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Old 06-30-2015, 01:27 PM
 
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Hi to everyone! I am a long time lurker, first time poster. We recently moved to Frisco from Florida this past January. We are currently renting an apartment and we are starting our home search within the next week or 2.

We have loved Frisco and enjoyed the short commute to work(I work in Plano near DNT). But we are unsure if we want to buy here. Smaller lots, pricey, and small inventory. Our budget is around $300k and we have looked at McKinney as well which is nice. Schools are the utmost importance though as we have little ones and Frisco and McKinney are some of the tops.

I am ok with somewhat of a commute in the 30-45min range. I would prefer a house on some land though with a pool, maybe a half acre or more that fits that criteria. Is that even possible with good schools and which areas could I look at?

Thanks for any help at all and enjoy this place for the great information that is shared!
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:18 PM
 
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30-45 minutes from Plano during rush hour with great schools, half acre+ and a pool around 300K is going to be near impossible to find.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:22 PM
 
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These are about the ONLY two things I can find right now:

http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...4_M85574-42303

http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...2_M83228-56986
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:48 PM
 
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30-45 minutes from Plano during rush hour with great schools, half acre+ and a pool around 300K is going to be near impossible to find.
Ok, leave out the pool.

I guess budget will need to be bumped. I just have some concerns with no yard and little ones to grow up in. We are so used to pools in Florida but recognize they aren't as prevalent here.

It seems the only thing to fit the requirements with of course a lot smaller lot is the cookie cutter neighborhoods in certain areas.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:56 PM
 
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Ok, leave out the pool.

I guess budget will need to be bumped. I just have some concerns with no yard and little ones to grow up in. We are so used to pools in Florida but recognize they aren't as prevalent here.

It seems the only thing to fit the requirements with of course a lot smaller lot is the cookie cutter neighborhoods in certain areas.
If you're willing to go to around 350, I would highly suggest looking into Richardson in the JJ Pearce feeder pattern. Not so many cookie cutter homes, and most a one story so you don't feel so on top of your neighbor. If you'd like to put in a pool, set aside about 30-50K.
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Old 06-30-2015, 03:01 PM
 
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If you're willing to go to around 350, I would highly suggest looking into Richardson in the JJ Pearce feeder pattern. Not so many cookie cutter homes, and most a one story so you don't feel so on top of your neighbor. If you'd like to put in a pool, set aside about 30-50K.
Thank you. I haven't considered Richardson at all as I wasn't sure about their school districts or much about the area at all since I am still getting my bearings here.
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Old 06-30-2015, 03:04 PM
 
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Thank you. I haven't considered Richardson at all as I wasn't sure about their school districts or much about the area at all since I am still getting my bearings here.
JJ Pearce scores higher in SAT metrics than any Frisco ISD or McKinney ISD school. Plus Richardson to Plano is a breeze drive!

Dallas, Texas Area School Information: 2013-2014 SAT Scores for Dallas-Fort Worth Schools
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:11 PM
 
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Have you looked in the lovejoy school district? Murphy, Lucas, Wylie. All backroads to plano plus country living. Actually, you can also look near firewheel. virtually no one lives my direction (I'm in Rockwall) and I work in Plano. Takes me 30-40 minutes (it's 30 miles) and $6.06 in tolls each day. But I have way more of a house for the money and love it. I have to fill up every two weeks though.

I just found 25 homes that fit your description in Rockwall. Drive it first to make sure you're okay with it. Exceptional schools. Plus if you ever have to work downtown, it's the same drive time.
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:46 PM
 
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Rockwall to Plano would be an expensive commute on the PGBT. You'd be looking at least $6 every day. That's $30 a week and over $1500 annually just in tolls. Then there's the gas, tires, oil changes, etc.

Look in Richardson. You just can't put a value on the time you will spend with your family instead of commuting in the car.
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:48 PM
 
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I looked at Rockwall but did get concerned regarding the tolls and distance.
I looked at Wylie as it seems to have nice schools and a little more land for what you get.
We can go upwards of 400k but would really prefer not to. My commute is 7 minutes right now to work and there is a lot to be said about how beautiful that is on a daily basis for the family and timing.

I do enjoy Frisco but some areas are getting way too busy for my liking and I don't want just a 10x10 square for a backyard. The area is really clean, safe, and love the availiblity of everything in it.

I had this vision of moving to Texas and getting an acre of land, older/unique house, and enjoying a little more of the open spaces that weren't in florida.
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