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Old 06-04-2014, 02:25 PM
 
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I am looking for a community/development near the DFW area that provides a scenic setting -- lots of trees, lake or substantial water nearby, perhaps some rolling hills -- is this too much to ask? Preferably, large lots or even some acreage. I want to get OUT of the city/suburbs and be far enough away that the suburbs won't be coming to me for at least 20 years or so, lol!

Ideally, this would be "in the country" or in a master-planned development that doesn't feel like "the suburbs." I need to be within a hour or so of the airports and hopefully within an hour from McKinney. I do not have a commute, so I would only need to travel in to DFW once or twice a week. Price range is very flexible.

Basically, I am looking to live near the conveniences of the big city (within a hour drive) but with the "feel" of living in the county, with nature outside my door/neighborhood.

If you can point me to a community, neighborhood or development, I would be most appreciative!

Thanks!
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Old 06-04-2014, 02:49 PM
 
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Athens, TX is a little more than an hour east of Dallas. It's in the heart of the "Piney Woods" and is a very pretty town with the kind of scenery you describe. There is also a lake.

I'm not sure what home prices are, but I do know that lots of very well-off Dallasites have weekend homes there.
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Old 06-04-2014, 02:57 PM
 
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master-planned development that doesn't feel like "the suburbs."
Uhh, all master planned developments are generally designed to feel the same, and that feel they are going for is distinctly 'the suburbs'. If you want a community that is not like the 'suburbs', then you will need an older one and it most likely won't be master planned, so check near Sherman on Lake Texoma maybe. Maybe Azle or Eagle Mountain by Eagle Mountain Lake also. If you can do without the lake, my director chose Anna north of McKinney. Got some acreage and is far enough out of town but still in occasional commiting distance.

McKinney and northward has rolling hills, so Anna should be scenic enough if you are staying near north Texas.
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Old 06-04-2014, 04:53 PM
 
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Your budget will dictate the answer but I would look in Cedar Hill on the banks of Joe Pool Lake. Absolutely stunning natural beauty with many homes on the hills overlooking a lakefront daily sunset. Last I checked these were in the $600k++ range.

In Dallas itself, the gorgeous wooded lots or lakefront lots of "deep Lakewood" would be a great choice, albeit a $1.5M++ one. The Peninsula is also a gorgeous neighborhood with killer skyline views across White Rock.
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:14 AM
 
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What's your budget?

The Western half of Flower Mound
Argyle
Bartonville/Copper Canyon/Southern Denton
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:03 AM
 
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Also, Pilot Point on Lake Ray Roberts would be a good fit.

Not really any master planned communities in this area though.

You will be about 30 miles from McKinney (Easily within an hour)

You will be about 50 miles from DFW Airport so if you don't travel during rush hour then the commute would be about an hour(+/-)

Pilot Point should be far enough away that DFW doesnt really reach it for about 20 years. There will probably be some minor growth starting in 10 years on the Southern Side of the town.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:36 AM
 
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Jacksboro is very nice. Mineral Well too. Very hilly and small town.
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:45 AM
 
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Trophy Club? I heard those guys over there are pretty set against any new development or projects to populate the area. Any kids or strangers spotted wondering around gets reported immediately and kicked out
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:51 AM
 
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I think you are looking for Horseshoe Bay development in DFW--
there isn't really anything like that around here

Eagle Mt Lake has development but the lake is suffering from the same drought as the rest of Texas so many of the water-side lots are dry--can't use their piers

There are some nice homes around Joe Pool Lake but there can also be foundation issues with them so you want to check any out carefully for that problem

Granbury has Pecan Plantation built around the lake/river with a golf course--but most homes there are 20+ years old and it is might be more than hour from DFW

Possum Kingdom has development going in but don't know how many lake lots are available--some areas of the lake are pretty low but some are still deep
just expensive and travel to DFW is more than an hour--and roads around the lake can be pretty rural/dangerous
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:16 AM
 
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I think you are looking for Horseshoe Bay development in DFW--
there isn't really anything like that around here
This is my thoughts as well. The only thing that comes to mind is what you and TC pointed out which is Joe Pool Lake. Outside of that I don't know, maybe a country lot in Parker since it's within an hour of the airports and close to McKinney but again, it's nothing like Horseshoe Bay. Rockwall has some nice country lots and is a stones throw from Lake Ray Hubbard. The commute from Dallas to Rockwall would get old real quick though.
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