Architecturally Interesting Homes in McKinney, TX

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On the way into the Historic District of McKinney, Texas there are several architecturally interesting Tudor Homes that have that Cottage, fairy tale look that appears to be quite different from traditional or historic homes on North Tennessee Street. 

Tudor homes typically have massive chimneys, sometimes crowned by decorative chimney pots. This double chimney is funnel shaped. It is definitely different.

The crowned chimney is distinctly noticeable. The front door is arched and to the right facing the front door is a stained glass window. The door and stained glass do blend in with the roof and its interesting pebbles on bricks. I do think the roof is very cool, how about you?


This Tudor has that Cottage, New England Garden look which may be of interest to those who cherish a well-maintained garden leading up to the front door. The gardens, the soft blue door, its slendor stained-glass, and multi-color roof may be desirable. I think I could live there, how about you?

Something in common with all these homes on Tennessee Street is their front door and/or entry with round or Tudor arch. This one has a winged look above the front windows. All of the homes make their own personal statement. This one with the Adirondack chairs, scattered pebbles, and triangular castle capped roof is unique. Notice the overhead canopy over the front windows to block out the Texas heat from the sun. 




Each home features a story of its own. The steep pitched roof, usually side gabled (less commonly hipped or front gabled). 


A shaded Tudor is a smart idea in Texas heat. Notice the arched window. No, the car in the window is a reflection of my automobile parked out front as seen in the clean glass arched picture window. But the blue stained glass hanging in the window was very impressive! Again, an English Garden is stunning and goes well with the Tudor style home. An all brick-red roof with this color brick and natural color front door seems appealing. It blends well for me, that is. Again, it is all a personal choice. 


The arched naturally painted front door with green trim and shutters has that clean, not so busy look with soft white brick and green roof. The facade is dominated by two front facing gables with front door on an angle. They are steeply pitched. This front door is inviting, don't you think?



Once again, we see here the massive double chimneys crowned by decorative chimney pots. Brick and stone compliments each other. Stones around the garden's edge may make edging challenging, unless of course one has professional lawn maintenance. The pumpkin color door pops against that shade of brick making the earth tone more natural. 


Here is another look of how brick and stone with ornate wood trim compliments each other with that natural cottage look for a Tudor style home. The windows are different with clean cut edges. Plus, the bluish gray front door has a window to let in light or a peak from the inside to see who is at the front door. What I see here are three primary colors that pull from the stones in the slender chimney making the chimney tops less intrusive, adding charm to the Tudor popular between 1890 and 1940.


Three crowning decorative chimney pots! Two arched windows. One slim stained-glass window. Unique! I like how the overhang covers the partial front door. What I found interesting is comparing newer Tudors to older historic buildings, for example, pre-1920 usually includes a full-width one story front porch. I would love a front porch, keeping plants and shrubs at a distance. How about you? But then again, I would prefer new home efficiency and construction. 


Compared to the other Tudors one would have to decide if less is more? Craftman styles are very personal and an individual preferance. Paired gables with a pointed castle roof is also unique. Manicured shrubs are very eye catching. 


Here is another look at one of my favorites. I found it most fascinating because Lynn Brandon, PhD, is one of my favorite professors from UNT. I enrolled in Architectural Ancestry and learned a lot from Lynn about architectural structures. When I am not working with buyers or sellers, I am taking classes to learn more about what inspires buyers to buy and what sellers regret most when selling.  

Thanks to Lynn Brandon, PhD, I am seeing architectural styles through a different lens of the eye through my camera. I hope that through this blog of mine is an inspiration to you! If you are a first-time homebuyer, I get that you want a fairy tale dream to come true and I want that for you too! 


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Comments (31)

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - thank you! I defnitely appreciate the architectural artistic designs. It was so much fun walking through the neighborhood!

Oct 01, 2023 05:43 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - Not your traditional home in Texas at all but aren't they charming! I would love to own one of those homes. Any one would make me happy! If I was on survelliance cameras, I'm sure I was smiling at each house or had my mouth opened in surprise! I'm so glad, I won't ever see my pictures on camera in this neighborhood! LOL!!!

Oct 01, 2023 05:45 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love the look of those homes!  I guess most builders don't build more architecturally pleasing homes because it will cost them more money to do so, haha.

Oct 02, 2023 04:40 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Brian England - We have some very popular custom builders here in Flower Mound but they don't look anything like the ones in my picture. They are custom built homes, but when listed for sale, it's always considered a Traditional home. The custom built homes are more expensive in Flower Mound and buyers in FM prefer them over cookie cutter homes and they pay a lot more too. 

My personal choice is DIFFERENT! 

Oct 02, 2023 04:47 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

These are stunning - I love the twisted double chimneys most of all!  Thanks for sharing with us - 

Oct 02, 2023 05:51 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lise Howe - I am thankful you got to see the photos and comment too! I was so happy to take these pictures and post them on ActiveRain. At least eight people commented. Yes. I am thankful.

Oct 02, 2023 05:54 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Patricia... I'm a fan of Tudor architecture... and these houses did not disappoint. I loved each and every one of them.

Oct 02, 2023 05:55 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander, Broker - it's good to know you weren't disappointed! Out of all the Tudor's I have seen, these are the most interesting to me.

Thank you for your comment!

Oct 02, 2023 05:58 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your photographs.

These are definitely very interesting designs.

Oct 02, 2023 09:19 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Hello Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP this is an outstanding display of architecturally interesting homes.  I agree, each one is interesting and most certainly has its own story to tell. 

None are a style that speak to me yet I can embrace the creativity and understand how they may speak to others. 

Oct 02, 2023 10:12 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I love each and every one of those homes.  They remind me of the McKinley Park area of Sacramento.  There was  a stage in our life that we wanted to buy a home there, but the timing was just not right.  Thank you for bringing back those memories!

Oct 02, 2023 06:01 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Such Beautiful homes!! I could live in any one of them, except they ae so close to each other!  I love the Arched doors and windows. Most of all the chimneys especially the double twisted ones! Wow that was some detailed delicate brick work!  Amazing! Thank you for your beautiful work Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

Oct 04, 2023 01:38 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

Patricia, These are gorgeous! Were they built or designed by the same person? Wouldn't you love to see the inside?

Oct 04, 2023 06:36 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - thank you for taking notice how different these Tudor homes are from other architecture. They really are unique!

Have a nice day, 

Oct 04, 2023 11:11 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - If only, I could have seen the inside. From curb appeal, I am intrigued. I was happy to present these styles here on ActiveRain. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. 

I appreciate how kind you responded. Thank you. 

Oct 04, 2023 11:14 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ray Henson - I wonder if you and Myrl Jeffcoat remember the same place she referenced as Curtis Park in Sacramento? If I ever get to Sacramento, I would love to have Myrl show me, or you if you were visiting. Better yet, meeting both of you in Sacramento would be a twin bonus! From reading and following Myrl, she has posted some of the most interesting and charming places to see in Sacramento. 

Ray, I am glad I triggered happy memories for you!

Oct 04, 2023 11:18 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debra Leisek - Oh, I am so glad you visited my blog and were excited to see these very special homes that are not typical but fun to look at! There's something about the creative spirit that can produce some of the most fascinating work nobody else could dream of! The two end homes had lots next to them. I think if I could buy, I would pick an end home and the lot for myself!

I'm so glad you appreciated seeing the unusual Tudors and commented too! Thank you, my friend. 

Oct 04, 2023 11:23 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Carla Freund - I really don't know if they were all built by the same builder, but my guess would be yes. But again, that's only a guess because they were all in a row. I sure would have loved to see the inside of one or more! 

Thank  you for your happy comment and giving me a smile today. 

Oct 04, 2023 11:25 AM
Carla Freund

You know, it seems like there is a street in Raleigh with similar homes. I don't recall the name of the street. We have a good amount of historic home and I love checking them out. Have a great day!

Oct 05, 2023 11:52 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

Good morning Patricia.  I love these homes!  I love the look and the stained glass.  I bet they are absolutely gorgeous inside.  There were some homes like this in Corpus Christi, and I am sure there are areas of Houston that have them.  I'll have to look around and see if I can find any in our area.  Have a great day and thanks for the enjoyable post!

Oct 06, 2023 03:39 AM
John Marshall - FORE!
LoKation Real Estate - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP These are very cool homes, and good to know an agent in McKinney, my brother moved there a couple years ago to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren who also live in McKinney.

Oct 06, 2023 07:51 AM