This 12,000-square-foot estate is on the market for $15 million.

This 12,000-square-foot estate is on the market for $15 million.

Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Former Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers waves to the crowd after being introduced during a 2014 game.

Former Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers waves to the crowd after being introduced during a 2014 game.

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He lives like a French king in his Westlake estate. The 12,000-square-foot house in on the market for $15 million.

Baseball was very, very good to former Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers. One need only look at his house in Westlake to understand.

The one-time ballplayer has put the estate up for sale with Allie Beth Allman for just a whisper under $15 million: $14,697,000, to be exact.

The Rogers house is a 12,000-square-foot French mansion situated on 24 acres. Even the mansard-roof barn has that French je ne sais quoi.

Formerly known as Paigebrooke Farm, the land was once surrounded on three sides by oilman Bunker Hunt's Circle T Ranch.

Photo gallery of the home:

HP chicken feed

More centrally located is the Highland Park estate of the late Margaret and Trammell Crow, currently on the market for (drumroll, please) $59,356,000.

It sits next door to the home of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

A recent black-tie dinner at the home for the Fellows of the Dallas Historical Society revealed what life was like when the house was first built in 1914.

Caro Stalcup, granddaughter of the home's original owners, Caro and H.L. Stalcup, told the group about early 20th-century living in the Highland Park mansion.

A memorable ritual was getting a little bourbon from the vault in the basement to add to the feed before it was given chickens in the backyard.

Is that the origin of the phrase finger-lickin' good?

$100 mil and a free book

More big-home news: Texas Monthly executive editor Skip Hollandsworth offered the perfect bonus to anyone who buys the Hicks estate near Walnut Hill and the Tollway, currently listed for $100 million.

At a recent literary luncheon at the house, Hollandsworth introduced speaker S.C. Gwynne, author of the new book about Stonewall Jackson called Rebel Yell.

Hollandsworth promised that any guest who buys the home gets a copy of the book for free.

Hollandsworth also mentioned that he tried to dissuade Gwynne from leaving his steady magazine job to write Empire of the Summer Moon, his book about the rise and fall of the Comanche tribe.

It was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

The event at the Hicks house was co-hosted by former first lady Laura Bush, Cinda and Tom Hicks and Allie Beth and Pierce Allman in conjunction with the Texas Book Festival.

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