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Old 12-28-2014, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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We are a couple (mid 20s/early 30s) looking to buy our first house in April/May. We don't have any kids (don't plan to), I work in Carrollton (Trinity/Marsh), and he teaches in Richardson.

For the past 2 years we have been living in apartments in Addison/Far North Dallas area (currently Frankford/Tollway). I never thought of myself as someone who would enjoy living this far north of downtown, but I love being close to work, and the Addison area especially grew on me.

My dream was to live south of 635 in north Dallas area, which based off our income and carrying no debts we could afford something as high as $650k, but I am no where near ready to invest that much into a home...especially our first one. So our budget more realistically for us is $250k to $350k, and this seems to be where our biggest problems are for what we are wanting and areas. On my "wishlist" of things to have is minimum 3/2, 2 car garage, a pool, and living south of Bush (further south the better.) Just going to open houses around our current neighborhood though and prices we are seeing are $450k or higher so I don't know how realistic we are being.

Are there any certain neighborhoods we should be looking at that would still keep us close-ish to work, in our price range, without going too far north?

(edit) Just to add on we are open to other neighborhoods/areas in Dallas if the commute isn't too bad, and wouldn't be opposed to a fixer upper if it got us more for our budget.

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Old 12-29-2014, 08:30 AM
 
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If your DH works in Richardson, why not look there? Canyon Creek area is very nice. And I've heard Richardson Heights is becoming popular with young couples (perhaps BigDGeek can enlighten us on that!).
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Old 12-29-2014, 07:38 PM
 
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Richardson might become an option, but desperately trying not to live where he might be running into students frequently outside of class. So far we've been lucky with that in the locations we have lived in Addison and west of the tollway.

Browsing thru Trulia and home prices seem to be pretty high for these areas (at least what we consider high.) Not sure if getting a realtor now to help us narrow down locations would be a good idea yet since we won't be buying until end of April.
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Old 12-29-2014, 07:41 PM
 
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Richardson might become an option, but desperately trying not to live where he might be running into students frequently outside of class. So far we've been lucky with that in the locations we have lived in Addison and west of the tollway.

Browsing thru Trulia and home prices seem to be pretty high for these areas (at least what we consider high.) Not sure if getting a realtor now to help us narrow down locations would be a good idea yet since we won't be buying until end of April.
I don't know where he teaches (you don't have to say) but Heights Park is very popular and you could easily afford a great 3/2 in your price range in this neighborhood. The Reservation and Canyon Creek are also possibilities. All are in the 75080 zip code. Inventory always picks up in early spring.
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:27 PM
 
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Look into Creekside Estates in Carrollton or somewhere in Far West Plano near 190 to access both Richardson and Carrollton.
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Old 01-01-2015, 12:25 PM
 
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So our budget more realistically for us is $250k to $350k, and this seems to be where our biggest problems are for what we are wanting and areas. On my "wishlist" of things to have is minimum 3/2, 2 car garage, a pool, and living south of Bush (further south the better.)
IMO Firewheel area of garland or SFHs off of jupiter and campbell should fit into your budget. Location is perfect given your commutes and wish list but it won't be comparable to addison etc.

Some of houses in above areas feeds into RISD. I think you can get more bang for your buck overall compare to far west Plano.
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