If you like the charm of a historical cottage with all the updates and want one that’s so picture perfect you almost can’t stand it, go check out this home in downtown McKinney (AKA The Mecca of suburban downtowns).

It’s so cute and walkable and we’ve written about it before so we won’t bore you with a regurge. It’s lovely, though, and perfect and let’s have dinner and shop and coffee and pie. Those are all things you can do. And get your picture taken and your hair did.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s dig in on this house. It’s so pretty.

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McKinney French chateau

It’s not often you find a home that blends what I consider the best of both worlds — French architecture and Southern charm. This McKinney French chateau is grand enough to please the most discerning Francophile, but it also has just the right elements of Southern charm. In other words, it’s pretty darned perfect.

Named “Chateau Lumier” by the present owners, it was custom built in 2011 by Sharif & Munir. In case you are new to Dallas, Sharif & Munir Custom Homes have been building in Dallas for over 40 years. Their reputation for uncompromising quality and outstanding design is unparalleled.

Sitting on over 15 acres, this McKinney French chateau at 1201 Gray Branch Road has 14,665 square feet, eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and three powder baths. There are also guest quarters, garage space for five automobiles, and five additional covered areas.
McKinney French chateau

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Big backyard: check. Game room: check. Updated ranch style: check. Close to downtown: check. And the best news of all? At $189,500, this McKinney gem is most likely in your price range.

Big backyard: check. Game room: check. Updated ranch style: check. Close to downtown McKinney: check.

And the best news of all? At $189,500, this gem is most likely in your price range.

The home at 1026 Murray Court boasts four bedrooms and two full, recently remodeled bathrooms. Also included in the 1,509 square-foot-home is a large game room. It could serve as another bedroom, but why not dust off that pool table and have a few friends over?

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Half acre. Heavily treed. Walking distance to downtown McKinney. Recently made the Tuesday Two Hundred cut after a $5,000 price reduction. Why is there a streetlamp in the middle of the walkway which blends with the driveway? Nobody knows, but you know there’s one way to find out – tour the house and ask your agent. TA DA!

But if you need a little more convincing before you book an appointment, let’s talk about this well-cared-for, thoughtfully updated, three-bedroom, two-bathroom 1960s ranch-style house located at 409 N. Morris Street.

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McKinneyIt’s not often that one of the historical homes in McKinney comes up for sale, let alone rent, so we jumped at the chance to showcase this 1920s Colonial-style home in the heart of the city’s historic district.

And yes, we know that some might worry that the phrase “historic rental home” might conjure up the vague scent of mothballs and must, but rest assured, this particular home has been completely updated, while still addressing the things you expect to see in a modern home.

The current owners of 204 North College Street have added upgrades that enhance the home’s historic appeal — things like hardwood floors, a shiplap ceiling, antique chandeliers, and crown molding create a charm and coziness you expect from a historic Texas home, but they’re all upgrades that also make the home feel modern, too.

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From staff reports

Nearly 40 percent of 2018’s single-family home purchases were made by first-time buyers — with some places being more friendly to those new to the market than others. McKinney ranked 10th among 300 cities WalletHub looked at in regards to how amenable they were for first-time buyers.

The Collin County town ranked 160th when it came to affordability, but scored top marks for its market and 45th for quality of life.  (more…)

Can Dallas have nice things? If this proposed project goes through, the answer is absolutely yes.

I get it, you’re immediately wondering what those green-walled balconies are running up the building. It’s a sneak peek at a proposed residential tower at 1899 McKinney designed by Chicago-based SCB Architecture for investor/developer Ari Rastegar of Rastegar Property Company – his first new-build in Dallas. Like the man, it’s ambitious architecture for Dallas. When I spoke with Rastegar and SCB principal Clara Wineberg, I imagined a conversation a resident might have explaining where they lived:

“Where do you live?”

“The building you’re on the waiting list for.”

But let’s unpack this picture.  In front of the white car, you can see the tops of umbrellas, which form the patio space for a proposed café. They’re so low because the plot is similarly sloped. This natural contour enables the café to create a more private feel while keeping the cohesion of the extensively landscaped pedestrian areas.

Slightly above the “ground” level, the green begins. Those “balconies” are in fact 17-foot deep amenity platforms spaced every three floors with lush green growing up their back walls. Expect them to be gathering places with seating and perhaps outdoor kitchens (my suggestion). That depth means you’re actually standing a considerable distance cantilevered out from the building’s skin – the views will be stunning. The uneven surfaces of the greenery should also tamp down some city noise in addition to being beautiful – were they simply glass-walled, they’d be an echo chamber.

What you can also see is the curved bump-out on the corner that will face down Akard to the Klyde Warren Park addition.  For those with Mayfair memories, I specifically asked about the radius of those curves. I find the tight turrets at the Mayfair condos result in largely useless spaces. The curve here is looser, allowing for easy furniture placement while delivering the drama of a curved glass wall.

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Jacqueline Meadows, 54, and her husband Mark, 62, were among the first to finish building their custom home at Beacon Hill, a master-planned luxury lake community on the northwestern shore of Cedar Creek Lake off Highway 175 in Kaufman County.

Ease of access was a key differentiator when they were considering building a home at Beacon Hill, which is up to 30 minutes closer than many other lake developments at Cedar Creek. (more…)