Plano is often characterized as an area of large houses and long commutes. Rush hour and weekends fill this nabe to its critical mass, as many of its residents are gone during the week to work at jobs closer to downtown Dallas. A charming town square surrounded by local shops belies Plano’s true nature–a place steeped in shopping centers and retail chains. However, for pure suburban comfort, it can’t be beat.
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Plano, Dallas Reviews
It’s Not Just Plain ‘Ol Plano
When I was little, my family and I lived in a rental house in a Plano neighborhood, and currently, my mom has her chiropractic office there. Honestly, I was too young to remember much about the place. Now, my family lives about 15 minutes away from Plano and we visit the city frequently because of my mom’s office.
To me, the city of Plano always seems busy and on the go, even at night. On the other hand, it is also very quiet. In homes, there is no traffic noise that I can remember. As far as scenery goes, there are a good amount of trees and other greenery, compared to some cities that have none!
The amount of trees!
Traffic gets stopped up more often than not.
One of the best places to live
The sprawling city of Plano lies about 20 miles north of central Dallas and is one of the most populous cities in the state. Plano could be considered both a suburban paradise and a corporate heaven. Many corporate headquarters are located here, such as JC Penney, Frito Lay, and Pizza Hut. Aside from a bustling business atmosphere, however, Plano is also home to many well-to-do families and some of the most wealthy in Dallas.
High-scoring schools and low crime have made Plano one of the most sought-after suburbs in the area, earning it CNN Money’s title of Best Place to Live in the Western US. Amenities and employment are certainly plentiful.
Plano has two convenient DART stations (not that there’s much of a need – many people tend to prefer driving) that go into Downtown Dallas. Local attractions include numerous museums, parks, a large nature preserve, and an annual Balloon Festival.Downtown Plano is a perfect place to go for fine dining and local events.
Safe, great schools, ideal for both working and living
Expensive homes. Also, very spread out and doesn’t quite have that close-knit community feel\
In the minds of Dallas natives, Plano is often considered to be a shining suburb to the north where all the women drive suburbans, all the men are doctors, and all the children are above average.
This is more or less true.
Granted, there are wealthier parts of the nabe and less wealthy parts. There are even some sections that are less than desirable places to live. But money does flow freely here. The houses are big, the cars are bigger. Fast food’s aplenty, as are nice restaurants. Everything seems new because it mostly is. Even the Wal-Mart seems to glimmer. Churches are huge (one boasts a 7,000 seat sanctuary) and well-attended. Nearby Willow Bend mall offers enough shopping diversion to satisfy the retail inclined.
There is nothing dangerous or exciting about Plano. But that may be just what some people need. If you can afford it, it’s a fine ’hood to call home.
Extremely safe, some of the best schools in Dallas, lots of options for the church going
High prices, long stretches of sprawl, inconvenient to reach dowtown