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    We are renting for a while now in Frisco and really like it. Our realtor suggested a new neighborhood called Richwoods. Since we are renting on the West side of town, does anyone have any information or think that is a good area. There's nothing out there to even see but 2 homes that are not done yet.

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    They are building right across the street from us. We've lived in the area for a little over 2 years and like it alot. There is alot of retail, so it's very convenient, Stonebriar Mall is right down the street and since it's right off 121 you can quickly get on a main road. The other nice thing, is the schools are all very close together. They are building a new middle school, the elementary is right down the street and Liberty is around the corner. If you have any specifics, feel free to ask : )

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    • #3
      There is a thread in Frisco Focus about Richwoods.
      "A society that puts equality -- in the sense of equality of outcome -- ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests." - Milton Friedman

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      • #4
        Will Richwoods be a good area?

        Originally posted by New Frisco Girl View Post
        We are renting for a while now in Frisco and really like it. Our realtor suggested a new neighborhood called Richwoods. Since we are renting on the West side of town, does anyone have any information or think that is a good area. There's nothing out there to even see but 2 homes that are not done yet.
        If you are new to Frisco, here is the scoop.

        Basically you will talk to two different people, East Frisco Fans and West Frisco Fans. The funny thing is, both are right!

        East Frisco is more old school Plantation, Hillcrest Estates etc. many West Friscoians call it more McKinney than Frisco. But this is not true. My brother lives in Turnbridge Manor off of Independence and 121 and it is the most friendliest kid neighborhood in Frisco today. Hunters Creek is connected to Turnbridge and is definitely a beautiful community with the winding streets and mature trees. The other new communities being built North are on the border of McKinney as well and all of the schools are great. East Frisco's location to me and my clients is more desirable because access to 121.

        West Frisco has some incredible spots as well. Lone Star Ranch, Shaddock Creek Estates, Austin Ridge, Heritage Lakes etc., are all incredible neighborhoods that have maintained a great name through the years. West Frisco is much closer to old Downtown Frisco and the unbelievable amount of Shops and restaurants that have popped up. West Frisco is closer to the Tollroad if North and South is a need.

        I still think that East Frisco has West beat because of the easy access to 121, closer to Stonebriar, closer to 75, and faster downtown Dallas.

        But I may be biased because I just contracted on a home in Richwoods for my family.

        And yes, it is my company and I am not trying to pitch you on it at all, but it helps many people understand the most important aspects.

        But regardless if you choose East or West, as long as you are in Frisco . . . You are all good!!!

        Best of luck!

        Brad Holden

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        • #5
          Holden, thanks for the good info. I feel buying houses sometimes is like buying a car and I hate the entire process. Have you met with all the builders? Since you're a realtor, you probably shopped them all pretty hard. Which ones are easiest to deal with and are there any to avoid in your opinion? We are going out next week to pick a builder and our realtor "likes them all". Suggestions? We can go up to $600.

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          • #6
            We like better access to the tollway, so we prefer the west Frisco location to where Richwoods is located (although) I'm sure it will be a nice neighborhood. You should definitely check out Newman Village. It is located off Eldorado (between Legacy and Teel). We just moved there in December and really love it. We lived in the a very popular Frisco neighborhood for 9 years prior to this, so we were really nervous about changing neighborhoods. However, we have met a huge number of people and do not feel like we could have made a better decision. Newman Village is also a gated community and is a little further along the road to development than Richwoods. One thing we love about it is the planned nature of the tree-lined streets, green areas and other places that will only improve as the neighborhood improves, as well as, the diveristy of the architecture. There are mediterranean style homes, painted brick, tudors, french-style brick and some of the more standard Frisco stuff with brick and stone accents. We just like that every house looks different.

            We also have regular neighborhood events like monthly dinners, Casino nights, etc. that really help you get to know your neighbors.

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            • #7
              Builders in Richwoods

              Originally posted by New Frisco Girl View Post
              Holden, thanks for the good info. I feel buying houses sometimes is like buying a car and I hate the entire process. Have you met with all the builders? Since you're a realtor, you probably shopped them all pretty hard. Which ones are easiest to deal with and are there any to avoid in your opinion? We are going out next week to pick a builder and our realtor "likes them all". Suggestions? We can go up to $600.
              All of that depends on you. Some will negotiate, some will not. Some will make changes to plans, some will not. Etc. It also depends on if you need a backyard or not, prefer value or luxury, etc. There are definitely some of the builders that blow the others out. That would have to be a private conversation.

              You are right. I have talked to two of the owners and the other two presidents of the divisions in making a decision. I have already sold 16 homes there and KNOW what makes sense for each client. The opportunity is there because of timing and price, so I jumped all over it. When the $10 million dollar amenity center starts in June/July, watch the prices and amount of contracts that get written.

              Newman Village is a nice place, but it is no Richwoods!!!! I promise. Newman is going to take a lot longer to build out and it's success depends on if Frisco will approve the plans for that corner to be developed like Shops of Legacy to be called, Shops of Frisco.

              I know that there has been 2 price increases already and another that is slated for the end of the month. It will be the place to live in Frisco, I promise!!!!

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              • #8
                I am sure that Richwoods will be nice, but I don't see their billing as the next most "luxurious" neighborhood in Frisco . . . The home prices say they range from $300-750. That is not the caliber of home you are going to find in Starwood or Chapel Creek, so it really isn't comparable in my opinion. I'm sure that the price point will help Richwoods build out more quickly than some other neighborhoods, but we have a ton of confidence in Newman. It has been selling more quickly than we expected when we moved here and the Newman family, as well as, the developer have shown their commitment to making sure it continues on the right path.

                I can say that our decision to move to Newman had nothing to do with the potential shopping on that corner. We looked at several neighborhoods that all promised that "Shops at Legacy" type plan. It is ultimately up the the market and retailers to decide where they would like to build and there are no guarantees . . . just look at Frisco Square. I don't see that as a make or break for Newman Village because it is a fabulous neighborhood without that now. I do think Eldorado/Tollway is more desirable location-wise to east Frisco, but we have always lived on the west side and are more comfortable there. The realtors I have talked to have told me that real estate holds value better, but I have no personal knowledge in that area.

                ETA: I see after looking at your link you have a vested interest in Richwoods. I can see why you would feel the way you do based on your involvement.
                Last edited by Mom About Town; 05-09-2012, 06:23 PM.

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                • #9
                  a bit biased..

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                  • #10
                    I have to second MomAboutTown. We also live in Newman Village and could not be happier! We know all our neighbors and have a blast at monthly and quarterly events. We lived in another West Frisco neighborhood for 5 years before our move here and we mainly moved because of all the wonderful things NV offered and bc of the diversity of the homes (so tired of seeing the same houses everywhere). I first heard of the neighborhood a couple of years ago while working in a real estate office here and was very impressed with Newman's dedication to this neighborhood and now that I fortunately get to call it home I can see examples of that in their thoughtfulness to the community overall and how well they take care of things here.

                    Regarding the growth comment earlier, I don't see how that could be true unless they are projecting that bc of the lower-priced homes Richwoods offers? I am sure many local real estate agents would be willing to give you some accurate details regarding that. There was a brief piece recently aired on CBS News regarding the NV first quarter sales being up 225% over last year's. Also, back to your original concern, I think you should run through a few different threads on FOL regarding East vs West Frisco to see several opinions from people who have been here awhile, I personally prefer the neighborhoods in West Frisco.

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                    • #11
                      Oh, and Brian is right...we are probably all a bit biased

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