Living, working, playing and praying are all possible on this 56.22-acre property in Whitesboro. The property has a custom main house with a unique bunk room, a guest house, a “party barn” and its own chapel. The property has a private helipad, too, according to the listing. It is located just under an hour and a half north of downtown Dallas.
Owners Jennifer and Glen Horowitz took on an extensive homebuilding project when they purchased the estate about eight years ago. They had been looking for a property for some time when this land popped up on the market, Jennifer Horowitz said. Within days, they were touring the property and found that it had all of the features they wanted.
“We couldn’t believe it,” Jennifer Horowitz said. “There were so many things that were not on the listing that we were in love with.”
She said that when they bought the property, she learned from the previous owners that it had been in one family since the 1800s. Only a small home and old barn were on the property when the couple purchased it. The Horowitzes built what is now the main house — a 3,782-square-foot custom home with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and one half-bathroom — while living in the smaller original house (which they now use as a guest house and rental) at the front of the property.
The couple’s experience in homebuilding (they previously owned a D-FW-area homebuilding company, she said) came in handy. Together, with Jennifer in charge of design and Glen in charge of building, they crafted what they refer to as “Thornbridge Hill Estate.”
The main home has plenty of unique features. There’s a bunk room with built-in bunk beds, each with a shelf, light and outlets. Horowitz said it was designed for the couple’s two sons and their sons’ friends to use. The kitchen has a Lacanche range, and there’s a spiral staircase in the two-story library (or office). The interiors are full of natural light and have a classic design. The primary suite is on the first level of the home, and the rest of the bedrooms are upstairs. Outside, there’s a pool and patio space.
The main house is on the back 35 acres of the property, Horowitz said, tucked into a small stand of trees. This allows for plenty of privacy. Horowitz wanted the house to have abundant windows to provide views of the surrounding property.
“I really wanted the views to speak,” she said.
The property has an equestrian barn, a cattle barn, a chapel and the party barn. Horowitz said the chapel was originally intended to be her “she shed,” a place where she could paint and enjoy the quiet. She learned from the previous owners that an old church had once also been located along their street, Old Center Church Road.
“I knew that I wanted a farm chapel on the property to honor the old church,” Horowitz said.
She was unable to find any pictures of the original church, she said, so the couple toured Tennessee to look at old churches for inspiration. Once the chapel was complete, they outfitted it with pews that were more than 100 years old, sourced from a Dallas church that was undergoing renovations, Horowitz said. The property is popular on social media (the Instagram account has some 49,000 followers now), and the Horowitzes open up their private estate to a select number of weddings each year. In the first year, the property was the site of around 40 weddings, Horowitz said.
The party barn, which was designed to be a place for Glen to meet with clients, has a large fireplace and a large, flexible space with a detached bathroom building nearby. The family has used both the chapel and the party barn for personal events — like hosting Christmas services in the chapel or family Thanksgiving in the barn — and rented it out for events like wine tastings and pop-up dinners for local restaurants.
The Horowitzes are selling their property because they want to scale down their busy lives. “I’m hoping we find somebody that loves our story and wants to continue it,” Horowitz said.
The property at 608 Old Center Church Road in Whitesboro is listed for $5,500,000. Victor Vo of Douglas Elliman Realty is the listing agent.
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