LBJ’s former ranch listed for $2.8 million


142-acre property near Johnson City is currently owned by noted Italian artist Benini and his wife, Lorraine

Johnson bought the property one week into his presidency in 1963 and it remained in his ownership until 1971.

The one-time Texas Hill Country property of former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson is for sale, with a $2.8 million asking price.

Located on 142 acres near Johnson City, the property is the former home of Italian artist Benini, renowned for his paintings and sculptures. DMTX Realty, a sales team affiliated with Coldwell Banker United Realtors, has the listing for the property, which is at 377 Shiloh Road.

Blanco County deed records show that the property was purchased by Johnson one week into his presidency in 1963 and remained in his ownership until 1971. Johnson used the secluded property as a private retreat.

The main three-bedroom, two-bathroom house that stands today is built on the foundation of Johnson’s former home, with his bedroom and bathroom preserved. A second dwelling on the estate, a one-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage, was used for accommodations for the Secret Service.

“Aside from the incredible history behind the ranch, the property is in a prime location with beautiful surroundings, said Dave Murray, DMTX Realty team lead. “It offers the perfect retreat, while still only 20 minutes to Fredericksburg, less than an hour from Austin and in the heart of the vineyard region. This is a true Texas Hill Country treasure.”

In 1999, Benini and his wife Lorraine Benini purchased the property, which was part of the original 800 acres Johnson once owned. The Beninis transformed a 12,000-square-foot hangar on the property into art galleries and an educational venue, and for 15 years it was known as the Sculpture Ranch with 2,000-3,000 visitors each month.

“We responded to the beauty and high energy of the landscape, the feeling of living on top of the world — as well as the easy access to Austin and San Antonio international airports,” Lorraine Benini said in a written statement.

The Beninis currently live about 25 miles north of the ranch, so the property is presently vacant.

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