For this week’s Saturday Six Hundred, we head to north Plano for this 3,918-square-foot Toll Brothers home at 6913 Portobello Drive in Kings Ridge. For all those employees flocking to west Plano in the land of corporate relocations, this home is in the perfect location for commuting. The four-bedroom, three-bath open floor plan offers plenty of natural light and neat, clean lines for $665,000, plus a little soft Italian style for flair.

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Are you moving to Dallas from out of state? Here are 7 things no one tells you about Texas according to Jenny Harrison. (file photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

By Jenny Harrison
Special Contributor

Pop culture stereotypes have ruined the image of Texas — the brave and beloved Lone Star State. For those who haven’t been there or haven’t met someone from Texas, it is the state of short-tempered rednecks, wild cowboys, and dumb blondes. The reality, however, is different and shockingly more interesting.

Texas is the second largest economy in the US, worth around $1.6 trillion, and that’s probably the reason you are moving to Dallas or San Antonio. With a 13 percent increase in employment over the last year, it is among the top five states to offer lucrative job opportunities. The cost of living is slightly lower than the national average and that makes it a great place to save money and raise a family.

These are the things you rarely hear about Texas. So today, we will talk about things that no one tells you about Texas when you are stuck on whether you should or shouldn’t move to Texas.

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JPMorgan Chase signed a letter of intent to build at Plano’s Legacy West development, moving 6,000 employees there over the next three years. Photo: Karahan Cos.

It’s been a rumored deal for months now, but now, Plano has another reason to celebrate. JPMorgan Chase has selected an anchor corner in Legacy West to build a $300-million, 1-million-square-foot high-rise campus to house 6,000 relocated employees from around DFW.

JPMorgan Chase signed a letter of intent Thursday to build at Legacy West, Plano’s 240-acre development. Construction is slated to start later this year, Chase spokesman Greg Hassell told Steve Brown at the Dallas Morning News.

The empty lot, located near the Dallas North Tollway and State Highway 121, is next to the new Liberty Mutual Insurance development, a $325-million office campus under construction now.

The letter of intent ends months of searching by Chase to find a location to consolidate some North Texas workers from Farmers Branch, downtown Dallas, Lewisville, Coppell, and other locations into a corporate office complex.

“We expect the first employees to start moving in to the new campus in the second half of 2017—total move-in will last through 2018 and 2019,” Hassell told Brown. “Over time, we expect 6,000 employees to work at the new campus — roughly half of our employee population in the Metroplex. We haven’t figured out where everybody comes from yet. We have people in a number of buildings across the Metroplex.”

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1818 W. Colorado New Front

This red brick beauty at 1818 W. Colorado is one of Stevens Park Estates original Colonial-styled estates. Built in 1935, this gorgeous home was a real trendsetter. Today it is just as stylish, with three bedrooms, four baths, a detached two-car garage, and a gated drive.

The exterior of the home has been kept as true to period as possible, says owner John D. Murray of Dallas City Center Realtors, who has listed this beautiful 3,720-square-foot estate in one of Dallas’ most sought after neighborhoods for $775,000. The roof sports Ludowici tile that has a earthy patina you’d expect from a similar property in New England, and the curb appeal is unreal thanks to the expansive front lawn and lush landscaping. Inside, though, it’s colorful and full of texture and light.

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11259 Leachman Cir-1-X3

There is something about the location of 11259 Leachman Circle that takes the temperature down a notch or two. The home is located on a leafy cul-de-sac off Northaven Road (near Inwood, need I say more?) that is so peaceful you can hear the crickets tapping their legs. And the home is CANOPIED by lush trees, soaring oaks. It’s a transitional ranch circa 1974 to which the whole world has been added. There is a glorious main kitchen, a catering kitchen, two master suites, storage galore, high ceilings, light, and one of the most beautiful bedrooms I have seen in eons.

In fact, I’m so excited I have to show you this room up front. See those panels? All storage!

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Toyota groundbreaking 1.20.2015

At a ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday, about 100 attendees watched as a Toyota Tundra truck moved the first shovels of dirt for the Japanese automaker’s $350 million North American headquarters in West Plano.

The relocation of Toyota Motor Corp.’s $350 million headquarters to Plano from Southern California was North Texas’ biggest corporate relocation of 2014. By the time construction is complete in late 2016 or early 2017, some 4,000 jobs will have been created at or moved to the 100-acre campus, including transfers from California, New York, and other states. Plus, for every one of the jobs Toyota brings to Plano, four more jobs will be created.

That’s a colossal business opportunity for Collin County realtors, who are getting ready to be a part of finding homes for those who need it. The company’s 1 million-square-foot campus is located off the Sam Rayburn Tollway and Legacy Drive in Plano, and many of the corporate employees will want to live close to that area.

“We’re all gearing up for it and we are ready to take them on, whether they’re going into Plano or Uptown,” said David Maez, broker and co-owner at VIVO Realty. “Another thing we’re going to see is all the corporations that do business with Toyota moving to the area. You’ll be adding all those other jobs and people to the area.” Jump to read more!

Toyota Executives groundbreaking

Toyota CEO Jim Lentz, President and CEO Michael Groff, and Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere (center). All photos courtesy of WFAA-TV.

 

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4504 Bordeaux Front

This is just such an amazing opportunity to live in an amazing home! Were you looking for the perfect rental for your relocation to Dallas? Have a couple of kids and want to be in a great school district? Love architecture and midcentury modern design? There could be no more perfect home for you!

This Howard Meyer-designed three-bedroom, three-bath modern dream home was recently on the market for $1.2 million and you can rent it today for $6,495 a month! It’s listed with the gorgeous Dave Perry-Miller agent Charme Gallini.

Now, I may be biased, but I think that this wonderful time capsule of a home showed a lot better when it was on the Spring Modern Home Tour. There was furniture! Color! Perspective! The space was alive.

Today, well … it’s all very, very white.

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7707 Northaven Front

Let’s talk about Hill Haven Heights, OK? I love this area. It is a fabulous neighborhood bordered by North Central Expressway, Hillcrest, Forest, and Royal, so it’s extremely accessible. It’s also full of great single-family homes and a few great condo communities. It’s not far from the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, or the scads of shopping options lining Highway 75.

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And it’s not out of reach, price-wise, either. In fact, you should check out this amazing traditional at 7707 Northaven Road marketed by Clay Stapp agent Richard Baker. It’s on the market for a recently reduced $529,000. Considering the upgrades on this home, that’s fantastic!

7707 Northaven Dining

With more than 3,100 square feet, four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and a two-car garage, this home is plenty big for a family. And considering the neighborhood, this is a great house for someone relocating to Dallas. Sometimes it’s hard to find a home like this, that’s move-in ready, plenty of room to move around, and has a family-friendly backyard, pool included. If you’re headed to Dallas for a job transfer, this is the home to buy.

7707 Northaven Kitchen

You’ve got granite and travertine, hand-scraped hardwood floors, upgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances including a wine fridge and custom cabinetry, and two full living areas with an open floor plan. Behind all of that you’ll find practical upgrades such as a radiant barrier insulating the roof, tankless hot water heaters, and a new roof. The large backyard is nothing to sniff at, either.

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The master suite is spacious and features an upgraded bath, including a ceiling fan. This is an often-overlooked feature that really helps during the summer. In the bedroom area you’ll notice French doors that look to the pool and deck area — another great feature that makes this room a wonderful retreat.

7707 Northaven Backyard

And if you’re relocating to Dallas, you’ll probably be overwhelmed by your first summer. All the more reason to consider this home, which has a great pool for cooling off when the heat reaches triple digits.

What do you think of this house?