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Old 04-23-2018, 06:21 AM
 
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Hello,

We are contemplating a move with our 2 kids (elementary/middle schoolers) from just outside DC (Arlington, VA) to the Dallas area. My husband will be working in Arlington, Texas. Our must-haves are: great schools, close to culture/things to do, no longer than a 30 min commute, solid real-estate market for potential resale in a few years (not our forever home), and a pool (or space to add one). We currently live in a very diverse area, which we'd love to find in TX as well. Other attractive features are newish construction and transitional/modern design.

Thanks in advance for any insight on neighborhoods to check out!
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Old 04-23-2018, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL- For NOW
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76001 or 76016 would be great choices.
76001 falls into Mansfield ISD
76016 falls into Martin High

Both great options. Fannin Farm IN SW arlington is an excellent neighborhood with nice affordable homes ad great people. Kid friendly, has a pool and a couple large parks. One with a high playground, It is off S.Cooper and Hardisty.

76016 falls just on the North side of i20 and just west of S.Cooper. Is close to the Mall and all kinds of shopping .All three schools in that area are great. Homes are a little older but usually well kept. Clean and safe.
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:00 AM
 
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I’m in the same position as you except I committed to moving to Dallas at the beginning of the year. I live in Reston and am about to put my house on the market. I’ve been researching Dallas for the last year and based on everything I’ve seen and been told is that you’ll love the traffic in Dallas. Not because there’s no traffic, but because it’s nothing like DC. It takes me 90 minutes to get into DC during rush hour, but the same distance in Dallas is about half that.

I know I’m really excited to be able to afford a house with a pool out there compared to barely being able to afford a townhouse out here.
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL- For NOW
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I’m in the same position as you except I committed to moving to Dallas at the beginning of the year. I live in Reston and am about to put my house on the market. I’ve been researching Dallas for the last year and based on everything I’ve seen and been told is that you’ll love the traffic in Dallas. Not because there’s no traffic, but because it’s nothing like DC. It takes me 90 minutes to get into DC during rush hour, but the same distance in Dallas is about half that.

I know I’m really excited to be able to afford a house with a pool out there compared to barely being able to afford a townhouse out here.
I agree... We lived in DC three times and DFW 2 times. Would take DFW traffic any day of the week. I honestly chuckle a little every time i see people complain about DFW traffic. It does get heavy but there are so many ways to get around out there. Just take some time to research alternate routes. Most of the rush hour in DFW is very predictable. DC is a bear.... Every hour of every day and everywhere you go. I lived in Fairfax and had to commute to DC and around the area.... ugh...

DFW is nothing to worry about. 635, 35 , 75 and the toll get heavy. But 20 and 30 are smooth sailing. 360 is ok, but heavy sometimes. 67 is an alternate into Dallas. Up north you have several options to scoot around. But if you live and work in Arlington then you have no worries
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:25 AM
 
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What’s your budget?
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:42 AM
 
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Thanks for all the responses so far! Glad to hear the traffic is bearable.

Budget is 1.25 mm.
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Kaufman County, Texas
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For that budget, you have many choices. Will he be in north or south Arlington? If it’s north, then look in Southlake close to 114, or the east side of Colleyville.
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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Colleyville or Southlake would be a great choices; great schools and against the typical traffic pattern (most driving from Arlington are going north on hwy 360 in the mornings and east on I-30; reverse after work — yours would be opposite)

Also look in North Euless (Colleyville-Grapevine school distrist) in zip code 76039. Best drive, great schools, newer homes below your budget. Very safe community.


Another option is to find a lovely home in Arlington — there are so many beautiful neighborhoods in Arlington — and use the really nice private school: The Oakridge School or others in the area.
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:22 AM
 
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Thanks for all the responses so far! Glad to hear the traffic is bearable.

Budget is 1.25 mm.

So far as the traffic concerns you'll hear from some locals.........many people live in a world where if whatever the topic, in this case traffic, is to any degree worse for them now than five years ago they complain.

The fact is around here save just a couple of pain points, and every city has some, traffic is light to moderate relative to the size of the city and commute distances.

Traffic around DC is simply not comparable to DFW.

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My info is dated as all of the girls noted graduate college this year. However, my daughter played competative club volleyball with two kids from Arlington Martin, one for one year the other for three years, and they became pretty good buddies. Those kids and their parents very much liked Arlington Martin HS FWIIW.

Good luck.
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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The OP’s budget brings several options.

Arlington Martin High School (zip code 76016 and generally the 76017 section west of Cooper and north of Sublett) and all its feeder schools are an acceptable choice. Martin outperforms all the other high schools in Arlington.

Mansfield High School (the best high school in the city of Mansfield) and all its feeder schools is also an acceptable choice. The original Mansfield High school outperforms the other high schools in Mansfield.

Grapevine/Colleyville schools are better than both Martin and MHS.

Carroll schools (Southlake) are better than Mansfield and Martin.

Martin is most diverse among the schools I noted above.

Full disclosure. I lived in Arlington’s Martin attendance zone and still own two houses there; I lived in Mansfield High School attendance zone and owned 2 houses (now sold) there — higher property taxes there than other areas in DFW. I presently own rental property in zip 76039 (GCISD). All nice areas but personal pref is the Euless/Colleyville area for traffic, proximity to Dallas, shopping and schools.

Last edited by WorldKlas; 04-23-2018 at 09:56 AM.. Reason: Correction
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