Also, have you considered Coppell? There are a few homes in your price range in the Greens.
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I would recommend concentration on the floor plan, lot, location, and condition rather than on the age of the home. Having grown up in just-built neighborhoods, when it came time for me to buy a home, I wanted some place with mature trees and a more settled feeling.
There are three different school districts in the Valley Ranch area, so you may want to give some consideration to that factor. It will be a resale factor for some subsequent buyers.
I also live in Irving.
a) Extend your search to Coppell, Las Colinas, these locations are only a few miles from Valley Ranch.
b) There has been some great Dallas home foreclosures in these areas that are 15% or more below market value
c) Some of these homes 10 years + are die for on the interior
d) Valley Ranch and area had some GREAT property increase in values over the past several years.
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This area is very popular due to proximity to the airport and Las Colinas. There are also some other great things about VR, like the new pool area they're building for children, new library, etc. You are right about the age of the homes. There has been very little built in the past 10 years that will be in that budget. There will be some, but not many. I wouldn't worry as much about the age of the home as much as I would about location and condition of the house. Many of the older homes probably in the eyes of many of my customers have superior design and lots. Of course beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. I will soon have a very nice one story home for sale near Ave of Champions and Cowboys parkway in that price range.