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Old 02-12-2008, 09:49 AM
 
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My family and I are moving from Orange County Cailifornia to Dallas and we are flying out this week to do a home search. We have narrowed our choices to the Plano, Murphy area. I would welcome any thoughts/advice on this choice.
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Old 02-12-2008, 09:50 AM
 
Location: DFW, TX
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There are a lot of threads on the same topic... the search feature will help you narrow it down.

Murphy is a great place to live, close to the action but still quiet.
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Old 02-12-2008, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Frisco,TX -Stonebriar
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Smile OC to Texas!

I just assisted a family from OC and are moving to MCKinney at end of month. They searched on the web (so many deals)and so many suburbs! What is your lifestyle, school needs & work location?
Once this OC couple saw many older parts of the City from Forney to Carrollton and then saw Plano (shops of Legacy) Frisco & Allen they knew that was the right area. DART rail is off Int 75 & only a 34 minute commute to downtown Dallas. They found a wonderful new home in McKinney with all "Bells & Whistles" in exemp schools!
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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Plano is much larger than Murphy. Plano is also pretty much built out so you will pay more for a house vs. Murphy. Plano has lots and lots of shopping and dining choices. Murphy still has the small town feel but is growing. They are building a super Target and a large movie theater very close to downtown.

A part of Murphy feeds into Plano's school district and the other half into Wylie.

You may want to check Allen.

Where will you be commuting to? that would help in recommending other areas as well. What budget do you want to stay within?

Naima
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:21 AM
 
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I highly recommend Allen. It's just north of Plano, and just south of McKinney. Great public schools, convenient to so many things. When we moved here from the midwest our #1 criteria was that the area had to have really strong schools. #2--Resale--because we're always moving. In fact, we've only been here a year, and we just put our house on the market, because now we're off to Seattle! For more on why Allen, please visit: Moving to Dallas-- Consider ALLEN!!
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Old 02-13-2008, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Texas
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You should probably visit all three-Plano, Allen and Murphy. I personally prefer Plano and Allen over Murphy, but that's just my preference. Someone else may feel differently. Kinda depends on what you are looking for.
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Old 02-13-2008, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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What about Frisco? I hear its the new California.
Amazing what can happen to cow pastures in just 10 years.
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Old 02-13-2008, 05:43 PM
 
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I moved to TX last November and brought a house in Murphy. I was initally going to move to Frisco. This is a great area but be prepared to live there for awhile. There are new houses going up all the time and its somewhat more difficult to sell an older home.
We also looked into Plano which also a very nice area. We went with Murphy because the lot sizes are a little bigger and the taxes are somewhat lower than PLano. For our needs, Murphy was the choice.
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Old 02-13-2008, 06:38 PM
 
Location: The Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex
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As a Realtor in the area, I can tell you that the differences from Plano to Murphy are extensive. Plano is much more established and stable in their growth and infrastructure, while Murphy is experienceing a tremendous amount of growth, which means you can expect the growing pains as the infrastructure strains to keep up with the influx.
Some important considerations for you will be:
Commute time to your workplace
Housing budget
Children in school?
Recreation priorities?
Murphy is much more rural and further from downtown Dallas.
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Old 02-13-2008, 07:08 PM
 
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Murphy isn't rural. These days the closest you get to the city motto of "The Best of Country Living" is when someone put cows on the corner of the main thoroughfare in town. (Murphy Rd & 544). It was such a novelty that it was the talk of the town for weeks.

And getting downtown from Murphy isn't going to be any worse than any part of Plano. While Murphy is still going through some growing pains, Plano's established growth means that most paths through town are pretty high traffic.
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