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Old 07-22-2010, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Hi all. I'm thinking about relocating from Seattle to Dallas/Fort Worth area. If so, I would probably live in North Richland Hills, and commute to Dallas, either to Gallaria (Mall?) or the Northpark Shopping center.

Anyways, I was just curious if anyone had any idea what kind of commute that would be (Google maps is perfect for directions, but not always so great at estimating time/traffic), or any information about the NRH area (nicer apartment areas/shopping/food etc)

Also, I am moving with my pitbull. I'm not sure if I would be flying with her, or renting a car & driving with her. I've never had to relocate with an animal before, so I'm not sure what the pros/cons of either way are. If anyone has any tips or suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for taking the time to read this lengthy post!
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:10 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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If you are commuting to the Galleria and especially Northpark Mall I would not live in NRH. The commute will be brutal. Maybe up to 1 hour to Northpark.

You need to be east of the airport and if you'll find something in Las Colinas, Carrollton, North Dallas or Plano your commute will go from brutal to fairly easy.

If you work at Northpark I would try and get even closer. Since your work is over in the Dallas County area, you might post this over in the Dallas Forum.
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:40 AM
 
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agree
unless there is some other reason driving your choice--NRHills is good location to live in but not if your commute is to the North Park area
plus the 121/114 interchanges are going to be a work in progress for several years which will just make using those rodeways even more of a pain
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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My advice is to plan your residence/commute to avoid I-635 (locally called LBR Frwy) which is a total nightmare. I have been rear ended 2x on that road b/c traffic can change from 70mph to 0 mph in a heartbeat and it seems am rush "hour" is 6:30am - 10am and evening is 3pm-8:30pm. Traffic is always backed at all times headed east from the I-35 interchange to Josey --- that's a long stretch and then again around the 75 interchange.
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Old 07-22-2010, 08:44 AM
 
Location: TX
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You need to be east of the airport and if you'll find something in Las Colinas, Carrollton, North Dallas or Plano your commute will go from brutal to fairly easy.
Agree with all that everyone has said.
Would also add North Irving to your list the Valley Ranch area, nice apts and good central location
And Also Addison would put you in a good location.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:39 AM
 
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Looks like most of my concerns about your commute have already been answered, so all I can say is please don't bring your rainy Seattle weather with you when you come down!
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:07 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Looks like most of my concerns about your commute have already been answered, so all I can say is please don't bring your rainy Seattle weather with you when you come down!
Except in July or August when we could use some good rain.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:16 AM
 
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finding an apt to take a pit bull is going to be frustrating--
it seems that many complexes are going to declaring them forbidden due to liability issues
and some landlords don't want dogs in rental homes period...
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:20 PM
 
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We live in NRH and my husband used to commute to north Dallas. He did not travel at the height of rush hour, but at the beginning. It took him around 45 minutes in the morning (to be at work at 7 AM) and about an hour to get home (getting off at 4 PM). It was a horrible drain on him after doing it for a long period.
Thankfully he now telecommutes from home and no longer has to make that drive!

I wouldn't suggest it to anyone who has a choice...
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Old 07-23-2010, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Looks like most of my concerns about your commute have already been answered, so all I can say is please don't bring your rainy Seattle weather with you when you come down!
i sure hope i don't! i've been here a year & the weather is one of the main reasons why i'm leaving.
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