Rex Tillerson Bought the Late Charles Wyly’s Equestrian Ranch in Argyle: Horse Country Just Got Hotter

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As you may have heard this week, our next Secretary of State, if approved by Congress, could be Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson. He is the head honcho at the Irving-based multi-national oil and gas corporation, but he lives in Bartonville. His recommendation is said to have come from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Rice and Gates have a consulting firm that works with Exxon.

Bartonville is north of DFW International Airport, bordering Lantana, part of that loamy-soil rich horse country near Argyle and Pilot Point dotted with huge horse farms, like this Ebby listing for Mustang Ranch where I was kissing a fabulous horse.

The area was settled in 1878 and was named for T. Bent Barton. In 1886 there was only a post office, by 1906 there no longer was a post office but a population of about 100. Families love the quiet, country atmosphere and great Argyle public schools. Getting from Irving to Bartonville is about a 30 minute limo ride.

“Everyone in Argyle wants acreage,” says Marilyn Hoffman, Hoffman International Realty, “there are probably more equestrian spreads there and in Bartonville, than anywhere else in Texas.”

She should know: Hoffman listed the ranch the Tillersons bought from the late Charles Wyly which was called, at the time, Stargate Sport Horse Farm. The name was changed to Bar RR Ranches (Rex and Renda). She had it listed for two years at an asking price of $12 million. After her listing agreement expired, Tillerson and his wife bought the spread in September of 2009 for way less than what Wyly had been asking.

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Charles Wyly acquired the land back in 2001 and built the facilities for his daughter, who lived in Highland Park, and was an accomplished dressage rider. (A 4,000 square foot home is on the property for a ranch manager.) The ranch was also once the site of The Cowtown Ball, Fort Worth’s equivalent of Dallas’ Cattle Baron’s Ball, in the huge indoor arena, when owned by Charles Wyly. Marilyn even donated an Arabian stallion to the event.

Bar BB Ranch indoor arena
The indoor arena is climate-controlled with central air. The riding area measures 200′ X 100′ of custom cushion footing. Both the rear and front arena walls have mirrored panels across the entire width of the arena. For training and event purposes, the arena is also equipped with a sound and P.A. system. The custom viewing area, complete with kitchen and bar, can also function as an entertainment and conference room as well as a library and area for viewing videos. Event officials can enjoy the comfort of an office and a guest room located within the viewing area.

Marilyn is an accomplished equestrian. She raises Arabians at her ranch in Mineola, which had been owned by the late Malcolm Brachman, once partner with George W. Bush in the Texas Rangers and a brilliant bridge player. Hoffman regularly sells horse ranches and large estates to billionaires. She recently sold a large equestrian estate in Argyle on Hilltop Road with a 12,000 square foot home, listed at $11 million (sold for $10,875,000) to a Toyota North America exec.

Bar RR Horse facility

Tillerson is said to be extremely nice, down to earth, and self-made: he was an Eagle Scout, and his parents met because of scouting. His family is very into the horsey set, and they raise and breed cutting horses, and Marilyn has run across them several times at horse shows. In 2012, Renda Tillerson was awarded the “Fern Sawyer Award” by the  the Cowgirl Museum for her contributions to the Cowgirl lifestyle. (Fern Sawyer was a champion cowgirl from the 1970s). Marilyn’s company showed the Tillersons ranches all over Texas, including 12780 Hilltop Road, before they decided on this one. The Bar RR is a state of the art facility for not just showing and training, but also for breeding horses. It has an on-site breeding and collection facility where semen is collected, processed and shipped to customers as fresh as possible.

The Tillersons live less than a mile from the ranch at 624 Dove Creek Road, on a secluded 18 acres that includes a 4200 square foot home and several porches, barns, and an arena. They bought this home in 2001.

In 2014, Tillerson was named a hypocrite by environmentalists when he joined a lawsuit to try to stop the construction of a hydraulic fracking water tower close to his ranch, fearing increased truck traffic and noise. His family dropped out of the lawsuit after a judge dismissed their claim.

Tillerson, Rick Perry, who else from Texas? Marilyn says another potential Trump nominee is looking at her amazing property in Marshall in East Texas. We  can hardly wait…




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, 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, and, 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).

Reader Interactions


  1. Ross H says

    Are you sure the population of Barton is 711,000?

    “The town was incorporated in 1973, with about 300 residents, now here are 711,000.”

  2. Bobby Vassallo says

    I saw a few of my favorite builders on your list. How you missed McCowen-Sainton, I’m not sure. They have been in the Metroplex building monster homes for decades and have built for Dallas’ finest.

    Highland Park, University Park, Bluff View, Las Colinas; only the best. 4321 Fairfax was completed recently and we had the pleasure to see it. Perfection. Check out Pat McCowen’s and Steve Sainton’s site. They’ve built multiple houses for many returning clients.

    Merry Christmas

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