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Old 08-18-2008, 06:02 PM
 
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Hi all,
I have been reading alot of the posts on the boards and I have to say now I am more confused! We are looking on spending right around 250k and want a nice family area (pools/rec center, etc)

I like the newness and look of the homes and amenities in the Heritage area but am worried about overcrowdedness. I also like the look of some of the more established parts of Keller closer to Southlake and the area of South Keller. But the homes in our price range need some updating. Since Keller overall has great schools, what area would you recommend? Is the Heritage area a great way to go? Am i just overthinking the whole process? HELP!!
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Old 08-18-2008, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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You aren't over thinking it. It is a difficult choice, but ultimately you need to breakdown what takes presidence in making your decision. Is it the neighborhood or the particular house? All the schools over there are really good.

For us, having a little bit more space drove us away from Heritage although we really took a long hard look at all the master planned communities over there. We had come from a previous master planned community on five foot lot lines where we could literally wave to our neighbor and both of us be in our homes.

A suggestion would be to go through each neighborhood you are looking at and talk with some of the neighbors that you see out and get a feel of where you would fit best.
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:44 AM
 
Location: northern, Indiana
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Hi all,
I have been reading alot of the posts on the boards and I have to say now I am more confused! We are looking on spending right around 250k and want a nice family area (pools/rec center, etc)

I like the newness and look of the homes and amenities in the Heritage area but am worried about overcrowdedness. I also like the look of some of the more established parts of Keller closer to Southlake and the area of South Keller. But the homes in our price range need some updating. Since Keller overall has great schools, what area would you recommend? Is the Heritage area a great way to go? Am i just overthinking the whole process? HELP!!
Heritage is a good choice for your price range. Southlake is very upscale and about 4 times your quoted price. Hope that helps.
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:23 AM
 
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depends on what matters more to you..bigger brand new home OR older that may need some updating but more space in lots size etc...

it's alot of personal desires etc...

to me it was the slightly older homes with bigger lots etc...
AND schools were a huge factor for us as we have 3 kids from HS to elementary. So, when I did reseach, Heritage had BEAUTIFUL homes and BIG for less money and Heritage has lots of great amenities pools etc...
but...I did not like what I saw in test scores, administration etc.... with Fossil Ridge HS. (again this was my personal choice and decision)

Keller ISD is good and it's getting better...the ISD just went to Recognized as a whole and with as large as it is that is very good. Keller HS is the only one that earned Recoginzed status this year. (and it's tough for a HS to get above Acceptable esp for one with just about 3000 kids)

Here you can see the rating for the schools....
Keller ISD - Performance Reports (http://www.kellerisd.net/kellerisd/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=226&Item id=401 - broken link)

Too me AND this is MY OPINION... if an elementary school K-4th can't achieve an explementary rating the it's a possible red flag...BUT..if they can only get an ACCEPTABLE rating then it's a big red flag... just something to consider.

Also where is the job? if you have to cross 377 and the tracks everyday for work that might get tiresome etc...
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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I would double check on the High School that services Heritage because I was pretty sure that it was Central High School since it is RIGHT outside of the neighborhood on Ray White.

Keller HS and Fossil Ridge have a cross town rivalry. Keller being "the rich kids" and Fossil Ridge "the other side of the track" kids, but it seems that Central has a pretty good reputation for academics just from the research that I have done. I don't have kids old enough to go to either.

We are personally in Northwest ISD and praying for a new HS out our way. The good thing with all the ISDs in the area is that they are in growth mode and mostly proactive to understanding where they need to go if they aren't there yet.
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Old 08-19-2008, 01:24 PM
 
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Right now most of that area goes to Fossil. (I don't know what streets make up the boundry of the entire HERITAGE complex though.)

Also Fossil ridge and Central are Very close to each other.

But, with the new HS and the redistricing it looks like anything south of Heritage Trace and east of Whistle wood will go to Central...that's good. Central is a pretty solid school and has an admin with a great rep. I like thier Tennis coach real well as well.
But the whole area over there is divided between the 3 schools the new one, Central and Fossil ridge.
So yes, even though you may be closer to Central you could go to either fossil ridge or the new HS that is up by Timberland. The new HS will take in woodland springs that now goes to Central.

Here's the NEW boundry map for the 2009-2010 school year.
http://www.kisdfoundation.net/downlo...p_01-08-08.pdf

It looks like Heritage is split between all 3 HS depending on what section you live in...very confusing

this house is zoned for the new HS 9824 Stripling Dr Fort Worth, TX 76248
while this one...9316 Granger Ln Fort Worth, TX 76248 is zoned for Central
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Old 08-19-2008, 01:40 PM
 
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Thank you for your help! That is just the advice I was looking for. I am trying to narrow down the areas as well and I keep going back to Keller. I am excited to visit the area as well because I am not familiar at all with Fort Worth just Dallas. Right now we have a pretty small lot where we can see our neighbors too well if you know what i mean! I am looking for some space!!
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Old 09-07-2008, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Keller, TX
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Heritage is definitely the way to go. I live there and I am willing to tell you all about it.
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