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Old 06-06-2007, 05:08 PM
 
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I think Mckinney has alot of upside at this point in time and is a much better value compared to its nieghbors (Frisco/Allen/Plano). However, you know that I like all of these areas.
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:19 PM
 
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I think Mckinney has alot of upside at this point in time and is a much better value compared to its nieghbors (Frisco/Allen/Plano). However, you know that I like all of these areas.
Agreed, Frisco is out for me, it is between Allen and Mckinney an Mckinney has more choices for me right now.
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Old 06-06-2007, 08:35 PM
 
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What caused you personally to change your mind about Frisco ? Just curious because I went through the same thought process (i.e. looked in Frisco for a month solid, planned to make an offer, but just couldn't talk myself into it)

If you buy in the right areas within each, I don't think you can go wrong with any of the 3.
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Old 06-06-2007, 08:50 PM
 
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Derek,

Have you checked this area in Mckinney:

David Weekley Homes - Community (http://www.davidweekly.com/community.asp?community=17280000 - broken link)

Within the floorplans, check out the 'Nicolas'.....you can get your 4 bedrooms up easily on that one because you can convert that kids play area into the 4 Bdr.

Well within your price range as well.

Also, it maps to Kerr Elementary in Allen, which is the same school that Montgomery Farms (very nice area) maps to....75013 zip. I researched that school when I was looking in Montgomery Farms and it's excellent.

The 60' lot is a bit tight, but it's a j-swing garage, so you'll have some backyard.

Check out the map:
http://www.davidweekly.com/Images/commphotos/Villagepark_big.gif (broken link)

This area feels more like northern Allen to me than Mckinney. You get the benefit of access here and the ammenities in Craig Ranch and Bridge Street over to the east.

I'm not as bullish on resale here vs. Stonebridge, but the area should do fine over the long term due to how accessible it is (most of Mckinney is not as accessible, i.e. 75 access only)

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Old 06-06-2007, 08:55 PM
 
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What caused you personally to change your mind about Frisco ? Just curious because I went through the same thought process (i.e. looked in Frisco for a month solid, planned to make an offer, but just couldn't talk myself into it)

If you buy in the right areas within each, I don't think you can go wrong with any of the 3.
The only community I liked was Pearson Farms but the floor plan wasnt a great fit. Also in my price range my options were limited unless I decided to consider panther creek or greyhawk.
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Old 06-06-2007, 08:57 PM
 
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Derek,

Have you checked this area in Mckinney:

David Weekley Homes - Community (http://www.davidweekly.com/community.asp?community=17280000 - broken link)

Within the floorplans, check out the 'Nicolas'.....you can get your 4 bedrooms up easily on that one because you can convert that kids play area into the 4 Bdr.

Well within your price range as well.

Also, it maps to Kerr Elementary in Allen, which is the same school that Montgomery Farms (very nice area) maps to....75013 zip. I researched that school when I was looking in Montgomery Farms and it's excellent.

The 60' lot is a bit tight, but it's a j-swing garage, so you'll have some backyard.

Check out the map:
http://www.davidweekly.com/Images/commphotos/Villagepark_big.gif (broken link)

This area feels more like northern Allen to me than Mckinney. You get the benefit of access here and the ammenities in Craig Ranch and Bridge Street over to the east.

I'm not as bullish on resale here vs. Stonebridge, but the area should do fine over the long term due to how accessible it is (most of Mckinney is not as accessible)

Funny you should bring this up I was very very interested in Village Park, not DW though, Sotherby and KHOV were at the top my list. Then I mapped the schools and they were just too far away. The freshman center and HS were 8 miles away and the elementary was almost 5 miles away. Wife and I decided not to put the kids through that.
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Old 06-06-2007, 09:01 PM
 
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The only community I liked was Pearson Farms but the floor plan wasnt a great fit. Also in my price range my options were limited unless I decided to consider panther creek or greyhawk.
Funny, so we were in a similar situation. Pearson Farms was the only area I really liked as well (well, aside from Starwood/Stonebriar $$$$).

Panther Creek (Dominion is nice, rest is so-so) and Grayhawk were very uneventful to me....and I was also suspicious of the resale/foreclosure activity in these two areas.

Bottom line, if those two represented Frisco, I would have never looked beyond Plano. Pearson Farms (PF) was nice, but the only way I could get what I wanted there was to go well over 350k. Also, just above Pearson Farms is the actual 'Pearson's Farm' which rumors have it they plan to sell as soon as PF is almost build out. Can you say Pearson Farms Phase 2 ? I didn't want to compete with the builder when I was ready to move in a couple of years.

Also, to the east of PF is some residential zoned land that was purchased a while back...that also scared me....Beazer or DR Horton moves in there, the premium you just paid to PF is in the toilet.

I guess there were just too many unknowns.

My second choices in Frisco were Pecan Ridge (Trails) and Cobb Hill (no pool, a bit too close to a substation and the DNT). Cheyenne Crossing was ok a well, but there is a train that runs through there and some ominous looking power lines at the entrance to the development.
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:13 PM
 
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Well, there's an upside to being 5 and 8 miles away. You qualify for the school bus. If you are 2 miles or closer you don't. If you have a dual income and your child is older and can stay home alone it's awfully nice to have them come home on the bus. If you are a mile or two away it's too far to walk (esp in the heat) and you end up having to pay a child taxi service to pick up your child and bring them home. This is a real issue once they hit middle school and there is no aftercare program and you must figure out a way to get them home.
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Old 06-07-2007, 07:47 AM
 
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Where I grew up in MD, the Elementary/MS and HS were all greater than 8 miles away. I don't think I ever thought about it. Took the bus to and from.

Also, I thought your kids were Elementary aged ?

What I'd wonder more about being on the border of a school district is getting re-mapped at some point in time. This also happens in Frisco alot when they open new schools and build new elementaries. I'd hate to have my kids remapped into a new school a year after they move out.

Maybe one of the natives here can comment on how the boundaries work for ISDs. For instance, if this is Allen ISD today, is it possible that it will be Mckinney ISD in a year or two once they build that area out along Ridge/121 ?
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Old 06-07-2007, 08:44 AM
 
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Good points about the bus service, anyone know how the bus works exactly? Can you have days where your child uses the bus and days where he/she does not?
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