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Old 06-05-2007, 09:38 AM
 
Location: la hacienda
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>> NorthPark Mall is a definate must see, great architecture, world class shopping. It is one of the few malls from the 60's to not only survie but thrive. Anyone who has grown up in Dallas has slid down the inclined planters as a kid.<<

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Old 06-05-2007, 10:00 AM
 
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Ya know, 3 days plus meeting with a realtor and a job interview, I would just do a bunch of drive by's of these places. You don't have a lot of time. You might want to stop at a splash playground for your kids to play in for a bit to take a break. There's one near Campbell Road and Hillcrest in Far North Dallas (next to the rec center). There are others I'm sure.

Otherwise, I would just drive around and make just quick short stops. If you find a house you like, make a practice run on the commute, if you know what it's going to be. Drive by the schools.

It might be interesting to go downtown and then drive though the Victory Park area near the American Airlines Center, then go up McKinney Ave., maybe drive through the West Village. Then keep heading north through Highland Park where the seriously wealthy peope live, Troy Aikman, Jerry Jones, where Dick Chaney used to live, then by SMU which is a pretty university campus and NorthPark mall, the first indoor mall ever built. Then just keep heading north through North Dallas, then you get outside the LBJ loop and then through Far North Dallas, into Plano. Then head over to Frisco and Stonebriar Mall for a ride on the merry go round. If you do this you will have followed the primary growth direction of the area.
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Old 06-05-2007, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Frisco, Tx
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Ya know, 3 days plus meeting with a realtor and a job interview, I would just do a bunch of drive by's of these places. You don't have a lot of time. You might want to stop at a splash playground for your kids to play in for a bit to take a break. There's one near Campbell Road and Hillcrest in Far North Dallas (next to the rec center). There are others I'm sure.

Otherwise, I would just drive around and make just quick short stops. If you find a house you like, make a practice run on the commute, if you know what it's going to be. Drive by the schools.

It might be interesting to go downtown and then drive though the Victory Park area near the American Airlines Center, then go up McKinney Ave., maybe drive through the West Village. Then keep heading north through Highland Park where the seriously wealthy peope live, Troy Aikman, Jerry Jones, where Dick Chaney used to live, then by SMU which is a pretty university campus and NorthPark mall, the first indoor mall ever built. Then just keep heading north through North Dallas, then you get outside the LBJ loop and then through Far North Dallas, into Plano. Then head over to Frisco and Stonebriar Mall for a ride on the merry go round. If you do this you will have followed the primary growth direction of the area.
I agree with North Dallas, you gotta see the Victory Development just north of Downtown off Stemmons Fwy. One of the most impressive new developments we have going, The arts district is very impressive with several museums in one area dedicated to art. Going to Frisco for Stonebrier gives you a real good idea of new development in the area. But yes be sure to take a drive around the preston road corridor or East Dallas around White Rock as those are some of the more unique neighborhoods in the Dallas area.
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Old 06-05-2007, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Texas
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We're staying in Plano. The Dart is a great idea. Do people use it regularly to commute? I am not so into the Southfork Ranch. I have mixed feelings about the grassy knoll and book depository..perhaps because I will have a toddler in tow. Reunion Tower? I have to go google that.

Thanks a bunch!
Yes, people do use DART regularly to commute. My husband used DART for quite awhile when he worked downtown. You can also go down to Reunion on it and the zoo and other places on it. As others have suggested, I also recommend Stonebriar Mall especiallly since you are staying in Plano. It is just "next door" in Frisco which is the suburb kinda northwest of Plano. Very close to Plano. Plano's mall, Collin Creek, is not bad either, but I think Stonebriar, particularly with children would be more fun.
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Old 06-05-2007, 01:22 PM
 
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From Downtown go East/NE up Swiss Ave to La Vista, then turn right on La Vista, left on Gaston, Left on Abrams, Right on Lakewood Boulevard down to White Rock Lake (turn left onto Lawther, go under the bridge and around the west side of White Rock Lake). H.L. Hunt's mansion is a highlight. Then turn left on Mockingbird and go to Central Expressway, stopping at Mockingbird Station then going over Central to SMU (you will turn right at Bishop) then continue west on Mockingbird to Hillcrest, turn left (south) the right on Beverly Drive (west) to Lakeside, then turn left (you will see Dallas CC Golf Course on the right) continue south on Lakeside to Armstrong turn right then make immediate left to Lakeside/Turtle Creek Blvd. Continue south and it will turn into Cedar Springs (don't turn at the Cedar Springs sign) and run you back into Uptown and Downtown. Quite a loop but it's about the same route as the White Rock Marathon - if you can find that route on a site.
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Old 06-05-2007, 01:24 PM
 
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White Rock Lake has a fun playground area that overlooks the lake.

Ha Ha...known to us as "Woodrow Hill" (not the name on the sign folks!)
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Zone 6- South Jersey
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We flew out a few weeks ago for 4 days. We were so busy checking out apartments that we didn't see any tourist attractions. Just driving around was overwhelming at first.
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:26 PM
 
Location: DC burbs
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We're not planning on spending too much time in any one place. We want to get a good feel for the area in general. There will be time to discover things in depth if we relo. The job interview is the first afternoon we arrive and the realtor is for a few hours on Sunday. We're looking in a specific area to live in, so that narrows it down. I think there will be some time to drive around and stop if we want to.
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Six Flags over Texas in Arlington (was thinking the kids...but wow, they have some amazing roller coasters);

Texas Rangers game

Head on over to Fort Worth for the Star Wars Exhibit at THE best museum the Fort Worth Museum of Science. fwmuseum.org

Fort Worth Zoo - Rivals San DeLamo Zoo (yes...I have a 3yr old)

I have been really impressed in the time that we have been here (we moved in January of this year) there is something going on for just about everyone most of the time. This is a VERY family friendly environment and I am soooo glad we moved here!

The people are friendly and it is just such a great move for us! I hope that you will experience many of the positive things we have here.

Oh, and speaking from experience, when you meet your realtor, don't necessarily concentrate on specific houses, but areas and neighborhoods of where you want to live. Because there is so much on the market (I researched our move for over a year), and we decided that dollar for dollar, we are building our dream home.

I have noticed that some of the houses going up on the market are being priced way above what they should be, like someone is just throwing out a number to see if they will entice buyers. Anyway, that is for another discussion .

Good luck on your interview and have a safe trip out!
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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We flew out a few weeks ago for 4 days. We were so busy checking out apartments that we didn't see any tourist attractions. Just driving around was overwhelming at first.
Yep...know your feeling. We made two scouting trips out. On the second my Mom found a great home, but now driving around, she is kinda thinking that maybe if she looked in a different area, it might have been better. So it is always good to spend more time in the area as you can.
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