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Old 08-04-2009, 05:14 PM
 
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My husband and I are looking to buy our 1st house. I grew up in Sanger, which is a very small town. My husband grew up in Mexico, New Jersey and Richardson. We're both in our early 30's. He has a 9 yr old son who he has primary custody of. I'm caucasian, he's hispanic, his son is caucasian/hispanic mix. We want to live in a smaller town with friendly people. It needs to be within about 30 minutes of the Dallas/Irving area to be easily accessible to our jobs. We want his son to attend good schools. We currently live in Las Colinas and absolutely hate it. I've lived in Denton in the past and would move there in a heartbeat if the commute wasn't so bad. We don't want to live too close to Richardson because his mother lives there and will constantly take advantage of him if we live nearby. Are there any smaller towns or places that feel like smaller towns that are not too far from Dallas?

What we want:

*A cheaper house (1st house, $140K or so) that's in decent shape w/a yard for our dog & his kid to play in.

*Friendly people (people who wave hello instead of trying to maul you over with their car in parking lots)

*Diversity (we like multi-culture areas and don't want his son coming home being ashamed of being bi-lingual)

*No cookie cutter houses

*A place where you know your neighbors & say hi to them

*Good schools, both education wise and safety wise

*A place where there are few trashy or snoby people

*A place where I can feel safe walking my dog at night by myself
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Old 08-04-2009, 05:33 PM
 
Location: The land of Chicago
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My mom always said Addison was cheap but that was back then idk about now may be worth a look
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Lancaster, TX
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Hi. Could you tell us what your definition of a small town is in terms of population? It would be quite helpful to the posters who would like to assist you in your search, since one person's idea of what a small town is may differ from another. Thanks.
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:17 AM
 
Location: NE Tarrant County, TX
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Come and take a look in Bedford. I think you'd be happy here .

-Eric
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:39 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Try North Garland, Rowlett, Wylie or Sachse
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:49 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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My mom always said Addison was cheap but that was back then idk about now may be worth a look
Addison does NOT even come to mind when one thinks "small town".
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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You need to look at some of the outer, outer burbs like Fate, Red Oak, Wylie etc.
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Old 08-05-2009, 02:16 PM
 
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Garland sounds like a good fit but that is close to Richardson... what about Mckinney, Greenville or Royse City
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Mesquite, TX
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Garland sounds like a good fit but that is close to Richardson... what about Mckinney, Greenville or Royse City
they ain't gonna get to Irving in around 30 minutes from the last two suggestions (and I'm not too sure about the first one)...
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:13 AM
 
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hmm you may have a point on that, it took me 25 min on Northwest Highway from Garland
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