Monte Cristo Farms

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7,596 acres

Edinburg TX, Hidalgo County

Property Description:

Monte Cristo Farms traces its beginning to the mid 1980’s when a visionary farmer began to put together tracts of land that evolved into what is now known as “Monte Cristo Farms”. Since its inception superior management has been the hallmark for this exceptionally productive farming operation, another key component is the massive amounts of water available and significant water rights. This water is compounded in the 200 acres of lakes and reservoirs throughout the farm. In addition to the 2,700 acres of irrigated farm land, the property also includes over 4000 acres of native pastureland that is used for cattle and recreational purposes, fishing and hunting throughout the property is spectacular. In Summary, Monte Cristo Farms is a uniquely beautiful and productive property that also possesses great development potential. Truly, a one-of-a-kind property!


With 2,700 acres under pivot Monte Cristo Farms features an impressive commercial operation with 21 reliable irrigation pivots. The current crop management system maximizes yield and quality, resulting in 700 +/- acres of potatoes, 300 +/-acres of onions, 500 +/- acres of hay and 1,070 +/- acres of grain sorghum. The masterfully organized operation has a reputation of successful contract farming that attracts the attention of many highly regarded food corporations.
Additional crops that have been produced on the property in the past includes a variety of citrus fruits, such as grapefruit and oranges, watermelon, various vegetables, cotton and more.


A variety of wildlife flourishes throughout Monte Cristo's beautiful Native south Texas brush and hundreds of acres of reservoirs. The reservoirs and natural brush offer wildlife a diverse spectrum of flora and fauna. Some of the wildlife that call this ranch home are whitetail deer, quail, waterfowl, dove and much more. The ranch offers a wide spectrum of sporting and recreational opportunities.


With a mixture of rolling and flat terrain, multiple reservoirs and diverse vegetation allow the property to accommodate a wide range of uses.


Major improvements of the ranch include a packing shed with approximately 42,900 square feet of dock high construction and a 7,825 +/- square foot building that is currently used as a dryer shed. In addition, there is a covered equipment storage facility next to the packing shed.
A great road system traverses the entire property. Two modest ranch homes, superior fencing and cross fencing, as well as pens and chutes are additional highlights of the property.

Water Rights:

Immense water availability is a major contributing factor in Monte Cristo Farm’s overall success. The property offers 2,000 +/- acre-feet of individually owned “Class B” water rights that can be used for agricultural and irrigation use. Those water rights can be converted and used for domestic, municipal and industrial purposes.
The ranch is located in Hidalgo County Irrigation District #15, where it receives on average 4,500 +/- acre-feet of water for irrigation use with additional water available.


More than 200 acres of lakes, including diversion lakes, give the ranch a unique and beautiful aesthetic appeal that not many properties in the area possess. These multiple water features are a haven for wildlife and provide many opportunities for recreational pursuits, such as hunting, boating and fishing.


A water well with an approx. depth of 450 ft. supplies water to a hunter’s cabin.



Development Potential:

A favorable tax agreement with the county, frontage on US Highway 281 and access to water make Monte Cristo Farm prime for further development.

“Chapter 381” Economic Development Agreement
The property has a “Chapter 381" Economic Development Agreement property. Under the terms of the agreement, the property owners can be reimbursed for certain public infrastructure expenses.


All irrigation equipment conveys with the sale of this property. The farm equipment is negotiable. A list of equipment can be provided for qualified and interested parties.

Additional Info:

Louie Swope (512)940-0543 George M. "Mitch" West (210)213-5402

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