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Old 05-31-2014, 03:36 PM
 
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Hey everybody I'm an elevator mechanic from nyc that might be switching to local 21 in Dallas. My wife and I are starting to research this move and were wondering about which areas to move to. We just started to look but she seems to like arlington so far. Would anybody know how the schools are there? We have 3 kids so school is kind of important. What other areas would be good to look into all around Dallas? I don't mind driving up to an hour away. Our price range would be up to $250k. Thanks in advance for any forth coming information.
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Old 05-31-2014, 03:42 PM
 
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1. I would recommend finding a place to live that allows you to enjoy a simple commute. I lived in NYC and know many people endure harsh commutes there because they have to, but that is not needed in the DFW area. There are affordable homes and good schools all over the place. Plus , many of our roads are tollroads so you could easily end up spending $10/day commuting in just tolls, not to mention the added gas & car maintenance for a 2-hour daily drive.

2. Arlington is a great area, smack in the middle of DFW. Arlington Martin is a top 15 area public high school (out of over 100!) and the average home price in Martin's attendance zone is around $250k so it's a great place to look if it works with your job locations. Martin's zone is generally around I-20 in south Arlington.
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Old 05-31-2014, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Do you know where your job might be yet? Living in Arlington and then working in, say, Frisco would get real ugly real fast.
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Old 05-31-2014, 04:43 PM
 
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250k? Well get down here you've got plenty of options. Some of the best schools are in Arlington.
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Old 05-31-2014, 04:50 PM
 
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True dat, no I'm sure where my job would be. I hear what your saying though. What comprises the DFW area?
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Old 05-31-2014, 04:54 PM
 
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True dat, no I'm sure where my job would be. I hear what your saying though. What comprises the DFW area?
Dallas County, Tarrant County, Collin County, and Denton County. It's about a 3,000 square mile area, which is equivalent of 2 Long Islands or about 70% of Connecticut's landmass.
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Old 05-31-2014, 05:10 PM
 
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A few of the elevator companies are in or near the Irving area. (Shindler/Thyssen Krup/Otis/Kone) Try to focus on a residence around down there. The commute from the North will be brutal every day for you. Good luck!
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Old 05-31-2014, 05:24 PM
 
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Wow, I didn't realize how big the area was. Thanks jcl, I'll look into down there.
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Old 05-31-2014, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Most newcomers have no concept of how big the DFW metro area really is.
Today I drove from my home in Grapevine through Downtown Dallas to Rockwall. Coming back, I took the PGB Tollway. Round trip was 116 miles!
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Old 06-01-2014, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Sweet Home...CHICAGO
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To the OP:

I'm new to DFW and I live in Arlington. While Arlington is nice, you really do want to know where you will be working before you choose a place to live because the area is HUGE! Outside of basic errands in my immediate area, any time I have to go somewhere, I'm never driving less than 15 miles one way going to other parts of Arlington or less than 20 miles going into Dallas or Fort Worth.

As far as tolls, I've not had to use toll roads since I've been here. I made sure to buy a GPS system separate from my phone before moving to Texas. I have my navigation system set to avoid them so toll roads haven't been an issue for me.
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