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Luxury East Texas ranch sold to top-secret buyer at record price, with bidders as far away as China

Luxurious East Texas ranch sold to top-secret buyer at record price

Timber Creek Ranch horse in front of barn
Picturesque Timber Creek Ranch in East Texas sold at live auction for an undisclosed amount. Photo courtesy of Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Timber Creek Ranch full barn shot
The barn, built from rough-hewn logs, is one of 11 buildings on the ranch.  Photo courtesy of Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Timber Creek Ranch road
The lush woods of East Texas offer a scenic drive to the ranch. Photo courtesy of Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Timber Creek Ranch guest house
The boathouse sits on the edge of Lake Cypress Springs. Photo courtesy of Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Timber Creek Ranch barn
Another of the old-world style buildings scattered across the 346-acre working and recreational ranch. Photo courtesy of Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Timber Creek Ranch house
The main Timber Creek Ranch house is nestled in the pines. Photo courtesy of Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Timber Creek Ranch den
The family room offers a rustic yet luxurious ambience. Photo courtesy of Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Timber Creek Ranch pool room
The game room beckons with pool table and oversized flat-screen TV. Photo courtesy of Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Timber Creek Ranch bedroom 2
One of 11 guest rooms spread in dwellings scattered across the ranch. Photo courtesy of Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Timber Creek Ranch bedroom
This guest room offers Western luxe. Photo courtesy of Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Timber Creek Ranch kitchen
The gourmet kitchen boasts state-of-the-art conveniences. Photo courtesy of Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Timber Creek Ranch kitchen 2
A view of the kitchen with breakfast area. Photo courtesy of Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Timber Creek Ranch dining room
The formal dining room. Photo courtesy of Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Timber Creek Ranch Rangers
Rangers for touring the property. Photo courtesy of Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Timber Creek Ranch horse in front of barn
Timber Creek Ranch full barn shot
Timber Creek Ranch road
Timber Creek Ranch guest house
Timber Creek Ranch barn
Timber Creek Ranch house
Timber Creek Ranch den
Timber Creek Ranch pool room
Timber Creek Ranch bedroom 2
Timber Creek Ranch bedroom
Timber Creek Ranch kitchen
Timber Creek Ranch kitchen 2
Timber Creek Ranch dining room
Timber Creek Ranch Rangers

Real estate circles are buzzing over the record sale of luxurious Timber Creek Ranch, a 346-acre western playpen on Lake Cypress Springs, 90 minutes east of Dallas. Concierge Auctions, which conducted the sale on site at the ranch, said it represents the highest residential sale price ever in the Lake Cypress Springs area.

The price tag isn't being disclosed, neither is the buyer, but Second Shelters reports that the sale was in the range of $8 million for the property that was previously estimated to be valued at $15 million. The auction house says that there were nine bidders, one from as far away as China. Second Shelters adds that it was a Dallas buyer who picked up this gem of a working and recreational ranch.

Billy Long, head of Concierge Auctions' Land & Ranch Division, noted in a statement, "We ended up with a happy buyer and seller, not to mention the largest sale in Lake Cypress Springs history."

Also happy were listing agents Kyle Crews of Dallas' Allie Beth Allman & Associates and Ralph Robertson of Century 21 Butler Real Estate Services.

The magnificent property in the piney woods of East Texas includes five structures with a total of 11 bedrooms, a spa, boathouse, fishing pro shop and activities that include horseback riding, hunting, skeet and rifle ranges, a paintball course and fishing in two private stocked ponds as well as in the lake.

Texas longhorns, horse and miniature donkeys are among the ranch residents.