Real Estate Experts

Article by Christine Clark

Photography by Holly Farrow and Melissa Hatcher

Originally published in Celina Lifestyle

With new businesses coming to Celina along Preston Rd, Frontier Rd, and the North Texas Tollway, one begins to wonder what will happen to the Celina Square and the downtown Celina neighborhoods. The downtown area of Celina is the jewel of the community. Its small businesses, special events and Friday Night Markets create a draw for people all over the DFW metro area. When you ask people what first drew them to Celina, they consistently mention the sense of small town and community found in the downtown area.

We asked three professional real estate experts, Coryann Johnson with Texas Homes and Land, Dana Draper with Fidelity National Title, and Ron Lyons owner of Project Celina, who all work in the downtown area to share their thoughts on the future of downtown Celina for families, businesses, and entertainment.  Each professional points to the city’s leadership and Celina Economic Development Corporation for working hard to bring small businesses to the square and support for them through unique community events and activities. They share there will be years of transition for downtown Celina. At the top of the list are major infrastructure improvements, street improvements, relocating city hall, and the development of parks and a vibrant entertainment district. It will take strong leadership to accomplish all these projects and keep Celina’s unique personality intact. 

This type of growth and change will create a very active real estate environment. Real Estate opportunities turn quickly in downtown Celina. All three experts point to the need to have professionals on your team who are knowledgeable of the community’s master plan, an eye for properties coming on the market, and the ability to move quickly. While prices in the general real estate market have flattened or gone down, the downtown market will only continue to rise in cost and value. 

Dana Draper, Fidelity National Title – “The EDC and city leaders continue to look to bring the best combination of small businesses, restaurants, entertainment, and retail to the square. The idea is to encourage residents to come to the square and stay longer, enjoying all the city has to offer.” 411 W. Pecan St.  972.896.6709

Coryann Johnson, Texas Homes and Land – If you are looking to move into downtown Celina, her advice is to “Watch the market closely and grab what you can. Properties will not sit on the market long.” TexasHomesAndLand.com  214.908.5468

Ron Lyons, Citiwide Alliance Realty – who purchases homes built between 1920 & 1940; restores and repurposes them; encourages people to look long term when investing in downtown Celina. “You must be able to see what is going to happen in the future. A property once ideal for a single-family home may be better suited for a restaurant or coffee shop in the future.”  Ron@RonLyons.com  214.783.5440

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