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Old 06-02-2011, 10:18 PM
 
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My husband has a job offer from Alcon. We are thinking of moving from Atlanta, but can't decide. WE need advice on neighborhoods that are close to his office with good schools and lots of kid friendly activities. Our price range is $300-$400,000. Any advice is appreciated!
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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Alcon is in an industrial area south of Fort Worth. You could easily commute there from Mansfield, Burleson, Alvarado, and all of those areas would be within your price range.
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:51 AM
 
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I am assuming he would be working at the location in FW off 35? How far of a commute is your husband willing to take?
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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He has a 15-20 min commute now with traffic. We would prefer a similar commute. HOw are the schools in that area? We have five children and are very interested in good school systems (we are in a great district now).
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Old 06-03-2011, 11:07 PM
 
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We were eating dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Bedford--town in Mid Cities halfway between FTW and Dallas--several months ago and couple next to us were talking--
we understood from their discussion that they were in area doing househunting for job change--and started conversation with them
He was also going to work for Alcon--was moving from Canada
they were looking in Colleyville in more expensive price point that you--and he would have made what was probably a 30 min commute each way
There were people with Alcon who recommended Mansfield to them for the commute but they wanted Colleyville schools--thought they were just better and worth a little longer drive

You can see Colleyville on map--and search for hundreds of threads about it on this forum
Has a very good ISD--Grapevine-Colleyville ISD--but with the state cutting budget for education all districts are going to feel the hurt--
GCISD also had its superintendent leave this year to take job in Richardson ISD in Dallas area
so there are pressures in that district causing problems--supers don't leave in middle of year for no reason
BUT it is still very good district and the Colleyville side of the district has NO apts--which is an issue that most other districts in Tarrant county have

Most rating systems will rank Southlake Carroll ISD as best in Tarrant area
then comes
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD--(Lewisville ISD I would rate as strong but it is farther EAST and worse commute)
then group of Birdville, Keller, Hurst Euless Bedford, maybe Northwest
then Aledo, Burleson, Mansfield, Eagle Mtn-Saginaw--some people would move Mansfield up a rankbut it has few NMS and does not seem to grow more
then Fort Worth ISD (except the Paschal HS zone which is great), White Settlement, Castleberry, Azle,

I rate them that way because of their district ratings, the number of Recognized schools, number of National Merit scholars, and other factors--like do they have an IB program or strong AP program--how does the district rate for fiscal management (mor bang for buck use of taxes)--were there stories of financial irregularities --what kind of special programs do they have--how old are their physical plants
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Old 06-06-2011, 01:15 PM
 
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I lived close to Alcon Labs for over 10 years before moving last year, there is no city close enough for a 15-20 mins commute that has a good ISD!.

The traffic along I-35W during morning & evening commute is horrendous!.

To the north you have Southlake, Keller, Colleyville, Westlake, Trophy Club, Flower Mound which are some of the best ISD's in North Texas, but it requires you to commute all the way down I-35W, lot's of traffic, especially around downtown Ft.Worth area...

To the east you have Mansfield, which again requires you to probably go on I-20 and down I-35W, probably a better bet in terms of traffic, but certainly around 30 mins +

To the west you have Benbrook, good commute time but not a good school district...

To the south you have Burleson, decent ISD, and average commute time!....

To give you an example, I drove every single day from the area around Alcon to Texas Motor Speedway for my job, average commute was 60 mins each way... you'll have to use a map to see exactly what I'm talking about and map out some of these cities....

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He has a 15-20 min commute now with traffic. We would prefer a similar commute. HOw are the schools in that area? We have five children and are very interested in good school systems (we are in a great district now).
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Old 06-06-2011, 02:01 PM
 
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Look around The TCU area. Tangelwood Elem is a GREAT school, the middle is good and improving and Pascal has a fabulous Gifted track. You should be able to find a house in your price point and while it would be older, you are a 5 min drive away from the zoo, all the museums, Forest Park and Trinity Park, Botanical Garden and 15 mins from downtown. Plus all the sports at TCU. Right now is a good time to get into the area as there are more houses on the market than normal and if you look around you might find something that needs a little work that will have a nice resale value.

It's a great area that's only getting better. Look along Hulen between Vickery and I-20. Tanglewood, Overton, Overton West, Overton woods neighborhoods. Also Lily B Clayton is good elem school and feeds into Pascal.
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Old 06-06-2011, 02:39 PM
 
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You dont get to Alcon's location from Southlake by using I35--
no one would unless they were right next to I35 and that is NOT Southlake's location
that is more North Keller/Haslet/Justin--

For Southlake or Colleyville you would go south--to 183/Airport Frwy/121 and use it to go into downtown FTW and catch I35 there and go south
the 820 Loop south has more traffic and longer commute so would not recommend it

note that I also said the Paschal HS zone in FTW ISD was area worth considering
you might also look at North Richland Hills area around N Tarrant Parkway--
part of that is in Keller ISD but Birdville and Keller ISD are comprable
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