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Old 01-16-2015, 09:04 AM
 
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Hello All,

I might have the option of transferring from Arlington, VA (Washington, DC) to Irving, TX for my job. Iíve been to the Dallas area a few times, albeit briefly, but hope to plan a 3-4 day fact-finding/exploring trip in March 2015. The girlfriend and I (mid 30s) would probably rent for a year or so, and then if we like the area, would purchase a place.

I would love some help picking out neighborhoods to visit while Iím in the Dallas area. Hereís what Iím looking for:

Single family home, mid-rise condo, or townhouse (no high-rise living for me anymore)
Within 30 minute drive of office in Irving, TX (M-F traditional work schedule)
Some sort of a walkability factor to shopping, bars, restaurants, parks
Garage parking
Not a college crowd
I would prefer to keep the home price under $500,000.

Thanks to all for any guidance.

--The Saab
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:31 AM
 
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If you really want to walk, i would suggest Uptown. It's not as walkable as DC or the most walkable parts of Arlington, but its the most walkable area we have. It's not a college crowd, but there are lots of young professionals. You might also like north oak lawn area or devonshire (near/walkable to Inwood Village shops and restsurants.

None of these areas have great public schools (you didnt mention if that was important) but all are good areas and within 40 min of Irving. Good luck.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:02 AM
 
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Thanks, JTC Mom. I don't have any children, but will most likely start a family in the next 2-3 years. Kindergarten would be several years away, so I'm not particularly focused on school districts at this time. That being said, safety is paramount to my relocation and housing decision.

Uptown will certainly go on my list!
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:10 AM
 
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Devonshire is a very safe area, but is more family centered than uptown. It will also be a LITTLE quicker commute to Irving than uptown is. In Uptown, you're going to have to stick to a townhome more than likely. Devonshire is most single family homes.

Uptown:
http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...00-53163?row=1

Devonshire(This is the only single family home within your price range currently):
http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...03-39641?row=1
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:37 AM
 
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@curtisnate - I'm still in the very early stages of planning to transfer out of the DC area. I'm also looking at Orlando as a possible relocation spot as my company has an office there as well.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:46 AM
 
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Neighborhoods to check out in Dallas that meet your criteria:
Uptown (75204)
Turtle Creek/Oak Lawn (75219)
Knox-Henderson (stay west of 75 for your commute, but check out both sides as east side has awesome restaurants, bars, and shopping). 75205
Devonshire/Briarwood (75209)
North Oak Cliff is pushing 30 minutes depending on your exact work location, but definitely worth a visit. 75208. Don't miss eating in the Bishop Arts District and a drive down Colorado Blvd from Sylvan to Hamtpon. Gorgeous! And that golf course is public.
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:45 AM
 
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@TurtleCreek80 - Wow, you're a wealth of information. Thank you for that!

Are places like Addison, Grapevine, Plano worth a look, or are they too far?
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:57 AM
 
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@TurtleCreek80 - Wow, you're a wealth of information. Thank you for that!

Are places like Addison, Grapevine, Plano worth a look, or are they too far?
Are you living outside DC or right in the city? I ask because we moved here from DC several years ago and found that living in Dallas was the best fit for us. To go from the bustling Gallery Place/Chinatown area of DC to where we almost moved to in East Plano would've been too much of transition. Instead, we chose to live in the city of Dallas which didn't feel like as big a cultural shock as if we'd moved to suburban TX. And suburbs here especially feel like suburbia, unlike Arlington and Alexandria there. We first moved to Uptown and then M Streets. Both are great areas. You might also try the State Thomas section of Uptown. Lots of nice town houses there. Good luck! P.S. People are much more friendly here, IMO
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Old 01-16-2015, 12:11 PM
 
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@WestcoasterDFW - I live in a high-rise condo in Pentagon City and work near Gallery Place. I'm so used to walking and taking the Metro (or taxi/Uber) that I haven't driven a car in a long time. Everything in PCity/Crystal City is steps away - shopping, restaurants, dry cleaners, neighborhood watering hole, etc. Missing some of that would be an adjustment, but I refuse to pay $800,000+ for a townhouse in Arlington or Alexandria.
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Old 01-16-2015, 12:20 PM
 
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@TurtleCreek80 - Wow, you're a wealth of information. Thank you for that!

Are places like Addison, Grapevine, Plano worth a look, or are they too far?
Not too far but doubt it's what you're looking for.
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