Texas Land Measurements

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Eichler Properties DRE # 183868

The real estate professionals associated with Texas real estate know that some items are a little different in Texas land mesurements. Texas may be the only state that uses different survey decsriptions for mersueing distance. The most misunderstood one is the Varas below are the unites used in Texas leagel discriptions.

The Vara equals 33 1/3 inches;  36 varas equal 100 feet. 1900 varas equal one mile or 5,280 feet. 5645.37 square varas equal one acre or 4840 square yards or 43560 square feet.

One league equals  5000.0 varas square or 4428.4 acres or 13,889 square feet. One labor equals equals 1000.0 varas square or 177.1 acres or 2,778 feet square.

1900.8 varas equal 640.0 acres or 5,280 feet square. 950.4 varas square equal 160 acres or 2640 feet square.  208.71 feet square equal 1 acre or 43560 square feet.

To reduce varas to feet ---mulitply by 100 then divide by 36. To reduce feet to varas multiply by 36 then divide by 100.

It is not  uncommon for large or smaller tracts to be so described


Comments (2)

Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Don, that is very interesting, I have lived in Texas previously and owned a home as well as a tract of land. Nevertheless, I don't recall this terminology being used.  I guess I didn't review the surveys back then. Thanks for sharing! 

Apr 24, 2016 04:28 AM
Don Eichler

Silvia not all land, lot or acreage tracts use this description. If the property has been a part of a sub divided larger property it would be described as lot ? and block ? of whatever subdivision and or abstract.

Apr 24, 2016 08:22 AM