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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1712 Lake Side Curb

There are so many homes in Plano that look just like the last one. Behind their brick exteriors they have two-story foyers, tile floors and beige carpet, dark wood cabinetry and granite counters. Master suites with the same vanities, the same jetted tubs, and the same shower. I could be describing hundreds of homes in West Plano alone.

And then I came across 1712 Lake Side, the very definition of different among tons of homes that look exactly alike. And while I don’t love everything about this 2,523-square-foot one-story Spanish-inspired home, I like how daring it is in a sea of plain Jane builder-grade homes.

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Clair Cannon and her champion show dog, Bebe the Boxer.

Clair Cannon and her champion show dog, Bebe the Boxer.

 

What a wonderful idea to help build camaraderie in a dog-eat-dog industry. Besides helping turn around what could have been a “ruff” day, VIVO Realty helped agents “paws” and reflect on what’s really important: best friends, specifically man’s best friend.

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SUBURBIA

We already told you about the #VIVOLOVESPLANO contest, but just in case you forgot to enter, you need to get your winning submission posted tomorrow!

We love Vivo Realty Group, as they work hard for their clients and know Plano like nobody else! So, of course, Vivo wanted to celebrate Dallas’ most famous burb with a cool giveaway:

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2010-lexus-hs-250h_9I knew the news was hot when my nephew, who works in the film industry in LA, texted me that Toyota was moving its headquarters to Dallas. No, I texted back, they are moving to Plano. It’s a big change, he said, and also thinks California taxes and cost of living may have played a role.

Whatever, we will soon be welcoming 4,000 newcomers to North Texas.  A press release from the Japanese-based car manufacturer says the move said is “designed to better serve customers and position Toyota for sustainable, long-term growth.” According to the LA Times article James sent me, Torrance California will lose 3,000 employees to “macho” Texas and leave it’s 2 million square foot office complex in Torrance, well, empty. (more…)

SUBURBIA

This year’s Suburbia Music Festival lineup is amazing, y’all. Some of my favorite acts are going to be onstage at this incredible event, and I’m so sad I’m going to miss it because a dear friend of mine decided to get married the weekend of May 3. Don’t worry, I’ve been giving her round-trip tickets to Guiltville for a while. Kidding! (Maybe.)

But you, my friend, can win two VIP passes to this incredible music festival in our own little burb of Plano, Texas. Thanks to the generosity of the amazing folks at VIVO Realty. They’re staging a super fun photo contest for people who really love Plano, just like VIVO Realty does. Jump to find out how you can win!

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Legendary Lane extFolks, I’m telling you, do not, repeat, do not fool around when you are buying homes under $700,000 ANYWHERE in North Texas.

Legendary Lane kitchenCase study: 3708 Legendary Lane, Plano. Listed March 19, year of our Real Estate Lord 2014 for $269,900.

Here is the report I got from the seller on March 19:

“Less than three hours live, and we have an offer above asking! 6 more showings tonight, three tomorrow. Will wait until tomorrow night to make a decision.”

So that was the first day. This for a home in Plano.

March 20:

“40 showings and 4 offers since 4 pm yesterday….”

March 20:

“Sold for $280,000 cash! Done.”

Legendary Lane study Legendary lane master bath 2 Legendary Lane master bath Legendary Lane master Legendary lane Family 2 Legendary Lane Family Legendary Lane kitchen 2 Legendary Lane DR Legendary Lane foyerNow to be honest, this was a very unique home in the heart of Plano, and a wonderful example of how creativity can take what some might call an “ordinary home” and turn it into a knock-out. Yes people, it is possible.

This is a typical floorplan with 4 large bedrooms, three full and one-half baths, just a smidgen over 2800 square feet. The sellers popped in tons of upgrades including wood floors throughout, custom paint, built ins, upgraded stainless steel fixtures. Note the brick walls in the kitchen. Why don’t more home builders build with brick walls?

Then they remodelled the master bath, getting rid of the usual blah white wood and Corian with dual vanities and a frameless shower. All closets throughout are generous, knocked-out. The kitchen is really the showplace of this home with the granite counters and breakfast room. Then there is the pool, viewable from the living room and formals, and that cute draped cabana that evokes images of Casa Blanca.

This home is adorable and it was sold for more than asking in less than two days. If you are in the market for a new home, it is more important now than ever to be ON TOP of listings the second, I mean the second, they hit MLS.Legendary Lane pool

 

Legendary Lane extFolks, I’m telling you, do not, repeat, do not fool around when you are buying homes under $700,000 ANYWHERE in North Texas.

Legendary Lane kitchenCase study: 3708 Legendary Lane, Plano. Listed March 19, year of our Real Estate Lord 2014 for $269,900.

Here is the report I got from the seller on March 19:

“Less than three hours live, and we have an offer above asking! 6 more showings tonight, three tomorrow. Will wait until tomorrow night to make a decision.”

So that was the first day. This for a home in Plano.

March 20:

“40 showings and 4 offers since 4 pm yesterday….”

March 20:

“Sold for $280,000 cash! Done.”

Legendary Lane study Legendary lane master bath 2 Legendary Lane master bath Legendary Lane master Legendary lane Family 2 Legendary Lane Family Legendary Lane kitchen 2 Legendary Lane DR Legendary Lane foyerNow to be honest, this was a very unique home in the heart of Plano, and a wonderful example of how creativity can take what some might call an “ordinary home” and turn it into a knock-out. Yes people, it is possible.

This is a typical floorplan with 4 large bedrooms, three full and one-half baths, just a smidgen over 2800 square feet. The sellers popped in tons of upgrades including wood floors throughout, custom paint, built ins, upgraded stainless steel fixtures. Note the brick walls in the kitchen. Why don’t more home builders build with brick walls?

Then they remodelled the master bath, getting rid of the usual blah white wood and Corian with dual vanities and a frameless shower. All closets throughout are generous, knocked-out. The kitchen is really the showplace of this home with the granite counters and breakfast room. Then there is the pool, viewable from the living room and formals, and that cute draped cabana that evokes images of Casa Blanca.

This home is adorable and it was sold for more than asking in less than two days. If you are in the market for a new home, it is more important now than ever to be ON TOP of listings the second, I mean the second, they hit MLS.Legendary Lane pool