Black Walnut Ranch

Winnsboro, TX
152 Acres
Wood County

Property Description:

This is the perfect recreational ranch/retreat for the person wanting a house overlooking a large private lake with pastures for grazing and wildlife habitat. The views, terrain, and vegetation are typical of Northeast Texas. It is only a 1 hour 45-minute drive east of Dallas and a couple miles southeast of the reinvigorated town of Winnsboro.

Improvements include a wonderful custom designed main house with 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, large porch, lofty ceilings in the living room, a guest cottage, equipment, barn, and boat dock on the lake.


Designed by Dallas architect Keith Downing, the two-story main house is well-maintained and constructed in 1997 with the exterior being primarily blanco stone and grey hardy board siding with a raised seam metal roof. The house is perfectly suited on a hill overlooking the 12-acre lake.

Elements in the home were chosen for their classic country elegance and durability to create a home that stood the test of time. Custom features such as the numerous copper light sconces designed by San Antonio artist Isaac Maxwell who was a protégé of renowned architect O’Neal Ford and the hand-hewn custom entry double doors open up to the 22’ by 20’ great room with magnificent 20-foot-tall Blanco stone fireplace and custom designed chandelier engraved with Texas wildlife, make this home truly unique. The 20-foot ceilings of this room are impressive tongue and groove wood with large solid wood beams.

This 5 bedroom/3 bath home totals approximately 3,500+ sf. The kitchen has a center island, plenty of storage, and a wet bar overlooking the great room and lake. Floors in the common areas are Saltillo tile. The master bedroom with sitting area/study is on the 1st  floor with a vaulted ceiling and wood beams, large walk-in closet, large bath with shower and double sinks and vanity areas. There is another guest room on the first-floor with a  vaulted ceiling and a full bathroom. Upstairs are two guest rooms, a central common room for sleeping or upstairs den. There is a large full bath upstairs. All bedrooms are carpeted.

The area around the house is attractively landscaped and irrigated with flower beds, Japanese maples, and dogwood trees. Outside living is encouraged off the 12’ wide covered porch that extends the entire length of the house (with a small portion being screened) while enjoying the magnificent views of the lake and woods. The stone outdoor firepit and patio connects the main house with the adjacent 1-bedroom cottage and vaulted ceilings, as well as, a wonderful living area with full kitchen. The private bedroom has a full bathroom.

Utilities are supplied by Sharon Coop water, Wood County electric, People’s telephone, a volunteer fire department only 6 miles away and an anaerobic septic system for waste.

A metal barn with concrete floor with two covered carports provides ample storage for equipment. The barn has electricity, running water, and sink.

The lake is approximately 20’ deep at the deepest and has a wooden boat dock with storage. The property is perimeter fenced and cross fenced for livestock.


The physical address is 235 PR 4530, Winnsboro, Wood County, Texas, 75494, just east of FM 2869. Winnsboro offers all the necessary services with numerous revitalized shops, stores, restaurants, and a large Brookshire Grocery store. There are other quaint towns and great public lakes like Lake Fork and Cypress Springs nearby which make for fun outings.

Road/Frontage Access:

The ranch totals 152 +/- acres and is located on the north side of CR 4530, with approximately 1,200 feet of frontage. The shape of this ranch is somewhat rectangular with the entrance to the ranch via a code access gate off the paved county road. Primary access to the house and property is on a iron ore interior road and supplemented trails and paths throughout the property.


This ranch is located in the Northeast Texas area known as the Piney Woods and is primarily in a pine forest with rolling sandy soil hills, open areas that have been cleared, and native grasses. The variety of terrain, vegetation and water provides abundant habitat for native wildlife. There are a couple grazing pastures producing fine grass. The majority of the property has an agricultural exemption and a timber exemption.


The property has a large private 12+ acre lake, located in the middle of the property. The lake is stocked with Florida K1 strain Bass and Yellow Cheeked Bluegill and is primarily filled by runoff water but also has underwater springs. The main house overlooks this lake and is serviced by a community water line.


Elevation on the property ranges from approximately 542 +/- feet above sea level at the highest point of elevation, and approximately 440 +/- feet above sea level at the lowest point near the lake. The terrain of this property is rolling with magnificent views of Northeast Texas, where there are several rolling pastures and a variety of trees including Pine, Dogwood, Oak, Black Walnut, and Hickory, and Sweet Gum, making wonderful habitat for livestock and wildlife.


Typical Texas wildlife lives on the ranch: deer, turkey, pig, and dove. The terrain and vegetation provide for an abundance of suitable habitat for wildlife of all types. The fishing in the lake is excellent and is well stocked with Golden Cheek Bluegill and Florida K1 Strain Bass. Serious fisherman have caught Bass up to 9 +/- lbs., while a feeder on the damn allows children and others to readily catch Bluegill.


It is our understanding that the seller owns a small amount of the mineral estate but is not conveying any of the minerals.