Melissa is the charming city that has been my hometown for over nine years. I can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a peaceful, quiet existence in this rural setting. My wife adores the laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere and insists that Melissa High School, where our son graduated, has some of the best, kindest teachers in Texas. Like many other residents of Melissa, we love animals and space. Living in Melissa makes it possible for us to watch our horse graze in the back pasture while we eat breakfast, wave at the hot air balloons flying overhead during the summer months, and host family barbecues and reunions. We discovered that Melissa also offers superb veterinary care at the Animal Hospital of Melissa. Dr. Pazora and Dr. Day are our dedicated, trusted vets who have become honorary family members, thanks to the tender, loving care they have extended over the years to four of our dogs.
I am a fan of Farmall, Ford, and John Deere antique tractors, and one of my favorite activities is driving my restored antique tractor down Melissa’s picturesque, winding country roads. During the fall, when we host hayrides for family and friends, our neighbors always wave or stop to chat. Less than a mile from our house, we can buy fresh local produce as well as delicious, home-made Greek delicacies at Lihoudies. For shopping and restaurants, it’s only a 10 minute drive down Highway 5 to the Square in McKinney, or another 10 minutes to the Shops at Fairview – and taking the back roads can be faster and much prettier than the highway!