Ideally located near Fort Worth in the Aledo School district, this 136-acre property is a rare opportunity to enjoy country living only minutes from the City! Purchased by the current owners in 2006, an extensive re-model of the existing buildings, and the addition of several new buildings took place between 2009 and 2016. Lovers of history and of nature, the owners selected reclaimed and natural materials as much as possible.
The 7014 sq ft Main House is situated on the banks overlooking Bear Creek in a setting like no other in the area, has 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and 2 half baths. The owners, architects and builders worked with renowned New York interior designer, Alexa Hampton, to create a sense of history and tradition in a relaxed atmosphere. The wood floors throughout are 8-inch oak floor boards salvaged from century old buildings. The master bath has marble floors, and a steam shower. The suite opens onto a beautiful courtyard with a fountain and views of the creek. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms, each with their own private bath. The kitchen has a large Island, an abundance of cabinets and storage space, and boasts two of almost every appliance a modern kitchen needs. An outdoor room with a fireplace and a retracting wall system can be used in comfort year-round giving beautiful views of the creek.
This farm features a 20-stall horse barn with amenities including a catering kitchen. Currently being used primarily for private parties, it is ideal for entertaining yet fully functional for horses. The adjacent covered arena has an enclosed, climate controlled viewing gallery with a retracting window system. The pool house is ideal for poolside entertainment. The Zen-inspired pool has a large spa, copper lined waterfall, and 3 copper fountains that spill into the lap lane. There is a splash deck, in-floor cleaning system, salt/chlorine filter system and LED lighting. The Guest House has beautiful views from every room. 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, kitchen and laundry room make it ideal for family, friends or business associates. Located near the entrance is the Manager’s House. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 and ½ baths and 2023 sq ft. It is located completely separate from the other houses and has its own entrance.
Previously the home of champion race horses and Iberian dressage horses, this 136-acre farm is just 20 miles from downtown Fort Worth. The main residence is situated on the banks of Bear Creek, where fishing for largemouth bass, perch, and catfish can be enjoyed, making this a very rare live water property in the area. The woodland areas have a variety of mature trees including large pecans and centuries-old oaks. Among the many species of Texas native wildlife that are found on the farm are whitetail deer, wild turkey, hawks, owls, blue herons, foxes, bobwhite quail, migratory ducks, and other water fowl.
As you drive through the main gate and past the fields, you are transported into a genteel world as you arrive at the main house with its columned front porch. Taking full advantage of the surrounding views, the home provides multiple outdoor living spaces. Set above the creek, the back of the home has a kitchen patio, courtyard, outdoor room with fireplace, and flagstone steps which lead to the creek-side fire pit below. The guest house is to the west and provides daily viewing of the whitetail deer as they pass by. The pool house is to the east and is surrounded by a large garden landscaped with Texas native plants which attract numerous hummingbirds, songbirds, and butterflies.
The 20-stall barn has 2 grooming stalls, galvanized wash area with hot and cold water, air-conditioned bead board tack rooms, 2 feed bays, 4 Big Ass fans, fly spray system, sound system, radiant heaters, generator, decorative lighting, and a stainless-steel catering kitchen. Presently used primarily for private parties, the stable remains fully functional for horses and other animals. The adjacent covered arena and enclosed viewing gallery has hosted numerous riding exhibitions, clinics, and workshops. The wind screens, overhead lighting, audio system, and retractable windows make the arena and viewing gallery suitable for use all year round and in most weather conditions.
A small, young, fruit tree orchard includes peach, pear, plum, apricot and apple trees. The chicken coop houses laying hens who have open access to the orchard. In the past, a vegetable garden grew a variety of produce that was sold regularly at the local Farmers Market.
Hydro-engineers, arborists, and agronomists have spent hundreds of hours collectively over the past 10 years improving the quality of the land itself. Over 200 trees have been planted since 2012.
Kipling Lear Farm is an oasis of natural beauty 30 minutes from downtown Ft. Worth. It is a highly versatile, multipurpose farm with a tradition of hosting events for business and for pleasure, supporting a variety of livestock, and providing a refuge for treasured wildlife.
Main House: Re-model and new construction completed 2014.
Equally comfortable whether it is just the family or entertaining 100+ guests, the 7,014-square foot home has 5 bedrooms/5 baths and 2 half baths.
Upstairs has 4 bedrooms, each with their own bath and walk-in closet. The master bedroom is on the first floor and opens onto a landscaped courtyard, fountain, and views of the creek beyond. The master bath has a white marble floor and steam shower. Connected to the master bedroom is a wood paneled library with an additional fireplace.
The owners, architects and builders worked with the renowned New York interior designer, Alexa Hampton to create a sense of history and tradition in a relaxing atmosphere.
A few examples of the special details of the home are:
-library ceiling paper designed by William Morris
-intricate plaster ceiling design in gallery
-bar has a solid De Corbusier Artisans Pewter counter top with antique mirror back splash and leather wrapped glass cabinets for stemware
-wood floors throughout the home are original 8” oak floorboards salvaged from century old buildings, purchased from Baba in North Carolina
-bricks used for the patios and walkways are reclaimed from American historical buildings and streets, purchased from Gavin Historical Bricks in Iowa
-fireplace mantel in the master bedroom is Louis XVI style Crema Valencia marble, circa 1860, imported from England
-fireplace mantel in the family room is a Chester County federal bullseye white pine mantel, circa 1800-1820, taken from a Pennsylvania farmhouse dating back to the 1700s
-outdoor room has a fireplace with a custom stone mantel and a retracting wall system which allows it to be used in comfort year round
-courtyard fountain has columns carved from onyx, travertine, and picture rock
-Lutron lighting system for the entertaining areas
-seven televisions downstairs, including one in outdoor room and one 80” screen with surround sound in family room
-sound system throughout the downstairs and outdoors
-natural cedar oil mosquito mist system
The kitchen, with views towards the stables and towards the creek, has a large island, an abundance of cabinet space, and a bead board ceiling. It has a farmhouse sink, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, 2 Bosch dishwashers, prep sink, ice maker, 6 burner + griddle Wolf range top, two Wolf ovens, two Wolf warmer drawers, and a Wolf microwave. The walk-in pantry has floor-to-ceiling wine racks and two Sub-Zero wine coolers which hold 150 bottles each. Laundry room has floor-to-ceiling linen closet, walk-in china closet and walk-in holiday storage closet.
Guest House: Extensive re-model completed 2011. With beautiful views from every room, this charming three bedroom/2 bath 1,290 sq ft guest house is perfect for family, friends, or business associates whether they are staying for a few days or for an extended period of time. The kitchen has a farmhouse sink, refrigerator, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and granite counters. Laundry room is off the kitchen. Living area has French doors which open to the fenced back yard with a raised deck overlooking a ravine that joins the creek. The oak floors are stamped with antique cooperage barrel stamps. Attached two-car garage.
Pool House: Built in 2012. Two full bathrooms and a large bedroom make this 1,976-sq ft house ideal for poolside entertainment as well as an additional space for overnight guests. The showers, sink counters, and kitchen counter are crafted from rare, high-end granites which reflect the exotic ambiance of the rest of the house. The serving kitchen has a farmhouse sink, refrigerator, ice maker, microwave, warmer drawer, and dishwasher. Washing machine and dryer. The spacious open living area has two televisions, including one 80” television, and a sound system with both indoor and outdoor speakers. Two sets of French doors open onto the covered patio which, combined with a pergola, provides plenty of shade.
The Zen-inspired pool design has a large spa with a copper-lined, sheer waterfall, and three copper fountains that spill into the lap lane. It also features a splash deck, in-floor cleaning system, salt/chlorine filter system, and LED lighting. The pool area decking is Keegan Green quartzite. Natural cedar oil mosquito mist system. Lutron lighting system in entertaining areas. Landscape lighting. Carpark. The house and pool area is surrounded by a fenced, landscaped garden which enhances its sense of tranquility.
Manager’s House: Built in 2016. Located at the opposite end of the property from the main house, the managers house provides both privacy and security for the owners of the farm. The three bedroom/2.5 bath 2,023 sq ft house is next to a grove of live oaks and has views of the wildlife areas, fenced pastures, and main entrance gate. Completely separate from the owner’s houses, the manager’s house has its own entrance to the property. Nearby is a large hay barn with several rustic stalls that may be used for livestock or pets.
2007 Zetor Proxima 7421 Tractor, 2007 Kioti Compact Tractor DK45SE,
Tractor equipment: Muratori finishing mower/ 10 Predator Cutter/ 11.5 cultipacker/ hay fork/ chain drag/broadcast seeder/ arena drag/ box blade/ disc harrow. 2009 500 gallon water wagon, 2007 Frontier MS1117 manure spreader, 16-foot utility trailer, 2014 Toro mower, 60 RCL Kohler generator (serves pump house and stables), 2010 Bad Boy XTO Buggy, 2016 Kawasaki Mule Pro DX, newly constructed epoxy coated steel pipe corrals with state-of-the-art Q- catch chute, 40 portable corral panels and 2 Priefert chutes, 5 permanent run-in sheds of various sizes, 2 500lb capsule deer feeders, 2 tornado shelters, Automatic clay trap wobble launcher
Guest House - Outdoor furniture on front porch and back patio.
Main House - 2 horse garden statues in front, table and chairs by fire pit.
Pool House - Buddha garden statue, 7 umbrellas, 2 round tables with 4 chairs each.
Barn - 2 outdoor tables with 6 chairs each. Outdoor counter chairs, and outdoor counter/ bar chairs with cushions. 6 glider chairs, 2 horseshoe drink holders, 2 wooden planters, and all barrels.
Arena Gallery - Outdoor counter/ bar chairs and 2 tables
Offered at $10,850,000