Wolff Companies Taps Hodde Real Estate to Represent Gates Ranch, A Community of Private Ranch and Farm Estates in Washington County
Wolff Companies has selected Hodde Real Estate as its marketing partner for Gates Ranch , a 1,500-acre community of exclusive, private ranch and farm estates in Washington County. Brenham-based Hodde Real Estate, founded in 1978, specializes in country homes, farm and ranch property.
“We’re honored that David Wolff and Wolff Companies have placed their confidence in us to share the unique concept of Gates Ranch with buyers who are looking to invest in prime country real estate in Washington County,” said Randy Hodde, owner and broker of the family-owned and operated Hodde Real Estate. “Gates Ranch is ideal for buyers who demand the best quality in everything, want to be within an hour of Houston and have complete privacy.”
“We’re excited Hodde Real Estate is joining the Gates Ranch team. The Hodde family has lived in Washington County for generations, and they understand both the Washington County market and the discriminating country estate buyer,” said David S. Wolff, Chairman and President of Wolff Companies. “Gates Ranch is a project from the heart as my family has owned a working cattle ranch in Washington County for more than 40 years. Washington County is a beautiful, historical area, and we are highly focused on helping preserve and protect its visual and cultural heritage.”
The average size of a property at Gates Ranch is 70 acres and more than 87% of the farms in phases one and two (722 out of 828 acres) have been sold. Several new Gates Ranch owners have bought multiple farm sites to create larger family estates.
Founded in 2009, Gates Ranch is named after Amos Gates, the first settler west of the Brazos River. Gates Ranch adheres to a high standard of development with protective deed covenants to maintain the highest quality and commitment to land conservation. Each estate was carefully planned to emphasize its natural beauty and to maintain privacy, including a discrete entrance. Wolff painstakingly restored the natural beauty of Gates Ranch by replanting and nourishing overgrazed pastures, rebuilding numerous ponds throughout the property and caring for its mature hardwood trees. More than a thousand new oak, pecan and sycamore trees were strategically planted throughout Gates Ranch. A tree nursery was established where live oak trees are grown and subsequently transplanted throughout the community, some of which have been presented to new owners for transplanting on the acreage purchased.
“Gates Ranch is ideal for families looking for a weekend retreat from the hectic urban pace or a permanent home with a reasonable commute to the Houston metro area,” noted David W. Hightower, Executive Vice President of Wolff Companies and also a ranch owner. “Many buyers of country estates today are doing so with the intention of pursuing a dream or passion such as breeding certain livestock, organic farming or just a enhancing wildlife habitat. Hodde’s decades of experience in agriculture can be very helpful to buyers in selecting the right farm in Gates Ranch.”
Washington County, one of the most desirable and strategically located counties in Texas, is rich in history. Shortly after Stephen F. Austin’s “Old Three Hundred” colonists arrived in Texas in 1821, Washington-on-the-Brazos arose as the first community in the County. With the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836, it became known as the “Birthplace of Texas.” Today, historic towns such as Independence and Chappell Hill, quiet country roads, rolling hills and spectacular wildflowers are just a few of the attractions for residents and visitors.
About Wolff Companies
Now in its fifth decade, Wolff Companies has been a leader in developing master-planned, mixed-use business communities in the Houston area as well as the visionary developer of Gates Ranch, a community of estate farms in Washington County. The company’s developments include: Beltway; Park 10; Interwood; Westway Park; First Crossing; Ten Oaks at the Texas Medical Center – West Campus and Central Park. The American Society of Landscape Architects, Scenic Houston, Keep America Beautiful, the American Institute of Architects and the Municipal Art Commission have all recognized Wolff Companies’ developments for enhancing and preserving the natural beauty of land, while meeting the ever-changing needs of business. For more information, please visit www.gatesranchtx.com. For information about Wolff Companies, please visit www.wolffcompanies.com.
About Hodde Real Estate
Hodde Real Estate has been involved in real estate since 1978 and in agriculture for three generations. It is a family owned and operated business in Brenham, Texas and makes honesty and integrity their top priority. While active in all types of real estate transactions, Hodde specializes in country homes-farm and ranch property because of its background in agriculture and knowledge of the area. They offer a service unlike any other real estate agency in the area, capable of advising buyers and sellers in two areas: real estate and livestock. These two divisions of the company enhance each other greatly because of the region’s involvement in agriculture. The combination generates a large list of clients and contacts. For more information, please visit www.hodderealty.com.
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David W. Hightower, CCIM, CRE
Executive Vice President
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Carolyn W. Dorros