Forget Southfork — if J.R. Ewing were for real and among us, this would be where he’d want to live. Because, no doubt, while the oil market is depressed, he would be diversified into (what else?) tech.
This cool ranch 90 miles outside of Dallas (with plenty of room for a heliport) would be just the thing for J.R.’s pad. The Hill Country-esque Glen Rose area in Northern Bosque County is scenic, a setting for exotic wildlife (Fossil Rim), and home to Dinosaur Valley State Park.
Indeed, there are dinosaur tracks on the 267-acre property known as Flat Rock Creek Ranch (physical address: 674 PR 2955) in the tiny community of Eulogy. It’s listed by Jim Brosche of The Ranch Advisors in association with Keller Williams Realty at $4.69 million.
Flat Rock Creek Ranch’s owner is a tech buff who has outfitted the four-bedroom, seven-bath Hill Country vernacular main house designed by noted architect John Lively with state-of-the-art electronics. In Preston Hollow it would be gorgeous. Set in the countryside near Glen Rose, its beauty is over the top. Even if you’re not shopping this price range, it makes for a fun house porn viewing romp. Feast your eyes:
Be forewarned: online map directions are not necessarily accurate. Brosche guided us into the ranch. Our anticipation built as we drove the long road in, passing by exotic antelope grazing a neighboring fence line. Once through the gated entry (automated, natch!), the main house came into view: stone walls trimmed with rustic beams, a metal roof, copper pipes, sprawling xeriscape landscaping and big trees — a lovely sight.
The back of the house is even prettier than the front, with patio space opening to an infinity edge pool that’s kept at the optimum temperature at all times, heated in winter and cooled with a pool chiller when it’s hot.
The entry space is very tall, so this photo doesn’t quite do the size of the front door justice. There’s no peephole or window at eye level because it’s certainly not necessary. With hidden security cameras, the owner already knows who is there.
The main living area features an open floor plan. Again, those tall ceilings and huge windows allow everyone to benefit from the gorgeous wooded view. Hand-carved beams abound. Notice the dark lines in the ceiling. That’s a modern HVAC system. There’s a whole-house generator and everything is energy efficient; we’re told with geo-thermal cooling and well water, utility costs for the nearly 7,000-square-foot house run less than $1,000 per month.
Below is a room used by the current owner as an additional living area, but it would also make a nice formal dining room. As noted, Glen Rose is famous for fossils, and this lovely estate boasts documented evidence of ancient life. The flooring to the left is fossil-shot native limestone quarried on the grounds.
Clerestory windows let in additional light:
The wall treatments are Venetian plaster, tastefully interspersed amidst stone and wood:
The main kitchen is outfitted with top-of-the-line appliances and more of those hand-scraped beams, repurposed from 19th-century barns. What you don’t see here is a television hidden inside the granite counter, which pops up above the dish cabinet in the foreground. If you are putting the last finishing touch on a dish and should happen to be facing away from the living area, you won’t miss a play in a game:
What a way to start the day — a lovely breakfast room with a cozy fireplace (one of seven) that would make a lovely setting for an intimate dinner party, too.
Wheeler-dealers need an office, even at home. This one with an elegant wall finish and a baronial fireplace is a beaut! The wood floor is slightly raised to effect a physical bounce and hollow sound when walked upon, sort of like an old-timey saloon. Fun fact: the safe in the back left corner was found buried on the grounds when builders excavated the site.
The media room is outfitted with professional-grade equipment.
Above is the master bedroom suite. Note, there’s no television in sight. That’s because it’s tucked under the bed on an automated structure that rises up to present the screen on demand to be viewed. Through the wood-framed doors is a spacious screen porch.
Here’s a master bath suitable for an oil baron/cattle rancher/tech guru. An infinity tub keeps bath water warm at all times. Automated mirrors pop up in front of each of the basins of dual sinks when desired, and can be lowered when you don’t wish to block the view. One mirror is shown in the back right corner here.
Below, is the indoor shower hidden behind the wall where the longhorn’s horns hang:
And, behind a discreet wall, there’s an outdoor shower off the master bathroom, too.
Enough about the interior. Here’s the scoop on living areas for entertaining outside. Below you can see two of multiple porch spaces that surround the back of the house:
There’s a huge covered outdoor living area:
That’s outfitted with a full kitchen:
A second porch space and another fireplace off the second living area:
And, around the corner, porch space outside a second residence in the main house. Oh, yes, I neglected to mention that. There’s a separate area with a bedroom, a bath, and full kitchen in the main house. Plus a guest suite and an exercise space, also not shown. Near the house is a car barn, two spaces connected by a roofed walkway, finished out and plumbed, easily convertible into two casitas or bunk house rooms for guests.
It strikes me the main house would make a fine lodge for a guest ranch.
And, there’s more! Flat Rock Creek Ranch has a stocked 8-acre or so private lake. A path from the main house leads to a fishing deck and a party pavilion with grilling facilities under the trees and a bathroom set back aways. The small waterfall just to the right of center below is automated to flow on demand.
Here’s another view of the lake, with its tidy rock shoreline wall.
Additional buildings on the ranch include a separate building with an apartment adjacent to ranch buildings, a barn, and equipment sheds which house lots of ranch-ey equipment, also for sale. And, should the grounds not be enough for you, there are an additional 500 acres on the market nearby.
I wish Larry Hagman were here to see this place. His iconic portrayal of everybody’s favorite TV Texan will be missed forever.
I’ll leave you with two evening views: