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Your Ultimate Guide to Plano: Explore 9 of the Best Neighborhoods in Plano TX

With more of us looking for better places to live – places that focus on safety, quality of life, and opportunity – many places in North Texas have sprung up on such lists in recent years – Plano being a popular choice.

But what does Plano Texas have to offer its residents?

This city flanked by other cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex gives quick connections to adjoining cities while still holding its own, with scenic neighborhoods, great libraries, solid public schools and private schools, and thriving businesses.

More: Explore the cities in the DFW Metroplex

Plano utilizes part of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system of trains, buses, and the GoLink shuttle service to navigate the city and give a way to cut the traffic and the cost into the heart of Dallas, the local airports, and many of the major businesses and sights in the metroplex.

Downtown Plano DART Rail

Collin College has multiple campuses throughout the city, offering associate and bachelor’s degrees with graduate options through local partnerships. Preschool and kindergarten private education opportunities include multiple Primrose Schools and Montessori schools across the city along with the large network of campuses operated by Plano Independent School District.

The current median home price is $495,000, while the average monthly rent is close to $1,800.

Video Credit: Visit Plano

The Big Questions about where to live in Plano, TX

  • But where should you live in the city?
  • What’s the best place to find your dream home?
  • What’s the cost of living like in Plano, Texas?

Let’s look at the different areas of the city and see what it has to offer!

Plano TX Neighborhoods

9 of the Best Neighborhoods in Plano TX

(Please note that the list of schools below, while extensive, is not exhaustive.)

West Plano

With a growing corporate presence, high-demand shopping areas, and gorgeous urban neighborhoods, West Plano is there to meet the needs of the upscale and competitive. The area is also home now to the first H-E-B in Plano.

With prime real estate, homes range from $300,000 to over $3,000,000, with the average monthly rent for an apartment at $1,900.

Notable neighborhoods include Avignon Windhaven, Deerfield (locally famous for holiday displays), Glenhollow Estates, Indian Creek, Kings Ridge, and Shoal Creek.

·       Preschool: Canyon Creek Day School, Windhaven Academy, Parker-Chase

·       Elementary School: Barksdale, Tom Hicks

·       Middle School: Renner

·       High School: Shepton, Plano West Senior

·       Private Schools: include Prestonwood Christian Academy, Prince of Peace Catholic School, The Einstein School

·       Charter School: Lone Star Academy

If you’re looking for that slice of nature, just west of Dallas North Tollway is Arbor Hills, a densely wooded and scenic park that offers miles of pedestrian trails and multiple vistas.

Taking the western edge of the Bluebonnet Trail and following it east will connect you to further parks, trails, and recreation centers, the closest being the Tom Muehlenbeck Center.

For a more urban but relaxed feel, Granite Park Boardwalk offers good food and a cozy view.

Legacy District

As home to many businesses, including the Toyota headquarters, the Legacy District in West Plano Texas gets you close to much of Plano’s corporate heartbeat. If that weren’t enough, the Shops at Legacy meets your upscale shopping needs, and all within walking distance.

Within the Legacy West area is Legacy Hall, with a multi-story food court and a view from all floors of an open-air stage for games and performances. Apartments near the Shops begin at $1,200 a month.

Legacy West Plano
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The proximity to the Dallas North Tollway ensures a faster commute into Addison and Dallas (and almost a straight shot to Dallas Love Field), while the Sam Rayburn Tollway can often get you to the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport within a half-hour.

DART also has multiple bus stops in the area for transportation further south and east.

Nearby great neighborhoods include homes in the elegant Normandy Estates, a gated community with homes upward of $1,000,000-$3,000,000. Its schools are split between Lewisville and Plano ISD. Preschools include Challenger School – Legacy and TLC School.

South of the Legacy District is Windhaven Park, with a splash pad and a large dog park as some of the most notable features.

Park and Preston District

At the heart of this district lies the Preston Park Village, a sprawling community of established businesses that cover your fashion, dining, and living needs, whether it’s picking up a few essentials from HomeGoods and Petco or trying out the latest comfort food at Panera – not to mention Whole Foods, Market Street, and Trader Joe’s.

Notable neighborhoods include Gleneagles (with homes starting at $700,000) and Lakeside on Preston.

Among the zoned schools are Brinker Elementary, Centennial Elementary, Renner Middle School, and Shepton High School.

Proximity to the President George Bush Turnpike gives quick access to various parts of Plano and more of a head-start into Dallas.

Preschools include Burnham Rd KinderCare.

Willow Bend District

The established neighborhood for which the district is named focuses on quality of life and sophistication, making it one of the best neighborhoods in Plano, Texas. Homes average around $1,300,000.

Nearby are neighborhood parks, greenbelts, and playgrounds. It sits close to the Gleneagles Country Club and the Shops at Willow Bend, which offers a host of shops to meet all your food, fashion, and fun needs.

This district also adjoins the Dallas North Tollway, offering quicker access to the Dallas airports and downtown.

East Plano

Roughly designated as the part of the city east of Central Expressway (or US 75), East Plano offers many quieter and more open areas, with Oak Point Park, Bob Woodruff Park, and the Sante Fe Trail all within walking distance of any neighborhood in the area, while the world-famous Southfork Ranch is just beyond the eastern edge of the city.

Closer to Central begins the DART Red Line at Parker Road Station, giving commuters an alternative to travel to Dallas (reaching the Downtown Dallas station varies from 45-60 minutes from the Parker Road Station).

Central Expressway can often get you into Dallas within a half hour. Much of East Plano focuses on affordable housing, with homes in the Los Rios neighborhood starting at around $155,000 and monthly rent averaging at $1,600.

Zoned schools include Dooley Elementary, Armstrong Middle School, C. A. McMillen High, and Plano East Senior High School, which also includes a Health Sciences Academy and IB School.

Faith Lutheran is one of the private schools.

Oak Point Nature Preserve

Oak Point

Tucked away in the northern stretch of East Plano, Oak Point lends its name to a few places within its boundaries: the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, which boasts open and wooded spaces with both concrete and dirt trails as well as a Go Ape ropes course through the trees.

The Oak Point Nature and Retreat Center is a popular venue for meetings and events and the Oak Point Recreation Center is one of the many recreation centers in the city that offers fitness and opportunities (and a large pool).

The Collin College Spring Creek campus shares a hill with the recreation center. The Red Tail Amphitheater, adjacent to the nature preserve, hosts races, music events, and other opportunities for families.

One of the most notable neighborhoods is Timberbrook, with homes ranging from $300,000 – $500,000. The area is zoned for McCall Elementary, Bowman Middle School, and Williams High School.

Historic Downtown Plano

If you’re looking for an old-town feel, look no further than Historic Downtown Plano which strives to keep much of its 19th-century aesthetic while welcoming in new businesses. Concentrated mostly on 14th and 15th Street between Jupiter and Central Expressway, this very walkable district offers a host of dining (and coffee) options and an eclectic variety of shops and salons.

The DART Red Line cuts through this district at the Downtown Plano station, offering a quick way down into Dallas and it will soon connect to the Silver Line to DFW International Airport.

Plano downtown

There are many apartments to choose from in this area, most starting around $1,500 a month. These include Junction 15, Morada, and Ferro.

Nestled within downtown is Haggard Park, home to many events and festivals throughout the year. About a mile northeast is the Harrington Library.

Central Plano

This sprawling area offers a broad selection of neighborhoods, shops, and businesses. This area is home to most of the city’s parks and trails, such as Liberty Park and Jack Carter Park, the latter of which sits at the intersection of the Bluebonnet (which connects east and west trails) and Chisholm trails.

Carpenter Park borders West Plano, offering sports fields, a skateboard park, a recreation center, and the north-south Preston Ridge Trail.

Dog Park at Jack Carter Park

Notable neighborhoods include Clearview, Creekdale, Forest Creek (North III and IV and Estates), Liberty Park (situated close to multiple schools), Pitman Creek, Park Forest (a couple of miles from Costco and Sam’s and less than that from two Walmarts), and Whiffletree.

The Forest Creek Neighborhoods noted above have won the best platinum neighborhood designations from the City of Plano in the last few years!

Homes generally begin at around $200,000, and the monthly rent of multiple apartment complexes averages around $1,600.

This area of the city also contains the most public schools within its zone:

·       Preschool: A+ Prep Academy, Kids Learning Center, North Custer KinderCare, Custer Road Christian Day School

·       Elementary School: Shepherd, Aldridge, Christie, Thomas, Carlisle, Mathews

·       Middle School: Wilson, Armstrong, Bowman, Carpenter, Shimelpfenig, Hendrick

·       High School: Vines, Clark, Jasper, Plano Senior High School

·       Private School: John Paul II, Ameen Academy, Spring Creek Academy (just across a creek from the Shimelpfenig Library), St. Mark Catholic School, Bethany Christian Academy

·       Charter School: Harmony Science Academy, Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy

North Plano

With proximity to Frisco, McKinney, Allen, and the Sam Rayburn Tollway, the smaller area of North Plano enjoys a quieter atmosphere while still ensuring quick access to neighboring cities and to different parts of Plano.

Situated roughly north of Hedgecoxe Road, the area offers a variety of housing through the Ridgeview neighborhoods, with homes beginning at $350,000 and apartments, such as those in Cortland North Plano, beginning at $1,200 a month.

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Private schools include the Coram Deo Academy, and preschools include the Challenger School – Independence and Preston ABC Day School.

The Parker Road Station is about a 15-minute drive away, and a 30-minute drive from Downtown Dallas with the use of toll roads (Sam Rayburn and Dallas North).

Russell Creek Park is a short walk from any part of this area, and it offers both sports fields and walking trails. It is within walking distance of the Far North Plano GoLink. The Ridgeview Ranch golf course offers the perfect recreation for the weekends.

This area of the city also contains the most public schools within its zone:

·       Elementary School: Skaggs, Wyatt, Matthews (in Plano ISD) and Riddle and Borchardt (in Frisco ISD)

·       Middle School: Rice Middle School (Plano ISD) and Fowler (Frisco ISD)

·       High School: Jasper High School

Is Plano a good place to live in Texas?

If we go off the market value of homes in the best neighborhoods in Plano TX and thousands of new residents moving to the City, we would say yes. With jobs, low crime rates, great schools, planned and well-maintained parks, trails and outdoor spaces, and great retail and entertainment options, there is little not to love.

It may not be as scenic (with exceptions like Arbor Hills and Oak Point Nature Preserve) as other places in Texas or the United States, but to raise a family and to start life as a young professional to stay long term, we think it is a good place to live.

What is the best part of Plano to live in?

This is the million dollar question and it depends on what you’re needing and looking for. The 9 of the best neighborhoods in Plano TX we have shared give you an idea of the different areas you can explore. The truth is, there is no bad area in Plano, it just needs to be the right fit for what you need.


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