McKinneyTo say the W.D. Smith home in McKinney, built in 1902, has been around for a great deal of North Texas history is an understatement — from its early beginnings as a farmhouse to its life as an abode for an alleged bootlegger and later as home to a McKinney mayor, the quintessential Victorian farmhouse has stood on College Street for seemingly forever.

And now the home where even the trees are historic (no lie — they were planted in 1908 and are recognized by the Texas Historical Tree Coalition) is on the market, listed just three days ago by Leah Graybeal Ashley with the Browne + Douglas Group.

“It was erected in 1905 by W. D. Smith, who was a well-known businessman, rancher, cattle trader, farmer and large landowner in Collin County,” Cathy Browne (the Browne in Browne + Douglas) told us last week. “At one time, the Mayor of McKinney lived there and there is also a story involving this house and the notorious gangsters, Bonnie and Clyde.” (more…)

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Among many amenities, Parkside at Craig Ranch offers food truck parking and a beer garden for its residents (Photos courtesy Parkside at Craig Ranch).

From staff reports

It’s not often that a McKinney multifamily property finds itself in a “best of” list that includes properties in places like Honolulu, New York, Washington D.C., and Seattle.

But that was exactly what happened last week when the Parkside at Craig Ranch in McKinney was one of 10 award-winning projects Multifamily Executive magazine recognized for their unique amenities. The property is under the Lincoln Property Company umbrella.

Of the 10 properties recognized, some included unique pool projects, gallery spaces, maker spaces complete with tools and work tables, coffee and wine bars, and even a half-pipe skate park. (more…)

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Cotton Groves in McKinney is the nation’s first residential neighborhood made entirely of shipping containers.

Repurposing shipping containers into buildings, so-called cargotecture, isn’t a brand new concept, but it’s groundbreaking for Habitat for Humanity of Collin County, which hopes to build 35 affordable homes in Cotton Groves, the nation’s first residential neighborhood built entirely from upcycled steel containers.

Habitat affiliates in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Ohio have explored building affordable housing from shipping containers. Collin County’s Habitat CEO, Celeste Cox, says the first model townhouse should be ready by the end of October or mid-November.

When complete next year, the Cotton Groves neighborhood will contain 35 shipping container homes, a community center, and a playground on the 2.75 acre plot near McKinney’s small airport on the east side of town. But first, Habitat must raise the $4.5 million during an upcoming capital campaign needed to fund the complete development. (more…)

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Corsicana invites you into their booming downtown and onto the porches of their historic Carriage District this weekend with their Inaugural Porchfest and Crafternoon. You may have heard of the Porchfest craze sweeping the nation musicians playing on grand porches of neighborhood homes for a family-friendly afternoon of socializing and entertainment. (more…)

The McKinney Performing Arts Center is the launching point for many downtown festivities. A $150,000 grant could help preserve the historic building (Photos courtesy McKinney Main Street)

McKinney officials have been lobbying for a few weeks now, but time is dwindling to increase their odds of winning a $150,000 grant that will be awarded based on daily votes by the public.

But if you want to vote and haven’t, you only have two sleeps to get it done — the contest wraps up tomorrow night. (more…)

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Roofers likely started work on the wrong house Thursday in McKinney, but the Greener family is now left with a mess and no clue as to who started the job and then left. (Photo courtesy Paige Greener)

The Greener family got a rude awakening Thursday morning — literally.

They were sound asleep when they heard someone on the roof of their McKinney home. Now, they weren’t frightened — they had begun work on getting a new roof thanks to a recent storm that pelted their neighborhood with hail — but they were a little confused.

The work on their house hadn’t been scheduled yet. In fact, the Greeners were planning to wait until after storm season to start the job for a variety of reasons. The family then contacted the contractor they had hired and sent him pictures from their security camera of the crew that had been on their roof, and he confirmed that the men were not working for him.

Just as abruptly as they began work, they left — with the Greener’s roof half demolished, and left exposed to the elements.

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You can see the brand new model from M/I Homes inside McKinney’s Park Ridge during the grand opening Thursday, Jan. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m.

If you’re like most Realtors and other real estate professionals in Dallas-Fort Worth, chances are you’ve been working straight through the winter break. And if that’s the case, you probably are ready to see something new and give your eyes, brain, and business a little reset.
There’s no better opportunity to meet and greet and get to know an up-and-coming builder in the region than checking out the brand new model from M/I Homes inside their Park Ridge neighborhood.
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Tracey Carver is the woman pictured in one of the viral videos of a fight that led to the terrible reputation smear police in McKinney, Texas suffered last week as a result of an end of school pool party & barbecue for a bunch of teenagers. McKinney officer Eric Casebolt got a little excited, pulled his gun, was accused of discriminating against blacks, and he ultimately stepped down from his position.

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