5312 State Highway 11 gatesA home with an active producing vineyard in North Texas? You bet your chardonnay! I just got in a few hours ago from the Peninsula of northern California where we spent some time near Saratoga Springs at a shooting range. Yes, Virgina, people do own guns in California. Along the winding mountain road we saw numerous, charming little winery estates tucked into the hillside. Then I come home to find out all I have to do is head north a few miles from Dallas to Sherman to find a 44 acre estate with picturesque horizon views and a bountiful 15-acre vineyard of Chambourcin grapes: Angel Ridge Manor at 5312 State Highway 11. The winery produced 9 tons of grapes in 2011.Chambourcin grapes

Yes, Virginia, there are vineyards in North Texas!

Angel Ridge Manor — love the name — also includes a nearly 14,000 square foot residence, two ponds, groves of trees, a barn and a three-bedroom guest house with basement. The main estate home has no less than seven living areas because, I suppose, you need to taste wine in each one. Or at least I DO! I’m sure the family room makes the Merlot take on a more casual cache, while the formality of the parlor tones up the Beaujolais.

Oh my, don’t let me stop there with FORMALS!  No no no, this house is amazing — cooler, maybe, than the Thomas Dundon home over on Northwest Highway just west of Inwood. This veritable palace has a four-tiered home theater, spa, party rooms, an Irish-style pub, music exercise and billiard rooms. There is an indoor lap pool with water falls. There is also, in one of the formal rooms, a 20 foot cast stone fireplace. There is also an elevator or two, extensive stone columns, a secure/tornado/panic room, cabana with fireplace, outdoor kitchen, horseshoe pit, and regulation size tennis and basketball courts. The 70 by 40 foot barn houses a complete water treatment system with 3500 gallons of storage. 5312 State Highway 11 vineyard 5312 State Highway 11 ext pool 5312 State Highway 11 indoor pool 5312 State Highway 11 Master 5312 State Highway 11 Kit 5312 State Highway 11 LR 5312 State Highway 11 theater 5312 State Highway 11 billiards

This place may well be what I have always dreamed of: a freaking compound with WINE!

I’m actually a little disappointed there is only a four-car garage, but at least it is climate controlled to protect the leather seats on the Rolls and Ferrari.

Situated high on a ridge, the very stately approach to this estate features a quarter mile wrought iron and brick pillar fence leading to a gated entry and a lighted bridge along the dramatic tree-lined drive. Asking $2,650,000 which is reduced from $2,700,000 which tells me these sellers are SERIOUS with a capital S and… I’m in the mood to go up and taste some wine. How about you?



I drove out to Fort Worth less than 24 hours after getting in from cool northern California to talk real estate with Jane McGarry over at KXAS Channel 5’s NonStop Nightly. The temp was 110 degrees — wish the real estate market could be that hot!

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