Last year, the Dallas Morning News conducted a yearlong analysis of the quality of life in communities and neighborhoods throughout the DFW metroplex. There were just over 50 that were identified as best in one or more categories. In Plano, Texas there were three neighborhoods that ranked either first or second as Best Neighborhood for those residents in the Plano, Wylie and Murphy area. The first two were Hickory Ridge and Deerfield which finished No. 1 and No. 2 and then Willow Bend Lakes which was rated No. 2 for wealthy buyers. Below you will find information about all three and why residents love living in these great Plano communities.
Hickory Ridge is a community of just over 200 homes that is located in northwest Plano. It is south of Sam Rayburn Tollway (Hwy.121), north of McDermott Road, east of Preston Road and west of Coit Road. It is part of the Frisco ISD with students attending Borchardt Elementary, Fowler or Roach Middle School and Frisco Liberty High School. The schools are walking distance to many students and all were rated Met Standard (MS) in the 2013 Metroplex School Ratings. The neighborhood features amenities such as a community pool and clubhouse, a large grassy knoll area for kids to play and is close to two hike and bike trails. An additional feature is that the neighboring community Villages of White Rock Creek has a large fishing pond and public park that are walking distance also. There are also a minimum of five community events per year for the residents and their families to enjoy.
In 2013 there were 10 properties sold in the community with an average price of $338,340 and average square feet of 3,423. The average price per square foot was $99.35 and average days on market was 29 days with the homes selling for an average of 97% of original listed price. The ten properties sold were all built between 2002 and 2007.
Deerfield is in northwest Plano also and is a community of 733 custom-built homes. It is located north of Legacy Drive and South of Hedgecoxe Road, between Ohio Drive and Coit Road. Residents and visitors are greeted by two large brick arches that highlight the entrances on Legacy Drive. The community is surrounded by a brick wall, however it is not a gated community. The neighborhood is served by the Plano ISD with all of the schools being rated Met Standard (MS) for 2013 and within walking distance. Those schools are Haun Elementary, Robinson Middle School, Jasper High School and Plano West Senior High School. The community has 24/7 Security and is located close to major highways, many large corporations at Legacy Drive Business Park and lots of retail shopping including Stonbriar Mall. There are many scheduled social events for residents during the year including an Annual BBQ, Oktoberfest, Easter Egg Hunt and Holiday Party. Deerfield has also gained much recognition over the last 25 years for their FREE holiday lights display on most of the neighborhood houses during the months of November and December. Deerfield also has a clubhouse available to rent to residents and homeowners for parties, meetings and other events. Residents are also within a 10 minute drive to the City of Plano’s Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center. Located just west of Plano West Senior High School, this almost 84,000 square foot facility offers amenities such as outdoor leisure pool, 25-yard indoor swimming pool and indoor leisure pool, double gymnasium and much more!
In 2013 there were 49 properties sold in the Deerfield community. The average sales price was $390,691 with the avearge square feet being 3,706. The average price per square foot was $105.72 and average days on market of 44 days with the homes selling for 99% of listed price. The 49 homes that sold were built between 1986 and 2011.
Willow Bend Lakes is a community of 315 homes that is located south of West Parker Road, north of West Park Blvd., east of the Dallas North Tollway and west of Preston Road. As mentioned earlier, this neighborhood was rated No. 2 for wealthy buyers. The criteria for this category required neighborhoods with median home values of $400,000 or more and household income of $85,000 per year or more. The homes in this community can range in size from 3,300 square feet to as much as 9,000 square feet. Part of the appeal of this neighborhood is that it is surrounded by lakes, waterfalls, creeks and open areas. Residents have access to all types of outdoor activities including bike riding, walking their dogs and even going fishing as they stock the ponds with fish. The neighborhood is highly coveted because of its quiet atmosphere and park-like amenities. The Plano ISD serves this community with Centennial Elementary, Renner Middle School, Shepton High School and Plano West Senior High School. All four received Met Standard (MS) ratings for 2013 in the Metroplex School Ratings. Renner, Shepton and Plano West also received AA/ELA ratings which stand for Academic Achievement In Reading/English Language Arts. Major roads are close-by and retail shopping is less than 10 minutes away at Willow Bend Mall.
Property sales for 2013 included 24 homes with average sales price of $757,563 and average square footage of 4,855. Average price per square foot was $155.03 and average days on market was 67 days with the properties selling for 96% of listed price. The homes that were sold were built between 1979 and 1994.
If you are considering moving to Plano, Texas then you may want to visit these three neighborhoods that have been chosen as some of the best to live in for their amenities, their schools, and their sense of community and neighborhood pride. Sources: The Dallas Morning News, NTREIS
Steve Lester is a Realtor with JP & Associates Realtors living in Allen, Texas.