Picturesque country living.

After yesterday’s high winds knocking out power in just about every direction in Dallas, It has made the notion of moving to the country even more attractive. Of course, I wouldn’t want to move too far. But Celina is a healthy distance away without being out in the boonies.

Now, some farmhouse properties are just plain boring, outdated, and truly overdone. This home, however, is just perfect for a family who wants neighbors with a little bit more space between them, room to run around, and a pool, too.

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Republic Property Group — developers of masterplanned community Light Farms in Celina, TX — has donated $2 million to Prosper ISD as well as the land for a new elementary school. The campus, which will be located within RPG’s sustainably oriented Light Farms development, a 1,070 acre community with tons of family friendly amenities.

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Since Republic Property Group started dreaming up Light Farms, a master-planned community in Celina, we at CandysDirt.com have been intrigued. The location, the amenities, and the builders all drew our attention and we’re happy to hear that the Dallas Business Journal has named Light Farms one of the “Best Real Estate Deals” in all of North Texas.

Light Farms Info CenterWith builders such as Darling Homes, Highland Homes, and Lions Gate, this development will attract plenty of buyers. And with tons of great amenities — pools, green space, and parks out the wazoo — well, I’d definitely call that a great value.

According to a story from the Celina Record Star, city officials were bowled over by the appraisals coming in from Light Farms:

Projected at around $240,000, home values actually came in much higher than that at $350,000, a pleasant surprise to everyone involved.

“When all of this started, we were all concerned about the home values,” said Mike Foreman, city manager. “We were amazed at the values.”

 

Tony Ruggeri of Republic Property Group said that the success of Light Farms was possible because of the hard work the City of Celina put into the partnership. On the other hand, the Celina city officials think it’s the amenities offered by RPG and Light Farms that make it attractive and an incredible buy.

“This is the first big development that is going to kick-start major development in Celina,” Foreman said. “It is going to help provide the rooftops needed for retail in the city.”

Well, I think it’s a combination of both! Great planning and fabulous amenities are really drawing in residents. You can check out the models in Light Farms today, and see why 37 homes in the development are already sold.

This ranch in Celina  caught my eye back in January, now it’s got my breath. Tell you why: 57 plus hilltop acres in a place where developers are moving in by the truck-loads. The price has been reduced to $3,395,000. Buy it, enjoy the Longhorn for a few years, then sell it to a developer who will build family homes right there. Truth be told, the photos on line simply do not do it justice. This is ranch country, baby, Celina. (The town of Celina, here below, is adorable, by the way.)

 

Go way up 289 past Deion Sanders place, a lot quieter these days after the Judges separated those two, and you come to Celina, where the roads are almost like Costa Rica. Yes, we got a little detour when we found the FM (that’s Farm to Market Road) was out. Here’s how I knew we were in the country: the road repairman told me to grab a horse to get to the other side!

The home on this range is 6500 square feet and loaded with the details of love. The ranch is almost 58 acres on a hilltop with a terrific view of the pastures and 20 miles north of Celina — hello, I see Oklahoma! You get five bedrooms, four and a half baths, five fireplaces including one right in front of the master tub, thick antique pine floors everywhere (stone in wet areas) that are heated, great gourmet kitchen with all the stuff, master with sitting area and something that is going on my Greatest Home Wish List: a secret but serious walk-in closet off HER Master bedroom closet — that is, a closet off a closet! Oh, and this home owner also put TWO commodes in the master, which I also think is a must-have. Share your toothbrush, not your potty.

As if the downstairs with those formals and that master is not enough, upstairs is a study and a game room that would make a UT fan drool: it’s orange! There’s a fireplace, stocked bar, saferoom, and a shuffleboard game that runs the length of the room which stays with the house. More bedrooms and baths up here and a media room. Outside is a 4-acre stocked lake with a Gazebo entertainment center and fishing pier. There is a five stall equestrian barn with a two bedroom, two bath apartment. And all over the property are magnificent Longhorn. If this isn’t enough dirt for you, 63 additional acres are available. The home is constructed of Austin stone and built like a fortress with a gated entry and long, Crape Myrtle-lined driveway that makes the theme song from Wednesday’s premiere of  “Dallas” play in my mind. Not too far from Dallas, actually, maybe 30 minutes depending on traffic and road conditions. Definitely more on horseback. Me, I’d live up here and get a condo in town because it’s quiet, peaceful, and just a great place to kick back and enjoy the land.

Oh. About the land: the price on this puppy has been reduced to $3,395,000. Let me tell you what I’m thinking: folks are going to be developin’ up here, why not buy this now, get you 57 plus acres for less than $4 million, an sit tight until the developers come knocking.