Plano is a city within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro area. Just 20 miles northeast of downtown Dallas, the area is well-developed with dense suburbs and commercial centers.

Most of Plano falls within Collin County. The seat of Collin County is the smaller town of McKinney to the northeast, where the county begins to blend into rolling farmland. Plano itself occupies a relatively flat portion of the county, from which it acquired its name. Parts of Plano fall within Denton County to the west, and Dallas County lies a short distance south of downtown Plano.

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Plano, Texas Area Information

Main transit routes through Plano include the Dallas North Tollway and Sam Rayburn Tollway along its western and north-western edges. U.S. Highway 75 runs through east-central and downtown Plano.

Other features of interest in Plano are White Rock Creek, Spring Creek, and Rowlett Creek, the largest water courses through the area. The large Lewisville Lake lies a short distance to the west.

Plano Real Estate

Real estate in Plano is typical of Dallas’ affluent and well-developed suburban communities. Earthey sandstone and brick tones dominate, along with generous yard spaces, sweeping front lawns, and mature trees.

Some of the newer areas are dominated by tall, single-family homes notable by their soaring arched doorways. These large new-traditional homes in Plano feature prominent cornice-returns, exterior shutters, keystone accents, quoins, Palladian or sash windows, and tall red brick facades on their street-facing sides. Interiors are typically semi-open, with a large great room, lobby, or foyer leading to the second floor. You can also expect to find large single or double garages facing the street.

A popular type of house for sale in Plano is the mid-century modern dwelling, with angled shed roofs, tall window-walls, and decorative brick patterns.

Thanks to the many urban centers and the high population of business professionals, Plano has some excellent apartment and condo complexes, providing comfort and convenience near the best that Plano and Dallas has to offer.

Things to Do In & Around Plano, TX

One of the biggest attractions for living in or around Plano is the amazing employment opportunities. Many large companies and employers have divisions, offices, or headquarters in Plano. These include:

  • FedEx
  • Frito-Lay
  • JCPenney
  • Keurig Dr Pepper
  • Pizza Hut
  • Siemens
  • Toyota

The proximity to Dallas puts many more businesses and employers within easy commuting distance. The convention center and large shopping malls - The Shops at Willow Bend and The Shops at Legacy - in Plano make it an excellent location for business and economic opportunities.

Stonebriar Mall is another large shopping and entertainment center just beyond the northwestern boundary of Plano.

For being such a highly developed and urbanized area, Plano still preserves many parks and natural spaces. The largest are Arbor Hills, Bob Woodruff Park, and Oak Point Park.

Plano is great for golfers, having a number of golf courses:

  • Pecan Hollow Golf Course
  • The Courses at Watters Creek
  • Ridgeview Ranch Golf Course
  • Gleneagles Country Club

There are also many recreation centers with high-quality sports facilities and spaces.

Plano is a center of arts and culture, with venues for performances and entertainment like the historic Downtown Plano. Crayola West at The Shops at Willow Bend has many attractions for families and kids. Legacy West is a 255 acre development including shops, restaurants and other entertainment venues.

Today, Plano is a dynamic suburb with highly-developed centers for retail, entertainment, and business, rating highly on national scores of livability.