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Old 06-04-2010, 09:29 PM
 
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Default Fort Worth housing cheaper than surrounding areas?

My company might be relocating to Fort Worth so I started looking for housing and I was surprised to find more house for the $ in Fort Worth than in some of the surrounding cities. If you work in downtown Fort Worth, is the housing good (low crime, good neighborhoods, etc) to buy in Fort Worth area or should I be looking at the surrounding cities?

Any differences in the school systems between Fort Worth and the areas around it?

Thanks.
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Old 06-05-2010, 07:48 AM
 
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FT Worth ISD is not that good an ISD--there is more crime IN GENERAL in FTW than in suburbs because it is larger, has wider range of socio-economic levels--which seems common sense

downtown FTW has mainly condos and some few apts--
moving to suburban areas Hulen/Benbrook area is probably the best although there are some neighborhoods closer to downtown that get positive posts on the board...

you can run a search and get lots of hits for threads that have been posted about these same questions over the past years...most of it is still relevant
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Old 06-05-2010, 05:58 PM
 
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Try a search in Saginaw, Haslet, or Benbrook
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:33 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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Where in Fort worth will you be working? that would help in recommending areas, a price range would help too and anything else that is important for your lifestyle.

Naima
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:54 PM
 
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Smile Fort Worth ISD = )

Fort Worth ISD is a good school district with great teachers. If you need any school ideas, just let me know.
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Old 06-08-2010, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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There are so many variables...neighborhood, taxes, schools, your commute...it depends on a great many things what is or isn't a 'good deal'.

For example, I couldn't care less about schools, only about how wasteful a school district is. The house/neighborhood is the most important to my wife and I, therefore, when we found a very well-priced house down in the Hulen/Risinger area, we bought it.

Tough to beat $55/sq. ft. for a house only four years old and in effectively new condition.
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Old 06-12-2010, 04:06 PM
 
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I am only assume that someone buying a home who says s/he couldn't care less about schools has/have no children--and anticipate none--
the schools are probably one of the top 3 factors that MOST buyers are concerned with--since the rating for the local school has lot to do with desirability for resale, general viability of ares and the ISD has lot to do with tax rate-
I think most people have only a vague idea of how "wasteful" a district really is...
there is a rating given to school districts which evaluates the money the district spends and the "quality" of education it achieves...I forget the name of the organization that does that--
HEB ISD has won it several times--I don't think FTW ISD has that I can remember
http://www.hebisd.edu/news/article.asp?ArticleID=727
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Old 06-13-2010, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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I don't want to veer off-topic, however, myself going to both public and private schools as a kid gives me an insight not everyone has.

This said, if you want a truly 'good' education in public schools, step one is move to another country.
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Old 06-15-2010, 02:43 PM
 
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This said, if you want a truly 'good' education in public schools, step one is move to another country.
Wrong!

I attended public and private school in england, and also public school in the USA. I can tell you that a good education can easily be achieved here in the US. However, it is important the child is interested in learning. If he isn't interested and just views school as a place to "hang out" until he has to go home, then he will learn nothing (no matter where he is). I'd recommend encouraging your children to take as many AP (advanced placement) or Pre-AP classes as possible. These classes are far superior to regular classes.

Also, in case anyone is wondering... public schools in england are horrible! Much worse than here in the US.

My recommendation for school district here in Fort Worth would be Keller ISD. Houses are also very affordable in that area.
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