There are municipalities all across the US whose town logos are ‘The City of Champions”. Brockton, Massachusetts and Tampa, Florida are two of them. Other towns are simply named “Champion” such as Champion, Pennsylvania. Plano doesn’t use the word champion in its logo, we are knowns as the ‘City of Excellence”. In 2018 however, Plano has a reason to start rethinking its slogan. There is an argument that the word ‘champion’ could be added to it. We might end up with something like: “The Champion City of Excellence” or even the “City of Champion Excellence”.
It’s a work in progress.
Why would we even think of changing our slogan to something so braggy or bring on the suggestion of this grand name change? How about the fact that Plano has made so many “Top City” lists (in good ways, mind you) that we’re not even sure we have found them all for this post. The more research we do, the more accolades we come across!
Here’s a quick list of the national rankings:
-Forbes Magazine 3rd in job growth
-Milken Institute 3rd in Best places to live in overal
-Wallet Hub – 6th in the Best cities to find work
-Wallet Hub – 4th Most Affordable Housing
-Wallet Hub – 3rd Highest Median Income
-Niche reviews 3rd Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
-Niche reviews 9th Cities with the Best Public Schools in America
Those are the national ranks, Plano has some pretty impressive ranks in Texas as well citing that Plano is growing up to be a powerhouse of a city. It’s no surprise though, with the influx of major headquarters moving to Plano, such as Toyota, FedEx and Sprinkles Cupcakes.
The developments of Legacy West and the Frisco Star are major players in the emergence of what is bringing the future to Plano at a very fast pace. These companies and many, many more have created an incredible amount of jobs and promise to bring even more jobs in the future to the area. The new Legacy Central, a mixed-use development where Samsung Electronics America Inc. has signed a lease for 216,000 square feet at 6625 Declaration Avenue in Plano. The firm will relocate its Richardson headquarters to fully occupy Building 4 at the Legacy Central campus, with a planned move-in date of February 2019. As development continues at Legacy Central, plans for new high rise apartments are also in the works.
Plano is experiencing a boom that is not seen across the country, except in select areas. We’re in a unique position right now. We’re not only experiencing the influx of businesses but the people that come with along them. The population growth that comes with this influx of corporate workers and increases in job positions breeds a growth in new cultures and experiences to an already strong and well-held-together foundation. It helps to create a melting pot that puts Plano on the map as a global force.
The role of real estate
One major area that has to be watched is housing. We need enough homes, condominiums, and apartments to handle the population growth, as well as the coordinating infrastructure i.e. hospitals, police, schools, etc.
Here is an example of homes built in 2018 and currently on the market. New builds are important because they speak to how a city handles the consumption of open spaces to build homes. Is it being done in a way a way that allows Plano to retain it’s beautiful green spaces while serving its residents need for housing? It seems so far so good. When you look at these homes, there is still plenty of yard space, space between homes and park area surrounding many of the lots. Plano residents aren’t being sold the postage stamp sized lots that big cities often see.
When it comes to land for sale – the market isn’t as flush but there are still some listings. Here’s a sampling of land for sale in Plano:
Lots and Land:
Housing will definitely need to keep up and up may be the direction it will go as condos and apartments answer the millennial call for a space of their own. There’s a combination of both in nearly all the new mixed-use developments that are happening. It makes sense as well. There is a beauty in having everything available where you live – your job, the stores you use, the restaurants where you eat, your gym, and even where you go to enjoy entertainment. Living within the borders of Legacy West, for instance, promises a lifestyle that mixes a sought-after address and convenient living. Below are some of the properties available at the Legacy West development. We’re happy to note here, as many of our dedicated readers know, we sold our home and built from concept at Legacy West. You can begin to read ‘Our Journey” here.
Available near Legacy West
Taking a tall chunk of the airspace, a building that really hasn’t been seen in this form has made its way into Plano – is the luxury high-rise. These beautiful apartments afford their residents all the convenience of owning a home, with less maintenance and at places like the Windrose Apartments and the state of the art high rise LVL-29 at Legacy West, the residents here will also have the most incredible view of the area as well!
Mayor LaRosiliere calls Plano the ‘center of the universe’ and foresees the trend we’re on continuing as long as we remain steady in our commitment to its future as citizens. It seems Plano is set to become Dallas’ brilliant sister as a global force with a home-town feel and as long as our city is responsive, flexible and grows with it, our city will continue to dominate many of the ‘best of’ categories for years to come.
More Plano Homes for Sale/Residential:
Commercial Real Estate for Sale:
Thanks to: https://www.forbes.com/sites/samanthasharf/2018/02/28/full-list-americas-fastest-growing-cities-2018/ https://www.milkeninstitute.org/publications/view/897 https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/search/safest-cities/ https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/search/best-cities-for-families/