Thursday Three Hundred: Farmhouse in McKinney’s Historic District Makes Old Look New

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408 Byrne Front

Historic homes have many charming quirks that make them popular with people who are prepared to put up with the headaches they sometimes provide. To say that building codes have come a long way since the turn of the century, which was when many homes in McKinney’s historic neighborhoods were built, is a vast understatement. Still, when building a home in an area with character such as the T. T. Bradley subdivision, attention to detail inside and out is key.

That’s why this cute farmhouse at 408 Byrne fits the area like a glove!


408 Byrne Porch

From the curb it’s an adorable Craftsman-style bungalow with a spacious front porch and bright paint complete with bed-sized porch swing. It’s just the perfect mixture of farmhouse charm and modern amenities! The home is a short walk from McKinney’s gorgeous downtown and Chestnut Square, where you can find shopping and dining, too.

408 Byrne Entry 408 Byrne Family 408 Byrne Kitchen 1 408 Byrne Dining 408 Byrne Kitchen 2

Inside you’ll appreciate it’s open floorplan and gorgeous oak floors, as well as the low-key vibe from the casual family area that moves on to the kitchen. With three bedrooms, two full baths, 2,341 square feet is on the market for $349,000. This farmhouse, with the wainscoting and muted neutral paint, really evokes a country feel without being “country.” No cutesy wall-hangings and floral patterns everywhere.

The open floorplan is just perfect for young children and busy lifestyles. The dining area, which is spacious and situated just off the kitchen, is perfect for low-maintenance meals and casual everyday get-togethers as well as holidays and parties. There’s an additional space just off the entry that could be a formal living or dining room, or an office if you work from home.

408 Byrne Master 408 Byrne Master Bath

There’s new carpet in the master bedroom, which is 17×13. I like the tray ceiling but I think they should’ve pulled the blinds up all the way or turned on an extra light because boy, does it feel dark in there. The master bath is a five-piece affair with a corner tub and shower. It’s big enough to feel like enough room for two adults, and has a great closet.

The backyard is awesome for an active family. With a new fence, a play area, and a spot for your smoker, you’ll be barbecuing every weekend, throwing a brisket on, filling a few ice chests, and inviting all your friends and neighbors to hang out on your covered deck. Cornhole anyone?

408 Byrne Backyard 408 Byrne Deck


Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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