Tuesday Two Hundred: 3,700 Square Feet for Under $300K? Yep! We Found It In Anna

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400 AcklingtonEverything is bigger in Texas, and that certainly holds true in the residential real estate of Dallas’ northern suburbs.

But spacious houses can be hard to come by under $300K, so today’s Tuesday Two Hundred listing at 400 Acklington Dr. in Anna caught my eye with 3,701 square feet, four big bedrooms, and 2.5 baths. It is newly listed by Steve Warren at Re/Max Dallas Suburbs for $289,900.

That’s just over $78 a square foot—right on par with comparable sales in the area, which have ranged from $63 to $100 a square foot (and this house is the biggest in size of the recent sales I’ve found).

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Anna is located about 11 miles northeast of McKinney and 40 miles north of Dallas on U.S. Highway 75, State Highway 5, and State Highway 121. Those highways make getting around DFW a cinch. It’s also one of the fastest growing cities in Collin County with about 11,000 residents and offers great amenities, like Natural Springs Park, which is walking distance from the house. This heavily wooded park has a spring that feeds into a pond, as well as a large open space. Future plans for the park include walking trails with three bridges, picnic tables, benches, a gazebo, and a fishing pier.

The house is also only 1.9 miles away from Slayter Creek Park with its splash pad, playground, walking trail, skateboard park, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard court, disc golf course, athletic fields, and large pavilion. Jump to read more and see lots of pics of the house!

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Splash Pad at Slayter Park in Anna

The two-story house, which was built in 2011, has a 15-by-11 kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, gas cooktop, built-in microwave, recessed lighting, and neutral ceramic tiles on the floor. There are loads of cabinets and the kitchen opens onto a large living area, measuring 15-by-18, so the space feels oversized. High ceilings add to the effect.

Some of the photos with this listing, by the way, appear to have been taken with a wide-angle lens, so the lines at the edge of the photos look slightly curved. That is not the case.

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An eat-in breakfast area looks onto the backyard and windows throughout this area of the house flood it with natural light. Nearby, there is a separate utility room with room for full-size washer and dryer (gas), and it leads to a two-car garage.

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The room pictured below is on the first floor and could be a formal dining room, play area for children, or a craft room.

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A downstairs study measures 15-by-15 and can be closed off with glass French doors.

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A second downstairs living is oversized and has a limestone fireplace, ceiling fan, and arched doorway leading to the master suite.

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The master is a spacious 21-by-15 and has three large side-by-side windows, as well as five funky little square windows high on one wall.

The ensuite bathroom has a large jetted tub, separate glass shower, and two vanities. The second photo below is another that appears to have been taken with a wide-angle lens and appears curved when it is not.

400 Acklington

400 Acklington

The other three bedrooms are upstairs and measure 15-by-15 or 12-by-12, so they are amply sized for children or guest rooms.

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400 Acklington

400 Acklington

Since this house has almost 4,000 square feet, the builder had lots of options for special extras you don’t normally see in this price range in DFW. To that end, the upstairs area has a home theater measuring 24-by-13 and an oversized game room measuring 20-by-18.

400 Acklington

400 Acklington

The backyard is good-sized, but has no landscaping, so this area could be a project for a buyer with a green thumb, or the name of a great landscape architect. It does have a covered porch, gutters, and sprinkler system.

So that’s what 3,701 square feet for $289,900 looks like—there’s so much in this house and for about $78 a square foot, I’d say it’s an excellent deal. What do you think? Leave us a comment.



Leah Shafer

Leah Shafer is a content and social media specialist, as well as a Dallas native, who lives in Richardson with her family. In her sixth-grade yearbook, Leah listed "interior designer" as her future profession. Now she writes about them, as well as all things real estate, for CandysDirt.com.

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  1. Kimberly says

    $78/square foot?! I get the volume discount, but I still don’t understand why it’s a minimum of $150/square foot to build a 2200 square foot house in the M Streets when I already own the dirt. And while all that space sounds really nice, spending two hours in my car everyday commuting does not.

    • Leah Shafer says

      The commute would be long for a downtown job, but to jobs in the Richardson Telecom Corridor or over in Frisco, for example, it’s about a 40-minute drive, which is do-able, IMHO.

  2. LonestarBabs says

    Dependent on US75, which is a clogged mess quite a bit of the time. Over to Frisco you’d have to take 121 or 380, both with their own challenges (and 121 is tolled). If you work in McKinney Anna is a great location, but it’s a haul for any other commute.

  3. DGirl2 says

    @ Kimberly- It costs less to build in Anna vs M Streets because of quality. Clearly, this house is a mass-produced “builder basic” finish out. There are probably 20 other identical homes in the same subdivision. The builder probably orders bathtubs, sinks, and shower doors by the 1,000’s. This house is ugly and has no character or architectural interest. It’s McSuburbia at it’s worst.

    Building or renovating in the M Streets usually means hiring an architect and a builder/ remodeled who specialize in historic homes or homes of architectural interest. The quality of material and workmanship need to be higher in the M Streets vs Anna because of re-sale. People expect to see real hardwoods (not laminate), Carrera marble counters (not builder basic), high end lighting (not cheap crap from Home Depot), etc.

    • Kimberly says

      Thanks, DGirl! Great points! It’s still just crazy to me that it’s double even excluding the lot!

      For what it’s worth, this house is still attractive than some of the McMansions that have popped up all over East Dallas. I always joke that i want to send Blanchard Homes a postcard that says, “You build ugly houses.” I hope he doesn’t read the blog… or maybe I hope he does? Rest assured, if we do build, we’re definitely willing to pay a little extra for style points (and a home that doesn’t look like an oversized cardboard box with doors).

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