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Collin County

Collin County is one of my favorite counties in all of Texas! It sits just north of Dallas and combines the best of both town and country. The developers have done a fabulous job with how the cities have been and are continually developing. With many cozy communities, a short distance from major urban centers these cities in Collin County are among the best of Texas in one place. Celina Texas is seated in Collin County and is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $531K
Lowest: 168,000 $0
Highest: 11,995,000 $43M
Total Listings 49,037
Avg. Price/SQFT $323

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Collin County Community Info

Collin County is one of the fastest-growing counties in Texas and even the U.S., and let me share why: Collin County is located in the far north area of Dallas. I have come to love Collin County for its beautiful development of both residential and commercial.  You can tell they put thought into developing and take pride in their county. Most of Collin County is either flat or gently rolling terrain, but the cities in Collin County are beautifully developed. Frisco, Prosper, Celina, Plano, Lucas, Melissa, Mckinney, and more are the highly sought-after and some of the best cities to live in Texas. What is the common denominator among those cities? Collin County. 

The southeast portion of the county is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, while the rest of the county is mostly dedicated to farmland, and that is rapidly changing. At the center of Collins County is the county seat, the town of McKinney.

Since Dallas and Denton counties nearby are the most developed and densely populated, Collin has risen to the top pick for more of a comfortable suburban life. With plenty of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, Collin County offers convenience with style. 

Major transit routes through Collin County are U.S. Highway 75 (north-south) and U.S. Highway 380 (east-west). There is also the Sam Rayburn Tollway which connects McKinney with Lewisville to the southwest. I like to tell families moving here that if you look at a map, anything north of Highway 380 feels like country living. However, it is rapidly developing as one of the hottest areas to live in Texas. 

As mentioned, a lot of Collin County is devoted to agriculture, like corn, wheat, cattle, and nurseries. The proximity to Dallas and outlying areas makes Collin County an excellent area for commuters to live. The nearby centers of Plano and Frisco are home to many large employers, particularly in the health care, finance, education, and aerospace industries.

Collin County Real Estate

The many suburban bedroom communities of Collin County define the real estate market here. Spacious single-family homes are the main type of property available. There are a few apartment and townhome communities. And only a handful of condos available. Not many duplex or fourplex communities exist in Collin County yet, for our investors wanting to know. 

Within this space, there are two main types of housing in Collins County. The first is the more modest, and older suburban ranch-style home, especially in Plano. These are excellent residences for surviving the heat in the summer, having cool low-hipped roofs and open layouts for breezy interiors.

The more modern homes for sale in Collin County borrow from a more traditional stock, displaying features and accents influenced by the Federalist architectural styles of the past. Details include arched windows, red-brick exteriors, tall facades, and sash windows. As we move past 2021 you will notice the new homes have more modern-contemporary, transitional, and some Meditteranean flair. Traditional is starting to take a back seat to modern.

One thing you may notice about Collin County homes and Texas homes in general is the primary bedroom is usually located on the first floor. It is not as common to find the primary bedroom on the 2nd floor. 


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Collin County Attractions & Things to Do

Collin County has an excellent blend of features, amenities, and attractions, blending both the town and country.

While Lavon Lake is not my favorite for boating and swimming, Lake Lewisville is not far away. And as you venture further southwest the more city-related entertainment and services are available like The Star, Dallas Cowboy's headquarters, and not far from Collin County is Grandscape, a new developing entertainment, shopping, and restaurant hangout spot. Grandscape has regular outdoor entertainment and Andrea's a large indoor go-karting experience. In Plano, Legacy West is a high-end shopping and entertainment area, one of my favorites!

There are also many parks in the area to enjoy, like Bratonia, Myers, Parkhill, Sister Grove, Trinity Trail, and the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary.

MicKinney itself is home to a community college, Collin College, making it a great center for students.

Other popular activities in the county include fishing, visiting museums and historic sites, and touring the many charming small towns and farmland.


Public schools are rated very high wich attracts young families. There are also several private and homeschool options. 

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