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Old 02-08-2010, 10:01 AM
 
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Hello, all you helpful City-Data forumgoers! I come to you seeking advice, and in return I can offer my undying gratitude. Fair exchange?

My wife, small dog, and I are looking to buy our first home/townhome/condo and take advantage of the tax credit while we still can.

Here are the facts:

- We want to live within a 30- to 45-minute commute to Las Colinas, where I work.
- We have a small dog, so a fenced yard is a necessity.
- We'd rather go east of Irving (toward Dallas) since many of our friends live there.
- Our budget is about $130,000.
- We could live in a townhome or condo instead of a house, as long as it has a back yard.

Here's what we want:

- An area where the houses are unique and different from the ones next door.
- An area with mature trees, curvy streets, and even some small hills, perhaps.
- Somewhere safe.


Any thoughts? Specific ZIP codes or neighborhoods would help our search, but any info is appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Plano
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There are quite a few condos/townhomes near the Dallas North Tollway and Preston area (zip 75248) that are around your budget. This area would give you that exit strategy to get to work in the morning as well I believe.

For $130,000 you are not going to be able to get as much home all else being equal as you can get with a condo/townhome in my opinion so I would spend my time if I were in your shoes pouring over those product types.

A contract needs to be written and executed by April 30th just to name the important date for ya'll here.

Good luck.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:46 AM
 
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Curvy streets and small hills? I don't think you are really going to be able to find that here unless I am mistaken. I agree, $130,000 is going to be hard to get a home. A condo would be a better option however alot do not have fenced in yards, they have patios with community yards. Coppell has some townhomes but it is north of Las Colinas.
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:07 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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There are a few town homes in the Valley Ranch area that might work. Also a few over in Euless and possibly Lewisville if you can maybe go up to $150k.

You are asking a lot for the money.
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