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Old 07-09-2015, 10:58 AM
 
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Guys can you compare these in terms of quietness and safety.

I like quiet places.

Not an area with schools and many kids.

Also another related question.

Are homes very closeby in Dallas generally.

I could use a place with decent distance from neighbors.

Thanks.
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:32 AM
 
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Assuming this is a serious inquiry, but we need more information.

Budget?

Rent or own?

Single family home, townhouse, condo, or apartment? I'm assuming you want a house, but you weren't specific. Getting what I consider a lot of land is very expensive.

Desired size: sq ft, bedrooms, yard, etc. . . ?

Aside from quiet, what amenities do you enjoy?
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:36 AM
 
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I don't have a clear budget in my mind now.

I'm planning to buy.

Single home.

I like working in garage so some distance from neighbors would be nice.
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:46 PM
 
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Guys can you compare these in terms of quietness and safety.

I like quiet places..
Both have quiet areas and not so quiet areas. Both have safe and not safe areas.

In general, for safety, you'll want to avoid the following areas for safety reasons:
North of downtown
-neighborhoods surrounding Love Field on the south and west sides
-neighborhood bordered by Northwest Hwy/ 35/ Royal/ Webb Chapel
-Skillman / Audelia/ 635/ Forest
-Five Points neighborhood, bordered by Greenville/ Walnut Hill/ Skillman/ Northwest Hwy
-South of Fitzhugh between Ross and 75 is "block by block" - some dicey, some still gentrifying
-Apartments around the Dallas Galleria that are east of Tollroad (area from Alpha to Spring valley). Single family house neighborhoods are fine
-One small bad pocket at the northwest corner of 75 & 635 (Coit to 75, north almost to Spring Valley)

South of downtown:
-almost everything east of 35 ranges from dicey to downright unsafe war zones
-still some rough areas north of 30 west of 35 around the housing projects on Hampton. Neighborhoods such as Design District or by the Belmont Hotel are perfectly ok

*This is specifically speaking to neighborhoods within Dallas city limits. This is not for suburbs. There are plenty of safe suburbs surrounding Dallas on all sides.

For quiet, avoid homes near major roads or highways (you'll need to be about 2 blocks off the road or highway to eliminate 90% of the noise). Single family home neighborhoods tend to be quieter than neighborhoods with more multi family.

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Not an area with schools and many kids..
Good luck with that unless you have a mega budget. My two favorite quiet spots in Dallas are Old Preston Hollow (west of Tollroad), where most homes are on 1-10 acre lots and it's not uncommon to see stables. It's super $$$$ though, thinking around $2-6M for a 1-acre lot + house. Also love the country roads around White Rock Lake where estates on acreage go for $1.2M+



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Also another related question.

Are homes very closeby in Dallas generally.

I could use a place with decent distance from neighbors.

Thanks.
Yes, most lots are around .2-.25 "acres", or about 60x150 dimension. If you have a bigger budget, you can find homes on anywhere from half an acre to 20 acres. 20 acres will cost about $100M! (Seriously, there is a house in Preston Hollow for sale for $100M...)

As with almost all forum posts, your budget and your tolerance for driving to work or other destinations will determine what options you have.
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:48 PM
 
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I don't have a clear budget in my mind now.

I'm planning to buy.

Single home.

I like working in garage so some distance from neighbors would be nice.
Do you have any sort of ballpark budget? Knowing if you're looking at $150k or $400k or $2M will greatly broaden or narrow your possibilities.
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:53 PM
 
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turtlecreek80 thanks so much.

I don't know market all that well.

I thought i can find a decent home up to 150K.

Is it like impossible??

Also what can you say about demographics with respect to north and south.
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Old 07-09-2015, 01:11 PM
 
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turtlecreek80 thanks so much.

I don't know market all that well.

I thought i can find a decent home up to 150K.

Is it like impossible??

Also what can you say about demographics with respect to north and south.
The median home value in the DFW area is $220k as of this month. $150k is about 30% under the median value which will make it VERY difficult to find anything SFH in the city of Dallas that is in a safe neighborhood, much less one that meets your specific requirements.

If you can tolerate long commutes or have no commute to consider, then look at the small towns on the far fringes of the metroplex like Ovilla, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Mansfield (all southern suburbs/ small towns) or way up past Frisco in small towns like Van Alstyne, Howe, Anna, etc.
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Old 07-09-2015, 01:17 PM
 
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Thanks so much.

I definitely need to see neighborhoods.

Do you think 220K median is a legit price or somewhat bubblish??
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Old 07-09-2015, 02:56 PM
 
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Ok so with that budget you have ruled out North Dallas for sure lol
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Old 07-09-2015, 03:08 PM
 
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Ok so with that budget you have ruled out North Dallas for sure lol
That's interesting.

I'm finding some houses with that budget on Zillow.

It doesn't look that bad.

Maybe prices are going down??
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