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Old 03-18-2013, 06:43 AM
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Hello. My husband and I both grew up in central Texas. We live on the East Coast now and are planning to return to the DFW area in the next few years. I'm just doing some recon now to try to narrow down our search area.

We have been searching for a lake area in the DFW vicinity. Have looked at Rockwall, Lewisville, Grapevine and Eagle Mountain in person. Someone recently mentioned Lake Granbury to me, but I've never been there. Just wondering what the local's take is on that.

We have elementary aged kids and commute times are not a factor. We want a country feel--with acreage but also to feel part of a town/community. And would love to be within view of a lake and some big Texas skies. Of course, being somewhat close to Ft. Worth would be fabulous.

Eagle Mountain had that sort of country/lake/close to a town feel I love. Would you say Granbury is similar? How do the two compare? Does Granbury feel more out in the sticks?
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:36 AM
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I don't know about sticks...but Lake Granbury is much further from FW than Eagle Mtn. I mean, Eagle Mtn is entirely or at least almost entirely within the boundaries of Tarrant County. Lake Granbury is not. From Benbrook, far SW side of FW, it is 30 minutes (give or take) to Granbury. You say commute times are not a factor, but how far from FW do you care about being?

Also, the 2 are shaped very differently. Both were created by damming rivers...Eagle Mtn from the west fork of the trinity and Granbury from the Brazos, but Eagle Mtn is a bit more of a traditional open lake shape while Granbury is very narrow and long. (Just look at them on google maps or something.)

Granbury has stores and restaurants and such, but limited and chain...though it does have an HEB which we drive down from Aledo to shop at.

So to sum up, while I haven't spent much time around either lake, I would still have to say they are not really similar at all.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:22 PM
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Thanks for your reply. I am interested in the "town" of the these two lake areas. The communities.....What do you think of when you hear of Granbury? And what do you hear of when you hear Eagle Mountain/Tarrant County in terms of stereotypes/generalities? Who lives in these places? What is there to do? I assume if we lived near EML, the stuff to do is more in FTW and if we live in Granbury, you probably don't drive into FTW all that often....

We just need to be within two hours of DFW (ish) for commute times.

I think Granbury may be a tad too far out for my taste, however, the community seems to look really nice and the schools seem to be pretty good...Just wondered what the locals thought! Thanks!
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:27 PM
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Granbury is much more of a real small town. Doesnt feel like a suburb at all. Its got a lot going on for young families and retirees.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:40 AM
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Granbury is more of a town and has shops/bars/restaurants. Eagle mountain is just a lake in north Fort Worth IMO.

Also I-35 is hell and I would not want to live in north Fort Worth because of it. Just read construction starting that will last over 5 years...
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:50 AM
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Don't move to Granbury if you like to fish. If you like to fish google texas fishing forum and you will see that fishing in Granbury is terrible. I have not spent time on Eagle Mtn lake so cannot speak to the social side of it, or the fishing. I do live in Granbury and can tell you there is a deficit in decent restaurants. People who live in Granbury are generally retired and very casual. Lots of old car restoration. There are loads of banks too, if that tells you anything. Taxes are a consideration. Many people opt for Glen Rose over Granbury just because of the taxes. If it were me I would come to towns you are interested in and just eat at some of the local diners, such as Pams or Cari's, not the touristy stuff on the square. Ask some questions. Don't trust the real estate agent's advice. Just ask the locals.

Edited to add: just because there is a strong retirement influence in Granbury doesn't mean there is no crime. Talk to the local PD or Sheriff's office and get a feel for the areas of high crime.

Edited again to add: Glen Rose has a MUCH nicer school district than Granbury. I can't speak to Eagle Mtn at all. Have not spent time there.

Last edited by GoDallasStars; 03-19-2013 at 10:54 AM.. Reason: remembered to add a blurb about local crime & schools
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:23 AM
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We live in the Eagle Mountain area and my husband worked in Granbury for a year, so I can tell you a little bit from our perspective at least

Both location, you'll have what you need as far as chain stores and restaurants. Granbury is going to give you more of a small town feel with the antique stores and the square downtown. You'll feel like you are driving "out to the sticks" when going to Granbury, whereas Eagle Mountain will have you off of major highways and driving through towns to get back there.

School wise, we haven't heard the best about either if you compare them to other DFW schools...but we have friends who have raised their kids in Granbury schools and we are raising our's in EMS-ISD. We've been pretty pleased with our experience so far.

With my husband working down there for a year, we considered making the move. I was all for it, he was not. He would've rather driven an hour each way and stay in the Eagle Mountain area. However, we have friends who live in Granbury and drive an hour into Fort Worth for work. So it's really a personal decision I recommend driving into both areas and getting a good feel for them.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:04 AM
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The schools in those areas are mediocre to poor. Scores of tract neighborhoods on the downhill slide. Poor shopping and eating establishments. EML is next to a busy rail corridor, and transportation hub for truckiing. Frankly, it's an area on the decline. I hope your "country feel" is worth it, because Grapevine would be a much better location for schools and property appreciation.
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:06 AM
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Thank you all for your opinions. I have wondered what it is that makes the schools in those areas not rated as highly on some websites. How busy is the rail corridor next to EML? How does that affect traffic and is it a noise problem?

I have looked at the Grapevine area and it seems very nice. The lake was pretty and I like the general "close in" thing. But it seemed SO crowded and congested. Maybe it was just where we were and other places aren't as bad. But it just felt like some highway we were on driving through there was just covered with construction and traffic. I want some big Texas sky and some breathing room. Also, the lots I saw in Grapevine all seemed small. We would really like an acre or so. I drove through EML area and it had more the "feel" I wanted. Bigger lots, the lake in view, hills. I have yet to drive around Granbury. So it helps to hear all your opinions. I like the thought of it being its own small town and not just a suburb.....But I am worried it is a little TOO far out. Thank you all for your opinions!
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:05 PM
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Trains block East West travel on some secondary roads. Forty trains a day run through theaded into Saginaw/Ft Worth. If Grapevine is too populated consider Argyle, Roanoke, or Trophy Club. The Grapevine highway construction will be at an end by the middle of next year.
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