9674 County Road 106, Celina, Texas is currently listed by Brenda J. Kinsey for $7,800,000.

Stop what you’re doing right now and just look at this view! Sun soaked skies, vibrant greenspace, modern Hill Country design – this property deserves your attention. Nestled on 100 pristine acres in Celina, Texas, sits this stunning three-bedroom, three-full-and-two-half-bathroom ranch, fully-equipped for the ultimate second shelter escape. Here you’ll enjoy a seven-acre stocked lake; seven-hole, par-three golf course; covered boat dock; and incredible spaces to take in the sights and sounds of the great outdoors.

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Chris Hornbaker’s sustainable vineyard in Collin County, where the ranch home’s design is by Texas architect Steve Chambers, AIA. Photo: Stephanie Chambers, Chambers Architects

Celina, Texas, is an area of bucolic fields and green spaces that go on for as far as the eye can see. Back in 2003, Linda and Clark Hornbaker purchased 10 acres of open pasture in this area about 45 miles north of Dallas.

With the rolling hills and peaceful countryside, Linda saw it as the family’s “garden of Eden,” and named the land Eden Hill.

The soil was good, a limestone base with trees bordering the property, making it perfect for a vineyard. Their son, Chris Hornbaker, was an amateur vintner, making pear wine in his kitchen. The family had the bright idea to join forces and create a commercial vineyard and winery. So Linda and Clark studied viticulture and learned how to grow grapes. Chris is completing his viticulture and oenology degree.

Read all about this vineyard and other Celina properties on SecondShelters!

Light Farms sunsetLast Thursday I zipped up to Light Farms in Celina after touring the Sorrento at Preston Center. Why am I boring you my nightly schedule? I hit two events in one night, and Light Farms in CELINA was a good thirty-five minute drive north. That is significant. This new Republic Properties Group development is so conveniently located for being in the boonies — it is way up there, but RIGHT OFF the Dallas North Tollway. In fact, when the Tollway is complete, the development will have it’s own Light Farms exit as the main drag in. So you have a pretty direct route to just about anywhere. Light traffic on the tollway means a fast and easy commute to Light Farms.

It’s also the newest RPG development everyone is talking about.

Light Farms (1)Light Farms is not your typical North Texas housing development. 908 acres smack in Celina/Prosper neighboring up to many other family home developments, 2700 homes, 8700 residents. But at Light Farms, you can tell that things up there are different — some old charming stuff, like the wifi/coffeehouse community center built with repurposed barn timbers from the 1830’s in upstate New York’s Mohawk River Valley, timbers with more strength because they were created before climate change.

Light Farms will offer 132 acres of manicured green space, a $13 million greenbelt, multiple playgrounds, parks, gardens, picnic areas, a community lawn, four pools (one has a beach-like walk in), tennis courts and exercise clubs.

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Local wineries!

As far as schools, they are why most people move north. Families can plop kiddos in the highly rated Prosper ISD.  Light Farms is designed with kids in mind, rumbling everywhere, walking/biking/running to award- winning schools. Republic donated 11 acres within the community for a new Propser ISD elementary school, and more will be on the way like expectant mothers.

Homes start at $240,000 on up to $400,000 from quality builders such as Darling, American Legend, Highland, Drees, Lionsgate and Shaddock. Phase one will see the finish out of 267 homes.

OK, so the Serenbe connection? A few weeks ago at the National Association of Real Estate Editor’s annual conference, we were whisked off to Serenbe, an amazing sustainable community just southeast of Atlanta that is unlike any other U.S. development. (There is Prairie Crossing in my native Illinois.) The 1000 acre community lies in the heart of 40,000 acres in a protected plan that calls for 70% green space. Serenbe is a very new approach to community development — and so is Light Farm. At Serenbe, though, all homes are EarthCraft certified, buildings are heated with geothermal, boutiques are scattered closer to homes for increased walkability, trash cans go underground where you sort trash and compost out of sight, even mail boxes have to be tucked away. There are front porches, no lawns, 10 miles of paths and trails and everything is connected. You will be hearing more from me about this amazing community.

You may have to get to Serenbe by car, but once you get there, the foot rules. Oh and the farm to table? When you buy a home at Serenbe, you also get ownership of a patch of farmland where you raise your own vegetables so you can pick up what you need for tonight’s dinner right at the local farmer’s market. Community gardening and a farmers market is a concept Tony Ruggeri told me he and Jake Wagner, both RPG executive vice presidents, are contemplating at Light Farms.Tony-and-Jake

 

Check out that rack! Seriously, though, this house in Collin County’s rural paradise, Celina, Texas, has everything anyone would want in a second home. It’s rural without being remote, and it’s a perfect retreat for a horse lover.

Celina Pool

Yeehaw, folks. We sometimes joke around about “head rooms” and such here on CandysDirt.com, but this Celina mansion marketed by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s own Brian Luker and David Bergher has a trophy room that earns a gold star in my book. Curbed National picked up this listing, calling it an “equestrian amusement park.”

Celina Arena

In fact, this entire estate — all 314 acres of it — is a trophy. This equestrian compound is on the market for $15 million, which is a bargain for a 15,000-square-foot home with seven-car garage, heated pool, spa, wine cellar, three stock ponds, two arenas, mare motel, ranch managers home, stall barn, equipment barn, etc.

Celina Trophy

If you think the country life has to be remote, think again. This mansion is just 45 minutes from downtown Dallas and 10 minutes from the Dallas North Tollway.

Now, if you’re squeamish, you can always redecorate. I kind of love the amount of kitsch that comes with the various stuffed creatures reigning over rooms in the house. The leopard next to the fireplace in the bathroom is just hanging out, you know. And the two black bears in the bedroom, well, that’s inspirational.

Celina Bath

I think this property is the perfect weekend home for the horse-obsessed hunter or weekend cowboy. What about you?

Celina Bedroom

 

The perfect second home 30 minutes north of Dallas over on SecondShelters.com…

By Lisa Ferguson
Special Contributor

The 2019 Celina Garden Tour, an exclusive showcase of eight private home gardens and area wineries, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

This popular biennial event, hosted by the Celina Garden Club, drew hundreds of attendees from throughout North Texas in 2017. The self-guided tour will be presented rain or shine.

“Our tour homes are full of gardening glory,” Celina Garden Club President Lynn Balint said. “This year, we have a couple of repeat venues because they were so much fun and their gardens were spectacular.  We have also recruited some outstanding new venues.”

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Huge Wall Street Journal story being circulated via Twitter, etc. today, The U.S. Housing Boom Is Coming to an End, Starting in Dallas.”

Dallas, really?

“Home prices zoomed higher in recent years, and mortgage rates are climbing. Buyers are queasy.”

Now we know our market is not as hot as it was in 2015 and 2016, two of the hottest years for DFW real estate values, which have really growth-spurted in recent years. As the WSJ puts it, affordability has gotten “out of whack with historic norms.” A median priced home is now about $235,000 in Dallas, about 50 percent more than what it cost in 2007 before the Great Recession. We know that the corporate relocations to Plano and areas north have cooled, with transplants’ primary homes, at least, snapped up. But (and I actually have many “buts” here) I might use another verb other than “sputter“:
PLANO, Texas—A half-hour drive straight north from downtown Dallas sits one of the fastest-growing counties in the country. Cotton fields have been replaced with Toyota’s new North American headquarters, a Dallas Cowboys training facility and a sand-colored shopping strip with a Tesla dealership and a three-story food hall.

Yet even with the booming growth, Dallas’s once vibrant housing market is sputtering. In the high-end subdivisions in the suburb of Frisco, builders are cutting prices on new homes by up to $150,000. On one street alone, $4 million of new homes sat empty on a visit earlier this month. Some home builders are so desperate to attract interest they are offering agents the chance to win Louis Vuitton handbags or Super Bowl tickets with round-trip airfare, if their clients buy a home. Yet fresh-baked cookies sit uneaten at sparsely attended open houses.

First of all, developers have long offered agents perks to sell their homes — hate to tell you, but Louis Vuitton handbag lures are nothing new. (I sure hope they are not knock-offs!) We have talked before about the North Texas slow down, particularly in million dollar plus homes.

How many ways can an agent say “price reduced” without really saying it?

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