For All Us Who Labor: Rest & Relaxation Awaits in Athens, Including a Sleeping Porch

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It’s Labor Day and we are supposed to, you know, take it easy, courtesy of our employers.

But real estate never takes a break: we have to have a place to live, hang our hats, brush our teeth, rest our weary souls, or frolic. Even on Labor Day.

And what better place to rest and replenish your soul than Athens, Texas? It’s only 90 minutes east of Dallas.

I’m particularly fond of Athens and its people. Tell you a true story that happened right on this County Road 4805: I was looking for a ranch property, and I couldn’t find it. Kind of felt like I was driving in circles, so I pulled into a driveway, turned around, and retraced my driving.

Few minutes later I see a couple in a golf cart right behind me. People, I thought, terrific! I bet they know the ranch I’m looking for!

I stop and ask.

“Are you the one who just pulled into our driveway?” the woman asked me.

“Fraid I am,” I say, “sorry.”

“Oh that’s fine,” she said, “it’s just that we don’t get many visitors out here.”


I asked if they knew where the ranch was.

“Shore do, follow me,” she said. And with that, this delightful Athens couple led me in their golf cart on the right road to get the the ranch I was looking for.

This spectacular, serene Athens/East Texas ranch property of approximately 210 acres. Get even more excited: there are 1500 feet of shoreline on Lake Athens.

The main estate looks like a perfect Southern Belle mansion with the wrap-around wide, white porch and balconies. The interiors are elegant country Southern charm with top of-the-line finish outs everywhere. There are five bedrooms, five bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows with lake and meadow views. Total square footage: 7249 interior.

The home was built in 1982, sports a  metal roof, and stunning, heavily treed grounds including a five bedroom guest or caretaker’s house, a garage apartment, a sleeping porch bunk room, and my favorite: a floating cabin.

There are so many options for recreation on the property, you will never labor elsewhere: an infinity edge pool and spa, sports court, beautiful state of the art stall horse stable, boat dock with jet ski lifts, even a lighted sports field and covered pavilion.

The property is high fenced and heavily wooded, perfect for ATVs, hiking, & horses.

So if there is a place to labor, be it over the stove, cleaning a tile floor, I’d rather be here at 3773 County Road 4805. Listed with Allie Beth Allman herself for $9,750,000.


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).

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