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Old 05-08-2011, 02:20 PM
 
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Yes, I do now about the taxes...INSANE!! but with no state income tax, its somewhat of a wash.
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:49 PM
 
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I did some looking and really like the homes in west plano. They are more updated and more our style than many in grapevine ive seen. Now I understand the school zoning is tricky...and I see some school districts that say plano and some say lewisville... which is better? I'm more concerned right now with elementary. thanks
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Old 05-08-2011, 03:35 PM
 
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You can also do Allen and McKinney 121 is a straight shot to Lewisville too
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:00 PM
 
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As far as shopping goes as it relates to CH. There are big plans for that will make it very convenient for you in that neighborhood.

You can't go wrong in Castle Hills at your price point, honestly you might not need to look much further. Here are some of the homes, they may stretch your price point, but just look at these beauties.

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Future shopping etc in CH.


http://www.terremarkpartners.com/dow...g_brochure.pdf


I would second Bridlewood in Flower Mound as well, but honestly, CH really beats it in terms of location. But FM is a VERY nice town and maintained their trees very well. FM schools are also the crown-jewel of the LISD. I would keep FM earmarked as an option at the very least.

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Old 05-09-2011, 07:13 AM
 
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You can also do Allen and McKinney 121 is a straight shot to Lewisville too
Not in 20 minutes.
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:39 PM
 
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Yes, I do now about the taxes...INSANE!! but with no state income tax, its somewhat of a wash.
Castle Hills is a M.U.D. tax area apparently so the taxes are a bit steeper in there (approx. 2.7%) as opposed to say Flower Mound (Approx. 2.1 %).

As that home value number creeps up you will be surprised at how much that .6% makes a difference. Its my biggest problem with CH really.

Otherwise I would be done with my search because the location is hard to beat.
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Old 05-10-2011, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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Lewisville itself is pretty spread out and can get congested. I could take longer than 20 minutes going from end to the other. Do you know what intersection your husband will be working at?

Castle Hills has a very active HOA with lots of neighborhood functions so you should be able to make friends easily.

West Plano is a very nice too. However, again depending on where in Lewisville your husband's office would be, it could easily take longer than 20 minutes. You may consider Frisco as well, there are many nice neighborhoods that are close to the tollway and connect to 121, that could take less time than west Plano.

All the areas mentioned have stores/malls that are close and very good schools.

Naima
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:28 AM
 
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Lewisville itself is pretty spread out and can get congested. I could take longer than 20 minutes going from end to the other. Do you know what intersection your husband will be working at?

Castle Hills has a very active HOA with lots of neighborhood functions so you should be able to make friends easily.

West Plano is a very nice too. However, again depending on where in Lewisville your husband's office would be, it could easily take longer than 20 minutes. You may consider Frisco as well, there are many nice neighborhoods that are close to the tollway and connect to 121, that could take less time than west Plano.

All the areas mentioned have stores/malls that are close and very good schools.

Naima
Yes, I would say so as well. In your price point you might consider the gated community of I believe Starwood? It has a very southern California feel in our opinion.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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We only want his commute about 20 minutes.

I don't want to drive 10 minutes to the grocery store!

Since you seem incredibly averse to spending time in the car, I think you are going to find Texas very disappointing.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:14 AM
 
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CH has two grocery stores within about a five minute drive of the neighborhood. We are within a 10-15 minute drive of Ikea, Vista Ridge Mall and The Shops of Willow Bend. I went shoe shopping at Nordstrom Rack on Sunday and that was about 15 minutes from my house. Lots of restaurants within a quick drive, lots of preschools/private schools nearby as well. They are building a Sprouts just to the south of the neighborhood--Sprouts is an organic foods store. The neighborhood is super convenient and I think you would probably get more house for the money in CH as compared to West Plano.

There is also a small shopping area within the neighborhood, and there are plans to bring in more extensive retail to the north of the neighborhood.
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