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Old 04-14-2019, 09:06 AM
 
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I am sorry for another post asking for recommendations on an area to live and hope someone will be kind enough to weigh in. My husband and I are exploring a transfer to DFW area with our current employers. My husband would be working in downtown Dallas and I would be working in downtown Fort Worth. I am trying to figure out the best suburb, that has great schools, safe, with housing options around $250,000-$320,000.

Looking at the map, it appears Arlington and Irving would be good contenders. Would one be better than the other in terms of commute, safety, and schools?

Grapevine seems a possibility but since it is above the airport, I am thinking there might be too much congestion around that area to travel to both Dallas and Fort Worth.

We also like Hurst and North Richland Hills but the commute to Dallas from those areas seems far so I think they might be out.

Lastly, we currently live in Florida and have great access to beaches almost year round. What exactly do people do in the summer for vacations in DFW? I heard go to the lake but we are not really boating fans. Is Galveston a possibility?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:11 AM
 
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It seems like most talk on this topic favors the north, but I’d suggest taking a look at Mansfield. It doesn’t seem to take as long to drive to Dallas and Ft. Worth as it looks on a map. Check it out on a real estate app like Zillow with the price filter set on your budget.
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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What is your housing budget?
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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Euless would be my first choice. Some of Euless in zip code 76039 is zoned to Grapevine-Colleyville schools - a good school district. Arlington in the Martin High School attendance zone is also fine but a longer commute into Dallas.

Mansfield and Midlothian could be contenders, depending on how long you are willing to commute to either Dallas or FtW.
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:50 AM
 
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Depends on your budget.....HEB---Hurst Euless Bedford might be an option...Grapevine too.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:30 AM
 
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I'd recommend Euless, too. I live in North Richland Hills and commute daily to Dallas, a bit past Love Field. Getting through the mid-cities area (Hurst, Bedford, Euless) takes almost half of my commute time in the morning, and more in the afternoon.
Lots of great residential areas in Euless, and nice-looking apartments if you start out by renting.
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:15 AM
 
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Lastly, we currently live in Florida and have great access to beaches almost year round. What exactly do people do in the summer for vacations in DFW? I heard go to the lake but we are not really boating fans. Is Galveston a possibility?

Thanks in advance.
Driving/flying somewhere where its not so hot.

A lot of Texas people drive to Florida/Gulf Shores for beaches. The only nice beach in Texas is South Padre which is still pretty lame compared to Florida. From DFW to Padre is an 8 hour drive.

Galveston is a fun town to hang out in. Corpus Christi has a lot of fun things for kids. Port Aransas is a pretty nice little town. None of these have beaches remotely comparable to Florida though.
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Most of Grapevine will be above your budget. Euless is definitely a good option, and Bedford is worth a look, too. Irving doesn't have good schools above elementary, and even then, only in the far northern parts.

Texans usually try to go somewhere to escape the heat in the summer. Colorado is a popular choice. DFW Airport can get you anywhere in the world with one connecting flight, so lots of people travel overseas, too.

Texas beaches are not blue water and white sand due to the silt from the Mississippi River. Galveston usually has greenish water, and brown sand. For the amount of time it takes to drive to a decent beach in Texas, you could drive to Florida, or be on a plane to the Mayan Riviera of Mexico.
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Old 04-15-2019, 03:53 PM
 
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Thanks for all of the replies. It helps to have a staring point and feedback from those who are there locally. The lack of nearby vacations is a little disappointing as one of my kids is not easy to travel with so flights are out for the foreseeable future. As much as I love to travel!!

Thanks again!
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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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
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