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Old 03-09-2009, 06:57 PM
 
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I posted a question last week and asked about good areas to live around the Dallas metro area. Over and over again people complained about the commute. So what I would like to know is, what cities or towns should I stay away from because of the killer commute. The following cities we plan to visit to see if we like them are... *Richardson, Frisco, Lewisville, Coppell, Carrollton, Denton, McKinney, and Allen. I would prefer Collin and Denton counties over Dallas county. I have been told the taxes are higher in Dallas Co. Thanks.
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Old 03-09-2009, 06:58 PM
 
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there is no way to give any type of accurate answer because there is no destination--are you just traveling within the towns that you have mentioned or are you going from them to somewhere else...
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Old 03-09-2009, 07:30 PM
 
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If you're working in Carrollton then Frisco, Lewisville, Coppell, Carrollton might be suitable. The others will offer cross town commutes which may require a change of road/hiway in route. The commute from Denton chokes crossing Lake Dallas (or whatever that watering hole on I-35 is).

If you're working in the med center then you might look in Oak Lawn, Uptown, Greenville areas. If you don't have any of those kids yet you can always sell and move again, after you've gotten an idea of the layout of the area.
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:34 PM
 
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Well, you are a nurse and can work anywhere, like you said, so I guess it's your husband who is a chef that might have a harder time finding a job which might lead to a long commute from one point to another.

I would rent until husband finds a job. True there are plenty of restaurants in downtown, uptown, etc, but there are also restaurants in other places in DFW, too. What is the job market like for chefs generally? What type of establishment does he work at?
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Old 03-09-2009, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Lake Highlands (Dallas)
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I posted a question last week and asked about good areas to live around the Dallas metro area. Over and over again people complained about the commute. So what I would like to know is, what cities or towns should I stay away from because of the killer commute. The following cities we plan to visit to see if we like them are... *Richardson, Frisco, Lewisville, Coppell, Carrollton, Denton, McKinney, and Allen. I would prefer Collin and Denton counties over Dallas county. I have been told the taxes are higher in Dallas Co. Thanks.
Rent for the at least the first 6 months. Learn the area before buying.
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Old 03-09-2009, 09:51 PM
 
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Can't go wrong with UpTown. You have everything you need within 2 miles no joke. My 2 cents
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I posted a question last week and asked about good areas to live around the Dallas metro area. Over and over again people complained about the commute. So what I would like to know is, what cities or towns should I stay away from because of the killer commute. The following cities we plan to visit to see if we like them are... *Richardson, Frisco, Lewisville, Coppell, Carrollton, Denton, McKinney, and Allen. I would prefer Collin and Denton counties over Dallas county. I have been told the taxes are higher in Dallas Co. Thanks.
I think you are being mislead on the property taxes being cheaper in Collin county. For one the actual county tax is a small portion of the property tax bill. The bulk of the tax bill comes from the school taxes. So the county you are in doesn't make a big difference unless you are in an expensive home.

I have a home in Dallas county and my friend has a home in Collin county and his taxes are slightly higher and the appraisal values are basically the same.
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:48 AM
 
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If you are commuting to downtown Dallas, Richardson would probably be the least stressful commute, Carrollton and Coppell would be your next best options. McKinney, Allen, Frisco, Denton, and Lewisville would be brutal.
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Old 03-10-2009, 03:43 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Taxes are high no matter where you buy, advise from me rent for 6 month and then purchase.

Anything West of 35E or up 35E is brutal, you like BIG city living choose Allen, Carrollton, Richardson, Dallas (Uptown).

You like country living with a small communte try Mckinney, Lucus, Wylie, Sachse, Rowlett and Rockwall (north and east)

You like southern area of Dallas
Grand Praire
Arlington
Lancaster

Looking for good schools do your research, looking for tight net location stick to down town dallas.

Looking for affordablity anything outside of Dallas.

I live in Dallas county, and my taxes are about the same as someones in Rockwall county.

your taxes are based on your value of your home and the school district you live in.
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:01 PM
 
Location: North Dallas
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Commute from Mckinney to Downtown--let's just say American Airlines Center--during rush hour 60-75 minutes. Add rain/snow/sleet/wreck pack on another 10-20 minutes. Commute during non-rush hour around 45 minutes. Taxes in Mckinney currently at around 2.5%.
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