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Old 03-12-2008, 01:34 PM
 
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Default Homes for under 200K in decent area?

Hi there, we are moving to Dallas from Ohio (with a 3 yr old) and I am trying to get some ideas about what to expect and where to look. A lot of post suggest different cities, and it can be confusing, since I have never been to Dallas. I hope we can rent for 3-6 months before finding a house. My questions are:
Where can we find a decent house in a nice neighborhood for under 200K, pref. 150-175K(all the posts I have read are 300K and up, way out of my league), commute is not an issue since I am staying home and my husband is traveling a lot, as in trucking!!
Do you know of apartments that have a short term lease options?
And another, where is the best place to live with an active toddler, we don't know anyone so getting to know other moms would be great!

All your comments and suggestions are GREATLY appreciated.
Thanks and have a great day
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Old 03-12-2008, 01:47 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Where is your husbands terminal in the metroplex? Doubt he will want to be an hour or so away from his terminal and having to drive that far after being on the road for a long time. If he is an independent has he found a place to keep his truck? I'd find somewhere close by (I can let you know where my dad keeps his, just pm me). You can find homes in your price range in nice areas in Richardson & Garland with good schools, lots of young families, new areas being built along 190 in those two cities.
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:00 PM
 
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There are lots of nice homes in McKinney in that price range. Search zip 75070, 75071 and 75069.
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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Regardless of what folks say the newer area of Mesquite (Northeast corner) would be a good fit if you want a surburban feel. All the vast majority of the homes will be 12 years old or newer and the schools are decent. You could get something over 2,000 sqft for that price. Like stated earlier it really depends on where his terminal is located. Would you prefer a mature older neighborhood or a some with a surburban feel.
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:05 PM
 
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Where is your husbands terminal in the metroplex? Doubt he will want to be an hour or so away from his terminal and having to drive that far after being on the road for a long time. If he is an independent has he found a place to keep his truck? I'd find somewhere close by (I can let you know where my dad keeps his, just pm me). You can find homes in your price range in nice areas in Richardson & Garland with good schools, lots of young families, new areas being built along 190 in those two cities.
Hey thanks! His Co is in Grapevine,he is independent, so he knows a lot of places around there and says it's not a problem at all. I will look it up, Richardson looks decent and cheaper than lets say, Coppell! And if I need any info on parking and such, I can contact you, thanks a million!
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:10 PM
 
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Regardless of what folks say the newer area of Mesquite (Northeast corner) would be a good fit if you want a surburban feel. All the vast majority of the homes will be 12 years old or newer and the schools are decent. You could get something over 2,000 sqft for that price. Like stated earlier it really depends on where his terminal is located. Would you prefer a mature older neighborhood or a some with a surburban feel.
I would think newer is better as far as upkeep and expenses go, since he is on the road and I don't want to deal with broken and need repair things, and of course cost of heat and cooling would be less, I hope. The GREATEST thing is that homes are HUGE there, 2000+sqf!!!WOW!!! We can't get 1200+sqf here for that money. I think I'm gonna love TX.
Thank you
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:51 PM
 
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If your husband is going to be working from Grapevine then you have a lot of options in regards to housing. Coppell is quite expensive, but that's because you're paying to say you live in Coppell. You could easily get into a home in Grapevine, Irving, Carrollton (watch your foundations here), Richardson, Lewisville, etc...

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Best of luck to you and your family I hope you love Texas as much as I do!

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Old 03-12-2008, 05:25 PM
 
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You can get a newer home in that price range in Frisco, McKinney, Savannah (off 380), Providence (off 380), Denton, Keller, The Colony, Little Elm. Lots of families with SAHMs and young kids in those areas.
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:32 PM
 
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Don't forget to check out the Tarrant County side of the area--your housing dollars might go (a bit) farther...although generally Colleyville will be pricey.
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Old 03-12-2008, 08:16 PM
 
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Thanks everyone, it's great to have some ideas as to where to start at least. All your comments are really appreciated and I'm looking at evry city mentioned.
Thanks again
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