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Old 02-16-2011, 04:54 PM
 
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Hi All,

We are a family of four relocating to the Dallas area from CA, looking for a great community with great schools a top priority! We are looking at homes in the range of $550k to $650k. I think we have narrowed down our search to Stonebridge Ranch, or Flowermound. We are a little spooked by the gas drilling we are reading about in FM, and makes us second guess if we should purchase there. Can you please share your thoughts, good or bad, on both of these locations? I would appreciate any feedback! Thanks so much!!
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:02 PM
 
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Where will you be commuting to for work? Those two communities are far apart and on the northern fringe of the metroplex. If you will be driving to downtown Dallas, or downtown Fort Worth, neither of them will work for you.
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:20 PM
 
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My husband will have an office near the Galleria (off the 635?) but won't commute on a daily basis. He will be traveling regularly, and will need airport access often.
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:21 PM
 
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Uggh- wouldn't want either commute but if forced to choose, it's Flower Mound, hands down.

1. FM has far superior schools to McKinney.
2. The avg home in McKinney is $200kish. Foolish to buy at the top of the market.

For that price point and commute, why not West Plano. Some of the best schools in DFW, 20-30 min commute, and lots of homes in your price range.
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:22 PM
 
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My husband will have an office near the Galleria (off the 635?) but won't commute on a daily basis. He will be traveling regularly, and will need airport access often.
McKinney is a long damn drive to DFW airport.
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:33 PM
 
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Thanks Turtlecreek for the feedback! We are looking for a nice house with a private backyard with a pool, and some yard leftover for the kids and dogs to play. It seems like we could find this in FM and parts of SBR, but have had a hard time in some of the other areas. We currently live in a house on a lot size of 8500 sq ft, and would love to have more space! We would prefer .50 to 1 acre if possible..but would consider smaller lot size, if the yard was private, great schools, etc..
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:44 PM
 
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Thanks Turtlecreek for the feedback! We are looking for a nice house with a private backyard with a pool, and some yard leftover for the kids and dogs to play. It seems like we could find this in FM and parts of SBR, but have had a hard time in some of the other areas. We currently live in a house on a lot size of 8500 sq ft, and would love to have more space! We would prefer .50 to 1 acre if possible..but would consider smaller lot size, if the yard was private, great schools, etc..
Flower Mound is your better bet then.

The irony to Texas' "wide open spaces" is that suburb developers in the 1980's-2000's were greedy and plotted out as many homes as possible in each sub-div. Most suburbs have .15-.25 acre lots. You have to go waaay out or closer in to the city for bigger lots.

Another area you may consider is central Richardson (just north of 635, about 5-10 minutes from your hubby's office). A neighborhood specificslly called Northwood Hills/ Northwood Hills Estates. Wonderful sprawling 1950-1960's ranch homes (3000-5000sf), many updated with modern baths/kitchens on .5-1 acre lots. Exemplary (TX's highest rating) schools from k-12 in that area, which is RARE.
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:54 PM
 
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Coming from CA, we were expecting the homes to be on bigger lots than what we are used to..we like the "master planned communities" but not a big fan of having the homes so close together! I think that's what appealed to us about FM, but hearing about all of the gas drilling and "cancer causing chemicals" in the air, well basically, scares us..do you have any opinions or feedback on the drilling in FM?

Thanks for the referral of central Richardson, we will be sure to check that out!
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:55 PM
 
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Flo Mo is about 15 minutes to DFW...Talk to the town about the gas drilling to ease your mind. At your price point you might not have to worry too much about it. But the town has a map of places that are slated for it, and they are trying, maybe already have, to pass much more strict laws against drilling in FM.

As far as commuting in general, McKinney is the furthest, and FM in my opinion is not as far as some Dallasites will have you believe to Dallas itself. There is a connector project going on outside of FM that is causing some congestion for the next few years, keep this in mind if you visit and the traffic is bad. Otherwise, seems reasonable to me, maybe not AS good as some places in Dallas itself but for a suburb about 45 minutes to downtown.

FM is a beautiful town, GREAT place to raise a family, has superb public schools and is a pretty solid place to invest in real estate (I have some market stats from a realtor) in light of the market crash. If you want Master planned look in Bridlewood, beautiful neighborhood. If you haven't been to FM and it's on your short-list, you have to visit.
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Old 02-16-2011, 06:11 PM
 
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Thanks for the feedback skids929! Yes, we have been to Flo Mo, and really loved the trees, trails, really was beautiful. We loved a lot of the neighborhoods with the bigger lots...in fact, it was one of our favorite places we checked out. Our realtor lives in Flo Mo, and didn't bother to tell us the concerns about the drilling in the area, so we became a little skeptical to find this out on our own research of the area. We understand there are risks to everything, but we are just trying to figure out if the risks outweigh the beauty of FM. Being from CA, we have no experience of this type of drilling!
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