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Old 01-23-2012, 11:14 AM
 
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Do most Plano neighborhoods have alleys? On real estate site house pictures I noticed no front facing garages.

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Old 01-23-2012, 11:34 AM
 
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Don't know about all of Plano, but up here in what I will reference as "North Plano", most of them have alleys, but often in the same neighborhoods there will be houses with side entry and front entry. However, I think most of the front entry are usually streets that may back up to commercial / retail / office / etc. or something similar.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:38 AM
 
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Depends upon subdivision and price point. It's really a hit or miss, but I would say it's more common than not to have alley's.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:43 AM
 
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Having lived there I'd say it's about 60% rear with alleys and 40% front or swing garages, but that's just a hunch.

The less expensive areas are gonna be alleys because the lots may only be 40-60 feet wide and cannot accommodate a driveway unless the garage is a tuck under.

Had a rear garage in Allen and hated it. You'll never see any of your neighbors.
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Old 01-23-2012, 01:30 PM
 
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I would say that most of the homes in west Plano have alleys, I'm not sure about central and east Plano.
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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The old neighborhood in East Plano has front driveways. Personally I like the alleys which makes the front look neater and less traffic for the kids to place. When I first moved here, I was a little skepital. Now that I am used to it; I love it.
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:47 PM
 
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The old neighborhood in East Plano has front driveways. Personally I like the alleys which makes the front look neater and less traffic for the kids to place. When I first moved here, I was a little skepital. Now that I am used to it; I love it.
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The few houses without back alleys in West Plano will be on golf course or backing creeks or in very upscale neighborhood where the houses are build with porch or inside court . Usually the few older neighborhoods that will have houses with front garages , appear more like townhouse than proper house.
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:37 PM
 
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Without an indication of the OP's price point, I wouldn't say "most" houses in west Plano have alleys. Once you get into the $600K+ range, front entry is much more common. Most of Willow Bend has front garages, and Lakeside on Preston is about 50/50. Old Shepherd Place is mostly rear entry, except for golf course lots. Among more recent builds, Preston Lakes is 100% front entry, as in Avignon in Windhaven.

Once you get to the Deerfield price point and below, then you are looking at 90+% rear entry, until you get to the really cheap places mentioned in east Plano.
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:49 PM
 
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Without an indication of the OP's price point, I wouldn't say "most" houses in west Plano have alleys. Once you get into the $600K+ range, front entry is much more common. Most of Willow Bend has front garages, and Lakeside on Preston is about 50/50. Old Shepherd Place is mostly rear entry, except for golf course lots. Among more recent builds, Preston Lakes is 100% front entry, as in Avignon in Windhaven.

Once you get to the Deerfield price point and below, then you are looking at 90+% rear entry, until you get to the really cheap places mentioned in east Plano.
Yes, this. In general I would say west Plano is a mix (with the more expensive areas having a greater number of front swing/side entries), north Plano is almost all rear-entry, central Plano is almost all rear-entry, and east Plano is mostly rear-entry for the above $160k range, and front-entry for the cheapest homes.You will find exceptions of course, but for each Plano, area I would say these are the norm.
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:16 PM
 
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One of the other area in West Plano with front garages is around the Kemper Estate on Coit .
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