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Old 09-22-2012, 07:33 PM
 
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hi guys...we are moving to dfw area for hubby's job. we want rolling hills, wildlife, small farm, and easy access within an hour's drive of dfw. outdoor life is important to us (coming from arkansas); also like privacy. would like to be near small town with great atmosphere (good square/courthouse), and good people that are good neighbors. any suggestions? i'm a teacher and we have one teenager at home still. thanks!
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:03 PM
 
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really need to know where your husband's job location is. There's so much sprawl around the cities that someplace an hour from downtown FW may be 2 hours from downtown Dallas. So indicate (generally is fine) where work will be and then we can suggest locations within an hour of that.
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:47 PM
 
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he will be based in irving and flying out of dfw...
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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I'd say to look towards the north...Argyle, Denton, etc.

But the biggest issue: what will your budget be? That will make a huge difference in how far out you will need to go to find these things.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:01 PM
 
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I was going to suggest Weatherford myself.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:25 PM
 
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our budget is up to 275,000. wish it was more! we'd like a hobby farm with barn/fencing/workshop already. want horses...we'd like access within 30 min to restaurants. not big shoppers, but need co-op and basic clothing and hardware stores within 30 min as well. son will be junior in high school and good school is important. we are very used to driving for what we need.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Yes, you are right that is not a lot of budget to work with for what you are wanting. Argyle is definitely OUT of that price range. Weatherford will not be a fun commute to DFW due to road construction, and the fact that there is Fort Worth traffic!

In order to make your husband have an easier commute, look up highway 114 towards Paradise, Rhome, Justin, Springtown, etc. You will be able get a decent little place for your money there. The further out you go, the more land your money will buy. I have no idea about the public schools but hopefully another poster will chime in...
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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Perhaps Mansfield area, too. With 161 toll road, the drive to Irving isn't more than about 40 minutes.
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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The only problem with Mansfield is that the population is BOOMING out that way, and sooner (as opposed to later), the rural areas will be gobbled up by subdivisions and annexed into the cities. City folks will move next door and complain about the "smell and flies" associated with their horses, and the city will zone the area to "no livestock." I have seen this happen way too many times, and that's why I NEVER recommend that someone seeking a place where they can keep horses look near a fast-growing suburb.
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Old 09-23-2012, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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The only problem with Mansfield is that the population is BOOMING out that way, and sooner (as opposed to later), the rural areas will be gobbled up by subdivisions and annexed into the cities. City folks will move next door and complain about the "smell and flies" associated with their horses, and the city will zone the area to "no livestock." I have seen this happen way too many times, and that's why I NEVER recommend that someone seeking a place where they can keep horses look near a fast-growing suburb.
There are subdivisions of 2-5 acre houses in the area .... not just solo little farms.... in the OP's price range.
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