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Old 01-11-2015, 07:10 PM
 
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[quote=RonnieinDallas;37979625]Grapevine is a good city to live in. I think you should also consider looking into Lake Highlands, you never explained your aversion to living there?

Lake Highlands Is a nice area with decent schools, and it's not over an hour + commute like McKinney is.

Sunnyvale is another option to consider

Never said I had an aversion to living in Lake Highlands, just stated we'd want to live in a suburb. As for why, why does anyone else live in a Dallas suburb and commute? Less crime, less people, larger lot sizes for homes, a small town feel close to a larger city. Am I wrong? Thanks.
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:13 PM
 
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Actually you did say that indirectly. Lake Highlands is a neighborhood in Dallas, not a suburb. So when you said you wanted a suburb, then you meant Lake Highlands was out.

It is different in that it is served by Richardson ISD and not Dallas ISD.
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:14 PM
 
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This thread is kind of funny. ON first reading I'd have said, 'McKinney... cool'. It's just a couple of blocks from the Fed.' Then of course the sorting to distinguish the town of McKinney, etc. Just a matter of local orientation.

Good luck
I can't tell you how much I regret posting a thread on this site. I mean apparently there is not one single person in McKinney, TX that commutes to work in downtown Dallas. My mistake!
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:37 PM
 
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I can't tell you how much I regret posting a thread on this site. I mean apparently there is not one single person in McKinney, TX that commutes to work in downtown Dallas. My mistake!
There are a few, but they can't post right now. They're already on their way to work.
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:37 PM
 
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As for why, why does anyone else live in a Dallas suburb and commute? Less crime, less people, larger lot sizes for homes, a small town feel close to a larger city. Am I wrong? Thanks.
Yes, you're wrong about several of these items:
1. Less crime- your chances of being a victim of violent crime are close to zero in both the recommended Dallas neighborhoods and McKinney...assuming you don't do drugs & your spouse isn't abusive (top 2 drivers of violent crime anywhere). Your chances of being a victim of petty crime (handbag stolen out of unlocked car, bicycle stolen from open garage, etc) are a little higher in Dallas, but again- petty crime is 98% preventable.

2. Less people- I don't know about that..the school sizes in the Dallas neighborhoods recommended are actually smaller than in McKinney & it's surrounding suburbs-> McKinney's elementary schools can have upwards of 700-800 kids in K-5 vs 450-550 range in LH and Hexter. The lot sizes are bigger so there is less population density per block.

3. Larger lot sizes- you'll actually find larger lots in Dallas. It's not hard to find a .25-.33 acre lot in East Dallas but it's pretty hard to find one in Collin County (outside of the million dollar lots in West Plano or the towns of Murphy, Parker, etc that were developed with larger lots).

4. Small town feel close to the city - what we're trying to explain to you is that the various neighborhoods in Dallas ARE small towns in the big city. In my neighborhood, we have two downtown/Main Street shopping areas, I routinely run into neighbors and people from our church at the grocery store, the restaurants we frequent know us by name, the pharmacy is a 3rd generation family-owned business, etc. You can find the same thing in the suburbs but with a job downtown you have less time to enjoy it due to the lengthy commute times.

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Old 01-11-2015, 07:55 PM
 
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I can't tell you how much I regret posting a thread on this site. I mean apparently there is not one single person in McKinney, TX that commutes to work in downtown Dallas. My mistake!
I don't know if you've lived anywhere outside of Louisiana, but traffic here is awful. There are 4.5 million people in your entire state. There are 7 million people in the DFW area and during rush hour it can feel like all 7 million are on the road!

Because a rush hour commute can take 2-3 minutes per mile, you won't find many people commuting from McKinney to downtown Dallas for a good reason. Most don't need to because there are plenty of jobs in Collin County.
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:18 PM
 
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WHY? If we blindly dropped you off in Lake Highlands and asked if you were in the city of Dallas or a suburb of Dallas, I doubt you would pick correctly.
This is really good. Dallas as a whole isn't densely urban like New York or Chicago. There are neighborhods like Lake Highlands and Lakewood that feel like suburbs but they are in the city. The Park Cities are technically suburbs but they are within what I would define as the Central Corridor (south of 635, north of 30).

Live south of 635 if you are working at the Federal Reserve downtown.
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:20 PM
 
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I don't know if you've lived anywhere outside of Louisiana, but traffic here is awful. There are 4.5 million people in your entire state. There are 7 million people in the DFW area and during rush hour it can feel like all 7 million are on the road!

Because a rush hour commute can take 2-3 minutes per mile, you won't find many people commuting from McKinney to downtown Dallas for a good reason. Most don't need to because there are plenty of jobs in Collin County.
I grew up in Memphis. Obviously not near as large as Dallas though. A nearby town seems appealing since we have a small child and my husband is not as familiar with living in a large city, but with commute times like you say I guess that's out.
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:23 PM
 
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I commute from Allen to Downtown Dallas three days a week. Mornings take anywhere from 35-55 minutes depending on the day. I leave pretty early in the morning though, 6:45am. I leave the office at 4pm and my usual commute back to Allen is 1 hour. I love Allen, but if I had to commute 5 days, I wouldn't like it as much. I would have picked Richardson or Plano at the furthest. I have coworkers who live in McKinney, Prosper, and Melissa. While they like living there, they complain about the commute.
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:49 PM
 
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I wouldn't recommend McKinney, Prosper, or Melissa in most cases if your job is south of the PGBT.
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