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Old 06-03-2014, 06:43 PM
 
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Hi,
I am an Indian, married with 2 kids. My daughter has to start elementary school this year. My son is almost 3 years.
I will be relocating to Irving very soon.

I would want your help on the below:
1. Which suburb near Irving will have both, good rated schools and Indian families around?
2. What are the utility costs per month if I take a rented apartment or a gated property with 2/3 bedrooms?
3. Is it better to search for a property online or approach a estate agent?
4. For pre-schoolers what are the options? What would be the costs for those?
5. Any suggestions which I need to take into account while moving?


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Old 06-03-2014, 07:01 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Try searching the forum; these questions have already been asked and answered countless times over the last couple of years.
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Old 06-04-2014, 11:33 AM
 
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1. Look up on greatschools.org for school ratings. I believe coppell is close to irving has good schools. Not sure about Valley Ranch amd Farmer's branch
2. It depends. It can range from 50-200 depending on AC usage for the month. Try looking for newer apartments with better windows for lower energy costs
3. If you are looking for an apartment complex, call their office directly. Sometimes what you see online may not be up to date. Also if you are looking for an individual property, you can get a realtor
4. There are several good pre schools in and around the area. Depending on the age of the child, no. of days per week etc it can cost from $150 to $250 a week
5. I suggest make a list of things you absolutely would want in your home and the neighbourhood, then try to select based on it
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Irving, TX
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Irving guy here.

1. Coppell has good schools. Irving has lousy schools. I consider mine to be fine at the kindergarten level but will be looking at additional options not too long after. So you're potentially on the right track to look slightly outside Irving.

2. Daycare in Irving for smaller kids is not necessarily a case of more-expensive-is-better: I have mine in one that's at the bottom end of qwerty14's range and imho outperforms several more expensive preschools.

3. You can't throw a rock in Irving without hitting somebody from India: have no fear whatsoever about feeling isolated culturally.

4. The other questions are highly idiosyncratic, and will depend on where you're coming from, what your circumstances are, etc.
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:41 AM
 
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Answers inline.......

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Originally Posted by sharathrbhat View Post
Hi,
I am an Indian, married with 2 kids. My daughter has to start elementary school this year. My son is almost 3 years.
I will be relocating to Irving very soon.

I would want your help on the below:
1. Which suburb near Irving will have both, good rated schools and Indian families around?
Valley Ranch area or McArthur Blvd close to Jefferson Park where lots of Indians live in Irving.
2. What are the utility costs per month if I take a rented apartment or a gated property with 2/3 bedrooms?
About $50 to $70 on average on water+sewer+trash for 2/3 bedroom apartment. Electricity bill really depends on your usage style. But in general it will be in the range of $70 to $150 based on the weather and your usage.
3. Is it better to search for a property online or approach a estate agent?
Online only.
4. For pre-schoolers what are the options? What would be the costs for those?
5. Any suggestions which I need to take into account while moving?
Make sure apartment community has taken care of bad bugs prior to move-in to the apartment. I have heard several comments about communities with heavy bad bugs problem where Indian community is large in the area.

Cheers...
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