It might just be a temporary home, but for a brief time, renters can enjoy this spacious four-bedroom French-style estate on 1.3 acres.

It might just be a temporary home, but for a brief time, renters can enjoy this spacious four-bedroom French-style estate on 1.3 acres in Parker.

“The layout is the best I’ve ever seen,” says listing agent Matthew Fraser with Fraser Realty Group.

The home on Rolling Knolls Drive, built by Alford Custom Homes, is only available for a short-term rental – six to nine months – but what an amazing few months that could be.

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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 GreatSchools.org, a third-party ranking of best schools based on standardized test scores, attendance data, graduation rates, and college readiness.

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Allen townhomeIf you want to live in the heart of Allen in a place zoned for highly rated schools and close to all sorts of fun, today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is the right property for you.

The Allen townhome at 1927 Monterrey St. is a 2-2.5 with 1,779 square feet on two stories in the Villas Of Cottonwood Creek. Built in 2006, this townhome has access to a community swimming pool and bike-jogging path, included in the reasonable HOA fees, which ring in at $583 per quarter (about $194 per month).

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This is the visitor center at Allen Park. To the right is the skate park. Photo: Leah Shafer

The visitor center at Allen Station Park. To the right is the concrete skate park in the Edge @ Allen Station. Photo: Leah Shafer

The townhome located near Stacy Road and North Central Expressway, less than a mile from Allen Premium Outlets and The Villages at Allen, where you can shop your heart out everyplace from Banana Republic and Babies R Us to Whole Foods and HomeGoods.

It’s a five-minute drive from the huge Allen Station Park, with baseball and softball fields, playground, trails, and washer courts. At the south end of the park is the Edge @ Allen Station Park, featuring a 37,915-square-foot concrete skate park, two roller hockey rinks, BMX track, and visitor center. There’s also a state-of-the-art wakeboard park nearby.

This property is zoned for the highly rated Allen ISD. Boon Elementary School earns a 10 out of 10 score at GreatSchools.org; Ereckson Middle School earns a “10;” and Lowery Freshman Center earns an “8” (Allen High School is not rated by the GreatSchools website, but U.S. News & World Report gives it a silver medal ranking).

This townhome won’t break the bank, listed by David Maez with Vivo Realty Group for $229,900.

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Sometimes homes have little, niggling things that bother you. Perhaps it’s a 1950s post-war with a laundry area in the kitchen. Maybe it’s an ugly color combination of backsplash and countertops in a bathroom. Or perhaps it’s a master suite with no bathtub. Rarely do I come by a home that is priced less than a million bucks that I wouldn’t change at all. This listing in Allen‘s Twin Creeks subdivision fits that bill.

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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:

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Yes, it’s in the suburbs, just north in Collin County, but this beautiful home has some serious appeal for those who want great schools, fantastic shopping, and tons of amenities. It’s another fabulous Allen listing from Cathy Browne, and you won’t believe what is inside those amazing iron doors.

Clad in brick and cast stone, this traditional has subtle Mediterranean features and lush gardens that will captivate. It’s inside one of Allen‘s most exclusive neighborhoods, The Reserve at Starcreek. The lot is just immense at .42 acres, and it’s on a cul-de-sac, so your family will feel safe playing in the front yard, meeting your neighbors.

Jump to see the incredible interiors!

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Cathy Browne has done it again. This high-performing Ebby Halliday agent has another phenomenal Allen listing, this time in West Allen’s Shaddock Park. Built by Drees in 2013 with tons of high-end upgrades, this home sports several energy-saving and environmentally conscious features in its design. “That is one of the reasons the sellers decided to build with them,” Browne said.

This home just hit the market today, and we are certain it’s going to go fast! See why after the jump!

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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.

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