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Old 04-13-2020, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of TN, AL and FL
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- Job is in the 'Haslet' area if looking on Google Earth
- Budget for house is 300K, can this be done?
- Schools not really a priority but obviously I care about house resale, we do have kids but we homeschool so kid activities are a big must
- Is there any hiking around? State/federal parks that you are free to roam around in?
- If there are any suggestions for areas to live, what are the typical property taxes?

Obvious COVID-19 has changed everything so this is all assuming things ever get back to semi-normal.
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Old 04-15-2020, 08:18 AM
 
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The only district I would actively avoid in that area of town is Saginaw ISD. Most of the others are good. https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/...strict-locator

$300,000 wont get you a lot of land but a decent house in a subdivision should be absolutly doable.

As far as hiking...Sansom Park isn't to far away and has some mountain biking & hiking trails. Also the Fort Worth Nature Preserve (not free) is close and has a lot of trails around the lake. None of the state parks are free as far as I know. Mineral Wells State Park is small but nice. Unfortunately DFW has very little public land anywhere nearby so you will have to drive to get to most of the nicer state parks which are in the center of the state (commonly called "the hill country")

Property taxes are high in this state due to not having a state income tax. Which school district you are in will largely affect how much your taxes are. As a rough number you can expect $5,000 to $7,000 a year for a $250,000 house.
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Old 04-15-2020, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Yes, you will be able to buy a basic 3/2/2 house on a normal-sized (small) lot for $300k. It will not be in Southlake, and it will not have a pool, but that price range is fine.

Here's the chart of all property tax rates in Tarrant County: https://www.tad.org/wp-contentpdf/ra...19TaxRates.pdf You'll see the rates vary by city and ISD, and there is a lot of variation. A house will have city, county, ISD and possibly other special tax rates.

If you want a more rural feel, look to the west in Wise County near the towns of Rhome and Paradise. Your housing budget will go further here, too. If you're willing to commute further, look northwest towards Decatur.

Here's the Texas Parks & Wildlife website: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/ There are state parks all over Texas, and there is a new one (Palo Pinto Mountains) opening soon just west of Fort Worth. All of the parks do charge a fee, but you can buy an annual pass.
The Trinity Rails surrounding Fort Worth are another option for hiking and biking, and they are free: https://www.trinitytrailsfw.com/
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Old 04-15-2020, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Bedford
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Closer than anything else listed and free.
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Old 04-19-2020, 03:52 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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You might look into the Sendera Ranch area. This is in the city of Fort Worth but addresses there have a Haslet mailing address. There is a decent park with a playground and paved trail system next to Sendera Ranch Elementary (west end of Sendera Ranch), and that subdivision is definitely within your price range. You will need to look elsewhere if you do not want to deal with an HOA, but most new subdivisions that are kid-friendly will have an HOA (if a neighborhood has no HOA then there will be few if any amenities, unless it is adjacent to a city park or something).

I know you are not using the public schools but I believe Northwest ISD has a good reputation for resale value. If you do prefer a more rural area, I would look into the Rhome area, especially given that they are also part of Northwest ISD. Being in NISD will probably benefit resale more than in the Paradise area, just keep in mind that the Rhome-area NISD schools do seem to rank a bit lower than the rest of NISD. Some of NISD's good reputation seems to ride on those parts of the district east of I-35W, especially the schools around Roanoke and Trophy Club, whereas the rankings of NISD schools west of I-35W seem a bit more comparable to Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.
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Old 04-23-2020, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of TN, AL and FL
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Thanks all for the replies. The virus has kinda put a hold on the new job openings, so we will see what happens.
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