Ready to move to Plano for the amazing schools? You should consider this listing from Vivo Realtor Bonnie Ottosen.

Ready to move to Plano for the amazing schools? You should consider this listing at 7209 Fair Valley Way from Vivo Realtor Bonnie Ottosen.

Of course a Collin County town made Movoto’s list of top 10 suburbs for schools. But Plano? I was betting on Frisco, Allen, or McKinney for that, but good ol’ Plano was the only suburb in Collin County — and in Texas, for that matter — in the top 10. The next highest ranking Texas town was Cedar Park at 14, followed by League city at 16 and Round Rock at 17. You can read the full list here.

You’re probably wondering about what makes Plano so great for education. Me, too. Plano was measured against its peer towns by student-teacher ratio, money spent per year per student, high school graduation rate, and GreatSchools.org rating (which is sometimes off-based). Here’s what Movoto said:

If you’re surprised to see Plano, TX on our list, well, you must not live here. Locals know that this Dallas suburb receives high marks pretty much across the board—it’s affluent, safe, and,according to these numbers, an all-star student.

Not only did Plano have one of the lowest student-teacher ratios of 14 to 1, but it also had a high school graduation rate of 94 percent and some of the highest test scores in the nation.

Well, well, well. Congrats, Plano. What do you think of the ranking?

The 10 Best Suburbs For Education By Movoto Real Estate

Curb Appeal

Richardson is one of the inner suburbs of Dallas and offers a lot of opportunities in its 28 square miles. Many of DFW’s telecommunications/networking companies have settled there along the Telecom Corridor, including AT&T, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Texas Instruments, Samsung, and Verizon.

With a population just over 101,000, the city was named the “fifth happiest mid-sized city in America” in 2014 by Movoto, a national real estate blog, based on things like low unemployment, low crime, and high income. That same year, 24/7 Wall St. named Richardson America’s 17th Best City to Live in based on crime, economy, education, housing, environment, leisure, and infrastructure.

I grew up near Richardson and spent lots of time in friends’ ranch houses there, so the listing I chose for today’s Tuesday Two Hundred feels familiar: built in 1964, lots of space inside, and a good-sized yard. The house at 1419 Dumont Dr. is in Northwood Estates and has four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 2,488 square feet on two stories. It is newly listed by Adam Caskey at the Michael Group Real Estate for $298,900.

The house is located near the intersection of S. Coit and W. Belt Line roads, within walking distance to the 25-acre Cottonwood Park. This family-friendly place has picnic and playground equipment, two pavilions, two small lakes with ducks and geese, a swimming pool, baby pool, two lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball court, 1.1 miles of trails, and a multi-use concrete court.

Cottonwood Park-Ducks, Pool, Playground

The park is also home to the locally famous Cottonwood Arts Festival, a free, semi-annual event that features works from the nation’s top visual artists, as well as music, food, and spirits.

In keeping with the “family-friendly” theme, this property is located in Richardson ISD, a district where STAAR passage rates exceeded the Texas average in every subject in 2014. It is zoned for Dover Elementary, Richardson West Arts & Technology Magnet Junior High, and Richardson High School.

Nearby private schools include the lower campus of Parish Episcopal School, Saint Paul The Apostle School, Holy Trinity Academy, Covenant School, and Shelton School. Jump to read more and see photos!

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NRT's new portals, acquisitions, may position the brokerage to out flank competition.

NRT’s new portals, acquisitions, may position the brokerage to out flank competition.

It’s a much different model than Zillow/Trulia, but NRT/Realogy will be on pace to not only capture more leads than Zillow, but it has boots-on-the-ground Realtors who can complete sales. This one-two punch is part of NRT’s strategy to “out flank” Zillow, positioning the brokerage as an online and in-person real estate powerhouse, according to Inman News:

“The nation’s largest real estate brokerage, NRT LLC, is preparing to launch two new search portals that are aimed at reducing the company’s reliance on leads from Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com, attracting homebuyers by offering access to a complete set of MLS listings in markets where NRT operates, plus bells and whistles like automated valuations.

NRT, the brokerage wing of real estate titan Realogy, has over 42,000 agents and operates more than 700 offices in the U.S. under the Coldwell Banker Real Estate, ERA Real Estate, and Sotheby’s International Realty brands. It also owns and operates Citi Habitats, The Corcoran Group and, when the acquisition closes sometime this quarter, ZipRealty.”

 

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