Plano is the largest Suburb of North Dallas. Plano Schools have an A+ rating and the suburb overall is rated as the 2nd best place to live in the Greater Dallas Area with an A+ rating for lifestyle. Texas Education Agency rating for Plano ISD
Although still a small town of under 18,000 people in 1970, by the early 1980’s, the city had grown to almost 80,000 in population and now stands at 275,000. Plano is located above Toll HWY 190, the outer ring road of the Greater Dallas area.
Plano is known for its excellent school system, its quality of lifestyle and its great city amenities. The lifestyle is active, diverse and family oriented.
Home styles range from moderately priced ranch homes in the older, central parts of the city, to very large newer homes in West Plano and Parker on the eastern side. Several golf neighborhoods offer moderately expensive fairway homes with long vistas over the hilly courses.
Prestonwood Country Club’s Hills Course in far West Plano is one of the most enjoyable courses in town surrounded with attractive executive homes, most with a third-car garage space for a golf cart.
Major shopping centers are along HWY 75 in East Plano and Preston Rd., as well as along the North Dallas Tollway in West Plano. The “Shops at Willow Bend” offer fine upscale shopping on the North Dallas Tollway.
Plano is a thriving, active city especially along the North Dallas Tollway with its shopping district. The old downtown area has municipal buildings, urban lofts mixed with older homes and businesses.