Post # 1
I know you can help me out with this. I’ve never really been to Texas and I’m moving to Allen for work in about two weeks! I’m coming from Chicago.
Can you please tell me what you know about that area? Is it better to live in Allen, Plano or Frisco? What are the people and culture like there? I know they are big on football because of the crazy stadium they built. Where is the action around that area?
Any info would be awesome!
Post # 3
Allen is a huge suburb of Dallas, but it’s pretty far away from Dallas, about an hour. They are definitely football crazy, but so is…oh, just about everyone down here.
I don’t know which is better, but if you are younger and kidless, I would live in Plano. There is more to do, it’s less “suburb-y,” and downtown Old Plano is pretty great, they’ve put in some cool new restaurants.
I live in Dallas and work in Plano, which is actually great because usually it’s the other way around. (so all the traffic is going the other way!)
Just depends on what you want, really. Allen and Frisco (and Plano) are btoh great real estate markets…you will be shocked at the amount of house you can get for a relatively small amount of money.
People in Texas are REALLY nice and friendly, it will be a culture shock though!
Post # 4
@sarals24: Thank you for the advice! I had no idea it was an hour from Dallas!
Post # 5
Well, it’s about an hour from downtown Dallas. It’s probably 30 minutes from the outskirts of Dallas, but there is always traffic on I-75, which is pretty much the only way in and out of Dallas.
Post # 6
@Lily_of_the_valley: Welcome to Texas! Plano, Frisco and Allen are all relatively close to one another, so choosing where to live just depends on what type of activities, etc. you would like to have close access to. All three areas have plenty of shopping and dining, especially since Allen has really built up in the last few years. They are all about 30-35 minutes from downtown Dallas (without traffic), but from Allen you take I-75, which as stated above, can have horrible traffic. From Plano and Frisco, you have easy access to the toll roads, which tend to have a bit less traffic than the state highways!
All three areas are fairly family friendly, but Plano does have more of a nightlife scene, both in downtown Plano, and the Shops at Legacy area. It really just depends on what kind of atmosphere you are looking for.
I live on the border of Plano/Frisco, and have for several years now. I’ve lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area my whole life, in several different places, but this has been my favorite. 🙂 It’s close to lots of different things, an easy drive to downtown and my office in McKinney.
Feel free to PM me if you want any more info!
Post # 7
Yeah, when you look at a map of DFW, you have to rememvber that the state is on a MASSIVE scale from what you’re accustomed to.
Frisco is very much the great white north. It’s a fairly nice side of town -if- you enjoy franchise style life. The shops up there are part of big chains, the restauraunts are chains, and the homes are the mass producted, knock out one entire residential area with one construction project sorts. Of course there are exceptions, but Frisco is sort of on the fringe of very well developped DFW areas, so there aren’t a lot of little mom and pop established shops. If you want familiar stores and familiar brands, Frisco is the way to go.
Allen has a more country feeling to it (Not like…. banjo country. Like small town country) It has some clusters of development around Interstate 75, but once you get away from that, it is lots of mom and pop sort of places, houses that have been repurposed into businesses, that kind of thing. I think this city will be furthest from your living experience in Chicago, which you may like or dislike.
Plano used to be the place people would go live if they wanted to be on a weathly portion of town, but couldn’t affort Highland Park. It’s very upper middle class. It is a much older development of the Metroplex than Frisco, so it has a little of the old, a little of the new. It is also the only of the three cities you listed that has access to the DART rail system.
Among the three, I would personally go with Plano, and I would mosey up as close to the highway as I could for ease of access to the rest of the metroplex. Dallas life involves a LOT of driving. Be greatful our gas is chaper in Texas.
Post # 8
@kalixti: Thanks for the info! So Plano had more action? How far is Plano from Allen?
Post # 9
Allen is the BURBS majorly! Like super family centric. If you do plan on having kids though, Allen is great; if you don’t want kids, then Allen is too far away from the action.
To answer your last question Plano & Allen border each other, with Plano being south of Allen.
Also, yes, during rush hour it takes about an hour to get to downtown, BUT, on the weekends it’s like 25 mins (we know this becaue we have several friends who live in Allen, and they throw a hissy fit when we ask them to drive south of 635, when in reality they can get to lower greenville or uptown in 25ish mins.)
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
@Lily_of_the_valley: Allen and Plano are next to each other. Plano is South and slightly west of Allen, so it just depends where you are going. It probably takes around 20 minutes from the north edge of Allen to the south edge of Plano, but if you’re in the center of the cities or near the borders it could just be a few minutes.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
@Lily_of_the_valley: If you want someplace with more nightlife try Addison. That’s a fun area that’s a little further than Plano, but closer than Dallas.
Post # 12
You’re moving in two weeks and you’ve never googled how far away the city you’re moving to is from other major cities?!
I grew up in Dallas/Ft Worth. Allen is pretty out there, but so long as you aren’t having to commute into Dallas, it shouldn’t be so bad. Pretty much the whole metroplex freeway system is under construction right now, so it’s a bit of a mess. Be prepared for very conservative politics, stadium mega churches, lots of football, chain restaurants, and cookie cutter subdivisions. Not a fan of the metroplex, even though I spent 17 years of my life there. It’s going to be quite the culture shock coming from Chicago. Make sure you read up on tornado preparedness/have really good home insurance for hail damage, etc, too – come spring, you’ll be happy you prepared yourself!
Post # 13
(Also, the Dallas World Aquarium and the Ft Worth Zoo are awesome. Sorry to be a negative nelly. It’s the PTSD from growing up as a liberal athiest in TX ;-P )
Post # 14
@crayfish: If you want awesome, you MUST swing by the new Perot Museum of Science the next time you come to town to reconnect with your roots. It is straight up amazing.