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Secluded Community in Houston’s Shadow Unveils its First $3.1 Million Home — Inside The Orchards at Pecan Acres

Your Own Glass Bridge and Modern Perks Galore in Horse Country

BY // 05.04.20

Thirty-four miles west of downtown Houston, a unique residential enclave is blossoming among the pecan orchards and polo fields of the lush Pecan Acres Ranch. It’s one man’s vision for a secluded community, carved from a portion of the original 1,800-acre ranch and boasting an architectural style like no other.

David Frost Wersebe — a grandson of Vernon Frost, who began assembling the farmland in 1945 — has set aside 210 acres for his equestrian-influenced development, complete with bridle paths, that promises generous acreage for each dwelling as well as design controls.

The first remarkable home to be built in The Orchards at Pecan Acres in northwest Fort Bend County has been completed, and it’s a 6,000-square-foot beauty, yours for the asking price of $3.1 million. The 3.23-acre site at 35711 Vernon Frost Road is surrounded by pecan trees and overlooks Lake Lucille, which whimsically winds through the development.

“A living work of art … I think that’s we have here,” Wersebe notes.

Wersebe partnered with his neighbor, engineer, Shannon Galway, and builder Santiago Macedo to create a one-of-a-kind dwelling in a vernacular design that speaks to the ranching heritage. The four-bedroom home is constructed of Texas limestone, hand-hewn beams from a 200-year-old Amish barn, and the employment of exterior cladding in Kebony wood. The latter is a sustainable and durable modified wood alternative, which is said over time to acquire a silver-gray patina that will blend naturally with the surroundings.

The house enjoys a hint of Scandinavian influences and a nod to the contemporary while embracing a ranching esthetic. It is designed as a set of pods, with the master retreat connected to the main house via a glass-and-steel bridge that crosses over an outlet from the lake.

Pecan Acres
A tiny outlet from Lake Lucille wends through the house in the Orchards at Pecan Acres. (Photo by ProHouse)

Some of our favorite elements: the steel-and-glass bridge, the large-scale custom metal-framed windows, the two-story living room with white oak cathedral ceiling, the rooftop observation deck, the air-conditioned four-car garage with its single massive door, and the back porch with a covered patio and wood-burning fireplace and pathway to a cantilevered deck overlooking Lake Lucille.

In a twist on typical home building, the interior finishes are left to the desires of the buyer. The interior is a blank slate, as it were.  In a sure sign that this is an all-in-the-family affair, Elizabeth Frost, a design associate of Jann Wisdom Designs, has created virtual build-out and furnishings for some of the rooms, and Vanessa Frost Ellis, an agent with Beth Wolff Realtors Real Living, has the listing.

Click through the photo gallery below for a closer look at The Orchards at Pecan Acres and its first showcase home:

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