Melissa Real Estate Information

A fast-growing community located in the north region of the state's Collin County, Melissa, Texas, sits on just under five square miles about 35 miles north of downtown Dallas. Estimates taken in 2006 showed the community had had a more than 120 percent increase in its population since the time of the 2000 census, from 1,350 in 2000 to more than 3,000 in 2006. The city's residents are above average in income, with their median annual household income in 2000 at just under $61,000. Real estate in the community consists mostly of single-family homes, but a few multi-family properties can be found as well.

The town's name is believed to have been derived from the name of a daughter of a railroad executive. Its first settlers moved in from the nearby Highlands community, and the community's first post office was established in 1853. By 1972, the Houston and Texas Central Railroad was passing through the town, bringing in more visitors and relocaters. The community was an important shipping center in the early part of the 20th century, with products such as corn, wheat, hay, wood and livestock being shipped out to nearby areas to meet their needs.

Children who live in Melissa will find themselves assigned to schools in the Melissa Independent School District, which consists of Melissa Middle & High, Melissa Ridge Intermediate and Harry McKillop Elementary. The community's Melissa Public Library has more than 15,000 titles for residents to borrow and investigate. Some of the city's largest employers include the Melissa Independent School District, Calhar utility contractors, Bee Builders Supply, Alpha Industries and McKinney Lumber.

Residents here will find themselves just a short drive away from two of the area's most popular lakes, Lake Lavon and Lake Texoma, both popular in the summer months especially. City parks include Zadow Park and Bob Miller Park, and there is one country club and one municipal golf course. Events held throughout the year include the annual County Livestock Show, horse shows and the Community Carnival. Other attractions are the Collin County Farm Museum and Collin County Youth Park.