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Old 05-22-2007, 09:23 PM
 
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My husband & I are new to the area. We moved here in January from Louisiana. We have been looking at houses since then, but have notice there is a lot of quanity, but lack of quality.

We are currently living in Plano, TX in an apartment. My husband works in downtown Dallas, and we're looking for a good area to settle. We are interested in a quality house, nice area, good resale value (half bought is half sold), good schools (when have a 11 month old), price range $300- $500, nice size back yard with trees, and a 45 min. or less communting distance to downtown Dallas (my husband doesn't commute during peak times).

Do you have any builder recommendations?

Any other advice is welcome.

Please help!
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Old 05-22-2007, 09:27 PM
 
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Are you only wanting to build a new house?
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Old 05-22-2007, 09:36 PM
 
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No, we are open to new or old.
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Old 05-23-2007, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Frisco
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Strongly recommend "Dominion at Panther Creek" in Frisco just off Eldorado East of Preston. Prices exactly in your range. Greenbelt lots available in Phase 3. Darling and Grand homes. Darling is the premier builder, however. Can't say enough good things about them. Stonebriar Mall only 10 minutes away. I work near the Galleria and my commute is 45 - 50 minutes at peak hours using the Dallas North Tollway.

Panther Creek has rolling terrain, terraced lots and curving sidewalks. VERY nice and priced appropriately. Area very likely to appreciate better than average. One of lowest tax rates, good schools.
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:12 AM
 
Location: West Bloomfield
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My husband & I are new to the area. We moved here in January from Louisiana. We have been looking at houses since then, but have notice there is a lot of quanity, but lack of quality.

We are currently living in Plano, TX in an apartment. My husband works in downtown Dallas, and we're looking for a good area to settle. We are interested in a quality house, nice area, good resale value (half bought is half sold), good schools (when have a 11 month old), price range $300- $500, nice size back yard with trees, and a 45 min. or less communting distance to downtown Dallas (my husband doesn't commute during peak times).

Do you have any builder recommendations?

Any other advice is welcome.

Please help!
Does your husband mind the commute from Plano to Dallas? If not, then I think you should focus on Plano or Frisco if you want a new build. I have a lot of friends that live out there, and they are all happy with their elementary schools. Both are excellent school districts.

If he wants to be closer to work, I suggest looking into Lakewood, Lake Highlands or North Dallas. Lakewood is DISD, and the two main elementary schools - Lakewood and Stonewall are fantastic. Lake Highlands is Richardson ISD, and White Rock, Lake Highlands, Merriman Park, Wallace (which just got named exemplary) and Moss Haven Elementaries are all excellent. I don't know as much about North Dallas, but I'm sure people on here will have ideas.
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Old 05-23-2007, 02:22 PM
 
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Thanks for the info. We have heard a lot of good things about Darling Homes. Do you have any recommendations on other good builders? In addition, if we purchase an older home we want to know that it was built by a good builder.
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Old 05-23-2007, 03:05 PM
 
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David Weekly, Landstar, Sotheby, Drees, Highland
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Old 05-23-2007, 03:23 PM
 
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Lakewood fills the bill and you won't waste half your life and savings (gas money) commuting (how about 10 minutes or less?). Plus the appreciation rate in Lakewood proper is double digits (a prominent Realtor told me 18% last week). And there are forests of trees...the schools are great and it's like a small town, plus you have all the advantages of chic shops, hot restaurants, laid-back pubs and plenty for the kids to do. If you want a new home you can find one, but they tend to be quite expensive for your budget. M-Streets (Stonewall Jackson Elem) average around $400K and Lakewood (Lakewood Elem) around $500K (but has homes all the way up to several million).

See the "telll me about Lakewood" thread: So, tell me about Lakewood

If your child is 11 months you should be contacting the early childhood PTAs:

http://www.lecpta.org/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gwra/

Also we have an outstanding YMCA everyone supports:

http://www.whiterockymca.org/index.c...PageID=1000994
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Old 05-23-2007, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Irvine
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You must be picky, because I am house shopping and I cannot get over how many houses I adore and how great the quality is. Choosing is going to be really, really hard.
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Old 05-23-2007, 07:06 PM
 
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You might look at the Highlands North neighborhood which straddles Campbell Road just west of Coit. Houses are about $350,000 for about 3,500 square feet, many with pools. There are a couple of ponds you can fish or feed the ducks. Houses were built in the 1970s. There is a Dallas hike and bike trail that runs along the west border. Campbell Greene rec center, splashground and park are nearby. Schools are great - Bowie, Parkhill, Pearce. Dallas city limits, but Richardson school district, right on the border of Richardson city limits. About 15 miles to downtown Dallas. You can also pick up the train downtown at Arapaho/75.
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