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Old 06-16-2014, 07:11 PM
 
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We're relocating to the Dallas area from Austin and are trying to narrow down our search for which area to live. Below is our list of possibilities. Hubby will be working near 180 and 12, and is ok with traveling 45 minutes to work, but he'd rather live farther and drive 45 minutes with no traffic, than live close and spend 45 minutes in stop and go traffic. So, we're just wondering which roads and directions have the heaviest traffic during rush hour. Would any of the below areas be smoother sailing to/from hubby's office? (Ignore the numbers. I just copied/pasted from my notes.). Any areas that are missing from my list that we should consider? Great schools are a must.

🔹Euless (23)
🔹University Park (24)
🔹Bedford (26)
🔹*Coppell (26)
🔹*Grapevine (29)
🔹Hurst (33)
🔹*Colleyville (36)
🔹North Richland Hills (36)
🔹Haltom City (37)
🔹*Plano (38)
🔹Mansfield (39)
🔹Watauga (41)
🔹Saginaw (46)
🔹*Flower Mound (36)
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:24 PM
 
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I'm really drawn to Flower Mound, but it seems far. Does anyone know approximately how long it would take to get from Flower Mound to the Cockrell Hill area during rush hour?
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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What is your budget? University Park and Highland Park are great, but unless you have $1 million + to spend, you will be looking at condos. The same applies with $400k for Colleyville.

Do you mean 183 and Loop 12? I've lived here all my life and I am unfamiliar with 180...?
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:08 PM
 
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What is your budget? University Park and Highland Park are great, but unless you have $1 million + to spend, you will be looking at condos. The same applies with $400k for Colleyville.

Do you mean 183 and Loop 12? I've lived here all my life and I am unfamiliar with 180...?

180 is south and runs parallel with I-30, think Oak Cliff & Grand Prairie area.


Anyhow, I'm not a 100% sure where you're thinking about relocating but I'm thinking Irving or Grand Pairie would be a good choice.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:48 AM
 
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180 is Davis St.
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:33 AM
 
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Yes, 180 is Davis. His office is on W. Davis. Sorry, I'm very unfamiliar with Dallas! We're looking to spend $200k-$220k.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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Since a number of your cities are in the Fort Worth area, you should also post this question in the Fort Worth forum.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:57 AM
 
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One comment I would like to make on your commute post. I totally understand how it is more enjoyable to spend 45 minutes in the car actually moving compared to working 15 miles away and spending 45 minutes in the car. That is similar to the situation in my household. (my wife works closer and has more traffic compared to me). However, their are numerous downsides to this approach:

1) bad weather days. When it is icy you might be able to make it 10-15 miles, but there is little likelihood of making it 45 miles.

2) sick kids. My wife's commute is 45 minutes at rush hour, but it is 15 minutes at noon. That can come in handy when running to the school for a sick child, parent teacher conference, etc.

3) wrecks. The longer the commute, the more likelihood of hitting wrecks. With a 10 mile commute it would be unusual to hit a wreck every day. With a 45 mile commute I hit a wreck all of the time, and on a bad day, two.

4) Gas and commute costs. Although you burn gas sitting in traffic, not as much as you do driving long distances. Same issues with your tires, etc. Plus, with a short commute, you can lease vehicles. That option is off the table with a long commute.
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:13 AM
 
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All very good points HockDad! I'll be sure to mention them to hubby. ;-)
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:46 AM
 
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I think that commute from Flower Mound would be doable in 45 minutes for the morning commute, I think the afternoon half would take well over an hour for sure.

For good schools, in your budget, that are a shorter commute, I would look at portions of Arlington that feed into Martin HS or Mansfield.
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