paisano ranch

By Texas standards, Paisano's 254 acres hardly qualify as a ranch. In fact, Dobie himself declared that Paisano is "not an estate, not a ranch, not a farm, it is merely a place of some acres in the hills west of Austin, Barton Creek winding through it." Nevertheless it provides the writers who are chosen to live there with a good deal of isolation.

View from the porch of the Dobie house

From the porch (gallery) looking toward Barton Creek

Photos by Joan C. Terrell
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The three-bedroom frame house is simply furnished. Fellows need bring only personal belongings. The house has central air-conditioning and heating. The university provides utilities, except long-distance service. Fellows may bring their families but the expectation is that the fellow will devote full-time to writing and be in residence for the length of the fellowship - approximately six months.

A paisano guards the gate picture of paisano at gate to ranch

Some kind of transportation is a necessity as stores and services are several miles away.

Permission must be obtained from the fellow or from the director of the project to enter the property.

Read more about the Paisano Ranch in this feature article.