Just 30 Minutes from Downtown Dallas, Find Enchantment on this 14-Acre Heath Property

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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!


The front of the primary residence with a four-car garage.


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The entry to this property features a stunning bridge across the ponds lined by mature bald cypress trees. What a welcome!
There are so many outdoor seating areas — love the sunset views from this pergola.

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The large family pool, hot tub, two waterfalls, and a peaceful pond all face Lake Ray Hubbard.

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 round dining room seats up to 14 with high ceilings and large windows.
The living room can accommodate up to 120 guests for events!
Views of the lake take center stage through a double-story window.

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.

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Live outside year-round with this comfortable screened-in porch with a refrigerator, wood-burning fireplace, and sink.

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!).

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The downstairs office features a lovely hand-painted ceiling.
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The large bar has hand-painted tiles and lots of storage.
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The library/media room has a 102-inch drop-down, hidden projection screen for movie nights.
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The oversized game room has a mini-kitchen and plenty of room for games, lounging, and storage.
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The upstairs office is quite large with a wraparound balcony and lots of storage.

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.

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Enjoy a fireplace in large master bath Jacuzzi tub.
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Dual vanities, separate toilet, and walk-in shower in the master bathroom.
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Incredible views of the water from the master bedroom, along with a fireplace.
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Upstairs bedroom No. 3 has a lovely balcony and view of the lake, a full bath, and a large closet.
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Upstairs bedroom No. 4 has an ensuite bath and balcony.
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Upstairs bedroom No. 5 has a balcony and a walk-in shower in its private bathroom.

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.

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The guest house with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a three-car garage has great views of the lake.
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The “party barn” has a working level, second-floor storage, a greenhouse, kitchen, and a bathroom with a shower.

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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!

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A luxe hot tub faces the swimming pool and lake with spacious gathering areas and outside fireplaces nearby.
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The back of the primary residence has extensive rock paths, entertaining areas, a boat ramp, lake views, and room for a boat dock. So lush!
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A forest of mature trees is fully landscaped for entertainment and great for a 200+ person outdoor wedding ceremony or fundraising events.

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.

This home is listed by the Dee Evans Group for $8.75 million. To schedule a showing, call 972-772-1366 or email deeevansgroup@ebby.com.



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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