Timber Creek Ranch: The Quintessential Gentlemen’s Ranch in East Texas With Lake Cypress Springs Waterfront

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Come March, a unique East Texas property will be available via auction, which is quickly becoming the best way to pick up big, beautiful real estate. The iconic Timber Creek Ranch in Winnsboro is up for auction, and CandysDirt.com is hosting a pre-auction preview and barbecue there this Saturday, February 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It may be your only chance to see 428 acres of pure heaven.

I know we say this all the time, but this truly is one of the finest ranches in Texas. And one of the few with full lake access.

“Timber Creek Ranch ranks among the finest working and recreational ranches in Texas, and its lake frontage is especially unique,” says Kyle Crews, Executive Vice President of Allie Beth Allman & Associates.

Kyle is one of the most seasoned real estate agents in Texas. He has sold multi-million dollar properties from the Valley to Oklahoma, and sold out several luxury condominium projects, the most recent being The Residences at the Ritz Carlton. He is currently marketing The Stoneleigh Residences on Maple Avenue. Kyle also helped sell the most expensive home in Dallas, The Crespi Estate, this past December.

So when Kyle draws our attention to a glorious property, an opportunity that is too good to miss, it’s like that old E.F. Hutton commercial — when Kyle talks, we listen.

“The owners of this $12 million-plus ranch are now ready to move onto the next phase of their lives, though they have loved literally every second living here,” says Kyle, who actually sold them the ranch almost three years ago.

“They have entertained here and enjoyed with family and friends,” he says. “We helped them buy the ranch from a large pool of bidders. Now, I’m pleased to offer this lifestyle opportunity for the next owner of Timber Creek Ranch, to carry on the legacy.”

Timber Creek Ranch is going to auction with Crews and Concierge Auctions on March 8th. The 428-acre ranch is valued at well over $12 million, but is being offered in a unique split purchase. The 26-acre lakefront portion of the sale — located on Lake Cypress Springs will sell without reserve, selling to the highest bidder on auction day regardless of the bid price. There is, however, an undisclosed reserve on the ranch portion of the sale. The total property is a 428-acre working ranch. So, buy the 26-acre lakefront portion, the 402-acre upper ranch portion, or the whole kit and caboodle, consisting of 428 acres of pure Texas country with water.

The actual property address is 416 County Road South East 3390 in Winnsboro, Texas. But the property actually touches Lake Cypress Springs, just 1.5 hours east of Dallas. 

And that is what makes this property so very unique. Seldom do Texas ranches come with fantastic lakefront shores — and this one, is on one of the best, deepest lakes in East Texas. I have been in Lake Cypress Springs and experienced the springs. There are several ranch houses on the property — a luxurious owners’ home and guest lodges — which are totally over the top in terms of construction and amenities.

Identified by its signature pipe metal perimeter fencing, the property has been master-planned and executed to perfection. It’s really rare to find this much acreage in one fell swoop. In fact, 14 separate real estate closings were needed to amass the entire ranch’s acreage, which now offers various commercial and residential use opportunities, including a working and recreational ranch; a sportsman’s resort; a bed and breakfast and/or event center; and a community/neighborhood development.

I can totally foresee the latter — this is a prime community development with a multi-use potential that could end up being one of the most admired developments in the country. How about the Boot Ranch of East Texas? You get a Vaquero vibe with the rustic playground of a Rough Creek Lodge — a sportsman’s hunting paradise that is both lady- and family-friendly. There is even a private vineyard.

From riding horses at the huge equestrian center and ATVs on several riding trails, to shooting skeet or paintball, there is no limit to fun. And when it comes to water activities, you have 1,600 linear feet of sea-walled frontage on the 3,500-acre Lake Cypress Springs. There are also two on-site, bass-stocked lakes on the property for trophy catches. The boat house is also enormous, with four automatic lifts to fit two boats and four personal water crafts.

As rugged as it may seem outdoors, there is no “roughing it” indoors — each of the housing structures have interiors decked out in luxury. Five immaculately-designed timber and stone structures dot the rolling landscape, each a relaxing and lavish respite from the busy ways of city life equipped with high-end fixtures and finishes. With a total of 17,000 square feet of living space, there is basically no limit to all you can see, enjoy and do at Timber Creek Ranch.

Just whip out your checkbook and enjoy.

And of course, the ranch is being sold at auction, so your bank account and financial advisor can each take a breath. This will be the deal of a lifetime in East Texas — word is the investment in this 12-year-old property is more than $15 million. Additionally, a 3% buyer’s commission goes to the winning bidder’s agent.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity for yourself or anyone you know who wants a ranch. And owning a ranch is a God-given right if you live in Texas – so come out and smell the fresh air, and giddy-up!


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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  1. Adrienne says

    Stunning photography on this post! Timber Creek is an absolutely beautiful locale. I’m so glad you were there to capture its glory so we could all experience it too. <3

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