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Old 01-09-2008, 08:30 PM
 
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Hi all:

My husband and I and our 2 boys (one an infant, the other PreK) are considering relocating to Dallas. My husband is a pilot based in DFW, and I'll work downtown. We're planning on renting for a year or two instead of buying, since I don't think the market's going to get any better, and we may want to move again. We'd like to rent either a house or a condo/townhome with some privacy.

Here's what we're looking for in a neighborhood:

Easy commute to DFW - High importance
Easy commute to downtown - High importance
Young families in residence - High importance
Family activities close by (parks, playgrounds, pools, etc.) - High importance
Easy (walkable?) access to shops, coffeehouses, sites of interest - Medium importance
Artsy community with cultural events - Medium importance
Older homes with character - Medium/Lower importance

Someone suggested Coppell, which sounds great, although I understand it's primarily new subdivisions. Someone else suggested Lakewood, but I think it's too far from DFW. Any other ideas? And any ideas of out of the ordinary ways to find rentals (i.e., does your church or school maintain a public classified board?)?

Thanks!

Slowjig
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:31 PM
 
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Oh and...we'd like to keep the rent bill under 2k a month.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:51 PM
 
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The closer you are to DFW, the farther you will be from downtown. Since both are of high importance, it's a bit of a quandary.

Since you'll be commuting to downtown everyday and your husband will not, then I'd go with Lakewood. My father in law is a pilot. Since they're about a week on, and then a week off, their commute time isn't quite as tight. Plus, living in the flight plan of DFW is very undesirable.
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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For everything you mention, I think you will enjoy Las Colinas... It's 10 minutes to the airport, 15 to downtown, parks, lots of shopping and dining as well as walkable "I think I just made up a word) areas. Airplanes do not fly low enough to hear them from Las Colinas's angle.

Naima
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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For everything you mention, I think you will enjoy Las Colinas... It's 10 minutes to the airport, 15 to downtown, parks, lots of shopping and dining as well as walkable "I think I just made up a word) areas. Airplanes do not fly low enough to hear them from Las Colinas's angle.

Naima
Is it really 15 mins from Las Colinas to downtown? I used to do the reverse commute from lower greenville to Las Colinas and it took me at least 30 mins in the morning and 45+ mins in the evening.
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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Is it really 15 mins from Las Colinas to downtown? I used to do the reverse commute from lower greenville to Las Colinas and it took me at least 30 mins in the morning and 45+ mins in the evening.
LoL... noooo, it would only be 15 if there were NO traffic on a Sunday to downtown!

I live here in the area and you have the correct timing... 30-45 minutes to/from downtown Dallas and it's also at least 15 minutes to the airport.
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:41 PM
 
Location: North Dallas
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Grapevine is really cute. Close to airport, unsure about schools.
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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Guys, I agree that the commute from Las Colinas to downtown is not 15 minutes in rush hour. I drive around the metroplex most of the day in my job and yes it takes 15-20 minutes max during non-rush hour, 10-4.

Since the OP's husband is working at DFW, I assume that she is talking about NOT going downtown during rush hour.

Trust me, I have done the drive several times (10+) from La Villita to Oaklawn in 15 minutes NOT in rush hour.

Naima
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Old 01-10-2008, 07:23 AM
 
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OK, to clarify...I'll need to drive downtown (Ross Ave) 3 days a week. I'd say I'll usually leave the house around 8:30 and start trekking home around 5:30.
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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OK, to clarify...I'll need to drive downtown (Ross Ave) 3 days a week. I'd say I'll usually leave the house around 8:30 and start trekking home around 5:30.
Count on 30-45 minutes each way... maybe more, depending on commuter traffic from Las Colinas (zips 75038, 75039) or Valley Ranch (zip 75063). You can also find rentals listed on Craigslist.com as well as apartment locators.
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