2401 misty Haven poolI see the salt water pool behind this house and I GET ALL MISTY EYED! 2401 Misty Haven has more than 3500 square feet, four bedrooms, three baths, built in 1981 which was a very good year and the year my daughter was born. But the owners have taken this brick 1980’s contemporary on a third acre to a whole new level by pouring more than $250,000 in upgrades and improvements into her: contemporary landscaping, hardwoods & high quality speakers, new custom cabinetry in kitchen & baths, Viking appliances, Miele built-in coffeemaker, gorgeous rare granites, 16 seer HVAC, new ductwork, low E windows, R38 insulation, LED lighting thru out, commercial grade guttering, flagstone decking, a built-in grill, and a full putting green.2401 Misty Haven porch

But what you have to see is the back yard and salt-water resort-style swimming pool. I mean, let’s face it, almost everyone in Dallas with a home priced over $500,000 has a swimming pool. This one has been renovated & automated with 2011 equipment, with a gorgeous blue-tiled elevated wall and water feature plus spa. Oh if that isn’t enough, the home is on a greenbelt in Plano with fields and a pond nearby. I am ga-ga over the master bath in this home and love how it opens onto the patio and pool area, a feature usually seen in million dollar plus homes. The kitchen is not too shabby at all and kind of feel like this house is a poster child for what every 1980’s era home should and could be. It’s like if there were a beauty contest of 1980’s era homes, this home would be crowned Miss America.

2401 Misty Haven ext 2401 Misty Haven LR 2401 Misty Haven music 2401 Misty Haven LR1 2401 Misty Haven FR 2401 Misty Haven kitchen 2401 Misty Haven bfast 2401 Misty Haven master 2401 Misty Haven master bath 2 2401 Misty Haven master bath 2401 Misty Haven bath Now here’s the shocker. This house is priced at $599,000. I’m telling you, it’s enough to make Barbara Corcoran fly her NYC coop. You know what? If I worked in New York I’d buy this house and freaking commute — cheaper and totally worth it!2401 Misty Haven pool 2

College Front

I may not live in the suburbs, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like them. In fact, I do love a good small town feel, like the one you get with McKinney’s W.A. Rhea historic district. Tidy sidewalks, lots of picket fences, and a great area to teach your child how to ride a bike.

If this small town America feel sounds like a jackpot to you, then you’ll love this 1940 prairie-style home. At 310 N. College Street is a completely updated four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath, 2,100-square-foot historic gem that will make your heart skip a beat. It’s listed by Private Label Realty for $274,000.

College Living Dining

From the refinished floors to the new lighting fixtures, everything in this home has received a good going-over. The huge front porch remains, which is an absolute bonus considering that it’s a great place to meet and greet your new neighbors, which I am sure will be just as thrilled to meet you. I mean, how could you not?

College Sunroom

Inside you’ll find fresh paint and built-ins that will make you wonder why you ever considered buying a homogenous tract home in some HOA out yonder, where you’ll probably be greeted by bobcats and coyotes. I’m just sayin’. The painted brick fireplace is beautiful, but the real scene-stealer is that cool staircase. I love that it doesn’t obstruct your view of the rest of the first floor. Genius!

College Kitchen

In most rehabbed kitchens you might find builder-grade cabinets and blah, blah, blah … yeah, I’m already bored by that, too. Which is why I’m so glad that they kept the original cabinets in this adorable cottage. Remember: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! With a fresh coat of white paint, some lovely slate tile, granite counters and stainless fixtures and appliances, it looks so much more at home in this historic property.

College Master Bed

I love the sunroom, too, which gives you a great place to hang out when it’s too hot in the summer and too chilly in the winter. It also gives you a great view of the excellent deck and huge backyard — another bonus of buying an older home.

College Master Bath

The master bedroom is 14×14 — a good size for this age of home — and features wainscoting and built-ins, as well as cool vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. In the master bath you’ll find a gorgeous claw-foot tub and even more wainscoting, as well as a separate shower and two separate vanities. I love the configuration of this bathroom as it is very versatile.

College Deck

And that brings us to the gorgeous backyard, where there is an ample deck and plenty of room for you to garden to your heart’s content, living your own Mayberry dream. Seriously, how could you not love this house?


Oak Street Front

The Dow Baccus Home at 7546 Oak St., a gorgeous Frisco Early American-style house built in 1905, was featured in the April 2012 issue Frisco Style Magazine as an amazing historic home updated to meet today’s needs. I could not agree more!

Oak Stree Foyer

This designated historic property in the Norris Austin subdivision near downtown Frisco is on the market for $514,900 after being completely remodeled and impeccably restored. This house has all of the historic charm and plenty of modern updates! It is a fantastic family home, too. Just check out the incredible treehouse in the backyard (I wish I had one of those growing up!) or the spacious kitchen.

Oak Street Library

There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and close to 5,000 square feet of space inside this amazing house. Just outside you’ll find a three-car garage with an attached apartment that is great for guests or as additional income! It’s plenty big for a young college grad who wants a unique space.

Oak Street Dining

This home has so many lovely fireplaces and cozy nooks! And unlike most homes built today, this house has a stunning foyer that is a great place to receive guests! The parlor has been converted to a library, but every other room remains just about the same in spirit.

Oak Stree Den

The kitchen is plenty modern and bright, too! There’s a huge island with a built-in gas stove, double ovens, and beautiful glass-front cabinets to store your china collection! There’s a sizable breakfast nook, too. It’s a great place for a family to gather for meals, homework, and more!

Oak Street Kitchen

The master suite features a gorgeous bath with a claw-foot tub and hex tile floor — an homage to the home’s history. It’s spacious and open, and with the two windows plenty bright. It’s definitely a selling point on this amazing historic home.

Oak Street Bath

What do you think?

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519 W. Hunt Front

This place is just too stinking adorable to pass up! Located in McKinney’s W. A. Rhea subdivision, 519 W. Hunt St. was built  in 1901 and has so much of that turn-of-the-century beauty intact.

It’s labeled as a Victorian, but I’d call this more Louisiana French, wouldn’t you? The columns on the expansive front porch are a pretty big giveaway, but there’s a lack of fretwork and trim that usually belies most Victorian architecture.

519 W. Hunt Foyer

Still, I love this little yellow house. There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and more than 3,000 square feet under this roof. All bedrooms are upstairs, and there are several living areas downstairs. It’s priced at a very specific $367,750.

519 W. Hunt Parlor

There are at least three fireplaces in this gorgeous home, one of which is in the foyer. They all look to be original, too, which is such a treat! I love the look of older fireplaces, but be sure to have it cleaned and properly inspected before use, because after several years and shifting bricks, they can be a huge fire hazard.

519 W. Hunt Dining

The parlor is just beautiful, and this is where guests would be traditionally received. Again, gorgeous fireplace! And this room really shows off the Louisiana pine wood floors, as well as the effort put into this historic property’s preservation.

519 W. Hunt Living

The kitchen has a definitely modern feel with granite counters and fresh cabinets. While there’s a glass-topped table in the middle of the kitchen, I’m sure you could have a skilled carpenter put in an island that would be a perfect match for your commissary.

519 W. Hunt Kitchen

The master bedroom feels alternately large and small thanks to the vaulted ceilings and recessed windows that form nooks in many places. Of course, considering that it’s a historic property that is more than 110 years old, you have to accept its quirks.

519 W. Hunt Master

The backyard is just perfect for entertaining, with a huge deck that looks out onto a treed lot. There’s also a detached garage with workbench if you’re the handy type! Listed by Ebby’s Riederer and Hogan Group, you can check this lovely home out this Sunday between 2 and 4 p.m. during the open house.

519 W. Hunt Backyard

1505 Montclair Front

Man, was anyone else disappointed by the NFL draft last night? Yikes! If you’re still nursing a football hangover this morning, don’t sweat it — we have an easily lovable Friday Five Hundred for you.

1505 Montclair Living

I am learning to love the suburbs, y’all, and this new listing from Coldwell Banker’s Nikki Butcher is a fantastic value! Built by Huntington Custom Homes in 2005, this five-bedroom, four and a half bath home has some great luxury touches, including a porte cochere with gate, private access mother-in-law suite, and a fabulous outdoor entertaining area.

1505 Montclair Kitchen

On the market for $559,900, 1505 Montclair Circle is a stellar example of how much more you can get in the suburbs for your money. This home is inside Stonebridge Ranch, which feeds into McKinney ISD schools. Really, it’s the perfect house for a family looking to get more room for less.

1505 Montclair Master

The kitchen is perfect for entertaining both kids and adults with an oversized island, double ovens, and upgraded stainless steel appliances featuring brands such as Sub-Zero. Custom tile and granite counters, paired with hardwood cabinets, make this sizable kitchen easy on the eyes, too.

1505 Montclair patio

Other great features include a huge office, five-piece master bathroom, a media room, and a huge pool and spa. There’s also a fantastic stone fireplace with custom mantle in the living room.

1505 Montcliar Pool

What do you think? Would this McKinney home be your first-round draft pick?

3513 Plymouth Front

So, if you want a fabulous home with great details in Plano, you really have to keep your eyes peeled. Sometimes all of the tract homes start to look exactly the same inside and out, and you might forget that you want a home that is both accessible and distinctive (that is what you want, right?).

3513 Plymouth Dining

And I think 3513 Plymouth Drive, a 1983 traditional priced at $269,900, hits the sweet spot. It has four bedrooms, three baths, a three-car garage, and a backyard that was built for entertaining. It’s marketed by Lori Ward of Keller Williams Realty.

3513 Plymouth Kitchen

This house has tons of great updates, including granite counters and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, which really complements the vaulted ceilings, making the kitchen feel a bit more spacious and let in a lot more light.

3513 Plymouth Den

Totaling 2,750 square feet, this house has plenty of room for a family. The den has tall ceilings, but you’ll want to see what your paintbrush can do to all of the wood paneling. Of course, you’ll never dream of taking a paintbrush to that gorgeous peek-through stone fireplace.

3513 Plymouth Master

There is a lot of wallpaper and brass in this home, but that’s the price of admission when you’re talking about a house built in the 1980s. I think, given the home’s location and its price, that upgrading the fixtures and putting little sweat equity in will pay off big time.

3513 Plymouth Master Bath

One place where you don’t have to do anything is the backyard. This house has a pool and spa, and it also has brand new Kool-Ply decking, perfect for the hot summer ahead!

3513 Plymouth Backyard


7212 Percy Drive Front

Our Thursday Three Hundred is coming to you a little late today, but once you see this house you will agree that it was worth the wait!

I love Victorians, and 7212 Percy Drive in McKinney doesn’t disappoint! This cutie patootie has three bedrooms, two and a half baths, a pool, and a two-plus-car garage. With all of these features and all of that character, you’d think this home was built way back in the Dark Ages and then lovingly renovated. NOPE! This house was built in 2008, folks!

7212 Percy Drive Dining

Located in the Tucker Hill neighborhood of McKinney, you get close to 2,500 square feet of home with a first-floor master bedroom for a recently reduced 309,900. This neighborhood feeds into Prosper ISD, so there are some great schools and small class sizes.

7212 Percy Drive Living

Things I love: The kitchen! It’s so cute! The white beadboard cabinets and dark counters, and the breakfast bar are just perfect. The steep staircase adds some charm, too. And there’s a powder room!

7212 Percy Drive Kitchen

There’s not a whole lot of yard, and the pool is tiny, but when summer really heats up, you won’t care about the size of the pool, only that it’s full of water and has a spot on a ledge for your margarita.

7212 Percy Drive Pool

2044 Hawken Front

We know Plano is hot, thanks to top-selling Ebby Realtor Cindy O’Gorman. But what if you’re not quite ready to commit to a new home to the north? Well, you can always rent before you commit!

2044 Hawken Dining

If that sounds like a good idea to you, then check out this great two-story traditional at 2044 Hawken Drive in Plano. Located just south of Legacy Drive and east of Custer Road,  this home is close to shopping, parks, and great schools — three things Plano is known for.

2044 Hawken Living

This home is a total of 2,100 square feet with three bedrooms, two and a half baths, two living areas, and fresh paint. There’s an eat-in kitchen, two-car garage, plenty of windows, and hardwood floors.

2044 Hawken Kitchen

The master suite is downstairs and features a five-piece bath, as well as large closets. That’s perfect for a family just wanting to get the lay of the land. And it’s only $1,650 a month, which is a great rate and pretty comparable to what you’d pay per month for a similar home in this area.

Hawken Master Bath

Upstairs there are two more bedrooms and a bonus area, perfect for storing toys or even a home office.

2044 Hawken Bonus Room

Does this look like the home for you? Contact Jason Lucas at Local Dwelling.