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Old 02-24-2018, 07:25 AM
 
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Hi! I just accepted a position in Alvarado. Where would you suggest looking for a home? Good schools are a priority as we have 2 young children. My hours are from 6am-2pm, so I will not be in rush hour traffic. Is north FW still a terrible commute during those hours?
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Old 02-24-2018, 11:32 AM
 
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Going south in the morning might not be bad, but it's not entirely unusual for I-35 north of downtown to be congested at any time between 7a and 7p. I wouldn't worry so much about the congestion as I would the distance and time. You'll put some serious miles on your vehicle and it's not a short drive without traffic. Unless you're dead set on living in that area, you can find better schools closer to Alvarado - Mansfield, Burleson, and southwest Arlington have good schools and you could do worse than Alvarado ISD.
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Old 02-24-2018, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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I agree there's no reason to drive from north Fort Worth to Alvarado when there are many good communities closer in.
What's you budget for housing, and are you looking to buy or rent?
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Old 02-25-2018, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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I'd definitely second the recommendations for Mansfield and Burleson in terms of the school districts there. Burleson, of course, is the closest, though parts of the Mansfield ISD do reach some of the areas midway between Mansfield and Burleson (like Rendon), such that the western boundary of the Mansfield ISD is actually closer to Burleson than Mansfield. These areas are more rural/exurban, so if you are looking for a more suburban community I'd stick with Burleson, Mansfield, or those parts of south Arlington that are in Mansfield ISD.
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Old 02-25-2018, 09:05 AM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions. We will have to look in those areas. Our budget will be between 350-400k.
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Old 02-25-2018, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Definitely look at Mansfield. There are some really nice housing developments down there that are within your budget. Mansfield ISD schools are also very good. Living closer to work will let you spend more time with your family and less time commuting in traffic.
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Old 02-25-2018, 07:45 PM
 
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Be sure and check those tax rates as it does add up. I recommend Burleson. It's right next door to Alvarado, good schools, community activities, nice new homes in the area, new businesses moving in - just a nice place to live.
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Old 02-26-2018, 08:57 AM
 
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If you want a little more rural. Look at Joshua or Godley. Both are growing fast with good schools.
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