Off the grid & off the chain
A secluded, 25.3-acre estate less than an hour from Fort Worth is a self-sufficient mini-city with nearly anything anyone could possibly need. It is now on the market for $14.25 million and is one of the 10 most expensive listings in Texas.
The sprawling property is nestled into a gorgeous natural setting, including 45,000 acres of Caddo-LBJ Grasslands. Technically it's in Decatur - at 2721 Old Decatur Rd. - but the closest neighbors are 20 acres away, according to the listing from Coldwell Banker's Melody Taylor.
Future owners can live off the grid on this compound; it’s equipped with a fully-paid 200-panel solar farm, a private well and septic system, and a 1,700-gallon propane tank. The solar farm generates twice as much energy as the estate will use, the listing says, and an arrangement is already in place to sell back any unused power. All that's missing is a personal grocery store.
If flying is the preferred method of transportation for the next date night or travel excursion, the property comes with its own helipad and a hangar that can fit two helicopters. The hangar is also suitable for any RVs or boats on the premises. But not to worry, the garage can perfectly store four cars in the case of an owner's absence.
Some might call it a private Park-N-Fly.Photo courtesy of StudioUSA
The impressive mansion on the estate, dubbed "La Casa de Fe" (House of Faith), takes up 9,600-square-feet on two floors. It was built in 2017 complete with the elegant Spanish-style finishes to match. Want to buy it fully furnished? That's an option.
The home itself boasts five bedrooms, eight-and-a-half bathrooms, a movie theater, a terrace with a fireplace, a wine bar, a gourmet kitchen with not one, but six ovens (no one will be fighting over oven space for Thanksgiving in this kitchen!), and much more.
The master suite of the mansion features a gigantic walk-in closet room – a fashionista's paradise – with a $100,000 floor-to-ceiling cabinet system and a custom-designed island with 30 drawers.
The compound has plenty of space for gatherings, including a chef-inspired outdoor kitchen with a big-enough grilling space "to cook 40 steaks at a time,” multiple entertaining areas, a built-in outdoor fire pit, picnic area, and two pools with an accompanying 3,200 square foot pool house.
Speaking of, the pool house has its own gaming area, pool table, kitchen, three bedrooms, and walk-in closets. As if the resort-style, fully-equipped Parisian guest villa, dubbed “A Walk in Paris,” wasn’t already enough.
But wait, there's more.
For the sporty folks who might be interested in this not-so-humble abode, there are dedicated tennis, pickleball, and basketball courts, a fitness center, and a driving range.
The fitness center also has its own kitchen, half bath, and laundry facility - because, why not? Inquiring minds truly want to know, can this place get its own H-E-B?
The owners parting with this unbelievable estate are builders Bradina and Michael Benson, who reportedly spent millions renovating the property. More information can be found on coldwellbankerluxury.com, and there's a video tour here.