Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty | Argyle

To their pleasant surprise, each year thousands of newcomers to Texas find they can buy a much bigger, more amenity-rich home than the one they left in California, Chicago or Boston.

Few places offer more house for the money than in the town of Argyle, which boasts a cherished rural character and small town charm in the midst of Denton County, one of the nation's fastest growing counties. Argyle provides its 3,500 residents with first-class style, great public and private schools and easy access to business centers, medical facilities, shopping, entertainment, cultural activities and professional sporting events.

One great example is a custom-designed French Country estate on 12.8 acres that combines the best of ranch life with luxury living. The six-bedroom home with seven and a half baths features elegance within and pastures with rich soil outside for horses to graze under large oak trees.

The 7,764-square-foot, two-story home at 1080 Hickory Hill Road is being offered by Brenda Moerschell for $1,695,000.

From a wide, tree-lined driveway, enter the home through double wooden doors to find a two-story entryway with wood flooring and a curved wooden staircase highlighted by a large crystal chandelier. Walk beside white columns and art niches to a backyard that features a spectacular pool and spa. The estate also has a pond.

The home is designed for entertaining with stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen, a wine room, a fully equipped media room and a game room. There are two master suites on the first floor and four bedrooms upstairs.

For the horse lover, the estate is ideal for horses with a custom-designed, two-stall loafing shed plus tack and feed areas.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Lakewood, Uptown, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake. For more information see