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Old 06-26-2011, 06:40 AM
 
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We are somewhat new to the DFW area. We have been living in Sherman for quite sometime now. It's a nice little town but a great opportunity openned up in Grand Prairie, just south of the 20 and near the 360. I am a general dentist and I'm currently purchasing a dental practice from a great man who is planning on retiring.

My question is this: If I were to buy a house in the Colleyville, Bedford, or maybe even North Richland Hill area, how is that north to south traffic and south to north commuting back home? Is it better or more reasonable than an east to west commute? I'm hoping this isn't a stupid question...I am somewhat new here. I plan on testing the waters and trying out different commutes once I'm at my new office but this forum just might help me make a better and quicker decision.

Also, to tell the whole story. We have family and friends near Colleyville/Grapevine area and my wife wants our kids to grow up and hopefully go to the same school with those same family/friend's children.

My wife loves shopping (unfortunately ), we both love checking out restaurants, and any activity that would be family friendly.

I'm used to a 20 to 30 minute commute in Sherman.

Thanks

QJS
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:09 AM
 
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We are somewhat new to the DFW area. We have been living in Sherman for quite sometime now. It's a nice little town but a great opportunity openned up in Grand Prairie, just south of the 20 and near the 360. I am a general dentist and I'm currently purchasing a dental practice from a great man who is planning on retiring.

My question is this: If I were to buy a house in the Colleyville, Bedford, or maybe even North Richland Hill area, how is that north to south traffic and south to north commuting back home? Is it better or more reasonable than an east to west commute? I'm hoping this isn't a stupid question...I am somewhat new here. I plan on testing the waters and trying out different commutes once I'm at my new office but this forum just might help me make a better and quicker decision.

Also, to tell the whole story. We have family and friends near Colleyville/Grapevine area and my wife wants our kids to grow up and hopefully go to the same school with those same family/friend's children.

My wife loves shopping (unfortunately ), we both love checking out restaurants, and any activity that would be family friendly.

I'm used to a 20 to 30 minute commute in Sherman.

Thanks

QJS
The drive from either of those cities to Grand Prairie will be too far. You'd be looking at a 45 to 75 minute drive one-way in traffic. I would look at Mansfield. Mansfield has great schools and it is ideally located to where you'll be working. The east-west commute is easier the the north-south commute, but you don't want to live close to Fort Worth, because the schools aren't that great in Fort Worth
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Kaufman County, Texas
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FYI: people in DFW do NOT use "the" in highway names. Say "20" or "360" or people will look at you funny and know you're not familiar with the area.

If you buy a house in Bedford or NRH, your kids will NOT go to GCISD schools with your friend's kids. Those areas are served by the HEB and Birdville ISDs. If you want your kids in GCISD schools, you have to look in Grapevine, Colleyville and a small sliver of northern Euless.

Driving all the way south past 20 from these cities, especially from NRH, will be a LONG commute. Even though most of it will be against traffic, you should still figure about 2 minutes per mile, and even longer if there is a wreck, or bad weather. The trick will be getting close enough to 360 where you can jump on it southbound. NRH is too far out of the way for this to work. Unfortunately, most of Bedford and all of Colleyville require a fairly lengthy travel on surface streets to get to 360. Most of Colleyville's streets are only 2 lanes, and 30 mph speed limit, so traffic on those is very slow. Avoid using 183 at all costs. Traffic on it is heavy most of the day and night, and now that the reconstruction is beginning, it will only get worse!
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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I believe this OP asked this question before and was given a good amount of feedback that the commute between South Grand Prairie and Grapevine/Colleyville would be very difficult. If you keep asking and get one person to say it would be a good commute will that be what you need to go ahead? It will be a good commute...... there! Go buy your practice in S.GP and live in Colleyville because that is what you will be doing anyway. There is good shopping all over the DFW area. Doesn't matter where you live, your wife will find places to shop. Maybe you could set up a little apartment in the back of your office so you can hang there and only commute home after 7:30 pm and plan to get to the office at 6am. Another thought.....check out opening an office near Colleyville.......
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:33 AM
 
Location: TX
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^ lol I bump the other thread!
Yes! and I hope the OP knows that GVCV ISD has 2 high schools and If the friends live in Grpaevine and he buys in Colleyville the kids probably won't be in the same school.

I understand about not wanting to live in Grand Praire with school age kids... however the OP was given alot of Options and this was the first time kids were mentioned.

Look at Mansfield.
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:38 AM
 
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I believe this OP asked this question before and was given a good amount of feedback that the commute between South Grand Prairie and Grapevine/Colleyville would be very difficult. If you keep asking and get one person to say it would be a good commute will that be what you need to go ahead? It will be a good commute...... there! Go buy your practice in S.GP and live in Colleyville because that is what you will be doing anyway. There is good shopping all over the DFW area. Doesn't matter where you live, your wife will find places to shop. Maybe you could set up a little apartment in the back of your office so you can hang there and only commute home after 7:30 pm and plan to get to the office at 6am. Another thought.....check out opening an office near Colleyville.......
Wow, dude, relax....I'm new to this City-data.com forum. I now know what good etiquette is. Sorry....
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:06 AM
 
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If living in Grapevine/Colleyville is your goal, then you either need to find a job closer to that area or deal with life-draining 1 hr+ commutes. Bedford and North Richland Hills aren't any closer to Grand Prairie.

When I was looking where to live for my current job, I would just leave for work early, drive to the spot I was considering, and head in via that route during normal commute hours. That rules out a lot of places really fast. Maybe you could try that? Sherman is a ways out so maybe you could even stay in a hotel in Grapevine overnight and leave for Grand Prairie around 6:30AM - 7:00AM (or whatever is an hour or so before you expect your workday to start) on a normal weekday to see the traffic firsthand. I have a feeling you're not going to believe us otherwise.
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