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Old 10-07-2009, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Frisco
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We are relocating to Texas, and most likely the DFW area.

In doing some house hunting I've seen some nice houses in a lot of areas - Flower Mound, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Murphy, Prosper, Keller, Corinth, etc.

However, in looking at the areas via Google Maps, it appears that Plano is essentially an enormous housing development. And that Flower Mound and Keller are heading that way. While places like Murphy, Corinth, & Prosper are much less developed.

Is this urban sprawl? Are the closer in areas to Dallas & Ft. Worth simply being eaten up by developers? With housing and strip malls being laid out everywhere?

Can anyone give me any recommendations on suburban areas?

Many thanks.
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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We are relocating to Texas, and most likely the DFW area.

In doing some house hunting I've seen some nice houses in a lot of areas - Flower Mound, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Murphy, Prosper, Keller, Corinth, etc.

However, in looking at the areas via Google Maps, it appears that Plano is essentially an enormous housing development. And that Flower Mound and Keller are heading that way. While places like Murphy, Corinth, & Prosper are much less developed.

Is this urban sprawl? Are the closer in areas to Dallas & Ft. Worth simply being eaten up by developers? With housing and strip malls being laid out everywhere?

Can anyone give me any recommendations on suburban areas?

Many thanks.
Corinth is growing with leaps and bounds and Proper is quite a ways out. I don't know where you will be working, but keep in mind the commpute. Dallas is no different from any major city that is growing rapidly, yes, the closer in the more apt you are to find one sub division on top of another.
I personally love Flower Mound, so much of the area has tree lined streets even though much of it is new, it is close to the airport, good shopping and lots to do. An area near there, that is still not open spaces but larger lots is Highland Village.
Nita
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Frisco
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Great reply Nita, thanks. Communte will not be an issue as I will be working from home, so distance from the city center is of minimal importance.

Both Flower Mound & Highland Village were on our list.
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:29 PM
 
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Murphy is a bedroom community. There are about 600 lots left to develop in the whole 3.8 square miles we encompass. :-)

But our lots are mostly 1/4 acre minimums, side entry garage only and you can actually find some half acre and acre lots as well.

We are close to shopping, highways, entertainment and our main intersection is growing with restaurant and retail options. (yes, I did mean that we have one main intersection )
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:13 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Murphy is a bedroom community.

and our main intersection is growing with restaurant and retail options. (yes, I did mean that we have one main intersection )
And at that one intersection there are 3 grocery stores, one down a block and then a 5th grocery store set to be built on the one corner that does not currently have one. LOL!!!

I do highly recommend Annie's Bakery in Murphy.
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Old 10-07-2009, 05:24 PM
 
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Plano is more like it's own city than a suburb. It has the big corporations (ie, J.C. Penney's HQ), commercial and residential. It's rapid growth happened in the 1980s.

McKinney is a county seat, so it's been around awhile. There are new housing developments though.

Prosper is a small town way out by itself.

Flower Mound started out being a fast growing suburb, but the city decided to "control" its growth and slow it down. (I think in the 1990s.)

Frisco and Keller are a couple of these housing boom exurb type places. Everything is new.

Looking at DFW from above it probably all looks like just one big development. The houses are close together, the straight streets make perfect squares and there isn't much in the way of natural things to break it up - I mean, like mountains, hills, canyons, etc. It's just prairie land.

Of the places you mentioned Prosper is probably the only one that isn't "connected" to the sprawl. There is farm land totally surrounding the town. (For how much longer, who knows.)
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I've lived in Flower Mound for 10 years - Not sure if I can compare to the other suburbs in the area, but if you have any specific questions about FM (schools, neighborhoods, etc. ) feel free to PM me.
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:37 AM
 
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There's a whole ton of information here on this forum. Read what's here and you'll find out most of your answers and a lot more. Good luck.
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