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The South and the West have the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., and Texas has a bumper crop of those cities, new population estimates for cities and towns released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed. 

Just how many Texas towns and cities showed growth? Three made the top 15 most populous cities in the U.S. and even more saw substantial growth.

“On the other hand, of the 19,495 incorporated places in the United States, around 76 percent (14,768) had fewer than 5,000 people,” the Census Bureau said. (more…)

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…)

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Among many amenities, Parkside at Craig Ranch offers food truck parking and a beer garden for its residents (Photos courtesy Parkside at Craig Ranch).

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It’s not often that a McKinney multifamily property finds itself in a “best of” list that includes properties in places like Honolulu, New York, Washington D.C., and Seattle.

But that was exactly what happened last week when the Parkside at Craig Ranch in McKinney was one of 10 award-winning projects Multifamily Executive magazine recognized for their unique amenities. The property is under the Lincoln Property Company umbrella.

Of the 10 properties recognized, some included unique pool projects, gallery spaces, maker spaces complete with tools and work tables, coffee and wine bars, and even a half-pipe skate park. (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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inventoryDallas-Fort Worth housing inventory is increasing, which could be good news for buyers, and three separate cities placed at the top of two different growth charts. We’ll explain in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

DALLAS HOUSING INVENTORY INCREASES IN SEPTEMBER

National housing inventory is starting to flatten, Realtor.com’s September housing report revealed, declining only 0.2 percent from a year ago and showing an 8 percent increase in new listings — the largest yearly jump in five years.

“After years of record-breaking inventory declines, September’s almost flat inventory signals a big change in the real estate market,” said Danielle Hale, chief economist for Realtor.com. “Would-be buyers who had been waiting for a bigger selection of homes for sale may finally see more listings materialize. But don’t expect the level to jump dramatically. Plenty of buyers in the market are scooping up homes as soon as they’re listed, which will keep national increases relatively small for the time being.” (more…)

Live a Charmed Cottage Life in this Renovated House Near McKinney Square | CandysDirt.com

We’ve found sweet cottage style and a coveted address just blocks from McKinney Square, remodeled and move-in ready.

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 504 N. Bradley St. is in the McKinney Historic District, a rejuvenated area that draws people from all over that city and DFW. 

“The whole square of downtown is what people come up to see — its the true old downtown, charming atmosphere,” said listing agent Marilyn Iness with Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors. “This area is attracting a lot of millennials and would also make a great vacation rental since there’s not a lot of hotel availability [nearby].” 

The house itself is beautifully redone, yet maintains its character in three bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living areas, and 1,522 square feet on one story, built in 1950. There’s an open house this Sunday, Sept. 16, from 2-4 p.m. Sneak peek, anyone? 

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How did North Texas fare in a ranking of overall best housing markets in the U.S.? How far has the Dallas-Fort Worth apartment market come in recovering after the recession? How much of their income is the average Dallas-Fort Worth homeowner spending on housing? All this and more in this week’s review of real estate news. (more…)

Head north to McKinney to discover a magnificent Mediterranean with panoramic views of Kings Lake and every luxurious detail a buyer could want. 

The house at 537 Sea Side Ln., located in the Adriatica Villa District, is a rare find with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two half baths, three living areas, an office, and 6,593 square feet on two stories, including an oversized wine cellar. 

“Everything about this property is extraordinary and the finish-out is exquisite,” said listing agent Christine Hogan with Ebby Halliday Realtors. “It is one of the nicest lots in the area and the views are unparalleled — almost all the rooms on one side of the house overlook the water.” 

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