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Area (ha): 3 1/2
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Category: Other
Host ID: 49988
Region: Southwest

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Last Updated: December 21, 2019

We have a BnB in Melissa, TX on 2 acres of land. Melissa, TX is one mile from McKinney, TX (rated the #1 city to live in the United States by Money Magazine for 2016). McKinney has a charming old downtown, complete with a town square. McKinney is only 30 minutes from Dallas, TX and 45 from Arlington, TX. Pecan Grove is 7 bedrooms and 4 baths with a huge kitchen and a deck that is 35 x 25. We have another B&B in Arlington, TX. Home of the Dallas Cowboys, 6 Flags, The Ball Park and other entertainment venues.It is 1 mile from the stadium and other venues. I'd like a single person, no children or animals or a couple to help with both the properties. You would stay in one or the other property depending on occupancy of paying guests. We have to have the home ready before the people arrive and then we have to clean after they leave. I need people who are flexible with their time, as some guests stay 2 days and others stay a week. I can give you a website to view the property. Personally, I've been to 55 countries and still love to travel but currently have trouble walking any distance due to an injury. I am 72 years old and it takes longer for one's body to heal. We have a riding lawn mower for the grass. There would be plenty of time to explore Texas and Oklahoma is only 62 miles away, between guests.

January 28, 2017
We have another BnB in Arlington, TX and we are under construction for the 3rd one in McKinney, TX. You would be staying in an executive home at Stonebridge Ranch on the 17th hole of the golf course. I need help organizing and going through a bunch of stuff that I've accumulated. I lived in my home for 37 years and have distributed much of the useful items to the BnB's. I am an artist, abstract & collage are my favorites, so I collect what others would throw away. We are really busy sometimes. I allow 2 days between bookings so we are not overloaded. We have also have fun and sometimes travel.

May 15, 2017
We have another project. We are building a small (36 units) of Radiant Assisted Living Facility in Arlington, TX. It is only 2/10 of a mile from Dallas Cowboy Stadium. We have cleared the land and have the plans drawn and approved by the city of Arlington. Hopefully, we will break ground soon and get our new project underway. It is exciting. The property has three sections and has a creek that runs through it. Which waters the 200-year-old trees. It will be a beautiful place for us to help people regain their strength and their health so they can return to their homes.

August 3, 2017
We are making progress with our new project in McKinney, TX. We have to be approved by the city council and are in the process. We already have 4,500, two-story structure that we are adding 3 stories (with elevator) on the back of existing building. It will be classified as a boarding house and only 6 blocks from downtown McKinney. Some of the rooms will be used as BnB.

We just bought another one acre of land joining our existing location in Melissa, TX. Not sure our plans for it yet.

We had a couple visit us from England for about 10 days. They were a fun couple and helpful. Until Aug 23, we have another helper from England.

We have a very open schedule and really only have to be diligent when someone leaves or checks in to one of our BnB's.

Currently, I am still in the house on the golf course in McKinney, TX. It is less than 10 miles from the Melissa, TX, BnB. It is a beautiful upscale neighborhood but I long to live in the country even though it is only four miles to civilization.

Please visit my website (my resume is posted at the bottom) and my partner's website

We live very interesting lives.

September 28, 2018

Latest update
I have moved 6 times in the last two years and am now back in my home of 40 years in North Dallas area.

We have another B&B that the property adjoins the Melissa home. It is 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, 2000 sq ft on one acre of land.

In downtown McKinney, just 6 blocks from the town square we have an existing building that is 4,500 sq. ft. We are adding another 4,500 sq ft, three stories with a rooftop garden and rest area.

We have been working with the City of McKinney for two years and are just about ready to start the new construction. It will be lovely. A boarding house. Not sure how many rooms available to rent as yet. I've already bought everything necessary to stage the rooms.

The help we could use at this moment is a cook. Two of my helpers from HelpX are still with me. Tom has been here over a year and John has been here almost that long. Guess we are all happy!

Right now Tom and I do the cooking and John cleans the kitchen. We just have so much mowing to be done sometimes we just have to hurry and I don't like that.

We also need another person to play cards with us. I love movies and don't get to go often enough. I had an accident and have to walk with a cane in the house. When we go to the movies I have to use a transport chair. I just can't walk that far.

We eat good food, laugh and have fun together and when we are apart.

Please read the reviews and see if you would like to join us.

April 12, 2019
Last night I found out our tenants had moved out of another or our properties. It is very close to Pecan Grove and the Lake House in Melissa, walking distance.

It is a 4 bedroom 2 bath house that we are starting to clean, paint and stage as another B&B.

This is the 3rd year we have received the SuperHost rating from Airbnb. Our properties are thriving, which means we have people coming and going almost every weekend.

We need some help with getting the latest property ready to list as a BnB. If interested please contact me.

December 21, 2019
This year is coming to an end. Unbelievable, it went by so quickly. Tom (2 1/2 years) and John (2 years) are still here. I call them my "failure to launch," in truth, we work together, and enjoy each other's company. I'm grateful to they are here.
We sold Arlington B&B, and I am now managing it for the new owner. John and Tom do maintenance or outside work whenever needed. I have three women that do the cleanings at the B&B's. Ingrid has been with me for 4 years in March. Donna has been working for me for years off and on, and Chloe is new.
We scramble around to get the houses ready for guests. We are a Premier Partner with HomeAway, VRBO, and a Super Host with Airbnb with over 100+ 5 star ratings.
I love HelpX! We just hosted a lovely young Italian woman.
I had a studio built on the back of my house overlooking the pool. The studio is to be painted tomorrow, and then all is left is the electrical work. I could use some help to set it up and organize it. I wish I could post photos.
You can go to and put in my address: 2706 S Surrey Drive, Carrollton, TX, and see photos of the house.
If you want to visit "Big D," please contact us. Blessings and safe travels, Michelle Taylor
Oh, I am hosting property in Quarryville, PA, for an Amish family. I flew there last week. What a trip.
They don't drive cars and don't have electricity in their homes.
Here is our Airbnb listing of properties;

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Helper: Elena Sisani Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: March 25, 2020
I spent at Michelle's about 2 weeks and it's been a nice time. It was a plea... view complete review

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From: Palestinian Territories Date: May 14, 2019
I stayed with this host for 2 months. I was expected to work from the time I... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: February 12, 2018
Michelle truly is one of a kind. From the moment we arrived we were made to ... view complete review

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From: United States Date: December 20, 2017
Michelle was so warm and welcoming. She made me feel so at home and treate... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: August 24, 2017
I just cane back from living a good 16days with an amazing woman Michelle. Fr... view complete review

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