I used to live in Plano, Texas, just north of Dallas for about 8 years. Plano is a great town, close enough to Dallas and has a lot of large companies (EDS is who I used to work for) and homes from entry level to luxury homes; parks, recreational facilities, shopping, dining. We even had a balloon festival.
http://www.planoballoonfest.org/ (yes, I worked for EDS back then)
Where I used to live in East Plano (my first home), there is a creek and a trail behind the house and we walked our dogs along the trail (later biked with the kids) all the way to several different parks. Great Place!
Here's city of plano website.
If you can't find a great agent on Trulia, give me a call (see my profile). After one bad agent, I finally found one that I am forever grateful for - this is before my RE career.
Austin Waters is a great community within Austin Ranch which sits on the city limits of Carrollton, Plano, Lewisville, and The Colony. It has amazing new homes starting under $400,000 built by Billingsley Townhomes and are unlike anything in the Dallas area. Please contact me today for a private tour.
I look forward to working with you.
I can offer you a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, new fence, fabulous new 144 sq ft deck with arbor and new oak trees in back yard, professional landscaping with micro-drip irrigation, ne roof 2008. Inside: crown molding, new fixtures, fresh paint and much much more. Asking 250K for this incredible 2700 square feet. (92/sq ft)
There are some GREAT Dallas foreclosures I have seen move in quality
Contact my office if we can assist
Depending on the lifestyle you seek and others in your household to take into consideration. Are schools important to you? Do you like an active night life? How long of a commute would be ideal for you, 30 minutes or less? Knowing a little more, I can tell you what areas are most popular and what they offer.
I invite you to contact me and I'll be happy to discuss further with you.
Distance from your business is also key as when you say "I'll be working mostly in Dallas" that encompasses a wiiiiidddeeee area. Determine where exactly in Dallas you will spend most of your time.
Once you get a firmer idea of the above, use Realtor.com to get an idea of the inventory in each neighborhood. Then, most definately, visit Dallas and use a Realtor . . . you can spend weeks trying to get to know the areas . . . a realtor will help u to minimize that time and help u make the best decision.
Good Luck! Perhaps, I'll see u in Dallas when I return!