Sisterdale Farms

Kendall County

Property Info

  • 310 ± Acres
  • 11,302± sq/ft main home
  • 5BR/5BA/2HB
  • Historically restored 19th century homestead
  • Guest house
  • 360-degree views of the Texas Hill Country
  • 1,300± ft of Guadalupe River frontage
  • Large lake
  • Must See!!!

Sisterdale Farms is an extraordinary estate, artfully uniting history, function, and tranquil beauty. Here is a highly productive 310± acre low-fenced, live water farm located in Kendall County. It is perfectly situated between Boerne and Fredericksburg on Sisterdale Road, just under an hour from the San Antonio International Airport.

This showplace property, set within the rare and beautiful riparian valley of the cypress-lined Guadalupe River, is bursting with history and culture of days past. Baron Ottmar Von Behr settled here in 1847 and gave Sisterdale Texas her name. Von Behr hosted several distinguished visitors, one of which was Frederick Law Olmstead, an American landscape architect, journalist, social critic, and public administrator. Olmstead was recognized as one of the designers of Central Park in New York City. Additionally, he actually wrote about this Sisterdale ranch, or Texas Latin Settlement as he called it, in his book A Journey Through Texas.

The main residence, both designed and built by Don McDonald in 2015, is perched atop a bluff, nestled into the landscape, and overlooks a picturesque Coastal field, a stocked pond, the twisting cypress line of the Guadalupe River and the original farmstead. McDonald, an AIA architect based in San Antonio, designs estates that utilize the culture, history, and traditional building materials of the region. Designers such as McDonald, extract real pleasure from both design and construction; the result is a structure rooted in the land upon which it is built, yet playful and idiosyncratic to the unique needs of each individual.

The original homestead was brought back to life with a twist. The owners added a full gourmet kitchen, laundry room, and two full baths. The additions, harmonized with the rest of the home, maintain the tradition of form, and style of the original structure. Using skilled craftsmen, the homestead, including the barns surrounding the home, was taken down to the original paints, varnishes, stains, and flooring dating back to the late 1840s.

This home was designed to resemble an old German settlement consisting of three buildings formed into one design. The limestone exterior, hardwood hand-split shingles, weathered to a silver-grey, echo the region’s 19th-century cypress shingles and sheath roofs. The indoor and outdoor spaces are harmoniously linked, providing for open, modern living and entertaining.

From the motor court, guests descend to the beautiful front doors, which open to one of two long bay loggias looking into and through the exquisite dining room. The dining room features long-range hill country views. The leftwing loggia leads you to the chef’s kitchen which is open to the family room and has walls of windows, an underground wine cellar, a home office, utility room, and two additional guest suites. The rightwing loggia leads you to the beautiful formal living room, library, master retreat, and upstairs children’s wing. There are handcrafted light fixtures, mechanical grilles, and hardware throughout the home designed by Dwaine Simpson and Roy Bellows.

Hand-carved fireplaces adorn the most used spaces of the home including the master bedroom and bath, dining room, formal living room, and kitchen. This unique homestead also boasts a separate guest house and office with 360-degree views. This stunning ranch is sure to meet the needs of the most discriminating buyer.

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