What Families Need to Look for When Choosing a Neighborhood

What Families Need to Look for When Choosing a Neighborhood

  • Rajin Patel
  • 01/25/23

If you're thinking about moving to Plano, you're making a wise decision. This city is one of the most desirable places to live in the country. There are plenty of things to love about Plano, from its strong economy to its top-rated schools. But when it comes time to choose a neighborhood, how do you know which one is right for your family? Here are some factors to consider when choosing a neighborhood in Plano.

School scores

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Families looking for top-rated public schools in the Plano area will be thrilled to know that there are several highly-rated Plano schools to choose from. Anderson Elementary, Wyatt Elementary, Mathews Elementary, Gulledge Elementary, and Skaggs Elementary are rated 9/10 on GreatSchools.org, and Fowler Middle and C. M. Rice Middle are rated 10/10. In addition, Plano ISD Academy High School and Jasper High School are both rated 8/10. With so many great options available, families are sure to find the perfect school for their children.

Popular parks and playgrounds

As any parent knows, finding the perfect playground can be a challenge. You want a well-maintained place with plenty of space and an array of equipment for your kids to run around and adventure with their friends. Windhaven Meadows, Haggard Park, Bob Woodruff Park, and W. H. “Buzz” Rasor Park are all fantastic options for families who want the perfect balance of fun and convenience. Plus, because these parks are near some of the city's best shopping and dining spots, you'll never be far from a fun afternoon. So if you're looking for a place to raise your family, consider living in Plano near the best playgrounds. You won't be disappointed.

Best neighborhoods

Avignon Windhaven

Avignon Windhaven is a beautiful, luxury neighborhood in Plano, TX. The homes here are large and well-appointed, in various European and Mediterranean courtyard styles. With 210 gorgeous estates, there's something for everyone. Plus, the Plano Balloon Festival and Angelika Film Center and Cafe are always fun festivities on the calendar. If you're looking for a luxurious, convenient place to call home, Windhaven is a perfect choice.

Kings Gate

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Kings Gate is a beautiful gated community in Plano that offers its residents luxurious living on expansive lots. The community is composed of only 50 homes, which helps to create a tight-knit neighborhood atmosphere. In addition to the private lake, Kings Gate residents have access to highly-rated public schools, walking and biking trails, and the Legacy West shopping center. The Interurban Railway Museum is also a must-visit, and for those who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, the Go Ape Zipline and Adventure Park is a short drive away. Kings Gate is the perfect place for those who are looking for high-end living in a secluded setting.

Kings Ridge

Kings Ridge is the perfect place to call home if you're looking for a tight-knit community with plenty of neighborhood events on the roster. From block parties to BBQs, there's always something going on. There are plenty of top amenities nearby, too. Whether you're looking for great schools or a top spot for some shopping, you'll find what you need within a short drive.

Lakeside on Preston

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The Lakeside on Preston neighborhood is one of the city's most desirable places to live. It's known for its high prices paired with beautiful scenery. The community features a private lake and a 15-acre park, with tree-lined streets lining the pristine lawns and greenspaces. The walking trails, fine dining, fitness center, and upscale shopping center make it a convenient place to live and relax after a long day. Whether you're looking for a place to raise a family or want to enjoy the good life, Lakeside on Preston is the perfect neighborhood for you.

Normandy Estates

Normandy Estates is one of the most beautiful and sought-after neighborhoods in Plano real estate. The homes here are luxurious, with stunning architecture that will take your breath away. This neighborhood has it all, from walking and biking trails to a fishing pier and fountains. Plus, it's conveniently located next to premium shopping and amenities. If you're looking for the best of the best, Normandy Estates is the perfect place to call home.

Willow Bend

Willow Bend is a beautiful neighborhood that offers something for everyone. The homes here range in price, but most are on the higher end. However, the top-rated schools and the large size of the neighborhood more than make up for it. Multiple architectural styles are represented in its real estate landscape, so you're sure to find one that suits your taste. In addition, the community hosts several annual events, such as a fun run, holiday party, and parades. The nearby lake is also a popular fishing destination, so don't forget to bring your rod and reel! Whether you're looking for a place to raise a family or just looking for a quiet place to call home, Willow Bend is sure to please you.

Hire a local buyer's agent

If you’re looking for a place to raise your children and make memories that will last a lifetime, it’s essential to consult with a buyer's agent who specializes in family homes. An experienced local buyer's agent will be highly familiar with the neighborhoods that are the best fit for families and will be able to provide guidance on things like the quality of the school district, shopping and dining needs, and recreation options. They will also be able to negotiate on your behalf to get you the best possible price on your dream home. So, if you are a family considering a move, make sure to enlist the help of a qualified buyer's agent. It could very well be the best decision you ever make.
If you're ready to jump into the Plano housing market, be sure to hire a top-notch buyer's agent. Contact experienced local Realtor® Rajin Patel today for answers to all your questions and to get started on this exciting journey.

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About The Author

If you're familiar with the DFW real estate market, chances are you've heard Rajin Patel’s name a time or two. His career has been a long one, with recent successes. He's also recognized as one of the reputable Realtors® involved with residential sales.

His clients include top business and civic leaders, whether in life sciences, e-commerce, academia, medicine, or finance. Rajin says. "They expect me to anticipate problems before they happen and fix them in order to create a seamless transaction."

Rajin takes great pride in the fact that his success stems in large part from positive referrals. He works tirelessly to meet his client's needs and be a calming, knowledgeable guide throughout the buying or selling process. "No single transaction is ever as important as a relationship." – Rajin 

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