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Old 01-18-2014, 05:49 PM
 
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Greetings!

My wife and I (with our 2 children) are relocating to the DFW area. We want to stay in a place that will fit our price range $600-$800 for a 2 bedroom apartment. We cannot go above that amount. Moreover, we are keenly aware that this may pose an issue for areas inside the city of Dallas where most rental prices go for $1,000. We are also looking for a safe neighborhood with decent school districts (this may be a tall order). We have been told to look in the suburbs where prices are a bit cheaper.

Additionally, I am looking for job opportunities. Recently finished my MBA in finance/investments. My wife will have her job transfer the position to the Dallas area. Please let us know some of the best places to live so that the transition will be smooth and seamless.


Thank You,

J
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Old 01-18-2014, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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WHERE in Dallas? If it's anything east or north of downtown, living in Tarrant County will be an icky commute.

That budget is going to be really, really tough, and even more so since you want good schools...
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Old 01-19-2014, 02:51 PM
 
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We do not have a set place to live in Dallas. We are open to areas in Fort Worth as well because we were told, as you mentioned above, that it will be difficult to find nice, safe, affordable living in the Dallas metro area.
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:39 PM
 
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I think what ChristieP was trying to ask you is...where is your wife's JOB going to be located at. Because since that is the only known variable at the moment you will want to try to focus on living in areas where that commute would not be insane.

Regardless, as ChristieP said, your budget is going to be really, really tough. Insanely tough. A 1br you could get. A 2 br in that range in a good school area...ouch.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:16 PM
 
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It can be done in North Richland Hills, but you must accept less than stellar schools (they aren't BAD by any means, just not top-notch). NRH is generally safe and a good place for commuting.

But as the others said, it REALLY depends on where your wife is working. Tarrant County might be too difficult of a commute.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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OK. Rule #1 of living in DFW: live close to where you work, or you will end up with a lengthy commute that eats up several hours of your day, and you will spend a fortune in gas. If you work in Dallas, you should live in Dallas County, not Tarrant County.

Driving from North Richland Hills to downtown Dallas (*IF* that's where your wife will be working) is such a commute. Your wife will waste about 45-60 minutes each way making that lengthy commute. She will be heading with the traffic (as opposed to against it), and when there's a wreck on 183, her commute will be even worse. One possible alternative is to take the TRE train into downtown, but that still takes some time.
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:02 AM
 
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i would check this place out:

1. above the loop and easy commute.
2. still being build so it'll be new
3. in your price range ... it's subsidized and if you don't make a ton of money it's 700 for a 3 bedroom.


Silversage Point at Western Center
(888) 665-4317 | 1800 Western Center Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 761
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Western Center to downtown Dallas will be a horrible commute. 820 is a mess with construction, and traffic that way to/from is VERY heavy.
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:51 PM
 
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Right now from 1800 Western Center my map says 46 minutes and 35.5 miles to downtown Dallas. This is mid-day traffic too, not peak.
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Old 01-21-2014, 03:19 PM
 
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Western Center to downtown Dallas will be a horrible commute. 820 is a mess with construction, and traffic that way to/from is VERY heavy.
I wouldn't wish that commute on an enemy. It's nuts.
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