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Old 07-09-2009, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Small town Texas, from Southern California
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We are visitng Dallas in a few weeks and are considering a move there.....for a better QUALITY of life.

I know commute is a big discussion on the forum, but NOT considering that, just considering schools(most important), great neighborhoods, young community, with no "keepin' up with the Jonese menatlity"..but in my price range, under $400k...WHERE WOULD THAT BE??

I am not looking for museums or diversity, culture and all that, we are a married couple in our mid 30's with 3 little kids under 6..We like to be outside, swimming or hanging out with our kids.

Any input would be great...Can't wait to visit....
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:31 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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Well........... I personally am partial to Garland and Rockwall
Murphy and Parker are also at the top of my list. Those are my personal top 4 suburbs. If I were to go inside the city limits of Dallas I LOOOOOVE Lakewood, Preston Hollow and a few other small areas near those two. Lake Highlands is also up there. All are great family areas.
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:41 AM
 
Location: NE Atlanta Metro
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Check out Southlake, to the west of Dallas.

No matter what suburb you look at in any city, there will always be those with a "keepin' up with the Jones' mentality".
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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In your price range I certainly would be looking west or no/west. Try areas like Grapevine, Coppell, Flower Mound, maybe southlake (but is is a little more upscale) and Keller for starters. All of these areas are middle class, good schools and have lots of family activities. Another possibility might be Lewisville. Lewisville is the 11th fastest growning city in the country with a population over 100,000. Of course it might be larger than you are looking for.

Of course the usual question and that is, do you have jobs lined up, do you work from home, of what is your situation?

Someone suggested Preston Hollow, I think you would be more at home in one of the areas knowing what I do about where you are now living.

As for keeping up, you are going to always get a little of this, but not as much in Lewisville and Grapevine.

Good luck, enjoy your visit, be prepared for the humidity which is one of the few negatives about Texas.
Nita
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Small town Texas, from Southern California
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We are self employed, we own resdiential landscape companies.

I looked into McKinney, Allen, Murphy and Frisco. Which we will be visiting when we come out. Which all look nice!! And as i said schools are #1. I really liked McKinney, the Stonebridge Ranch Development....But i have not been there to any of these places yet...we were in Austin 2 years ago, and i liked it, but was not ready to move at that time. I think in our line of work the Dallas areas may be better for us?

I do not want to be in a BIG city, we have about 100k population right now, and it is ok, i liked it better about 10 years ago though....a lot less people, but i have enjoyed the shopping that came along with growth, that is abou tit though!!haha
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Old 07-09-2009, 01:04 PM
 
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I would say west allen.
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:01 PM
 
Location: The Village
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I would recommend the Plano Senior High regions of Plano. They will be affordable and not really a "keeping up with the Joneses" mentality, but with excellent schools and very family friendly. Western Plano will put you at the bottom of the price range and it's definitely much more of a "keeping up with the Joneses" mentality. Eastern Plano is nice mostly and has very nice schools, but is more diverse, which is a drawback to some people, and is more lower-middle class to regular middle class than the upper-middle-class areas found in the rest of Plano. East Senior High gets knocked as not being as good of a school as the other two, but there is little difference overall except maybe in the attitudes of some of the lower students.

You might also want to look at Grapevine and Colleyville. They are pretty similar to Plano in culture and price range, and also have excellent schools.

Not in a "big city" is all relative. The entire area is one big area with little distinction until you get into the country, and most of the suburbs have huge populations. Arlington, which is in between Dallas and Ft Worth and is often considered to be a suburb of both cities, has 375k people and is in the fifty largest cities in the country.
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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We are self employed, we own resdiential landscape companies.

I looked into McKinney, Allen, Murphy and Frisco. Which we will be visiting when we come out. Which all look nice!! And as i said schools are #1. I really liked McKinney, the Stonebridge Ranch Development....But i have not been there to any of these places yet...we were in Austin 2 years ago, and i liked it, but was not ready to move at that time. I think in our line of work the Dallas areas may be better for us?

I do not want to be in a BIG city, we have about 100k population right now, and it is ok, i liked it better about 10 years ago though....a lot less people, but i have enjoyed the shopping that came along with growth, that is abou tit though!!haha
Schools being #1 & McKinney don't really go together.
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:32 PM
 
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Well........... I personally am partial to Garland and Rockwall
Murphy and Parker are also at the top of my list. Those are my personal top 4 suburbs. If I were to go inside the city limits of Dallas I LOOOOOVE Lakewood, Preston Hollow and a few other small areas near those two. Lake Highlands is also up there. All are great family areas.
DITTO -

Also as ranger said these neighborhoods are unto themselves - we say ' like a small town in the city'

PH would have more of the keeping up with the Joneses nonsense.
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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We are self employed, we own resdiential landscape companies.

I looked into McKinney, Allen, Murphy and Frisco. Which we will be visiting when we come out. Which all look nice!! And as i said schools are #1. I really liked McKinney, the Stonebridge Ranch Development....But i have not been there to any of these places yet...we were in Austin 2 years ago, and i liked it, but was not ready to move at that time. I think in our line of work the Dallas areas may be better for us?

I do not want to be in a BIG city, we have about 100k population right now, and it is ok, i liked it better about 10 years ago though....a lot less people, but i have enjoyed the shopping that came along with growth, that is abou tit though!!haha
100,000 in Temucula, it is almost impossible for me to beleive, but the same is true about Lewisville. As for not wanting a big city, you are going to have some trouble finding a small town atmosphere near Dallas as all the burbs are growing like crazy. McKenney and Frisco are both splitting at their seams. I don't know about schools in Allen, but the town is smaller. As I memtioned Flower Mound and Highland Village are delightful and nowhere near 100,000 but the cities all run together so you wouldn't have that open feeling. Do think about those areas though, they really are nice with outstanding schools. yes, and Colleyville is another area you should consider.


Nita
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