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Old 10-15-2008, 09:47 PM
 
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I will be moving to Dallas in the next few months for my husband's job (in Irving) and am wondering what area would be best for us. We have a 5 month old baby and would like to live in a community with a lot of other young families with nearby parks, good schools, safe neighborhood, etc. We've been living in downtown Washington DC for the last several years and are used to urban living. We're ready to move into a suburban area but would like a somewhat lively community- shops and restaurants close by. We'll be renting at first and are interested in townhome/apartment communities with newer amenities. So far I've been told Los Colinas is nice and in close proximity to my husband's work. I've also heard Valley Ranch and Coppell are good areas. And, I've heard many good things about Plano, specifically West Plano and the Shops at Legacy area. Would Plano be too far a commute to Irving? Any ideas anyone has would be much appreciated. I've never even been to Texas so any feedback would be great!
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Old 10-15-2008, 10:58 PM
 
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I will be moving to Dallas in the next few months for my husband's job (in Irving) and am wondering what area would be best for us. We have a 5 month old baby and would like to live in a community with a lot of other young families with nearby parks, good schools, safe neighborhood, etc. We've been living in downtown Washington DC for the last several years and are used to urban living. We're ready to move into a suburban area but would like a somewhat lively community- shops and restaurants close by. We'll be renting at first and are interested in townhome/apartment communities with newer amenities. So far I've been told Los Colinas is nice and in close proximity to my husband's work. I've also heard Valley Ranch and Coppell are good areas. And, I've heard many good things about Plano, specifically West Plano and the Shops at Legacy area. Would Plano be too far a commute to Irving? Any ideas anyone has would be much appreciated. I've never even been to Texas so any feedback would be great!
Las Colinas would be so, very convenient, and it's a great area. Technically it's in Irving, so your search will have to be zip-code based. Definitely want to stay north of 183 . Oh, and for some fun views of Irving/Las Colinas, watch the Mike Judge classic "Office Space" with Jennifer Aniston, filmed almost entirely in that area. When I get homesick, I pop it in for a good laugh and some great nostalgia. Enjoy!
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:34 AM
 
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I will be moving to Dallas in the next few months for my husband's job (in Irving) and am wondering what area would be best for us. We have a 5 month old baby and would like to live in a community with a lot of other young families with nearby parks, good schools, safe neighborhood, etc. We've been living in downtown Washington DC for the last several years and are used to urban living. We're ready to move into a suburban area but would like a somewhat lively community- shops and restaurants close by. We'll be renting at first and are interested in townhome/apartment communities with newer amenities. So far I've been told Los Colinas is nice and in close proximity to my husband's work. I've also heard Valley Ranch and Coppell are good areas. And, I've heard many good things about Plano, specifically West Plano and the Shops at Legacy area. Would Plano be too far a commute to Irving? Any ideas anyone has would be much appreciated. I've never even been to Texas so any feedback would be great!


legacy shops in plano, tx--if you must go that far out :walkable

uptown area in dallas, tx--the most urban on my list: completely walkable

lakewood area in dallas : walkable within

park cities area in dallas: walkable areas within

Oaklawn area in dallas:walkable

big park, arts district planned for downtown dallas so don't live to far away.

if you do the suburbs: single family home community get ready for a huge adjustment..

I came from downtown chicago condo living prior to moving to Dallas. I lived in downtown dallas and finally built a home in the burbs--it took over 2 years to get adjusted..maybe you'll be lucky and adjust faster.
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Kaufman County, Texas
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I will be moving to Dallas in the next few months for my husband's job (in Irving) and am wondering what area would be best for us. We have a 5 month old baby and would like to live in a community with a lot of other young families with nearby parks, good schools, safe neighborhood, etc. We've been living in downtown Washington DC for the last several years and are used to urban living. We're ready to move into a suburban area but would like a somewhat lively community- shops and restaurants close by. We'll be renting at first and are interested in townhome/apartment communities with newer amenities. !
I would seriously recommend Valley Ranch. It will be a very short commute for hubby and there are LOTS of shopping and restaurants. One downside is that they are not as walkable as you'd like...

For a walkable retail area close to Irving, check out Southlake Town Square. It is easily walkable and you'll see lots of other young mothers there with children during the day. I'd recommend living close to it, but there are not any apartments in Southlake and the few townhomes in the area are all owned, not rented, and sold for over $250k.

You could look in Grapevine, too. I live here and love it! There are lots of small apartment building scattered throughout town, and rental properties are easy to find, too. Grapevine has an awesome community and wonderful parks and rec activities, especially for young families.

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Would Plano be too far a commute to Irving? Any ideas anyone has would be much appreciated. I've never even been to Texas so any feedback would be great!
I'd say NO. Unless you'd want your husband spending an hour each way in the car, sitting in traffic and paying $ in tolls on the George Bush Tollroad.

Good luck with the move!
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:56 AM
 
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Eve, take a look on a map and find Hiway 114 and the Dallas North Tollway. Hiway 114 goes right thru Las Colinas, very near to a telecom HQ (This is Verizon territory) and on up to Grapevine and beyond. DNToll goes up through Plano and beyond.

You'd be satisfied with just about anything north of I-635, particularly Coppell, Flower Mound and The Colony. These areas would be more like new growth in the Columbia MD area. Without the trees.

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Old 10-16-2008, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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Las Colinas, Coppell, and Valley Ranch are all very nice and very convenient Irving.

I live right near Flower Mound and it is very, very nice, more a small town vibe. Also, excellent schools and restaurants, and some nice shopping is all over. If nothing else, the D/FW area has a ton of shopping.
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:09 PM
 
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A lot of the city of Dallas is laid out in a suburban manner. The older and trendier parts that are more walkable started out as streetcar suburbs. So it's not strictly urban vs. suburban as you might think..
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:34 PM
 
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I think you shoud check out Lakewood... of course I'm partial cause I live here. It is a neat, historic neighborhood with one of the best schools in Dallas (Lakewood Elementary). Lakewood is not a suburb, but a city neighborhood... with tons of charming cottages, eclectic homes and architecturally significant homes. It is a diverse neighborhood politcally, has it's own mini "square" area with shops and resturants, is close to major highways, has tons of trees and charm.... great neighborhood feel with lots of dog walking, street parties, a great July 4th parade, is adjacent to White Rock Lake with biking and walking trails....plus very close to downtown, uptown, Greenville Avenue, the Arts District, SMU and Love Field. Not as close to Irving as Coppell or Valley Ranch, but more charm and character than these put together. A mix of old and young; we love it.
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Old 10-17-2008, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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I think you shoud check out Lakewood... of course I'm partial cause I live here. It is a neat, historic neighborhood with one of the best schools in Dallas (Lakewood Elementary). Lakewood is not a suburb, but a city neighborhood... with tons of charming cottages, eclectic homes and architecturally significant homes. It is a diverse neighborhood politcally, has it's own mini "square" area with shops and resturants, is close to major highways, has tons of trees and charm.... great neighborhood feel with lots of dog walking, street parties, a great July 4th parade, is adjacent to White Rock Lake with biking and walking trails....plus very close to downtown, uptown, Greenville Avenue, the Arts District, SMU and Love Field. Not as close to Irving as Coppell or Valley Ranch, but more charm and character than these put together. A mix of old and young; we love it.


Lakewood is absolutely gorgeous. I grew up there.

However, it would be a brutal commute.
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Old 10-17-2008, 09:35 PM
 
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Thanks for all of the responses! They're very helpful.
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