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What Makes Lucas So Special?


I’ll admit I’m a Lucas “homer”.  We’ve lived here since 1998 and love everything about it.  We grew tired of the rat race in Dallas and wanted to move out a little, but not too far.  We wanted space around us, but had no desire to make 30 minute drives to the nearest conveniences or work.

We spent about a year driving all over Collin County (north of Dallas), searching for just the right town.  We kept coming back to Lucas for a variety of reasons, and now, all these years later, we’ve never regretted it.  Here’s why Lucas has been so special to us …

It’s a Small Town

Some of My Favorite Lucas and Fairview Pictures

There are only about 8,000 people in Lucas and the town is only 7.7 square miles in size.  The population density is 374 people per square mile (not per city block). 

People in Lucas know their neighbors.  They wave when they drive by.  Crime is almost non-existent.  People watch out for each other.

Have a question regarding the city?  Park right in front of the single story building and talk to someone who can give you the answer.  The city employees are friendly and helpful. There are no lines and no traffic.

 Estate Properties, Homes on 1-2 Acres, and Small Ranchettes

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find any acreage home in Lucas for under about $400K.  If you can find one, it’s almost always an older home in need of renovation or maybe even be a tear down.

Buyers moving to Lucas can either pay retail for a lot in a new development or they can create their own value by purchasing an older home and renovating.  In many cases, the land underneath these older homes has outstripped the value of the home itself.  Fairview is fairly well picked over by buyers doing just this, but Lucas has now become the next play.

At least at this point in time, the one thing you can be sure of is there are no apartments in Lucas and no plan for any.  There are a couple of reasons for this, which will be discussed later.

Dark Skies, Beautiful Sunsets, and Nature

With Lake Lavon bordering Lucas to the east, nights are dark and quiet (and always will be)!  You can actually still look up and see a blanket of stars.  That will never change.

If you enjoy wildlife, you’ll find a plethora of road runners, herons, rabbits, wild ducks, turtles, coyotes, and believe it or not, bobcats, and believe it or not, even deer.   Don’t be surprised to see big red tailed hawks sitting on a telephone line.  The corps of engineers owns all of the land around Lake Lavon, so this rich wildlife environment will be protected forever.

Some people drive through west Lucas from Allen and think Lucas is just flat, treeless land.  Those new subdivisions will mature, but there’s already an area ofLucas with heavily wooded land around the Lake.   You can get turned around out there, but just get in touch with us and we’ll give you a guided tour of some of our favorite streets.

 Outdoor Activities

Lucas winds around the west side of Lake Lavon, so if you enjoy fishing or water skiing, you can have your boat launched onto the lake within minutes.  If you enjoy horses, there is an 18 mile equestrian and walking trail lovingly maintained by the Trinity Trail Association in Lucas.

 Proximity to Work, Shopping, and City Conveniences

Lucas is about 15 minutes from Central Expressway (State Hwy 75) which is one of the main arteries into downtown Dallas. However, Dallas has grown north and major corporations have been moving out to the northern suburbs like Richardson and Plano. They include State Farm, Toyota, and Liberty Mutual, three monster moves into the area and all are within an easy drive from Lucas.

If you fly out of DFW Airport, the route is rarely congested with SH 121, a tollway, most of the way. Lucas is also a short distance by back roads to SH 190, George Bush Tollway, one of the major east west arteries north of Dallas. The locals know all the back roads and quickest routes to these thoroughfares.

Lucas has nothing in the way of shopping other than a Walmart, but don’t be concerned.  At its closest point it’s only 2.1 miles as the crow flies from 3 million SF of new retail, commercial, entertainment, and restaurants at Stacy Rd and Central Expressway at its closest point.  You’ll find well known restaurants like Uncle Julios, BJ’s, Olive Garden, and Rudy’s BBQ. You can also shop at a Macy or JC Penney, take in a movie at the luxury iPic Theatre, or work on your golf game at the all weather Top Golf. The Allen Event Center features concerts and the Allen Americans Professional Hockey team.

Even at its very furthest point near Lake Lavon, it’s only 6.6 miles as the crow flies from shopping at Watters Creek in Allen.

 Great Schools

Believe it or not, the small town of Lucas has six different school districts, Plano, Lovejoy, Princeton, Allen, Wylie, and McKinney. That in itself is very unusual and can lead to confusion if someone doesn’t know the area. It’s also why if you’re looking to buy a home in Lucas, you should be working with a Realtor who knows the boundaries and subtleties of the area.

The most sought after school district is Lovejoy ISD, one of the finest in the entire state. Every year, families are taking their kids out of private schools to attend Lovejoy ISD. Even more surprising, many families outside of the Lovejoy ISD boundaries will buy in to attend at a cost of $8K to $10K per year. That means they are paying school taxes to the school district in which they reside plus a fee to attend another Lovejoy. That speaks volumes for Lovejoy ISD.

Links to the six school districts are below …

 Why The Homes are All on Acreage

There are two reasons almost every home in Lucas is on at least one acre. First and foremost, long ago the townspeople decided they didn’t want neighbors living right on top of them. The city planners wisely zoned almost all of the residential land into a density of no more than one home per acre. In fact, most of Lucas is actually zoned for two acre lots.

The second reason the lots are larger is without public sewer, one cannot build a home on a lot of less than one acre. That’s what’s required by county and state guidelines for homes with septic systems to work properly.

State of the art septic systems installed on new homes are actually high tech mini-wastewater treatment plants. If they are maintained properly, they are as clean and efficient as any sewer treatment plant used by any major city in America. When people complain there is no public sewer in Lucas, I gently remind them Lucas citizens don’t want sewer and have fought to keep it out.

Lucas is very special small town and I’m proud to call it my home!

 The Lucas Subdivisions and Their School Districts

Lovejoy ISD

McKinney ISD

Allen ISD

Plano ISD

Wylie ISD

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