Texas has the third-highest number of billionaires in the United States, behind New York and California of course, and more than our fair share of millionaires live in North Texas. While Westlake and Southlake are known as cities with some of the highest average incomes among us, the Collin County cities of Plano, Frisco, and McKinney have been long known for their impressive estates on prime (often golf course) real estate.

For this Suburb Sunday, we took a look at the most expensive active listings on MLS within Collin County right now. And before you start turning a shade of envious green, remember their estimated property taxes could feed a small village. Look and enjoy, and be thankful you don’t have the house payment.

 

Chateau Lumier

Address: 1201 Gray Branch Road, McKinney

  • 8 bedrooms, 9.5+ baths
  • 14,665 square feet
  • 15.8 acres
  • $9.995 million
  • Listed by Debra Brown of Compass RE Texas

Chateau Lumier is an impressive 15.8-acre estate in McKinney, listed by Debra Brown of Compass RE Texas. “Enter the heavily treed world of beautiful Chateau Lumier through 22-foot wide gates over a quaint former country bridge, and arrive at the circular drive and picturesque fountain,” Brown writes in the listing. Couldn’t have said it any better myself. This French- and Southern-inspired estate was built in 2011 by Sharif & Munir Custom Homes with interior design by vice president of Dallas Design Group, Tracy Rasor, our intrepid Karen Eubank reported earlier this year.

Rasor spent three years on the home, hunting down everything from the fixtures to the floor and the result is a treasure trove of design and detail with provenance. Rasor tracked down an antique altarpiece carving that she built into the front of the kitchen bar. The dining room chandelier came from a historic government building in Mississippi. Plus, there are personally significant touches too, like the small house that juts out from the wall of one of the children’s bedrooms.

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1280 N Preston Prosper DeionsJust when I think I’ve seen it all in a home, all the amazing homes I have been privileged to tour in North Texas (or anywhere) in the last 30 years, I walk through the gates of yet another amazing, loaded, luxurious, totally high-flying, so very over-the-top property — the former home of Deion Sanders.

Once again, I marvel at how and why people, especially rich people, build their homes as they do. I see how homes are such an extension of someone’s life, personality, background, education, career, and tastes.

With a personality as big as Deion’s, only a 30,000-plus-square foot estate could handle him.

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Deion Sanders Ext

We have confirmed that in a deal put together by Dallas developer Don Silverman, the great Deion Sanders has sold his 10-bedroom Prosper mansion and 82 acres at 1280 North Preston Road. This comes after news broke last week that Texas Education Agency plans to revoke the charter for Sanders’ Prime Prep Academy due to financial mismanagement, and a messy divorce from wife Pilar Sanders, who has apparently jumped the shark.

But then, apparently today, Prime Prep Academy’s board is supposed to debate and maybe vote on authorizing the rehiring of Sanders, who co-founded the school, as athletic director.

According to news reports:

“The former NFL star, who loaned his Prime Time nickname to the school, was fired, rehired and fired again within a couple of months late last year. The first firing came after he was accused of assaulting the school’s chief financial officer during a staff meeting. No explanation was given for the second dismissal.”

Honestly, I cannot keep up with this drama. Maybe Deion and his girlfriend, Tracey Edmonds, just needed to be done with that Prosper albatross and make a new nest. After all, he still owns a $4.8 million penthouse at The Azure …

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