Real Estate / Mansions

Famed Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Puts His Showcase Ranch Up for Sale

40 Acres and a Converted Santa Fe Train Depot Available for $1.2 Million

BY // 07.10.19
photography John Deans, Deans Imaging

We’re all familiar with downsizing, that time of life when the kids are gone, the house seems too big and suddenly less is more. But we don’t always associate that with a ranch, at least not until one of the state’s lead criminal defense attorneys decides to slice through his 120 acres in Washington County, putting a sweet section of it on the market.

Houston’s Dick DeGuerin and wife Janie purchased the rich parcel, just outside of Burton, in 1982 and have spent the intervening years spawning glorious family memories. But with all of their children now living out of state, the couple no longer needs so much acreage and so many structures. And that’s good news for anyone interested in a 40-acre ranchette chock full of live oaks and boasting two spring-fed lakes stocked with fish. Asking price, $1.2 million.

For some potential buyers, the glories of this property, listed with Jeanine Kaminski-Ditzel of John Daugherty, Realtors, would lie within the dwellings. The main house is a converted Santa Fe train depot that exudes Western charm and comfort. The station master’s office, for example, is today a spacious country kitchen while the master bedroom was carved from the former freight room which affords high ceilings, open truss work and a screened porch. Details include long-leaf pine and cypress construction, pine floors and a custom stone fireplace. There’s a guest room on the second floor. And that is just the beginning.

The property includes a quaint, one-bedroom guest house and a working barn with a bunk room that sleeps six, putting the total bed count at 12.  The barn includes stables, a tack room and a work room.

“This land is part of me and my family, but with most of our children living out of state, it doesn’t make sense for us now,” DeGuerin said in a statement. “We are keeping a nice piece of the land where I’ll still be raising chickens, horses and longhorn cattle. I can leave my office in downtown Houston and be at the ranch in just over an hour.”

And with that, you could have a famed defense attorney as your neighbor out there, at 11022 Wildlife Circle.

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