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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These NFL pre-season games have us ready for some serious Dallas Cowboys tailgating, but before there were Yeti coolers, there were trusty old Colemans. And before there was Frisco and Arlington, there was Valley Ranch and Irving.

For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we’re taking a look at Valley Ranch, the master-planned community in northern Irving that the Dallas Cowboys called home for more than 30 years. In fact, the former Cowboys headquarters was razed to make way for Legends Crossing, a 230 single-family home community by noted developer Mehrdad Moayedi coming next year. But we found three great homes in Valley Ranch that are well-located, well-priced, and move-in ready. Let’s take a look.

Canal Views on Waters Court

Address: 10313 Waters Court, Valley Ranch

  • 4 bedrooms, 3 baths
  • 2,893 square feet
  • $424,500

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CelinaIt’s both the town that was country enough to appear in a Kenny Chesney video, but fancy enough to be home to two acclaimed vineyards — and people move to Celina every year for that small town feel with the big city amenities.

Halfway between Dallas and Oklahoma, Celina is a straight shot up State Highway 289, and is also right on the Dallas North Tollway extension. Dallas is 45 minutes away and Denton is 35 minutes away, making it easy to enjoy the country life while still being able to access all the shopping, entertainment and more that the city has to offer as well.

And did we mention Celina’s longtime pastime? Because quite possibly the best entertainment to be had in Texas comes on Friday nights in a small town, and Celina offers up some of the best small-town Friday night football in the state, with eight state championships and 40 playoff appearances under its belt.

So for this week’s Suburb Sunday, we trek to Celina, where depending on where you live, you could be in Celina ISD or Prosper ISD. Three homes, three different price points. Which one is your favorite? (more…)