We’re hearing the same thing over and over — rural homes and properties with acreage are becoming hot commodities as Dallasites look for more wide open space to live, work, and play. Second homes are flying off the shelves, and many are becoming primary homes. And yes, the next golden area of development is closer to Oklahoma than it is downtown Dallas. In fact, we sat in on a panel the other day where builders and brokers confirmed the Metroplex is headed to the northern border.
To that end, Donna Johnson Nora with the Paragon Realtors office in Sherman has two luxury listings you’d swear were in the middle of Preston Hollow. On exclusive Strait Lane, homes of this size would be $3+ million, easy. But these sprawling estates are located in Texoma-area’s most exclusive gated neighborhood, Woodland Hills in Sherman.
We read in Texoma Living that the locals have a clever nickname for this enclave of 5+ acre homes, a reflection of the number of doctors and surgeons who live there. (We love that kind of local flair.)
That’s where you’ll find two amazing homes: 262 Elm Hollow Court, a 6,930-square-foot traditional on 6.7 acres listed for $1.499 million, and 233 Woodland Hills Drive, a 9,781-square-foot transitional on 5.68 acres listed for $2.5 million.
“In one highly sought-after neighborhood, you have two great offerings for buyers with two different tastes,” Johnson Nora says. “Traditional or transitional, these properties represent just the utmost in style and attention to detail.”
Address: 233 Woodland Hills Drive
5 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 3 half-baths
9,781 square feet
The attention to detail in this estate is impressive, as is the seven-page list of detailed amenities this Woodland Hills estate offers. Enter through the 10-foot custom wrought iron double doors or pull around to the wrought-iron gated porte cochere and motor court with three-car garage and motorcycle garage with in-floor lighting. There’s also a gardening garage or water treatment room with air-conditioned and video-monitored pet space.
Inside, you’ll find just as many neat extras and smart uses of the square footage. Instead of trekking all through the home, you can make use of a downstairs or upstairs office space, a downstairs or upstairs laundry room, and multiple downstairs indoor dining areas or upstairs outdoor patio dining.
For entertainment, you’re more than set. There is a downstairs game room set up as a casino and full wet bar with ice, refrigerator, and wine storage, plus a pub, billiards room, and a wine bar with SubZero wine refrigerator and built-in mini-fridge .
Much of the decor is also for sale, including a 150th anniversary Steinway grand piano, an antique Louis XIV embossed leather portrait, antique King Louis chairs and marble table, and a circa 1860 antique church confessional. Also for sale, all master bedroom furniture, bedroom sets, outdoor and indoor dining furniture, rugs, lamps, bar stools, home gym equipment, an antique wine corker, and Jan Barboglio bench.
Address: 262 Elm Hollow Court
6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths
6,930 square feet
It’s hard to decide whether 262 Elm Hollow Court, nestled on 6.7 wooded acres, feels more Hill Country or English countryside. The lush trees that go as far as the eye can see here in Sherman will transport you down I-35, maybe just outside of San Antonio where the roads wind up, down, and through the plentiful trees.
But walking up the staggered steps, you’ll pass lush beds of groundcover, Boxwoods, lilac flowering shrubs, and Elephant Ears at the entrance. Catch a glimpse of the diamond leaded glass and round cottage door, and you’ll definitely feel you’re in another world.
That’s the point of an ultra-luxury country home — to be transported somewhere beautiful, comfortable, and serene. This home, complete with greenhouse, saltwater pool, and spa, accomplishes that.
Inside, you’ll find a beautifully-appointed home with six bedrooms and six and half baths. The custom home features cedar-beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, custom wood details in the mesquite wood mantle, antique fireplace surround, and carved bar doors.
The kitchen features bead board ceilings, custom cabinets, Dacor double oven and gas range, Bosch dishwasher, wine refrigerator, and built-in SubZero refrigerator/freezer with refrigerated drawers.
Contact Donna to schedule a showing for either property at 903-815-1131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.