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Adam, Home Buyer in Grapevine, TX

Where to live near 75 & George Bush? (Young Active Couple)

Asked by Adam, Grapevine, TX Thu Jun 12, 2008

My wife and I are looking for an area to live in that is located close to both of our jobs. I work at Arapaho & Greenville and she just got a job at Williams High School in Plano so we would probably look in Plano, Richardson, or Garland. We have two small dogs, no children (yet), and would probably be looking to live in the area for no more than 5 years. We want a place with a good sense of community (ie, neighbors), attractive, and preferably somewhere within walking/biking distance of parks, shops, etc. We don’t need a new house (I actually prefer older homes) and don’t need a big yard (too much to mow), though trees are desired. Also, townhouses or condos are acceptable as long as they have enough storage room (at least 6’ by 8’). I am a cyclist and would like to live somewhere where I could bike to work (or DART) safely (within a distance of about 6-8 miles).

Something like Grapevine (current residence) or central Austin (previous residence) would be great!

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6-8 miles from your work would be east Richardson around Renner, also the Canyon Creek area, the Springpark area or the Firewheel area of Garland. Both would fit the bill from what you describe, are very cyclists friendly. These are established neighborhoods with mature trees like several areas of Grapevine. They are all easily accessible to the DART which is getting more popular these days.

I hope this helps.

Naima
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Hello Adam,
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.

Roxanne DeBerry
The DeBerry Team
Email: roxanne@thedeberryteam..com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 12, 2008
Probably the biggest question is price range? I personally don't think anywhere in Plano/Richardson/Garland feels like Grapevine or Austin. Perhaps south of Mockingbird around White Rock Lake is the closest choice, but again it will depend on your price range.
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Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
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Hi Adam,

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.

We would love to help you find something in this area.

Thanks,
Terri Hayley
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 15, 2008
Hello Adam: You are considering some excellent areas-especially Plano. I have been a real estate broker for 28 years and have listed/sold many homes in those areas! I might also mention that there are some parts of Wylie, Murphy, Frisco and Allen that might be well suited to your needs. However, the closest area to GB Freeway & Dart would be Richardson, South Plano or North Garland. You did not mention how much you wished to spend on your home and, naturally, that would have an impact on the exact location of the home! You could call one of my mortgage officers for an easy "phone" pre-qualify so that we would have a better idea of where to look. Naturally, you might pre-qualify for a much higher loan amount than you would wish. My job is to find the best home for the least amount of money. I hope I do that well...after this many years as a successful real estate broker! The mortgage brokers I work with I have utilized for years. If they say you are qualified..then I KNOW we will close. They have many programs from which you might choose. Would love to talk with you by phone to get a few more of your home desires! Please call me at 214-729-4699. I would also be able to send you homes by e-mail where you can peruse them at your leisure. Just let me know som particulars! I look forward to hearing from you. Most sincerely....Dr. Sharon Starks, Broker-Agent - Keller WIlliams Realty.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 12, 2008
There are several communities in the area near Hwy. 75 & George Bush that I think meet your criteria. Like Bruce said, would need to know a price range before looking. You can look at homes listed using the MLS on my site, and others.
You can also set up a listing notifier by entering in your information, that will keep you informed as new properties become available. These services are FREE, so I would encourage you to use them.

Good Luck!
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