Get Outta Dodge and Into This 20-acre East Texas Retreat

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The news. The traffic. Politics. Social media. Some days you can’t get far enough away from the heaviness that seems to have found its way into our every day. But if you go approximately one hour southeast of Dallas, we’re willing to bet it’s far enough — or at least feels like it. At the end of your journey, you’re at your own little 20-acre refuge in Wills Point. Oh, the unwinding you will do!

Open House slated 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20

2829 VZ County Road 2144 is a darling cottage-y cabin just 10 minutes from Canton First Monday Trade Days, if that’s your thing. It’s priced at $599,000. Listing agent Cotton Mendenhall had some killer twilight photography done that showcases just how idyllic this gated and heavily treed property really is.

For starters, porches! The front porch is straight out of a dream, running the width of the home. And boy does it say, “Come on in and stay awhile!” The back porch overlooks your own private, stocked pond. Ponder that for a minute. Or two. Then ponder the hours you could spend rocking and gazing. Gazing and rocking. Mix it up with some reading and napping. You know, just practicing for retirement.

Already retired? Imagine the grandkids coming for a few weeks next summer at Camp Mimi and PawPaw? You can entertain the idea of entertaining, too. Friends and family can come out for a day of fishing, ATV rides, dinners for 20 under a canopy of trees a la Southern Living, and s’mores over the fire pit.

And, oh yeah, envision yourself puttering around the finished 800-square-foot barn with loft and concrete driveway. Puttering is good for the heart, soul, and mind, you know.

Inside the impeccably updated two-bedroom, two-bath home is a spacious living area with a wood-burning fireplace and vaulted ceilings. It opens to the updated kitchen with a large island, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and ample storage.

The generously-sized bedrooms each have private baths. The primary bedroom opens to a screened porch overlooking the pond, while the guest bedroom overlooks the front. And while it seems cozy at 1,310 square feet, we’d like to point out two things. There’s less to keep clean that way, but if you’re so inclined, 20 acres provides all kinds of room to add on.

If you’d like to take a look at 2829 VZ County Road, give Cotton a call at 214-642-7676 or email him at


Shelby Skrhak

Shelby is Associate Editor of, where she focuses on sponsored content, estate sales, and suburbs. She's a journalist and podcaster turned full-time freelance writer based in Plano. She comes to after running digital content and social media at SUCCESS magazine. She's a Lake Highlands native and graduate of UT-Dallas.

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