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Old 08-05-2011, 09:46 AM
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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I am of a progressive mind and a Californian and I love it here! I live in Plano in a very multicultural neighborhood.

Its such a large area that you will find people of every mindset here.
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:48 AM
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"The Land of the Crunchy People" is going to be East Dallas encompassing White Rock Lake Forrest/Little Forrest Hills and Lakewood areas. Lots do do at the lake (which is in the middle of the city of Dallas). 250 would be pushing it for this area though. You could probably get something older in the Casa Linda area, something maybe with 4 bedrooms, maybe, but you would need to push the price up maybe 50 grand. If schools are no worry (and even if they are) I recommend this area. Last week I saw a family of 8 at Natural Grocers. There are all sorts of Green businesses,bee keepers, a Green Market, Green gas stations, organic food markets, organic taco stands, coffee hauses, etc. And lots of new things are on their way. This is a very liberal are with tons of professionals as well as hippies, a big mix of different types of people.

Now the commute to Farmers Branch would depend on the time he left home. 6-7 am, 30 minutes. Any time after that, 1 hour. Otherwise, for the price, you are looking at not living in the city at all. Like others mentioned, you would have to move somewhere maybe 45 miles from Dallas like Highland Village. So not in the city, but you could probably get a decent sized home. Even somewhere like Plano or Richardson, you could get a 4 bedroom, Richardson is closer to Dallas, Plano is further out. But if you want a liberal area in the city with a house for a lot of people, nyt, nyt unless it is East Dallas.

Maybe rent first and get a feel for the city.

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Old 08-05-2011, 09:48 AM
Location: The greatest neighborhood on earth!
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I like the second house, but would be concerned that it might be downwind of the city dump. The location is very good though.

I come from a very liberal background although I'd say I'm more of an independent. If you're coming from the Northeast, I imagine it might be kind of a culture shock. Most of the homeschoolers around here will tend to be very conservative.
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:49 AM
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If you are looking around Farmer's Branch, then consider 75007. There are over a hundred miles of trails in the zip code, a great public waterpark, central to a lot of malls, easy access to the freeway, and crime is low. And there are lots of good deals on homes in the 200-250K range.

Basically, anything along Josey Lane from Farmer's Branch up to 121 would work for you.

Here is an example of a 4 bedroom on a a greenbelt/trail about 10 min from work.

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Old 08-05-2011, 12:07 PM
Location: The greatest neighborhood on earth!
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I know the schools that house would feed into and while they are in the CFBISD, they are good schools. We transferred our son to Kent halfway through his elementary career, and it was a good experience for him. I would recommend that neighborhood.
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:30 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Thanks for the tips, everyone!

Our kids definitely share rooms. I am not sure I'd even want a huge house, more than about 2000sf.

Please keep it coming, I'm getting excited about the possibilities! My dh had his interview today and should have an offer on Monday evening.
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:55 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Does anyone have any tips for finding a rental house? Since we have a large family, I really don't want to be stuck in an apartment for months, or even a townhouse.
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:13 PM
Location: DFW
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Parts of Farmers Branch have some nice homes and you'll be really close.
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:15 PM
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The areas previously mentioned are great suggestions. You will find they are plenty of liberal, crunchy types around the metroplex....it's a pretty diverse area. I've lived in Collin County (Plano, and now Mckinney) for the past 7 years, and have had no problem meeting like-minded folks, even out here in the burbs.

A good local website for moms is DFW Area Moms. Loads of crunchy homeschooling moms on that site. It's got a great forum, and often there are playdates. Would be a great start to help you get connected
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Old 08-06-2011, 12:58 PM
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I really like Farmer's Branch, itself.

Good little city, wonderful parks, some nice housing.

But as far as the kids -- for momma it was too close to Dallas -- just across the line is some hoody area of City of Dallas. We were coming from the deep hood, so that was not tolerated.

So we wound up further out.

But I like Farmer's Branch. And I did some remodeling on some of the schools a few years ago, and thought pretty well of their operation.

Can you imagine being able to bike or walk to work? That would be great in my book.

And oh, as far as liberal, etc. Just keep your mouth shut.

Folks here will just figure you are one of them unless you feel you need to show yourself different.
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