I hope this helps.
This is Roxanne DeBerry of Keller Williams Realty. I know the areas that both of you work extremely well. If you like older homes and trees then I would suggest you taking a look in Los Rios in east Plano. It is easy to get to George Bush and has parks and trails to enjoy. If you are a golfer there is also a nice golf course there. Another area you may want to consider is Firewheel, however prices there will be higher than in Los Rios. Richardson has some nice homes as well and there are many that are in treed areas as well as close to parks. Garland north would be the only area that I would consider which is close to George Bush but doesn't have the foilage as some of the other areas. Depending on what price range you are in will actually give us an idea of where to look. There are some very nice townhomes in some of each of these areas as well. We need to speak to really be able to narrow down some of your choices. We would be happy to assist you. I have helped hundreds of buyers over the years find the homes they desire. Please give me a call at 214-676-8040 and mentioned that you contacted me through Trulia. Thank you for allowing me to be of service.
The DeBerry Team
Congratulations on your wife's new job and becoming home owners!
Richardson is a super community for you to consider. My husband and I grew up in Richardson, went to RISD schools, and know the area very well. As one example, there is an awesome University Estates area near Foxboro Park where you can ride your bikes, there are older homes, tree lined streets, yards large enough for your pooches and you could walk/bike to shops from there. Spring Creek Nature Area extends to Foxboro Park and and it's a park that has a multi-use trail, natural areas, hardwood forest, and a pedestrian bridge over winding Spring Creek. The Trail links with Galatyn Woodland Preserve, the area is near the DART line and sounds like it'd be right up your alley. It's very friendly over there with people wandering back and forth to each other's back yards for pool parties, grilling out, B-B-Q's, poker parties, etc. Of course, not knowing your price point, it's hard to know where to definitely point you. There are some other wonderful communities near Canyon Creek and Sherrill Park.
Another wonderful initiative that Richardson is implementing is the home improvement incentive program. If you invest in a home in Richardson, and you make improvements to it (more than $20k), and complete it within 2 years, you will receive a one-time rebate equal to 10 times the amount of the increase in city taxes based on the property's pre-construction and post-construction appraised value. The tax appraisal office will determine value. So, if you want to make upgrades to or remodel your home, it'll really pay you to do so in Richardson.
Grapevine and Austin both have lakes and the areas you're considering really don't. The closest lake you'd have would be Lake Ray Hubbard, but it's to the south east of Garland and getting you away from 75 & Geo. Bush. Maybe you guys could spend some of your weekends at the lake to get that feel.
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