Any one in the Dallas area?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Any one in the Dallas area?
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Sat, 04-17-2004 - 6:59am
As I posted below there is a possibility that we may be moving to the Dallas area. Neither one of us are big city people and since DH would be working at home so there would be no commute issues we are looking at living in a more rural setting, preferably not more than one hour from Dallas. Any clues on where to look?
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Registered: 12-03-2003
Sat, 04-17-2004 - 8:19am
Rural, but not more than an hour. Well, it all depends on your budget.

There's the Joe Pool Lake area southwest of town, in Cedar Hills. They sell 1 acre plus homesites either right on the lake or with a lake view. The houses out there run anywhere from $250K-$2 million. There is also a private fishing pond and a great golf course, plus a really kick-ass park (for the grandkids to be). The area is called LakeRidge.

Or, if you want more rural than that, you can go north of Plano. Celina and several other small towns up there, tend to have big yards, open space, it doesn't feel like suburbs, but more like small town. I have no idea the prices, but the people we know who live up there make pretty good money.

If you go east of town along I-30, you get to the Rowlett area, just across Lake Ray Hubbard. There is again a lot of lake and golf stuff, but it feels like a suburb. Most of the people who live there commute into town. We have friends who live there (and work in Dallas). They have a 3500 square foot house that backs up to a golf course, and their house was under $200K new, last year. Their house is one of the cheapest in their neighborhood, as well.

If you want true country feel, go east across I-20, just south of town. There is nothing but rural ranching and small town out that way. (Well, if you go a little ways, you'll reach an outlet mall and Canton, home of the weekly flea market.) I make that drive quite often, since I have several cases in Tyler/Marshall/Shreveport, and there is nothing out there except small towns.

Of course, there are lots of areas within an hour of Dallas--Fort Worth is my favorite. I recommend anyone look at Fort Worth who is moving tothis area--it is a great place. Plus, if you'd rather live along lake Arlington or Interlocken or in Dalworthington Gardens (between Dallas and Forth Worth), those are all nice neighborhoods with great old houses, lakes and golf. But like i said, I don't know your budget. If you want Lake Arlignton or Dalworthington, you'll be looking in the 400K+ neighborhood.

If you have specific questions, let me know.

I don't recommend Denton to anyone. I just personally don't like Denton. It's just a small college town, all college, with horrible corrupt courts.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 04-17-2004 - 8:35am
Most of those things are pretty much out of our budget (at least our budget now and we have no idea what this job offer may bring).

We are more interested in the south side of Dallas rather than north. Our DD1 2 attend college in Belton and it would be nice to make that trip not too long.

At this point everything is totally up in the air, a big if. I may have some specific questions if it does look like it will become a reality.

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Registered: 12-03-2003
Sat, 04-17-2004 - 8:51am
In that case, you might want to consider something like Waxahachie or Mansfield. Both towns are south of twon, probably right at 45 minutes to an hour out from Dallas, both with relatively small-town size costs of living. Also, I think the stuff eat along I-20 is very reasonably priced.