I'm hoping to get out there in March for a week. From what I've seen so far, wind or solar electric would work well, its always windy, and pretty often sunny. From there, it depends on how long you'd spend out there, full time or just the occasional weekend. If not full time, probably cheaper to haul water, and buy a portable generator. It would probably take a few years to break even on a well, but you can haul it from town. There is power, utility poles in some area. I have one right across the county road from my plots. Even so, since I won't be out there very much for the next few years, it doesn't make sense to pay a connection and monthly fee. But there are lots of options! If you're already in Arizona, you should be used to the desert lifestyle.
Good luck, welcome, and feel free to post questions.
I just bought 20 ac myself close to you. Just bought them this week so I don't have much info.
Andy (South Houston)
I would like to introduce myself as a Sierra Blanca land purchaser. I'm in the process of buying 80 acres. I came across this site while trying to find maps or a way to see the location of the property at unit 650 lots 2-5 section 21 block 26.
I mainly bought as an investment with plans to build an earth ship at some point. I hope to meet you all whenever I get a chance to visit the property.
We just purchased 60 acres in the Blue Quail Phase1. To be exact, it is Unit 416 - lots 12, 13 and 14. I have seen many posts asking about water, but have not seen any answers. Would like to know if anyone has found any solutions? Feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, would like to know who our new neighbors are.
Howdy we're looking at purchasing 60 acres in Sierra Blanca and have read a lot of post about going to the water company to have water hauled which is good to know but I'm curious about what septic systems are being used and cost also if anyone is using compost toilets? Any help would be appreciated my email is email@example.com
I just contracted 20 acres there and plan on using a composting toilet. I found an ok for it in the covenant for Sunset Ranches it stated that a "state-approved composting toilet was acceptable" however it also stated that if you planned on getting electricity that they would require a legally installed septic system first. No electricity or septic for me ! I plan on going completely off grid and hopefully will become proficient enough with the composting toilet that I can fertilize a nice little landscape there in the desert 🙂
Here is a website I found that provides good information regarding septic systems in Texas.http://www.tceq.texas.gov/licensing/ossf/ossfhomeowners.html
I will be putting in my own septic system. I will use a dual chamber tank or just 2 tanks and then run leak lines out. My calculation for the leach lines or bed is based off how many gallons of water I use a day divided by the absorption rate. Example: I use 1000 gallons of water a day and the absorption rate is 2, then I need at least 500 square feet of leach area. You can find out the absorption rate of your land by digging a hole about 18 inches deep. Be sure the sides of the hole are roughed up and not packed smooth. Drop a yard stick in the hole and add at least 6 inches of water. It's important to know how many inches of water is in the hole. Wait 30 minutes and then measure how much water is left in the hole. Example: 6 inches of water in hole, wait 30 minutes, now there is 4.5 inches of water in the hole. Divide 30 by 1.5 and that is your absorption rate = 20 minutes per inch of water. I recommend doing this at several locations and averaging it for better drainage results. I know that this is not the best method but it will provide you with a pretty good idea of absorption rate.
I forgot to say that I normally over do everything so I will be adding another 50% to any calculations I come up with for my leach. Also be sure to look at how much land slope you have and in which direction. You want the septic water to disperse equal as possible over your entire leach area. So, too much slope and the septic water all ends up at the bottom of your leach area and can cause panic soil and smell. Too little slope and you now have the same issue but closer to home. The degree of slope used will also be determined by the absorption rate. The faster the absorption, the more slope you can have. I have not done all the calculation yet since I have not started my septic but I wanted to share what I have found and what I plan to use. Also, Here is a link to the soil survey of Hudspeth County. http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_MANUSCRIPTS/texas/hudspethTX2013/Hudspeth%20Soil%20Survey.pdf Hope all this at least helps a little.
Thanks for the info. Did you have to get a permit from the county or city of Sierra Blanca? I've heard different stories on getting permits, that they don't require them because there's nobody to inspect
When me and my wife went to the Court House in Sierra Blanca to get an address for our property is when I asked about permits. The clerk told me that she would sale me all the permits I want but no one would come and inspect. "It's your property, you do what you want." She then told me and my wife how her and her husband had just finished building their house and had got no permits. Now, this was my experience and it is not meant as guidance for others. I don't want any one to have issues because of what I was told.
Are any of y'all using solar or wind for electricity ? If so what systems or company did y'all use? And prices for systems thanks
Wind and solar would be great options. I spent the weekend out there last year, for 4th of July, and the wind was pretty consistent. I didn't have anything to measure wind speed with me, I will take a meter with me next time. I currently live about a 10 hour drive away, so don't get out as often as I'd like to.
Hello my husband and I just purchased 100 acres in the Silver Spur Ranch Unit 12 section 6 block 70 Tracts 19 20 21 28 and 29 we are very excited about moving and was wondering about the cost of living are the groceries expensive would it be a suitable area to build a walapini to grow our own fruits and vegetables I know I will need to do soil amendments also thought about hydroponic gardening but wasn't sure about it because of the water situation hoping to start a little business in my community offering non gmo plants and maybe even some vegetables and fruits and I would love to find others in the area with similar interests of gardening and prepping thanks heidi b
Heidi, Are you on Texas Rangers Road? I have 340 acres in the Silver Spur and love the scenery there. I'm up the road from you. The nearest grocery store of consequence is in Van Horn. Everyone tells me they go to El Paso to shop. I went there once but I do not like that traffic and road construction. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just purchased 20 ac in Silver Spur this week. I don't have any info yet. Just saying hi!!!
I too just recently found a ad to purchase 20 acres in Silve Spur Ranches....seriously considering jumping on it. My plans are too do a earth ship building also.
My question to anyone out there...does anyone have access to a skid steer (aka bobcat) or something that can be used to bushhog or clear building spot? If so, post back. email@example.com
Howdy Nieghbors we just bought 60 acres on Blue quail ranch2 unit 524 tract 9,10,23 hopefully we'll be moved out there in a year or so! Hopefully we'll get to meet some of y'all in the near future!
hi there im in blue quail 2 also. stopped by the property on unit 550 with my rig. It was alittle tricky getting into the property with the roads but all was good. I made a campfire and cooked on it. Explored some and watched a beautiful sunset. I have 140 acs and love every one of them.
How was the soil do you think it's good for planting? Also did you find anything out about water supply other than hauling. Maybe a well?
Hey neighbor have you gone to look at your land by any chance, if so I had some questions if you don't mind. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I just purchased land in Blue Quail Ranch 3 for 60 acres 601,606,607.
Haven't been there. Seems like a lot of people are already building there. You think it is safe despite of the "waste issue"?.
I have recently bought 20 acres on a ridge south of Big tank road. I currently live in the Houston area. I have a lot of questions and would like to make some friends. I will not be building for the next few years but would like some info to help with my planning. Is anyone willing to answer any questions.I will be visiting the property 2nd-3rd week of June.
I don't know if I know the answers but you can write me with them. email@example.com
I just got 20ac in Silver Spur yesterday. Would like to trade info or ideas
Andy (S Houston) 7138280031
Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks. Will definitely do that
Sierra Blanca gets their water from another town that says something about drilling for water...
Bill and I just bought 20 acres off of 1111 we plan to move there soon coming out to check things out first. Would love to hear from someone in blue quail 3 I can't wait to meet like minded people who have gotten tired of too much traffic and noise. We live 6 miles from ocean city md. Turnover of almost 300,00 people every week and 400,00 to 450,00 for holidays during summer.
Congratulations bill & Chris!!!
Thank you very much. I can't wait to get out there and see our land
are you drilling wells yet, im on 453 just off 111. going there this week
Got up with a co-op in dell city, they will come in off our electric pole that comes with our land 150 feet and put a meter on a pole $ 0 BUT it has to be full time residence
Water is a whole nother animal I have quotes from 22$ 32$ a foot and that's not pump for well. 400 to 800 ft to water, anyone have better news?
What did you find out about your water situation? We are looking to purchase property in Sierra Blanca TX soon.
not sure If we are close to you all but would like to get more information that you all might have gotten on the electric and water are power is 400 ft thanks for your thoughts. MT
Hey Bill and Chris! My wife and I just bought 40 acres in Quail III and will be coming out for a visit soon. We are in Unit 456 on Big Tank Rd. If you have any info or tips before the visit feel free to share. Hope to meet everyone soon!
Hello All -
Planning to start building a rammed earth structure on my property in June. Does anyone hear know or have any heavy equipment i can use (hire/rent) to do some land clearing. Im in Silver Spur Ranch.
Just got curious enough to look up rammed earth walls, beautiful walls. Where are you going to get your material from. Did you attend a class?
Hello Bill -
Yeah sorta. Basically taught myself. I've been researching cheap inexpensive ways to build a house. And ive looked at EVERYTHING from icf, sips, compressed earth brick, strawbale, cob, sand bags, earthships, etc. And based on the cost and availability of materials...rammed earth and compressed bricks are by far the cheapest and best materials for us to work with in SW texas. Reason being all you need is the dirt, cement, and water. The dirt that we have out here in the desert is mostly sand, clay, and aggerate anyway. So its perfect for it. Outside of cement, all you need is a couple pieces of plywood for your forms. For exterior walls its complete pkg, meaning sheathing, insulation, and interior finish.
For interior walls im using free palllets and drywall. Thats it.
Joe blow just purchased cpl hundred acres out at silver spur off Roy Rodgers will be checking it out after the holidays, I own a construction company in Houston with heavy equipment will most likely be bringing skid steer down there to do work on my property if we could trade out help for rental when I put up my fence or have a project I'm willing to work something out. Also does any body know if there's a issue with bringing a camper to leave on property year around or would it have to be carried back n fourth?
I've seen some old motorhomes parked out that way, up to you if you feel comfortable leaving something there. If you look at my photos here:
The one with the "little truck on the prairie" there is a motorhome parked across the road from my property, it hasn't moved in the last year, I didn't see any signs of anyone being in it. About the only traffic I saw on the road 1111 was Border Patrol :)
We just purchased in bq ii n would be interested in working with you.
My Fiance & I would be interested in renting your skid steer for cash so we can clear n grade
We are off fm1111 n fredrick rd in blue Quail II Sunset ranches. 15 mins north of town, Sierra Blanca. Places out of el paso want to charge us almost 900 for unit n trailer for just 3 days. Ridiculous I say...lol...anyhoo, check out the facebook "Sierra Blanca Community Page". I'm on there or you can email us at email@example.com...Thanks.
I am getting ready to buy 40 acres I will be coming out to see what the sunset ranch has to offer I am thinking of putting in a grocery and a barbque place I will drill my own water well I have converted a 350 ideco gambler work over rig into a water well drilling rig it can drill to a depth of 2,000 feet easly I was told I could get good water at around 600to700 ft hopefully I will be able to find some land on the main road to build my home and business if any one can give me any inside information on a good parcel of land on the main hwy I would appreciate it my number is 409-207-2891 I live in beaumont texas thank you I also own pitts&more bar b que pitts I build custom cook off pitts large or small
My wife and I have been looking to purchase property in Sierra a Blanca TX and was wondering if anyone could give us some insite on the well (water) situation. Cost? Etc?
I'd like to second that question. There are those who posted here who know about how to get water from a company in Sierra Blanca. If you know the name of that company and its contact info, I'd appreciate the info. Thanks.
Wayne: If this blog is checked regularly, someone may come along soon and answer your question. You may need to be patient.
Leaving for hudspeth county Saturday. Supposed to meet sunset ranch on site person Tuesday,anyone know how to find land without REP? We are in blue quail 3 on RM 1111
What I ended up doing, because my first time out was on a holiday, and I would be getting there pretty late at night, I looked at the maps in my package, and found a few reference points, roads, etc, and then looked on Google Maps until I found some of the same points. From Google Maps, I found the GPS coordinates, and was able to drive right to it. Usually the maps will have a scale on them, so even if you drive 1 mile past a reference point, or what ever, you can probably figure it out. Once there, I walked around until I started finding the survey markers, so I knew for sure I was on the right parcels. Something else I did, was to walk the property, and use my camera phone to take pictures of all the survey markers. Even though I didn't have cell coverage, the phone recorded GPS positions of each picture automatically, so after, I could use Google Maps to mark where each picture was taken. Hope that makes sense?
Did you get an assigned 911 address for your property if not how does that impact your ability to get a driver's license for texas
Hi My name is AMANDA. My HUSBAND and I just purchased 80 acres off of Gunslinger. We will be moving out there soon. Thank you for all your input.
We bought 100 acres off Gunsight Road between Strait and Mansion. Don't know where you are, but would love to hear what y'all are discovering.
Welcome Glenn and Rosan Coyl, I'm not sure where gunsight is however there are several people I've met here that have property on that street. Come join our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SierraBlancaCommunity/ meet your neighbors.
Interesting reading here! I just bought 20 acres in Silver Spur......
Tract 22 in unit 12, section 6, block 20........
I plan to be down on September 16 and get a good look at the entire area. Passed through on I-10 a few times MANY years ago. Tired of the increasing traffic and expense of the East Coast.... So planning now.
Take care: Russell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Correction, block 70.....
My husband richard and I just bought 40acres unit 602 tract 8 and 15. Visited the place a few weeks back and loved it. Dirt roads not too far off Highway and close to some nice family vacation places. Has anyone had a well dug yet close by? Email me at email@example.com
We are on Nelson Rd fronting on FM1111 got.here the 5th of august still 2 more weeks for electric a multilayer process same with open an entrance to 1111 did get a mobile home on the site
Hello everyone, I am purchasing 320 acres
In silver spur ranch. Section 1 lower half Jesse James drive. Will be out around 3rd
Week in October. To see property. Looking to talk with anyone in area.
I made the trip from NC, visited my land on September 16 and it was exactly what I expected, I like it......... I would like to buy another 20 acres bordering it now that I've seen it in person.
There is a tremendous amount of good information in these posts. I do agree with the comment that it is very difficult to follow with them not being in chronological order.
I have 2 parcels in Hudspeth County, each 20+ acres; they are lore 23 & 24, Section 33, Block 13,PSL,a/k/a Longhorn Ranchettes. Thins is not a platter subdivision. These parcels are close, in general, to the lots mentioned in these communications.
I am interested in selling them, as I do not reside in the area and will, alas, be unable to move there. I prefer to sell them within the next four months, especially to those who already have an affinity for the area. If any of you have interest or know of someone else wanting to take advantage of the benefits this region offers, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just wanted to sign up and stay informed. I just spoke to the folks at Sunset ranches on Friday. I was told there were a few areas for sell that had utilities. I was also told there was a local guy that would haul in water. I was not told anything by the sales rep, FYI! He didn't know Jack! He flat out said he could be of no help about water or utilities or anything else, he gave me the number of one of the folks that do the tours. He said he just sells the land!!! Nice to see there seems to be a lot of really nice people buying the properties.
I'm in Pecos, Tx now. I've been working out here about 6 years. The thought of moving back to Houston is a nightmare after living in West Texas so long now! It would not be a far drive for me some weekend if anyone needed a picture or needed information needed in person.
Evie, could you send me some photos of Unit 435 or some of big tank road? I bought 100 acres in that unit. If you could? it would be much appreciated. email@example.com
Gary, I would be glad to. I google mapped Pecos to Sierra Blanca last night and it's about 2 hours west of me. In west Texas, that's a hop, skip and a jump !! Especially with 80 mph all the way.
I'm not sure which weekend I'll head out there yet. Once fall actually gets to West Texas I love road trips! Otherwise, it's too hot to leave any place w/o a/c😂
I will email you to get more specifics on where your property is. I have gps in my vehicle. Hopefully that will get me there!!
Have any of you had issues with being landlocked or been foreclosed on? I've just started digging into Sunset ranches and I'm not finding a lot of good information so far!
I'm heading out there this weekend! To Hudspeth (NOT FLORIDA) where Sunset Ranches is based out of.
Go with Lonestar Investments. They are in El Paso and are honest.
http://www.lonestarinvestments.com/ I bought from them three times and have many friends who bought with them. I love my properties in the old Silver Spur Ranch off 1111 south of Sierra blanca. You can e-mail me with other questions if you want. Wetlandspecialist@gmail.com
do you have water or utilities? How much per acre approx are you paying.
I'd agree with John and Russell,
I'm also a customer of LoneStar Investments, and my property is also off of 1111 south of Sierra Blanca.
If you click my name, that should link you to some pictures of the time I was out there in July 2015.
As for prices, I think it was about $500 an acre? No water, power is at the road, I haven't looked into price for hooking up. There have been a few people posted info about getting water from town. I was out on a long weekend, so didn't bother looking into that, but the person who lives across the road, I noticed they had a big water tank in the back of their truck.
As John stated, I'd also suggest Lonestar Investments in El Paso. I just signed my second contract with them and have been to their office in person. Very helpful, legit, and honest.
And both of y'all have been to your properties and know that you can live there?
Yes, I have visited my land. Personally, I love the area. Lots of rabbits, and other wildlife. There is a power line running through the ranch land there, I don't have power or water yet, but intend to in the futuren.....A well would have to be deep to hit water, that's the expensive part. There is the option of a water tank but you would have to transfer the water yourself, some are doing that locally. I saw where a neighbor lot has a new mobil home pulled in with a metal roof preparing to set up. There are no visible homes near my land................Lone Star Iisnvestments is not a place that "wants" foreclosure. They'd work with someone before they'd try and do that.......The particular 2 lots I've purchased (42 acres total), I was able to access in a small car with dry weather...... The first 5 miles on 1111 is asphalt, then where the pavement ends, left at the fork, (sign there for silver spur) you go another 5 miles on the gravel/dirt road to enter Silver Spur. There are cattle guards to cross, some livestock are roaming the area yet. Again, no issue with a small car at all if no rain. The right of ways are marked with street signs, and land corners are marked. There are a few back lots near the mountains where a 4x4 truck is "more suitable" for accessing. This is south of I-10 in Sierra Blanca.
With how this blog post is set up, I'll post a link to pictures I posted a while back, of my property.
Russell, it sounds like we're pretty close to each other. Lots of rabbits, and I saw some road runners the last time I was out there. I'm also right off of 1111 to the south of town, there is one person living across the road and up a bit from my property, and another old RV parked near the road, also across from mine. There is a power line, but as others have said, you'd need to haul water. So, depending on what you're expecting, that is either perfect, or not livable. I'm currently in Austin, Texas, and trying to get my work to transfer me out to El Paso, which will be a bit of a drive, but at least then I won't be paying apartment rent anymore. Oh, yes, the corners of all my lots (I have 4 of the 20 acre parcels) were all surveyed and marked. I used my cell phone to take pictures of each marker, then used Google Earth to geo tag them all on a map, so now I have GPS coordinates of all the markers. The road was pretty washboard rough, in places, but going slow most cars could drive no problem. I was out there in July 2015, and again in March 2016, might go out again in October 2016. My plans will be to live off grid for the first 6 months or so, and then see how it goes after that. I grew up hauling drinking water, so that's not a big deal to me, and if I end up working in El Paso, I'd be going into town every day anyway, so might just fill up a water jug at work for drinking!
I also saw a Road Runner while I was there........I first had lot 22 in unit 12, then was able to work out acquiring 18 and 19 together and trading back 22. My first lot was fine, but I'm very pleased with 18 and 19's location and much happier..... My lots are on Texas Rangers off of Roy Rogers which is off County Rd...... It will be a few years before I build in Silver Spur..... I'll visit annually or more and do a few things before then like a driveway, fencing, planning, ECT. I still have a home to complete here before I sell. El Paso is a reasonable drive to make and is my favorite US City. Yet, I don't want to live in the city.
Sunset Ranches is a scam! Look at these links: Texas file enter SUNSET RANCHES AS GRANTOR....THOUSANDS OF FORECLOSURES. THERE IS NO WATER. THE LAND IS NOT LIVABLE. THEY FORECLOSE ON YOU AND BUY BACK THE LAND AND RESALE IT!!
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I've been there a dozen times camping and RV-ing. I have flat land and mountain. I have some on 1111 with 3 utility poles and some on Lone Star/Roy Rogers and up into the Quitman Mts. I love it out there and the climate has been very comfortable for me March-Nov. I haven't been in the winter and don't really plan to. Last time out I saw dozens of Jack Rabbits a few cottontail rabbits, turkey, lizards and cacti in bloom. I'll go out again in November.
Evie, I brought 140 acres from sunset ranches in 2015 I have 6 more payments. My land off of Big Tank rd and Beaumont, is registered with Sierra Blanca tax office and El Paso 9-11 emergency address commission I can say they are not a scam. I really wish people would not speak this way. Where are you and others getting this info?
I'm in far West Texas; I did a lot of research online and through the courthouse there. I found that there have been THOUSANDS of foreclosures on the properties and picked back up by Sunset and then sold again. Several times. There is no water. The water if you are able to drill a well deep enough to get any is brine and not drinkable. Which most of already know about the water issues in West Texas, but this is a place where you will definitely be dependent on going and bringing water in or hopefully finding someone to bring it to you.
When I spoke to a gentleman from Sunset, and he knew I lived in West Texas, he couldn't get me off the phone fast enough. He said that he knew nothing about the land/water/utilities and couldn't tell me anything about the property, that he only "sells" it!! Which explains a lot of people buying from other states, getting out here and realizing its nothing like what they have imagined or had been told. I wish those of you that have bought and are making it work, the best!! It's beautiful country out here.
Alpina thank you for standing up to the nay sayers ,of course there is work involved to make it happen! We have 911 #, opening to 1111, electric, we have water set up like we did where we came from except water is pumped from a 550 gal container, hauling water is not a problem for us, never drank water from our well in md. Either. Got septic put in took 5hrs start to finish. We are enjoying our time here and love texas!
i agree they are not a scam even the county seat says they are very legal. I love my 140 acs it is just what they said it was. And they were very helpful. There was a camp site on part of my property with some stuff left sun set offered to have it cleaned up for me. Im very happy with them.
Evie, I've had my land I brought directly from sunset ranches March 2015, had know problems. Any way where I'm located 456 and 458 Dell city said it would cost $20,000.00 a poll in order for me to get electric, I don't think so. Going solar. Hope to be there this spring coming. Brother-in-law and sister helping me build my house. Still have to sale the house I'm in here in Copperas Cove, Texas which is proving to be harder than I thought. Have called sunset about what you've read?
This is what I want to know !!!! True OR False !!
I buy and sell property in Arkansas .
The same (on contract) as they do there.
I just want to know if someone MISSES A DAY of a payment ,they
take it back,late fees, or 7-15 days flexibility on late fees
This blog has become a great forum for Sunset ranch owners is there any way a forum can be set up like the one they have for Cornudas? Neighbors helping neighbors!!
Anyway I am so happy I stumbled across this blog. I just signed on for 20 acres with big hopes of increasing that acreage later.
I have plans for going totally off grid and eventually creating a completely self sustaining homestead. Since there are no building codes I have been looking at all the possibilities and have fallen in love with the Earth or Mud or Cob Homes. Going to go first with solar then later adding windmills. A composter toilet beats a septic tank and doesn't waste water and saves buying fertilizer for Non-edibles. I am Texan by birth but raised up in the California deserts. I was stationed at Ft Bliss back in the 80's and I am looking forward to seeing it again. I can't wait to come "home" and meeting all the neighbors. After reading all the comments I'd say that you couldn't ask for a better bunch of people to call "neighbor". See you all soon
Hi Debra I made a Facebook group for everyone to talk on also
Did not see it.
Just joined this group wish others from Sierra Blanca would join.
Just requested to join have lot 10 unit 530 in SunSet Ranch 20 acre plat on unnamed rd right now seeing what I have to do to get real address. Hope to met all when I come out
If you are truly wanting to live off grid check out a product called the waterseer.
It makes water from thin air. And being in Texas, solar panels ate a great alternative power option.
Hi Matt, where you get the waterseer from? I've been reading about them. And does anyone know if Dell City electric gotten and farther down Big Tank Road yet? I really don't wish to pay $20000.00 per poll just so I can get the Internet for my business. I can do without tv and things I have here in Copperas Cove, however need the Internet to run my business.
Matt, thanks for that advice. I hadn't heard the name Waterseer but a friend has been telling about grabbing the water from thin air. I think its a great invention that can really make a difference in the desert areas.He also told me about a great place to shop online called Global Resources. they are based in China where the "Green" business is exploding with all kinds of new technology. And the prices are as expected from China.. really easy on the pocketbook. what we pay here for one solar panel could buy up to a hundred from there. So anyone out there needing solar supplies you can get their app for apple or android. and anyone looking to build a nice house on the cheap look up their prefab and modular homes they're outrageously low priced.kind of like Sunset Ranches !! See you all in January :))
Joe blow count me in i want a well on my land let me know when you are ready
My wife has concerns about this being a scam, have all of you been treated fairly with the financier and has anybody received a actual land deed?
I am looking at some property now. On the well issue. Run them thru BBB AND CALL the county Sheriff out there u might talk to THE sheriff.
Also see and look and see if they hold lic. With sec. Of state. Or a environment dept. Of the state.
Experience I have with crooks. We still like prosecute then hang . Just joking on the hanging. But run them thru the state agencies .
My property is purchased and financed through Lone Star Investments in El Paso, Tx..... I live in NC and I've visited my Texas land. After visiting the land, I actually visited their office in El Paso, TX. They are friendly and honest. I easily traded up my 20 acres for another 40 acres I liked better. Reworking the contract was SIMPLE, they are very organized. The office is a 1 hour drive from Silver Spur Ranches where my land is. This land is way back in the middle of nowhere but beautiful, a 15 minute drive to Sierra Blanca... Roads are country dirt/gravel. I love it, lots of rabbits. I recommend you call Lone Star Investments. Ask for Mercy Denoso, she's extremely helpful. (915) 532-5263.
Thanks for your reply, she was just concerned that it's to easy to do the financing sight unseen and no credit check with just a signature and a check, we are doing a sight visit next month bought 200 acres
There is so much land in TX it's rediculous. I know there are some other real estate and finance companies selling similar properties. I can only speak for Lone Star Investments. I read good reviews on them ahead of time. There have been foreclosures, but that isn't the fault of the finance company. That's from people not making payments. I was told they often work with people long as they communicate with them should financial issues arise. In NC, such an easy quick buy I would consider a scam, things just aren't done that way here. Land sales are simply more laid back in Hudspeth County Texas. I found the people to be friendly in that area.....Good luck to you! I'm going back again in the spring.
Very happy to have found this blog. We purchased our land back in May and have been out there several times. We have recently discovered the benefits of earthships and I was wondering if anyone else had thought about building one on their property. Mike Reynolds has helped show people how sustainable housing can be built anywhere, even in the middle of the desert and I think its a wonderful concept. If anyone has similar interest in this I would enjoy to see what your thoughts are. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello everyone! My wife and I just bought 40 Acres in Quail III and will be headed out there soon. I created a group on Facebook to help us organize our community if anyone is interested. I hope the holidays find you well and look forward to hearing from my neighbors soon.
Cory and Family
Thanks Cory for starting that page. Just found it and put in my request to join. I hope more people join. I think it will help for people to communicate and help each other out there. Thanks
I am looking at properties out there ! Is it worth it .
Good price ? But no water! No water ! No septic! No power ! !
IS IT worth it ?
The part of is it worth it is totally up to you that is not up to someone else to make it for you, my family loves it as far as a hunting camp, are a trip away from the city. Check out some YouTube footage on the field lab of a guy who moved from all he knew in New York and is making it work he runs a blog every day of the experience. Then you can make your decision if it's worth it in your eyes!
We have owned 50 acres in Gunsight Ranch since the mid '80's. We left a trailer out there for years but the illegals broke in and burned it down one very cold winter. Beautiful country but take plenty of water and don't count on dialing 911.
There is a " DO DO cho cho train" that comes thru there FROM NY . Have u ever smelt that ?
It dumps crap every week . Right there..
How many smells it ?
I ALMOST bought some UNTILL I done history research on owners, locations, water, why no water. Wells contamuated.
Why the DO DO cho cho train ,
a article was written from NY TIMES on this train.
The treated sewage dumping ran it's final load in 2001, it was a short lived contract and not close to my property, the FORMER dumping area from over 15 years ago is many miles away and there is no odor. The air is clean, wildlife is healthy....... There's an aquifer very deep, but it's there. A few have water delivered, that's no worse and less expensive than for people pay a municipality for services in a city, in many ways it's better..... I also did my own research and visited my sellers office in person. It isn't a scam. It's a simple owner financing contract, "not unusual" for this part of the country.
The land is great ,the people on sunset ranch are friendly and helpful with info. No smells just wildlife and cows, and yes like any other place if you don't pay your payments you have to move on. Its not for everyone, but we love it. Just don't go crazy with excitement and buy more than you can pay for.
There's a company in fort stocton that will come and install pumps and casing and a man in van horn that will drill the hole, was told water is at 300-600 feet and I know it is there cause I have a pump keeping a pond full on my land. Was down there last weekend and found nothing wrong with the land, looks as a lot of people have came with plans a decided to quit but there are people living there also. The water situation is simple all anybody has to do is pay 25-30 bucks a ft install or go to town and open a account with water company and pick up water it's like 25 bucks a month for 2000 gal
It's 42.xx for 2000 gallons. $130 deposit. 7.50 per 1000 over (I've seen, I have never used more than 1000)
Just bought our piece of heaven out on Gunsight Rd, just 5 miles from 1111 and wanted to see if any of my neighbors are on here? My email is email@example.com and would love to hear from you.
Hi Y'All! We just purchased 60 acres block 545 lots 20, 24, 27. Interested in connected with our nieghbors in the area. We are about 2 miles off fm 1111 on fredricks rd.1If you live close by, guves us a jingle at firstname.lastname@example.org. God Bless.
Scotty & Shelley Mac
Hello Scott and Shelly my name is Slim. I own 100 acres total in the 556 557 and 553 sections. Just wanted to say hello neighbors. My number is 903-286-3134 call me anytime. I don't live out there but I make semi frequent trips as I only live bout 3 hrs away in Midland TX
I am at section 218 block 28 on Hereford Road. It may be a long while before I can actually move here (there). When I do I will will put my 2500 gallon wooden tank in plant trees around it. Put the 250 gallon propane tank in with trees around it. Build an irrigation system and let native plants just grow where they are. I will haul the water in if I have to. There is a lake 30 miles east. Some kind of drainage grid for septic. solar 5k gen set. batteries, 2000 square foot house and all. Looking forward to it. If I am still a single man.
CB sec 218 lot 28 Hereford Rd.
We are meeting with tour guide tomorrow and will be asking about a grace period for payments, otherwise, we will call the office and check the contract again.
At that meeting , would you ask them to post a "copy" of a lease AND a PLAT , block and lot PLAT , OF WHAT THEY OWN,
I have done history on them, what brand of toilet paper they use, (example) property not in this location but elsewhere .
Thank you so much !!!
Hey Slim. Glad to meet ya nieghbor. It will take 2.5 years to build our infrasctructure, which will be COMPLETELY off grid. I found this company in Colorado that sells wind/solar hybrid n less then 12,000 to purchase & install. Rio Grande said it would be 35,000-40,000 to bring electric. We said piss off to that. I know there are aquafiers due to nearby green belts, and we have a significant mountain estuary that we can collect run off for a resevoir, and of course water tanks. We are looking into purchasing a tank on wheels to help ourselves & our nieghbors n will be ranching so always willing to work out a barter 😊. For the next couple years, we'll be coming every few months as Scotty is working, but we'll start laying down the foundation so we're off n running when ready. We're in town now n leaving Friday am. God bless & looking forward to meeting you soon as well
Shelly sorry to hear I missed yall I was out there on Thursday. I own the land that's bout 1/2 mile in on Fredrick's road on the right that's been partially cleared. I also just bought 40 right on 1111. I don't have my master plan together as well as it appears y'all do. None the less I am working on it
Hello, this is Slav, the website administrator and a land owner. I'm very happy to see this site being used and I love all the comments. I'd like to post some pictures on the website. If you would like to share yours please email me at email@example.com. I'm also open to any suggestions. Maybe I should group the discussions based on the subject. Thanks again and I hope to meet you some day.
Hi slavery did know you were still out there or not. Was wondering is there someone out that clears land? Leaving central Texas by March need my land clear to build.
Hi Slav. Grateful to have this blog as it really helped with our decision to buy and alternative ways to provide the necessities to our property. I think that grouping the discussions, ie. Utilities, obtaining an address, building, farming and or ranching the land, etc sould be good topic categories. I would also like to suggest chronological order for each catergory. Helps to find response and posts easier. Thanks again and we will send pics foe the site as we are meeting our tour guide to see our new property today!
Have a Blessed day!
Also, if your on fb, check out the Sierra Blanca community page
Great. Thanks for the suggestions.
We purchased 20 acres on RM 1111, 15 miles north of Sierra Blanca. We have not had any problems with Sunset or the financing. I think it is really about people not making payments. They should read the contracts carefully before signing, of course.
We love our spot, and the neighbors are great. Bill and Chris (commented above) live next to us. They've helped us with a lot with our questions, and even helped us put up our entrance gate! Nice folks in that area. We love it there. We are currently in an RV with a small solar set up. We drive the RV into town to dump our tanks and fill up with fresh water at the water dept, for now.
Honestly, the hardest part for us was gathering enough documents to establish residency for Texas Driver's License, because our address doesn't get mail, (you need a PO box..) we had to get our homeowners ins. to add the property, etc., along with a letter from Texas Comptroller (I think that's the office) that assigns your land an actual 911 physical address, along with some other documents. But we got it all together, finally.
I'm also available if you guys have any questions that I can help you with. If you see us out when you pass by, stop by and say "hi". Love to meet our neighbors. We're the ones with the tan colored short bus "skoolie" and the 20ft shipping container sitting on our lot.
Oh and the other thing. I had no idea there were so many plants with thorns and needles. Wear thick soled shoes or good boots, those plants stab the top of your feet if you run into them :) Ruthless cacti.
-Anna (currently stuck in snow in NY)
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We just purchased 120 acres at Silver Spur Ranch and we are really excited to get moved down there this summer and start building our homestead. We will definitely bee looking for someone to dig a well for us, so if anyone has the inside info on that it would be much appreciated. We will be building our own place and hope to get a chance to meet all of you!
I used to witch wells welding rods . Yes u read it right. My batting av. 1000 .
Give it a try .
Hello, We are purchasing:
UNIT(S): 300 TRACT(S): 25 SECTION: 22 BL OCK: 68 SURVEYS: PSL HUDSPETH COUNTY, TEXAS ACRES: 20
We would be grateful for any information anyone out there can give.
We would like to know more about drilling a well, electricity, land, food, etc. wife wants to know about snakes.
our email is firstname.lastname@example.org
We purchased UNIT(S): 403 TRACT(S): 31,33,37,38 SECTION: 17,8 BLOCK: 45 SURVEYS: PSL HUDSPETH COUNTY, TEXAS ACRES: 80
A few months back. We have begun blueprints on building our home. Our address is Grass Hopper Run. We are north of I-10. We spoke to a contractor and we were quoted $6500 total for digging well and septic for a 3/2 home.
We are also looking for a contractor to build the house as my husband and I drive a tractor trailer so we are not around much. My son is in the Army and will be PCSing to Ft Bliss and living at the house as well.
If anyone knows of a good and reliable contractor, please let us know. We are going to try to start building in September.
Hello, I’m Stu, may I ask the name and number of the company that I may get that same quote? Thank you
Hello everyone, I just found the this original thread a couple days ago and have tried to follow it but only halfway through it due to distractions. I find so much of your info helpful and look forward to meeting you all. I have not purchased land yet but am coming your way to check it out tomorrow 4/14/17 and am wondering if anyone is still here monitoring this thread. I see there is a new one but now is all divided so not sure if all would see this.
However, we are a military family (retired) looking for peace & quiet. We have had our homestead right here outside of the Ft Hood area for over 20 years. We had great success at organic gardening and have been looking to live off the grid for years now. We are very community minded as in a neighbor helping neighbor mindset.
I am looking at acquiring at least a 100 acres and have been seeing a lot of posts on the water issue which is my main concern. As for power I would like to go solar & wind, I want to set up an aqua-ponics garden and raise a little livestock. But first things first...
Anything and everything you can share with me would be GREATLY appreciated from those who are actually now living on the land and have been there for a little while. I can handle the truth so the good bad & ugly is what I want to hear. Two of my boys & I are coming to recon the land and will decide then if it is right for us. So if anyone is available to meet us Fri evening or Sat morning I would love to meet you.
If you shoot me an email or Facebook message I can send you my phone # for contact arrangements. Thank you and hope to meet someone there soon. You all sound very kind. Thank you & have a blessed weekend.
my family bought 20 acres just north of sierra blanca. Was wondering about building codes and stuff. I'll be doing most of the building myself. transitioning from large tent to 12x20 1 room cabin to main house. Anyone have expierence doing this and what county restriction might be? thanks in advance! Jim My email is Shintoryu1@aol.com plz feel free to contact me or answer here
My name is joseph Townsend my wife and I are from the fort worth area and just purchased out here in unit 417 on the south end of sneed mountain off of big tank road and would love to communicate and collaborate with as many neighbors as possible. we would also love to get to meet as many as possible, so if there are any meetings set up in the future, I would love to know.. please email me at anytime at email@example.com
I just got 100 acres in blue quail unit 518 lots 15-19. I plan to be out there and do some homesteading after december.if anyone would like to get a hold of me. email me for my cell.(firstname.lastname@example.org) we can help one another. i plan to have a large water holding tank and full solar facilities along with some cattle.
Spent some time on my property again this past week, no regrets buying it. Enjoying making plans for the future.
Recently obtained land in Silver Spur this year. Looking to eventually homestead there soon. Was wondering if any water issues are underway. I would love to have a well but may end up with water storage.
At any rate, looking to learn the ropes of my new lifestyle and eco-building and open to suggestion. Thanks.
Hi every one I am looking to buy a 40acre tract from the sunshine ranch estate I am looking to put in a small grocery store and a barbque place I will drill my own water well I own a water well drilling rig it can drill a 2"toa6"well at a depth of 2.000 ft or more. I have been reading peoples blogs who bought tracts of land from sunset ranch if I can find a place on the main hwy and buy it I will bring my water well rig down to drill my wells and help others drill them one to I believe in neighbors helping neighbors I live in beaumont texas and looking to move out there to open up a store and barbque place and just take it easy and retire from the oil field if any one knowes of a nice tract of land on the main hwy please let me know I would really appreciate it
I'm buying land in unit 319. Does anyone know this area?
They show a picture of area for sale its fairly accurate