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Old 08-05-2013, 03:55 PM
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Hi all,

I know many people post here with moving questions, and I’ve read a lot of them. I didn’t necessarily want to add another to the long list, but, they always seem to be case-specific,with a very unique element that doesn’t apply to my situation. So, I figured I’d just post one myself since everyone on here seems like a wealth of information. Thanks in advance for anyhelp and guidance you can provide.

My family is relocating to Dallas for my job. I will have two locations that I will have to work out of. One will be in Frisco, and the other will be right downtown in Dallas. Some days I will commute back and forth. Others, I will only go to one or the other. The hours are also unconventional (some early morning, some afternoon, some late nights), as I will not be working a traditional 9-5. Therefore, I imagine traffic will be a factor at times, but not necessarily one you can plan around since it will be different every day. My guess is I’ll spend 70% of my time working in Frisco and the other 30% in Dallas.

I have a wife and a one-year old son. My wife and I are both in our early 30’s. She plans to work (not sure whether it will be part-time or full-time), but does not have a job lined upyet, so we can’t plan for her commute, if there winds up being one.

I’ve been told in person, and read on here from some posters,that North of 635 is where a young family would like to be. We would like to have decent places close byto shop, and have nearby conveniences like a large grocery store, Costco, mall,movie theater, variety of restaurants, etc. But we don’t need a bar scene or a nightlife like that with a one-year old.

We will likely be renting for at least a year, and would prefer to avoid an apartment. Ideally,we’d like a townhome or single-family house with 3 bed/2 bath, and if possiblea yard. (If not, a nearby park would suffice). We would prefer to spend about $1,000 -$1,250 a month, but would go as high as $1,400 if needed. School districts are not important for another few years and we’ll likely be in a different home by then.

Our main objectives are safe, clean, family friendly, and preferably an area that looks nice and people have pride in ownership. (It doesn’t need to be fancy, just maintainedlawns and not broken down cars and old refrigerators in the front yard.)

I’ve looked online at areas like Plano, Frisco, Lewisville, Allen, Carrollton, The Colony, and McKinney, but was hoping people here could steer me in the best direction. Given everything from the cost, to the safety, to the appearance, to the accessibility to Frisco and then downtown, where do you think would be an ideal place?

If there’s anything that I’m not factoring into the decision that you think could be helpful, I welcome any suggestions as well. Again, thanks so much for any help you can provide. As many of you know, attacking a move like this somewhat blindly is quite the challenge. I greatly appreciate being able to use this website and all of you as a resource.

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Old 08-05-2013, 04:33 PM
Location: Prosper
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Plano is probably your best bet. Easy access to Frisco up the DNT, and not too bad of a commute to Dallas. However, I am not sure your budget will get you the size of townhome to rent you are looking for that is in West Plano to take advantage of the DNT and the easiest commute.

If the budget won't stretch quite as far as you want in Plano, then I'd consider both West McKinney and Allen, as they can both give you an easy commute to Frisco, and Dallas isn't too bad (especially if you go down there at off peak times.)

All three areas are very nice places to raise a family, and of those three, Plano has the highest rated school district. McKinney and Allen are similar to each other. Still good, but not as good as Plano.

Hope this helps!
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