When southerners settled Texas a century and a half years ago, they brought with them a gracious lifestyle and architecture. Many of the plantation-style homes they built with large porches and white columns still stand. Once part of large farms and ranches, these houses now offer an elegant lifestyle without the burdens of maintaining huge parcels of land. Here are two plantation-style homes to consider.
336 Sheryl Lane | Denison | Listed for $995,000
The 17-acre Wyldewood Farm with rolling hills and manicured grounds was part of the 600-acre Dorchester Plantation, a cotton farm with all the trappings of southern hospitality. Built in the mid-1800s, the beautifully restored home has four bedrooms in 4,691 square feet. A private chapel has vaulted ceilings, chandeliers and a European hand-carved alter. The original barn has been restored and could be used for animals or as a party venue. It is a short commute from Dallas.
3043 NE County Road 1030 | Chatfield | Listed for $950,000
The Oaks is a 5,000-square-foot plantation home, built in 1850, on 25 wooded acres, just 45 minutes south of Dallas. The five-bedroom main house sits on two fenced acres and is surrounded by and additional acres of woods and pasture land. The updated home has vintage moldings, original doors and eight fireplaces. The grounds have studio/guest cottages, a wooden playhouse, the original hen house, a log cabin and a 4,000-square-foot barn.
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