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Old 08-25-2011, 06:56 PM
 
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We are NEW to the whole metropolitan living thing so please excuse my ignorant questions:
1. If I were to secure employment in downton Ft. Worth, where are the best places to live from the following viewpoints:
a. school zones
b. commute time
c. economy
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Tracy,
Welcome to Fort Worth. I'm afraid the question is too general in nature to get very good answers. You need to be more specific about type of housing (apartment or house, rent or buy) price range, and type of school. (public or private) A very wide geographical area is within commuting distance of downtown Fort Worth so are you looking for true urban (downtown or near downtown) living or prefer suburbia? If you can be more specific I think some useful information should be forthcoming.
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:50 AM
 
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Sorry, you won't find all three of your criteria's in one city around Ft. Worth, there's too many anomalies that could put a dent in your plans.

If schools are important above everything else, then you need to be outside the FWISD, but then your commute time increases.

If commute time is important, then you need to be within the FWISD, which means you're schools are not going to be good....

Give us some more information on what is important to you and we can help...
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:28 AM
 
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a good commute for some people is under 30 min--
for some they are willing to spend an hour each way to get what they want in neighborhoods and schools

and price point can't be overlooked--some areas just aren't available unless you are willing to spend $$$ vs $$
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:26 AM
 
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Just for the record, there are some terrific schools in the FWISD. Just do your homework.
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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there are good elementary schools in FTW ISD, one good high school (Paschal with small attendance zone and limited access for inter-district transfers now), and middle schools in FTWISD are really struggling...
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:38 PM
 
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Our first priority (within reason) is finding a good school district and school for our 5th grader whereby he can establish relationships prior to entering his zoned middle school and high school. I am used to a 30-40 minute commute. Does that help with providing ideas?
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Fort Worthless, Texastan
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Just for the record, there are some terrific schools in the FWISD. Just do your homework.


I always tire of hearing people act like there are no quality schools whatsoever in the urban cores of DFW... there are definitely some great schools in Fort Worth.

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Our first priority (within reason) is finding a good school district and school for our 5th grader whereby he can establish relationships prior to entering his zoned middle school and high school. I am used to a 30-40 minute commute. Does that help with providing ideas?
If you're working Downtown and have a 5th grader that you want to follow a good school path, then the best location will be Fairmount/Berkeley Place or a surrounding neighborhood. Those locations have the potential for a quality school path (Lily B. Elementary-McLean Middle-Paschal High). They are a mere 10-15 minute commute away from Downtown, accounting for traffic lights and morning traffic. There are also nearby bus lines and you could even bike downtown, if you want to commute and get exercise, too.
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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What's your budget for housing? Buying or renting?
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:31 PM
 
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I always tire of hearing people act like there are no quality schools whatsoever in the urban cores of DFW... there are definitely some great schools in Fort Worth.



If you're working Downtown and have a 5th grader that you want to follow a good school path, then the best location will be Fairmount/Berkeley Place or a surrounding neighborhood. Those locations have the potential for a quality school path (Lily B. Elementary-McLean Middle-Paschal High). They are a mere 10-15 minute commute away from Downtown, accounting for traffic lights and morning traffic. There are also nearby bus lines and you could even bike downtown, if you want to commute and get exercise, too.
I agree, and depending on your budget, getting into the Tanglewood district would be great too. McLean 6th is great; 7th and 8th, not so much, but your child will have his/her peer group established and will be happy. If not, there is St. Andrew Catholic. Paschal is a mixed bag, but my kids loved it.
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