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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Compass Real Estate announced Wednesday that Chad Schulin, a top-producing agent in Plano, is now affiliated with the technology-driven brokerage.  He will be based out of the firm’s soon-to-be-opened Plano-Frisco office. But leaving Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s was not a decision he made lightly.

“I very much enjoyed my time at Briggs,” Schulin said. “It was a tough decision, but I just felt that for me and my business growth plan, this decision made the most sense.”

While a large percentage of Schulin’s business lies in the corridor between Dallas and Prosper, he also has clients in Westlake and other points west. One of the motivating factors for him was the number of agents he will be able to collaborate with at Compass. The Plano office will be the firm’s fifth local location, joining its Dallas headquarters, Fort Worth, Lakewood and Southlake outposts.

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North of SH 121 and east of the Dallas North Tollway, the Chapel Creek neighborhood in west Frisco has a rare blend of both established homes first built in the early 2000s and brand new, custom-built homes on remaining lots available. Many of the 13 homes now listed for sale in Chapel Creek are from the 2000s, which reflect the very traditional, European-inspired aesthetic popular at the time. But the mix of custom homes ranging from approximately $850,000 to $3.25 million is built by a variety of custom builders, which is a nice change of pace from single-builder neighborhoods that can look too homogeneous. And sometimes just a paint job will make the difference in getting a 6,000+ square foot home for under $200 a square foot. This neighborhood, close to The Star and minutes away from Legacy West, is well-established with lush trees, landscaped grassy areas, and a wooded creek.

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Bristol Place

Address: 6251 Bristol Place, Frisco

  • 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths
  • 6,931 square feet
  • $1.35 million
  • Listed by Ben Wegmann of Rogers Healy and Associates

Located on an interior lot of a cul-de-sac, this 2007-built home by George C. Fuller Custom Homes has a classic timeless appeal with its brick and stone exterior. Inside you’ll find hand-scraped floors, vaulted ceilings, six fireplaces, and extras like a wine cellar and fully equipped media and game room. Yes, it’s got some of the original faux finishes on the walls and ceilings, but it’s just paint. Open floor plan and soaring ceilings give this home a great place from which to make it your own. (more…)

Housing options in downtown Frisco continue to grow, as StreetLights Residential recently announced a third phase of development at The Canals at Grand Park. The new phase, a four-story, 358-residence building dubbed “The Margo,” will join The Kathryn and The Maxwell to provide luxury living in Frisco.

Housing options in downtown Frisco continue to grow, as StreetLights Residential recently announced a third phase of development at The Canals at Grand Park.

The new phase, a four-story, 358-residence building dubbed “The Margo,” will join The Kathryn and The Maxwell to provide luxury living in Frisco.

Apartments range in size from 505 to 2,000 square feet, and floor plans are available for studios, townhomes, and one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. The price range will be “top of the market,” said Elizabeth LaMonte, a spokeswoman for StreetLights Residential. (more…)

Starwood

Realtors get really excited when they get a listing in Starwood, the gated community in Frisco just north of Lebanon Road and west of the Dallas North Tollway. It’s gorgeous, exclusive, and the homes always shine.

So it was no surprise when Jennifer Menon with William Davis Realty reached out to us last week bursting with excitement about her new about-to-be posted listing at 6000 Hackberry Court — it’s a prime example of the livable elegance you can find in Starwood.

Livable elegance? That’s just fancy talk for “this house is super nice but you also won’t find yourself holding your breath every time your kindergartener wanders through with a popsicle.”

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luxuryAlthough we kicked off our new luxury lease feature in Dallas, last week we hit Westlake — so what’s one more ‘burb? This week, we’re heading to Frisco, where we’ve found a luxury lease right on the golf course that is going to make some newly relocated executive a perfect showpiece while he or she finds that perfect forever home and commute.

Meet the Stonebriar Country Club Estates, a tony enclave surrounded on three sides by the Stonebriar Country Club. The gated community sits just north of State Highway 121 and Spring Creek. 

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Andrea Trimble of JP and Associates has been on fire lately with great listings in highly-exclusive Starwood. The Mediterranean beauty at 4901 Buena Vista Drive in Frisco has five bedrooms, five baths and one half-bath and is priced at $1,999,000.

Built by one of Frisco’s favorite custom builders, Steve Roberts Luxury Homes, this 6,839 square feet home sits on nearly a half-acre lot. Walk in to find marble flooring, ornate columns, and multiple walls of energy-efficient double pane windows that overlook the backyard sanctuary with tall mature trees that provide privacy and shade, and a pool and spa with water feature. Plus, avid golfers will love the backyard putting green in this home. (more…)

simpson

After spending the past eight years at Halo Real Estate, Mandi Simpson joined RE/MAX Four Corners in July. She says she is looking forward to the challenge of working with the firm’s heavy hitters, and hope they will help inspire her to double her current production of $10 million.  For her, the hardest part of the decision was informing her former colleagues.

“It’s tough because even though it’s business, the decision is personal because it affects people on a very deep level,” she said. “Once you are with someone a long time in this business it’s like family.”

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