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Old 01-18-2012, 08:21 PM
 
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I love large houses and eventually I'd like to have a house of that size. But I have to admit that the small lot makes it look as if that's all the owner can afford. It's not balanced.

But then this is something that doesn't seem to matter to people given that there are sooo many ~1M$ houses in the metroplex (not just Frisco - just look at some of the new zero lot developments in Preston Hollow).

I went another route and bought about an acre, heavily wooded so that I can't see neighbors (except one).
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:02 PM
 
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I love large houses and eventually I'd like to have a house of that size. But I have to admit that the small lot makes it look as if that's all the owner can afford. It's not balanced.

But then this is something that doesn't seem to matter to people given that there are sooo many ~1M$ houses in the metroplex (not just Frisco - just look at some of the new zero lot developments in Preston Hollow).

I went another route and bought about an acre, heavily wooded so that I can't see neighbors (except one).


I'm not convinced about these zero lot homes... But I doubt it's because the original owners are unable to afford a larger lot. I think it's more that the subdivision doesn't have larger lots unless you buy 2 next to each other and some prohibit that as well.

I'd buy 2 lots and build something like this if I had my way with a subdivision.

The entire subdivision have homes that are atleast this size.... So it looks like a good neighborhood where I wouldn't feel out of place.

I do like the idea of larger lots though.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Southlake. Don't judge me.
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I found another one... this one is significantly cheaper but the pics still look great.

Frisco Home Cheaper
4600 sq ft on 0.26 acre?!?!

Well, we obviously have different criteria. Also, they say it's 48" commercial grade range w. double oven, but all I see of the kitchen is the big gap where it's going to be. I wonder who the manufacturer is (Viking? Thermador? Dacor? Dynasty? Wolf? ????)

I'm also a little leery of place that has 15 pics, of which 2 are the same and another 5 are of the general subdivision rather than the actual house.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Southlake. Don't judge me.
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I'm not convinced about these zero lot homes... But I doubt it's because the original owners are unable to afford a larger lot. I think it's more that the subdivision doesn't have larger lots unless you buy 2 next to each other and some prohibit that as well.

I'd buy 2 lots and build something like this if I had my way with a subdivision.

The entire subdivision have homes that are atleast this size.... So it looks like a good neighborhood where I wouldn't feel out of place.

I do like the idea of larger lots though.
Then (just wondering, not trying to be aggressive or anything, just curious) why not look in places where the lots are larger (like Western Flower Mound/Double Oak, or Southlake/Colleyville). Added bonus if you care is that the schools in those areas are better (well, assuming you stay in Lewisville ISD in Double Oak). Granted, I'm forgetting where you'll be working...

As I've noted, my price range is below yours and we're content with less house (we'll probably be at ~3,500 sq ft, +/- a few hundred), but haven't had problems finding listings in those areas with larger lots (we're requiring that) at our lower price point/house size. IIRC you've discussed going well above 600K, so you should be able to find larger size AND larger lot in those areas if you're so inclined.

Again, my apologies if for various reasons those areas don't make sense for you.
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:41 PM
 
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Then (just wondering, not trying to be aggressive or anything, just curious) why not look in places where the lots are larger (like Western Flower Mound/Double Oak, or Southlake/Colleyville). Added bonus if you care is that the schools in those areas are better (well, assuming you stay in Lewisville ISD in Double Oak). Granted, I'm forgetting where you'll be working...

As I've noted, my price range is below yours and we're content with less house (we'll probably be at ~3,500 sq ft, +/- a few hundred), but haven't had problems finding listings in those areas with larger lots (we're requiring that) at our lower price point/house size. IIRC you've discussed going well above 600K, so you should be able to find larger size AND larger lot in those areas if you're so inclined.

Again, my apologies if for various reasons those areas don't make sense for you.
I am looking at other areas as well - mainly Keller vs Southlake vs Colleyville vs Flower Mound. I just brought his Frisco house into the mix because I wanted to see if there was something particularly special about the neighborhood it was in or if it was in a better than normal location within Frisco.

Our price range is quite good for the house we want, but compromises prevail and they limit us - much like anyone else buying a home.
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Southlake. Don't judge me.
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I am looking at other areas as well - mainly Keller vs Southlake vs Colleyville vs Flower Mound. I just brought his Frisco house into the mix because I wanted to see if there was something particularly special about the neighborhood it was in or if it was in a better than normal location within Frisco.

Our price range is quite good for the house we want, but compromises prevail and they limit us - much like anyone else buying a home.
A) got it, and that makes sense. B) Although I also understand what you mean when you say "compromises prevail", I have many friends (as do you, certainly) who are in less fortunate circumstances who would be amused at what either of us consider "compromises".

Good luck on your home search.
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Prosper
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I wouldn't count out a zero lot line house for everyone. While it wouldn't fulfill my needs, my parents are actively searching for a house like that. They are in their 60's and don't want the hassle of doing any yardwork. They'd be just fine with a large house with only a front yard. It's actually become a selling point in some builder communities, your HOA fees cover front lawn maintenance, and you just have a porch in the back basically.

So, a large house on a small lot can be perfectly acceptable for some people.
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:44 AM
 
Location: The greatest neighborhood on earth!
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I have no issue with zero lot lines myself, but probably would not want one for a house that size. I think it makes more sense for a house less than half that size or smaller.

Also, Hebron HS isn't bad. That part of the LISD is not bad and I do wonder why people think this way. I guess people just don't look past the TAKS scores, which only tell part of the story. Oh well.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Plano
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While some buyers love big lot with mature trees , you will found also plenty of people who couldn't care less about lot size. A pool and a patio to entertain like on the first house is plenty for many homeowners. A big house is also a great asset to entertain in the summer since we have been spending more time inside than outside the last few summers.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:06 AM
 
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Thanks guys for all the inputs. I need to see this house for myself but the zero lot may be a deal breaker. I like the inside very much though.
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