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The Ranch at Possum Kingdom

For better or worse, current boarding barn arrangements are often front-and-center on the list of concerns brought to me by virgin horse property buyers. Moving to horse property represents freedom — freedom to feed your horses whatever you’d like, turn them out whenever you’d like, provide as many shavings in their stalls as you want, feed any supplement you want … The list goes on.

Owning horse property is the ultimate freedom to care for your horse(s) at the level of care that you feel is correct. However, for many, the undesirable trade-off is the loss of the boarding barn luxuries they’ve become accustomed to: Being able to leave for vacation on a whim (or, let’s be real, go on vacation at all), not having to clean stalls, feed twice a day, or maintain the fences. Not to mention perks like access to indoor arenas and riding instructors.

Although many clients cite “barn drama” as one of the top reasons they want to buy their own property, I often hear “But I’m afraid I’ll be lonely,” and “I’d miss having people to ride with.” All of which is very valid.

This leaves a lot of potential buyers torn. They have the dream of the horse in the backyard, but it seems so out of reach. Buying horse property would be an enormous life change for them, but with rising boarding costs, often boarding multiple horses becomes impossible to continue. Solution? Equestrian Subdivisions.

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Secluded, quiet, and peaceful, this darling ranch on 26 acres in Parker County is just what the doctor ordered for a weekend getaway from Dallas. Looking more like a Hill Country castle than a West DFW ranch, the stone encased custom home features raw repurposed wood, wraparound porches, a wide open modern floorplan, and plenty of family friendly updates.

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I don’t know if a summer spent sunning on the Andalucían coast just permanently got into my head, but every time I see a good, old-fashioned Spanish home, I get a major case of the I Wants. La Bella Vida is no exception, with an oh-so-impressive drive-up appeal and classic sculpted fountain entryway.

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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…)

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Y’all were expecting the typical Pilot Point white-columned mansion-on-the-hill, huh? Nope! This magnificently unique ranch home is just waiting to be loved by the adventurous, equally unique modern family. A Santa Fe style hacienda on the outside, the interior is straight out of Meet The Jetsons with a dash of Mad Men. Does it get cooler? No, no it does not. 

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Horse people are an efficient bunch. As a rule, we are much more concerned with the “creature comforts” for our animals than ourselves. Searching for property, the land is way more important than the house, and I’m repeatedly asked by clients to find them a “tiny house on a big piece of land.” And, quite frankly, we do not want to clean (or pay for) rooms we just will not use.

If this describes you, the barndominium at 3363 County Road 115 in Whitesboro could be your dream property. Fronting 20 beautiful treed sandy loam acres, this barn-home combination features a modest 1,696-square-feet of living space, complete with three bedrooms and two full baths. The open floorplan is warm and inviting, centered around a traditional stone fireplace.

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The opposite end of the main structure conveniently has two stalls with turnout runs, a washrack, and tackroom. Covered parking for two cars seperates the home from the barn, making access to the horses just a short walk from your bedroom.

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An additional 36 x 36-foot barn currently houses portable stalls, which the seller will consider selling with the property. This barn is big enough to continue as a horse barn, or make a fabulous shop or storage building.

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The pastures are an absolute horse heaven with vinyl fencing, two ponds, automatic waterers, and loafing sheds for shelter from the elements.

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One of the spectacular added bonuses to this lovely property is the optional opportunity to join the neighboring Horseman’s Ranch, which allows access to their 130 x 250-foot covered arena, fitness center, meeting room, and community maintained riding trails.

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Everything a true horseperson could possibly want, this little slice of heaven is offered by Ebby Halliday Realtor Lisa Moden for $378,000.

“A canter is a cure for every evil.” – Benjamin Disraeli

Kathryn Roan 1   Kathryn Roan is an Ebby Halliday Realtor focusing on farms, ranches, and equestrian properties. Kathryn lives in Poetry with her 7 horses. Contact Kathryn at kathrynroan@ebby.com.

Typically, Dallasites do not think of Grayson County as a go-to destination for vacation homes. Most of you just thought “Grayson County? Isn’t that near San Antonio?” Not so, friends. Just 66 miles north of Dallas, the county seat of Sherman boasts a population of 39,000-plus and a rich historical heritage. Remember when the signs on Central said “75 North: Sherman” before McKinney got cool? That Sherman. Most areas are heavily treed, with abundant wildlife, sandy loam soil, and a real out-in-the-country feel.

The 29.06 acre ranch at 626 Owens Road in Bells, TX is no exception. The private, secluded Austin stone home beyond the lavish entrance is perfect for the weekend getaway.

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The 5,057-square-foot home features a metal roof for energy efficiency, along with a truly amazing eight car garage and shop for storing all your toys out of the weather while you’re in the city.

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The main living area is open, warm, and inviting, with extra high ceilings, perfect for summer ranch parties.

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Take care to invite friends you really like, since they may never want to leave the rustic two-bedroom, two-bath guest house.

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All this pool needs is you. And a cabana boy with a bottomless supply of mojitos.

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The nature lovers will appreciate the native hardwoods throughout the property, and the two stunning fishing ponds. Completely fenced with pipe-and-cable fencing and graced with sandy loam soil, this property is perfect for the family who always wanted a few cows or horses. There’s just no better way to spend a spring afternoon in Texas than in the saddle, meandering through the shade of towering oak trees. Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?

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If you love to entertain and have been searching for a fabulous family compound away from the hustle and bustle of the city, 626 Owens Road is your dream no frills destination. This spectacular property is offered for $679,000 by Ebby Halliday Realtor Marilyn Sanders.

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” – Winston Churchill

Kathryn Roan 1Kathryn Roan is an Ebby Halliday Realtor focusing on farms, ranches, and equestrian properties. Kathryn lives in Poetry with her 7 horses. Contact Kathryn at kathrynroan@ebby.com.