There’s nothing spooky about six bedrooms and five and one-half bathrooms in a massive Plano abode in the Frisco school district.

There’s nothing spooky about six bedrooms and five and one-half bathrooms in a massive Plano abode in the Frisco school district.

So what’s this got to do with Halloween?

Well, it’s tricky – and this home offers plenty of treats.

Let’s explore of a few of them, shall we?

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If you drive all the way north up Custer Road, you’ll come upon The Grove Frisco, a new 735-acre master-planned community by Newland. About 120 homes have been sold or are under construction in what Newland, the community developer with more than five decades of experience, calls a modern village. As you turn off Custer Road onto Gartner Road, The Grove Frisco feels different than an ordinary builder community under construction and it’s all about the trees and The Orchard House.

Recently, Newland’s Grove Frisco was named the Best Residential Community of the Year by Dallas Business Journal and The Orchard House was named Best Community Amenity by the Dallas Builders Association. The Orchard House is a modern farmhouse-styled clubhouse with fitness center, two pools, splash pad, and locally-owned Swirl Cafe & Bakery. (more…)

We could fall in love with this two-story 2014-built Darling Home for the front loggia alone, but add the fact that you’re near the newly announced PGA Headquarters coming to Frisco, it’s a hole in one for 12869 Terlingua Creek Drive in Newman Village, one of Frisco’s most exclusive and private gated communities.

This breathtaking 4,377-square-foot home features five bedrooms, five baths, and two powder baths, with a casita too for $810,000. A gorgeous iron gate greets you as you walk into this cozy, partially covered courtyard lined with brick. Once you step through the front door, the entry of this home offers a soaring ceiling and an iron-railed hardwood staircase.

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Election

Voters lined up at the Oak Lawn library Election Day, with more than 400 people casting ballots by lunchtime (photo by Bethany Erickson)

Frisco, Richardson and Dallas ISD Pass Property Tax Increases

  • Allred bests Sessions in U.S. Rep. District 32 race
  • All four propositions on the ballot for Dallas ISD passed
  • Johnson beats Rinaldi, Johnson beats Luby Ryan
  • Carolyn King Arnold, Keyaira Saunders headed to a runoff

While Democrats came surprisingly (to many) close to winning statewide seats on Election Day, ultimately candidates came just short of besting the Republican party across the board in statewide races. How close were the races, despite the losses? In 16 years, Democratic candidates in statewide races have received 45 percent of the vote only twice — last night, nine of them did.

“Today is not a bad day,” Mike Collier, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, said Tuesday night. “We showed Texas that if you campaign on issues that Texans care about, you can have a strong showing in this state.”

But while the “Beto Effect” may not have bestowed a win on its namesake, it was still impacting races, with the El Paso congressman’s get out the vote effort being attributed to down-ballot flips in several congressional, state, and local races.

After record early voting, Election Day polling locations varied from “ghost towns,” as one poll greeter said, to steadily busy. Turnout increased as schools let out, and as people got off work, volunteers said.

Election Day

After a bit of turmoil during early voting, the Lakeside Activity Center in Mesquite was actually calm and congenial Election Day.

Measures for 13-cent Tax Ratification Elections passed in both Richardson ISD and Dallas ISD. Frisco ISD voters approved a 13-cent tax swap that will move 13 cents from the debt service column to the maintenance and operations column.   (more…)

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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An excellent academic program and exceptional opportunities for students make Frisco ISD highly sought after for families relocating to Texas or moving within DFW. 

The district has grown 7 to 30 percent annually since the early 1990s, and today serves more than 58,000 students in 68 schools. They project that number to be 67,528 in 2022. 

For this week’s Splurge vs Steal, we’re looking at two houses in Frisco ISD. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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Karthik Nemmani of McKinney. Photo courtesy of CNN

We get emails from people all the time, asking where the best place to live in North Texas is if you seek a high quality public school.

Tonight, the answer would be McKinney. 

Karthik Nemmani of McKinney is the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion. He won Thursday night, by spelling the word “koinonia” . Media outlets said he survived “arguably the most intense competition in the bee’s 93-year history.”

Karthik is 14 and he beat a record-shattering 515 contestants at the national spelling bee, plus six other Texans. Five of the champion spellers were from the DFW area. Even more, the number of contestants nearly doubled (not exactly, 515 compared to 291 but this is a spelling bee story, not math) after bee organizers expanded eligibility this year.

Along the way, he had to outlast a field of 16 finalists who vanquished words such as “Praxitelean,” “ispaghul” and “telyn” — sometimes without batting an eyelash — in a breathtaking show of spelling skill broadcast live on ESPN.

But Nemmani, who was competing at his first national bee, displayed the poise of a veteran, seeming to sail through his words: “condottiere” (knight or roving soldier available for hire), “miarolitic” (of igneous rock), “cendre” (a moderate blue), “ankyloglossia” (limited normal movement of the tongue), “grognard,” “passus,” “shamir” (tiny worm capable of splitting the hardest stone) and “jagüey” (an East Indian tree).

Dear me, I can even screw up spell-check. (more…)

When you’re relocating for a job, the search for a home can be rife with uncertainty. 

Are the schools good? Is there a grocery store nearby? Are there other school-aged children in the neighborhood? Is it safe?

Well, if you’re not one for shopping or guesswork, this Frisco home is an easy buy. Built in 2005 inside the popular Stonelake Estates, you get a solid house with plenty of room and on a great street.

“This home is a relocating family’s dream,” says listing agent Kathryn Roan with KW Urban Dallas. “When you first move to a new place, it can be so hard to get your bearings. Frisco is a very family-centric community that welcomes newcomers.”

And it makes it very hard to leave.

“We are sad to leave this wonderful community as we have amazing memories here but our children have all gone off to college,” says seller Donna Nimmo. “This home was amazing to raise young children in thanks to the close proximity to the schools and all of the activities.”

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