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Old 03-27-2010, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Baltimore (Nottingham), MD
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I'm considering a move to Dallas, but have am wondering which neighborhoods I should visit during my next trip out...

1) CREEPY CRAWLIES - I am phobic of bugs, etc. I read that there are some huge palmetto bugs, tarantellas, & scorpions in Dallas but that if I live in a newer home, away from mature trees, I should be safe from the creepy crawlies. Is that true? If so, can you suggest any areas that keep me pretty safely away from these critters?

2) CITY / NEIGHBORHOOD - I'd like to live in a (possibly downtown) safe place that's ideal for a 33yo female (with 2 Chihuahuas) to be within a short walk or drive to jobs as well as socializing (nightlife, restaurants, etc - since I won't know anyone I don't want to be bound to the burbs where I can't meet people). Hopefully downtown Dallas isn't one of those cities that shuts down at 5pm when everyone retires to the burbs.

Thanks so much everyone for your advice!
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Old 03-27-2010, 11:52 AM
 
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1) CREEPY CRAWLIES - I am phobic of bugs, etc. I read that there are some huge palmetto bugs, tarantellas, & scorpions in Dallas but that if I live in a newer home, away from mature trees, I should be safe from the creepy crawlies. Is that true? If so, can you suggest any areas that keep me pretty safely away from these critters?
It's hit or miss. For example, Flower Mound (newer nice homes) has a huge rat problem because the city was built on their natural habitat. Every place is going to have something, but if you take care of it and don't freak out about it too much, you'll be fine. Your best bet is just to get the property sprayed and look for signs of roaches before you move in. I've been in Texas 7 years and never seen a tarantula, scorpion, or huge palmetto bug. Texas is no more "creepy crawly" than anywhere else--it's just warmer here.

For places to live, I'd check out Uptown, Oak Lawn, and the areas around White Rock (M Streets, Junius Heights, Lakewood, Knox Henderson)
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Old 03-27-2010, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Baltimore (Nottingham), MD
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It's hit or miss. For example, Flower Mound (newer nice homes) has a huge rat problem because the city was built on their natural habitat. Every place is going to have something, but if you take care of it and don't freak out about it too much, you'll be fine.... Texas is no more "creepy crawly" than anywhere else--it's just warmer here.
I know what you mean about hit or miss. Our condo newsletter mentioned a snake problem for a few of the buildings (since we back to a state park). I've been here over a year, and with 2 dogs, get outside often, and I've never seen anything more gross than a worm or a slug (not even a mouse). Since we're near a state park, though I've never seen either, I do know that mice and snakes *could* be here, so I'm mentally prepared (and my home is prepared as well).

What makes relocating scary is the unknown - you don't know the city so you don't know which areas are "prone" to which critters and what to do if you do cross paths.
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Old 03-27-2010, 12:30 PM
 
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Downtown "sortof" shuts down at 6:00, but Uptown doesn't. I say "sortof" regarding downtown because it's not as bad as it used to be. There are more full time residents in downtown now and the shows at in the Arts districts keep it more alive later and there are a few restaurants serving dinner and some bars. The underground tunnels close at 7pm.

Uptown is really just across Woodall Rogers freeway and soon Uptown and downtown will be joined by a "deck park" that is being built over Woodall Rogers frereway, which is sunk down a bit. Uptown is more alive at night since it has pubs, bars, restaurants, retail, grocery stores and more residential.

I have never seen a scorpian in Dallas. I saw quite a few in Austin. I have not seen a recent tarantula in Dallas. They seem to be in more rural areas. I recall seeing them in Dallas when I was a kid and this area was first built upon. I'm talking 30-40 years ago. I see them a lot at our lakehouse.

Yeah, there are roaches and those palmetto bugs. I don't know what's downtown and Uptown bugwise. I have worked downtown before and don't remember seeing anything except for fruit flies.
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