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Old 05-11-2016, 12:07 AM
 
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Hi all,

We just sold our home in Frisco and are looking to move north a bit. We had settled on building in Light Farms with American Legend, but have since found a home in Gentle Creek that we really like (Bloomfield home built in 2013). Trying to stay around the $400-450k range. We are a young family (early 30s) with a 7mo. old daughter and are looking for a place we can have the kiddos grow up.

Home sizes are comparable (3300 sq ft. in Gentle Creek vs. 3150 sq. ft. in Light Farms). Both are 4 bed, 3 or 3.5 bath. The Gentle Creek home has a pool, media room, and 3 car garage. The home in Light Farms would have a 2.5 car garage, community pools, and no media room, but has the lawn maintenance and alarms included in the HOA.

We initially chose Light Farms because we loved the community and the amenities, but after finding this home in Gentle Creek, we are pretty torn between the two. I would love to get everyone's thoughts on both Gentle Creek and Light Farms (as well as the builders - Bloomfield and American Legend) and get your opinion on which we should go with (both for raising a family and for resale). Thanks!
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:20 AM
 
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Hi,

I am actually building a new home in Light Farms, but not with your builder. I absolutely love the area, and the houses there are so nice for what you are paying. Everyone there seems so happy with their homes and the area. My price range is about $100k less than yours, though!

I don't know too much about the Gentle Creek area, but just wanted to chime in on how much I love Light Farms.
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Old 05-11-2016, 02:11 PM
 
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OP.. I realize this is not answer your question but just asking you a question, is there a specific reason why you are moving out of Frisco? I am currently moving into the area but at this time I am leasing a home for a year. I plan to see if I can "live in" North Dallas for the sake of buying a home for my children. (6 and 4)

Im currently coming from the fair weathered Southern California and dont know much about the North Dallas area other than heat and hail.
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Old 05-11-2016, 06:05 PM
 
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Everyone I know who lives in Light Farms loves it. I don't know enough people living in Gentle Creek to compare, but have found the town overall to be very friendly. Active Facebook groups, kids from all schools meeting each other through activities, etc.
Because of the growth here, your elementary school may change again unless you are in one of the neighborhoods with the on-site school.
I think the builders are considered comparable here, although some might give American Legend an edge. The houses are going up so fast now that you hear horror stories about all of them. Even Highland.
The deal breaker for me would be the garage. I couldn't go back to a 2 car garage.
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Old 05-11-2016, 06:48 PM
 
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The home in Gentle Creek will be better for resale simply because it's closer to 380 and all the new retail that's coming. Personally, I'd pick the Prosper home. There's not much out there, I imagine Celina has even less amenities going for it.
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:36 AM
 
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I'd pick the Gentle Creek home, just because I'd imagine that it's farther away from the railroad line.
Light Farms is going to be sandwiched between the DNT (once it's built) and the railway.
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:47 AM
 
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OP.. I realize this is not answer your question but just asking you a question, is there a specific reason why you are moving out of Frisco? I am currently moving into the area but at this time I am leasing a home for a year. I plan to see if I can "live in" North Dallas for the sake of buying a home for my children. (6 and 4)

Im currently coming from the fair weathered Southern California and dont know much about the North Dallas area other than heat and hail.
We are from SoCal too. Frisco is a great place to start, if you're new to this area. It felt the most familiar to us, and there are a lot of Californians already in the area, plus more coming with the business that are relocating to Frisco/Plano, etc.

While there are still new homes being built in Frisco, they are pricier and have smaller lots than much of what you might find a bit further north. And a lot of Frisco is starting to get older now.
Up in Prosper and and Celina you can still get reasonably priced new construction, and sometimes on larger lots than you would usually find in Frisco. Plus the Prosper school system is supposed to be great, and the southern parts of Celina fall into Prosper ISD (Independent School District).

There are still quite a few new communities still in the planning stages in the area, so if you like it up here, you'll have lots of choices when you're ready.
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:49 AM
 
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The home in Gentle Creek will be better for resale simply because it's closer to 380 and all the new retail that's coming. Personally, I'd pick the Prosper home. There's not much out there, I imagine Celina has even less amenities going for it.
Light Farms is smack on the border of Prosper. It may as well be in Prosper.
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Old 05-12-2016, 08:04 AM
 
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Light Farms is smack on the border of Prosper. It may as well be in Prosper.
It's still further away from 380 anyway you slice it. There will be a slight premium for Prosper homes over Celina due to location. Also, even though kids in Light Farms will attend Prosper ISD, it's never as good of a selling point as actually being IN the city for the school district you want, just look at the disparity in values between Plano and places like Murphy and Parker who have areas that are zoned to PISD.
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Old 05-12-2016, 09:58 PM
 
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It's still further away from 380 anyway you slice it. There will be a slight premium for Prosper homes over Celina due to location. Also, even though kids in Light Farms will attend Prosper ISD, it's never as good of a selling point as actually being IN the city for the school district you want, just look at the disparity in values between Plano and places like Murphy and Parker who have areas that are zoned to PISD.
Also, Light Farms does have the added MUD tax. I believe the current property tax rate is a bit over 3%.
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