If you grew up in or around Longview, Texas, you knew of the Coghlans. Howard Coghlan, a brilliant oil and gas lawyer and his wife, Dr. Peggy Coghlan, proprietor of her eponymous charm school and later president of Kilgore College, grew to be true East Texas legacies.
“They were like royalty, and deservedly so,” said Allie Beth Allman & Associates Realtor Terri Cox.
Allie Beth Allman & Associates Realtor Kyle Crews agrees that the legacy was well-earned.
“They were amazing people who cared deeply about young people,” he said. “They worked very hard. And after a lot of hard work, they had some financial success, and about 20 years ago, they built their dream home.”
Emerald Hill Farm: “It’s Special.”
The dream home he refers to is Emerald Hill Farm, a magnificent Greek revival house situated on 45 plus acres in Longview. Carefully designed and furnished, with manicured grounds, a peach orchard, and stocked fishing lake and ponds, Emerald Hill Farm borders on idyllic perfection.
“Emerald Hill Farm is the perfect expression of the family’s commitment to quality,” said Cox. “They had open arms to everyone they met. They were true leaders. And their home continues to express that now.”
Perfection was a Coghlan family trait – something Cox knows all about. Cox attended Peggy’s Teen School.
“We all went,” Cox said, with a chuckle. “It was part of your right of passage in Longview. Peggy was the go-to person for how to be a gracious and wonderful lady.”
The Coghlans have since passed on but it was their wish that Cox and Allie Beth Allman & Associates Realtor Kyle Crews sell their dream home.
“They wanted us to be involved to find the right buyer when the time came,” said Crews. It’s clear the Coghlans’ trust was well-placed. Crews and Cox share a warm affection for the estate.
“It really is special,” Cox said.
And finding that ‘right buyer’ shouldn’t be difficult.
“There is some cache in owning something that was by the Coghlans’ hands,” said Cox. And because it remains fully furnished, it can be move-in ready.
“No Detail Left to Wonder About”
The star of Emerald Hill Farm is the antique brick, 14,381-square-foot Greek Revival home built in 2000. Listed at $2.75vmillion, this stunner features a large covered front porch entry that gives way to a marble-floored foyer entry with a grand curved staircase. It’s a feast for the eyes.
Other features include a three-story inside elevator service, two master suites on the main floor (among six bedroom suites overall), and a spacious loggia area in the rear of the home with views of the back lake and deer feeders and manicured grounds. The grounds offer enough acreage for horses.
For those looking for an escape from urban or suburban life, Emerald Hil Farm makes an unbeatable getaway second home. And on nearly 50 acres, it offers space that’s harder and harder to come by.
“For folks from Longview, it’s iconic,” said Cox. “It really is East Texas at its finest.”
Want to see it with your own eyes? Bring the family out to the open house on February 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. Find more details on the listing here.