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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Banister Court closet

You might buy this West Plano home for the unbelievable walk-in closet alone, but that’s not to say the rest of this 10,256-square-foot home isn’t fantastic in its own right. This six-bedroom, eight-bath home at 5609 Banister Court is listed at $3.95 million by Matthew Rice of The Trophy Group. But first, a little delayed gratification.

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Splurge vs Steal: Willow Bend Elegance in West Plano | CandysDirt.com

Within West Plano, many neighborhoods are highly attractive to buyers, offering superior schools, proximity to many corporate headquarters, and beautiful houses. The Willow Bend area, which includes several adjacent neighborhoods, is a high-end part of West Plano where spacious, elegant houses with wonderful amenities are the rule, not the exception.  

In today’ Splurge vs Steal, we’re looking at two houses in West Plano’s Willow Bend area. Both are in the attendance zone for Centennial Elementary School, which earns a 10 out of 10 from greatschools.org. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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5935 Deseret Front

More proof that there are some really cool houses up north that are far from your standard, brick-and-stone-clad builder’s special. This 1970s contemporary in West Plano is a wonderful example of how you can find a fabulous, updated home with tons of great details up in Collin County.

Located inside Bent Trail, this lovely home not only has great curb appeal and perfect landscaping, but inside is a transitional transformation that is just perfect for a modern family.

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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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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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9812 Saint Annes Front

There’s a subtle line with traditional decor that you don’t want to cross. Often what starts out as a great traditional formal living room sometimes veers into the over-done swag curtain abyss. Luckily, this gorgeous West Plano home inside Ridgeview Ranch Estates is on the tasteful side of traditional.

Things you’ll love about this home right off the bat: The two-sided fireplace that adds warmth and ambiance to both the den and formal living rooms; the open formal dining room that blends seamlessly with the formal living room; the lovely golf course views.

9812 Saint Annes Formal L

Listed by Vivo Real Estate’s Bernice Maez for $289,900, this West Plano home is in perfect shape for a family to move right in and start living. It has four bedrooms, three baths, and 2,700 square feet. There’s a two-plus car garage, perfect for parking both family vehicles and even a golf cart, too, should you want to take advantage of the links in this fantastic community.

9812 Saint Annes Fireplace 9812 Saint Annes Kitchen

Another great feature of Ridgeview Ranch is that it feeds into top-scoring Frisco ISD schools. And considering that there is plenty of space in this home, you’ll have tons of room for your teenagers to be close, but not too close. The kitchen is a great hangout place for doing homework, thanks to the great breakfast area and open layout. With custom backsplash, granite counters, and stainless steel appliances, it’s an eyeful, too.

9812 Saint Annes Master

The master suite is well-appointed, but I’m not in love with the carpet (full disclosure: I am rarely ever in love with carpet). Still, the tray ceiling makes it feel elegant. The color on the walls is a bit overpowering. It’d look fantastic in a neutral gray or greenish beige with a bright white paint on the ceiling and maybe a graphic rug beneath the bed to add symmetry.

9812 Saint Annes Master Bath

The master bath is huge, but thanks to the wallpaper, it feels a bit dated. Don’t let that discourage you, though, as these spacious vanities, separate garden tub and shower, as well as walk-in closets, should be enough to persuade you to buy and do a tiny bit of work remodeling. Trust me, it’ll be worth it!

 

9812 Saint Annes Backyard 9812 Saint Annes Golf CourseOutside you’ve got that fantastic view of the course, which is absolutely verdant come spring. You’ve also got room for a lovely garden, and a rear patio that is fantastic for grilling with friends.

 

West Plano Squatters

Photos: WFAA/Plano Police Department

Maybe we need to get over this whole “possession is 9/10ths of the law,” mentality, because some folks are taking it way too far.

In another case of a home on the market getting some unexpected tenants, Jack Brewer, 74, and his wife were arrested at the home of Jeff and Melissa Nunn after trying to assume ownership of the home, claiming it was abandoned and using a rule that hasn’t worked so well in the past.

Jack BrewerAccording to the story from WFAA, the Brewers had binders full of sensitive personal documents from the Nunns, including their recently filed divorce decree, which, by the way, was why the Kings Ridge home was vacant (not abandoned) in the first place. They had even gone so far as to tape a notice on the window of the home claiming it was abandoned and that they were taking possession. But when neighbors noticed strange folks moving into the Nunns’ home, they reported them. Smart neighbors!

Police are puzzled though, considering the amount of information the Brewers had. Could this be a bigger plot to seize homes? All this happened while the Nunns were readying their home for the market, which leaves me wondering — how do you protect a vacant home on the market from squatters and thieves?

I’m thinking a good security system is a start, as well as keeping your neighbors in the loop. Agents, how would you prevent this from happening?

Notice From Brewer