You can almost throw a rock and hit my house from Virginia Hills. I have not seen or heard of any issues at all in that community. As you may or may not know, you can always check the local police department website for stats. It is a very popular community because of the lower price point with Prosper Schools.... more
Yes, you would love it here. Check out http://www.shopsatlegacy.com. There is lots to do and it a safe area, with lovely homes and great resale value. It is about 20 miles directly north of downtown Dallas. If you let me know what you are looking for I could send you a property list to look at.... more
HI David, McKinney would be a possible option. It has a quaint downtown area with antique shops and restaurants and is adjacent to neighborhood full of older homes. If you'd like more information please feel free to call or email. email@example.com 469-450-1326
Schools in Plano, and Richardson are highly rated, and consistently over time. Other school districts are also highly rated but perhaps not as consistently over time.
Property taxes in Texas are a bit of a shock for out of staters. We have no state income tax to support schools and the like. Typically, they run about 2.1-2.7% of market value. For Plano city and schools, the homestead taxes would be about $8,685 on $400k value. For Allen $10,100. For Richardson $8,700. For Lucas $8,975. For Parker $8,675. For Murphy $9,050. For McKinney $10,500.
Quality of life is quite high in all of these areas, but local facilities and amenities do vary. The more country-like settings and larger lots in Allen and environs mean that you would be some distance from mall shopping and urban lifestyle. In Plano you can have more shopping and things to do, but lots are typically smaller in the city than in more outlying areas. Walking is possible in most places and parks abound, but it is suburban living, meaning a car is required to get to places.
It would be best to visit to get a more meaningful view of distances and points of interest as well as how living might be there. We'd be happy to discuss it with on the phone, or you can visit our website to see school district maps and information about local government.... more
Typically speaking, Realtors are prohibited from giving you an opinion on whether a neighborhood is high crime, or not. Your best bet is to contact the local police station for statistics about the area in question.
Good luck, and I hope the answer was helpful.... more