AllenIt’s been said that your home is your castle, but our latest find in the Twin Creeks subdivision in Allen, that might just be literal.

Realtor Cathy Browne of the Browne-Douglas Group with Ebby Halliday told us that agents repeatedly have mentioned that the home at 1836 Walnut Springs Drive “looks like a castle,” so she’s embraced that thought, and is telling people they can “live like a king.”

Browne has the listing with Beth Douglas, and she told us that this home isn’t just lovely to look at — it’s also perfectly placed, right in a master-planned golf community with an amenity center, parks, playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, hiking and biking trails, and multiple pools.

“It’s also right down the street from a top elementary school, so no more carpool!” Browne said.

And it’s not just gorgeous from the curb — this family-friendly, four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home has a versatile floor plan with multiple living areas and plenty of space for entertaining.


Waterford Way

Get ready to enroll your elementary schoolers. Here’s a five-bedroom, four-bath house for under half a million near Allen ISD’s highly-rated Kerr Elementary.

Continuing our series on great homes in great school districts, this north Allen two-story home is spacious, commuter-friendly near Sam Rayburn Tollway and zoned in one of the top-rated elementary schools in the highly-rated Allen school district. It’s up to task to contain a large family, with five bedrooms, four baths, and 4,513 square feet of house for under $500,000. This 2003-built home is located at 1205 Waterford Way in Allen near N. Alma Drive and Sam Rayburn Tollway and is listed by Maryam Dargahi of Keller Williams Realty Plano. This home feeds into Allen ISD’s highly rated Kerr Elementary (10 of 10), Scoggins Middle School (9 of 10), and Liberty High (9 of 10), as ranked by, a third-party ranking of best schools based on standardized test scores, attendance data, graduation rates, and college readiness.


Cathy Browne and Beth Douglas joined forces, creating a power-packed team at Ebby Hallidays Allen offices.

Our readers will recognize Cathy Browne as the record-setting Allen Realtor that has dominated this Collin County ‘burb for years. But now she’s setting her sights on new territory. Part of her winning strategy to stay on top now includes another top-producing agent, as Browne and Beth Douglas have joined forces to create the Browne-Douglas Group at Ebby Halliday Realtors’ gorgeous new Allen offices.  

“I am pleased to welcome Beth Douglas and Cathy Browne, who are widely known for integrity and dedication to providing clients with exceptional customer service,” said Diane Hausler, sales manager of Ebby’s Allen office. “Beth and Cathy work tirelessly to serve their clients’ best interests and offer extensive knowledge of the North Texas market.” 

With a combined 25 years of experience, we’re sure great things are ahead for Browne and Douglas.
Sometimes our suburbs to the north get a bad rap for being nothing more than the same homes, block after block, in predictable master-planned subdivisions with a Stepford-like feel. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth — especially in Allen.

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Cathy Browne

This city has so much going for it right now, including a trophy case of accolades worthy of an Olympic athlete. It’s almost like Allen is getting a new award or recognition month after month, with the town just being named one of the healthiest housing markets in America and one of the best cities for young families.
But Allen is so much more than that. Did you know that the city also has a thriving luxury real estate market? Just take Twin Creeks, for example, says Ebby Halliday Realtor Cathy Browne.
“We are so excited about the choices for luxury buyers in beautiful Twin Creeks — from the Lexington area, to the Vistas on the golf course, to the luxury patio homes in Somerset, and finally the gated community — Wimberley Place,” Browne said. “Great choices for buyers looking for great schools, new shopping and dining, and convenience to all areas of Dallas.”
A fantastic example of luxury homes in Allen is Browne’s latest listing, 1601 Bowie Court. Not only does it have incredible curb appeal, but this Evans custom home is on its A game with interior finish-out.


Cathy Browne in Grand Vie

Cathy Browne is dominating Allen, that much is for sure. Consider these statistics:

  • Browne has sold 45 of the 204 residential homes in Custer Meadows, with five sales just this year.
  • Browne has done six transactions with just one family.
  • In a competitive market like Allen, Browne has brought full-price-plus offers to clients in just 11 hours.

So, how does she do it?


Cathy Browne's listing at 2016 Glenmere was under contract in a week. We asked Browne how she's carved out a niche in Allen.

Cathy Browne’s listing at 2016 Glenmere was under contract in a week. We asked Browne how she’s carved out a niche in Allen.

We’re not even shocked anymore about Cathy Browne’s latest home under contract, 2016 Glenmere in Allen’s Custer Meadows. The home wasn’t on the market longer than a week before it was snapped up, Browne said.

But get this, that’s only one of the three listings Browne has in the neighborhood. The two other properties she’s marketing — 2019 Stonemont and 2027 Burnside — are getting a lot of interest, too. As Browne tells me, she’s sold more than 40 properties in Custer Meadows alone — some of them twice!

Sure, we know that Allen is one of the fastest-growing North Texas suburbs and has won countless accolades and made numerous top-ten lists. But what strategy do you use to capture part of a market that’s moving so fast?

We asked Browne to spill her secrets. Jump to see what she has to say:




This five-bedroom home is located in Allen, one of the best suburbs in Texas according to a recent report from (Photos: Shoot2Sell)

We’re really not shocked to see that Murphy, Allen, Frisco, and McKinney were all in the top 10 of Niche Local’s “Best Suburbs in Texas” list. These four Collin County suburbs focus on great schools, fantastic public amenities, and drawing some of the best retail in the region to their towns.

Niche looked at several factors when it ranked the best suburbs in our state and region:

The Best Suburbs ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall livability and quality of life of an area at the suburb level. This grade takes into account key factors of a location, including school ratings, crime rates, housing, employment, community, and things to do, in an attempt to measure the overall quality of an area.

Some of the highest weighted categories include “Things to Do,” “Easiest Commute,” “Education,” “Community,” “Jobs,” and “Housing.” Of course, as you know, some of the new developments in Collin County include homes built by some of the finest brands, with finish out that would rival one of the upper-crust suburbs such as University Park, which ranked No. 2 on Niche’s list.

Interesting, no?


New home sales are up 18 percent for the month, according to Department of Commerce stats.

New home sales are up 18 percent for the month, according to Department of Commerce stats.

We like to check in with agents to see what the market looks like from their corner of the real estate world. So when we heard that, after a long period of stagnancy, new home sales were on an upward trajectory, we had to get some local perspective.

The report from the Department of Commerce this week showed new-home sales up by 18 percent last month. That’s the most growth new home sales have had since May 2008! Locally, that could be due to a variety of factors, one of which is the high demand in the existing home market.