Russell Rhodes of Berkshire Hathaway PenFed Realty Texas has listed this 1985-built, completely updated home near Park and Preston in Plano for only $315,000. The 1,878-square-foot home at 4561 Early Morn Drive has three bedrooms, two baths, and is located in highly-rated Plano schools with walkable retail.

This home is located in my first neighborhood as a homeowner, so I can attest to the fact that Studio Movie Grill, Katy Trail Ice House Outpost, and Blue Goose are walkable across the street for the perfect dinner, movie, and drinkssss night out. (Man, I miss those days.) (more…)

Lakeside on Preston

By the time we spotted this Saturday Seven Hundred listing at 5116 Lake Falls Drive and came back to it for a second look, it was under contract. No matter, we appreciate great, well-located homes any time we see them. This 4,382 square-foot-home in the Lakeside on Preston subdivision of west Plano has six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and one half-bath, and could be great for multigenerational families. One of its six bedrooms has a second entry and the two-story home has a four-car garage. It’s listed by Mollie Hancock of Ebby Halliday, REALTORS Plano for $769,900.

Rich hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, crown molding, and plantation shutters are just some of the details that make this 1997-built home feel so right. Cozy up to the gas fireplace in one of three living areas in this west Plano home. (more…)

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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