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Old 06-07-2013, 09:45 PM
 
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hello, I am a new grad, single and looking for a place to live that has a good nightlife and a lot more people my age. My job will be on the corner of 635 and belt line. I am not familiar with the location at all, so do not know if Las Colinas is a good place to live for someone such as myself or if I should move somewhere near and commute. My max rent range would be around 900 for a 1 bedroom apt.
Thanks for any help and advice
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Las Colinas is a bedroom community. If you want a young vibrant neighborhood focus on Uptown in Dallas proper. Your budget will go further a little further north in Oak Lawn, or the Knox street area. All of these areas are safe, and you can walk to a lot of fun interesting bars and restaurants.

Check out listings on padmapper, and focus in on these zipcodes: 75219, 75204, 75202, 75201
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:30 PM
 
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I'd also recommend The Village apartments. I wasn't a fan before my SO convinced me to move here but it's a very social community with great events and easy to meet people. If you are young and like hanging out by the pool, the pools here are very social. Good diverse mix of people. Easy cab ride to the bars on Greenville Ave and not terribly far from Uptown. My SO works near Las Colinas in Irving and it takes him anywhere from 20 mins - 40 mins depending on what time he is leaving/arriving.
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Old 06-08-2013, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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Dave, I used to make that drive to Belt Line (between 114 and 635). IIRC, during 8-5 rush hour it's a reverse commute, haul ass, non-stop, about 25 minutes. Take I-35, break off on 183, then to 114, exiting Belt Line. You'll have far more appreciation for the Oak lawn/Uptown area than anything along the commute route. I realized at the time that a commute any further would require searching for other closer to home employment.

You might have to search closely in Uptown on your budget. You'll have more success in Oak Lawn but beware. South of Lemmon Ave is beneath the Love Field jet path and can be noisy. North of Lemmon Ave (to Highland Park) are several condo's and other apartment properties that can fulfill your needs. None will be advertised so it's a drive by search and seize, or some have recommended using padmapper. As RonnieinDallas points out above, search zip code 75219.

***I'm not opposed to considering The Village but there's going to be a dozen traffic lights on the Northwest Hwy between US75 and Hwy 114. It's a good road but a major throughfare with typical surface traffic.

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Old 06-08-2013, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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^What they said, though The Village may be more in line with your budget than some of the properties in Uptown and Oak Lawn. But North Oak Lawn is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Dallas.

The Village also has a built-in social scene, with the pub, tennis courts, etc., that many newcomers to the area appreciate.
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Old 06-08-2013, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Ummm, Addison circle is your best bet. Decently cheap rent, younger party scene and its about 5 minutes from your work. Sounds like a win win win to me!
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:05 PM
 
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^What they said, though The Village may be more in line with your budget than some of the properties in Uptown and Oak Lawn. But North Oak Lawn is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Dallas.

The Village also has a built-in social scene, with the pub, tennis courts, etc., that many newcomers to the area appreciate.
That's why I suggested it. I lived in Oak Lawn less than 2 years ago and payed close to 1000 without utilities for a 1BR.
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:39 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I'm going to look alot into uptown oak lawn area... The Village sounds really good and something that appeals to me, but the commute from the village to las colinas seems like it would take along time during rush hour... does anyone do this commute and know the approximate times and do you think its worth it? or just live in oak lawn area, since it seems much closer
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I'm going to look alot into uptown oak lawn area... The Village sounds really good and something that appeals to me, but the commute from the village to las colinas seems like it would take along time during rush hour... does anyone do this commute and know the approximate times and do you think its worth it? or just live in oak lawn area, since it seems much closer
Depends on what time you make the drive. Northwest Hwy flows before 7:30 so if you leave at 7-7:10, you'd be in your office 20 minutes later. Leave after 7:30 and commute time can double.
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Kaufman County, Texas
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You might also consider signing a 6 month lease at one of the many complexes in Las Colinas. You'd have a lot more options in your budget, and a much shorter commute. Check out the city, make friends, and get familiar with the different areas over that 6 months. Then you can decide where you'd like to be for the long term.
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