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Old 02-05-2013, 10:34 AM
 
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I'm supposed to be plugging Plano, but Coppell is its equal in many ways.

If new construction is desired, I believe Coppell has some active developments in your price range. You won't find that in west Plano.
Big G , can you please let us know which new developments are you mentioning about in Coppell?
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:26 AM
 
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Staying in Allen and not loving commute or school Reviews by locals. Coppell and West Plano are on the list. Plano seems more vibrant and every thing is just around the corner which makes life whole lot easier if you have to juggle work, children, schools, activities, doctors, shopping, church, gym,house chores, volunteering, entertainment and social life.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I was thinking Red Hawk and a small Paul Taylor development. Upon further review, those are in the $500K+ range, so -- nevermind.

For existing homes, the OP will find many more choices in his price range in Coppell than in west Plano. Plus, I think Coppell's MS curriculum is better-suited to advanced students than Plano's.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:18 AM
 
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No matter what school your children attend volunteerism is extremely important in the organizations that support the school like band, choir, science clubs, athletics. Schools in Texas no longer pay for everything. In fact in many events the youth attend in organizations like band, and athletics, the booster clubs pay for almost everything including the buses that allow the youth to attend contests and events. Volunteer, help these clubs raise money and make a difference in your children's lives. Beside that you can make a lot of new friends.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:54 AM
 
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This is good advice. Coppell, Plano, HP, UP have an advantage that they get families who put education before housing so of course those students learn to value education and perform better. You add that to all the resources and nurturing environment a high performing district can offer and you get a winning combination.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:21 AM
 
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Everyone wants safety and amenities, some want best schools, many prestige of the area, others short commute but surprisingly there is a good percentage who would sacrifice everything for freshly sanded granite and new windows.
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Could you please tell me the pros and cons of the Allen, West Plano, and Coppell ISDs? These are the two areas we are focusing on at the moment. I was really in love with Coppell unti I read about the Cypress Waters project. Just posted a separate thread about that as well. I am nervous about that affecting my kids' education in Coppell in the next 8 years. We are considering Allen and West Plano because it's closer to downtown Dallas (shorter commute than other places we were considering) with what seems like good school systems. Rental budget is $2500-$2750 for 4 BR or $350k-$375k to buy.

Coppell=great value, great schools.

Allen=super family oriented, great value, good schools...big middle schools, HUGE high-school. Very competitive for sports & outside extracurricular activities.

W. Plano=family oriented, great value, great schools, BIG SCHOOLS (all grades~population), budget may not stretch very far. good value, but @ that price point you better move fast if you intend to buy.
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:04 PM
 
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I've recently sold my property in W. Plano and been looking to move to Allen. I was under the impression that the home prices in Allen and Frisco is cheaper due to the distance but I dont believe that is the case any longer.. during my 3+ weeks of continued home search both new build and existing I found that prices per sqft in Allen/Frisco is to par or even more than W. Plano.

As far as school goes I feel that if the kids are in jr high or high school W Plano is better but as the neigborhoods age less and less younger kids in Plano so eventually it will go down. I 100% agree right now that W Plano schools are much better than Frisco and Allen however my kids will start pre-k this year and by the time they reach high school who knows maybe Allen/Frisco will be the next Plano...

As far as commute W Plano is much nicer but I am giving up the commute for a newer home in Allen since I work from home..

Used to be I thought W Plano was far north but these days with the 121/Tollway/even 75 Allen is not as bad as Frisco as far as drive goes.

just my 2 cents...
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:43 PM
 
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I guess you need to go through price sheets one more time if you see similar homes for similar prices in both cities. No body knows what is going to happen after 12 years but one thing is for sure that location stays same and once Allen loses new smell then there will be no point in driving there. People will go farther or move towards the core. I don't see Park Cities, Coppell and Plano loosing their edge that easily. YMMV. As of today, there is no comparison between two school districts.


These are just two random examples to see why people are still paying for older Plano and HP homes.

http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...9_M78595-02101

http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...3_M78773-85168

http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...3_M88241-89045

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Old 03-06-2013, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Wylie, Texas
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Coppell=great value, great schools.

Allen=super family oriented, great value, good schools...big middle schools, HUGE high-school. Very competitive for sports & outside extracurricular activities.

W. Plano=family oriented, great value, great schools, BIG SCHOOLS (all grades~population), budget may not stretch very far. good value, but @ that price point you better move fast if you intend to buy.

I go to church in Allen, thus I know quite a few people from there. Everyone I've spoken to LOVES the town of Allen. Like Txgolfer said, very family oriented with lots to do. But the massive high school has been the downer that the same people keep talking about, and quite a few (not all mind you) talk of eventually moving to Frisco for the smaller schools. I know some people want the one high school for civic pride (and football, can't forget football). I would also guess there is a bit of social engineering too, because there is a clear difference between East and West Allen. Comparing Twin Creeks, Sun Creek, etc on the west side to the sub divisions east of 75 is night and day. I have friends on both sides of Allen and the difference in wealth is very noticeable. Not that the East side is ghetto, but there is no doubt as to which side would automatically get the "poor school" tag. Which then affects property values.
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