I think we can honestly survive 100 degree plus temps better on a ranch. Less concrete, more trees and shade. I love the ranch life and in my perfect world I’d have a ranch a few hundred miles away from Dallas, our beach house in Maine, my beach condo in Florida on the Gulf coast, and then maybe something at a lake. That’s the only way to survive!

Today I want the Carter Ranch in Weatherford, Texas. Oh. My. God. This escape overlooks the Brazos River just one hour west of Fort Worth — piece of cake to drive. 63 glorious hilly acres hand-picked blade-by-blade by the developer of the famous Silverado on the Brazos gated community. There’s a great house (bedroom of corn cribs, pine floors throughout, vaulted ceilings, wrap porch with two fireplaces, salt water pool and spa), guest quarters, and equestrian nirvana for serious horse folks, like me! Listing price $4,495,000 with David Burgher over at Briggs Freeman, who is B-F’s ranch expert and knows more about Texas ranches than just about anyone. Anyhow, I am clamouring for an invitation to visit this spread and practice giddy-up. What do you think? What’s the best ranch you’ve seen?

Nice work from Natalie Solis and the good folks at Fox 4 last night as they hauled out a helicopter to take shots of the Aikman home on Highland Drive. Naturally, the chopper brought out the neighbors while we were doing the interview. Then Steve Snyder drove by ans it was almost a street party! The neighbor told Natalie that Troy had even expressed interest in buying his home — sounds like a hip pocket next  door or… a way to expand the property even further! Sounds like Troy just wants to downsize. His 10,520-square-foot Mediterranean-style home on two lots overlooking Hackberry Creek and across from Jerry Jones includes five bedrooms, six and a half baths and multiple living areas.

It also has a four-car garage, guest quarters, multiple fire places, oodles of covered porches, dual master baths, a sports court, an exercise room, a game room, a library and a 1,300-square-foot pool and cabana area. According to listing agent Pierce Allman, this is believed to be the most expensive home currently listed in the Dallas area. Meantime, at least one housing blog is saying that Aikman will be taking a financial beating with this home, priced $8 million higher than the highest priced home in Dallas.

Troy Aikman’s House on Sale for $24 Million: MyFoxDFW.com