It starts getting quieter the minute you turn off the northern-most stretch of the Dallas North Tollway, about 30 miles north of Dallas, and head west towards Pilot Point on 380, or University Boulevard. If you go west, you’ll be in Denton, which is I guess why the road is (aptly) named “University”. Go east, there’s McKinney.

A bit north of 380 is Aubrey, where you are away from the maddening crowds of city life.


That highway gets quieter as you turn north. But then it gets even more remote: the asphalt gives way to gravel, and soon you have meadows and trees on either side!

And then, the horses. This is North Texas horse country extraordinaire because of the unique soils found here called sandy loam. It has sand and silt, but lower levels of clay. It doesn’t crack when dry and hard, which means horses’ delicate hooves don’t get caught in the cracks. This eliminates potential injuries. Loam is considered ideal for gardening and agricultural uses because it retains nutrients well and retains moisture, while still allowing excess water to drain away.

And here, on what was once part of a 70 acre tract peanut farm, are 10 verdant, hilly acres where you can have horses and country ’till the cows come home. Enjoy the woods, trees, sandy loam and nature, but when you walk in your door at night, a special home with all the haute conveniences of a chic Preston Hollow, Park Cities or Plano mansion await you.

This is 5000 Bridle Path, Aubrey. Not in MLS yet, the custom built and designed home is being offered for sale as an off-market listing With Ebby Halliday’s Evan Stewart.


Let’s say you’re tired of the hustle and bustle of city life and you want your own spot in the country to relax, raise a few kids, all while conveniently close to Lake Lewisville. Oh, and you want a waterfall in your backyard.

You are in luck.

This six bedroom, five-and-a-half bath stunner in Aubrey has plenty of room for a family (and then some!) with a craft room, a gigantic kitchen, and a huge patio all on more than an acre. It’s inside Stone Mountain Estates, a gated community where your nearest neighbor isn’t too close for comfort.

I know someone is going to ask: The HOA fees are $600 a month year. Considering the price tag on 5475 Summit Trace, a 5,283-square-foot home, let’s just say that if you need to eat balogna sandwiches and ramen noodles to afford the HOA fees mortgage, then this house isn’t for you.

I’ll tell you who this house could be for — Pilar Sanders. Why? Excellent schools in Aubrey ISD, a huge lot inside a gated community, a waterfall because she’ll need somewhere to meditate, and there’s a second floor bed/bath suite, which will be perfect for house guests. I wonder if Ebby agent Laura Brewer, who is marketing this home, has heard from our gal …

Now, this English traditional has a few things I am in love with that Pilar might not like so much, such as the copper soaking tub. These are so rare, but so awesome!

Also fantastic: The craft room. I’ve always wanted my own place to get creative. This would be equally cool as an art studio.

Something this size with all of these luxury touches, such as high-end Miele kitchen appliances and gorgeous wood floors, would go for $5 million and upwards inside Dallas County. In Denton County, though, it’ll set you back a cool $1,297,897.