ABOUT THE RANCH:
The former home on this site was designed by William J Miller, architect and erected on July 4, 1970 by the Ray P. Dunham Westchester Corporation. The ranch style home encompassed 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a dining room, game room, vaulted great room, wet bar, and large laundry with a work area. The kitchen was modernized in 2005. The oversized 2-car attached garage featured a built-in storage and a workbench area.
Great Life Ranch was established in 1970 by the late Howard H. Klein as the homestead for his wife and three children. Howard, a lifelong resident of Tomball, had deep roots in his community. The surrounding area, settled by his German ancestors, is aptly named Klein.
Originally the home site consisted of 25 acres. The property consisted of 5 fenced pastures and a stocked lake in which to fish for bass. During the 1970-1983 time periods, this was an idyllic Texas property on which to hunt fish and enjoy life on.
The original owners portioned off 5 acres on the north side of the property on which to relocate and restore a 100-year-old framed home. Now known as the Brill-Mueller House (More Information)
The Brill-Mueller house is recognized with a Texas Historical marker, and is used as a private residence today.
The original homestead had several owners from the mid 1980’s through the mid 2000’s. In 1992, the current owners built a 6-stall horse barn with a tack room and vehicle storage area. The 20 remaining acres were sold off to the local Terpstra real estate investment group, and the current homestead now stands on 4 acres adjacent to the Brill-Mueller home and the Home Town at Tomball senior Living apartments.
In 2003, the Dermaux-Mottershaw family, looking to have a more elbow room than afforded by the typical Texas subdivision, purchased the ranch. Their children Grant, then 9 and Zoe then 5, were so overjoyed about the prospect of the wide open spaces and the potential for horse ownership that their parents started calling the place, the Grant and Zoe Ranch.
A wood-burning pizza oven was added to the backyard in late 2003, and the tradition of having Pizza parties at the Grant and Zoe Ranch began. One day it occurred to Grant and Zoe’s parents that Grant, meaning great, and Zoe, meaning life, could be used to transform the site’s name to the Great Life Ranch, and still maintain the intended meaning. Today, many pizza parties, birthday parties, and sleepovers later, all who come to enjoy this ranch know the place as Great Life Ranch or GLR for short.
On April 18th 2016 the “Tax Day Flood” impacted the original ranch so much so that the best course of action was it was decided to rebuild rather than restore. The original home was demolished. A hill, calculated to be higher than any foreseeable flood was created built and a new home was constructed upon it.
In August of 2017, another devastating storm bestowed trillions of gallons of water upon the Houston and surrounding areas. This storm was named Hurricane Harvey. During Harvey, the new Great Life Ranch was still under construction. This time, the Great Life Ranch defeated Harvey by staying high and dry!
At the new GLR we welcome friends, family, and soon-to-be friends to share with us this little slice of heaven on earth. Our major goal is to have fun!