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Old 11-20-2009, 05:29 PM
 
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Default Safe areas around Dallas VA Medical Center

Hello, I'm planning on relocating to the Dallas area to work at the VA Hospital. I want to know if there are any safe/quiet areas to live that's close to the hospital?
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:29 PM
 
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No, there's not. It's in a bad part of town.
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Old 11-21-2009, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Yeah, that general area is not so great. But this question comes up a lot so maybe these past threads can help you locate a better neighborhood.

Best Place to live if working at VA Hospital
Apartment search near VA Hospital in Dallas
What will my commute look like - Garland to VA Medical Center?
Any good communities near Dallas VA hospital
wanted: good suburbs close to VA and IT jobs...
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Old 11-21-2009, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Lancaster, TX
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Hello, I'm planning on relocating to the Dallas area to work at the VA Hospital. I want to know if there are any safe/quiet areas to live that's close to the hospital?
Hi.

On this forum, we regularly get posts from people who will be working at the VA and are looking for a nice place to live. While it is true that the neighborhoods surrounding the VA aren't the best, there are decent options only a little further out. I live in Lancaster, which is located several miles south of the VA. State Highway 342 (known as Dallas Avenue in Lancaster and Lancaster Road in Dallas) runs alongside the VA and is one of Lancaster's main north-south routes, so its possible to commute from Lancaster without using the interstate highways. Other cities that are only a short commute from the VA include DeSoto, Glenn Heights, and Red Oak. All of these communities have a variety of nice neighborhoods to choose from.

Are you looking to buy or rent? Are you looking for a home or an apartment? What is your desired price range? Is a shorter commute time important to you? By answering a few of these questions, it will be a lot easier for the posters on this forum to assist you. Thanks.
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Old 11-21-2009, 07:54 AM
 
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I'm a single 27 year old female. No kids, looking to rent a one bedroom apartment, no more than $600/month. I'm planning on buying a home a year after moving there. A short commute is very important, I'm planning on working 2nd shift, and don't want a commute longer than 30 minutes.

Thanks guys for the replies!
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:19 AM
 
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Your best bet is going to be Cedar Hill or Grand Praire. Mesquite is a possibility but the first two would be better choices IMHO. The hospital itself is nice but the area around it is not. I have always felt safe on the hospital campus.
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Knox - Henderson
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I'm a single 27 year old female. No kids, looking to rent a one bedroom apartment, no more than $600/month. I'm planning on buying a home a year after moving there. A short commute is very important, I'm planning on working 2nd shift, and don't want a commute longer than 30 minutes.

Thanks guys for the replies!
If you want to live in the City of Dallas, you might like living around the Bishop Arts District in N. Oak Cliff Bishop Arts District :: Home. There would be a lot of things to do in the area and you would be close to the center of Dallas and all that it offers. This area is within about 20 minutes of the VA Hospital. These apartments are very nice: Good Space- Bishop Arts District Dallas Living Working.
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:19 AM
 
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Dallas Native makes a good suggestion. If I were single the burbs would not appeal to me. The OP could move Downtown, Uptown or surrounding area's and still have a easy commute. All that traffic would be going toward town while here commute would take her away from town. Her $600 budget would be the only sticking point.
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Old 11-22-2009, 03:18 PM
 
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I did look into moving downtown, but the prices are a bit above what I want to pay. I really want to buy a house, and was hoping to save a good down payment, instead of spending alot on rent and have very little money saved for a home. But Dallas Native linked showed 2 apartments for $650 which isn't too bad. Thanks again guys for the help!
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Old 11-23-2009, 11:09 AM
 
Location: East Dallas
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Good Luck and thank you for helping Veterans
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