Austin, TX MLS 2308914
191 Acre +/- Yucatan Citrus Ranch, Rancho San Filemon!
Once in a lifetime chance to get away from it all, yet have it all! Tranquil, safe setting to live, work, and play in rural Yucatan, Mexico. Working lime and avocado ranch with an elegant main home suited for gracious entertaining on a large scale. Guest home, managers home, detached offices, workshops, corrals, equipment storage, and more. A little more than an hour via modern highway to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. 15 minutes to local shopping and dining. This property could serve as a corporate executive retreat, multi-generational family compound, an event venue, or second home with lavish guest accommodations. Into farm-to-table living? This is it! Pick your margaritas right off the tree! All the modern conveniences are here, but in a dreamlike pastoral setting.
Situated away from traffic between two pueblitos, this is an ideal place for someone that cares for tranquility in total comfort. It is easily accessible but not on the main road. Most of the road to Merida is now four-lane divided highway providing an easy and safe one-hour drive to the city and an international airport.
The ranch is a working citrus and avocado farm with a 5 hectare pasture divided into four sections fenced suitably for horses and complete with a corral, water and lighting.
The story goes that this property was named Rancho San Filemon for the patron saint of hospitality. As soon as you enter the gate, you know you are in a special and unique place - you feel welcomed and at home. The accommodations are excellent and there is a feeling of tranquility and belonging.
The architect- designed main house is a very comfortable 410 square meters with 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths built for casual entertaining and living in a tropical style. The porch occupies 78 square meters facing to the East and South adjacent to the pool. The kitchen was designed by people that like to cook and is capable of serving over 50 people comfortably. The dining room is built for a ten-place dining table. The appliances are all upper-end quality. The bar will seat six comfortably and is equipped with its own ice maker and refrigerator. Reverse osmosis units are situated in the kitchen and bar for providing very clear water for drinking and ice. All living areas are fully air-conditioned (except for the porch and half bath) and are all equipped with ceiling fans. Plumbing fixtures are Kohler. There are two large (walk-in) pantries and a utility room. All ceilings are high and all lighting for the living areas are controlled by dimmers. The home has a large master suite with bath and huge walk in closet as well as a large guest suite with bath .
There is a guest house situated inconspicuously but conveniently just across the driveway with two large bedrooms with their own bathrooms and a common living room and small kitchen. This house is built and furnished to the same standard as the main house.
The houses and offices are served with high-speed wi-fi internet service.
Garden lighting is low-voltage controlled by a photo-sensitive switch. The approximately 6,500 sq. m. landscaped lawn has an irrigation system controlled with a timer. There is a separate but immediately adjacent car-port suitable for three full-sized vehicles. Electric power is primarily CFE line power with under-ground wiring for the 300 meters closest to the house so no power poles or lines are visible.
As the property is rural, the houses have two propane powered emergency generators in the event that the Electricity Commission experiences problems. The primary is a 36 KW unit capable of handling the +/- 25 KW house load. A 110 KW generator is also on standby and is capable of handling the whole ranch consumption although it is presently only serving the house and one of the irrigation pumps. The houses have two 42-meter water wells in service. One is primarily for the irrigation of the lawn and the other is primarily for the house, although both are plumbed and wired to handle both systems. This provides 100% back-up for water and 200% back-up for electricity. Suitable gas storage will provide fuel for over ten days of operation in the event of major storms. The generators are located in a sound-insulated building near the house but isolated so as not to be conspicuous. There is also storage for gardening equipment near the generator building.
The entire 77.5 hectares (about 191 acres) is fenced and has a cleared path of about 4 meters width around the fence for security and ease of maintenance. The front fencing and pasture fencing are constructed of reinforced concrete fence posts and have a height of 2 meters. The main roads within the property and from the main road were professionally constructed with a prepared base and have gravel for the surface. The ranch has been professionally surveyed and all boundary points are permanently marked by the surveyor.
The “working” facilities are situated about 500 meters away from the main house. There is a house for the ranch administrator with its own water treatment facilities, an office building with two offices and another full bathroom, a workshop and warehouse, a changing room and a guest apartment along with covered storage/parking facilities for the ranch trucks. A 15 KW generator is the emergency power for this area. This is where there is a nursery for new plants and another corral with three horse stables. There is a commercial ice maker for the hands and to provide ice for coolers for parties.
There are approximately 5,000 Limon Persia (lime) trees that have been planted since 2005, the last 2,500 are about four years old. There are also approximately 1,000 avocados, most of which have been planted since 2005 . They have been commercially producing for about four years. There is about one hectare of grapefruit and about the same of mamey. The older section of about 5 hectares is mixed with some orange trees (sweet and sour), coconut, sapote and various other fruit. The working area is +/- 35 hectares and is irrigated by two 40-meter 10" wells with micro sprinklers for the fruit. The pasture has regular sprinklers. The original +/- 5 hectares has the original aqueduct flooding system still in place in the event that one cares to use it. This was expanded and maintained until 2007 when it was replaced by micros as the primary irrigation system. Visit www.ranchosanfilemon.com for more information on the agricultural production.
About half of the ranch has been preserved as natural thicket and provides a great habitat for the abundant bird, rabbit, fox and other small animal life. Quail, dove and chachalakas (the local wild turkey) are well represented.
Technically, the ranch has electrical transformers of 15, 45 and two 75 KW providing a large surplus of capacity for future expansion. The original water well is powered by a Johnson vertical pump of (50 HP). The newer well installed in 2007 has a submersible pump installed in 2009 of 35 HP. The water for the main house is provided by a 5 HP submersible pump for the house installed in 2015 and a 5 HP submersible pump installed in 2013 for irrigation. Two well-maintained Ford 3-ton trucks, various power-sprayers for insecticide, fertilizer and fungicide, hand sprayers for herbicide and a complete working set of implements and tools are available as well as a large supply of irrigation supplies and spare pumps, etc.
For more information or to schedule a private showing, please contact Katy Duke at 512-350-7436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.