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Old 02-08-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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Question Commute from Rockwall to Downtown Dallas?

Live in East Dallas now (rent),but considering buying in Rockwall in the near future. How bad is the commute to and from Downtown Dallas? Do any of you do this daily? I've heard great things about Rockwall, and from what I've seen, it looks like a great place to live. If the commute is really bad, is it worth it?
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Old 02-08-2010, 11:41 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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If you like to get into a traffic jam every morning and afternoon crossing lake ray hubbard to get into Rockwall, or the stopped traffic past Buckner daily into downtown.....I wouldn't recommend it. There has been debates on here about communte time and such. My advise rent a hotel for a few days in Rockwall, and drive it. Get of sense of what is really is. Rockwall is nice, but superficial IMO.
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Old 02-08-2010, 11:54 AM
 
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I have a friend who lived in Lakewood and worked close to downtown. Her husband decided they should cash in on their Lakewood home and buy a brand-new but much cheaper home in Rockwall. She really didn't want to leave and hated the commute. So she retired early - nice she could do that but I think she would still be working (she was at that job for 25 years) if she could take the drive.

Also I have cousins in Rockwall - they came from some of the little towns in Northeast Texas - so you may not find as many sophisticated, hip types out there (hey those are my parent's roots too so I recognize the mindset).

I will say that once you are over there, I like it much better than some of the northern 'burbs.
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:10 PM
 
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I like Rockwall but that commute can be a killer. I must say it is no better than the commutes from the Northern burbs. Not many burbs in the DFW area that want have a commute time of less than 30 minutes.
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Old 02-09-2010, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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I did it a few times several years ago, and it was a real pain. (When I was house-sitting for my vacationing parents and I still worked downtown.)

Rockwall has grown a LOT over the last few years; IMHO for good reasons. It is a nice place to live.
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:11 AM
 
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How long does it take? Approx. 30 minutes?
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:57 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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How long does it take? Approx. 30 minutes?
In non rush hour traffic you can EASILY be downtown in 25 minutes. In rush hour traffic it does get worse but the traffic on I-30 tends to actually move along compared to other main highways with a lot of traffic. I've commuted from Rowlett to Downtown and know many people that do and it isn't terribly bad. Just get to know the side roads and keep a Dallas Mapsco handy in your car in case there is a wreck you can get off and go around on the surface streets.
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