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Old 04-19-2019, 08:06 PM
 
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I live in Grapevine and airport traffic isn't that bad.

That doesn't mean traffic can't be bad, just saying the airport isn't the issue.

What causes the rush hour problems is people passing through. Folks that live in Lewisville yet work in Coppell/Irving/Dallas tie up 121.

People who live in Irving/Grapevine, Euless, N Richland Hills who have to drive to Dallas or Ft Worth for work tie up 183. Etc.

Having said that, I've had jury duty in downtown Ft Worth at 8am and I can make it in about 30-45 minutes (I tend to speed when allowed) and the HOV lanes have helped. Going regular highway during rush hour and it can take 1.3 hours.

Dallas is also bad but it's hard to tell because parts of 114 are under construction right now.

Depending on when/where in Ft Worth the job is located, Grapevine has an express train that runs to downtown Ft Worth something like every 45 minutes. If that is feasible, you would save a lot in travel time, gas, etc.

Again, depending on where your husband is working in Dallas, Irving has a Dart train that will get you there and isn't too far from Grapevine. That might be an option? I know 3 people that use the Dart train and work in downtown Dallas.

As far as homes, there are plenty of homes in Grapevine for under $320K. It just depends on what you are looking to buy.

The same can be said about what you want in a community. Grapevine puts a lot tax money back into the city and are very transparent with plans.

For example, we are constantly adding paved bike trails (a lot of families bike around here for fun), they are constantly doing things to improve the trails around Lake Grapevine. Downtown has 2 different farmers market. One is like a small grocery store where everything is locally grown/made and the other is outdoor but also features art/jewelry booths. It's not uncommon to see quite a bit of folks walking around downtown at 9am, shopping/eating at one of the restaurants/etc throughout the week.

You mentioned beaches and while Grapevine doesn't have a beach, it does have miles of trails/wildlife areas around Lake Grapevine. No where near the same but a nice little perk.

Grapevine also has a lot of "festivals" throughout the year where they close Main Street. Kind of like mini state fairs, with several bands/performers, only smaller and not as expensive. The main two are Main Street Days (celebrates the founding of the city) and Grapefest (celebrates more of the local wineries). I think Main Street Days averages 300-400K visitors over 3 days.

You didn't list your age range but if you and/or your husband pay for a gym membership, we recently spent $1.2M improving/upgrading our Rec center (you can search "grapevine rec" for more info). It has a complete workout gym, offers various classes like yoga (at an extra cost), indoor basketball courts and indoor pool.

Yearly membership for residents is $125 per person. Lower if you you only want access to certain parts.

I would say explore what the communities have to offer residences while looking at home prices.

Good luck!
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Old 04-20-2019, 08:54 PM
 
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Grapevine also has a lot of "festivals" throughout the year where they close Main Street. Kind of like mini state fairs, with several bands/performers, only smaller and not as expensive. The main two are Main Street Days (celebrates the founding of the city) and Grapefest (celebrates more of the local wineries). I think Main Street Days averages 300-400K visitors over 3 days.

You didn't list your age range but if you and/or your husband pay for a gym membership, we recently spent $1.2M improving/upgrading our Rec center (you can search "grapevine rec" for more info). It has a complete workout gym, offers various classes like yoga (at an extra cost), indoor basketball courts and indoor pool.

Yearly membership for residents is $125 per person. Lower if you you only want access to certain parts.

I would say explore what the communities have to offer residences while looking at home prices.

Good luck!
Remy, thank you for that detailed info on grapevine! It seems like a nice community. You mentioned a rec center. Is it part of an HOA? Does the community have pools and amenities? Most of the neighborhoods where we live are master planned communities. We pay a yearly HOA and monthly CDD fees and have access to an amenity center, two pools, and various activities such as food truck Friday. Is it the same there as well?
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Old 04-21-2019, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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The REC is a City of Grapevine facility that’s run by the parks and recreation department, along with all of the city’s sports fields, parks and swimming pools.
https://gograpevine.com/
Grapevine doesn’t have “master planned communities” or HOAs since most neighborhoods were developed long before such things existed. A good-sized portion of the city near downtown is a historic district, and the city takes great pride in preserving and promoting its historic areas.
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Old 04-22-2019, 07:27 PM
 
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The REC is a City of Grapevine facility that’s run by the parks and recreation department, along with all of the city’s sports fields, parks and swimming pools.
https://gograpevine.com/
Grapevine doesn’t have “master planned communities” or HOAs since most neighborhoods were developed long before such things existed. A good-sized portion of the city near downtown is a historic district, and the city takes great pride in preserving and promoting its historic areas.

That actually sounds very nice. Thanks for clarifying.
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Old 04-23-2019, 12:20 PM
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There are lots of great places to go and things to do; just a few.

Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana not terribly far to drive
Fort Worth Stockyards
Lake Texoma and the nearby falls
San Antonio
Austin
Fredericksburg
Galveston
Good list.

Colorado is awesome and Oklahoma is surprisingly lovely.

I would also add New Mexico and the Ozarks in Missouri.
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Old 04-29-2019, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Tx
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There are a lot of natural spring pools/rivers in the hill country and very family friendly. It's not a beach but some of the water is just as blue. BUT chilly water temp. usually 72-75. But on a 100 degree day, it feels great.
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