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Old 01-20-2015, 12:16 PM
 
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It's not horrible to get to Irving from North Oak Cliff and Lakewood-East Dallas and both have what you are looking for. It's not next door, but doable. The traffic north of Irving is not going to be easy either. You tend to get trapped without alternate routes.
I don't see how you can say that it is not horrible to get to Irving from Lakewood. We have a couple of parents commuting from Lakewood to Hockaday. That is a pretty horrible commute. Now add on another 20 minutes to Irving. From Lakewood, to get to Irving, you probably would take Northwest Hwy. Unless you leaving at 6:00 in the morning, that is a horrible commute. You could easily spend 30 minutes trying to get to I-35

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Old 01-20-2015, 02:45 PM
 
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I don't see how you can say that it is not horrible to get to Irving from Lakewood. We have a couple of parents commuting from Lakewood to Hockaday. That is a pretty horrible commute. Now add on another 20 minutes to Irving. From Lakewood, to get to Irving, you probably would take Northwest Hwy. Unless you leaving at 6:00 in the morning, that is a horrible commute. You could easily spend 30 minutes trying to get to I-35
Having lived adjacent to Lakewood and worked in Las Colinas, I agree. You're talking minimum 45 minutes in the AM and 60 min PM. Add another 15 minutes in Q4 due to all the NorthPark holiday traffic. Northwest Highway is one of the worst "highways" to have to deal with during rush hour. One of the worst things about Lakewood is it's pretty inconvenient if you work anywhere other than downtown/ uptown.

North Oak Cliff to Irving, on the other hand, isn't too terrible.
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Old 01-20-2015, 04:10 PM
 
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Fellow liberal here.

Ive lived in Dallas and now in Plano. Its never been an issue. Dallas is obviously much more liberal than Plano, but even here nobody that Ive talked politics with has told me to go back to California or ridiculed me for it.

Youll be fine wherever you decide, though I would not live in the far flung exurbs or small towns outside the suburbs.
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Old 01-21-2015, 08:37 AM
 
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My husband does Lakewood to Irving daily. It's a beating. Can't recommend it!
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Old 01-21-2015, 02:07 PM
 
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I live in FND, zoned to Pearce, and the homes around me are in the OP's price range. We just moved in May. Based on the comments I see on our neighborhood facebook page, the political signs I see in yards, and the people I've met so far, I think that politics leans to the right, but not nearly as much as I had expected. And there are a good number of Jewish families in the area, including my neighbors. I've recently joined a Richardson civic group, and I just assumed that most members would be conservative because of the stereotypes of the organization, but I've been surprised to find that there are a lot of liberal members. So I wouldn't worry about politics too much.
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Old 09-13-2015, 06:49 AM
 
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Dear Jenie,

I've lived in Dallas areas since 1994 (Las Colinas, Plano, Lake Highlands, Park Cities), and am an educator in the area for the past decade.

1. Schools: Public schools- several ISDs are good, Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Coppell, Carrollton/Farmers Branch, Garland (out for lottery system), Grapevine. (Highland Park ISD is not the best, in my opinion, do not choose schools purely based on scores/test results. Highland Park schools are very strict and do not support acceleration in K-5 like Plano or suburban ISDs do. Yes I'm in it right now because I can't move for 1-2 years. Otherwise I'd be out of this pit!) Private is not necessarily better, just expensive, but depending on your child, choose public/private/charter/homeschool- the one fits your kid(s).
2. Political/Religious: I'm not conservative, open to all views and have great tolerance for differences. I disagree with the view that suburb-republican, dallas-democrat, NOT TRUE based on my personal experience. Can't divide just based on voting results. I've lived in suburbs (Plano) and now in Dallas. Over the past 20 years, I've found actually I've met a lot more open-minded professionals in suburbs (in recent years even more because they moved from elsewhere for jobs). In Dallas area, there are a lot more close-minded conservatives and they'd still stare at me as if I'm an alien and they definitely exclude anyone who's different from them. Very bad experience. I should've moved long time ago. I would choose a place with plenty of outside professionals such as suburbs because they are from elsewhere, too, like you, more likely for you to find similar minded people.
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