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Old 01-06-2011, 11:43 PM
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I have about a year left before i could retire from my current job, i have 2 young children looking for good schools, my wife and i are in our 40's currently live in LONG ISLAND N.Y (SUFFOLK COUNTY) and we are tired of paying high taxes.I have friends both in MCKINNEY and ALLEN undecided at this time which place to choose.I'll probably rent first and then purhased, any suggestions, thank you.
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:31 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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Are you planning to move after you retire? Because the answer would depend on that. Currently the inventory of homes is very high in McKinney. Around 1100 without counting new construction. Dunno what it would be by the time you move. Allen is a safer bet, it's smaller and a bit closer in.

Naima
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:33 AM
 
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Both are great cities. McKinney is a tad further north and might have a few more businesses/restaurants, but in reality they are so close that won't matter much. Either one would be a great choice
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:07 AM
 
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We have no state income tax, but property taxes hover around 2-2.5% per year (around $5,000 on a $250k home) and sales tax is 8.25%. Also, some of the highest home insurance rates in the US. Just make sure you crunch ALL the numbers to determine the net financial trade-off.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:17 AM
 
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Difference between Allen & McKinney...7 minutes.
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Old 01-08-2011, 09:22 AM
 
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I think it all just depends on what you're looking for. Allen is a very pleasant, smaller community with a very high percentage of upscale restaurants and shopping. It's also a little closer in and has very easy access to Central Expressway, if that matters to you. Very good schools.

McKinney is larger and a little further out, but since you will be retired that may not be a consideration (it was for us). It has a higher inventory of homes and is more spread out than Allen. There seem to be more trees in McKinney. It also has a pleasant town square with some neat restaurants and shops, and a farmers market. I'm not as familiar with the schools there, but the general consensus is that they are good also.

Plano might also be a consideration, although houses are generally older (it's fully built out) and a bit more expensive. Great schools.

Collin County is a great place to live. Be prepared for high property taxes and high insurance rates! Worth it, IMHO.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:41 AM
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thank you for the suggestions, i'm coming down next month and will check both areas.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Both of these cities are top ranked in DFW area .. and they share the same boundaries....
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:46 AM
 
Location: mckinney
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I live in McKinney.
if you have kids, then Allen only has 1 HS, McKinney as of today has 3. This was one of the reasons we did not live in Allen. I have heard Allen HS is good, it is just soooo big. We did not want our kid being a number. In her current HS, Boyd, she is thriving and LOVES it. My wife has a good relationship with all her teachers and we feel that she is not just a number.
Both cities have a good real estate market, I think that homes cost more in Allen due to the fact that it is 10 miles closer to Dallas. Maybe Naima can help debunk this or agree??

Good luck!
J
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Old 04-06-2015, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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If you will be getting another job down here, you should take that into consideration as well. Depending on where your job would be located, neither city might work very well. The Dallas area is HUGE (Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex is larger in area than Rhode Island and Connecticut combined) and commutes can be horrible.

As far as large high schools versus smaller high schools, I not only graduated from a large high school, but thrived there. Larger schools make it easier to find your group/niche. The school can offer a larger number of classes. Remember that class size is set by the state, so teachers have the same number of students, no matter which you choose. Since I had my group of friends, I found peer pressure to be less pressure; friends in smaller high schools would be shunned if they didn't join in the sex/drinking/drugs/etc. Just my observations and thoughts.

Good Luck on your move.
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