I’ve found the perfect antidote to the stress of city living, and it’s just 30 minutes from downtown Dallas!
The lakefront property at 1 Candlelite Trail in Heath sits on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard. On its more than 13 acres, you’ll find two fully stocked ponds, plenty of room for horses, a barn, and 5,500 fully irrigated trees of both native Texas and fruit varieties. Total paradise!
There rural amenities are complemented by the grandeur of the house, which has all the luxury of a Preston Hollow build. This is a Tuscan-style, 9,323-square-foot residence with five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, three half baths, outdoor living and dining, and a separate guest house. Think soaring ceilings and the finest finishes, luxe kitchen and room after room of well-appointed, thoughtful spaces.
I’m not the only one swooning over this Heath property — it’s been featured on two TV shows!
“It’s so private and it looks like the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum'” said Dee Evans, who has listed the property with the Dee Evans Group of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “The lakefront is unbelievable — 2,316 feet of shoreline — and there are ponds and bridges…it’s just amazing, like a total paradise away from the city.”
I couldn’t agree more. Let’s take a tour of this Heath estate!
This is a house with big volumes, tall windows, lofty ceilings, and a lot of connection to the outdoors. The outdoor living areas and swimming pool all face the lake. The view from almost every room is a beautiful marriage of cloudscape and waterfront vistas. I could get used to this.
But you can’t live your whole life outdoors, and what awaits you across the threshold of this glorious Tuscan home is perfection.
“The architect was Jim Benson Custom Homes and the quality of craftsmanship is unbelievable,” Evans said. “It was built in 2003, but has a timeless elegance and stately presence that is totally on-trend for today.”
The grandeur of the rooms embraces the views, and each space complements the serenity of the outdoors with lush fabrics, rich hardwoods, and sun-drenched designs inspired by Tuscany. In case you hadn’t figured it out by now, this house was made for entertaining! The grand room alone can accommodate 120 people for events.
The kitchen works in harmony with the rest of the house to entertain. You’ll find a butler’s pantry, three dishwashers, two microwaves, double ovens, two refrigerators, a warming drawer, vegetable steamer, rotisserie oven, built-in ice machine, pot-filler over the gas stove, and two pantries. The views out to the lake would make any cooking a total delight (as if the kitchen alone weren’t enough!).
The floorplan flows seamlessly through this commodious house and every room reveals a new delight. Look at the hand-painted ceilings in the downstairs office and rich, coffered ceilings in the library/media room with a 102-inch drop-down, hidden projection screen. So clever.
Now, onto the bedrooms, each with a balcony or views of the water. From the second-story bedrooms, the elevation makes them all the more impressive. The master offers two fireplaces, one over the Jacuzzi tub and the other in the bedroom. Other features of this posh room include a cedar closet, walk-in dual closets, and a walk-in shower with body sprays. Of course, there’s an upstairs and downstairs utility room — you can’t be lugging laundry through a 9,000-square-foot house!
Other thoughtful spaces in this Heath home include two exercise rooms, two offices, rock patios, and a separate guest house as big as an average house in Dallas, and “party barn” (more on that below). The 13.9 acres include a retaining wall and room for a boat dock, so you could park your boat close to the house.
The charming guest house is 1,575 square feet with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a three-car garage. It’s perfect for guests, a nanny, or as a mother-in-law residence. With the vines growing up the walls and soft landscaping, it looks like an enchanted fairy house, albeit a highly functional and spacious one.
Nearby is the “party barn,” as Evans calls it. And why not? It’s got 2,743 square feet with stalls on the first floor, and a large loft above that is ideally suited for parties and fundraisers. Have horses ever made a mess here? Because every inch is immaculately clean!
This property is not just perfect for parties — it’s a family-friendly home, as well. It’s in the attendance zone for Amy Parks-Heath Elementary School in Heath and Maurine Cain Middle School in Rockwall.
Bonus: this house has an agricultural use (ag use) exemption, meaning a substantial tax saving. Plus, the city of Heath has a tax rate that is one of the lowest in DFW. Heath is a community of more than 7,400 residents, and nearby are several first-class recreational opportunities, like Rush Creek Yacht Club, and the Buffalo Creek Golf and Country Club.