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Old 01-08-2007, 09:25 AM
 
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We stay(rent) in Plano (Legacy and Alma) and are looking for a new home in the neighbouring area..

We like the area a lot. We are currently looking for houses in Allen area since its closer to where I work, and plus Tollway in also accessible for my wife.

Any information which would affect our decision about Allen would be greatly appreciated. We do not have any children.

The reason I ask is, I know everybody tells us to find a home in Plano. But, there is hardly any new construction there. I feel Frisco is too far north, and it will be a lot of commute for both of us.

We plan on staying in that house for atleast 5 years, so if we plan on having kids in the next year or two, by the time they are ready for school, Allen ISD should be ok enough. What do are your thoughts?

Any suggestions? Please feel free. I am looking for your thoughts which would help me be alert and make a sensible decison.

Thanks a lot !
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Old 01-08-2007, 09:54 AM
 
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You will do fine in Allen. Not everyone thinks that Plano is all that and more. There are plenty of people that try to avoid Plano. While it is nice it does not attract everyone nor suit everyones taste. Do what is best for you and your family. Long commutes stink and if you can live in a nice area close to work and the other things you like to do than do so. You are right though, Allen does have more new construction than Plano. If you want to do the stay in Plano thing and want new construction then you will have to go to east Plano out around Murphy. Find the spot that is most comfortable for the both of you.
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Old 01-08-2007, 11:03 AM
 
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I used to live in the Allen area, West of 75. It is an excellent area.

There is a very affordable and wonderful neighborhood that has PLANO schools, but is in Allen. Having Plano schools will keep your taxes less and the particular school is highly rated. The intersection is at McDermott and Custer.

It is NOT a new property, but looks almost new. Construction started around 1996, and it is very affordable.
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Old 01-08-2007, 11:16 PM
 
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Allen has higher taxes than Plano (2.5 vs. 2.9 on average), but is still a nice little town nonetheless. It lacks any real shopping/eats, so you will find that you'll end up back in Plano alot for these things.

Personally, the Allen schools on the West side are very good overall. Not sure about the east side, but I have a friend that lives there and she likes them.

If you are looking for a family area, have your Realtor show you 'Twin Creeks'.

Very nice well taken care of older area with great schools, parks, etc.

You mentioned the Tollway in your post, but Allen is far from the Tollway.
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Old 01-09-2007, 10:01 AM
 
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I liked a house in Quail Run, off Exchange and 75 ? anybody has comments about that community. Its a new home.

My lease end in Feb and we made a sudden decision to buy a house and decided that if we found one that meets our requirements, then we move in. Build only if we have to.

I liked Twin creeks too, but the ones they have are over my budget 300K. I am getting a 3200 sq ft 4 bed 3.5 bath here..I do not want a huge home and pay huge taxes...

All suggestions are welcome..I seek your frank thoughts and opinions..

yours Gratefully,
Danny
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Old 01-09-2007, 06:26 PM
 
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have you looked into the Lovejoy area? It is a little east of Allen and prior to building their own highschool and middle school, the kids from Lovejoy would have gone to Allen. It is a little further out, but the school and area is awesome. You can find homes in the Lucas/Fairview area that are about 5 minutes east of 75. there is so much homebuilding going on out there. However, new homes start at about $400,000 and taxes are high.
just a thought....
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