Pilot Point Ranch in Prime Horse Country heads for a no reserve auction block

I haven’t written about a real estate auction in so long, I need to check how to spell it: AUCTION.

This one is in beautiful Pilot Point, the home of North Texas loamy soil and amazing Texas horse country, making it the most amazing part for riding and ranching South- west. It’s called Sunset Pines Ranch. Sandy loam soil contains sand and silt, but contains lower levels of clay. It doesn’t crack when dry and hard, which means delicate horse hooves won’t get caught in the cracks. This eliminates potential injuries. Loam is also considered ideal for gardening and agricultural uses because it holds nutrients well and retains moisture while allowing excess water to drain away. So… vineyards, anyone?

This is where former Exxon Chairman and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson owns cutting horse ranches.

And here we find a fully renovated family home on less than five fully fenced acres – true modern farm property. There is a sparkling pond, rearing pasture, stables, workshop and a fully equipped barn. There is enough room on this property for three families with not only the main house but a guest apartment and accommodation for the grooms/caretakers.

Main house, two apartments, stables, pasture and pond

The main house is over 5,000 square feet and has been completely gutted and renovated. Agents who visited the house were blown away by how the owners renovated the existing structure around 2014 down to the posts and slab. They added a phenomenal back porch consisting of a covered patio with a fireplace and sitting area.

For a dramatic entrance, they erected an impressive two-story covered porte-cochere at the front entrance after passing through the stone ranch gate. The front door opens to spacious, open rooms and a flowing floor plan to a large kitchen so new you can still smell the cool cabinets. The kitchen has a center island, farmhouse sink and high end gourmet cooking appliances.

The house has formalities, three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a powder room, a home cinema, a games room, an RV bay for three vehicles and, above all, a wine cellar that doubles of a “safe”.

You heard me right: the “safe room” doubles as a wine cellar! It’s great, by the way. I experienced the EF-3 North Dallas tornado on October 20, 2019, and we were in our tornado room (not a wine cellar, unfortunately) and I can tell you that you don’t need anything more than a glass of wine – more like a bottle – when you hear that gusting wind above your head.)

A few more salient details about this home’s thoughtful renovation: the master suite contains a soaking tub, the charming brick archway in the kitchen is made from historic bricks imported from the 1869 family farm in Missouri, and the doors to the kitchen study come from an old 1800s US Post Office in Indiana.

Want a place where wild horses roam? A rare chance on May 5 to make it happen

This touch of history merges with the community of Pilot Point, located less than an hour from downtown Dallas and close to all airports, the oldest settlement in Denton County and a main street town from Texas. The property is about 20 minutes from Hwy 380 which is just off the North Dallas Turnpike, which I would call a two phone call ride from North Dallas.

Sunset Pines Ranch is listed at $2.995 million and is to be auctioned May 5 without reserve by listing agents Natalie Swanson of Coldwell Banker Apex and Jennie Heal of Supreme Auctions.

“At Supreme, we only auction luxury properties that meet our strict construction quality and design parameters,” said Jennie Heal, President of Supreme Auctions.

The Pilot Point area has grown significantly over the past couple of years as North Texas homeowners have sought more open living space and headed to Pilot Point, Aubry and Argyle. Located in Denton County, Pilot Point has a population of 4,867 and has grown in population by 26.22%. There are only 1,207 people per square mile.

“And if you’re in the mood for even more nature,” Heal says, “the Johnson Branch of Ray Roberts Lake State Park and the Isle du Bois Unit are just minutes away.”

Toya J. Bell