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Old 03-07-2012, 05:28 PM
 
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I work in Downtown Fort Worth and am looking to move to have a closer commute (Currently live North of Weatherford with an 75 minute commute). What areas would you recommend?

My husband and I are late 20's with a young baby so schools will be important- the little one would hit kindergarten in 5 years. Ultimately we'd like a community with other younger couples in the area with a good school district. We're country folk at heart so don't want a place where you sit on top of your neighbors.

Anyone have any suggestions? I'd like to keep the commute under 30 minutes.

Places we were considering:
Mansfield
Burleson
Tanglewood
Benbrook
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:40 PM
 
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Aledo area is hard to beat for schools. Commuting time is good too.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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What's your budget for a house? Buying or renting? Tangle wood is great but can be pricey...
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:52 AM
 
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Tanglewwod and Overton are awesome areas for kid, the school are good and the fun things of the city are near by, but it is expensive, though if you don't mind doing a bit of work you can find deals.

Ridgelea also has some good areas (Ridgelea Elm, feeds into Arlington Hights High) along with the Berkeley Heights area, which feeds into Lily B Clayton and goes on to Paschal High, not sure of the price range of those homes though.

Best bet is to drive around the areas and see if they are what you are looking for.

FYI the drive to downtown FTW from the Tangelwood/Overton area is about 15-20 mins in the morning around 7am and 30mins in the evening around 5:30, the construction on Hulen dosen't help but god willing that won't last forever and once the toll road is done (~2014) you can probably get to downtown in a matter of minutes.
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:59 PM
 
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Was looking at the Tanglewood but I think it may be too expensive at this time... we're looking to stay around 125k at this time. I don't mind a bit of work since my Dad is in the construction business and we'd always fixed up homes- I can do anything from painting to plumbing.

I know Aledo has some great school districts but thinking its too close to Weatherford where an over-enthusiastic grandmother lives. Would like a bit of space from her. =)

The Hulen area sounded great commute wise but wasn't too sure on the schools there- I hear FTW ISD isn't the best thought is that true?

Mansfield I heard was great for kids but that its mainly just houses with nothing to do and that the housing market hit it hard. Any truth to that?

Thanks all!!
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Fort Worthless, Texastan
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The Hulen area sounded great commute wise but wasn't too sure on the schools there- I hear FTW ISD isn't the best thought is that true?

Mansfield I heard was great for kids but that its mainly just houses with nothing to do and that the housing market hit it hard. Any truth to that?

Thanks all!!
Don't let the rumors and mistruths about the Fort Worth school district fool you--there are some great schools in Fort Worth. I, myself, am a product of the Fort Worth school system (Morningside-McLean-Paschal), and felt like the academic quality of my education was excellent. It's a quality system with a good brain-building challenge.

As for Mansfield, what you heard is pretty much correct. It's just your average cookie-cutter suburb with houses, chains, and a few quaint remnants of its "small town" days of years past. Not much exciting goes on down there. I'd recommend living in the city of Fort Worth itself, not just for the more exciting amenities, but also to avoid a 'heckish' commute. Hulen would maybe be a good fit for you. Ridglea and Berkeley Heights would maybe be good options, also. And let's not forget Fairmount, although the price may become an issue then.
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:53 AM
 
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have you looked at your price range on any RE sites?
will PM a good RE site to search with

I think it is low to be in the Paschal catchment area of FTWISD
the better elementaries are in that zone
and not sure you would like the areas that you could buy in

Benbrook SW of FTW has some neighborhoods with larger lots but they might be out of your price range--some are in FTWISD but not good zone--some are in Godley which is smaller district that is more Johnson county area than Tarrant county

Mansfield is lacking in lot of choice for "entertainment"--people usually driving into S Arlington--the Highlands or Parks Mall area or going into Arlington itself
Burleson has lot of strip malls and chain restaurants (Babe's not withstanding) but lot of growth in past 10 yrs--don't know how much your budget will get you but that might be your best choice but don't think you will get much yard for 125K in any location...
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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I live in the Ryan Place neighborhood of Fort Worth, about 2 miles east of TCU. It is a very nice neighborhood, with the beautiful Elizabeth Blvd just a block from my home. There is a Montessori school nearby, along with Daggett elementary and middle schools and Paschal high school. The only thing wrong with it is that they are replacing all the water utilities and repaving the street in front of my house, although I'll like it when it's finished.
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Old 03-10-2012, 04:30 PM
 
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and how large is your lot?
the OP said they did not want to "sit on top" of the houses around them...I think most city lots are going to be .2 and under and that makes them appear very close to neighbors
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