celina texas

Chris Hornbaker’s sustainable vineyard in Collin County, where the ranch home’s design is by Texas architect Steve Chambers, AIA. Photo: Stephanie Chambers, Chambers Architects

Celina, Texas, is an area of bucolic fields and green spaces that go on for as far as the eye can see. Back in 2003, Linda and Clark Hornbaker purchased 10 acres of open pasture in this area about 45 miles north of Dallas.

With the rolling hills and peaceful countryside, Linda saw it as the family’s “garden of Eden,” and named the land Eden Hill.

The soil was good, a limestone base with trees bordering the property, making it perfect for a vineyard. Their son, Chris Hornbaker, was an amateur vintner, making pear wine in his kitchen. The family had the bright idea to join forces and create a commercial vineyard and winery. So Linda and Clark studied viticulture and learned how to grow grapes. Chris is completing his viticulture and oenology degree. Jump to see their house and more properties in Celina!

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Talk about location, y’all! Commuting distance to Dallas, and right by Highway 75 and McKinney, 4445 County Road 208 in Celina is for the working rancher. The property is a modest 7.22 acres, so plenty of room for a few stay-at-home horses without being overwhelming or too much to take care of. Seven acres is still what I like to call “riding lawnmower size.” No tractor required.

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Wow, check this gorgeous place out. Sitting high on a hilltop with stunning views in all directions, the ranchtopia at 11812 County Road 1104 in Celina is a massive spared-no-expense masterpiece of Texas charm. Everything is bigger and better in Texas, and this 21.416 acre horse property is absolutely no exception. (more…)

This ranch  sure caught my eye back in January, when I almost whipped out my checkbook to buy it for Valentine’s Day. Now it’s Father’s Day and thankfully, still on the market. Truth be told, the photos on line simply do not do it justice. This is ranch country, baby, Celina. (The town of Celina, here, is adorable, by the way.)

Go way up 289 past Deion Sanders place, a lot quieter these days after the Judges separated them in time out, and you come to Celina, where the roads are almost like Costa Rica. Yes, we got a little detour when we found the FM (that’s Farm to Market Road) was out. Here’s how I knew we were in the country: the road repairman told me to grab a horse to get to the other side!

The home on this range is 6500 square feet and loaded with the details of love. The ranch is almost 58 acres on a hilltop with a terrific view of the pastures and 20 miles north of Celina — hello, I see Oklahoma! You get five bedrooms, four and a half baths, five fireplaces including one splat in front of the master tub, thick antique pine floors everywhere (stone in wet areas) that are heated, great gourmet kitchen with all the stuff, master with sitting area and something that it going on my Greatest Home Wish List: a secret but serious walk-in closet off HER Master bedroom closet — that is, a closet off a closet! Oh, and this home owner also put TWO commodes in the master, which I also think is a must-have. Share your toothbrush, not your potty. As if the downstairs with those formals and that master is not enough, upstairs is a study and a game room that would make a UT fan drool: it’s orange! There’s a fireplace, stocked bar, saferoom, and a shuffleboard game that runs the length of the room which stays with the house. More bedrooms and baths up here and a media room. Outside is a 4-acre stocked lake with a Gazebo entertainment center and fishing pier. There is a five stall equestrian barn with a two bedroom, two bath apartment. And all over the property are magnificent Longhorn. If this isn’t enough dirt for you, 63 additional acres are available. The home is constructied of Austin stone and built like a fortress with a gated entry and long, Crape Myrtle-lined driveway that makes the theme song from Wednesday’s premiere of  “Dallas” play in my mind. Not too far from Dallas, actually, maybe 30 minutes depending on traffic and road conditions. Definitely more on horseback. Me, I’d live up here and get a condo in town because it’s quiet, peaceful, and just a great place to kick back and enjoy the land. Oh. About the land: the price on this puppy has been reduced to $3,395,000. Let me tell you what I’m thinking: folks are going to be developin’ up here, why not buy this now, get you 57 plus acres for less than $4 million, an sit tight until the developers come knocking.

 

I saw this ranch (listed with Brian Smith of Dave Perry-Miller, used to be Ellen Terry) Thursday while on a photo shoot and almost whipped out my checkbook. Truth be told, the photos on line simply do not do it justice. This is ranch country, baby, Celina. (The town of Celina is adorable, by the way.)

Go way up 289 past Deion Sanders place, which is looking spiffy now after all his remodeling, and you come to Celina, where the roads are like Costa Rica. Yes, we got a little detour when we found the FM (that’s Farm to Market Road) was out. Here’s how I knew we were in the country: the road repairman told me to grab a horse to get to the other side!

This home is 6500 square feet and loaded with the details of love. The ranch is almost 58 acres on a hilltop with a terrific view of the pastures and 20 miles north of Celina — hello, Oklahoma! You get five bedrooms, four and a half baths, five fireplaces including one splat in front of the master tub, thick antique pine floors everywhere (stone in wet areas) that are heated, great gourmet kitchen with all the stuff, master with sitting area and something that it going on my Greatest Home Wish List: a secret but serious walk-in closet off HER Master bedroom closet — that is, a closet off a closet! Oh, and this home owner also put TWO commodes in the master, which I also think is a must-have. Share your toothbrush, not your potty. As if the downstairs with those formals and that master is not enough, upstairs is a study and a game room that would make a UT fan drool: it’s orange! There’s a fireplace, stocked bar, saferoom, and a shuffleboard game that runs the length of the room which stays with the house. More bedrooms and baths up here and a media room. Outside is a 4-acre stocked lake with a Gazebo entertainment center and fishing pier. There is a five stall equestrian barn with a two bedroom, two bath apartment. And all over the property are magnificent Longhorn. If this isn’t enough dirt for you, 63 additional acres are available. The home is constructied of Austin stone and built like a fortress with a gated entry and long, Crape Myrtle-lined driveway that makes the theme song from “Dallas” play in my mind. Not too far from Dallas, actually, maybe 30 minutes depending on traffic and road conditions. Definitely more on horseback. Me, I’d live up here and get a condo in town because it’s quiet, peaceful, and just a great place to kick back and enjoy the land.