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Old 09-13-2013, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Again, I agree with TC that he is signing up for a potentially hellish commute... The problem is that the DART trains from Lewisville arrive on the west side of town, and then he has to go through downtown and catch the shuttle on the east side. Just going through downtown adds 15 minutes because there are several stops along the way. The only way he could catch the trains on the east side of downtown would be to start on the east side, along 75.

If your daughter's health problems are that bad, do you want her spending an hour each way commuting in her car?
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Old 09-14-2013, 10:44 AM
 
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As a guy that makes a crappy commute, I totally agree. Live in Lakewood, or Richardson, but don't put your husband on Dart. I have no idea what kind of job your husband has, but let me assure you, that I know very few professionals using Dart on a daily basis for that long of commute. Not saying that Dart is terrible (just bad), but public transportation in Dallas is different than other parts of the country.

Now this is also going to sound shallow, but what the hell, Dart also carries a stigma. The upward mobile execs in my office don't take Dart, but instead, the 30k a year assistants with student loans. If you believe, be it good or bad, that part of your success in a career is the image you portray, I would suspect that everyone in your husband's office is going to wonder what the hell he is thinking to move to DFW, have an office in a great part of town, and then commute for 1.5 hours each way each day. I still remember my sister-in-law, who works at an investment bank, that a young exec killed his career when he started taking a Vespa to work. He only lived three miles from work, and it made sense, but the other execs just constantly made fun of him.

That is just insane, unless there are really special circumstances (a special needs child?). Unless you have really unique situations to justify it, I would say that you are putting your husband's career and your marriage under stress by signing up for that type of commute.
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:24 PM
 
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As a guy that makes a crappy commute, I totally agree. Live in Lakewood, or Richardson, but don't put your husband on Dart. I have no idea what kind of job your husband has, but let me assure you, that I know very few professionals using Dart on a daily basis for that long of commute. Not saying that Dart is terrible (just bad), but public transportation in Dallas is different than other parts of the country.

Now this is also going to sound shallow, but what the hell, Dart also carries a stigma. The upward mobile execs in my office don't take Dart, but instead, the 30k a year assistants with student loans. If you believe, be it good or bad, that part of your success in a career is the image you portray, I would suspect that everyone in your husband's office is going to wonder what the hell he is thinking to move to DFW, have an office in a great part of town, and then commute for 1.5 hours each way each day. I still remember my sister-in-law, who works at an investment bank, that a young exec killed his career when he started taking a Vespa to work. He only lived three miles from work, and it made sense, but the other execs just constantly made fun of him.

That is just insane, unless there are really special circumstances (a special needs child?). Unless you have really unique situations to justify it, I would say that you are putting your husband's career and your marriage under stress by signing up for that type of commute.
I echo HockDad's thesis that image plays a role in the office. The unfortunate truth is that Dallas is NOT a public transit town and people will assume you can't afford a car if you rely on public transit to commute (or that your husband has too many DUI's to have a Driver's license).

I just don't think that having both husband and daughter assume lengthy commutes makes any sense. Your daughter is going to have a heck of a drive to UNT whether she's coming from NW Dallas burbs or Lakewood. I guess I don't understand if her health issues are such a concern, why a 30 minute commute makes any difference over a 60 minute one? It's still a lot of time in the car at high speeds....
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:40 PM
 
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Thank you for your advise. My daughter doesn't have anything that effects her driving. She has really bad food allergies so I fix her food at home. I'm going to look in Richardson so please advise some neighborhoods, you would suggest! Should my husband take the 75 from Richarsdon to Lakewood? My daughter will commute and make her schedule 3 days a week or 2 days and some online classes.
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:57 PM
 
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Thank you for your advise. My daughter doesn't have anything that effects her driving. She has really bad food allergies so I fix her food at home. I'm going to look in Richardson so please advise some neighborhoods, you would suggest! Should my husband take the 75 from Richarsdon to Lakewood? My daughter will commute and make her schedule 3 days a week or 2 days and some online classes.
One last suggestion and then I'll butt out: your daughter is between 18-22, I presume? College is a time to adjust to being an adult in the real world. Your daughter is old enough to make her own food, food allergies or not. Get her a studio apartment near UNT or a dorm room with a kitchenette.

IMO, extreme food allergies are NOT a reason to put your husband through hell on a daily basis.
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Old 09-14-2013, 02:03 PM
 
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I have to admit I was just about to post something similar. Are you planning for your daughter to live with you for the rest of your adult life?
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Old 09-14-2013, 02:03 PM
 
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Will Plano work also or just Richardson?
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Old 09-14-2013, 02:09 PM
 
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It's a little more complicated then the details I gave you! I'm not going to go into that on this site. I just want advice on where to live not on my child!
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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It's a little more complicated then the details I gave you! I'm not going to go into that on this site. I just want advice on where to live not on my child!
Your Lewisville idea might work for school because there is a shuttle service between campus and Lewisville; I think in Highland Village. https://www.dcta.net/transportation-...enu-id-56.html

However, my post (with no advise on my part about your OP) for Valley Ranch or Las Colinas is still my best recommendation. There are both Royal and NW Highway routes to Lakewood. There is also a DART rail from Las Colinas directly into Dallas.
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:45 PM
 
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Thank you, Squirl. I like having more then one option. I will look into Las Colinas but I'm not seeing a lot of homes for sale in that area. I heard Highland Village is a nice area to live?
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