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City Guide
Tips for Renting in Plano

The Legal Lingo. As with any city, Plano has its fair share of bad property managers. Here, the main issues have to do with maintenance. Most apartment complexes from the 70's and 80's have plumbing issues coupled with landlords reluctant to deal with them. In order to get a timely response, your best bet is to send a written notice. If they still fail to respond, send a second written notice with "TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE" written in bold at the top. This is the legal lingo for "get your ----- to work". With these written notices, you will have legal recourse. Just notify the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division and the North Texas Tenants Council, and they will have your back. We know it sounds like a hassle, but when you’re 20 year old pipes start to burst, you’ll be thankful.

Rent Increases. Be prepared to pay higher rent with each new lease. It's quite popular among most complexes in Plano.

The Heat. It's Texas, and for those who have been living under a rock, Texas is hot. It's hotter than a two-peckered dog in a room full of pant legs. It's hotter than a fiddler on a tin roof in the 9th circle of Hell. It's so hot, I could do this all day long. But, instead of complaining, I'll tell you the good news. Since Plano is such a young city, the apartment buildings are newer and better insulated, which will save you tons of money on your electric bill... although, you will still be paying hundreds to keep cool in the dog days of summer. Many people pack an ice chest and head out to Lake LaVon for a beat-the-heat hootenanny. It's a great place for fishing and swimming in clean, clear waters. The lake is surrounded by hiking trails, picnic areas, and neighborhood parks. It's definitely the most entertaining and refreshing way to cool off in the heat of the summer.

The Drive. You will need a car to live here. It's an edge city, and the public transportation system is not comprehensive enough to easily get to work, play, and the grocery store. On the plus side, city planning has made transportation quick and easy. The city is bordered by highways and split down the middle by the Highway 75. There's usually no traffic, and all major roads are wide, with multiple lanes and high speed limits. See? Your need for a car isn’t sounding as bad, is it?

The Great Divide. Plano is split down the middle by Highway 75. On one side of the highway you will find upscale shopping, country clubs, and a "luxury Wal-Mart" (who knew?). Then, directly on the other side, you can find the trailer park. Of course, there are plenty of nice neighborhoods and shopping on the east side, but it's nothing compared to the conspicuous consumption of west side shopaholics and socialites.

Historic Neighborhoods

Downtown. Downtown Plano features a wide array of eats and treats, adorable antiques, and a few great places to drink. Places you must check out include The Fillmore Pub, A Toast to Texas Int'l Wine Shoppe, Wooden Spoon Scandinavian Shop, Georgia's Farmer's Market and Eisenburg's Skatepark, known for big competitions and great live music.

Old Towne. Postwar cottages, old ranch houses, and Victorian homes from Plano's early farming days make this neighborhood feel like a happy memory the good ol' days. A few residents here have descended from Plano's earliest families.

Douglass Community. An amazing tile mural along the DART light rail track shows a proud history of Douglass Community residents. Originally a home to Plano's early black population, this neighborhood has developed a beautiful, tight-knit community, boasting its old Shiloh Missionary Church, the busy Douglass Community Center, and the future Plano African American Museum.

Haggard Park Heritage Resource District. Architecture and history fans walk this neighborhood for its beautiful historic homes from Plano's early days.

Haggard Addition. This subdivision is home to the oldest neighborhood from post WWII. Homes here were built for returning soldiers and their families, and they were built to last.

West Side Neighborhoods

West Plano is home to the newest and most prestigious houses. There’s a Saks Fifth Avenue, a Neiman Marcus, a Hummer dealership, and daily hoards of soccer moms making their pilgrimage to the luxury Wal-Mart through streets lined with flowers, palm trees, and slick cars. As such, potholes are something of a rarity around here. The houses are stunning due to the “keeping-up-with-the-Joneses” lifestyle of west side residents. However, apartment life is another story altogether. A little farther from 75, you will find apartments scattered throughout the west side, some of which are nice places packed with luxury amenities. Perks to west side living include awesome golf courses and shopping, as well as the acoustic music night each month at the Heritage Farmstead Museum, where Planoites can enjoy great local bands in the midst of an 1890's setting with farm animals, hay rides, and a historically costumed staff.

East Side Neighborhoods

East Plano still has the wide open spaces and small-town feel of its old farming days. There are tons of neighborhood parks. For all you park lovers, there is a huge 800-acre nature preserve near the eastern border, with miles of trails through mature tree growth, wildflowers, creeks, a lake, and a pavilion complete with outdoor concerts. The east side is also where you can find the annual balloon festival, a popular event among locals and tourists alike. What’s not to like about balloons? I mean, really.

Plano was named after the Spanish word for "flat", and the Texan-who-doesn't-know-Spanish word for "plain". However, plain and flat are no longer the cliché for this part of the state. Upscale neighborhoods, growing diversity, and cultural and arts districts have created a full-blown city that anyone can enjoy... Plain Jane's and Fancy Nancy's alike. As for you, it’s time to get out there and start hunting! Send us a balloon once you settle in, alright?

-By Katy Comal

Rent Report

August 2017 Plano Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2017 Plano Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Plano rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Plano rents increase sharply over the past month

Plano rents have increased 0.6% over the past month, and are up slightly by 1.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Plano stand at $1,140 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,420 for a two-bedroom. This is the sixth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in January. Plano's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.4%, but trails the national average of 2.9%.

Rents rising across the Dallas Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Plano, but across the entire metro. Prices rose year-over-year in all of the 10 largest Dallas area cities that we have data for. Rents also increased in other areas of the state, with Texas as a whole logging rent growth of 1.4% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro, as well as the rest of the state.

  • Arlington has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 9.2%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,190, while one-bedrooms go for $960.
  • Over the past month, Mesquite has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with decline of 0.6%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,290, while one-bedrooms go for $1,040.
  • Dallas proper has the least expensive rents in the Dallas metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,110; rents grew 0.6% over the past month and 2.9% over the past year.
  • McKinney has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Dallas metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,450; rents increased 0.6% over the past month and 4.5% over the past year.
  • Looking throughout the rest of the state, Austin is the most expensive of all Texas' major cities outside the Dallas metro, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,400; of the 10 largest Texas cities that we have data for, 3 have seen rents fall year-over-year, with Houston experiencing the fastest decline (-2.6%).
  • San Antonio, Austin, and Lubbock have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (2.8%, 2.0%, and 1.9%, respectively).

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Plano

Rent growth in Plano has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases, while in a few cases, rents have actually declined. Compared to most large cities across the country, Plano is less affordable for renters.

  • Plano's median two-bedroom rent of $1,420 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.9% over the past year.
  • While rents in Plano remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Seattle (+5.6%), Phoenix (+5.0%), Los Angeles (+4.8%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,710, $1,020, and $1,730 respectively.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Plano than most large cities. Comparably, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,020.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Dallas $890 $1,110 0.6% 2.9%
Fort Worth $910 $1,130 0.8% 5.2%
Arlington $960 $1,190 1.0% 9.2%
Plano $1,140 $1,420 0.6% 1.9%
Garland $980 $1,220 -0.4% 4.2%
Irving $960 $1,190 0.5% 5.4%
Grand Prairie $1,000 $1,240 0.8% 8.7%
Mesquite $1,040 $1,290 -0.6% 7.0%
McKinney $1,160 $1,450 0.6% 4.5%
Carrollton $1,070 $1,320 0.1% 5.4%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

Plano Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Plano ranks on:
A- Overall satisfaction
A+ Safety and crime rate
A+ Jobs and career opportunities
A Recreational activities
A- Affordability
A Quality of schools
B+ Weather
A- Commute time
A State and local taxes
B Public transit
A+ Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Plano from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“Renters in Plano seem well satisfied with their city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave average or above-average scores across the board.”

Key findings in Plano include the following:

  • Plano renters give their city an A- overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Plano were its local career opportunities, safety, and pet friendliness, which received all receive an A+ score.
  • Renters also seem to be very satisfied with commute times (A-), affordability (A-), and the quality of local schools (A).
  • The only area of concern for Plano renters seems to be access to public transit, which received an average score (B).
  • Plano scored well compared to other large cities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area like Dallas (C+), Fort Worth (B+), and Arlington (B).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.