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From staff reports

Out of 180 cities, Plano made the top 5 in a comparison of what WalletHub describes as “essential family dynamics.” In other words, Plano is family-friendly.

Plano’s total score was 67.88, with top 10 scores in health and safety and in affordability. But Plano wasn’t the only North Texas city on the list: Grand Prairie came in 61st, Fort Worth 72nd, Arlington 83rd, Irving 101st, Garland 116th, and Dallas 133rd.

“WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on 47 key metrics that consider essential family dynamics, such as the cost of housing, the quality of local school and health-care systems, and the opportunities for fun and recreation,” the company said. “While obviously not perfect — given personal preferences and the limitations of publicly available data — our findings will hopefully give movers a sense of their options.” (more…)

Now you can train with Jason Witten or at least alongside a 12-foot image of him while using the same kind of state-of-the-art fitness equipment they use at north Texas’s second location of Cowboys Fit, which just opened this week in Plano.

Charlotte Jones Anderson, 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov, and Plano mayor Harry LaRosiliere were on hand Tuesday for the grand opening of Cowboys Fit Plano, a 20,000-square foot facility at 4817 West Park Blvd., Ste 800, near the intersection of Park Blvd. and Preston Road. (more…)

airpark

1620 Airpark Lane has a garage for your cars and a hangar for your airplane.

Just like you’d park your SUV in your garage, you can park your plane in your own hangar at this 6,496-square-foot home in west Plano. We’ve written about this unique property at 1620 Airpark Lane before, and it’s on the market for $1,469,000 by Jack McLemore of Listing Results LLC.

This Airpark Lane property near Willow Bend Mall has five bedrooms and five baths located over 5,488 square feet. There’s a bridge to a 2,323-square-foot airplane hangar aka “toybox,” and a 1,008-square-foot heated and air-conditioned first-floor workshop with a half bath. An upper mezzanine holds a hobby/recreation room and tons of storage.

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Canterbury Court

On Canterbury Court in Plano, the Halloween decorations are out of this world, like this Area 51-themed display.

Plano’s Deerfield neighborhood has its famed Christmas light display, but come October 31, a different neighborhood becomes the Halloween epicenter of Plano. Canterbury Court in the River Bend neighborhood, an otherwise quiet cul-de-sac next to Plano Senior High School transforms into an elaborate display of Halloween decoration ingenuity, where the street shuts down to vehicular traffic and the whole block becomes an outdoor party. 

The Halloween tradition began in 1983, a year after Enrique and Ann Valdes moved into the River Bend neighborhood, off Independence Drive and Park Blvd. Many of River Bend’s homes were built by the popular custom home builder J. Stiles Homes in the 1970s and 1980s. Through the years, the Valdes family has built everything from a 35-foot Titanic replica and giant Star Wars stormtroopers to a haunted pirate ship and members of the Justice League. Others on the cul-de-sac including Nick Derington caught the Halloween spirit, decorating his yard with his own often-homemade themed decor including a lifesize T-Rex and Ghostbusters‘ StayPuft marshmallow man.

StayPuft marshmallow man from the year 2000. Photo Credit: JohnGoudreau.com

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Whiffletree Plano home

Custom touches are plentiful in this 1997 contemporary Plano Whiffletree home with four bedrooms, four baths, and 3,700 square feet for $569,000.

Plano’s popular Whiffletree neighborhood has the perfect blend of well-built 1980s and 1990s homes, mature landscaping, and some of the best schools in highly-rated Plano ISD. For our continuing series on great homes located within great school zones, here is a contemporary two-story, nearly 3,700-square-foot, four-bedroom home for $569,000.

This home, located at 3617 Snidow Drive, is zoned for Plano ISD’s Mathews Elementary (rated 10 of 10), Schimelpfenig Middle School (rated 9 of 10), Clark High School (4 of 10), and Plano Senior High (9 of 10). It’s listed (and owned) by Cyndi Schrob of Redfin Corporation.

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Plano Collinwood House

Plano’s oldest home may move as soon as next month.

The Plano Collinwood House could move as soon as September to its new preservation spot as the new owners make plans for the 19th century home.

And while very preliminary, those plans could include mixed-use development along the Dallas North Tollway with retail, high-density housing, and the Collinwood House as its unique centerpiece, Clint Haggard tells CandysDirt.com.

“Our goal would be to incorporate that historic home into this future, unknown development,” Haggard says. “We don’t know if we’ll incorporate the home into green space or retail. But it’ll be something unique to create that development with a piece of our family history and heritage in the center of it.”

Clint Haggard with his father Rutledge Haggard, aunt Linda Haggard Brookshire, and cousin Jeff Lamun at the Collinwood House.

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Frisco ISD, Plano

4409 Benton Elm Drive in Plano, a 3,700-square-foot, four-bedroom for under $500k, is the first in a series featuring great homes located in great school districts like Frisco ISD.

There are two very good reasons why you’d want to purchase a home in this far north Plano neighborhood. No. 1, you’re looking at Plano addresses because you want something a little more established with trees that actually provide shade. And, No. 2, you want your kids to attend one of the best elementary and middle schools in one of the best school districts in North Texas, Frisco ISD.

This two-story, 3,713-square-foot home has the perks of an already-established neighborhood with the modern architecture of a late-model home and fantastic schools to boot. Located in far north Plano, just south of Sam Rayburn Tollway at Coit Road, this home would be great for a growing family looking to attend school in the highly-rated Frisco ISD. This 1991-built property at 4409 Benton Elm Drive is listed at $459,500 by John Harper of Dave Perry-Miller InTown

Start with the landscaped front yard and two well-established trees perfect for climbing and make your way into the spacious tiled entry that features arched doorways and high ceilings and dining room with crown molding details and laminate wood floors.

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Financial site WalletHub ranked 182 of the largest U.S. cities to find the most stressful places in America, and found that Plano is the least stressed city in Texas. Houston was ranked the most stressful city in the state. Oh, and the sky is blue. These are things we already knew.

Based on data, WalletHub found the three most stressful cities in the U.S. were Detroit, Newark, and Cleveland. What makes a city stressful? Citywide factors you’d expect such as high rates of unemployment and underemployment, long commute times, and lack of affordable housing. There’s more personal factors that cause stress like personal bankruptcy, foreclosure, poor health, and divorce.

Then, there are the quirky factors that WalletHub evaluates like percentage of binge drinkers (yes, that’s you with your box wine-a-weekend habit), median credit score, obesity rates and share of adults getting inadequate sleep that make writing about WalletHub’s lists so interesting.

People in Plano report lower levels of stress at work, less financial woes, happier families and better health and safety than any other city in Texas, according to the July 2018 study. The new ranking comes after Plano was named one of the happiest places in the United States.

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