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Old 07-16-2015, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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First let me say I've been reading through a few of the Dallas threads and there are some very cool and super-helpful people on these boards. I've already learned quite a bit, so thanks.

I'm looking at potential relocation to Dallas from LA, job would be near the 408 and 20 intersection (zip 75236), just north of Duncanville. Any suggestions where to start looking for a single-family home around 200k? Looking for suburbs, maybe something close to water if possible, schools not a factor. Local entertainment isn't a huge deal since I'm already used to driving to the city for that. I'm not super-concerned about commuting if it means a better home, although I'd prefer not to.

Duncanville seems like an obvious choice, but I don't see a ton of info dedicated to that particular area.

Please let me know if you need more info. Thanks for the help!
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Old 07-16-2015, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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Recommend you focus on housing near Joe Poole Lake in Grand Prairie (some neighborhoods near the lake in GP are in Mansfield ISD and that's good, example Friendship Meadows subdivision) or Cedar Hill. I am not a fan of Duncanville; it borders some not very nice areas and seems to be going downhill to me.
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Old 07-16-2015, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Thanks, I am checking out that area right now. I should have also mentioned, looking for relatively low HOAs ($100 or less, is that reasonable for the area?). And my current commute is around 1 hr. to travel 27 miles, so anything less would be a bonus.
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Old 07-16-2015, 11:28 PM
 
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Good luck.

Relocated here 4 years ago from Los Angeles and still regret it. Have made a lot of good friends, but still miss the healthy beach lifestyle I had.
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:13 AM
 
Location: garland
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Good luck.

Relocated here 4 years ago from Los Angeles and still regret it. Have made a lot of good friends, but still miss the healthy beach lifestyle I had.
You can have a healthy lifestyle anywhere but I don't think anyone ever moves to Dallas expecting a beach. Luckily, the airports here provide a solution to that issue.
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Yeah, the wife and I are nearing our 50's, and while we do hit up the beach every now and then we aren't going nearly as often as we used to. Not to mention I'm originally from an area (Sacramento) with more lake amenities than ocean amenities.

Same goes for other LA-oriented entertainment, we're not exactly night owls and don't go clubbing. Our favorite things to do are antique/thrift shopping (her) and sports (me), seems like there's plenty of both in Dallas.

Funny thing about the HOAs, I was looking at a few properties and my eyes were popping out of my head until I realized they were annual fees. I'm currently paying $100/mo., which is extremely low for my area, but it seems like there's nothing in the Dallas area that approaches that.
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Old 07-17-2015, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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for homes in the $200K's, you are not likely to have high HOA fees at all unless you are in a gated community with amenities, and typically homes in those communities are higher priced.

The best traffic patterns for your work location will be east of Duncanville (North Oak Cliff) or North of Duncanville (Irving), however the areas around Joe Poole Lake will most likely give you the better neighborhoods for your money. Again, I would focus on Cedar Hill or Southwest Grand Prairie (Mansfield ISD). You should be able to make it to work from there in about 30 minutes, maybe less.
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Old 07-18-2015, 04:51 PM
 
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The only problem with Oak Cliff is the crime, the closer you are in proximity to Dallas, the more crime you will find. Areas like Mansfield are close to Joe Pool and they are communities that look like a small town but are like a big city. Do what you feel you have to do for your lifestyle.
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Old 07-20-2015, 11:39 PM
 
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You can have a healthy lifestyle anywhere but I don't think anyone ever moves to Dallas expecting a beach. Luckily, the airports here provide a solution to that issue.
Yes, I'll get right back to running marathons after I finish scraping myself off the road from the crazy drivers and awful weather.

Your attitude reminds of why I regret moving here.
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