U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Texas > Dallas
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 05-08-2013, 10:56 PM
 
Location: The Colony
21 posts, read 35,822 times
Reputation: 14

Advertisements

Friends/Fellow Members,

You guys have any feed back about Pulte Homes in Highland Ridge Frisco near 423 & Lebanon
I guess even AshtonWoods is building there..... any first hand info about the prospects of this community?

Thanks in Advance.
Cheers....
Home Searcher.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 05-08-2013, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
4,139 posts, read 13,457,672 times
Reputation: 2556
It's the last phase of Lone Star Ranch. I think the proximity to PCH is good and makes them very appealing because of their price range starting in the mid 350s with Pulte for a home around 2400sf.

HOA is high around 950 a year but comparable to the master planned neighborhoods in Frisco.

Naima
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-09-2013, 08:25 AM
 
Location: The Colony
21 posts, read 35,822 times
Reputation: 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by nsumner View Post
It's the last phase of Lone Star Ranch. I think the proximity to PCH is good and makes them very appealing because of their price range starting in the mid 350s with Pulte for a home around 2400sf.

HOA is high around 950 a year but comparable to the master planned neighborhoods in Frisco.

Naima

Is Pulte a good builder, i guess they have lost some sheen... did not like the floor plans that much, did not feel "open" in the house.

What about AshtonWoods?, they do have a lot of key words like "Environments for Living", Energy Star 3.0, but seems their appliances are not latest, 15 SEER HVAC (norm is 16 SEER now), Water-Tank based water Heater (norm is Tankless water heater), don't know how their construction quality is.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-09-2013, 10:02 AM
 
277 posts, read 527,247 times
Reputation: 108
I liked Pulte homes prior to them acquiring Centex. After that, I did notice a change in quality, maybe because of the different sub-contractors used. I previously had an Ashton Woods home and it was Energy Star certified in 2006. It had all the docs, sticker, test results, and other details like projected utility bill savings reports. The Environments for Living program is another utility bill saving program that uses Energy Star standards as a baseline, and improves on that, so your utility bills will be less compared to a basic Energy Star certified home. I agree, the tankless water heater and higher SEER are things I wanted in my new home that I'm currently building, but these builders use these energy saving features as upgrades for the buyer since they have build at the Energy Star minimum standards.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-09-2013, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
1,134 posts, read 1,302,203 times
Reputation: 1424
One thing I do not like about LSR is that the amenities do not seem to support the massive amount of people that live in the neighborhood. My in laws live there and I thought the gym was always way too small (and full) and the pools are crazy busy during summer. And that was several years ago. I haven’t been to either in a few years but I can only imagine it has gotten worse with all the new houses being built. I think the HOA is too expensive considering everything is always crowded or something in the gym seemed to be broken every time we were there.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-09-2013, 12:01 PM
 
Location: The Colony
21 posts, read 35,822 times
Reputation: 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by stephwin View Post
One thing I do not like about LSR is that the amenities do not seem to support the massive amount of people that live in the neighborhood. My in laws live there and I thought the gym was always way too small (and full) and the pools are crazy busy during summer. And that was several years ago. I havenít been to either in a few years but I can only imagine it has gotten worse with all the new houses being built. I think the HOA is too expensive considering everything is always crowded or something in the gym seemed to be broken every time we were there.

Thats what i figured, firstly the LSR is little far from the Highland Ridge community, secondly if was always crowded then it would be always crowded after new people move in.
The LSR is charing around 90/month which is quite high if the amenities are not "usable"

Thank you Stephwin.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-09-2013, 12:08 PM
 
Location: The Colony
21 posts, read 35,822 times
Reputation: 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by jcl_cls02 View Post
I liked Pulte homes prior to them acquiring Centex. After that, I did notice a change in quality, maybe because of the different sub-contractors used. I previously had an Ashton Woods home and it was Energy Star certified in 2006. It had all the docs, sticker, test results, and other details like projected utility bill savings reports. The Environments for Living program is another utility bill saving program that uses Energy Star standards as a baseline, and improves on that, so your utility bills will be less compared to a basic Energy Star certified home. I agree, the tankless water heater and higher SEER are things I wanted in my new home that I'm currently building, but these builders use these energy saving features as upgrades for the buyer since they have build at the Energy Star minimum standards.
Thanks for the feedback.
About Pulte: thats what i heard from fellow forum members.

Ashton Woods: Seems like decent construction, but want a ton of money for the upgrades, especially the taknless heater, is a rip off, $4000 is a bit too much to ask for it espcially if they consider that they need to deduct the base water heater costs.
Online i can get Tankless water heaters from Good brands like Bosch/Rinnai etc for about 600 to 1800 USD.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-09-2013, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Funky town
952 posts, read 1,478,302 times
Reputation: 645
Quote:
Originally Posted by homesearch123 View Post
Thanks for the feedback.
About Pulte: thats what i heard from fellow forum members.

Ashton Woods: Seems like decent construction, but want a ton of money for the upgrades, especially the taknless heater, is a rip off, $4000 is a bit too much to ask for it espcially if they consider that they need to deduct the base water heater costs.
Online i can get Tankless water heaters from Good brands like Bosch/Rinnai etc for about 600 to 1800 USD.
I hear you on tankless. Research has shown there is minimal, if any, billing difference on tankless unless you have a large family. I won't go crazy on it just now.. At least not until the technology improves a little more. Also, I think they are charging $4k because you will need 2.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Texas > Dallas
View detailed profiles of:
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:44 AM.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top