408 Byrne Front

Historic homes have many charming quirks that make them popular with people who are prepared to put up with the headaches they sometimes provide. To say that building codes have come a long way since the turn of the century, which was when many homes in McKinney’s historic neighborhoods were built, is a vast understatement. Still, when building a home in an area with character such as the T. T. Bradley subdivision, attention to detail inside and out is key.

That’s why this cute farmhouse at 408 Byrne fits the area like a glove!


5003 Quail Creek Drive, Photo: Shoot2Sell

5003 Quail Creek Drive, Photo: Shoot2Sell

Plush and sexy with gray paint, white paneling, and chrome everywhere, 5003 Quail Creek is a stunner for sure. And thanks to the help of a Realtor who knows how to make a home appealing to buyers, this house was snatched right off the market in less than a week!

It’s four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath beauty in Stonebridge Ranch’s Quail Creek that was listed for $259,500 by Ebby Halliday Realtor Brea Garza, founder of The Garza Group. Boy, does it look like it is worth every shiny penny. I asked her if she thought that staging this home helped it get whisked off its feet by an eager buyer.


Thursday Three Hundred: Adorable Cottage in Historic McKinney

1214 Tucker Front

I know we toss around the words “adorable,” “cute,” and “sweet” around a lot here, but this is one of those homes where you look up the definition of any of these words and it’s sitting there as the perfect visual example. So perfect, right down to the breakfast nook and farm sink.

And, it’s located in one of the cutest neighborhoods in all of Dallas/Fort Worth: McKinney’s downtown historic district. \ (more…)

IHOTW 2304 Provine GateWell, it’s Texas, so maybe it’s a creek. I love those stories comparing what a certain amount of money buys in real estate in different cities. In fact, we’ve done that from time to time here on CandysDirt.com. Now let’s take $1.2 million. What do you get for that in, say Highland Park? A lot? As in, dirt? Yes, well I think you’d get some house, too, albeit small square footage and forget the Viking, forget the soaking tub in the master. In Preston Hollow? An older ranch, maybe a newer home built about 15 years ago backing up to a busy street. Very small lot. Granite — are you kidding? Lakewood? A nice tidy home, possibly newer, on a 60 by 140 foot lot. (more…)

1809 Provine Front

This home is truly a labor of love, and it shows! This amazing Tuscan-style estate in McKinney took three years for the owner, an artist, to design and build. It has so many gorgeous and warm, intimate rooms to fall head-over-heels for, and trust me, this home is romance with a foundation and walls.

From the lush landscaping that surrounds the 4 acre lot, to the finishes and tile work, you’ll be transported to an Italian countryside with this 7,600-square-foot masterpiece. It has five bedrooms, four and a half baths, and some incredible touches you don’t often see outside of luxury resorts.

1809 Provine Courtyard

This property in Provine Farms Estates is marketed by Patton International Properties Realtor Myla Patton for $1.75 million. To me, considering some of the amenities this lovely home offers, it seems like an absolute steal! Considering the three-car garage, as well as the stocked pond, gorgeous outdoor spaces, and picturesque courtyard, 1809 Provine would be an excellent bed and breakfast. It certainly has enough visual interest throughout to be a magnet for honeymooners.

1809 Provine Living

I love the exposed and painted beams, the plaster walls, and the incredible stone work in the kitchen, which has painted cabinets and high-end stainless appliances as well as a cool stainless steel island counter top and a painted wrought iron pot rack. Most people would be put off by the many different materials and patterns on the floor in this home, but to me it just makes it feel more like an artist’s haven — a muse, or source of inspiration.

1809 Provine Kitchen

You know where you won’t lack inspiration, though? The master bedroom. This is absolute romance, with exposed beams in the ceiling, a two-sided fireplace, and amazing views of the property. In the master bath you’ll find one of the sexiest tubs I’ve ever seen. It’s a sunken tub encased in glass mosaic tile. Imagine having a soak in that gorgeous thing, right next to a fire … just incredible!

1809 Provine Master 1809 Provine Master bath

If you’re looking for resort-worthy amenities, all you have to do is go outside to the patio and outdoor kitchen, where you’ll find a pool that has both a beach entry as well as a swim-up bar and a water feature. Pure romance!

Where would you fall in love with this home?

1809 Provine Patio and Pool 1809 Provine Pond 1809 Provine Fire Pit

601 Parker Front

You’ll have to forgive me for the lame Portlandia reference. I love old homes. They remind me of a time when things were crafted by artisans, built by hand and appreciated. They remind me that, while it feels like we’ve reinvented construction and made old new again, there was nothing really wrong with “old” in the first place.

601 Parker Living

So that’s how I fell in love with this amazing listing from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s associate Ann Henry. This gorgeous 1884 farmhouse in McKinney has been lovingly restored from its incredible oak and pine floors to the luxuriously high ceilings. Featuring three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and three separate living spaces, 601 Parker Street will charm the pants off of you.

601 parker dining

You’ll be positively mesmerized by some of the details in this home, namely the exposed stone fireplaces, the incredible carved staircase, the restored hearths in pretty much all of the downstairs public areas, and the amazing front porch. There is more than 3,000 square feet of usable space in this house, and at $365,000 it’s every bit a bargain.

601 Parker Kitchen

The kitchen has a keeping room on the other side of that amazing stone fireplace, and features plenty of glass-front cabinets to show off your china collection. Sure, there’s not a lot of prep area, but that’s nothing a large island can’t fix. The perfect spot would be where the china hutch is opposite the range. An added bonus is that it would increase storage space, because like most older homes, it doesn’t look like there’s a pantry in the kitchen.

601 Parker keeping

The master suite has a large sitting area, which gives this home a sort of bed-and-breakfasty feel. That theme extends to the master bath, which has a claw-foot tub.

601 Parker Master

This home also has a guest house, perfect for in laws or, if McKinney’s city code allows, a renter. There’s a bit of distance between the two buildings and the three-car-garage that looks like an adorable little barn. Seriously, this home has epic cuteness!

601 Parker Backyard

So, could you live the bed-and-breakfast lifestyle 365 days a year?