Uncategorized Former Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Buys Vernon Wells’ Mammoth North Texas Estate

Former Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Buys Vernon Wells’ Mammoth North Texas Estate



Big enough for a whole baseball team and a former Secretary of State

We see a pattern with former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s real estate inclinations: he likes to buy big, and buy from celebrities. Tillerson’s return to Texas steered him to Vaquero, one of North Texas’s most exclusive and private gated communities located almost midway between Dallas and Fort Worth. It is also expeditiously close to DFW Regional Airport.

On June 3, the former Exxon CEO who served in the Trump administration snapped up the incredible Westlake, Texas estate of former baseball great Vernon Wells, number 65 on Forbes highest paid athlete’s list. Almost tripling his living space, Tillerson bought a 16,238 square foot mansion built in 2010 on two rolling acres with five bedrooms, seven baths, formals, separate catering kitchen, a man cave with bar, a hair salon, massage room, both a sauna and a steam room, a spacious game room that fits a billiard table (or two) plus a walk-around bar and alcove with arcade games, panelled study, a gorgeous wood-paneled movie theater with plush seats, a red oak-clad wine room with high-tech cooling system, a gym, an indoor batting cage, a pro-athlete gym, guest wing, breathtaking master suite with spa bath, coffee bar & one Texas-sized master closet.

Casa Tillerson now in Texas

And while the sprawling estate is so big you almost need a travelator, there is an elevator to shoot upstairs effortlessly.

If you don’t get lost roaming the interior — yes, I said 16,238 square feet, not at all uncommon in Vaquero — go outside: you might think you are at a posh resort. Tillerson has a 90,000 gallon swimming pool with a slide, a swim-up bar and sport court, even a private stocked lake to go fishing. There is an attached five-car garage and a separate garage for the golf carts, which everyone uses in Vaquero to get around and to and from the clubhouse.

The home, on famous King Fisher Road, was listed for $8.5 million and had come on the market last November. Sources say it sold for around $6.5 million and is said to be the highest recorded sale in Tarrant County in more than a decade.

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New York Yankees Vernon Wells (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Vernon Wells and his wife, Charlene, built the estate in 2010 and loved every minute of living in it, because the home was built to literally entertain a baseball team. They built their dream home in Texas after Wells retired to be closer to family. In fact, the couple met in Texas.

"Our first entertaining opportunity after the house was finished was a team party with the Los Angeles Angels," Wells said. "Having teammates, who are all financially successful, comment on how stunning our house is, but how comfortable it was despite the size, and how well designed it is, was a huge compliment."

Besides baseball teams, the Wells also filled the house with their children and friends. The close-knit family moved to be closer to schools. Vernon Wells told me he loved the way their home never felt too big or overpowering, despite its size.

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A foyer big enough to be a grand entrance hall.

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The formal living room would have been perfect for entertaining heads of state… or perhaps donors to a future presidential candidate?

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The dining room is large enough to fit the whole family for any holiday dinner, or to host large scale events.

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While the kitchen is loaded with the latest and greatest, it still has a cozy feel for a quick bite in here or the breakfast room.

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The family room has a beautiful ceiling feature and looks out over the resort-like exteriors…

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Let the games begin right in this fun-loving game room!

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Catch the latest flicks privately in the comfort of your own home theater.

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The man cave: study has ceiling to floor shelves and two balconies for serious book collectors.

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The master bedroom and spa bath are spacious and a retreat from the rest of the house.

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One of the perks of buying a home from a top-earning athlete: they usually build great at-home gyms.

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Like we said, the outdoors is a veritable resort, just in your backyard.

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This fire pit is what apparently sold Rex Tillerson… along with the outdoor paradise.

None of the agents involved in the transaction will confirm the home was bought by Rex Tillerson and his wife, Renda, but Tarrant County deed records show that the property was purchased by a trust controlled by them, according to Steve Brown of the Dallas Morning News.

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