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Old 06-13-2014, 12:06 PM
 
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Dear group,

I may be moving for a job at UNT-Dallas, in South Dallas by early August. For at least a year I'll be there alone with my two kids, 4th grade and 10th grade so I need a safe location and a commute that will allow me to get to them easily, if needed. Right now we have a large, 4BR traditional home, 3400SF with a pool. I'd like a home to be similar in size or larger with a pool or access to a pool, in a family neighborhood with access to good public schools.

I've been surfing real estate in Lakewood ISD, Highland Park and University Park. Lakewood HS is poor and the other too communities are very $$$. I also was looking at Cedar Hill area, but can't get a handle on what the commute would be like. Can you advise on that and also offer any other suggestions for areas that I should look at? I've heard that North Oak Cliff should be looked at, but I can't figure out how to search on that within realtor.com. So, if you have some insight into the best search tags, I'd be grateful.
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mob
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Old 06-13-2014, 02:45 PM
 
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What is your budget and how many minutes do you want to commute each way?
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Old 06-13-2014, 04:35 PM
 
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Well, I'd like to keep the commute to 20 minutes with 30 on a "bad" day. I need to be able to get to the kids rather quickly if needed. I'd like to keep the house cost 350K or less. I can do with less square footage with an ideal floor plan.
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Old 06-13-2014, 05:18 PM
 
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Well, I'd like to keep the commute to 20 minutes with 30 on a "bad" day. I need to be able to get to the kids rather quickly if needed. I'd like to keep the house cost 350K or less. I can do with less square footage with an ideal floor plan.
mob
20 minutes in traffic + good schools.... You pretty much have only one option which is Cedar Hill. There are some good elementary schools in the district but you'll need to push your kids to TAG/ Honors classes for middle school and into the magnet high school, Collegiate (which is quite good!)

Everything else on the south side of Dallas with decent public schools (North Oak Cliff, Sunnyvale) is more than a 20 minute drive from UNT's campus.
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Old 06-13-2014, 06:52 PM
 
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How far is North Oak Cliff and Sunnyvale? I guess I'd do 30 minutes for the right situation. I've heard about North Oak Cliff, but I can't find any properties. Any idea how to search for it? Same for Sunnyvale.

I'm not familiar with magnet schools, but if its a competitive thing I'll probably have some trouble for my high schooler. My sophomore has been going to a private school and he hasn't done as well as he's capable of, mostly because he's a bit lazy and oppositional then, doesn't test well...never has. He may just be one of those kids that has to learn himself, the hard way. He's a loner, but has stayed out of any trouble with other kids and I want it to stay that way. The 4th grader is a good student and much more open to doing well and responds to coaching, encouragement, etc.

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Old 06-13-2014, 07:46 PM
 
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Sunnyvale is east of Mesquite. No way that commute would be under 30 minutes...and finding a house there that meets your specs and is under $350k ain't gonna happen...
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:10 AM
 
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How far is North Oak Cliff and Sunnyvale? I guess I'd do 30 minutes for the right situation. I've heard about North Oak Cliff, but I can't find any properties. Any idea how to search for it? Same for Sunnyvale.

I'm not familiar with magnet schools, but if its a competitive thing I'll probably have some trouble for my high schooler. My sophomore has been going to a private school and he hasn't done as well as he's capable of, mostly because he's a bit lazy and oppositional then, doesn't test well...never has. He may just be one of those kids that has to learn himself, the hard way. He's a loner, but has stayed out of any trouble with other kids and I want it to stay that way. The 4th grader is a good student and much more open to doing well and responds to coaching, encouragement, etc.

Thanks.
mob
They would be in the 30+ minute range. I think NOC would be right at 30 and Sunnyvale probably another 5ish minutes?

NOC is zip code 75208. I would not recommend it for your family due to public schools. You could use it for your younger kid as the neighborhood school Rosemont goes K-8 on two separate campuses and is a good school. The high school - Sunset - draws from a bigger area and is very poor and very under achieving....like if you rejected Lakewood's high school, there is no way you'd consider Sunset. Your 10th grader basically has no chance at magnet schools, which pull the districts top 1% of students into elite separate schools that include he #1 public school in the entire county. Plus, $350k is 75208 is a much smaller house than you're used to. I think you'd be pressed to find a 3-2 with two living areas as the homes zoned to Rosemont were built in the 1910-1950's and the real estate market is among the hottest in town.

Maybe you could live in Cedar Hill:
-your younger can do 5th grade public and then try for the Honors/Magnet route for grades 6-12
-your older can enroll in one of the south-side private schools. Admissions are less rigorous than the North Dallas privates and it will keep him in a much safer environment than public school will. I think Bishop Dunne is down there somewhere and I'm sure there are a few others.
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Old 06-14-2014, 01:35 PM
 
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What about Midlothian, or Red Oak?
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:25 PM
 
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What about Midlothian, or Red Oak?
Midlothian
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