If you’ve been in the real estate business long enough, you can plumb run out of superlatives. So when a Realtor uses words like “dreamy” and “happy place” to describe her listing, you sit up and pay attention, which is why we’re headed to Rockwall to see a 95-acre family estate.
“My clients are headed back to The Bubble after a long hiatus on the most secluded and dreamy piece of property, high on a hill, deep in a forest, in Rockwall,” listing agent Erin McClung with Allie Beth Allman and Associates told us. “The perfect setting to raise two boys, now grown and flown, they found their happy place amidst the ponds, trails, and wild birds (thank the birds for the low taxes) in a home that they completely made their own.”
The home at 12101 Dark Hollow Road sits on 95 fenced acres of trails and forest land, with a stream and pond as well, making its $2.9 million price tag something of a steal when you consider all the land coming with it.
Long tree-lined roads bring you to a beautiful contemporary farmhouse with gorgeous porches and set after set of French doors. Green shutters pop off the white facade.
If the outside is inviting, the inside is doubly so.
“They hired architect John Mullen and designed this modern, rustic, well-appointed retreat adding shiplap walls, adding square footage, creating a library and solarium and leaving no stone unturned to create the modern cottage of their dreams,” McClung said.
The result is an open, airy, casual yet refined five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home that has been thoughtfully laid out with a family in mind, with three bedrooms on their own wing with a second story playroom, and two second-story bedrooms with their own en-suites just off the main living area.
Canadian maple flooring flows throughout the home, and clear pine shiplap walls, hand-finished hardware, a brick fireplace punctuate a cozy library and sun-filled solarium that provide plenty of entertaining space without the home feeling stuffy.
“The kitchen isn’t fussy, light bright and white, with doors leading to one side of a wrap-around porch,” McClung said. “If you follow the porch to the front of the house you will find an Olympic-sized lap pool incorporated into the landscape of limestone and beautiful gardens.”
The basement garage includes a full-sized workshop, room for 12 cars, and a storm shelter.
“They have an incredible art collection and several pieces are also for sale,” McClung added.
Thanks to the wild birds that call the acreage home, there is also a wild bird property tax exemption. There is also plenty of room for hunting, and even equestrian use.
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