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Old 02-27-2012, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Wylie, Texas
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I lived in Rowlett for a year from 2008 to 2009, and live in Garland now within half a mile of Rowlett, do a lot of shopping in the area so I am familiar with the area. In spite of a particular poster from way back when, Rowlett is a perfectly good place to live and raise a family. Now that my wife and I are thinking about purchasing our first home, Rowlett is very high on the list. It offers easy access to the 190 now, and with the completion of the tollway, the street traffic that used to make Highway 66 and Rowlett Road such nightmares has been eased considerably. Plus you still have access to Firewheel, the Harbor for shopping and entertainment within a 15 minute drive. Schools are decent, put it this way, even though Garland ISD has free choice, most of the time its folks trying to transfer into Rowlett schools rather than the other way round. Yet Rowlett High still has a ways to go, especially when you see that Garland High has the IB and is regarded as the more rigorous high school of the two.

The negatives: water rates and property taxes are pretty high, but I dont consider them a dealbreaker. The biggest negative of Rowlett is the failure to develop much of anything within the city, ala Firewheel in Garland, or the Harbor in Rowlett. Downtown Rowlett is a joke, the lakefrontage is a joke, especially when you look across to see what Rockwall has done with its shoreline. Honestly, I always looked at Rowlett as being Walmart and fast food. That hasnt changed. JMHO.
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Old 02-27-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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I lived in Rowlett for a year from 2008 to 2009, and live in Garland now within half a mile of Rowlett, do a lot of shopping in the area so I am familiar with the area. In spite of a particular poster from way back when, Rowlett is a perfectly good place to live and raise a family. Now that my wife and I are thinking about purchasing our first home, Rowlett is very high on the list. It offers easy access to the 190 now, and with the completion of the tollway, the street traffic that used to make Highway 66 and Rowlett Road such nightmares has been eased considerably. Plus you still have access to Firewheel, the Harbor for shopping and entertainment within a 15 minute drive. Schools are decent, put it this way, even though Garland ISD has free choice, most of the time its folks trying to transfer into Rowlett schools rather than the other way round. Yet Rowlett High still has a ways to go, especially when you see that Garland High has the IB and is regarded as the more rigorous high school of the two.

The negatives: water rates and property taxes are pretty high, but I dont consider them a dealbreaker. The biggest negative of Rowlett is the failure to develop much of anything within the city, ala Firewheel in Garland, or the Harbor in Rowlett. Downtown Rowlett is a joke, the lakefrontage is a joke, especially when you look across to see what Rockwall has done with its shoreline. Honestly, I always looked at Rowlett as being Walmart and fast food. That hasnt changed. JMHO.
The Habor is in Rockwall- Rowlett is moving forward with lots of plan developments. Downtown Rowlett is very nice and has been remodeled to fit the purpose of DART- which should be open soon. Old town Rowlett is small, simple and what it should be. Rockwall has the same old town square area.
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Wylie, Texas
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The Habor is in Rockwall- Rowlett is moving forward with lots of plan developments. Downtown Rowlett is very nice and has been remodeled to fit the purpose of DART- which should be open soon. Old town Rowlett is small, simple and what it should be. Rockwall has the same old town square area.

Oops my bad, I meant to say the Harbor in Rockwall. But the rest of my point stands. Maybe you like the amenities available in Rowlett right now, but I think for a town of its size there should have been something better in Rowlett waaaaayyy before now. I hope you're right and the city is actively trying to bring in new developments (and no, fast food doesnt count) that can boost the city's tax base while still contributing to a higher quality of life.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:24 AM
 
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followup question.

Anyone know of any Rowlett city ordinances against having chickens in the backyard? Or honey bees?
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:26 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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followup question.

Anyone allowed of any Rowlett city ordinances against having chickens in the backyard? Or honey bees?

I know certain areas of the city might have issues with Chickens/Bees. Where I live we can have chickens. I would go to the City Website and check that out. If you don't find the answer simply email one of the city workers.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:32 AM
 
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Ok, i found it http://library.municode.com/showDocu...=13683&docID=0
Looks like no more than 2 hens and no more than 2 hives.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:38 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Ok, i found it http://library.municode.com/showDocu...=13683&docID=0
Looks like no more than 2 hens and no more than 2 hives.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:26 PM
 
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after 210 days on the market it looks like somebody beat us to it by mere hours. We put an offer in today, they accepted an offer from somebody else lastnight.
goodbye perfect house. Feeling a bit crushed, but apparently God has other plans for us and our little family.
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:10 PM
 
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after 210 days on the market it looks like somebody beat us to it by mere hours. We put an offer in today, they accepted an offer from somebody else lastnight.
goodbye perfect house. Feeling a bit crushed, but apparently God has other plans for us and our little family.
Sorry you missed out on the house, but, you're right, God has other plans.

Just fyi - If you're still interested in Rowlett, if you are open to new construction, you might check Lindsey Estates. I'm looking at that development and am considering it......it's a new community that will be pretty small (only 58 homes I believe).
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:40 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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I am sure another "perfect" home. Or you never know how escrow can go. The home I am in I got into because two weeks into escrow the other buyers defaulted.
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