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Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning Raises More Than $36,000 for Make-A-Wish® through Company Wide Bowl-A-Thon

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning Raises More Than $36,000 for Make-A-Wish® through Company Wide Bowl-A-Thon

Service Experts Chief Executive Officer Scott Boose and Wish Child Payton are pictured at the 2018 Service Experts Bowl-A-Thon at Strikz in Frisco. (Photo: Business Wire)

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Service Experts Chief Executive Officer Scott Boose and Wish Child Payton are pictured at the 2018 Service Experts Bowl-A-Thon at Strikz in Frisco. (Photo: Business Wire)

On Sunday, April 29, hundreds of Service Experts employees, along with family, friends and vendor partners, gathered in multiple bowling facilities across the United States and Canada for a fun-filled day of team spirit to help grant wishes for children with critical illnesses. Teams engaged in friendly competition as they battled to claim bragging rights for the highest score, lowest score, best attire, best bowling ball and several other awards.

The Dallas-area Service Experts team, who bowled at Strikz in Frisco, had a special guest for the event —Wish Child Payton, who had just returned from his wish to go on a cruise with his family. Back in January, Service Experts, along with Make-A-Wish North Texas, hosted a wish reveal party for 10 year-old Payton, who suffers from a nervous system disorder.

“It was amazing to see so many of our employees come together in support of this incredible cause on World Wish Day,” said Scott Boose, Chief Executive Officer of Service Experts. “We were thrilled that Payton and his family could join us to bowl and share the highlights of their recent adventures at sea. We are truly honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of this strong young man’s wish experience.”

Service Experts, one of North America’s largest HVAC service companies, announced its sponsorship of Make-A-Wish in January. The North American partnership touches the hundreds of U.S. and Canadian communities Service Experts serves out of its 90 centers. Make-A-Wish serves a unique mission of creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. A wish experience can be a game-changer, and tens of thousands of volunteers, donors, and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish vision to grant the wish of every eligible child. Service Experts has 3,200 employees across 90 locations in 29 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces, all of which are integral to helping make wishes come true in 2018. More information on Service Experts and the Make-A-Wish partnership is available online at www.serviceexperts.com/truewishes.

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning locations have been serving their communities with air conditioning and heating repair, maintenance plans and new system installation for decades, and the average age of their service centers is over 50 years. Headquartered in Plano, TX, Service Experts is one of North America’s largest heating and air conditioning service companies with 90 locations across 29 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. Their team of NATE-certified technicians delivers expert service, repair, and installation on all brands of furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, air handlers, humidifiers, and indoor air purifying systems for both the residential and commercial markets. For more information on home comfort products, services and local rebates offered by Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, visit ServiceExperts.com.

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ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH

Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in more than 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 35,000 volunteers across the U.S., grant a wish every 34 minutes, on average, somewhere in the country. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 300,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories; more than 15,400 in 2017 alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish America, visit wish.org.

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Fitness firm Peloton bringing 400 new jobs to Plano’s Legacy Central

Fitness firm Peloton bringing 400 new jobs to Plano’s Legacy Central

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Plano’s $300 million Legacy Central project has landed another major business tenant.

Peloton – the fast growing fitness equipment firm – has rented 27,518 square feet of office space for its new Peloton Tread high tech home equipment division.

Peloton’s new Plano regional campus on U.S. Highway 75 will be the company’s first member support center located outside its New York City headquarters.

The firm evaluated locations in multiple U.S. cities before picking the Dallas area.

"Dallas is a very important market for Peloton," Brad Olson, Peloton Senior Vice President, said in a statement. "Our showroom at NorthPark Center in Dallas has been one of our top performing locations nationally since it opened in 2015.

"And, in just the past nine months, we opened a new showroom at Legacy West in Plano and a field operations site in Arlington," he said. "Plus, we have tens of thousands of Peloton members in Texas to welcome us to town."

Peloton will hire up to 400 people to work in the Plano location.

"Peloton is, at its core, a tech company, so we were drawn to Legacy Central as a hub for leading tech companies," Olson said.

Peloton will join international electronics giant Samsung, which is bringing more than 1,000 jobs to Legacy Central in a consolidation of its North Texas operations.

Legacy Central is being developed by Los Angeles-based Regent Properties, which in 2016 bought the 84-acre former Texas Instruments campus that was built starting in the 1980s at U.S. 75 and Legacy Drive.

Regent Properties has redeveloped the old tech center into a mixed-use project with new office space, retail, conference facilities, additional parking and apartments.

CBRE’s Michael Conner, Noreen Mehdi Weathers and Baron Aldrine negotiated the Peloton lease with Nathan Durham with Transwestern.

"The quality of the workforce really sold Peloton on Dallas," CBRE’s Conner said.

Legacy Central is a mixed-use redevelpment of the old Texas Instruments campus on U.S. 75

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French-Inspired Plano House Offers Style, Space

French-Inspired Plano House Offers Style, Space

PLANO, TX — Whether you want to entertain your friends or spend a relaxing evening with family, this house has the amenities to get the job done. See this house’s listing and hundreds like it on Realtor.com.

Square Feet: 4176 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Baths Built: 1996 Features: This custom, French-inspired house greets you with a two-story entry, dual-rod iron and travertine stairways, marble flooring and a formal downstairs living. Walk past the entryway to experience light, an open kitchen with granite counters and a gas cooktop, access to a breakfast room, a wet bar and far more. The private master suite comes with a fireplace, an elegant marble bathtub with jets, an oversized shower and a large walk-in closet.

This listing originally appeared on realtor.com. For more information and photos, click here.

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Amazon wants tax incentives, Texas knows the drill

Amazon wants tax incentives, Texas knows the drill

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Toyota was offered more than $50 million in financial incentives and tax abatements from the Texas Enterprise Fund and the city of Plano to move its North American headquarters to Plano, above. –

Seattle-based Amazon is searching for a location for its planned second headquarters, or HQ2. In recent months, site selection teams have been visiting the 20 metro areas in North America (19 in the U.S., plus Toronto, Canada) that were selected as finalists from a field of 238 cities and regions that submitted proposals in response to Amazon’s callout in late 2017.

Amazon says HQ2 will bring as many as 50,000 well-paying jobs to its new home and generate more than $5 billion in capital investment in buildings and other infrastructure. The company has said it is looking for “a stable and business-friendly environment and tax structure” and that “incentives offered by the state/province and local communities to offset initial capital outlay and ongoing operational costs will be significant factors in the decision-making process.” Bidding entities (which included governments as well as chambers of commerce and economic development organizations) were asked in Amazon’s request for proposals to “Identify incentive programs available for the Project at the state/province and local levels. Outline the type of incentive (i.e. land, site preparation, tax credits/exemptions, relocation grants, workforce grants, utility incentives/grants, permitting, and fee reductions) and the amount.”

Financial incentives included in bids to Amazon have ranged into the billions of dollars from locations such as Newark, New Jersey, and Montgomery County, Maryland. For many cities, however, the proposals (and incentives included in them) have not been made public by the entities that prepared the bids for Amazon.

Two cities in Texas — Austin and Dallas — made Amazon’s final 20 list. The state has a long track record of attracting corporate headquarter relocations and expansions, using an arsenal of state and local financial incentives — including grants and cash payments, tax abatements and other tax breaks — to land marquee companies.

One example is Toyota, which in 2014 was planning to consolidate operations and relocate its North American headquarters from Torrance, California. Chris Nielsen, now Toyota’s executive vice president for product support, said the company wanted thousands of employees to move to the new headquarters, which was a hard sell since the company was coming from a picturesque oceanfront town in Southern California.

“The most important considerations were quality of life for team members and economic factors for the company,” he said.

Toyota chose Plano, Texas, a middle-class suburb of Dallas, population 280,000. Housing in Plano and the North Texas region is affordable compared to many other thriving metro areas around the country, and the local schools are good. To help seal the deal, Toyota was offered more than $50 million in financial incentives and tax abatements — $40 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund, a statewide “deal-closing” fund controlled by the governor, and approximately $14 million in economic development grants and property-tax abatements from Plano.

“Incentives do play an important role” in site selection, Nielsen said. “It’s certainly not the most important factor, but if we were considering multiple sites, and several of them offered some incentives to help with things like infrastructure and the like, and others did not, I think we would look more favorably at those that were looking to invest in us just as we’re making a significant investment in them.”

Toyota has invested $1 billion in its new headquarters, which was completed in 2017 and now has more than 4,000 employees. The sprawling landscaped campus covers nearly 100 acres, with water features, a vehicle test track, coffee bars, fitness centers and a training center that offers virtual reality tours of Toyota assembly plants.

Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere said the economic boost from Toyota more than offsets the cost of state and local incentives given to the company.

“It’s going to mean over $7 billion — that’s with a ‘b’ — to our community. So not only obviously sales tax revenue, but travel, retail, hotel. There’s a true multiplier effect from roughly $4 billion of payroll, and that income and purchasing power is pretty significant.”

Because of temporary property tax abatements Toyota receives as part of its incentive package, Plano will raise less tax revenue to fund schools. However, taxpayers statewide pick up some of the education costs in cities that offer such corporate incentives.

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Nathan Jensen, a professor of government at the University of Texas-Austin, has concerns about corporate incentive programs.

“I think tax abatements in general are a bad idea, especially long tax abatements beyond five years.” He argues that they starve state and local government of future tax revenues for schools, public safety and infrastructure development.

Jensen said incentives aren’t usually the deciding factor in a site-location decision.

“Most companies either have a good idea of their location or a small number of locations, and that’s often done at the highest levels of the company.” And he said that when crafting such incentives, government officials should try to support local improvements “that would benefit the community — expanding the airport, workforce training, infrastructure in terms of highways.”

Jensen voiced specific concerns about transparency for the proposals submitted to Amazon on behalf of Austin, Dallas and many other metro areas around the country.

“We know almost nothing,” he said. “Who was at the table? Which land developers were brought in and which weren’t? Were labor groups and environmental groups part of the discussion? In terms of Austin, the Chamber of Commerce submitted the bid, and they’re not subject to public records requests. A number of locations have done this, either through the chamber or an entity created just for the Amazon bid.”

Spokespeople for both the Austin and Dallas chambers of commerce told Marketplace that the organizations are under nondisclosure agreements and can’t reveal their proposals. Amazon told Marketplace that it does allow bidders to release their proposals to the public.

A recent survey by Elon University of residents of each of the 19 U.S. locations that Amazon is considering for its HQ2 found that only 36 percent of people in Austin "strongly support" Amazon choosing their city (Denver, Boston and Los Angeles also scored low). By contrast, 44 percent of Dallas residents “strongly support” Amazon coming to town.

“I really think it’s too big of an entity to come — we’re not ready with the traffic infrastructure, mass transit, our schools,” said Austin City Council member Leslie Pool, adding that she has not seen the proposal sent to Amazon by the chamber to promote the region. Pool said she’s heard from many constituents who are worried that if Amazon brings tens of thousands of new headquarters workers to the area, housing and living costs will rise. She also objects to providing taxpayer money to Amazon, because she thinks the company hurts local retail businesses. “If they want to come here, they can come here, but they need to do it entirely under their own steam,” she said.

But Mike Rollins, president of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, supports extending some financial incentives to Amazon.

“Early indications are that Amazon wants to be a partner in solving community issues,” he said, “whether it’s mobility, affordability, housing.”

Jessica Heer, senior vice president for talent attraction at the Dallas Regional Chamber, said, “We’re open arms, we definitely want them, and we’re ready to accommodate whatever they need.”

Clint Peinhardt studies tax incentives and economic development at the University of Texas-Dallas. He said government or private entities using financial incentives to try to lure corporations should follow some best practices to protect taxpayers.

“Transparency — telling us the packages once they’ve been accepted. Direct targeting of incentives” by tying them to specific measurable job-creation targets. “And claw-backs, so that if a company gets money, and then doesn’t do what they said they were going to do, you can take the money back.”

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Rare Texas Songbird Removed From Endangered Species List

Rare Texas Songbird Removed From Endangered Species List

AUSTIN (AP) — Federal officials have announced that the population of the black-capped vireo has recovered and the rare Texas songbird will be removed from the endangered species list.

The announcement Friday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service comes after the agency first proposed the move in 2016.

Black Capped Vireo (photo credit: Texas Parks & Wildlife)

The agency intends to monitor the bird to ensure its numbers continue to grow. The bird is also found in Oklahoma.

The black-capped vireo was declared endangered in 1987 when there were only an estimated 350 adult birds in the U.S. and Mexico. Habitat loss and other factors cut their numbers. There’s now an estimated 14,000.

Property rights groups had urged the move while birders and conservation organizations had asked U.S. Fish and Wildlife to refrain from delisting the bird.

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Carlton Provisions Brings Signature BBQ Creations To The Box Garden At Legacy Hall

Carlton Provisions Brings Signature BBQ Creations To The Box Garden At Legacy Hall

Collaboration by Jordan Swim and Chili’s Founder Larry Lavine debuts today

Plano, TX (Restaurant News Release) The long-awaited Box Garden at Legacy Hall is adding another delicious element with the debut of the Carlton Provisions BBQ stall today, April 23.

A labor of love from Chili’s Founder Larry Lavine and Jordan Swim of Vestals Catering, Carlton Provisions will introduce an array of tasty BBQ creations such as oak-fired brisket, five-hour ribs and house-prepared sausage that are oh so good to the outdoor patio and entertainment venue. It is the only food stall that will be operating in the Box Garden, alongside five bars.

“This is my first collaboration with Jordan, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that we will be bringing our signature BBQ to the Box Garden,” said Lavine. “Legacy Hall has already raised the bar for dining and entertainment in North Texas, and the addition of the Box Garden makes it one of the most extraordinary venues in the entire country.”

Carlton Provisions is Jordan Swim’s first brick-and-mortar location. His successful business, Vestals Catering, is devoted to the beauty of the bountiful table.

“I believe that as we eat together, we not only receive nourishment from the food, but from the conversations and fellowship of life lived together,” said Swim. “With Larry’s help, and the amazing platform of Legacy Hall, we’re bringing our shared passion for connecting people through food to Carlton Provisions. We can’t wait to serve and fellowship with the local community and with visitors drawn from all across the globe.”

The Box Garden is the completion of the vision that is Legacy Hall. It is the ultimate outdoor patio and entertainment venue constructed out of reclaimed shipping containers. Designed to be a versatile and innovative communal space, it’s the perfect spot for a happy hour with friends, a business rendezvous or some late-night fun. At its core is a 600-square-foot event stage and massive LED screen that will host live music, sports watching, festivals, holiday parties, culinary events and more. The Box Garden will be the epicenter for artists of all mediums coming together in Plano. Musicians, performers, chefs, mixologists, painters … all styles, flavors and vibes will be celebrated.

The Box Garden is the answer to the proverbial question: What do you want to do today?

As part of the Box Garden’s four-day grand opening celebration from May 17-20, Carlton Provisions will be hosting cooking demonstrations and sampling their delicious meats on Thursday, May 17, during the Kickoff Party. The Chris Watson Band, a 10-piece blues and southern rock group, will be kicking things into high gear as well.

For more information on all of the activities scheduled at the Box Garden, including the lineup for Grand Opening Weekend, visit http://legacyfoodhall.com/events-entertainment/.

Carlton Provisions will be open Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday through Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 12 Midnight.

The Box Garden is on the east side of Legacy Hall at 7800 Windrose Ave. in Plano’s acclaimed Legacy West development. For more information, visit legacyfoodhall.com.

About Front Burner Restaurants, LP

Front Burner is a restaurant innovation lab and the force behind more than 100 restaurants and multiple thriving concepts, including Twin Peaks, Whiskey Cake, Mexican Sugar, Velvet Taco, Ida Claire, The Keeper, The Ranch at Las Colinas and cutting-edge wine-on-tap concept Sixty Vines. Front Burner’s mission is to open independent concepts with memorable names and to use fresh, local products to fill a gap in the market and break the traditional rules of dining. The company’s newest creation is Legacy Hall, the first of several projects envisioned for The Food Hall Company, founded by Randy DeWitt and Jack Gibbons.

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How North Texas ranks on SmartAsset’s list of cities with successful women – Dallas Business Journal

How North Texas ranks on SmartAsset’s list of cities with successful women – Dallas Business Journal

When it comes to a national ranking of cities with successful women, Plano ranks in the top 10.

That’s according to a new report — "Cities Where Women Are the Most Successful" — compiled by New York-based personal finance company SmartAsset.

To compile its list, SmartAsset said it looked at six factors: "percent of women with bachelor’s degrees, median earnings for full-time working women, percent of businesses owned by women, women’s unemployment rate, average housing cost as a percent of a full-time working woman’s income and percent of women with high incomes."

Plano took ninth, with SmartAsset highlighting that just over 27 percent of full-time women earn more than $75,000 and the city’s female unemployment rate is under 3.1 percent. The city also boasts some of the study’s best-educated women, with roughly 36 percent holding bachelor’s degrees.

However, Plano’s cost of living prevented it from taking a higher spot in the report, SmartAsset noted.

"…Our data shows that the average home costs over $1,400 per month, including mortgage and property taxes, which would eat up 33 percent of the average full-time working women’s income," the report states.

Arlington, Virginia, ranked No. 1, followed by Scottsdale, Arizona; Madison, Wisconsin; San Francisco; Alexandria, Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina; Minneapolis; Washington D.C; and Denver.

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What housing shortage? This Fort Worth development is bucking the national trend | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

What housing shortage? This Fort Worth development is bucking the national trend | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Not long ago, when travelers ventured beyond Loop 820, the skies opened and cattle bedecked the landscape, forming a veritable gateway to rural West Texas.

Today, that area of far west Fort Worth is quickly becoming one of the most popular residential developments in North Texas.

The Walsh area, about 14 miles west of downtown Fort Worth, is bucking a national trend. While the rest of the United States is coping with a housing shortage that is driving up prices and forcing some prospective buyers to wait, Walsh is building houses at a rate of about one per day.

Walsh features 11 square miles that used to be part of the family owned Walsh Ranch. It straddles Interstates 20 and 30, wedged between west Fort Worth’s older neighborhoods and Aledo.

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Today, Walsh is attractive not only for the wide range of homes — with 12 builders offering structures ranging from the upper $200,000s to nearly $800,000 — but also for the amenities, said Tony Ruggeri, co-chief executive of developer Republic Property Group.

The neighborhood is expected to eventually be home to roughly 50,000 people, although full build out could take up to 50 years. But residents who have already bought property can already enjoy many of the master-planned amenities.

Recently, the doors opened on a community room known as a "Makerspace," which features a variety of heavy-duty woodworking tools, 3D printers and other equipment available for free use by residents. Several pools, a beach volleyball area and water park features will be added later this year.

The idea is to give residents the tools to help their children learn skills previous generations got from wood shop class or perhaps a robotics club, Ruggeri said.

"We take very seriously the responsibility for creating a lot of childhood memories," Ruggeri said Tuesday during a tour of the area. "We know people want their kids to have more than just memories of going everywhere in a car. People want to experience things outside, and to have access to the tools they need to make things."

In its first year, Walsh has sold 171 homes, including 34 homes for which the sale has been closed and residents have already moved in. About 60 more homes are slated to close in the next 90 days, Republic Property Group officials said.

The development is marketed not only to young parents looking for a safe, yet outdoorsy place to raise their children, but also empty-nesters looking to downsize without sacrificing quality in their neighborhood of choice, co-CEO Jake Wagner said.

Caroline Revard is one of the first home owners in Walsh development, an area of west Fort Worth that developers say will eventually have more than 50,000 residents. McClatchy

The first phase of the project is on 1,700 acres, and within five years an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people could leave in the area, Wagner said.

In all, the Walsh development will be 7,200 acres, including commercial and retail development. The Aledo district’s Walsh Elementary School is already open in the center of the development, a short walk from a Walsh Village Market that serves as a gas station and convenience store with healthy snacks and ready-made meals.

"In 10 years, this will be a city in itself," said Caroline Revard, one of the first home buyers in the area.

A fitness center is already open as well, with a variety of exercise machines, free weights and an enormous area for Pilates, yoga and cardio workouts.

Nationwide, real estate analysts are predicting one of the weakest spring selling seasons in recent years. It’s a crucial time for the industry, since 40 percent of home sales take place between March and June, according to the National Association of Realtors.

As Fort Worth prepares for an influx of new residents — with today’s population of about 850,000 expected to swell to nearly 1.5 million by 2040 — Walsh is expected to be a bell cow for neighborhoods wishing to lure upper-middle income and wealthy residents.

New homes at Walsh development in Fort Worth, TX, Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

Max Faulkner mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Walsh was designed to preserve the rolling hills native to the area, and is organized so that residents have easy walking access to one of three parks.

Also, the entire area is being wired for 2 gigabit Internet speed — faster than surrounding areas — and residents and businesses will have an option to tap into 10 gigabit service. A company known as Frog is installing the fiber optics.

Tony Ruggeri, Co-CEO RPG, holds an laser etching made in the new "MakerSpace" building at the Walsh development in Fort Worth, TX, Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

Max Faulkner mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

The area, which is in the Aledo school district, will eventually have its own middle and high schools.

Walsh is being built in a cooperative effort that involves the Walsh family, which still lives in the area and owns ranch land, and Republic Property Group. Republic also developed Frisco’s Phillips Creek Ranch and Celina’s Light Farms and is working on Plano’s Villas at Legacy West. The partners formed Quail Valley Land Co. for the Walsh project.

This report includes information from the Star-Telegram archives.

Gordon Dickson: 817-390-7796; @gdickson

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$200K to $2M: How much home can you afford in Plano?

$200K to $2M: How much home can you afford in Plano?

NOTE: This is the second of a series over the next week looking at how much home your money can buy in Collin County.

From a top-tier school district to an expansive food hall to multiple headquarters, Plano is giving homebuyers plenty of reasons to head to Collin County.

The city has long been home to big businesses like J.C. Penney and Frito-Lay, but in recent years it has also attracted the North American headquarters for Toyota, as well as massive corporate offices and regional campuses for companies like Fogo de Chão, FedEx Office, JPMorgan Chase, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Boeing.

That’s thanks largely to the construction of Legacy West, a $3.2 billion mixed-use development on Plano’s west side. Developed by Fehmi Karahan, the 225-acre project is home not only to offices, but hotels, residences and plenty of retail and restaurant options, like a Tesla showroom, a Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Shake Shack.

Legacy Hall, North Texas’ first European-style food hall, also opened at the development in December. The three-story, 55,000-square-foot hub features 22 food stalls, half-a-dozen bars and a brewery.

“The experience that our environment offers is second to none, anywhere in Texas. We have the best dining choices for all budgets and tastes, and a broad selection of marquis retailers,” Karahan said in a prepared statement. “Blending these shopping and dining venues with our residential and office tenants makes Legacy West the premier ‘live/work/eat/play/shop’ destination in Texas.”

It’s also helped make Plano a top live/work/play destination in North Texas. Residents are flocking to take advantage of its amenities. Between 2010 and 2015, the city saw a 9.1 percent population spike.

The growing populations is leading to an increase in housing prices. According to Tommy Wooten, realtor associate and team leader with Joe Atkins Realty-North, only two homes in Plano are available for less than $200,000.

And for buyers looking for a something for under $300,000, expect a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home built in 1981. Newer, larger homes are going for higher prices due to demand.

That’s why Wooten is encouraging those interested in moving to Plano to act fast – prices won’t be going down.

“I advise people not to wait for a market crash,” he said. “It’s not happening unless there is some unforeseen international or national crisis.”

See how much home you can buy between $200,000 and $300,000 in the slideshow below. For homes priced above that, click here to see how far your money goes in Plano.

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Or if you’re looking for an ultra-luxury residence, check out this 14,279-square-foot Plano home previously listed for $7 million. Located on Old Gate Road, the property is headed to auction in April. It boasts heated pools, a professional tennis court and more.

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