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You know what they say about people who live in glass houses …

… they have great views! If you can’t get to the beach, make it to the lake with this adorable, affordable, petite lake house on Cedar Creek. “With stunning and clever designer arrangement providing genius use of every space, this one is truly magazine-worthy style!” says Realtor Shelly Brown-Qualls, who is representing this property. Jump to find out more! (more…)

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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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Oh boy, do we have an incredible lake house for you today. If you’re still recovering from your case of the Mondays, here’s a visual reminder of all the promise of the weekend.

Let’s not forget that July 4th is coming up and you’ll need a fabulous spot to watch all of the fireworks. What better place than an island resort? This gorgeous waterfront estate on Cedar Creek Lake is located inside the exclusive Pinnacle Club on Arbor Isle. This area has fantastic views and amenities, and 10 Island Drive will knock your socks off in every way.

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If you’ve always wanted a place in the country, but just a stone’s throw away from the city, the ranch at 5575 W Hwy 175 in Kaufman might be your dream come true. A mere 32 miles from downtown Dallas, this little ranchette is the perfect mix of city and country, and still within commuting distance. Located right off the access road to Highway 175, you can quite literally just hop on the highway and go. And no worries about traffic noise — the house and barn are set on the very back of the 14.5-acre property on the top of the hill, offering sprawling views of the pastures and surrounding countryside. I mean, just look at those bluebonnets!

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Because really, who doesn’t love Paris? If trans-atlantic travel just will not fit into your busy schedule, the gorgeous ranch at 632 County Road 43400 in Paris, Texas, just may be the perfect locale to get you and the family out of the hectic city. This property is so much more than a vacation home, it is truly an estate. Located on 22 sprawling acres complete with a six-acre lake, attention to detail abounds on this stately compound.

Gated entry with stained concrete circle drive.

Gated entry with stained concrete circle drive.

Designed with friends and family at the forefront, the main house is absolutely built for entertaining. Featuring three living areas, the kids, teens, and adults can all have their own space. No fighting over the television here! MainLivingArea

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It’s hard to say what kitchen you’ll like more – indoor or outdoor? Both spaces are state-of-the-art with Subzero and stainless steel appliances.

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The crown jewel of this property is really the outdoor space. The property has an astounding total of seven (yes, seven) fireplaces, including one outside, and a firepit for marshmallow-roasting lovers.

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The sparkling 60-foot saltwater pool is overlooked by a cozy outdoor seating area, perfect for sipping cocktails and watching the sunset.

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One of the major standouts of this outstanding property is the choice of both the 1,800-square-foot carriage house or the newly constructed 2,000-square-foot guesthouse for lodging. The simpler carriage house is perfect for kids or teens, while the guesthome features a stone fireplace and full master suite.

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This peaceful, quiet property is such a gem, it is not to be missed. The ultimate in private family compounds, this ranch is just waiting for your friends and warm summer nights.

Your new weekend paradise is offered for $1,098,00.00 by Ebby Halliday Realtor Dee Evans.

“…You could say goodbye to everyone and retreat to your land, hunkering down and living off it.” – Jeanette Walls, Half Broke Horses

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 Kathryn@TexasEquestrianProperties.com

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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.

LeeAnn Peters, Ebby, Jeff Lamkin, Cinnamon Shore

Jeff Lamkin says he flew a plane across the Texas Gulf coast a few years ago, and about five minutes after he landed plunked a couple million dollars down on Texas beachfront dirt. Jeff is the developer of Cinnamon Shore on Mustang Island near Port Aransas, a beach front development done “Seaside-style” in the new Urbanism mode that is giving buyers an upscale taste of living on the Texas coast: it’s as good, if not better, than Florida’s panhandle coast. (Certainly, it’s much closer!) And, according to Jeff, Texas is a great buy. Maybe, in fact, the ONLY buy.

“This is the next hot spot for Beach Property in the United States . Properties have held their value and even appreciated in many instances in this market, despite the national housing issues. Vacation rentals here are up over 20% year over year,” he told me.

Specifically, Lamkin says there’s 12% return for every dollar invested, which means that as appreciation takes place, current owners stand to earn better returns than in other investment opportunities. They also get the benefits of a world-class beachfront community to build their own family memories in. The areas’ three fishing lakes are name after Lamkin’s sons. With no debt on the development, he is the sole owner and says he wants Cinnamon Shore to be around for his kids and grandkids.

Jeff, who was born in Texas but lives in Atlanta, came to Dallas Monday night for a Cinnamon Shore event at The Marquee Grill at the Highland Park Village Theater. It was a serious crowd of about 30 to 40 beach enthusiasts, two of whom are home owners at Cinnamon Shore (and love it), the rest real estate groupies like me who wanted to know more about Texas beach dirt. Several are circling a purchase. One homeowner, Susan Brough of Dallas, owns TWO homes at Cinnamon Shore. Another home-owner who lives in San Antonio but spends a lot of time in Dallas, loves not just his home but his investment: by leasing his Cinnamon Shore home, he  made $$26,000 in 2011 — that’s net take home.

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Besides potential homebuyers, real estate heavy-hitters were out for the evening, shopping for clients. A crew from Ebby Halliday and Allie Beth Allman was there — Mark Cain, Karen Luter, Maribeth Peters, builder Jogy Koshy—  but the biggest surprise of the night was a visit from Dallas real estate grand dame Ebby Halliday, who charmed everyone and told Jeff Lamkin she wanted to visit Cinnamon Shore and wiggle her toes in the sand, just like the feet on the invitation! (Sorry for the “Cinnamon-colored photos — trying out a new camera, but I’m sure the beach was influencing me!)

Cassie Evans Decker, Ebby, moi!