T.B. asks from Plano, TX on February 16, 2010
Moving, but Where? Info on Allen Areas PLEASE
We are living in Plano, and need to buy a home before July. I am interested in Allen, does anyone live there or know much about the area. Where we lived before here you absolutely wanted to live in the South part of the area, the north part was "unsafe", does Allen have an area like that?!? We are also considering Frisco, Mckinney or staying in Plano, but with my husband working in Addison, we don't want to get too far away. Any input would be great. Thanks
L.L. answers from Dallas on February 21, 2010
I think McKinney, Allen, Frisco & Plano are all great. The only negative I know about Allen is that the high school is huge.
This really isn't a response to the question as you have gotten some great advice. I just wanted to say that as a Realtor any Realtor who tells you what neighborhoods not to consider is violating fair housing laws and could be subject to a fine or have his license revoked. Victoria T. may want to withdraw her response.
V.T. answers from Dallas on February 16, 2010
When we moved here from DC we were told to stay away from the East side. That being said, I've driven through the east side side and don't know what they are talking about. I don't hear about much crime on the east side and properties are cheaper than the west side. We live in Twin Creeks and love it. They have great amenities centers and are loaded with kids. However, now that I'm familiar with the area If you need a realtor we used Nick McCoy of Keller Williams. He was wonderful about telling us which neighborhoods to look at in Allen and which ones to stay away from. He is also familiar with the surrounding areas. What I loved most is he talked us out of a more expensive house at the cost of his commission.
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C.W. answers from Dallas on February 17, 2010
So this cracks me up - I life in North Plano ... and 'unsafe' is the worst possible description. :) I love my neighborhood - we live near Custer & Hedgecoxe - Hedgecoxe seems to be the dividing line for Allen and Plano - Allen is north of it and Plano is south of it - I live directly south of it. My house is within 1 block of an elementary school, 3 blocks of a middle school, and I have 3 parks that all within less than 1/2 mile walking distance. I absolutely love my neighborhood. We bought our house 6 years ago and just had our first child - who will attend the elementary school in 5 years - we're here for good! :) So you might reconsider North Plano. I think the kids across Hedgecoxe that live in Allen may even actually go to the middle school near my house - I recently heard some neighbors discussing that (truly don't know that for sure though). Allen is beautiful as well - I just couldn't let the North Plano 'unsafe' comment go without telling you about my experience - best of luck to you!
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R.G. answers from Dallas on February 17, 2010
We moved from McKinney to Allen this past summer and LOVE IT! We moved to Watters Crossing mainly for the elementary school but love everything that Allen has to offer- shopping, restaurants, the small town feel. The Watters Crossing neighborhood has wide sidewalks, large trees, walking trails and wonderful parks for the kids to play at. It is close to 75 and so easy to get around. We loved McKinney but could not be happier than we are in Allen. Good Luck on your search!
W.J. answers from Dallas on February 17, 2010
Have you concidered McKinney? It is absolutely beautiful & very family / kid friendly. We currently live in Frisco to help with our work commute, but have a beautiful home for sale/lease available in April. Please e-mail me if you'd like additional info... ____@____.com
C.B. answers from Dallas on February 17, 2010
There us an area in McKinney that is located in Frisco ISD (which is rated very well).....It is safe and a lot of new homes.....actually DR Horton is building some nice houses close to a golf course and I think the subdivision is called Greens at/on Westridge....look it up.....it is pretty central to several hwys which should make it easy for your husband to travel into addison
A.M. answers from Dallas on February 17, 2010
Hi, my name is A. Martin and I am a local realtor with NorthStar Realty Group. I live in McKinney but service Allen, Frisco, Plano, all over really. Allen is a great place to live. Where you live will depend upon what your criteria are for a home and your price range. With your husband working in Addison, depending on his route to work, that will also impact where you live. Parts of McKinney are great because of the access to 121 and 75 and you get a lot of home for your money.
I understand you are not wanting to buy for a few months but it would be a good idea to decide which area you'd like to buy in. So, if you would like to email me your criteria for a home, I would love to send you a list of properties and I can take you to see them to help with your decision. My email address is ____@____.com and my phone number is ###-###-####. Thank you!
H.C. answers from Dallas on February 17, 2010
I absolutely love Allen and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Its a "small town" atmosphere with ALL the shopping/dining you can ask for. My husband is currently looking for a job right now but we won't even consider moving b/c we LOVE the school that our son is in and can't imagine pulling him out of such a loving and wonderful atmosphere. We have lived on the south east side and now on the north east side and both are great. I don't think there are any "bad" areas. Good luck in your search.
C.F. answers from Dallas on February 17, 2010
Allen is AWESOME. I've owned 2 homes since movinf here in 1995 and seen a lot of growth / changes. The public school system is blue ribbon (i.e. exlemplary). There is no "bad side" but you will find more of the more established neighborhoods on the east side of 75. The newer (and sometimes more expensive) homes are on the west side of 75. Most of the growth in the last 10+ years has been north of McDermott. If you need to commute to Addison, I might look for homes that are along Exchange or Stacy which quickly connects to 121. Once you settle on a home, take time to enjoy the shops & restaurants. The best pasta/pizza in Collin County is found at Italian Villa. Don't be fooled by it's modest furnishings, you can't get near the place on Friday nights during football season! Having lunch with girlfriends or need catering for a small party? Look no further than Elke's Cafe & Market. It's a can't-miss experience. Lastly, welcome to the neighborhood!