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Old 05-11-2011, 05:52 PM
 
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Hello all,

I just got a job offer and it's in Denton. However, I want to live closer to Dallas. Where would be a good place to live? I want to be close enough to Dallas to enjoy all the things it has to offer, but I also don't want to drive that far to work. Where would be the happy medium?

I'm looking for a 1-bedroom apartment in a nice/clean neighborhood. I'm not really sure what the cost would be to rent. I haven't set a budget yet, but I currently pay $500 for my place. I figure it would be a bit more expensive in Texas.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Denton, Texas, Republic of
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Hello all,

I just got a job offer and it's in Denton. However, I want to live closer to Dallas. Where would be a good place to live? I want to be close enough to Dallas to enjoy all the things it has to offer, but I also don't want to drive that far to work. Where would be the happy medium?

I'm looking for a 1-bedroom apartment in a nice/clean neighborhood. I'm not really sure what the cost would be to rent. I haven't set a budget yet, but I currently pay $500 for my place. I figure it would be a bit more expensive in Texas.

Thanks in advance!
Well there are all of the usual suspects as far as suburbs go; Flower Mound, Lewisville, Carrollton and the other burbs in-between. Or you could just live in Dallas and commute to Denton; if you work a typical 8-5 shift you will be going in the opposite direction from where the traffic is.

You should also keep in mind that DCTA (Denton County Transit Authority) and DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) are about to complete a light rail line connecting Denton to the Dallas DART line. That being the case before too long you will be able to hop on a train in Denton and get to The Arts District, The Zoo, American Airlines Center, The State Fair and most everything else Dallas has to offer. Rent will be less in Denton than in Dallas otr most of the suburbs as well.

Most will depend on current and future needs and plans. So if you have or will have kids and can't afford private schools , living in Denton ISD or Flower Mound ISD would be great since they have higher rated schools than Dallas and some of the other burbs. Conversely if you are a fiend for the high-rise and plan to live the single or childless lifestyle the closer to Dallas the better.
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Denton is a college town with some nightlife, fun restaurants, etc. All of the suburbs Fist mentions (Flower Mound, Lewisville, Carrollton, etc.) are big family areas. If you're a young, single person, I would recommend just living in Denton. You will be bored to death in those suburbs! The bad thing is that if you go south to either Fort Worth or Dallas, there WILL be a lot of traffic, even northbound, to deal with and slow down your commute.

Yes, rent in Denton will be less expensive. You will not find much beyond an efficiency apartment here for $500, and if you do, it will not be in a safe area. I would say $750 will be a more realistic figure.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Denton, Texas, Republic of
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Denton is a college town with some nightlife, fun restaurants, etc. All of the suburbs Fist mentions (Flower Mound, Lewisville, Carrollton, etc.) are big family areas. If you're a young, single person, I would recommend just living in Denton. You will be bored to death in those suburbs! The bad thing is that if you go south to either Fort Worth or Dallas, there WILL be a lot of traffic, even northbound, to deal with and slow down your commute.

Yes, rent in Denton will be less expensive. You will not find much beyond an efficiency apartment here for $500, and if you do, it will not be in a safe area. I would say $750 will be a more realistic figure.
ChrisieP is quite correct about the flavor of Denton. Denton had a reason to exist even if there were no Dallas or Fort Worth (County Seat, 2 major Universities) and thus it has its own personality. Carrollton, Flower Mound and the rest are simply bedrooms communities and prior to th growth of Dallas Carrollton was a sand/water stop for trains and Flower Mound did not exist. Denton really has the feel of a small Austin; government and education are king, college kidds rule the roost and there is a very eclectic flavor. I know of no other city that has, a Pagoda built by a cult, a Paleoconservative that has his own bill board in his back yard for political statements and "Mable Peabody's Beauty Salon, Chainsaw Repair and Night Club".

Still if you insist on being between Denton and Dallas burbs are your only choice.
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:23 PM
 
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Thank you so much for the replies!

According to google maps, it's only 40 miles from Dallas to Denton, but it could take up to 1.5 hours to reach the destination.

I probably would not mind living in Denton, but all my friends are in Dallas. I'd like to live a bit closer to them. I have a pretty interesting schedule. I work 7 days straight and off for 7 days straight. I'd have a lot of free time. I also have a couple of friends that will move to Dallas in the near future. They have expressed interest in living with me. I can't imagine them wanting to live in Denton. I also don't like driving that far to work. Someone actually recommended Lewisville and Carrollton to me. Maybe I will get an offer in Dallas, then this problem will be solved by itself. I don't really party or care much for the night life, but I do want to be close to my friends.

I love public transit, so that is definitely a plus for me as I hate driving.

I didn't realize apartments were that expensive in Dallas, but it's doable. I was told that housing in Dallas is really cheap.

Thank you so much and I will come back with more specific questions about those areas.
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Denton, Texas, Republic of
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Thank you so much for the replies!

According to google maps, it's only 40 miles from Dallas to Denton, but it could take up to 1.5 hours to reach the destination.

I probably would not mind living in Denton, but all my friends are in Dallas. I'd like to live a bit closer to them. I have a pretty interesting schedule. I work 7 days straight and off for 7 days straight. I'd have a lot of free time. I also have a couple of friends that will move to Dallas in the near future. They have expressed interest in living with me. I can't imagine them wanting to live in Denton. I also don't like driving that far to work. Someone actually recommended Lewisville and Carrollton to me. Maybe I will get an offer in Dallas, then this problem will be solved by itself. I don't really party or care much for the night life, but I do want to be close to my friends.

I love public transit, so that is definitely a plus for me as I hate driving.

I didn't realize apartments were that expensive in Dallas, but it's doable. I was told that housing in Dallas is really cheap.

Thank you so much and I will come back with more specific questions about those areas.
Housing is cheap...to buy. Cheaper than any of the other top 10 US markets. You can buy a nice home, in a good neighborhood, with great schools and convenient to transit corridors for less than $250,000. Tey that in NY, LA, Chi-Town, Boston, San Fran or even small markets like Seattle and Portland and it isn't going to happen.

Our rentals are still more reasonable than many of those markets, but the gap is less in the rental market than it is in the buying market.
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:40 PM
 
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I'm not looking to buy as I want to know the area a little bit better. You don't really know until you've been there for awhile. I'd like to buy in maybe 2 years. I've heard good things about Richardson and Plano, but i'll worry about that when I cross that bridge.

So how much would a 2-bedroom apartment cost? I will most likely have a roommate.
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Denton, Texas, Republic of
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I'm not looking to buy as I want to know the area a little bit better. You don't really know until you've been there for awhile. I'd like to buy in maybe 2 years. I've heard good things about Richardson and Plano, but i'll worry about that when I cross that bridge.

So how much would a 2-bedroom apartment cost? I will most likely have a roommate.
I guess it depends on what you are looking for and what area you end up liking more. I'd look around at:

Denton Apartments for Rent in Texas | Denton Apartment Rentals | Apartments.com

Apartments For Rent in Denton, TX - ForRent.com

Denton


Apartments.com | Find Apartments for Rent, Houses, Condos and Townhomes | Rental Listings

Search Results - ForRent.com


Flower Mound

Apartments.com | Find Apartments for Rent, Houses, Condos and Townhomes | Rental Listings

Search Results - ForRent.com


Carrollton

You can also try looking in The Denton Record Chronicle:

Click

and the Dallas Morning News:

Dallas-Fort Worth Real Estate - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:48 PM
 
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Nix Flower Mound--there are only 2 complexes and they aren't cheap. If you don't have kids, it isn't worth the price premium
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Old 05-12-2011, 05:35 PM
 
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You guys are so awesome and helpful. Thank you so much for all the links and recommendations. I will definitely check out all those links.
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