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Old 01-06-2007, 02:43 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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We are coming out there shortly to look around for a future move and wanted to see if anyone knows if they are building new homes in these areas. We are trying to stay under or around 250k. I am not familiar with these areas in particular, but this is what was recommended to me, are there new homes or neighborhoods going up in these areas, and does anyone have a recomendation on a particular neighborhood? We have two elementary aged kids so schools and family atmosphere is very important to us. We also liked the Keller area, but wanted to find out more on these areas, like particular neighborhoods to visit, etc.

Thanks so much!!

Daisies
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Old 01-07-2007, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Texas
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If you go to the Hurst area, stay closer to the Colleyville side.
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Old 01-08-2007, 04:11 AM
 
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Are they building new homes in that area? Do you know of any neighborhoods to visit that are good?
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Old 01-08-2007, 03:54 PM
 
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There are a few small new neighborhoods, but the homes there are large and the area is safe. Have you checked out Grapevine?
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:48 AM
 
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We really liked Grapevine but didnt see new homes in our price range. We wanted a bgger house like 3000 sq ft but wanted to stay near 250k. It looked like their homes and neighborhoods were over 350k. What about Saginaw or Roanoke? those areas also looked good. Just not being from there, when we come to visit, we can really get lost if we dont know exactly where we are going. I am trying to map out certain neighborhoods so that we know in general, where to go.

Any ideas? I have visited the builders websites, Standard Pacific, Plantation Homes, David Weekley, Newmark, and Ryland, and have mapped out a few areas. Any other good builders I might be forgetting that build in these general areas?
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Old 01-09-2007, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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My Mom just moved to Saginaw and it is more of a blue collar town. Very down home people and friendly. It is basically built around the railroad and the flour mills. You can see the mills pretty much anywhere around Ft. Worth as a reference point. My Mom loves it so far, but it is still new. They have quite a bit of convenience out here, but personally, I am not crazy about the ISD out here.

We have been looking in North Richland Hills, Keller, Ft. Worth (primarily Heritage- a master planned community), Haslet and up around Eagle Mountain.

We personally want that mix of younger neighborhood for our 2yr old and not too stuffy. Roanoke has a nice area out there that is being built called Chadwick Farms. I believe they have Drees, Kimball Hill and another builder.

You just have to be aware of where you want to go or commute to here. Its important for us to be close to the airport as my husband travels a bunch and close to Saginaw for my Mom.

If you have any more specific questions that I can try to help out with, I certainly will try.
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Old 01-09-2007, 12:47 PM
 
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Thanks! Are there new neighborhoods going up around the haslet area?

We are coming out there next week to look around. Haslet is another area that we wanted to visit but didnt see anything listed under the builders websites. We liked Heritage but it looked really busy and the lots were very small, but I am seeing that a lot in TX unless you buy on acreage.

We will be working in the Irving area. We really liked a lot of areas on the Fort Worth side. I had heard that NRH was not a good school district, is that not true? We had been avoiding N Richland Hils, but maybe we shouldnt? Its hard doing this 1000 miles away.

Thank you so much for your suggestions!
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Old 01-09-2007, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Some of NRH is in the Keller ISD. I have been shying away from the Birdville ISD as well.

Heritage has lot sizes from 50' to 70'. I keep going back and forth with that area. I love the fact that they have a lot inclusive in the development, daycare, schools and medical. The water park or Heritage Trace Park, that big water park looking thing is pretty cool and part of the HOA. There is a three tiered park there as well that I have taken my daughter too and talked with other parents that live there.

The thing I have heard about Heritage is that there are a lot of people that are new to the area so it may not be as community oriented than other parts of the area, but it has gone either way. We were looking at a house and the neighbors weren't exactly friendly, but then most all neighborhoods there if someone is out walking around they usually wave.

I have found that most of the people that wave are ones that are trying and the other ones are from California (I say that being a current Californian). I end up going home after visiting saying..."sigh...not in Texas anymore "

Haslet is mostly custom home builders but also more on the upper end of 200K and usually on an acre. It may also be more of a commute than you want living in Haslet.

Hurst and Coppell might be a better commute for Irving. I would suggest coming out and just driving the areas and neighborhoods that fit with what you are looking at. Its so hard, we couldn't make a decision on where to buy and it might be that you move here, rent a couple of months and then decide.

We got lucky in the fact that our second trip out, my Mom found THE perfect house for her and had to jump on it right away, so we have a home base to look from.
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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that is me eating my words

I was just doing some research on a new site that someone on the Dallas board gave...www.greatschools.com and noticed that Green Valley Elementary School in NRH in Birdville ISD had wonderful feedback from their parents on it. It wasn't just one person, but I was impressed with what I read and will probably add that to my home search.
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Old 01-13-2007, 02:18 PM
 
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Default Try...

I HAVE ACTUALLY LIVED IN THE NRH AREA - LISTEN TO ME.

I lived in the NRH area for about 3 years and loved it. It's a great town, with a super nice waterpark(NRH20) that has water things for the family(as young as like a year old)
A few years ago I went to the school "Holiday Heights Elementary" which was a good school for the first 2 years - then it filled up with Hispanics which lowered my education.(No offense, but they were tending to them because they couldn't speak English).
Green Valley is a nice school - if not the nicest.

I've also lived in Hurst....

In Hurst, the schools are nice. The houses are usually safe - unless you live in a poor city - which it doesn't sound like you will be. Avoid the school "Shady Oaks Elementary" the prinicpal doesn't care about her students. I asked my male teacher to go to the restroom it was an emergency and he refused. Told the principal, made the change for one day then quit making him take us to the restroom.(This is a 6th grade male teacher) We only took ONE(1) bathroom break during school hours...

One BEFORE school started - and one at 1 PM. It was simply crazy.

Try the Bedford area, Bedford Heights Elementary is a great school.
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