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Old 01-27-2012, 10:01 PM
 
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Hi -

My husband and I, who are very new to Dallas, are house hunting tomorrow. We are viewing a few homes in Prestonwood, off Arapaho, in Richardson ISD.

What are the "preferred" parts of this area? Is Hillcrest a divider and, more specifically, is there much difference between the east and west areas of Hillcrest.

I appreciate your input!
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:36 AM
 
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My fiance back in the 90's lived east of Hillcrest and north of Arapaho. Her area was single family, lower middle and middle class, old and new houses. There was a pocket of really bad areas just to the east of her, closer to Coit. They're dense apartments and I think they are Richardson ISD. Assuming you're working with a Realtor, have her drive you around the main drags. Preston from Belt Line north to 190, then east to Hillcrest south to Belt line, then go east to Coit and see what happens. It's a really odd area because there are million dollar homes with trees, and strip malls with Payday loan places.
Also, have her show you where you can shop for basics like groceries. Good luck.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:43 PM
 
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No substitute for a great realtor who knows that area implicitly. It varies from really nice to "Old Dallas/Richardson awesome" to crappy all within spiting distance. Add in the TX independent school district angle = no outsider should try to decipher these neighborhoods and sub-neighborhoods by themselves.
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:54 AM
 
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Good advice above. I'll also add that you drive the areas at different hours of the day and evenings as well as weekends. You may be looking at homes when a lot of people are at work, but you may want to get a better feel for other times.

By law, your Realtor will not be able to tell you that any area is bad so you have to pay more attention to your surroundings when you're scouting.

Naima
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:13 AM
 
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Thanks guys. We are back at square one. So hard to determine where to buy when we are this new to the area. Looking at West Plano now, the area off Preston. Any suggestions for schools? We would prefer to stay in exemplary/recognized zone. What else do you recommend?
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:20 AM
 
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What's your budget? Where's work?
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:22 AM
 
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By law, your Realtor will not be able to tell you that any area is bad so you have to pay more attention to your surroundings when you're scouting.

Naima
In my experience realtors are smart and they can get their point across.
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Plano
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If I'm remember , your budget is max $300,000 ? Around Preston it's going to be hard to find anything . You maybe lucky , some houses pop out time to time on the cheaper side of Tulane . But it won't be far from new , and you may have to include repair in your futur . One of your best bet maybe the east side of Preston Meadow ( I think phase 1 ) it will have houses in that price that feed into Daffron, Robinson, Jasper ,PW.
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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Yes, budget was around 300K, but that was on the wishful thinking side. We are comfortable going to 350K, and now that I've researched schools, explored neighborhoods, and visited open houses, I see that's probably where we'll end up.

EDS, my husband and I both have territories we travel for work. He is most often in Plano, Dallas, Frisco, Coppell and he also goes north and east. My territory includes Irving-Mesquite-Dallas (northeast, south and downtown)-Farmer's Branch, and also two accounts in Tyler. We don't want to go east, though; I'd rather be in closer proximity to all Dallas offers and drive the few hours every couple weeks to Tyler.

Souleiado, this weekend we stumbled onto some areas in Plano -- Preston Meadow is the specific neighborhood. We think this area might be a good compromise for us.

I know -- it seems like we're all over the map. Gotta love home buying when you're new to a city.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Plano
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If you can go up to $350k , then I really suggest you to look also in Tulane . I have many friends living there and they adore it ,It's right next to Preston Meadow . Both of those areas are close to everything including the soon to be Trader Joe :
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