Texas Grown, Texas Made Wines With Vineyard Ranch Designs in Celina, Texas

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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. Jump to see their house and more properties in Celina!

One of several conceptual sketches for Chris Hornbaker’s ranch home at his sustainable North Texas vineyard takes advantage of the 360-degree views of the rolling hills of Collin County.
One of several conceptual sketches for Chris Hornbaker’s ranch home at his sustainable North Texas vineyard takes advantage of the 360-degree views of the rolling hills of Collin County.

The Hornbakers developed a master plan and began building on Eden Hill in 2006, hiring Texas architect Stephen Chambers of Stephen B. Chambers Architects to design and build their vineyard ranch home. Clark and Linda moved onto the estate in 2007.

Vineyard plantings began in 2008, followed by their commercial wine license in 2010. The vineyard is sustainable, using a rainwater collection system from barn roof runoff. It runs on solar power, uses no insecticides or fungicides and they grow mold and insect resistant grapes developed by Texas A&M University.

Eden Hill produced its first commercial bottle of wine in 2010, and their wines have won top awards from around the country.

Now, you may not be ready to build a ranch and harvest wine in Celina, but there’s good reason to look there for a property. The city is in Collin and Denton counties, with a population of just over 6,0oo, growing hugely since the 2000 census, when they had just 1,861 residents.

Here are a few other option in Celina that grabbed our attention, each with acreage.

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Sitting on two acres, the home at 110 Lakeside Dr. has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and 4,814 square feet. This is a custom estate built in 2001 with impeccable designer details with its own pond views and fantastic backyard with pool, spa, and mature landscaping. There’s also outdoor living with a large covered patio, fireplace, and sport court.

Inside, big spaces and designer touches define the home, like in the chef’s kitchen with commercial-grade Wolf gas cooktop, double convection ovens, wine refrigerator, and SubZero refrigerator. The master retreat has a huge bathroom with double shower, deep soaking tub, and his-and-hers walk-in closets.

This home is listed by Lori Vaden with Ebby Halliday Realtors Frisco for $860,000.

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The home at 3423 N. Preston Lakes Dr. in Celina sits on 7.47 acres of beautiful pasture with its own pond and a swimming pool and spa. The home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, one half bathroom, and 5,085 square feet, built in 2002. There are vaulted ceilings in the living room, master bedroom, and master bath, three full masonry fireplaces, high ceilings, hand-scraped hardwoods, granite countertops, stone accents, and three living area.

This home is listed by Andy McAnally with Taylor Realty Associates for $995,000.