A Luxury Custom Home Builder: History of Plano

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The Shops of Legacy is a popular shopping and dining area close to Normandy Estates. Photo by Briget Murphy

As a custom home builder, I find it interesting to learn more about the history of an area or city and feel like that knowledge builds added value for my clients that want to build in a certain area. When new homeowners understand the history of their property, they feel a connectedness with it and their surroundings. This article will highlight some of what I have learned about Plano, Texas.

Plano, Texas is located was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans of the Wichita, Comanche, Caddo and Cherokee tribes. In 1844, an Indian attack in the Plano area killed an elderly man named McBain Jameson, and killed and kidnapped members of the Muncey family, who were settling on Rowlett Creek, about 5 miles away from where downtown Plano is now. Known as the Muncey Massacre, it was the last Indian attack in the area – probably carried out by the Comanche.

In 1846, a settler named William Foreman built a gristmill and sawmill about a half mile north of what later became known as Plano. Other settlers, mostly from Tennessee and Kentucky, were attracted to the land grants in the area and Foreman’s facilities. In 1872, the railroad came to Plano, linking the town to Dallas and Houston. The town began to grow, despite a fire that ravaged the commerce area and burned down all but one of the 51 wood buildings. The town rebuilt – using brick this time. In 1888, more rail lines intersected the town, providing transportation of goods and crops into and out of the town. Plano became a retail center for the surrounding area’s cattle ranchers and farmers.

By 1900, Plano’s population was 1,304. In 1960, the population reached 3,695. The town boomed, with rapid increases in population through the rest of the 1900’s. The population of Plano is currently over 269,000, and Plano is home to the headquarters of many major corporations. Plano has received much national recognition for its excellent public schools, healthy lifestyle, safety, “best city for families” and much more. Please see more of Plano’s recognition and accolades. The United States Census Bureau declared Plano the wealthiest city of 2008. Neighborhoodscout.com is a website that collects data on neighborhoods across the nation, ranks them in different areas, and breaks down the demographics. The zip code of Normandy Estates is 75024, in West Plano. This is what neighborhoodscout says about zip code 75024: Median real estate price is $632,899, which is more expensive than 99.0% of the neighborhoods in Texas and 95.3% of the neighborhoods in the U.S. and Also, the …neighborhood is considered a solid choice for executive lifestyles. NeighborhoodScout’s analysis ranks it as better than 94.2% of Texas neighborhoods for executive living, based on the wealthy, educated professionals, executives, and managers who choose to reside here, the spacious homes that are prominent features of the real estate in the neighborhood, and the high real estate appreciation rates found here relative to other neighborhoods in the state. In addition to being an excellent choice for highly educated executives, this neighborhood is also a very good choice for families with school-aged children and urban sophisticates.

If you are considering buying a new luxury home in a prestigious area of DFW, and if zip code 75024 in Plano sounds like a place you would like to live, please take a look at the spectacular French Country and Tudor homes under construction at Normandy Estates, or go to the Alford Homes website to learn more. I have 34 years of experience building luxury custom homes, and Alford Homes has been voted D Home Magazine’s – Best Builder 2005 – 2014. Call me today at 972-429-1074.

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