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Review: Traintopia – Train Exhibit at Frisco Discovery Center with times and prices.


it was Opening day for the much anticipated Train exhibit in Frisco called “Traintopia”. Boy did it not disappoint!

Traintopia is not a passing through exhibit, it is permanent and are we are very excited about that,” exclaimed Bob LaPrelle, President and CEO of Frisco’s Museum of the American Railroad.

Traintopia information.

LOCATION:

Frisco Discovery Center

8004 Dallas Parkway

#200, Frisco, Texas 75034

HOURS AND DAYS:

    Wednesday – Saturday 10AM to 5PM
    Sundays 1PM to 5 PM

PRICES

ADULTS – $8.00

Children – $4.00 (ages 3-12)

I took my boys and my train lover dad to the grand opening and honestly wasn’t expecting that much but it was awesome.

I grew up with trains. Creating different tracks and sometimes even running over conductors and cows since I was so young. (My dad has a lot of patience.)

I found out this all began when Steve Sanders took a train from Union Station in Dallas to Colorado for his sleep-over camp, which started his love for trains.

When Steve became an adult he owned a hobby shop and began collecting the trains and owned over 200 locomotive cars! They were made by Lehman Gross Bahn of Germany.

Clearly Steve was a huge collector and had a vision to create a setup that highlighted his life. He contracted Robert Reid Studios of Fort Worth to build a layout to his specifications in his house!

It was displayed on the second floor of his 10,000 square foot home in North Dallas off the Tollroad and Royal, over 3 Ferrari’s…

Unfortunately Steve passed away 4 years ago and his wife Jane needed to do something with the trains. So Jane donated the 500+ cars and locomotives that go with it to the museum of the American Railroad.

I feel like I’m doing the right thing,” Jane Sanders said. “He wanted lots of people to see this. That was his real wish.”

The exhibit starts in Colorado. You first see a logging operation with a man on a one man barge trying to maneuver through the cut aspen trees in a water feature. If you look long enough, it looks like he’s really steering his one man barge.

The details are absolutely stunning!

It continues to New Mexico where a working roundhouse allows the trains to be able to change out their engines.

Up to West Texas where his family has an oil business with actual pumps. Then continues to Corsicana which includes a replica of their own backyard gazebo along the lake.

We have an old drive in movie theatre with real drive in movie speakers that actually plays real movies,” shared Jane.

It is so elaborate that the lighting is set to a morning, dusk to dawn then to night time. At night, the lights come on everywhere. In the buildings, the light posts and even the headlights on the cars.

Then it ends in Downtown Dallas.

Above is a section of the downtown Dallas circa 1950s- era street scene lined up with Pontiac’s and Chevrolet’s on Elm Street.

A plan for the exhibit is building a 15 story hotel called Hotel Settles which was built in the 1930’s. in Big Spring Texas.

They also plan to incorporate thunder and lightning.

If you are anywhere near Frisco and want to see a truly unique exhibit, I would strongly recommend taking a stroll through Steve Sanders creation. It will not disappoint!

BRAD HOLDEN – HOLDEN NEW HOMES – LICENSED TEXAS REAL ESTATE BROKER

Megatel Homes at Central Park on Preston in Plano is over halfway sold out!


Megatel Homes at Central Park on Preston in Plano have sold 34 homes out of the total 66 lots.

Growing up in Plano, this was the location to live in. Located off of Preston and between Parker and Park is West Plano’s Central Park!

Megatel Homes is doing a great job with this community after agreeing to the City of Plano’s request of a 3 acre green belt in the middle of the development.

Megatel is very good at building what most buyers want in a home with hand scraped nailed down real hardwoods, granite everywhere and upgraded carpet.

Megatel Homes currently have 5 inventory homes for immediate move in!

The pics below are the actual inventory homes that are ready today. They have marked down a couple but I can negotiate a better deal since I understand how they price their properties.

There is also a very intriguing lot available for a build job that is directly by the 3 acre green space!

For more on Megatel Homes at Central Park on Preston in Plano, text or call Brad Holden at (469)733-2723 today.

BRAD HOLDEN – HOLDEN NEW HOMES – LICENSED TEXAS REAL ESTATE BROKER

Shaddock Homes at the Estates at Rock Hill in Frisco . . . I told you so.


In February of 2017, I wrote my first blog regarding The Estates of Rockhill by Shaddock Homes basically stating it is best to get into a neighborhood early especially when they have 3 phases.

Above is the statement I wrote.

Above is the price of $420,000 that they started at.

And here is the date I wrote the blog post.

FAST FORWARD 17 MONTHS TO TODAY.

Shaddock Homes is closing out the first phase and have 6 beautiful specs available for move in today. See below.

I took a walk threw two of these specs and they blew me away!

This gorgeous home has an enormous utility room and a huge covered patio.

This home ,with my help, you will end in the low $500’s!

And this inventory home will not last through the weekend. It’s large and built for the buyer in mind. The back wall by the kitchen and family is ALL windows.

And the upstairs is very unique with all of the bedrooms separated from the game and media room. That really makes sense. Large is also on a corner and huge!

This home would probably end in the $550’s with my help and possibly more.

Bottom line is that if a buyer bought when the Estates of Rockhill opened, they would have had easily $80,000-$100,000 in equity only in 17 months! Text or call Brad Holden today about Shaddock Homes in Estates of Rockhill at (469)733-2723.

And please lets not forget what is coming up by The Estates of Rockhill, see below!

BRAD HOLDEN – HOLDEN NEW HOMES – LICENSED TEXAS REAL ESTATE BROKER

Bloomfield Homes at Paloma Creek opens the hold-out farmers land with 9 Inventory Homes!


Bloomfield Homes has taken a strong hold on the remaining lots in Paloma Creek. Bloomfield Homes has now been in DFW for over 14 years and have really taken a hold of the $200,000-$400,000 market.

They really know how to maximize the amenities in the house and are able to keep the prices down for affordability. One inventory home is the Dogwood floorplan, 3 bedroom 2 bath and priced at $278,600!

These homes are built sound and are not a typical KB Home low end housing product.

The 9 inventory homes are at different stages of construction but 2 are ready for move-in today. Bloomfield Homes is one of the couple quality builders in Paloma Creek.

Bloomfield Homes also has two sections where they are filling in empty lots within existing homes. Deals can also be made when builders are in situations like this.

For more on Bloomfield Homes at Paloma Creek text or call Brad Holden to receive additional discounts on top of negotiating the price!

BRAD HOLDEN – HOLDEN NEW HOMES – LICESNED TEXAS REAL ESTATE BROKER

Cinemark Walls are finally going up at Frisco North on the Southwest corner of US 380 and Dallas North Tollroad!


About 5 years ago the Frisco Cinemark and Frisco North was announced and now finally the walls are going up!

The Cinemark theatre complex was planned as the first phase of the 320-acre mixed-use development by Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises called Frisco North.

It would be the first Frisco construction at the busy intersection of US 380 and the Dallas North Tollroad. With Growth pushing North along the Tollway corridor, several new retail projects are in the works along US 380.

Things are happening!!!

For more on New home construction around highway 380 and the Tollroad text or call Brad Holden at (469)733-2723.

BRAD HOLDEN – HOLDEN NEW HOMES – LICENSED TEXAS REAL ESTATE BROKER

4 Car Garage Landon Home Back on the Market at The Enclave at the Villages of Lakeview!


4 Car garages are a rare luxury structural change in a new inventory home.

Landon Homes at The Enclave at the Villages of Lakeview have one on an oversized monster lot (12,196 square feet) ready for move in by the end of the month!

At 3,968 square feet this 5 bedroom, 3.5 Bath Venetian Floor Plan has pretty much anything a buyer is looking for in a new home. Extensive tile flooring, dry bars both up and downstairs, floor to ceiling stone fireplace and a Larger Media Room option.

This is one of the few lots that actually allowed enough room for the 4 car garage.

The Villages of Lakeview is Frisco ISD and located where all the new development is happening on the west side of Frisco.

Landon Homes has been around for a while and does build an outstanding home.

Here’s the best part. The original buyer contracted around $562,990. its the last inventory home there so it’s marked down to $524,990!

But wait, there’s more!

If you let me help you purchase this inventory home I can most likely get you another $15,000 off AND get you $15,000 more to use for closing costs or pre-paids!

This one won’t last so text or call Brad Holden today at (469)733-2723 for a viewing or if you have any additional questions.

BRAD HOLDEN – HOLDEN NEW HOMES – LICENSED TEXAS REAL ESTATE BROKER

INTRODUCING Somerset Park in Frisco!


Somerset Park in Frisco is 40.312 acres located at the hottest part of development for Frisco!

Consisting of 137 Lots, Somerset Park is located near the intersection of Highway 380 and FM 423. Kroger is currently open and across the street, a Walmart has recently been announced. The location is amazing!

The builders currently are Plantation Homes and Taylor Morrison. Standard lot sizes will be 65 feet wide and prices should start in the $400’s.

“For more on Somerset Park in Frisco text or call Brad Holden today at (469)733-2723.”

BRAD HOLDEN – HOLDEN NEW HOMES – LICENSED TEXAS REAL ESTATE BROKER