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Old 01-11-2013, 12:20 AM
 
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I should also mention that my job's all around the Dallas area, not just in central Dallas. What's the commute like? Is the rent that much cheaper in Denton (specifically for a studio/efficiency)?
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:53 AM
 
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35E is about to undergo major expansion this year (that will last several years), so your commute would be hell for a while.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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You could take the new A Train, but that commute would still be ridiculous. Whatever you save in rent would be equalized in gas or transit passes, and wasted in commute time.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:25 AM
 
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You could take the new A Train, but that commute would still be ridiculous. Whatever you save in rent would be equalized in gas or transit passes, and wasted in commute time.
Spot on.
Do you have a reason to live in Denton or just looking for less expensive rent?
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:03 AM
 
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Spot on.
Do you have a reason to live in Denton or just looking for less expensive rent?
Agreed. Even if you found a $500 apartment in Denton, you're going to burn $250-300/mo in gas, so might as well try to find a $750-800 apartment closer in. It won't be anywhere trendy/ awesome, but it won't beat you down like a 3 hour daily commute in heavy traffic will!
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:15 AM
 
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I wouldn't do it.

Depending on where in Dallas, most areas will take you at least an hour with normal traffic. That's not counting the accidents that are all but invetiable on I35 and like the above post said, before they tear up the highway for the upcoming expansion. That is supposed to begin sometime this year and will probably compare to the nightmare that is LBJ/635 right now. I35 is really your only highway south because of the lake, unless you go across 380 and down the tollway.

Rent isn't that cheap, remember there are A LOT of renters in Denton because of UNT and TWU. You can find something comparable in price in Lewisville, Carrollton, or far North Dallas and save yourself the commute time. You won't spend as much in gas, and if you stay in Denton or Collin county, your car insurance will be less expensive than Dallas county.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Texas
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A lot of people do it, op (based on my drive in the opposite direction and sometimes home in the morning), but I would seriously poke my eyes out with a shrimp fork if I had to do it every day.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:39 AM
 
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I have a couple of friends - married, who've been doing that drive for years. Actually, they live north of Denton and love the out of town living. Of course, they leave home while it's dark to get to work early. And they work late or socialize til traffic dies down. So the only time they really live out there is weekends, or when it's dark. I guess their dogs like it... they think they're wild.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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I would not sign up for that drive. As others have mentioned the rent in Denton is not much cheaper than what it is in Dallas, and even if you find a decently priced apartment you will make up for it in gas and tolls. As a rule, a reverse commute out of the core in town areas of Dallas will be much less congested than driving toward Dallas from the suburbs. There are many ares in the core of Dallas with affordable studios. I don't know what your budget is but a studio can be found for under $1000 in many great areas.

Areas to focus on:
(75219) specifically northern and western Oak Lawn
(75207) the design district
(75235) UT Southwestern area
Power Properties Apartment Rentals Dallas Texas | Apartment Rentals
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:37 PM
 
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I did it for one year... and for the first nine months I loved it. The last three months drove me insane and I had to move into Dallas. I am an ardent Denton lover, so it had to be pretty bad for me to give up Denton.

The commute was easily an hour each way every day.
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