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Old 09-03-2013, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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Medical Center of Plano is a Level 2 Trauma Center and a fairly large hospital. (427 beds)
Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a Level 3 Trauma Center. (366 beds)
Baylor McKinney (95 beds)
Children's Medical Center Plano (72 beds)

For suburbs with good schools and larger hospitals, the Plano area looks good.
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:57 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Medical Center of Plano is a Level 2 Trauma Center and a fairly large hospital. (427 beds)
Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a Level 3 Trauma Center. (366 beds)
Baylor McKinney (95 beds)
Children's Medical Center Plano (72 beds)

For suburbs with good schools and larger hospitals, the Plano area looks good.
Richardson could also be an option...easy commute to Medical City or Presby.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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Richardson could also be an option...easy commute to Medical City or Presby.
Correct. And Richardson is a smaller city than Plano. Depending on where in Richardson, could be an easy commute to Medical City Dallas or Presbyterian Dallas as you said.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:02 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Correct. And Richardson is a smaller city than Plano. Depending on where in Richardson, could be an easy commute to Medical City Dallas or Presbyterian Dallas as you said.
I don't see how its population or square mileage are relevant factors.

For the OP's budget if they got jobs at Medical City or Presby, Richardson would be an excellent option. You can buy a lot with $350k and send the kids to outstanding schools. What's not to like?
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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I don't see how its population or square mileage are relevant factors.

For the OP's budget if they got jobs at Medical City or Presby, Richardson would be an excellent option. You can buy a lot with $350k and send the kids to outstanding schools. What's not to like?
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So we are still in the "trying to find the right place for us" planning stages, but would really appreciate some insight into the Dallas area. I am married with 2 kids (one is graduating high school and one is 3 years old). My husband and I are both in the medical field (I am a MRI Technologist and he is a X-Ray Technologist). We both grew up in the San Francisco bay area; however, we have both lived in various states of the country. We make decent money, but can't afford anything around here! lol We would love to be able to buy a nice home to call our own and have our son grow up in. Homes in this area (Campbell) are 700k and up (for decent ones). I refuse to pay that for what you get. Long story short, we have been doing a lot of research, trying to find out what states and areas would give us most of what we want. Low cost of living, great education, low crime, accessibility to amenities. We long for a friendly, small community. We do not want to live in the city, but would prefer a suburb, i.e., Frisco, Plano, Allen, Garland, etc.
I realize we would be giving up some nice things too, like weather :-) But we are at the point that we would sacrifice that to have a nice home and not feel like we are living in a rat race. We cannot get ahead! By the way, we both have lived in Florida and know all about hot weather
Any advice on areas to look more into would be greatly appreciated!
I thought that pointing out that Richardson is smaller would be a bonus for Richardson.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Campbell, CA
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Thank you for all your information. It really helps to know where the medical areas are. We obviously need to start trying to find jobs first. Once we make the move, we would rent first and get a feel for what area we ultimately want (and what is convenient to our jobs). But the recommendations really help us focus in our search! My husband is concerned about the heat (I guess I am too..lol), but I know sacrifices have to be made wherever we go (we were originally thinking of Colorado, but it doesn't seem like we can get more for our money there).
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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In the City of Dallas proper, I think of a few hospitals as being the best:

Parkland Memorial Hospital, Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Medical Center Dallas all share one large campus NNW of downtown Dallas. Parkland is the county hospital, but it also has a Level 1 Trauma Center and the Regional Burn Center. Southwestern is a teaching school, and Children's is the major pediatric hospital in the region.

Baylor Hospital has a Level 1 Trauma Center, 1065 beds, located just east of downtown Dallas.

Medical City Dallas is located in northern Dallas.

Presbyterian Hospital has 898 beds and is located NNE of downtown.
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:27 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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I thought that pointing out that Richardson is smaller would be a bonus for Richardson.
I think we're interpreting what she said in different ways. Yes, Richardson is around the 100k mark...but it doesn't matter IMHO because you have to pay attention to the color of the street signs to even know when you've crossed from Dallas to Richardson to Plano etc.
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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Highland Village is also a relatively small community for the DFW area with good schools. Its not too terrible a drive from there to Plano.
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Campbell, CA
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Highland Village is also a relatively small community for the DFW area with good schools. Its not too terrible a drive from there to Plano.
Squirl - I will have to look into the area. I guess it is really going to come down to where we get jobs :-) Thank you for your input!
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