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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Community

March 28, 2024

Choosing a new community is as significant a decision as choosing your floorplan. As the community you choose will impact you and your family’s lifestyle, it’s important to consider your needs, preferences and overall goals. Here are five tips on how to choose the right community.

1. What’s the Drive Time?

Location matters. The easier your commute, the less stress you will feel. Communities near major highways generally have better access to shopping centers, healthcare facilities, dining and entertainment options. The Grand Prairie is less than 3 miles from Highway 290 which opens a world of possibilities. Our community is also 36 miles from downtown Houston, so day trips are a breeze.

2. What about the Schools?

If you have children or plan to in the future, you want them to have access to the best curriculum, teachers, facilities, athletics and arts programs. Bonus points if the schools are located within the community so your kids can walk or bike to school. The Grand Prairie students are zoned to the award-winning Waller ISD, with a planned elementary school within the community coming soon.

3. Is It Fun?

All work and no play are no fun. When choosing a community, pay close attention to its amenities. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, you should look for a community with plenty of open spaces, trails, parks and playgrounds. If being able to socialize is important, communities with lifestyle directors who plan resident-only activities should be at the top of your list. You’ll discover The Grand Prairie amenities available today and planned for the very near future offer plenty of opportunities for adventure and relaxation with a resort-style pool, 70-acre recreational lake, 450 acres of parks and green space, miles of hike and bike trails, with a designated lifestyle director ready to engage the community’s new Trailblazers.

4. What about Safety?

You should always research the safety and crime rates of the community and surrounding area. Look into local crime statistics, police presence, neighborhood watch programs and any safety measures in place. Though we can never guarantee anyone’s safety, we are pleased that Hockley, the city in which The Grand Prairie is, received an A grade from CrimeGrade.org. According to this study, the rate of crime is much lower than in the average U.S. city. In fact, Hockley is in the 93rd percentile for safety.

5. How Much Does It Cost?

Your mortgage isn’t the only thing you pay for when you purchase a new home. Master planned communities usually have a homeowner’s association (HOA). Residents pay a yearly fee that contributes to the upkeep of amenities. Homeowners also pay property taxes which can vary by location. You should also consider utilities, groceries and other expenses when making a final decision. Make sure all the added expenses align with your budget and financial goals, then start shopping.

CONCLUSION: The Grand Prairie Is the Right Choice

Looking for a community that can check off what you’ve got on you must-have shopping list? Choose The Grand Prairie. Our community offers an excellent location, great schools, an enticing slate of planned amenities and more. Visit us today and discover a life that glows.

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