McKinney TX Real Estate

Friday, March 28, 2008

Stone Brooke Crossing Garage Sale Registration EXTENDED!

Since we've had such a good response from our awesome neighbors here in Stone Brooke Crossing, we will be extending the deadline to enter until next Wednesday, April 2!

So, what are you waiting for? Start in with the Spring Cleaning and see what YOU can find to sell. If you need a registration form, e-mail or call us! Our contact info is on the right of the screen. We'd be happy to walk on down and hand-deliver it to you too...don't be shy!

See you at the sale on Saturday!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

3509 Gillespie in Hidden Creek - McKinney, TX - SOLD

3509 Gillespie in Hidden Creek for $340,000
Living 1: 12X11 / 1
Living 2: 18X18 / 1
Living 3: 25X15 / 2
Study: 12X11 / 1
F Dining: 12X11 / 1
Breakfast:10X15 / 1
Kitchen: 11X15 / 1
Other Rm: 21X14 / 2
Other Rm: 11X8 / 2
Mstr BR: 25X14 / 1
Bedroom 2:11X13 / 2
Bedroom 3:11X13 / 2
Bedroom 4:12X12 / 2

Prestigious neighborhood in McKinney – Hidden Creek. Community pool with lifeguards, park, Skate Park and volleyball. Pristine condition. Low maintenance back yard with aggregate pebble patio and lush landscaping.

Great location. Exemplary rated Walker Elementary school. New Boyd High School.

General Features:
Unique, open layout. High ceilings throughout. Art niches and plant ledges. Downstairs master suite. Zoned heat /air. Phone and cable connections in most rooms. Custom-built home.

Recent Upgrades:
Foundation watering hoses. Energy efficient roofing and tinted windows throughout. Garage floor is painted.

Exterior Overview:
Siding, brick, shutters and Austin Stone. Brick mailbox. Galvanized steel gutters. Underground utilities. Beveled, leaded glass oversized entry door. sprinkler system. Custom landscaping. Aggregate pebble patio and stone retaining wall with landscaping.

Interior Overview: Alarm system. Recessed lighting. Upgraded ceiling fans. Upgraded plumbing fixtures. Stairway with wrought iron spindles. Smoke detectors. Berber carpet in downstairs family room and upstairs game-room. Wood floors in kitchen. Designer paints. Custom drapes.

Front entryway: Chandelier in two-story arched interior doorway. Stairway to upstairs. Travertine tile flooring.

Formal living and dining area: Open and bright with soaring 2-floor ceilings over dining and living room with plant ledges.
Crown molding on walls and art niches.

Study: (First floor) Skip trowl walls and designer paint. Stained wood French doors.

Family room: (Open to kitchen) Fireplace trimmed with travertine and wood mantle. Gas logs. Upgraded Ceiling fan with lights. Custom TV cutout.

Kitchen: White appliances. 42” cabinets. Pot rack to remain. Spacious pantry. Built-in microwave, dishwasher and self-cleaning electric oven. In-sink-erator food disposal. Two-door matching refrigerator for sale (optional). Menu planning station. Butler’s pantry.
Hardwood floors and matching cabinets with dental molding. Oversized 4 X 7 island. White ceramic tile backsplash with marble accents and matching marble tile counter tops. Breakfast area with window seat. Storm door with screen leads to patio.

Utility room: (First floor) Additional storage cabinets above and next to washer/dryer (negotiable). Room for freezer (negotiable) Door leading to three-car garage. Gas and electric dryer connections.

Garage: 3 car garage. Swing entry. Painted concrete floor. 2 of the 4 white storage cabinets in garage remain with home. Garage door openers.

Master suite: (First floor) Fireplace with gas logs. Upgraded ceiling fan with light and remote. Crown molding. Decorator paints. Custom drapes. Double door entry to bathroom. Spacious bathroom: Oversized garden bath tub. Large glass-enclosed shower with seat. Double sinks with white marble counters. Separate toilet area with door. Large walk-in closet.

Custom Built Desk: (First floor) Custom Built “home management” desk outside master retreat. Lots of cabinets for storage that match the kitchen cabinets with marble tile counters.

Game room: (Upstairs) Skylight, Open to first floor with wrought iron spindles. Upgraded ceiling fan. Berber carpet. Closet for storage. Custom wet bar with decorative glass sink bowl.

Media room: (Upstairs) Theatre style room with velvet draped walls. Elegant wood molding. Decorative wall sconces on a dimmer.
Stadium seating with rope lighting. Blue carpet.

2nd bedroom: (Upstairs) Full bath attached. Large window and walk-in closet. Upgraded ceiling fan. Hallway linen closet.

3rd bedroom: (Upstairs) Jack-N-Jill bath. Walk in closet. Upgraded ceiling fan.
4th bedroom: (Upstairs) Jack-N-Jill bath. Walk-in closet. Upgraded ceiling fan. Dormer window lets in additional lighting

Loft: (Upstairs) Currently used as a student study area, could be a reading nook and much more.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Garage Sale and Samaritan Inn's Gateway Apartments

We are excited to announce that our office "RE/MAX Four Corners" adopted an apartment to furnish for the Samaritan Inn. This is a project known as "Gateway Apartments".

Did you know that In Collin County, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $650/month. When a security deposit (often first and last month’s rent), application fees ($25-50) and other deposits (utilities) are tabulated, housing quickly becomes out of reach for many hard-working people trying to exist on minimum wages or just slightly above. For those graduating the Samaritan Inn’s program, there is often no place to live within close proximity of full-time employment.

Because of an obvious lack of affordable housing within Collin County, the leaders at The Samaritan Inn, the county’s only homeless shelter, embarked on a new project to begin filling that specific gap. In December, 2005, Jane and Marc Sparks pur¬chased 1.3 acres of pro¬perty across from the McKinney-based Inn, and initi¬ated the steps to¬ward con¬struction of a 20-unit apartment complex. The Sparks family has committed $2 million to see the project to fruition – from dirt to final nail.
Upon completion in February, 2008, the property-struc¬ture will be donated to The Samaritan Inn, which will be responsible for its management. Named “Gate¬way” to symbolize the building as being the final “gateway” to indepen-dence for people formerly without homes (and often hope) who have worked diligently to obtain this level. It is the first such housing program of its kind in Collin County.

There will be 10 one-bedroom and 10 two-bedroom units available, with 1 and 2 baths, spacious floor plans and other appointments. The location permits access to McKinney public transportation.

Gateway residents will pay rent (at a discounted subsidized rate), utility bills and be 100 percent responsible for such things as groceries, while supervised by the Inn staff in order to have this transition period go as smoothly as pos-sible. They will con¬tinue to participate in various Samaritan Inn support programs and counseling (job search, financial adjustment, budgeting).

Residents will go through an application process and be thoroughly screened prior to approval for inclusion. Most rules that currently exist for Inn residents will apply to Gateway (no drug, alcohol, criminal problems) except that inde¬pendence will mean a measure of trust (no curfew, no automatic locks).

Rent will be adjusted every 90-120 days depending on alterations in a resident’s income. Transition periods will be 6-24 months in length and reviews/leases will be examined every 6 months by licensed Inn caseworkers.

“Gateway is transitional housing – not meant to become a permanent address – but a stepping stone to the next level of true independence after a disastrous period in a person or family’s life,” said Lynne Sipiora, executive director of The Samaritan Inn. “People often cannot make the leap from cold recovery to facing the harsh financial demands of living on their own. Gateway is just another means for The Samaritan Inn to help them.”

Thanks to the generosity of one family, and the hard work of dedicated staff and volunteers, beginning in February, there will be a new “Gateway” toward a better life for many people who once believed such possibilities did not exist.

We are excited about this opportunity to help and wanted to ask our fellow neighbors to help as well. If you have items that are on the following list and would like to donate them to this project we will be collecting them the day of the garage sale and delivering to the Samaritan Inn.

Furnishings list

Table and Chairs
Silverware set (set of 4 or more)
Large pot
Small pot
Frying pan
Baking dish
Mixing bowl
Can opener
Wooden spoon
Cooking knife

4 towels
4 wash cloths
1 hand towel
1 bath mat
1 shower curtain


1 full/queen mattress w/frame (headboard optional)
1 set full/queen sheets
2 pillowcases
1 comforter


Occasional Chair
Coffee table
2 nightstands


20 hangers
Paper towels
Toilet paper
Cleaning supplies
Laundry detergent
Dish soap

For 2 bedroom apartment, please add:

2 twin size mattresses w/ frames
2 sets twin size sheet set
2 twin size blankets
4 pillow cases
1 dresser
2 nightstands

Additional items (if able)

Tv/with stand
End tables

For more information please contact Kim or Laura or to adopt your own apartment contact Lynne Sipiora at 972-542-5302/

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

McKinney Business Owners

Calling all McKinney Business Owners!

Do you own a business? Are you looking for a way to promote your business to your neighbors here in McKinney? If so, we are looking for donations for our Stone Brooke Crossing Community Garage Sale & Open House Tour! All visitors to the open houses will have a chance to enter prize drawings. All businesses that donate will recieve advertising on the maps that are handed out to the garage sale "shoppers".

In addition to the map advertising, you can also set up a table in the SBC Pool parking lot next to our information table. We are anticipating lots of traffic and this will be a great spot to advertise your business. Advertising will be done in several newspapers, online & on the radio. Not only will our information table be handing out maps at this location, but we will also be giving out donuts, collecting donations for The Samaritan Inn (more info on this to come) and encouraging all neighbors to come on down and say HI!

For more information, or to sign up as a Prize Donor, please email us or call 469-667-8225 (Kim) or 214-415-5329 (Laura).

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Stone Brooke Crossing Community GARAGE SALE & OPEN HOUSE TOUR

Saturday, April 5
Garage Sale 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Open House Tour 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Saturday, April 5 Stone Brooke Crossing will have its First Annual Community Garage Sale and Open House Tour! There will be a 3-day ad in the local newspapers and an ad in the Dallas Morning News promoting the event. There will also be community maps handed out that will direct people to the Featured Open Houses and Featured Garage Sales. The maps will be handed out at the corner of Crutcher Crossing and Turtle Court. We will have signs and directionals into our neighorhood from 7 - 2.
We will also be handing out donuts in the morning and they will be served in the parking lot of the SBC Community Pool, so come down and say Hi!

To be a Featured Garage Sale, please email or call Kim (469-667-8225) or Laura (214-415-5329) (your SBC neighbors) to register. We will email you a registration form to fill out where you have the chance to fill out what featured items you will be selling at your garage sale. All featured garage sales will have special balloons at their home identifying them as a featured home. The cost is only $15.00 to participate and will be due no later than Friday, March 28.

To be a Featured Open House, please have your real estate agent call us for registration information. We will send them a registration form so that you can participate. The Featured Open Houses will have exclusive advertising and visitors to these Open Houses will have the opportunity to win some awesome prizes! What a great way to get some traffic in our awesome neighborhood to show off your home! The deadline to sign up as a featured Open House is also Friday, March 28.

Keep checking back for more details!
Stone Brooke Crossing is located in McKinney at the SW corner of Virginia Pkwy and Lake Forest Drive.