With a premier school district, plenty of outdoor entertainment options and affordable homes, Allen has earned a reputation for family friendliness that’s attracting new residents.
The suburb, a roughly 25-mile trip up U.S. 75 from downtown Dallas, ranked seventh on Niche’s 2018 list of the best places to raise a family in Texas. Niche lauded Allen for its public schools, diversity and housing. The city also scored high for safety.
Clients who work with Cathy Browne, a Realtor for Ebby Halliday, have voiced similar reasons for moving to Allen.
“One thing that some people have told me is that their children like that there are so many extracurricular activities. The high school in particular has a nice program with a lot of choices,” added Browne, who has lived in Allen for 17 years. “And (Allen) comes out in polls as having low crime and a good safety record.”
Outdoor living and entertainment options are also top priorities for family-minded homebuyers, Browne said, which makes Allen’s more than 700 acres of park land and venues like Watters Creek more appealing.
Buyers also want outdoor space at their homes, so many Allen houses feature large backyards and amenities like pools and patios. One of Allen’s most expensive homes, priced at $1,265,000, features an outdoor living area with a heated pool, spa, three waterfalls, flagstone patio, pergola, outdoor kitchen, a built-in grill and a sink.
See that home, and others priced between $175,000 and more than $1 million in the slideshow above.
“People enjoy being outside,” Browne said. “They want some kind of outdoor living space to entertain or have their kids play.”
Like other suburbs located north of Dallas, Allen boasts easy access to major highways, large employers and transportation hubs like DFW Airport.
What sets it apart is its offering of newer, larger homes than buyers might find in cities like Plano, Frisco and McKinney. The average home in Allen is selling at $400,000, and most buyers are looking for houses with five bedrooms, Browne said.
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