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Couture Family in their Perry Home at Hollyhock in Frisco, TX

26 August . 2019

Moving from San Jose to Frisco, this family loves Texas and Hollyhock

Dallas is one of the top cities in the U.S. where grandparents are moving to be closer to the grandkids, according to the Meyers Baby Chasers Index. But the opposite happened with one of Hollyhock’s newest families.

Jillian Couture and Robert Eslinger, Jr. recently moved to Hollyhock from San Jose, California to be closer to the grandparents of their two young sons.

“We decided it was time to be closer to the grandparents, who had relocated to Frisco a few years ago, from the Washington, D.C. area,” Jillian said.

The decision was easy because Robert works from home for a Madrid-based software security company, so they could relocate anywhere in the country.

The family worked with Realtor Tanya Endicott with Berkshire Hathaway, after contacting her about one of her Dallas area listings. 

When Tanya asked them to describe their idea of the perfect community, they told her it would be a place where their two sons, ages 6 and 9, could meet plenty of friends around their own age. They wanted amenities like a swimming pool and a fitness center, and plenty of social gatherings and neighborhood events where they could get to know their neighbors. And they wanted it all in a community that was fairly small and intimate in size.

“When we told Tanya all of our preferences, she immediately recommended Hollyhock,” Jillian said. “And as we continued to look at all of our options in Frisco, we continually kept coming back to Hollyhock as the best place for us.”

The family visited Hollyhock for the first time over Memorial Day weekend.

“As soon as we saw Hollyhock, it felt like the right place for us, with a wonderful family feeling. We saw so many kids out riding bikes, scooters and skateboards,” Jillian said. “We also loved the amenities and the homes. As an avid gardener, I even adored that the streets are named after flowers and trees.”

The family also researched public schools, and they were very impressed by the reputation of the Frisco Independent School District schools serving Hollyhock. “Our kids had been in a private school, but we wanted them to have a neighborhood school experience, in a school that would challenge them to be their best. We felt that Frisco ISD could offer that,” Jillian said.

The family chose Perry Homes’ former model home in Hollyhock, located across from Fields House and Fields Park, on the florally named street of Snapdragon Road.

Though they had never lived in Texas before, the family has quickly warmed to their new adopted state. “We love the slower pace of life here, the friendly and approachable people, even the weather,” Jillian said.

Now that the family is getting settled in, Jillian plans to pursue one of her greatest passions, animal rescue, in her newly adopted hometown of Frisco.

The entire family loves animals so much that they have six pets – five dogs and an 18-year-old cat named Gabby.

“Our rescue dogs are all Chihuahua mixes, so they barely weigh 45 pounds all together,” Jillian said. “Another thing we loved about our home is that it has a big fenced yard where the dogs can play.”