There's nothing quite like a Texas lake house. This one, at 1901 Park St. in Azle, is located close to Fort Worth. All photos: Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty

There’s nothing quite like a Texas lake house. This one, at 1901 Park St. in Azle, is located close to Fort Worth. All photos: Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Lakeshore living is at its finest in the Lone Star State, where these five lake house will surprise you with their views, amenities, and luxury. Take a look at a couple of our favorites places for relaxing this summer, thanks to Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

Elegant Exclusive on Eagle Mountain Lake

Texas Lake House

Texas Lake House

1901 Park St., Azle

Listed by John Zimmerman for $2.099 million

Just northwest of Fort Worth is Eagle Mountain Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in North Texas, spanning 8,694 acres. This house has gorgeous views, and the 2.77-acre property is heavily treed with an engineered sea wall and extensive drainage system. The drive-up to the house features street lights from famed Avenue Foch in Paris. The exterior of the home is limestone, cut, polished, and imported from Syria, and solid, double-hung wood Anderson windows create unmasked views of the property while offering the highest energy efficiency. There’s even a boat dock with a lift for two boats. Designed by William Beck and custom built by prize-winning builder Landon Banks, this 5,918-square-foot house has a gourmet kitchen with commercial-grade appliances and a cozy sitting area with a fireplace. All four bedrooms are ensuite, and there are marble, limestone, and designer details throughout.

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At the sincere risk of redundancy, I’m going to join the whine-train and whimper about the weather a little bit. I’m cold. My horses are cold. I’m merely assuming all my toes are still attached. My entire property has that wet, turtle pond smell that we all know and love. Come spring, it will be a true miracle if my horses recall even the tiniest microbit of their training. The high yesterday was 29 degrees. It’s time to cowboy up, Texas, and kick Mr. Winter back up north.

We deserve something to make us think of sunnier days, getting up at 6 a.m. to ride, and Saturday afternoons spent getting an epic sunburn on a boat deck. Oak Knoll Farm may just the solution to our winter blues. If you can’t decide between a lake house and a ranch, why not have both?

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The 5,406-square-foot farmhouse-style home features wraparound porches and a towering spiral staircase connecting to the huge second floor balcony with incredible lake views. The sprawling 75-acre compound has 1,300 feet of Amon Carter Lake shoreline, making it a unique combination of both ranch and lake advantages.

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The charmingly updated home has six bedrooms and four full baths, plenty of space for the entire family. The main living area is perfect for entertaining with an oversized fire place and a bar complete with wine chiller.

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The stunning eat-in kitchen is an absolute chef’s delight, fully upgraded with granite countertops and all stainless steel appliances. The island doubles as a seating area and would be perfect for serving buffet-style parties.

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A true horseman built this barn. The thoughtful design includes five stalls with runs, a tack room, wash rack, feed room, covered storage area, and even a half bath with separate septic system and RV hookup. The pastures, arena, and roundpen conveniently surround the barn, and each pasture has a run-in shed for shelter.

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Sometimes, you just can’t decide between lake and ranch. Sometimes you just want a boat and a horse. Or five horses. If this conflict sounds like you, 812 Sandy Creek Road in Bowie, TX might be the country property that solves all your problems. Because that’s what we do in real estate. Problem solve.

This lovely property is offered for $895,000 by The Shelly Seltzer Group, Ebby Halliday Realtors.

“A good rider can hear his horse speak to him. A great rider can hear his horse whisper.”    Author Unknown

Kathryn Roan 1Kathryn Roan is an Ebby Halliday Realtor focusing on farms, ranches, and equestrian properties. Kathryn lives in Poetry with her 7 horses. Contact Kathryn at Kathryn@TexasEquestrianProperties.com