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Old 07-20-2019, 05:49 PM
 
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Hello, I am planning to move to the Fort Worth area near mid-December or early January.
I hope to get a job at Cook Children's but am open to other agencies working with children in the area (social work).

I really don't know the Fort Worth area at all, and only visited it once back in 2004. I currently reside in deep East Texas

Here is what I am looking for:
+Safety is really important
+Townhome, duplex, or rental home (really prefer to avoid apartments)
+2 bed (would like a 2 bath, but I can survive without it for a few years)
+Within 40-minute drive from Cook Children's (includes traffic)
+Pet-friendly (we have two large dogs)
+$1200 or less per month

I was told to look in the Benbrook and Ridglea areas, but housing meeting my criteria appears to be somewhat expensive.
If you know of any good rental agencies that would be useful as well. I have struggled to find a decent duplex in particular.

Is $1200 for what I'm wanting even realistic? Rent in ETX is quite a lot less so I honestly am unsure what I'm up against.
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Old 07-20-2019, 08:07 PM
 
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I don't think $1200.00 for a house is realistic anymore, especially if it's in a safe area. The last apartment I rented 6 years ago in far north Fort Worth was 1350.00.

Stay away from the Las Vegas trail area for sure.
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Old 07-21-2019, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Fort Worth is really lacking in providing decent rental homes. The decent ones, as a result, get snatched up quickly. There’s also very few townhomes or condos. Don’t rent a home near TCU because most are poorly maintained since they cater to college students.
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Old 07-21-2019, 11:18 AM
 
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Yikes, thank you for the information! I was thinking $1200 would be a little too hopeful.
We want to just get a house, but I'd like to save a little more first for a bigger down payment.

Thank you for the suggestions of areas to avoid! That is a huge help!
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Townhomes really are not a thing in Fort Worth, or most places in DFW area. There are a few around, but you have to look really hard to find them. Most houses here are single family. With two large dogs, your options will be even more limited.

I agree not to rent around TCU. The houses do tend to be poorly maintained, and the college crowd can be bad neighbors. Also, traffic on football game days is a mess.

Benbrook and Ridglea are nice, but yes, they are expensive. You could open up your search to Arlington Heights, but be careful to avoid Como. (Stay north of Berry Street no matter what!) You might even have to go as far south as Burleson, or west towards White Settlement. Be careful in WS; the newer homes are OK, but the smaller, older ones are sketchy. You could also look out towards Azle, although traffic on 199 is heavy, and going through downtown everyday will add a lot of time to your commute.

The bigger issue: no potential job is guaranteed. If you didn't get hired at CC, then your career options could be very limited. Dallas Children's is too far away to commute if you're living near CC. Be sure you have the job secured before you make the move!
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Old 07-24-2019, 07:49 AM
 
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Be sure you have the job secured before you make the move!
This. With the size of DFW and the ever increasing commute times you really need to have a good idea of your job situation before moving. If you are dead set on a children's hospital and don't have luck with Cooks, you will have a very far commute to get to another. Cook's has smaller clinics around DFW but they are more geared toward urgent care rather than emergency centers.

Harris Methodist Southwest near Benbrook is a decent area. That would be worth a look.

Town homes in nice and safe areas are very hard to find. Rental homes can be found if you move quickly but not near downtown. The area around DFW airport (Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Watagua, North Arlington along Green Oaks Blvd) is dense with houses so I would start there. The commute will not be fun but you would be centrally located if you need to drive to Fort Worth or Dallas.
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