Your Expert Guide
Plano: A dynamic, family-oriented place where convenience is key
There are so many great places to live in Dallas that it helps to have an expert on your side. The Neighborhood Guide presented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty gives you insider access from the agents who live and work there, providing in-the-know info about your possible new community.
Boasting the excitement of constant growth, beautiful new subdivisions, and never-ending things to do in the community, Plano has stirred up quite a scene as a sister city to Dallas proper.
Real estate agent Lisa West has seen firsthand the Plano renaissance, having lived in the area for more than 25 years. She cites its family-oriented neighborhoods and excellent schools as well as its affordability and convenience for work and play as some of the top qualities that draw people to the area.
Plus, with easy access to sporting events, live music, shopping, dining, and more, residents always have a wide range of options for entertainment.
When West is not building relationships with her clients in Plano and beyond, she is extremely active in her community and dedicated to raising her three children, who attend Parish Episcopal School.
West offered up a few of her personal favorites about life in Plano. Here's her guide to the area:
Where to eat & drink
Look no further than Legacy West and The Shops at Legacy. These two neighboring destinations are home to a wide range of restaurants, including West’s top picks: The Capital Grille, Bob's Steak & Chop House, Mi Cocina, and Toulouse.
She also recommends Legacy Hall at Legacy West, where you can take your pick of 20 curated local artisanal vendors while savoring live music.
Where to play
For a beautiful slice of nature in the city, West heads to Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, a haven for green space and a range of walking and hiking trails. You can also get your workout in at a variety of wonderful gyms and studio facilities in the area.
The members-only Gleneagles Country Club is another favorite destination for its two championship golf courses, pool, restaurants, and more.
What to see
While Plano has many fests throughout the year, West says to definitely bookmark the family-friendly Plano Balloon Festival as one of the most highly anticipated traditions every fall.
Kids also love the Heritage Farmstead Museum, which features interactive exhibits and events.
Where to live
“Homes in Plano are perfect for everyone, from first-time buyers to families, empty nesters, and single professionals,” says West. “People gravitate to the large yards, greenbelts, community pools, neighborhood gatherings and block parties, and the selection of both traditional and contemporary new construction.”
Lisa West lives, works, and plays in Plano. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email email@example.com, or call 214-893-0287. You can also follow her on Instagram here.