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Inside the Bush family´s green retreat
Architectural Digest, by Mitchell Owens

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Posted By:JoniTx, 7/10/2014 2:33:44 PM

Central Texas, especially that sweet spot halfway between Dallas and Austin where small swaths of the legendary old prairies remain, is an earthly paradise. Blowsy live oaks spread their heavy limbs beneath cloud-spattered skies, while creeks and rivers—most prominently the meandering Brazos—ripple alongside gently rolling pastures gilded with waving grasses. These natural glories are precisely what led Laura and George W. Bush to choose the area for their Prairie Chapel Ranch, the retreat they completed in 2001, just after he became the 43rd president of the United States. Occupying some 1,600 acres near the flyspeck town of Crawford, about 25

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/10/2014 2:38:25 PM     (No. 9918595)

Slideshow at AD appears to be behind their paywall.

More photos here:

http://lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=791489

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/10/2014 2:41:03 PM     (No. 9918599)

Correction: This AD article republished at CNN. There are three photos with article - one of the Bushes. Two of the house interior. But the remainder of the slideshow is behind AD´s paywall.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: NancyD, 7/10/2014 2:52:03 PM     (No. 9918612)

The home is beautiful. It´s simple and elegant. I absolutely love it.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 7/10/2014 3:06:27 PM     (No. 9918627)

I just saw all the pix - link is embedded in the para on the picture: see more at archdigest.com. Just click there and the article opens with pix...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 7/10/2014 3:08:09 PM     (No. 9918629)

GW looks like Timothy Bottoms. Or the other way around.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 7/10/2014 3:18:03 PM     (No. 9918644)

Saw a photo spread of the ranch somewhere a few years ago. Very well designed to blend in with the terrain...and with the geothermal heating/cooling, small environmental impact. Should get the Algore ´Gold Medal´, unlike the energy pig home he has in TN.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/10/2014 5:00:28 PM     (No. 9918768)

Re #4 about #1, good catch! I gave up too easily - when I saw that huge Subscribe emblazoned across the page.

Thank you...lovely photos of a simply stunning home. Not a garish color nor dissonant note anywhere.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 7/10/2014 5:09:54 PM     (No. 9918783)

The 2nd photo (at the AD site) shows the house and, in the forefront, bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush in full bloom against the emerald green of their leaves. With the darker green of the oaks and the lighter green of the mowed grass, it´s very simply beautiful and I do envy that tranquil scene.

See:

http://tinyurl.com/pguk8hu

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Reply 9 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/10/2014 5:10:25 PM     (No. 9918784)

Before 9/11, I took a friend down to Crawford and then we drove out to the Bush ranch (actually, it´s a ranchette). We could drive all around it, including along the back fence. We visited with some of the neighbors who were out for a walk. There wasn´t a Secret Service person or vehicle to be seen and it was all lovely. Now, none of that would be possible, I suspect.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/10/2014 6:11:36 PM     (No. 9918859)

We also have friends in Crawford, rode our horses on what is now Prairie Chapel ranch years ago. It´s lovely! Before 9/11, many people able to walk and ride freely around the ranch´s perimeters. A lovely memory!!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: droopydog, 7/10/2014 6:31:03 PM     (No. 9918901)

Al Gore´s house has a hole in the ozone layer named after it.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: HalfNorsk, 7/10/2014 10:32:16 PM     (No. 9919197)

If this were BJ Clinton´s house, he´d have a deck built like the back end of a Chevy El Camino...complete with Astroturf.

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