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Old 05-26-2013, 01:07 PM
 
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My husband and I currently live in East Dallas with our two-year-old son. We have lived in Dallas for four years but we don't know much about the suburbs. I would love your help.

Our budget is around $400-450k.

Our priorities are:
1. Great public schools.
2. Land. We would love to find a house with at least an acre.
3. Access to the tollway. My husband works in downtown Dallas and we would like to keep the commute under 45 minutes.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:33 PM
 
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A 45 minute commute is out of the question with your budget & acreage restrictions. Some suburbs & ex-burbs that meet your criteria are:

-Prosper, about 40 miles each way via DNT (will be about 80+ min each way in rush hour)
-Fairview, about 30 miles each way via 75 (will be about 60-75 min each way)
-Parker, about 25 miles each way via 75 (will be about 50 min each way) -> Plano schools. This may be your best bet!
-Rockwall, about 30 miles each way via 30 (will be about 60-75 min each way). 30 is a horrible commute.
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Old 05-26-2013, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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Depending on whether the OP's husband has a bit of flexibility in his commute time, Parker, Fairview, and McKinney all could meet your criteria, except he'd be taking 75 down, unless he crossed over on PGBT to take the tollway the rest of the way. It takes us half an hour to get downtown when it's not rush hour from McKinney, and that's the furthest away of the three.
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Old 05-26-2013, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Earth
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realtor.com
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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Except for the tollway access to downtown, Murphy could fit the bill. There are some older homes on 1-1.5 acre lots. Not many for sale right now though. Some of those are Plano schools and some are Wylie schools.
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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Argyle
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Mansfield
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Sunnyvale?
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:17 PM
 
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Great public schools + acre lot + nice house + reasonable commute would cost more ... something has to give or double your budget.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Texas
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My husband and I currently live in East Dallas with our two-year-old son. We have lived in Dallas for four years but we don't know much about the suburbs. I would love your help.

Our budget is around $400-450k.

Our priorities are:
1. Great public schools.
2. Land. We would love to find a house with at least an acre.
3. Access to the tollway. My husband works in downtown Dallas and we would like to keep the commute under 45 minutes.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

That's going to be really tough. The biggest obstacle will be #2, that will have to drastically reduce in order to keep #3.

So you need to weight which one is more important to your family.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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There are many 1+ acre lots in Casa Linda.. not sure if they would fit your price range...
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