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Old 01-16-2010, 03:22 PM
 
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Would love feedback....we are moving to Ft. Worth and am looking for a home that meets the following criteria

*small town with strong sense of community
*good high school - either public or christian
*houses with land 5> acres, farmette/ranch types
*ideally 40 minutes or less from Ft. Worth

Thank you...no one knows better than one who lives there!!
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:43 PM
 
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Would love feedback....we are moving to Ft. Worth and am looking for a home that meets the following criteria

*small town with strong sense of community
*good high school - either public or christian
*houses with land 5> acres, farmette/ranch types
*ideally 40 minutes or less from Ft. Worth

Thank you...no one knows better than one who lives there!!
Decatur! It's a small town that is growing, but still has a small town feel. I don't actually live there, but I have some friends that I work with who live out there and they love it! I have gone out there several times to see them before and noticed how nice it is. There's Decatur ISD, which is a 3A school district. The schools are fairly new and are very good. My friend has a sophmore at Decatur High School, and he says that he loves it there. The housing is a mix of eveything. There is the typical subdivisions with small lots, larger subdivisions with larger lots, and then also a lot of farms and ranches with anywhere from 5 acres to who knows what. Also, it's abut 25 minutes from Ft. Worth. Hope this helps!
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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I would suggest Grapevine or Granbury. Those have very nice, historical small downtown areas and they're both relatively close to Fort Worth.
Decatur has a great school system, but to me, it doesn't feel like a community the same way Grapevine or Granbury do.
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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I would suggest Grapevine or Granbury. Those have very nice, historical small downtown areas and they're both relatively close to Fort Worth.
Everything OP wants describes Grapevine EXCEPT the "houses with land" requirement. While there are still a few tracts of acreage here in Grapevine, they are few and far between, and don't come up for sale very often.
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:23 AM
 
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Roanoke may be a possibility....
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:30 AM
 
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Aledo too
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:38 AM
 
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I would suggest Grapevine or Granbury. Those have very nice, historical small downtown areas and they're both relatively close to Fort Worth.
Decatur has a great school system, but to me, it doesn't feel like a community the same way Grapevine or Granbury do.
How on earth does Grapevine have a small town feel and sense of community?! Grapevine is a large suburb of Ft. Worth that is full of large housing developments with small lots, tons of retail, traffic, etc. The schools are a lot larger and DFW airport is right next door. Grapevine has a population of around 50K, where as Decatur has like 10-15K I think at most.

Granbury, although it is smaller like Decatur, has a lot of problems with crime and the schools. I have heard that the schools have a ton of problems with gangs and other stuff like that. The town square is the best thing about the town. Plus, Granbury is 45 minutes from Ft Worth, which is longer than the OP wants.
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Old 01-17-2010, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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How on earth does Grapevine have a small town feel and sense of community?! Grapevine is a large suburb of Ft. Worth that is full of large housing developments with small lots, tons of retail, traffic, etc. The schools are a lot larger and DFW airport is right next door. Grapevine has a population of around 50K, where as Decatur has like 10-15K I think at most.
Trust me, Grapevine does have that "small town feel and sense of community" for those of us who live here. The local community here is very active in community events, such as volunteering at Grapefest and Main Street Days, and events at Nash Farm. Many people (myself included) are active in local organizations and local politics. Most locals use the city parks, library, and community center. People who have kids in GCISD schools are usually very involved in their activities, too.

I know we do have a lot of shopping and restaurants, but that doesn't take away from our sense of community.
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Old 01-17-2010, 12:48 PM
 
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Trust me, Grapevine does have that "small town feel and sense of community" for those of us who live here. The local community here is very active in community events, such as volunteering at Grapefest and Main Street Days, and events at Nash Farm. Many people (myself included) are active in local organizations and local politics. Most locals use the city parks, library, and community center. People who have kids in GCISD schools are usually very involved in their activities, too.

I know we do have a lot of shopping and restaurants, but that doesn't take away from our sense of community.
I know what you are saying, and I agree, but when you are sitting in traffic on 114 or 121 and you look to your left and right and see tons of restaurants and stores all around, the words "small town" don't come to my mind.
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Old 01-17-2010, 04:08 PM
 
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Default Grapevine vs Decatur

I think the Decatur idea is more in line with what we are looking for. Have friends in Grapevine - it is lovely, but more suburban than we want. We now live in far west suburb of Chicago and grew up on farms...really desire the "hometown" feel you can get from more of a rural place. Thank you....and please keep the ideas coming. We just told our 8th grader about our move and the tears haven't stopped!!!
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