A large ranch for sale nearly 90 miles southeast of Dallas has its own animal kingdom, of sorts – 36 cows, six Quarter Horses and a donkey.
The over 600 acres Hickory Wind Farm in Chandler, 35 km northeast of Athens and 11 km west of Tyler Airport, is owned by an unidentified Dallas billionaire and his wife. The East Texas ranch is listed at $17 million.
Besides the 40 critters included in the sale, the property includes a main house and three other houses.
The main house was built in the late 1970s for the Von Erich family of wrestlers. According to local legend, the family members trained in a wrestling ring set up inside a shed on the property.
The property also includes two barns, an indoor shooting range, an eight-acre lake with a dock and fishing pier, a boathouse, three boat docks, five ponds, and a fenced-in animal area.
The barn, main house staircase, and ranch decks were handcrafted from cedar trees harvested on the property.
Bonus: Tools, two trucks, two tractors and other equipment accompany a workshop of more than 1,100 square feet.
The 7,341-square-foot main house, whose renovation was designed by architect Tyler Mike Butler, features five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. Main house amenities include an infinity pool, enclosed lanai, and an array of furnishings curated by Dallas designer Cathy Kincaid.
A 1,597 square foot guest house complements the main house; Butler and Kincaid worked on updating it. Two other houses are designated for ranch managers.
The current owners purchased the ranch in 1992.
“The current owners have enjoyed the ranch for many years and have hosted many… get-togethers,” says Compass realtor Michelle Wood, who shares the SEO with Republic Ranches’ Bryan Pickens. “The farmhouse reminded the husband of where he grew up in Virginia, and the homes are elegant and refined, but meant to be lived in casually, in dusty jeans and boots.”