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Old 05-10-2011, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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Thank you. This is helpful. I've heard Frisco is nice, but again, we want to keep his commute to under 20 minutes. That limits us somewhat. Also, We really like new homes...again, we are used to Orange County!
Unfortunately, you're not going to find any part of California in Texas. Especially of the mexican food variety. It may be a nice goal but options will be limited.

Time to prioritize.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:29 AM
 
Location: TX
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Since you seem incredibly averse to spending time in the car, I think you are going to find Texas very disappointing.


I agree with this, you beat me to it.

You will generally be able to get to daily necessities in less than 10 minutes - like a grocery store, a gas station, a pharmacy, a restaurant, a ______. However, I think you're going to find that frequently to get to the specific _______ you will be driving more than 10 minutes.

This is just my personal opinion, but I think 15 minutes is a more reasonable target especially if your seriously going to pick a specific time as a hard limit/deal-breaker.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:50 AM
 
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CH and FM are probably your best bets to be suburban with low commute time in Lewisville. Highland Village, too, but depending on where in LV might require a with-traffic commute on I-35E. Coppell might work as well since the commute would be oppposite on 1-35E. There are lots of nice areas all over but your 20 minute commute limit tightens the radius a bit.

CH's current shopping area has several restaurants, a convenience store, a coffee shop, hair salon, nail salon, personal trainer, etc., that you can walk, ride a bike or take a short drive to them. Many residents use golf carts.

CH's effective tax rates, after considering homestead exemptions, are 2.4656 or 2.5286 in the older phases or 2.7006 in CH West and CH North. FM's is 2.1503. FM has no homestead exemption but does have $100K over 65 and disabled exemptions. LISD has a $15K homestead exemption that applies to both CH and FM.

Tax rate info is available here: www.dentoncad.com

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Old 05-10-2011, 07:26 PM
 
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Thank you. This is helpful. I've heard Frisco is nice, but again, we want to keep his commute to under 20 minutes. That limits us somewhat. Also, We really like new homes...again, we are used to Orange County!
If you are looking for new homes, Toll brothers is building new homes in FM starting @ 450K. One of them on 2499 is near shopping area. There are some lots in Bella Logo SD but I think they are starting @ 700K+
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:41 PM
 
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I appreciate the feedback with some neighborhoods but not sure if everyone read the original post. My husband would be working in Lewisville and we want his commute def. less than 20 minutes! Also we want to be very close to shopping ect which is why we are considering Grapevine...I have heard west plano is great, but conserned the commute is really 20 min. minimum..
Shoal Creek in West Plano is less than 20 minutes from Lewisville.
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:11 PM
 
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Shoal Creek in West Plano is less than 20 minutes from Lewisville.
shoal creek is very pretty. I happen to have a friend with a house on the market there but I think it is closer to 1 million. I will have to check.
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:32 PM
 
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shoal creek is a great area. also check out 6405 brandon court in west plano near lewisville-its a pre-foreclosure and a steal at $399,000. My cousin just sold her house across the street for 660,000.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:02 AM
 
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I did look into west plano and its very nice and his work would be only about 20 min. drive since its just off 121! Sooooo, west plano is a possibility! thx
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:10 AM
 
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I did look into west plano and its very nice and his work would be only about 20 min. drive since its just off 121! Sooooo, west plano is a possibility! thx
Just know that Plano "traffic" can be tough. It takes me 15-20 minutes to get from Coit down Park in the am. You cannot go off mileage alone.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:29 AM
 
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Yep, make sure you drive your prospective neighborhoods at different times of the day to get a feel for real commute times.
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