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Old 07-17-2015, 06:57 AM
 
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Just got the word on Friday my husband is being promoted(YAY!), we have to move to Texas(depending on who you ask in our family YAY!). We have 5 kids, 4 school aged and ideally we need to get down there before the beginning of the school year, otherwise we'll wait until the Christmas break for the kids and I to make the transition. NO idea where to start, been doing a ton on online research the last couple days, and there are a ton of different options. I suppose I have the basic questions I need answered:

1. Right now the hubs office is in downtown Dallas, but slated to relocate to Coppell in the next 6 months. He doesn't mind a 45-60 min commute if t will put us in an area that's good for kids. Really like small towns if possible(are there any in the DFW area?)

2. Best bang for our buck. Obviously with 5 kids we need bedrooms and sqft. Doesn't need to be a new home, we're totally down with a fixer upper. Just needs to be in a safe neighborhood/area. Budget max is $350k. Have our preapproval in hand.

3. Schools- we have 2 in elementary, 1 in middle and 1 in HS. We're looking for a solid district, doesn't need to be uber competitive everything(I see no reason for my kids to have an ulcer at 10).

Need suggestions as to where to narrow the search. We're going to look for a short term rental near the new place while we're waiting for the house to close, just so we can be there ASAP. Thanks so much!

Areas we've researched so far-Frisco, Highland Village, The Colony, Coppell.

Just not sure where else to consider.

Thanks SO much for any assistance!
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Old 07-17-2015, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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What's your budget for said house?
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Old 07-17-2015, 08:12 AM
 
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It's going to be tough to get the square footage you need in these areas, but you can add Flower Mound and Grapevine to your list.

Maybe Castle Hills too? (not sure about budget)

Lantana? It would be on the longer end of a commute, but you would get more house for your money and I think that part of Denton ISD is a pretty decent choice in recent years.

Bummer, because you guys are exactly like my family (same size family with same age of kids) was when we moved to Texas in 2002. Flower Mound was the obvious choice for them then and my parents were able to buy a nice 3400 sq foot house in Wellington for $275k and be surrounded by great schools. Now that same house is closer to $400K or more :/ It's going to be tough to get the size of house you need in your budget in this market. Best of luck and welcome to Texas.
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Old 07-17-2015, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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Take The Colony off of your list. The schools aren't good and there are much better options. Frisco is fine, but the commute will be long and expensive (tolls) to either office location.

ETA: I think Flower Mound and Grapevine are solid options.
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Old 07-17-2015, 09:08 AM
 
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Is Denton ok? How about farther north?
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:38 AM
 
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Is Denton ok? How about farther north?
Denton is way too far, that would be a brutal cmmute, and the Denton schools aren't all that great. You should look south and east. You'll get more for your money, be closer to work, be in a more rural area, and still have good schools.

Sunnyvale, Ovilla, and Rocwall/Heath are good options.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:42 AM
 
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Sunnyvale, Ovilla, and Rocwall/Heath are good options.
For someone who works in Coppell??

I'd try to find anything in Grapevine or Hurst/Euless/Bedford that meets their bedroom # & budget.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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For someone who works in Coppell??

I'd try to find anything in Grapevine or Hurst/Euless/Bedford that meets their bedroom # & budget.
I saw the office listed in Downtown Dallas. Is the office slated to move to Coppell or is that where they wanted to move? If it's the office, then yeah ignore my previous suggestion OP
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:50 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Close to Coppell is Flower Mound, Lantana and Highland Village. All good family communities and doable for less than $350k.

Coppell is great but hard to buy a home with higher prices and huge demand.
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Old 07-17-2015, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Funky town
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Coppell. Period especially since you are okay with fixer-upper. Much better proximity to downtown if closer to south coppell. Schools can't be beat and will not have a problem in case job stays in downtown dallas!
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