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This ranch in Celina  caught my eye back in January, now it’s got my breath. Tell you why: 57 plus hilltop acres in a place where developers are moving in by the truck-loads. The price has been reduced to $3,395,000. Buy it, enjoy the Longhorn for a few years, then sell it to a developer who will build family homes right there. Truth be told, the photos on line simply do not do it justice. This is ranch country, baby, Celina. (The town of Celina, here below, is adorable, by the way.)

 

Go way up 289 past Deion Sanders place, a lot quieter these days after the Judges separated those two, 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 right 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 is 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 constructed 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.

 

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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