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Old 06-03-2011, 01:51 PM
 
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My wife and I moving from Vancouver, Canada to DFW-Dallas North West area in few months.
I'm a renovation/carpentry contractor.
Where would be a good place to live that is geographically central location in the DFW-North West area. From where I could easily access any point in North West Dallas lets say within 30 min-1 hour, if necessary.
As far as I know Arlington would the one of the best choices.
At the beginning we'd like to rent an apartment, to look around first. So, would greatly appreciate if you could give any recommendations/suggestions.
One more thing is… My wife said she wants to live only near one of those great malls/shopping centers out there. So, I guess we need to find a place somewhere near mall/shopping center.
The budget we're looking for is around 600-1000 for 1-2 bedroom apt.
Thanks to all.
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:33 PM
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Do you mean Northwest Dallas proper or Northwest DFW?

If it's the latter, Arlington is a good, central location. The Parks At Arlington Mall, Lincoln Square, and the Arlington Highlands are all good-sized shopping centers located in the city. It shouldn't take more than an hour to get around the Metroplex from Arlington, either.
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:28 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Once you get here, let me know; my handyman's business is really picking up lately and I still have lots of work around the house that needs doing. And Arlington is a good central location.
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:02 AM
 
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Thank you KS and BigDGeek for your advice.
Would say i was thinking about the area between North West Dallas and Fort Worth. Where as I understood live more upper middle class and wealthy people. Market where I can get good money for my business.
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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Look in Hurst or Bedford and you will be near both the Northeast Mall and Grapevine Mills. much better location than Arlington. if you live near the Parks Mall in Arlington you'd be far, far from the Northern burbs.
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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Just a thought- if you do renovations, wouldn't you want to base your business in older neighborhoods where the homes need renovating vs newer home neighborhoods?

If so, Plano/ Richardson/ Coppell are older suburbs (1950's-1980's) where many homes are being renovated now and the housing markets are strong. Plus, schools are good which means families are buying older homes and renovating/ adding onto them. Plano and Richardson are immediately north of Dallas and Coppell is slightly northwest, though not as far west as Arlington. There are also a lot of neighborhoods in North/Central/East Dallas where reno's and remodels are hot now so living in a more Dallas central location (vs entire metroplex central location like you are focusing your efforts) might be a better route.
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Old 06-18-2011, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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I agree with the recommendaton for Hurst/Euless/Bedford. There are actually a LOT of older homes in that area that the owners are updating. HEB is VERY central to most of DFW except for the far northeast part of Dallas. You can be in either Dallas and Fort Worth from HED within 30 minutes.
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