Completed in 2017, 321 Verna Trail North is inspired by Mission Revival architectural elements. (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Fourteen miles and only 20 minutes separate the always happening downtown Fort Worth with a 63-acre horse lover’s dream house.

That’s right.  It will take less time to drive from Fort Worth’s Sundance Square to this 7,324-square-foot, five-bedroom, six-and-one-half bathroom, single-story property than it does to boil and egg on an open flame.

Horse lover's paradise

321 Verna Trail North is a 7,324 square-foot estate with five beds, six-and-a-half baths, and beautiful views throughout home

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Close to Fort Worth and in the Aledo school district is one of the most luxurious and versatile properties I’ve ever seen, Kipling Lear Farm. In addition to three incredible residences and a pool house, there’s a beautifully appointed 20-stall barn and covered arena with an enclosed viewing gallery and catering kitchen for entertaining.  

Previously the home of champion race horses and Iberian dressage horses, the 135-acre working farm is ideal for horses of any discipline and their owners who want to ride in style. The grassy fields and pastures slope gently toward the banks of the South Bear Creek, and wooded areas are full of mature pecan and century-old oak trees. White tail deer, wild turkey, foxes, quail, owls, and other birds call the farm home, too. This property is a rare opportunity to enjoy an oasis of natural beauty just 30 miles from Fort Worth. 

“Kipling Lear Farm was purchased by the current owners in 2006, who embarked on an extensive remodel of the existing buildings, as well as adding new ones, between 2009 and 2016,” said listing agent Martha Williams with Williams Trew. “This is country living at its finest, with native wildlife, woodlands, an orchard, and a main house with a genteel and welcoming front porch from which you can enjoy the views.” 

Taking full advantage of the surrounding views, the home has multiple outdoor living spaces, like the back of the home with a kitchen patio, courtyard, outdoor fireplace, and flagstone steps leading to a creekside fire pit below. That is living! And it’s just one small example of the thoughtful, gracious spaces throughout Kipling Lear Farm. 

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And talk about poetic names: this 918 acre ranch is located in the town of Venus, which was originally named “Gossip”, until its development in the late 1880s. According to Wikipedia,  a J.C. Smythe purchased 80 acres of cornfields in the northeastern corner of Johnson County, planned a town, and named it  “Venus” after the daughter of a local doctor. Wiki doesn’t say if he had a crush on Venus, but come on: dude names a town after girl? Bet he scored… some points!
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By 1888 the new town had a post office and 10,000 residents, located at the junction of two major railroads. By the 1920’s Venus even had a small college. Then came the Great Depression and the growth of Dallas-Fort Worth and no matter how pretty that girl was, Venus just didn’t cut it as a metropolis. Soon it was just a one-drugstore town. Remember those?

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