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Old 07-31-2013, 04:46 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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This. The overwhelming majority of Dallas 'burbs are new construction due to the huge growth of the area. In most areas a home built in the early 1990's is "old", and yes, it's all McMansions 'R Us.

That said, I'm not sure if the neighborhoods people are recommending are definitively sub 30 minute commutes to DFW airport. During rush hour I'd almost certainly allot more time to get from Park Cities to DFW.
Yes, they might go over the 30 minute mark...but would you rather live in Coppell and be a short drive from DFW, or in the Park Cities? It's a no-brainer. Plus it's not like he'd be driving it every day.
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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This. The overwhelming majority of Dallas 'burbs are new construction due to the huge growth of the area. In most areas a home built in the early 1990's is "old", and yes, it's all McMansions 'R Us.

That said, I'm not sure if the neighborhoods people are recommending are definitively sub 30 minute commutes to DFW airport. During rush hour I'd almost certainly allot more time to get from Park Cities to DFW.
The only time you can get from Lakewood to DFW in 30 minutes is on a Sunday afternoon. Its going to take a lot longer with traffic since downtown Dallas sits in between! Still, Lakewood or North Oak Cliff sounds like your best bet.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:37 AM
 
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When you do visit, to easily compare the "feel" of Park Cities vs. Lakewood, spend a little time in each area's Whole Foods. I find them very different with their customer base and how the staff interacts with you.
Park Cities WF is at Lemmon/Lomo Alto
Lakewood WF is at Abrams/Gaston
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:53 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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The Ridglea / Arlington Heights area of Fort Worth. ....Ridglea Country Club, River Crest CC, TCU / Overton Park area.

All of this is basically your older, money areas of Ft Worth. Much like the Lakewood and Park Cities areas of Dallas.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:54 AM
 
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When you do visit, to easily compare the "feel" of Park Cities vs. Lakewood, spend a little time in each area's Whole Foods. I find them very different with their customer base and how the staff interacts with you.
Park Cities WF is at Lemmon/Lomo Alto
Lakewood WF is at Abrams/Gaston
The "Park Cities" Whole Foods doesn't really cater to the Park Cities residents. It draws from all of Uptown, Oak Lawn, and a bit of southern HP. I know people in the Park Cities who use 3 different Whole Foods (Lemmon, Park Lane, & even Forest / Preston....none of which are actually in the Park Cities like the Lakewood one is IN Lakewood).

A better comparissions of a true neighborhood grocery store is the Tom Thumb in Highland Park Village or Preston Center. There, 90%++ of customers live in the Park Cities (likely within a mile or less from either store).

Better yet, to get the "feel" of the Park Cities, head to Snider Plaza and hit some shops/ restaurants there. That is family central!
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Blah
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Yes, they might go over the 30 minute mark...but would you rather live in Coppell and be a short drive from DFW, or in the Park Cities? It's a no-brainer. Plus it's not like he'd be driving it every day.
I'm thinking along the same line. I would rather live closer to DFW like Coppell, Grapevine, South Lake, Irving, , Colleyville or Farmers Branch, if my work had me commuting to DFW on a regular bases. Commuting from Park Cities to DFW isn't too bad but I wouldn't do it regularly. I-635 can be a PITA around Central, the Toll and I-35. The remaining other roads like 183 & 114 can be real nightmares at times.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Southlake. Don't judge me.
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Yes, they might go over the 30 minute mark...but would you rather live in Coppell and be a short drive from DFW, or in the Park Cities? It's a no-brainer. Plus it's not like he'd be driving it every day.
Don't ask me, ask the OP. In all seriousness, much of what the OP is asking for is what DFW is generally lacking in. Their wish list is: "independent mom & pop shops and cafes, good schools, hopefully down-to-earth, liberal-minded folks like ourselves. Access to retail chains and malls is not important to us, but access to parks, walking trails, open spaces and culture/character is." within 30 minutes of DFW if possible as husband has to travel weekly (consultant, maybe? Possibly sales? Dunno) and preferably "McMansion free"

There are areas with good schools, many of which are within 30 minutes of the airport, but most of them are McMansion central with an emphasis on chains and malls and not very "down-to-earth" (hi Southlake, I'm looking at YOU!) Park Cities is the closest in terms of "neighborhood feel", but it's a longer drive and per other posters on this board (no personal knowledge here as I've barely spent time in PC) is quite conservative. Lakewood works, but then the schools (sorry Lakewooder) aren't as strong overall and the drive is a long one.

The metroplex in general is long on retail chains, malls and McMansions and short on character and established neighborhoods. This is largely because DFW has grown so dramatically in the last 30 years. The newly built areas of Chicagoland had a similar feel (hey look - malls and soulless neighborhoods with McMansion subdivisions and a paucity of trees!), but it was less conspicuous because it was a much smaller percentage of the whole area. By contrast, Frisco barely existed 20 years ago and Southlake had...what a third of its current population? How much "character" can you get in that time?

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The only time you can get from Lakewood to DFW in 30 minutes is on a Sunday afternoon. Its going to take a lot longer with traffic since downtown Dallas sits in between!
Vouch. 635 is a mess (and will be for several years with the construction) until you hit 35-E. Drove from Addison to DFW every Friday afternoon for six months, and it was Not Fun.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:23 AM
 
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During the week, when my husband goes to DFW from Casa Linda, it takes him 45 minutes via Northwest Hwy to 114. He plans for an hour, but it usually doesn't take him that long.
For the OP - for reference, Casa Linda (75218) is on the east side of White Rock Lake while Lakewood (75214)is on the west side of the lake.
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:01 AM
 
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The Ridglea / Arlington Heights area of Fort Worth. ....Ridglea Country Club, River Crest CC, TCU / Overton Park area.

All of this is basically your older, money areas of Ft Worth. Much like the Lakewood and Park Cities areas of Dallas.
Very good suggestion! Do all of these neighborhoods feed into the stellar Paschal HS or just some of them?
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:43 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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I'm thinking along the same line. I would rather live closer to DFW like Coppell, Grapevine, South Lake, Irving, , Colleyville or Farmers Branch, if my work had me commuting to DFW on a regular bases. Commuting from Park Cities to DFW isn't too bad but I wouldn't do it regularly. I-635 can be a PITA around Central, the Toll and I-35. The remaining other roads like 183 & 114 can be real nightmares at times.
I'm the opposite; if I HAD to choose between the two, I'd go for the Park Cities and a longer commute.

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Don't ask me, ask the OP. In all seriousness, much of what the OP is asking for is what DFW is generally lacking in.
This.
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