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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There’s a lot to love about McKinney, the Collin County seat that’s got one of the best historic downtown squares hands down. There are about 120 shops and two dozen restaurants in this commercial downtown district. The agenda here: Shop the clothing boutiques at 540 Mercantile, enjoy dinner at The Pantry Restaurant, stop for coffee at fILTER(ed) Craft Coffee House, shop antiques at Special Things, eat pie at Emporium Pies, and grab a pie (or half dozen) to go.

We found a lot to love about the homes here, but our very favorite detail is this original clawfoot tub in an early American Craftsman home built in 1890. See the home that tub belongs to and two other great homes we found for sale in McKinney.

Address: 5900 River Highlands Drive, McKinney

  • 3 bedrooms, 4 bath
  • 3,229 square feet
  • $555,000
  • Listed by Christie Cannon of Keller Williams Frisco Stars

Located in the exclusive gated community of Estates at Craig Ranch, this 2013-built home is a standout with its dramatic gated courtyard entrance that leads to the rotunda entryway and soaring ceilings. Just as dramatic is the outdoor living area with a tall elongated pergola with stone pavers, stone fireplace and lush landscaping that extends through the large grassy yard. (more…)

If you like the charm of a historical cottage with all the updates and want one that’s so picture perfect you almost can’t stand it, go check out this home in downtown McKinney (AKA The Mecca of suburban downtowns).

It’s so cute and walkable and we’ve written about it before so we won’t bore you with a regurge. It’s lovely, though, and perfect and let’s have dinner and shop and coffee and pie. Those are all things you can do. And get your picture taken and your hair did.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s dig in on this house. It’s so pretty.

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Big backyard: check. Game room: check. Updated ranch style: check. Close to downtown: check. And the best news of all? At $189,500, this McKinney gem is most likely in your price range.

Big backyard: check. Game room: check. Updated ranch style: check. Close to downtown McKinney: check.

And the best news of all? At $189,500, this gem is most likely in your price range.

The home at 1026 Murray Court boasts four bedrooms and two full, recently remodeled bathrooms. Also included in the 1,509 square-foot-home is a large game room. It could serve as another bedroom, but why not dust off that pool table and have a few friends over?

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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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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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From staff reports

Nearly 40 percent of 2018’s single-family home purchases were made by first-time buyers — with some places being more friendly to those new to the market than others. McKinney ranked 10th among 300 cities WalletHub looked at in regards to how amenable they were for first-time buyers.

The Collin County town ranked 160th when it came to affordability, but scored top marks for its market and 45th for quality of life.  (more…)

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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…)