Half acre. Heavily treed. Walking distance to downtown McKinney. Recently made the Tuesday Two Hundred cut after a $5,000 price reduction. Why is there a streetlamp in the middle of the walkway which blends with the driveway? Nobody knows, but you know there’s one way to find out – tour the house and ask your agent. TA DA!

But if you need a little more convincing before you book an appointment, let’s talk about this well-cared-for, thoughtfully updated, three-bedroom, two-bathroom 1960s ranch-style house located at 409 N. Morris Street.

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McKinneyIt’s not often that one of the historical homes in McKinney comes up for sale, let alone rent, so we jumped at the chance to showcase this 1920s Colonial-style home in the heart of the city’s historic district.

And yes, we know that some might worry that the phrase “historic rental home” might conjure up the vague scent of mothballs and must, but rest assured, this particular home has been completely updated, while still addressing the things you expect to see in a modern home.

The current owners of 204 North College Street have added upgrades that enhance the home’s historic appeal — things like hardwood floors, a shiplap ceiling, antique chandeliers, and crown molding create a charm and coziness you expect from a historic Texas home, but they’re all upgrades that also make the home feel modern, too.

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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…)

McKinneyMcKinney’s downtown historic district is bustling — and you could find yourself with a home within biking and walking distance from some of the fun shopping, entertainment, and dining available, thanks to this adorable 1950 cottage we found for this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred.

Downtown McKinney has won some awards for its incredible main street feel, and is home to more than 120 small businesses. So whether you want to walk out your front door and head over to Tennessee Street, or stay put at home and enjoy the great large private backyard that is party-ready, you can appreciate all the options provided.

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Photo: Lance Selgo/Unique Exposure Photography

Historic districts are some of my favorite neighborhoods. When my husband and I first moved in together, it was a Craftsman bungalow in Junius Heights that set the scene for some of our first days and weeks as a married couple. That huge, open front porch was a great place from which to meet our neighbors, and we loved the cool little details that evoked the home’s own memories.
Sunlight filtered in through the wavy glass in the almost 100-year-old windows, and the hardwood floors were patched with an old yardstick from a neighborhood hardware store now long gone. It’s that built-in character that makes these homes treasures to be cherished.
When restored, of course, these prestigious homes become gems that glisten in the hearts of towns that are growing fast. While newer models are popping up like mushrooms overnight in nearby developments, these homes will stand the test of time. That’s what I love about Historic Downtown McKinney. While the Collin County suburb has fabulous schools and plenty of great new home developments to choose from, everyone gathers at the heart of this neo-Mayberry that calls itself “unique by nature.”
And this prairie home, a diamond that shines so bright, has been restored to wonderful results. Jump to see the perfectly staged interiors within this listing from Christine Hogan of Ebby Halliday Realtors.

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Historic downtown McKinney is full of character and tons of cute houses. It's one of the reasons "Money" magazine chose this Collin County suburb as the No. 1 place to live in America for 2014.

Historic downtown McKinney is full of character and tons of cute houses. It’s one of the reasons “Money” magazine chose this Collin County suburb as the No. 1 place to live in America for 2014.

Well, the good news keeps pouring in for Collin County. First Allen is named one of the safest places to live in Texas, and now McKinney is named the best place to live by Money magazine.

With jobs, shopping, excellent schools, and the cutest historic downtown, McKinney has a lot of the things American families are looking for, according to Money.

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408 Byrne Front

Historic homes have many charming quirks that make them popular with people who are prepared to put up with the headaches they sometimes provide. To say that building codes have come a long way since the turn of the century, which was when many homes in McKinney’s historic neighborhoods were built, is a vast understatement. Still, when building a home in an area with character such as the T. T. Bradley subdivision, attention to detail inside and out is key.

That’s why this cute farmhouse at 408 Byrne fits the area like a glove!

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1214 Tucker Front

I know we toss around the words “adorable,” “cute,” and “sweet” around a lot here, but this is one of those homes where you look up the definition of any of these words and it’s sitting there as the perfect visual example. So perfect, right down to the breakfast nook and farm sink.

And, it’s located in one of the cutest neighborhoods in all of Dallas/Fort Worth: McKinney’s downtown historic district. \ (more…)