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Old 10-25-2006, 04:21 PM
 
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My family and I are looking for a house in the dfw area. We are looking in South Arlington near mansfield. We heard it is a good area because it is in Mansfield ISD. We have driven around and really like the neighborhood. The problem is the houses seem to be priced pretty low and there are lots of them for sale. Is this a dream come true, or is there really something wrong with the area that I haven't found yet. Taxes seem pretty high, but we can deal with that. Thanks for advance for any help.
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Old 10-25-2006, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Topeka, KS
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My dad lives in north Mansfield, just south of Debbie lane. There are a lot of new neighborhoods being built in the Mansfield/south Arlington area. From what I understand it's a safe area with low crime (but I'd recommend you verify that yourself.) I don't know what the foreclosure rate is, (you can check by looking at the name of the property owner at the Tarrant Appraisal District (www.tad.org) (broken link), if it's owned by a bank, it's most likely a foreclosure.

I wasn't too impressed with Mansfield's TAKS scores. (http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/reporting/taksagg/yr0506/index.html (broken link) you can check for yourself along with other districts.) They weren't horrid (see Dallas ISD), but they weren't on par with many of the northern suburbs. (see Plano ISD)

As far as the city goes, Mansfield is growing. They have most of the major "big box" stores, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Lowes, Home Depot, etc, but no mall. For that you'll have to go the Parks in Arlington. There are plenty of dining options, but not my favorite (Carrabba's). That requires a trip to Addison.
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Old 10-26-2006, 03:48 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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My family and I are looking for a house in the dfw area. We are looking in South Arlington near mansfield. We heard it is a good area because it is in Mansfield ISD. We have driven around and really like the neighborhood. The problem is the houses seem to be priced pretty low and there are lots of them for sale. Is this a dream come true, or is there really something wrong with the area that I haven't found yet. Taxes seem pretty high, but we can deal with that. Thanks for advance for any help.
If it is a new or newer neighborhood and there are LOTS of homes for sale, I would check to see how many or foreclosures (can bring the market way down and they are not kept up either). In that case I would find another neighborhood. You can look on the tax roles and it is sometimes on the MSL information if it is a foreclosure. If the "owner" listed is a bank or mortgage company then it is a foreclosure. You have to look at why those homes were priced the way they were when built and the builders target market. Where they enticing the homebuyer that was trying to get as big of a new house as they could no matter the quality for as little as possible. Then were the buyers given all kinds of different financing options to get them the biggest house they wanted, not afford but wanted. These are the areas that have been getting hit the hardest w/ high numbers of foreclosures. If your worried about it find a little bit older neighborhood that is a little more established and drive around and see how the homes & yards are kept up (something hard to know in a new development). If you have kids look for lots of signs of kids (bikes out and such). Drive thru the neighborhood right after school gets out for a good idea also about the number of kids in the neighborhood.
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Old 12-19-2006, 09:57 PM
 
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One problem with the Mansfield ISD is that the zones for schools change almost every year! Because Mansfield is rapidly growing, the schools can either A) overpopulate or B) open a new one when needed. I have many friends who started high school in one school, and are now in a different high school but still living in the same house. As for the education, Mansfield ISD has great academics, along with pretty good athletics.
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Old 12-20-2006, 11:07 AM
 
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I lived in South Arlington in teh 80s, when it was very nice and safe-i hear it isnt any more. I went to Sam Houston High and it was great, i loved it.
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Old 01-08-2007, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Texas
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There are plenty of dining options, but not my favorite (Carrabba's). That requires a trip to Addison.
A Carrabba's. I know the owner of this store (my sister's friends dad). The real Carrabba's is in Houston close to Downtown. Every other one is a chain.
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Topeka, KS
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Chain or not, I love the food. Not that I'm opposed to visiting the original one when I'm in Houston.
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Old 04-22-2009, 12:33 PM
 
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South Arlington is a great area if it is in the Mansfield ISD. I would not recommend South Arlington in the Arlington school district. I have heard horror stories about the school district and the surrounding neighborhoods. I would try to get as close as possible to the neighborhoods surrounding Mansfield Webb. Basically any neighborhood serviced by the Mansfield ISD. My son is in the Mansfield ISD and basically we pay higher taxes so the schools can have more money to furnish our children with a better education. Mansfield may not have a mall (and hopefully that is not a deciding factor regarding where you want to raise your children) but Arlington Highlands and the Parks are 4 miles away. There are alot of homes for sale because people were getting homes they could not afford and if you think about it that equals savings for you. I have never seen a foreclosed home in my neighborhood that has not been kept up.
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Waxahachie
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There's a Carrabba's at Northeast Mall. Still a drive, but a bit closer than Addisson.
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