It is a hard choice! If this helps:
* Briarwyck has 6 phases planned and they are only on their first phase so consider how long you plan to live in the house.
*Marshall Ridge has several price points that, depending on which price point you are in, can raise your value when the subdivision is all built out. Meritage is one of my favorite builders and the homes are beautiful. (Drees also)
*Briarwyck is Roanoke and Northwest Schools
*Marshall Ridge is Keller and Keller ISD
*Briarwyck is near 114 and Speedway traffic a few times a year
*Marshall Ridge is near the Train all the time (further back in the subdivision helps)
*Marshall Ridge means Keller proper and thus access to Keller Pointe and other Keller amenities. Roanoke hasn't built up their city amenities yet.
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But most of all you have to love your home! I hope this helped.
Buyer's remorse? I understand! As you have stated, growth in that area is going to happen for sure!
One thing I always caution my buyers about is, the further away from the metro plex, the less you may per square foot. The house you are building will be wonderful, you have chosen an excellent builder and the lot is perfect!
If you are buying your home with the idea of keeping it for 7-10 years, enjoy it and look forward to that. You concerns are legitimate however, is the trade off worth starting all over? Property taxes are lower in Roanoke and Keller ISD is experiencing growing pains right now. Realtors cannot discriminate when providing advice and it appears that you understand what the trade offs are. At the end of the day, what will be the best decision for you and your family?
I hope this was helpful.
Lucy A. Puniwai
Schools are important since our daughter will be going to kindergarten in 2 years. When we looked at Marshall Ridge, the 52 ft lot line is horrible in the Springs Collection. The Waterford Collection is 62 ft lot lines but the houses jump significantly. We chose a corner lot in Briarwyck in the 62 so we actually have about 75 ft.
In the end, it is obviously emotion that is driving our decision because the house we bought, a Maverick w/the Turret, is remarkable. Comparing that house to the same price range in Marshall Ridge is not a comparison at all. We would lose about 1000sf and have, in my mind, a generic home by comparison. We should also have 40ft from the back of the house to the fence line and in Marshal Ridge we may get 30ft not to mention additional width in Briarwyck.
So we just need to decide if we prefer the larger house is Roanoke with the obvious concerns or go to Keller and get a smaller house in what is probably a nicer area.
There are some great areas in Keller, so limiting yourself to only two of them is doing yourself a disservice. If you'd like, I can set my system up to send you a list of homes (on a regular basis) that meet your search criteria. That way you can get a feel for all the areas. Think of it as catalog shopping for homes. Once you get an idea of what areas and homes appeal to you, then we actually go shopping!! It's a great way to narrow down a large area. If that appeals to you, just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with an idea of what you are looking for (price, range of size, bedrooms, baths, etc.) and I'll get you set up. Thanks so much and good luck in your house hunting!!
Tru Value Realty
I know what you mean! Marshall Ridge vs Briarwyck! Have you considered the Villages of Woodland Springs? (You are debating 2 and I throw in a 3rd?!) Are you considering brand new or preowned? Do you prefer a large lot? Are you concerned about schools or other amenities such as the common areas, like the pool etc? Where would you commute from? Are taxes a concern for you? How long will you live in the home?
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