Turned off by the bland, plain vanilla sameness of many suburban houses? Feast your eyes on this stunning Friday Four Hundred subject: 2817 Chatsworth Lane in Plano.  This home in the Briarmeade subdivision near Custer Road and Park Boulevard has been remodeled to uniqueness with well-chosen appointments and fabulous taste.

Facing just across the street from the Chisholm Trail (a 9.3 mile concrete biking, running, and walking trail bordering scenic Spring Creek), the home’s standout character is evident from the get go, with its new metal roof and dramatic double glass and iron front door:

Click through to see more of this very special property and its transitional style, a well-done eclectic mix. (more…)

3420 Ranchero aerial

Let me tell you why Tuesday’s auction of 3420 Ranchero in the honeypot of Plano is so very important: dirt. This area is the estate haven of Plano, equivalent to the honeypot of Old Preston Hollow in Dallas, or Hunters Glen in Highland Park. And the property can be had for less than its Collin County appraisal!

In the early 1970’s, as the town of Plano, Texas was just opening its sleepy eyes, James Muns and Don Dilmore developed Ranchero Country Estates. There were to be 19 properties on two meandering country roads, Ranchero and Rambling Way. On Ranchero, the property plots measured from 2 to 4.62 acres, and five properties were carved out on Rambling Road, all measuring from 1.92 to 2.33 acres.

The area is literally in the heart of Plano, off Parker Road, between the Tollway and Preston. The lots are gigantic, wooded, with tanks and ponds and natural surroundings that lure you into believing you are in the country, especially at night. For his own home, Muns chose a 4.62 acre parcel with the very, very best view of the sparkling pond.

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