City Zoning and Laws for Wylie vs Murphy vs Parker

Asked by Ted Brown, 75050 Sat Nov 10, 2012

We are interested in purchasing a home with a sizable lot in Collin County and I'm finding some lots of 2-6 acres with old ranches/homes in the Wylie/Murphy/Parker and even Lucas areas. We're trying to get a feel of the option of getting such a large lot and building 2 homes on it one for us and one for our inlaws.

I was wondering if anyone knows which of those cities is more flexible when it comes to land subdivision of ranches and lots.

I'm also curious if there happens to be a side by side comparison of the area including the above cities so that I compare different aspects of each. I already saw what Trulia offers in terms of community info/crime index...etc

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Melissa Hail…, Agent, Plano, TX
Sun Nov 11, 2012
Are you looking at land that is part of an acreage subdivision? Or are you looking for land that is outside of a "subdivision"? Do you plan to have horses or other larger animals? All of these answers will make a big difference on how you will be able to proceed. Please know that if you are inside a subdivision you will have more restrictions (either deed restrictions or HOA restrictions). However, if you are buying land that is not part of a subdivision (or maybe not even within city/town limits) you will have much more flexibility. With the amount of acreage you at considering, it should be able to be accomplished either way...and you have some good ideas on how to move forward listed in the answers below.

Our office is located in Wylie and we work specifically in the areas that you have mentioned. We would love to help you locate the perfect piece of land, research the specific restrictions, ensure that utitlities are present, and facilitate with a builder for you. Additionally, if you do not already have a builder in mind, we can recommend some reputable companies that you may want to consider.

Another item to consider is financing. We work with professionals in the mortgage industry that can give you some great options/terms on land with intent to build. Some of these include single-close loans that save you money on closing fees.

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Sherry Renfr…, Agent, Frisco, TX
Sun Nov 11, 2012
Hi Edgard-

David is correct with regards to homestead and a singe family dwelling. However, homeowners get around that by building a guest house. There are no limitations or restrictions except what might be in place by the HOA if there is an HOA in area you are looking.

For example, the homes along Dublin Road in Parker. There are several that have separate guest homes, an existing structure that is not attached to the home, but free standing.

Another option would be to buy that 2-6 acres lot and divide it yourself, creating 2 separate homesteads and then build. The cities of Wylie/Parker/Murphy are accustom to seeing this. This area is rapidly growing and there are quite a few subdivisions that offer 2 plus acre lots. I have worked with the planning and zoning departments of Parker and Murphy and they are good people and eager to help.

Again, you may have to contend with the HOA of the subdivision, if any, in order to divide your lot partially. The covenants may require a minimum acreage requirement.

I would be happy to assist you with your land purchase and new home construction process.

Please feel free to call, text or email.

Best regards,

Sherry Renfroe
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David Hock, Agent, Richardson, TX
Sat Nov 10, 2012
Edgard, in all communiies when lots are sub divided they are intened for 1 home stead. There maybe multiple structure but it is still one address. Only out side of a sub division will you be successfull in dividing up a lot. other than what it was plated for. The other issue you will have is money or your loan. For a loan on the second structure It would have to have it's own address, permanent entrance and utility easement. All subdivision have restrictions for construction, I sincerely believe your better off trying to buy 2 separate lots. Wylie, Murphy and Parker are all great communities and you might look into Sachse as well, they have a number of editions that might suit you.
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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Sat Nov 10, 2012
Great question....I'm not sure any of us can answer accurately, because how do you know until you get there, have the right piece of property, etc.

Long term thinking I'm not sure it is great to build two homes on one piece of property. What I'm thinking is at some point down the road, what if one of you no longer wants to live on the property. Now you have a house that is potentially difficult to sell or maybe impossible.

I'd think buying two lots in the same area, or one big lot that you could subdivide into two separate lots or 3...maybe with homes each on 1 acre, and the other 4 acres separate that could go with ether house or be sold separately might be an option too.

Side by side comparison you can check out and then click on the compare link.

You can also search for lots at this link:,128854…
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Just remember, in addition to all of the above, you may open up an entire new can of worms in the form of divorce, inheritance. And, of course, there are an entire chapters of the V.C.T.A. that apply to occupancy by adverse possession, rights that accrue due to lengthy occupancy, etc. One issue that would probably be the most generic would be to divide up the land, retaining an attorney and a surveyor to establish boundaries, for separate deeds, etc. athis is probably the closest
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