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Old 02-06-2007, 11:22 AM
 
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Front entry houses are ugly! The trash cans, the oil spots in the driveways, and the open garage doors make a neighborhood ugly quickly!

Better to get a gun and shoot the criminal breaking into the car.
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Old 02-06-2007, 11:35 AM
 
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That could work.

Coming from NY I am used to the front entry.

I would find it weird never going into my house via my front door.

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Front entry houses are ugly! The trash cans, the oil spots in the driveways, and the open garage doors make a neighborhood ugly quickly!

Better to get a gun and shoot the criminal breaking into the car.
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Old 02-07-2007, 05:43 AM
 
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If you want a front entry home (like I did), then the best place I've come across is Stonebridge Ranch. The entire community is Front Entry and the HOA is gestapo. Leave your cans out, fine. Oil spots in the driveway, clean them up. I know many of you hate HOAs, so don't start in on me with regards to HOAs. Personally, I like strict HOAs. I truly believe that they preserve the value of your investment; Stonebridge is a good example of that preservation in Mckinney (i.e. people pay more per sq/ft in Stonebridge as opposed to neighboring communities in Mckinney).

As for rear entry, I spent alot of time looking at homes in Frisco and personally I've grown to like the look of a rear entry home. As Mom pointed out, I also like how it creates an environment where the kiddies can ride their bikes on the sidewalk w/o worrying about cars pulling out. But really the benefits end there for me

The main things I did not like:

1. having a garage in my backyard. Unless your on a nice size lot, this backyard garage dwarfs your lot in the back, which is where most people tend to hang out (I rarely see anyone in the front of the house here). On one home I liked, they actually had a 3 car garage, and it was nice, but the yard ended up being 20' x 30'...which on a 300k+ home is not that acceptable. Now there are those motorized fences now that go around the garage, those are nice, but now you have a driveway in the backyard (vs. the front of course).
2. In addition to #1, I hate looking out the back door and seeing an ominous looking wall which is the side of the garage.
3. When the area is rear entry and people still park in the front, it looks real bad because there is no driveway. Very cluttered looking.
4. I think it is alot more social to have front entry. I often tinker in the garage on weekends and wash/wax cars, or fix stuff etc. In doing so, I've always had nieghbors come over and chat. In the back of the house, I imagine that I'd rarely hang out there because it feels like an alley.

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Old 02-07-2007, 02:20 PM
 
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I can deal with the rear entry garage but Im pretty sure there would not be as much crime if they were in the front.

I also agree it can make the neighborhood feel more social if people actually entered and left their homes via the front door.
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Old 02-07-2007, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Topeka, KS
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Actually in a number of neighborhoods people still park out front, especially in the cul-de-sacs.
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