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Old 09-03-2013, 12:06 AM
 
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Good time a day,
Heard a lot about Texan hospitality, so let me try my luck here:
Our family of three is moving to Dallas area in October. My husband will work for an insurance co (75th and LB Johnson) and I will stay home with our 1.5 yo son. The budget is $2k (plus minus), ideally for 6 months.
It has to be within 10-15 miles from DH's work. Richardson it is? Any thoughts about Parkside apartments? Or renting a house is better for a family? I am thinking maybe professional maintenance is more convenient...
Also, how about tornado shelters at the apartment sites? Are they better built than 2.5k square foot houses?
No opportunity to visit Dallas before the move, all has to be done via the Internet. Crazy, huh?
TMIA!
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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Howdy! and welcome.

I don't know anything about apartments in that area, but I wanted to help you sound a little more local.

That intersection near where your husband will work. The first road is known as just 75 (as in US Highway 75) or Central Expressway and the second road is called 635 (as in I-635) or LBJ (we don't say the Johnson part). The actual flyover where the two roads meet is called "The High Five". So you could tell someone that your husband works in The High Five area and people should know where you mean. The names matter when you are listening to the traffic reports.

Anyway, Good Luck! Hope that you have a good move and like it here.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Renting a house is definitely better for a family.

Please don't worry about tornadoes. You can do a search for previous threads, and you will see that they really are not very common.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:08 AM
 
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Thank you guys for the lingo (I suspected the LBJ) and for the suggestions.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:26 AM
 
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I would suggest either the apartments right by Medical City (Forrest Lane, west of 75) or the Village Apartments (75206, between Northwest Hwy and Lovers Lane exits east of 75). Both are affordable, well-maintained, and offer 6 month leases. You will be hard-pressed to find anyone willing to rent a house out for only 6 months. Both of these locations will give your husband a quick 5-10 minute commute and are in desirable areas of Dallas.

Whatever you do, do NOT rent apartments in the northwest quadrant of 635 & 75 (those on & around Coit, north of 635) or anything along Forrest east of 75. Or any apartments east of 75 that are north of Northwest Hwy. There are some lower-income, less well-maintained apartment complexes in those areas. Certainly not the whole area is bad but since you are searching long-distance, that's a general rule to keep you from renting a lemon!

As for tornados, I'm a 4th generation Dallasite and no one in my family has seen or been in a tornado. They are rare and affect a very tiny area (like a couple of blocks) vs a hurricane that causes widespread damage. Don't stress!! Practically no one in DFW has a tornado shelter.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:28 AM
 
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also NEVER say 'THE" LBJ ....its just Central & LBJ ...or 75 & 635. Traffic reports it as High Five but I've never heard anyone say they live in the High Five area.

You should look in Plano, Dallas or Richardson. I would look close to Northpark Mall for starters. Stay away from Coit Road area. I would look on the west side of 75 for apartments. Do you need to be initailly concerned about schools?
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:28 AM
 
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Thank you guys for the lingo (I suspected the LBJ) and for the suggestions.
We don't say "the" either. It's just "75 & LBJ", not "the 75 & the LBJ." One of those native tongue things that will give you away as a transplant!!
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:43 AM
 
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Wow! Some good info here. As far as tornadoes are concerned, I understand every Dallas transplant is thinking about shopping for a tornado shelter thanks!
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:50 AM
 
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No school concerns at this point, but I would love to find a great part time nanny, or a reputable private daycare within a reasonable distance. But I guess, we'll cross that bridge as we come to it. However, if you use/know one, please share!
Thanks guys, you are super helpful.
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:23 PM
 
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You might look at the Marquis at Waterview on Renner Road in Richardson. It's within walking distance of some nice parks, and is on the boundary of a very nice residential neighborhood (Canyon Creek). For a more "urban" experience, possibly the Post Eastside at Campbell and Greenville in Richardson.

With your budget, you can find a house in a nice area in Richardson. It's the six months that will be problematic.
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