We strongly prefer rear-entry driveways because the neighborhoods tend to look nicer. When you drive around front-driveway neighborhoods, it seems like most people have so much stuff that they can't even fit their cars in their garages and have to park in the driveways and streets. It gives the neighborhood a really crowded, messy look. I would think it would be hard to sell a home in a neighborhood that looks like that, but one of the posters said they didn't have any trouble moving homes in Avalon, so I guess it depends.
We are currently in El Dorado Heights. We have a back driveway but we always park in our garage anyway. I can see how it could affect you getting to know neighbors, but we didn't have that problem - we know all of our neighbors and we all keep an eye on each other's homes when someone is traveling, etc. In some cases, I guess it could make for a smaller backyard, but our backyard is huge. Almost no one on our street parks on the street - everyone parks in their rear driveways so our street stays clear.
Our child goes to McGowen Elem, which is in Avalon, and since we are looking for a new home, I have frequently seen the signs in there and wanted to check them out. But I can't get past how crowded and messy the back half of the subdivision is - it's hard to even drive through it. The front half looks good, although there are still too many people parking on the streets instead of their driveways.
Easy solution to the risk of your car getting broken into on a back driveway: park in your garage.
in Mckinney 2nd paragraph 3rd sentence.
Although this alone should not sway you from the purchase that fits you.
Buyers like you are savvy and do think about resale which is financially smart. HOA's can be
a double edge sword. Most in Mckinney are quite reasonable in my opinion and offer quite a few amenities and services.
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Of course this can also change as the average age of the community goes up and also seems to go in cycles. As the little kids grow up and become teenagers they get cars and then have to park somewhere.
So a street with no cars today could have cars next year or in 3 years or in 5 years.
Neighborhoods with front entry drives seem to be friendlier as you tend to see more people easier, know when they are at home, see them come and go. They do tend to look more unkept sometimes, especially on trash day.
Home with drives in the back tend to look cleaner, but typically less friendly as people can come and go and you never know.
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