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Old 05-28-2014, 07:42 AM
 
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Hello Everyone,

Husband and I with a 3 year old recently moved to Dallas. We are searching for a place to buy in the next 3-4 months. We really like the Allen area particularly West Allen which has Mary Evans elementary. Have not really explored Frisco yet. Which area do you think would be better.

We are looking to stay in the house for the next 7 years so a good elementary school is essential.

Our other dilemma is whether we should go for a brand new house or older(2000 plus). What are the pro's or cons of each. With a new house, the houses that we saw still had empty lots nearby and I do not want to be near a construction area with all the noise.

Our budget being 450,000

TIA for your input and help!
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:14 AM
 
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I looked in Allen and Frisco and ended up buying in Allen. I liked Frisco, but Allen won out mainly because I didn't want to have to pay tolls on my way to work. Traffic is bad in both areas, but the city streets feel more congested to me in Frisco. They are probably not that much worse, but that was my perception. I live off probably one of the busier streets in Allen (Stacey Rd.) and would still drive on it any day before Preston Rd. in Frisco.

I bought a house built in 2007 because it was a better value at the time. They are still building in my neighborhood, so I could have bought new but it would have been slightly smaller with fewer upgrades. Any of the schools in West Allen near Mary Evans Ele. are going to be comparable, so you might expand your search. There are new houses also being built that are zoned to Kerr and existing houses zoned to Boon and Green which are also excellent elementary schools. Most of the new construction in that area is $400+.
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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Where is your job?
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:25 PM
 
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We moved to Allen last year after looking hard at Frisco and West Plano. We bought a 2008 house as we wanted to avoid new build hassles. My daughter loves Mary Evans and we are very happy with the Twin Creeks neighborhood. Good Luck
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:03 AM
 
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I dont know where in Frisco you are looking so it's hard to compare one neighborhood in Allen to an entire City. We just bought in Allen (after looking in Plano, Frisco, Allen, and Richardson for the last 3 years) and my kids will eventually attend Evans. They are in an excellent Montessori right now that is 5 minutes away. I love the neighborhood. Everyone is very friendly and I love the access. I can get to Watters Creek, the Villages at Fairview/Allen, Stonebriar, and Legacy all in under 15 minutes. I looked in Frisco but for the money, we got a 2009 home built with much better quality (in my opinion) than the new construction in Frisco for the same price.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:15 AM
 
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I think you'll be really happy with Allen. The city is close to build-out, so the total city population is significantly less than the projected build-out population in Frisco.

Allen is a little more established, but still offers the newer homes & amenities with that smaller town feel. Frisco is re-zoning schools more often than Allen due to explosive growth, and you're also contending with the infrastructure development to keep pace with the growth.

You have Watters Creek, Village at Allen/Fairview and shopping and retail along McDermott all within close proximity to your house.

I think Allen's master plan & the developments they've allowed on the west side will keep property values stable in the city, especially being South of 121 but offering new homes.
West Allen subdivisions/master-planned communities:

Twin Creeks
Suncreek
Watters Crossing
Beacon Hill
Custer Hill Estates
Montgomery Farm
Star Creek
Saddleridge
The Preserve
Custer Meadow
Waterford Parks

...& many more
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:19 AM
 
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Allen is a nice town and Twin Creek is a lovely area but Evans is a very mediocre school. I have several friends there and though they like the environment but not the academics. Two of them moved their kids to privates. With all new construction going on, Evans is predicted to be overcrowded and rezoning may happen. You can look at Allen High school's performance and rankings as well, doesn't compliment their demographics at all. I wonder how are they going to deal with their increasing enrollment, it's already most populated school in Texas and overly focused on football.
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:41 PM
 
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Allen is Beautiful. The location is fantastic, and I have heard nothing but good things about the school system. If I had to pick one thing that people have said (the locals--what little are left)--is that the high school is big. But have never heard anything negative about the schools themselves. If you are looking in allen...take a quick look about a mile north and look at McKinney, frisco...and even over the 75 in Fairview (I think that is pisd east schools). For some reason, I feel that allen and McKinney are a bit more greener and the lots are little bigger..it may be just the way the roads are done though.

You cannot go wrong in either town. Good luck!
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Old 05-30-2014, 10:10 AM
 
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Allen is Beautiful. The location is fantastic, and I have heard nothing but good things about the school system. If I had to pick one thing that people have said (the locals--what little are left)--is that the high school is big. But have never heard anything negative about the schools themselves. If you are looking in allen...take a quick look about a mile north and look at McKinney, frisco...and even over the 75 in Fairview (I think that is pisd east schools). For some reason, I feel that allen and McKinney are a bit more greener and the lots are little bigger..it may be just the way the roads are done though.

You cannot go wrong in either town. Good luck!

Just a correction to this. Fairview is served by both Lovejoy and McKinney ISD depending on location. Most of Fairview is Lovejoy and the western part of Fairview is McKinney. Lucas is south of there and is Lovejoy ISD. If you are thinking of an area east of 75 in Plano ISD, it is Murphy which is further south than Lucas.
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Old 05-31-2014, 05:43 PM
 
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Just a correction to this. Fairview is served by both Lovejoy and McKinney ISD depending on location. Most of Fairview is Lovejoy and the western part of Fairview is McKinney. Lucas is south of there and is Lovejoy ISD. If you are thinking of an area east of 75 in Plano ISD, it is Murphy which is further south than Lucas.

Oh wow, I didn't know that, thank you for correcting me...I didn't realize that McKinney reached that far..but I forget that school boundary lines can be all over the place!
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