Plano Apartments for Rent in Plano Texas-FREE Move-Apartments in Plano TX

I’ve been apartment hunting in Plano TX for my eldest son who is in the process of moving to Plano from Chicago within the next month or so. Since I live in Plano myself, I’m at an advantage in helping my son find an apartment in or near Plano that is nice, affordable and in a good location, and where he can live as close to me as possible. Plano Texas is, in my opinion, one of the nicest far north Dallas suburbs to live in, with Frisco Texas coming in at a close second.

In 2005, CNN Money magazine declared Plano Texas as the best place to live in the Western United States. In 2006, CNN Money selected Plano as the 11th best place to live in the entire U.S., with numerous industries and good-quality living, as well as excellent schools that consistently score in the top few of the nation.

As soon as my son told me he was planning to move back to Texas and wanted help in finding an apartment, I was beside myself with excitement and immediately started checking out apartments in Plano and surrounding areas (Richardson, Garland, Allen, McKinney etc) for a one-bedroom apartment that meets his rent criteria and location preferences.

When I agreed to help my son find an apartment that meets his specific criteria, he said the only thing that mattered to him was that I find him a “cheap” one-bedroom apartment that is nice and in a good location. No problem. Plano TX is a large city, with lots of variety when it comes to finding a cheap apartment or a more “expensive” luxury apartment in Plano, or an apartment that falls somewhere between cheap/inexpensive and expensive/luxurious.

Free move? I’ve heard about free move apartment locators in Plano and other cities offering a “free move” if you use their apartment finder locator service, and maybe they provide a great service, but I’m not yet convinced that it would a good option. I’m a bit leery of “reviews” on “move for free” websites because there’s no way for me to prove the positive reviews are legitimate and not conjured up by family and friends of the free move website owners, in order to present mostly positive comments vs. negative reviews or comments on the service provided to customers.

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I picked up a copy of the apartment finders guide, called “Apartment Guide”, from a local convenience store and began earmarking pages of apartments in Plano to walk through as time permits, in order to narrow down the possibilities for my son to choose which apartment he likes best. Apartment Guide has a apartment locator website too, at apartment guide.com or aguide.com, where people can search for apartments online around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (and nationwide) and can see photos, floor plans, square footage, included amenities, rent prices, move-in specials, etc.

The Apartment Guide book is definitely helpful if you’re trying to find an apartment in Plano, but be careful. If you’re new to the area or are moving from another state and hoping to choose an apartment based upon the photos and information found in the book or on the apartment guide website, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment.

Apartment photos or videos of apartments don’t often tell the full story, and it doesn‘t matter if you‘re looking for an apartment in Plano TX or any other city or state. If I had a nickel for every crappy apartment in and around Plano that I’ve checked out for my son based upon the glorified photos, floor plans and rent prices shown in the guide book, I’d be a very rich woman right now.

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Apartment property listings of course use photos that present the apartment complex in the very best light in order to get people to consider renting their Plano apartment, despite the possibility/likelihood that the apartments are located in an area of town I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

I learned a long time ago not to trust what you see visually in any apartment locator book or brochure, and I’m not too keen on what I find on the online photos and videos either. Displaying beautifully decorated model apartments in an apartment locator or guide doesn’t even come close to showing what an actual apartment in Plano (or anywhere else) will truly look like for the renter.

If you’re trying to find an apartment in or around Plano, Frisco, Richardson, Allen, Dallas, McKinney or any other city, always ask/expect to be shown an actual apartment to be rented rather than the fancy decorated model apartments. Don’t be fooled by the photos and perfect picture settings – they’re meant to pull you in; or in my case trying to help my son find a reasonably priced apartment, the apartment photos and videos completely waste your time. If I’m not shown an actual apartment available for rent, as opposed to the models, I graciously say thanks but no thanks…, buh bye.

Fortunately, I did manage to find my son a few great Plano apartments to choose from, and an apartment complex representative in far Northwest Plano showed me the actual apartment my son would rent if he chose to, not some over-glorified model apartment. I called my son on the phone while walking through the apartment and told him everything about its location, rent amount, condition of the apartment and carpet etc, move-in specials, proximity to the pool and basketball court, as well as all the other included amenities.

As much as I’d like to think that he decided to apply for that particular apartment due to my hard work and zealous effort on his behalf, I’m positive he chose that Plano apartment simply because of it’s close proximity to the swimming pool and being able to see the bikini-clad beauties from his balcony window. Oh well, that’s okay; especially since the best part of it all (that he doesn’t know yet) is that his new apartment in Plano is only a 5-minute drive from my house. 😉

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  1. Todd Morris says:

    Hi Lin,

    Congrats on your son moving home … even at 40 years old, I know my own mom secretly wishes we lived closer to them in Florida.

    As someone who as you know has recently gone through the house hunting process, I will add my “second” to most of your observations … lol, especially the ones about not trusting the pictures.

    Your son is lucky to have you there to check things out for him, and it sounds like you found him a good spot … complete with bikini clad beauties no less … what a mom you are.

    For those who are not so fortunate, and have to do their initial hunt “online only”, one interesting thing I found to supplement the pictures provided by websites and apartment guides, involves using google maps. Drill all the way down to the street level view, and take a “virtual drive” through the neighborhood. It’s obviously not at all the same as being there, but often there are enough visual clues that it can be used to save yourself a real drive to some areas.

    Again, good luck with your son’s move, and I know you’ll enjoy having him back.

    Catch up with you again soon,
    Todd

    • Lin says:

      Hi Todd,

      Yeah, this here mom has to get in some of her own preferences too, hehehe.

      Thanks for the heads up about the Google maps. I had completely forgotten about telling people to do a virtual drive through neighborhoods to see what’s going on in those areas that you may or may not want to live around. I know my dear hubby likes checking out Google Earth a lot, and he’s shown me that users can do much the same as you’re saying Google Maps does.

      My son will be flying into town on Friday this week for job interviews and checking out the apartment firsthand, and I can hardly wait!

      There are definitely areas of Plano that I wouldn’t want to live myself, so I avoided even looking for apartments in those areas but focused on finding an apartment for my son on the Northwest side of Plano. The south and southeast side of Plano has “cheap” apartments, but there’s other problems over there that keep me away.

      If anyone is looking for an apartment in or around Plano, they could always shoot me an email and ask about a specific apartment complex or area of town they’re interested in. I’m very familiar with all sides of Plano. I’ve lived in Texas for about twenty years and I’ve lived in Garland, Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Duncanville over the course of those years, but I live in Plano now and if I had to move to another city, it would most likely be Frisco.

      Those apartments photos can really be tricky for people who aren’t familiar with the area or are moving in from out of town. Anytime there’s an apartment complex shown in an apartment guide that only displays a picture of the swimming pool, office, front entry sign etc, without any REAL photos of the apartments themselves…..don’t waste your time. The apartment complex obviously has something to hide (like crappy apartments, crappy tenants, crappy neighborhood etc) and you should just keep on looking elsewhere.

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