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Old 06-15-2017, 09:55 PM
 
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I will be moving to Fort Worth this fall and am wondering where people would suggest a young professional (30s, single) buy a home.

I am working at UNTHSC and am struggling with whether to move closer to the center or go out a little further. I like places that have a neighborhood charm and plenty of little restaurants and stores that I can walk to if so desired. My current neighborhood is in the middle of a large city, but has the feel of a real neighborhood and not as urban as some areas. It has plenty of amenities (coffee shops, restaurants, salons, grocery, movie theater etc.) within walking distance on it's own neighborhood "main street" but is also 20 minutes from downtown. It's a mix of families and young professionals and in general just a fun little area. I'd love to find something close.

I've been looking at Arlington Heights/Fairmount/Magnolia/Mistletoe heights in terms of neighorhoods closer to work and am thinking Keller if I go a little further out. Any other suggestions either for singles-friendly suburbs or convenient city neighborhood living would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 06-16-2017, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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You've found the sweet spot in Fort Worth. Those are great neighborhoods! I'd also add West 7th in there, too. You will be among many other young professionals.

Keller is family central, and is a horrible commute up I35W through heavy traffic. No way would I recommend that.
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Old 06-16-2017, 11:07 AM
 
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I like the areas you have chosen.
I don't think that many people in Texas walk anywhere.
I think it comes down to if you want newer or older.
Older will be in the city most likely.

Keller is a nice place, but very very different.
Newer homes...who neighbors are newer...mostly in the last 10-20 years.

Longer commute and it seems to be getting worse to me.

Look at both.
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Old 06-16-2017, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Keller won't provide what you're looking for and the commute stinks. I think you're looking in the right places.
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Old 06-17-2017, 07:34 AM
 
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There is nothing walkable about Keller

Consider the downtown area of FTW itself if you can take condo living--
There is mix of people living there
South 7th area is booming and maybe more gentrification than you want

Southlake has area with town homes by Southlake town center but homes rarely come on market (no apartments) and there are a couple of subdivisions that are walkable to that area
But 1709 is BUSY traffic artery---you have to be very careful trying to cross...
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Single person - the areas you identified plus West 7th street, a lot of the older houses are being torn down and the lots filled with high priced mega mansions.

If you are looking to buy what realtors describe as a "quaint" older home, them make sure you have a buyers agent, general home inspection and specialist home inspections for AC, Electrical, Plumbing. asbestos, and lead paint. Some older homes have asbestos siding. Do this and go for it.

If you are in a serious relationship with kids in the near future then Keller ISD. The commute is ugly right now, should be significant improvements by the end of the year.
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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If you are in a serious relationship with kids in the near future then Keller ISD. The commute is ugly right now, should be significant improvements by the end of the year.
With regard to the school situation, if you're planning on having kids soon I wouldn't necessarily rule out the neighborhood elementary schools in Arlington Heights (South Hi Mount) and Mistletoe Heights (Lily B. Clayton) either. They have had their ups and downs over the years, but these two schools have tended to be among the better elementary schools in the Fort Worth ISD, though not the best when measured by standardized test scores. If you are interested in having your child exposed to ethnic and socioeconomic diversity, though, then it might be worth considering these schools. The elementary and middle schools zoned to Fairmount and Magnolia are high-poverty, low-academic-performance without a doubt, though.

Generally you'll have to be in the suburbs for good middle and high schools, though it must be mentioned that Mistletoe Heights, Fairmount, and Magnolia are all zoned to Paschal High School, known for its college preparatory programs.

That said, as a young professional schools shouldn't be the primary reason you decide to live in a given neighborhood, but they can be a factor if you like your neighborhood so much that you don't want to leave in order to raise a family. However, since you are looking at buying a home, you will probably want to consider the school situation compared to a leasing situation, since you might be "stuck" in your neighborhood if you can't sell your home for some reason once you have children.
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Old 07-03-2017, 11:43 PM
 
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Thank you all so much!
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