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Old 01-02-2013, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Bible Belt
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I am a young professional. Not looking to break my budget- 1000 w/ utilities. Work in Grand Prairie.

Which areas have the most parks or walking/running areas. I have two dogs which i love to take but mostly I have been in an apartment for 2 years that I have to drive to every park. It has gotten old. I want more in walking distance- Parks, restaurants, shopping.

There are just too many. I need help!
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:02 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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Honestly your budget is about 400 dollars too low for any of those areas except for the oldest Las Colinas apartments.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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One of the apartments near Knox-Henderson near the Katy Trail would probably be ideal but you're probably going to have to pay more than what you want. I know someone who found a steal in that area, under $1000, but by their own admisison it's a dump.

What about getting a 2BR with a roommate?
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:49 PM
 
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Ive thought about that but I dont know of anyone that is looking and I dont want a random person.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:51 PM
 
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I have a friend that lives in university park- not a bad place at all, great neighborhood, and pays 700.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:02 PM
 
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I have a friend that lives in university park- not a bad place at all, great neighborhood, and pays 700.
THIS. Drive around the duplex streets in HP/UP and look for "for rent" signs. A back house (apartment above garage or in lieu of garage) will be in the $650-900/ mo range. My friends rent theirs out for $850- it's a cute little 1 bedroom (vs a "studio" 1-room, which seems to be more common).

The streets are University (between Preston & Tollroad), Normandy/ Sheandoah/ Binkley/ Granada/ Asbury (between Hillcrest & Golf), the little side streets just west of Snider Plaza, Westway & Fairway between Lomo Alto & Tollroad, Normandy between Preston & Tollroad, the streets just south of Lover Lane that are west of the high school, and along Abbott backing up to the Katy Trail.

You may also find a small 1 BR or studio apartment on the upper end of your price range.

Park Cities are super safe (ok to walk/run at pretty much any time of the day/night), has about 20% of land developed as park space, close to Katy Trail if live along Abbott or near SMU, good access to 75 and/or tollroad for your commute. Depending on where you live, Snider Plaza, Miracle Mile on Lovers, Knox-Henderson, or Highland Park Village can be within walking distance.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:08 PM
 
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Awesome! THanks for the feedback. Thats a lot of help. I will be sure to look into it.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Blah
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We got a lot of apartment west of SMU off McFarlin but can't think of anything in your price range. Still, I would check 'em out anyhow. The ones available maybe willing to make a deal since school has already started and they got empty units.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Bible Belt
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What about Grand Prairie area. It is where I am working.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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If you're young, single, like going out, etc., I wouldn't look in Grand Prairie -- though your budget will get you more for your money. There really isn't much to do there unless you plan on seeing a lot of shows at the Verizon Theater (a mid-sized venue where lots of touring bands play), see the horse races at adjacent Lone Star Park, or have an intense fascination with the Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not Museum.

If you're concerned about traffic, you'd be going against traffic getting from central Dallas to Grand Prairie so that shouldn't be too much of an issue.
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