Just twenty-four miles north of Dallas in Collin County, the city of Allen is a growing, family-oriented community of approximately 85,000 residents. Allen may be described as family-oriented, but don t think that means they don t have their fun. With a median age of 33, this community has plenty going on to keep its residents and visitors out and about.

This week is full of reasons to visit Allen, starting tonight. From 7 to 9 p.m., tonight marks the last week of Allen s 16th Annual Summer Sounds Concert Series. Every Monday since May 20th, Allen has been host to different concerts that ranged from contemporary pop hits to Celtic to a Journey tribute act and more. On top of that, all of the concerts are free to the public! People have been grabbing their blankets and enjoying free music for all ages. If you re in the mood for some free music and a way to spend a nice summer night, look no further.

If you can t make it to tonight s event, maybe a weekend activity is more your thing. This Saturday, the 29th, is the Market Street Allen USA Celebration. Complete with festival foods, local talent, live music, and a huge firework display, this event sounds like the place to be in Allen this weekend. Join the Allen community from 4-10:30 p.m. to celebrate this wonderful event and bring your friends and family because, guess what, it s free!

Want to support your fellow Texans and meet some ladies well known for their beauty and poise? Well, grab your camera because all 93 contestants in the 2013 Miss Texas and Miss Outstanding Teen Texas, and Miss Texas 2012 will be in Allen this Sunday! On the 30th, the girls will be walking the streets of Allen signing autographs, taking pictures, and handing out coupons for local businesses. If you use these coupons to purchase items adding up to $100 or more, you could win a $300 gift card, VIP tickets to the pageant in Allen on July 6th, and other prizes. Support Texas and local businesses and meet some pageant girls, what could be more fun?

If you re still not convinced of what a great place Allen is, take a look at these four homes that just hit the market this week. Each has its own unique character and is just one more reason to love Allen.

Located at 1705 Monaco Drive, our first home is a five-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath with a three-car garage. Located in the Lovejoy schools area, this house is updated to the nines. It features a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and granite counter tops, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and a theater room complete with seven lounge chairs and a projector. For more information, about this home contact Susanne Anson at 972-697-3106 or susanne@ansonteam.com.

Our second featured home in Allen, at 2033 Burnside Drive, is a four-bedroom, 3 ½-bath. With a saltwater pool/spa, soaring 2-story fireplace, and large family room with built-ins, this home could be your forever home. The house also features a kitchen with granite counter tops, a prewired media room, and it s near parks and hiking trails. To learn more about this house, contact Stephanie Fontenot at 972-489-4887 or stephaniefontenot@ebby.com.

Another amazing home that was just listed in Allen can be found at 1907 Nueces Drive. This house is a three-bedroom, 3 ½-bath with hardwood floors and plantation shutters throughout. The eat-in kitchen has plenty of cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless-steel appliances, and drop pendent lighting over a large island. On top of this, the home has a large, fenced-in backyard with a patio for all you re outdoor eating and entertaining needs. To get more information, contact Gina Reinert at 972-783-6917 or ginareinert@ebby.com

Our final home is located at 1311 Neches Drive. This four-bedroom, four-bath home features a large living room with a fireplace, a kitchen with granite counter tops and a gas stove, and a large master suite with dual sinks, a bath, and separate shower. The house also has a large patio and a pool/spa in its fenced-in backyard. To get additional information, contact the McCrory Team at 972-733-9654 or mccroryteam@ebby.com

For more homes available in Allen, even if they aren t listed with Ebby, click here.

Thanks for stopping by to catch up with our “Of The Day” series. See you again tomorrow!

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