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Old 01-15-2019, 11:15 AM
 
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My husband and I have been going in circles trying to figure out where to live. We are coming from NoVA and are trying to do as much legwork before going down as possible. So maybe you all can help out:


- Budget 750K maybe a little higher.
- 3 kids (4, 6 and 12)
- Oldest plays travel (select) baseball
- I'm a federal worker and I'm hoping I'll be working downtown fort worth (waiting on a job in the meantime, Ill be teleworking)
- Husband will be with Lockheed out near white settlement I believe


Husband really wants a media room, room for a pool and 5 bedrooms. I'm fine with 4 bedrooms and room for a pool.


We want public versus private schools.


We've considered Aledo, but that locks us into W. Fort Worth but gives us land, schools, etc. We've looked at Heritage Bluffs area but I'm uneasy about the schools and commute? Also considered Tanglewood area but would have to up our budget and we would more than likely have to remodel (just did that where we live and husband has 0 interest doing that again) and potentially private schools for middle school/high school.


So any thoughts....?
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Old 01-15-2019, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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One of the reasons the Tanglewood area is highly sought-after because it has good public schools K-12. The high school, Paschal, is among the best public high schools in DFW. https://www.fwisd.org/Paschal

I agree that you are right to be concerned about commuting from Keller/Heritage. It will be a slog through heavy traffic for both of you, and being able to pick the baby up on time from daycare may be a challenge.

Aledo would be a really good option, especially for your husband, and with the new Walsh Ranch development starting up, there will be more shopping/retail in west Fort Worth very soon. Speaking of, have you looked at that development? https://walshtx.com/
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Old 01-15-2019, 03:08 PM
 
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Just be aware that Walsh will not be as rural as the website makes it out to be. It will be a very nice neighborhood with lots of top shelf amenities but man are they packing those houses in there like sardines. I heard its expected to have over 10,000 houses at full build out. Its basically a very large country club.

That said...
Aledo schools are some of the best in the area and are known statewide for their sports programs including baseball.
$750k budget will go a long way in that area.
The drive to downtown fort worth is not terrible. I do it everyday and it takes about 40-45 minutes each away with normal traffic. Lockheed is easy access as well.

The other areas that fit your criteria are a bit farther away and have more traffic. These are the only public school systems worth a look. Your budget wont go nearly as far.
-Keller, Roanoke, Southlake, Westlake, Colleyville, Lewisville
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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I'm not sure how good Paschal is if your child isn't in the honors program. All of the raves I've heard about Paschal have been from parents who have kids in that program. Getting a home like what you want within the Paschal zone will be difficult. Most of the homes were built before the sort of home you want became popular. Updated homes and homes built to replace teardowns are going for a premium. They do have the new neighborhood off Chisholm Trail but the homes are very expensive and the lots are often too tight for a pool. On the plus side, homes zoned for Tanglewood and Paschal will keep their value. The shopping and amenities in that area are excellent too. You're in the middle of the action. We really wanted to buy a home in that area but we couldn't find one that met our needs even after we gave up on a pool.
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Old 01-16-2019, 06:27 AM
 
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Cross Westlake off of that list above. $750k will barely get you a vacant lot.
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Old 01-16-2019, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Lewisville to Lockheed/downtown Fort Worth would be a horrible commute, and the schools there are not the best.

I agree about Westlake. Homes out there are usually $1M+.
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Old 01-16-2019, 03:04 PM
 
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Well we found out today that the office he thought he would be working in is moving to Keller.... so looks like the west portion of Fort Worth is out...
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Old 01-17-2019, 08:33 AM
 
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Well we found out today that the office he thought he would be working in is moving to Keller.... so looks like the west portion of Fort Worth is out...
Look at Southlake, Keller, maybe Colleyville. In Keller, stay in areas zoned to Keller HS. There is a new custom neighborhood called the Trails at Bear Creek that looks really nice.

https://www.ourcountryhomes.com/comm...-at-bear-creek

You may prefer Southlake though just because of the schools.
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Old 01-17-2019, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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They won't be able to afford all they want for 750 in Southlake.
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Old 01-17-2019, 11:08 AM
 
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Well we found out today that the office he thought he would be working in is moving to Keller.... so looks like the west portion of Fort Worth is out...
Look into Haslet, Justin and Argyle. A bit more rural but your budget will probably go further. I think Haslet and Justin are in Northwest ISD which is large but decent.
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