Willow Bend Lakes, one of the first communities in West Plano to be developed, consists of 315 homes ranging from 3,000 to 9,000 square feet and priced from the $400’s to over $1M.
The neighborhood is ranked as the second best (based on factors like safety, maintenance, and ease of commute) for wealthy buyers in Plano, Murphy, and Wylie, according to a 2013 analysis by the Dallas Morning News.
The secluded neighborhood brims with fountain-accented lakes, burbling creeks, waterfalls, and green areas, providing a lush environment in which residents can relax and unwind among the soothing sounds of nature. The stocked ponds allow residents the opportunity to indulge in a leisurely morning of fishing without venturing far from the comfort of home.
The neighborhood provides for a festive sense of community through events like a Fourth of July parade led by Plano firefighters, a spring fun run and picnic, and a holiday party. Dinner clubs allow the community bonding to continue between special events.
Willow Bend Lakes is zoned within the Plano Independent School District, with neighborhood children attending Centennial Elementary, Renner Middle School, Shepton High School, and Plano West Senior High.
Retail and Dining
Located west of Preston Road, between Park Boulevard and Parker Road, the neighborhood provides convenient access to an array of retail and dining options. Just across the Tollway, The Shops at Willow Bend brims with high-end stores like Restoration Hardware and Neiman Marcus. Lakeside Market houses upscale shops, restaurants, and salons while Preston Park Village includes favorites like Williams Sonoma, Talbots and White House Black Market. Upscale grocers Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s are nearby, and a short-car ride away, The Shops at Legacy features fashionable boutiques and eateries.
Plano, a city of 260,000 residents located just 20 miles north of Dallas, houses 6 Fortune 1000 companies as well as the headquarters for several other major corporations. Plano often receives media attention for its desirable living conditions, earning accolades such as Best City for Families (wallethub.com, 2014), Best Suburbs for Education in America (movoto.com, 2014), Safest Places in America (movoto.com, 2014), and Best City to Raise a Family in America (niche.com, 2015).
The highly-regarded Plano I.S.D. educates 55,000 children on its 70 campuses. Twenty-three Plano schools have been awarded the National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence honor. The City also serves as home to several institutions of higher learning, including Collin College, The University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas Baptist University North, and SMU-In-Plano.
Outdoor Attractions and Events
Plano attracts many cyclists and fitness enthusiasts to its 3,000 acres of park space, including hike and bike trails and nature preserves. The City also promotes fitness and fun with a number of recreation centers, splash grounds, and pools.
Plano residents enjoy many fun-filled annual festivals including: Plano Balloon Festival, Suburbia Music Fest, All-American Fourth, Festival, and Dickens in Historic Downtown.