Peter PanIt’s not every day that the estate of Peter Pan (or at least someone who played Peter Pan) hits the market, but when we saw this Norwalk, Connecticut listing from Holly Giordano, we knew we had to share.

In her Peter Pan, Nellie Forbush, Annie Oakley heyday, it’s not hard to imagine that Broadway legend (and Weatherford, Texas native, and mother to JR Ewing himself, Larry Hagman) Mary Martin needing a quiet place to kick back.

And this incredible three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, 3,160 square foot home sitting on more than two acres of rolling, lush grass would certainly do the trick.

But the home has a bit more history than just Martin — it was built not long after the U.S. won its independence from England. And its current owner has taken pains to marry the historical with the entertaining spaces Martin undoubtedly appreciated, along with the modern touches homeowners nowadays come to expect.

This ‘wow’ house was originally built in 1790 by Epenetus Kellogg then brought today’s high standards by recent home owner Helen Barr of Barr and Barr Bags,” said Giordano, who is with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.

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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?