Find the Rancher Within at The Rolling S Ranch

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With spring-fed lakes and multiple 360-degree views atop the property’s hills, the Rolling S Ranch is a miracle of refuge and accessibility, urban proximity and stillness, natural splendor and modern comforts — all set within the wooded, verdant landscape of East Texas.

This 380-acre property is a place for reflection, rest, and recharge, currently listed for $2.7 million.

The brick veneer house, built in 1963, is ready for entertaining. It makes an immediate impression with its wide, welcoming porch. Once you’ve sat down on it, you’re treated to the home’s view of both lakes and hillsides stretching across the surroundings.

The living room area inside features long wood support beams stretching across the ceiling, blending with the space’s prominent earth tones. There’s a large wood-burning fireplace and another view of the property’s lakes through enormous windows.

The kitchen adjoins the living room to make for a spacious, open atmosphere. It has a work isle that doubles as a kitchen table for meals. The kitchen also features a double oven and electric range top, dishwasher, large pantry, disposal, and built-in hutch.

The dining area has a beamed ceiling, as well, with indirect lighting and another view of the lake. The floor is carpeted, with hardwood floor underneath.

There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms (two full and one half). The large master bedroom has its own private bath with hardwood floors.

The space adjoining the two-car, covered carport has a full bath, as well. Like a country-house version of the classic “mother-in-law” backhouse, this generous adjoining space is ready for proper conversion to an extra bedroom.

It’s easy to imagine weekend getaways on the property. East Texas landscape is great for hiking, with woods and multiple spring-fed bodies of water. The Rolling S has trails and a road cutting through it, too. The road has undergone recent repairs. Fencing along the perimeter and cross fencing on the property have both been improved, as well. There’s a large barn on the grounds with an equipment storage area.

LaRue, Texas, is situated about 13 miles from Athens, and less than two hours’ drive from Dallas. While small, with a population of fewer than 15,000 by recent measures, Athens features grocery stores, restaurants, and plenty of other amenities.

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Daniel Hightower Smith

Born downtown at Baylor and raised in North Dallas, Daniel Hightower Smith loves the shifty currents of real estate. He's into words, too, working as a freelance copywriter in corporate and agency settings, and sporting a long history as a copy editor. He's a devoted yogi, prolific reader, and a longtime songwriter on guitar with influences spanning Jimi Hendrix and Elliott Smith. You'll often find him on walks with his rescue dog Gretchen, watching NBA basketball, or relaxing at a movie.

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