The city of Allen might be best known for its 18,000-seat, $60-million-dollar stadium of controversial grandeur like we’ve never seen before, but it’s not even the biggest or most expensive in Texas. Those respective credits go to the 1976-built Memorial Stadium in Mesquite, which seats 19,400 people and Katy ISD’s Legacy Stadium, which cost $70.3 million to build. But Allen’s top-rated schools are just some of the compelling reasons why 100k people call this central Collin County city home.

Long before it was incorporated in 1953, the original township of Allen was a bustling railroad business district. In 1918, the Houston and Central Texas Railroad built a freight and passenger depot which still stands today as the Allen Heritage Center and Depot Museum. Just as population grew with the development of that railroad station, Allen blossomed again when U.S. Interstate 75 was built in 1960 and brought residents north of Plano. For this week’s Suburb Sunday, check out these three Allen homes we found all in the $400,000 range.

 

Suncreek Home Full of Upgrades

Address: 712 Baldwin Court, Allen

  • 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
  • 3,492 square feet
  • $454,900

Nika Arastoupour with Rogers Healy and Associates is hosting an open house for this 1999 Drees-built home from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 in southwest Allen. The one-owner home has more than $50,000 in recent upgrades, including fresh paint, master bath remodel, kitchen remodel including high-end quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a farm sink, and a new roof. It’s located in highly-rated Plano ISD in the Suncreek neighborhood of Allen, where the median listing price is $450,000. (more…)

By April Towery
Special Contributor

You had me at theater room.

It’s one of those perks, like a Jacuzzi tub or an elevator — maybe you don’t really need it; maybe you’ll never use it, but it sure is cool.

And one-touch electric shades in the master bedroom, wood-look tile floors, double ovens, and a central vacuum system sweeten the deal on this posh pad at 1210 Winton Drive in Allen.

This Friday Five Hundred selection is a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom contemporary home surrounded by walking trails, a nature preserve, and what’s that? Just a little peace and tranquility.

 

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the Preserve

One of my favorite things about Allen is how truly well-designed the town is. And one of our favorite developments, The Preserve, has some of the best builders, too! We were so lucky to stumble upon this great listing from Michelle Hopson, a Compass Dallas agent. 

“The Preserve is a small luxury community of only about 100 homes — there is a pond, and hike and bike trails,” Hopson said. “It is a very different feel than being in one of the larger communities.” 

So we’re obviously thrilled to feature this gorgeous Ashton Woods home on an oversized lot, our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. It’s gorgeous and has tons of storage!

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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(more…)

AllenThis week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, an Allen Traditional with some pretty gorgeous updates, came to us from a Facebook pitch from the staging company — a name we’re starting to see a lot of in these parts.

Sarah Nowak with Blackwood Homes (which is a construction company and a staging company and, well, they really kind of do it all) urged us to check out the home at 923 Cypress Drive last week.

Allen has become a real haven for families looking for a bit of a bargain, but with better proximity for work commutes. Good schools don’t hurt that mix, either — and this home is zoned for the great Reed Elementary School, Curtis Middle School, and Allen High.

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Browne + DouglasWhen the dynamic duo of Cathy Browne and Beth Douglas joined forces as Browne + Douglas Group last year, it was expected that the two — long known for being top-producing Ebby Halliday agents — would do big things from their home base at the company’s state-of-the-art offices in Allen.

Between the two, they have 25 years of combined experience in a busy North Texas real estate market. But recently, they added two more agents — Leah Graybeal Ashley and Howard R. Roth.

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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.

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(Photo courtesy VisitFrisco.com)

How did North Texas fare in a ranking of overall best housing markets in the U.S.? How far has the Dallas-Fort Worth apartment market come in recovering after the recession? How much of their income is the average Dallas-Fort Worth homeowner spending on housing? All this and more in this week’s review of real estate news. (more…)