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Old 01-11-2015, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Rockwall, TX
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I'm considering taking a job offer that I have in the Garland area which will mean relocating from Louisiana. I have lots of friends all over that area (from Burleson to Rockwall) and they each say their little 'burb is the best. We don't have school-age kids, so school district isn't an issue. A commute doesn't bother me (yea for Audible.com books!). I'll be there by myself for at least 6 months to a year (48 year old female) and then my husband will join me after selling our house here. Being close to the "good" grocery stores (Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Central Market) are definite wants on my list. Safe area to walk and bike is a plus too. We will most likely lease for a while to see which area we like the most before buying in a year or two.

So any opinions on area? Apartments, etc.? I'd love to hear them!!!

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Old 01-11-2015, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Budget?
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Old 01-11-2015, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Rockwall, TX
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Whatever the market rate is for 2 BR or 3 BR's in that area...$1500 +/-. And like I said, I'd want to wait a year or two before buying to see what area I like.
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Old 01-11-2015, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Even without kids, you don't want a long commute. It's unnecessary since there are plenty of nice areas, and is a waste of time and money. I would say to look in Lake Highlands area to the north of White Rock Lake. Since you are willing to pay market price for a nice place, you can be picky!

Rockwall is great, but it doesn't have the high-end grocery stores yet.
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Old 01-11-2015, 02:48 PM
 
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Where in Garland? It's a city with a large footprint so my suggestions would depend on that.
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Old 01-11-2015, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Lake highlands (75218, 75231, 75238) or Lakewood (75214)

http://www.edgeatwhiterock.com/
These are right next to a new Fresh market store, minutes from Whole Foods, Central Market, and Trader Joes. The commute would be easy on surface roads, and it's within walking distance to White Rock Lake.
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Old 01-11-2015, 05:11 PM
 
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Looks like you're getting lots of good suggestions if you aren't working in North Garland (near 190). If you are working in the northern part of the city, I'd recommend Richardson, Canyon Creek and surrounding neighborhoods. There's a Central Market nearby, a Whole Foods going in near the new State Farm complex, lots of walking and bike trails in Richardson and there's a lot of cool mom and pop businesses.
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Rockwall, TX
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Great suggestions! The company is located in downtown Garland. I'll be back in the area in a few weeks and will do some "recon" on those areas.
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Old 01-12-2015, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Noblesville, IN
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Great suggestions! The company is located in downtown Garland. I'll be back in the area in a few weeks and will do some "recon" on those areas.
If you're working in downtown Garland, you could live in North Garland around 190 (Firewheel Mall area). Also, Sachse is right there and pretty nice. If you live in Rockwall, you'll have to fight the traffic over the bridge (Lakeview Parkway) but it's not too bad if you're only traveling to Garland. Also think about Rowlett...there are some really nice areas as well as more modest, but I think you could find a decent house to rent.

Oh, and by living in North Garland along 190 or Sachse, you're a hop and a skip via the tollway to Plano which has Central Market and other nice grocery stores. I can't remember where the Trader Joe's is and I only know the Whole Foods on Lemmon Avenue.

Good luck...I think you'll find lots of good choices!
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Old 01-12-2015, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Rockwall, TX
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thanks, SellNic! I do know that there is a Whole Foods being built near the intersection of 75 and 190. I'll check out the Sachse area as well. I've looked at several complexes online in the N Garland/Richardson/Plano area and found several that I really like. I'm going to go tour a couple of them in a few weeks.
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