$17,000,000 • 608 acres
Hickory Wind Farm includes 605 contiguous acres located in a very desirable and bucolic area of east Texas, between Edom and Tyler, and approximately 22 miles northeast of Athens. The property is less than a 2-hour drive from Dallas and is 7 miles from the Tyler airport (serviced by American Eagle). It is also near the Tyler hospital, as well as area antique shops and cafes, and local conveniences. Located in Henderson and Van Zandt counties, Hickory Wind Farm has a ranch gate address at 14006 FM 279, Chandler, TX 75758.
TOPOGRAPHY, RANGELAND & HABITAT
Stunning and diverse, with varying terrain and several different ecological areas offering a variety of scenery, serenity, and habitat, Hickory Wind Farm boasts an established road system to navigate the land and explore. It is lushly wooded with a combination of pine trees and hardwoods, and has beautiful coastal Bermuda fields that open up behind the luxury six-stall equestrian barn. The land is not encumbered with any major easements, transmission lines, or gas lines.
Topographical levels range from 410 to 580, offering about 170 of elevation change and rolling terrain. There is a high-fenced area on the southern end of the ranch with approximately 55 acres that would be ideal for exotics, livestock pets, or raising trophy deer.
There is a healthy population of white-tailed deer on this ranch, and the diverse vegetation and dense woods offer a good forage base and sanctuary area for the herd. There is also excellent waterfowl habitat on this property on the lower southwest side along Battle Creek with rich soil and marsh areas that can be manipulated to create good waterfowl habitat for Wood Ducks and Mallards.
The owners currently run cattle on the coastal fields behind the barn, and there is an excellent set of working pens, a round pen, and various other paddocks for equestrian use. Livestock being conveyed include 6 quarter horses, 32 cows and 1 donkey.
Hickory Wind Farm includes 2 owner residences: a spectacular main house and a guest house called Rose Cottage, both of which overlook the primary lake. The main house was originally built in the late-1970s for the Von Erich wrestling family. In 1992, a prominent Dallas family purchased the property and retained Tyler architect, Mike Butler, to design the renovation and expansion of the house, which now boasts over 5,500 square feet of interior space with three levels, including 5 bedrooms and 6.2 bathrooms. The current owners have worked extensively with Cathy Kincaid, a noted Dallas designer, to update and furnish the home with exquisite furnishings, and designer linens and wallpapers, all of which are included in the sale of the property. An expansive wrap-around covered veranda with large outdoor sitting and dining areas provides a welcoming entrance to the home. The focal point in the entry hall is a beautiful hand-carved staircase, crafted from cedar trees harvested from the property. The main floor includes multiple living and dining areas, a wet bar, and a gourmet kitchen with a walk-in refrigerator room, 2 islands and a breakfast area that opens to the back porch.
The second floor includes the well-appointed primary suite with adjoining office and reading rooms that boast panoramic views of the rolling lawns, infinity pool and lake. There are four additional spacious bedrooms on this level, each named for their unique decor, and including en-suite bathrooms. The lower level is an entertainment area for all ages, and opens to the large infinity pool and in-ground trampoline overlooking the lake. Cedar trees harvested from the property were used to construct the outdoor porches and several bridges near the house.
A 1,500 square foot guest house, named Rose Cottage, was also designed by Mike Butler and updated by Cathy Kincaid. The cottage overlooks the lake and is finished with the same quality as the main house. The central living room boasts vaulted, beamed ceilings, a large fireplace, and French doors opening to an expansive porch overlooking the lake. The well-appointed kitchen includes gourmet appliances and an island, and opens to the dining area. There are also two spacious guest rooms with custom wallpapers and drapes, and en-suite bathrooms.
Other amenities included with the property are a hand crafted cedar equestrian barn with 6 stalls, an HVAC system, and attached apartment with kitchen. The barn opens to multiple riding rings, a hay barn and cattle pens. There is a covered shotgun range with 5-stand stations, a covered boat dock, a fishing dock, a full workshop stocked with tools and an air compressor, and two additional residences for the ranch managers. The lodge area and irrigated landscape is complemented with the infinity edge pool and waterfall, outdoor grill area, tree lighting, and a very elaborate fire pit. All equipment will also be conveyed with the sale of the property, including 2 John Deere tractors, a John Deere Gator, a GMC pickup truck and utility truck, a 2019 Polaris, and 2 golf carts.
The primary home overlooks the main 8-acre, tree-lined lake, which was designed with recreation in mind. A large, electrified covered boat dock with 3 slips, and a separate fishing pier complement the shoreline with a beautiful view across the water of the island and Rose Cottage on the opposite shore. The lake has a very peaceful setting, and is excellent for kayaking, swimming, and fishing.
Winding throughout the ranch is over 1/2 mile of Battle Creek and several tributaries that connect to it, and the landscape is scattered with 5 additional ponds, multiple streams and natural springs, and many culverts for routing water.
There are four water wells that provide water service to the irrigation system and barns, and the ranch is also serviced by community water from the Edom WSC. Groundwater in this area is clean and prolific from the shallow Hickory aquifer, which supports this ranch, and also from the deep Carizzo-Wilcox zone.
There is no production on the ranch, nor are there any well sites. Owner will convey a portion of owned minerals with an acceptable contract.
Co-Listed with Michelle Wood at Compass