Custom Barndominium on 10 Acres Offers Fab Vacation Home Close to Dallas |

We see a lot of fabulous homes, but few grab our attention like a Pottsboro property that just hit the market, located about an hour north of Dallas. This is a perfect weekend house if we ever saw one!

The barndominium at 192 McClain Ln. is a sight to behold, an enchanting and unusual house made to look like a rustic wood barn with lots of high-end features for the discerning buyer. It has five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half baths, and 5,293 square feet on two stories, sitting on 10 acres close to the Texas-Oklahoma border.

Located two miles from the shores of Lake Texoma, this residence was built as a vacation home by DFW residents looking to create a gathering spot for four adult children, grandchildren, and family friends alike.

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If you’ve always dreamt of living in the country, but a big property to maintain is intimidating or you have to commute to a job in order to pay for livin’ the dream, this classic ranchette at 402 Fox Hollow in Wylie, TX may just be what you’ve been searching for. This classic country home is just so charming, and perfect for the growing family that doesn’t want to be too far from city conveniences. Located in Wylie ISD, this home is well-suited to a family with school age (more…)


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?



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.


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.



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.



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.


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

Typically, Dallasites do not think of Grayson County as a go-to destination for vacation homes. Most of you just thought “Grayson County? Isn’t that near San Antonio?” Not so, friends. Just 66 miles north of Dallas, the county seat of Sherman boasts a population of 39,000-plus and a rich historical heritage. Remember when the signs on Central said “75 North: Sherman” before McKinney got cool? That Sherman. Most areas are heavily treed, with abundant wildlife, sandy loam soil, and a real out-in-the-country feel.

The 29.06 acre ranch at 626 Owens Road in Bells, TX is no exception. The private, secluded Austin stone home beyond the lavish entrance is perfect for the weekend getaway.


The 5,057-square-foot home features a metal roof for energy efficiency, along with a truly amazing eight car garage and shop for storing all your toys out of the weather while you’re in the city.


The main living area is open, warm, and inviting, with extra high ceilings, perfect for summer ranch parties.


Take care to invite friends you really like, since they may never want to leave the rustic two-bedroom, two-bath guest house.


All this pool needs is you. And a cabana boy with a bottomless supply of mojitos.


The nature lovers will appreciate the native hardwoods throughout the property, and the two stunning fishing ponds. Completely fenced with pipe-and-cable fencing and graced with sandy loam soil, this property is perfect for the family who always wanted a few cows or horses. There’s just no better way to spend a spring afternoon in Texas than in the saddle, meandering through the shade of towering oak trees. Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?




If you love to entertain and have been searching for a fabulous family compound away from the hustle and bustle of the city, 626 Owens Road is your dream no frills destination. This spectacular property is offered for $679,000 by Ebby Halliday Realtor Marilyn Sanders.

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” – Winston Churchill

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


If Samantha was your favorite American Girl doll as a kid, well then, welcome home. Be honest: You loved Samantha for her satiny rich girl outfits and that she stole Felicity’s horse. Yeah, me, too.

The ranch at 527 Christopher Court is a grown-up dollhouse of modern amenities in a suit of classic Victorian charm. Located on 6.5 acres just 10 miles from the heart of Rockwall in the Bluebonnet Ridge Equestrian Subdivision, you’ll be surrounded by fellow horse owners and a country feel, and still be just minutes from the grocery store. Bluebonnet Ridge is home to serious competive equestrians and pleasure riders alike, boasting community riding trails and a monthly newsletter that includes everything from brags on your neighbors’ horseshow winnings to reminders that resident equines’ Coggins tests are coming due.


Despite an exterior befitting the setting for a Bronte novel, the interior of this darling home has all the features a modern family is looking for. The freshly updated kitchen is highlighted by custom cabinets, granite countertops, island, and gorgeous farm sink.

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Enjoy your morning coffee on the master suite’s private balcony, completing the stunning oasis that you’ll love coming home to after a long trailride. Everyone knows that the “horse does all the work,” but in case yours doesn’t, the master bath focuses around an incredible soaking tub to relax sore muscles, providing an excellent opportunity to brush up on the latest in rider fitness.

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Stepping outside, the backyard is perfect for roasting marshmallows around the fire pit and relaxing with a glass of wine in the gazebo after a long day.


Getting to the good stuff, Christopher Court features an amazing shop-and-barn combination that will suit everyone’s interests. For the craftsman, the 30×30 shop has water, electric, and a small restroom.



The adjoining barn is a no-expense-spared paradise for the equine children in your life, with 3 oversize wooden stalls (two of which have attached covered runs), concrete aisle, tack room, and automatic Ritchie waterer.

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Outside the barn, you’ll find all pipe fencing and a large sand arena with lights, perfect for schooling after work in the wintertime or at midnight in the summer.


Needless to say, Christopher Court is the right combination of features to make your horsey friends jealous, while still close enough to civilization that your Dallas friends will come visit you. In short, the perfect hobby horse farm.

This stunning property is offered for $489,000 by Ebby Halliday Realtor Dee Evans.

Y’all come back now, ya hear!

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

If you never believe me when I tell you that life revolves around real estate, you should have been up in McKinney on Saturday afternoon. Home and Garden Television chose Meritage Homes  for an episode of it’s new competition reality show, “Showhouse Showdown,”  featuring two designers duking it out for the chance to win the “best design” award. The setting was  two new Meritage model homes in McKinney off Virginia Parkway, and despite the heat, the throngs were out — even infants! The designers, Aaron Duke and Ashley Astleford,  were chosen from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and given eight weeks and buckets of cash, then told to go to town on two identical Collin county glammed up $300,000 ISH builder homes. And glam they did. Five rooms, 3200 square foot four bedroom homes with master down, living, two and a half baths, kids rooms and a gameroom up.

Meritage Homes is the only large national homebuilder to be 100 percent Energy Star-qualified in every home since January 2010, and plans to open six more new communities in Texas. Meritage, like Darling and other builders, are also busy building and selling homes, one reason why the area caught the eye of HGTV:

“Building is going on in the state of Texas,” Dawn Stroupe, executive producer of “Showhouse Showdown” told Star Local News. “Your economy is doing well. We found by reaching out to builders throughout the nation that there is a lot of building going on in the state. ”

(Would someone maybe ring up Bob Shiller?)

The designers for the showcase homes are carefully selected, do their thingee, and then the public troops through the homes like they did today, voting on who they like the best. And though we were there today, basking in the glory of TV, melting in the 4:00 pm sun — I swear it was 99 degrees — we are not sure who the winner is. HG is so tricky, they shoot two endings (after many takes but I think I lost 10lbs of water weight!) and then use the one with the actual winner for the show when they edit. So we cheered for both designers, whose tastes could not have been more different

Stroupe says it’s all the public’s choice and taste. The schtick is that in each show episode, two designers with  differing design aesthetics create a vision and then, the public says “this is the one I would buy” or like or whatever. HGTV was on hand interviewing people for their thoughts on the homes, real estate, and home buying in general. Like I said: life revolves around real estate, especially here in Texas!

The Gold Envelope

David Call, Ashley Astleford, Glen Boudreaux, me, Aaron Duke