When Burb Homes Give You Deja Vu, This Allen Home Stands Out

Allen

When selecting Thursday Three Hundred homes, I have nothing against recently-built suburban neighborhood homes in high-growth areas, but I do have to say there’s a trade-off. For what you get in a shiny move-in ready home with the latest amenities, there’s an undeniable homogeneity that makes you feel like you’ve seen this home before. That’s why I was happy to find 806 Fawn Valley Drive in Allen: a five bedroom, three bath, 2,632-square-foot home that boasts architectural features and little details that make you appreciate the home in itself. It’s listed for $315,000 by Pareen Desai of JP & Associates Frisco

This red brick two-story, surrounded by large mature trees, has tall ceilings, lots of windows, and a flowing living room with views of the dining room and family room that opens to the kitchen.  The kitchen has freshly painted cabinets, granite countertops, tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances, including a four-burner gas range and oven, built-in microwave, and dishwasher.

The downstairs master has a bay window sitting area and generous bathroom with tile floors and white-washed-style cabinets. Okay, yes there’s still popcorn on the ceiling, but for a home built in 1987, I think this one shows beautifully.

The backyard has a pergola patio with an outdoor kitchen, including a grill and sink. Large trees shade the backyard, which is neatly landscaped around the perimeter of the grass yard.

Updates within the last five years include water heater, both furnaces, the downstairs condenser, and roof.  There’s fresh paint throughout, new laminate floors, and foundation work being done with a lifetime transferable warranty.

See more of this Allen gem on the listing here.

2 Comment

  • As much as I love the new amenities of a brand new home, some of us with small children would love to have one with a larger backyard area. While the parks in the new developments are beautiful and have the latest in playground equipment there nothing that beats being able to let your kids play and imagine wonderful adventures within eye and earshot of their own back door. With a backyard you don’t have to load up the car or SUV with every possible toy and make sure it all gets back home without losing that favorite ball or doll along the way. If it rains, all you have you have to do is open the door, the kids run in and wait it out. Eliminating back yards for single family homes has been proven to contribute to childhood obesity, lack of communication within the family unit, and most importantly the freedom parents have to let their children develope a sense of independence from being able to play “unobserved” in a safe and familiar area. Backyards get the whole family up off the couch and away from video games or TV and outside in the fresh air. I know builders and developers want to get the most money for the land they are building on and by cramming as many houses into every square foot is how they do that. I know my little blurb here won’t change things, I would love to buy a brand new house that is move in ready rather than buy an older home for approximately the same price that I will have to spend thousands of dollars renovating or remodeling. I can’t afford a million dollars or more for the larger houses on larger lots but for what I can afford I would like to a decent size home on a decent size lot.

    • mm

      Mark, you are talking to a girl who lives on an acre! We have huge backyards since 1980. It’s a pain to maintain but now, as I see my grandchildren enjoy it, it makes me happy. The staff knows I love condos, but likely could not live in one. Yet builders tell me over and over that buyers do not want large yards to deal with. So it is refreshing to hear from someone who also loves big backyards. Maybe we are not alone!