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Old 01-27-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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HI, I and my family are moving to Dallas in a few months and wanted check if anybody would recommend Frisco over Plano or the reverse?
I believe both have good schools according to online ratings and parents reviews ... Any advice would be appreciated. We would like to purchase a home with trees and a little bit of a bigger yard if possible and that seems to be a challenge for $300K.Thanks for your help!
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:57 PM
 
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$300k in either place is easy, way easy. It's the yard that will be hard, and Plano will more than likely have larger yards... but they'll be different. Do you favor front or rear entry garage? With rear entry, you have an alley and you won't back up to your neighbor's. With front entry, the back yards will butt right up against each other and less privacy.
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:15 PM
 
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We would like to purchase a home with trees and a little bit of a bigger yard if possible and that seems to be a challenge for $300K.Thanks for your help!
What is your definition of a bigger yard?
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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HI, I and my family are moving to Dallas in a few months and wanted check if anybody would recommend Frisco over Plano or the reverse?
I believe both have good schools according to online ratings and parents reviews ... Any advice would be appreciated. We would like to purchase a home with trees and a little bit of a bigger yard if possible and that seems to be a challenge for $300K.Thanks for your help!
If you want trees, you're probably going to need to go with an older home, and probably with Plano. All the builders around here seem to bulldoze anything living and start with a completely flat lot.

Lot sizes in much of DFW are postage stamps compared to many other areas. Larger lots in that price range do exist, but they are the exception, not the rule, and you'll be trading off house size/quality for the extra lot size in the same price range.

For reference, houses in my immediate neighborhood are built on lots of just under 1/4 acre. My former neighborhood had standard lot sizes of just over 1/6 acre. Scattered among those were several larger corner or other odd lots.

It's hard to tell if you can find what you want without knowing what your idea of "bigger yard" is. 1/3 acre? 1/2 acre? 2 acres?

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Old 01-28-2010, 09:58 AM
 
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Just throwing out a non-Plano/ Frisco suggestion. Have you considered the Lake Highlands area of Dallas? It is in northeast Dallas, just north of White Rock Lake. In fact, several of the creeks that feed into White Rock Lake run through the area and the trees are big, mature, and plentiful.

Schools are excellent as it is a neighborhood in Dallas County that feeds into Richardson ISD. Lake Highlands is the HS.

For $300k, you can get a 1950's or 1960's ranch home that has been completely updates & remodeled (ie, new kitchen and bathrooms) on a bigger lot than you will be able to find in the suburbs.

If you work in Dallas, it will cut the commute you would have had from Plano/ Frisco considerably. If you work in Plano, you can reverse commute up 75 in about 25 min during rush hour.
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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60 X 120 is going to be the standard yard in Plano & Frisco in your price range. You will find very few that are 70 X 125 or more. I was just working with some people that had the same criteria where the yard was more important than the house itself and we looked at everything out there. They ended up settling on a brand new home in Rockwall with a large lot.

If the age of the home doesn't matter to you, then yes I would recommend Lake Highlands as well or in East Plano where you would be surrounded by trees from the nature preserve/Parks and greenbelts just not many on the homes themselves.

Naima
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