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Old 10-24-2008, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Synopsis - can you give me some streets in the area where you live so I have a better idea of where to look?

In your area, do you have a good selection of grocery stores? restaurants? malls? physicians? hospitals?

Thank you!
Check out the 76054 zip code; Harwood and Hurstview area. The selection of grocery stores and restaurants is second to none. At the local Kroger, I can buy anything and everything (of fantastic quality) from any country in the world.

And if it's not there, it'll be at the Tom Thumb. The restaurants aren't quite as diverse as they are in say, Las Colinas (which is only a 20 minute commute), or Dallas, but they are still quite good. However, if you want any type of dining in the world, Las Colinas is just a short distance away and you can eat Japanese, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranian, Thai, etc. and these are all QUALITY restaraunts and there is not just one or two of each; there are dozens of each type. I should know, I work over there and could eat at a restaurant from a different part of the world every single day if I wanted. I almost do!

This area is becoming VERY diverse in the selection of foods and restaurants. I would HIGHLY recommend it. Also, the schools are great as well.

I hope this helps!
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Old 10-24-2008, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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PS. The houses in our area range from the low 100s all the way up to 700K +. My home is appraised at 150K and the neighborhood is fantastic. We've lived here for ten years and have not had or heard of one single incidence of crime (not even vandalism) in all of that time.

One day I arrived home to find that my garage door had been up all day long. Not a thing was tampered with during all of that time. This is one of the safest neighborhoods in which I've ever lived in my entire life.

The streets are good, the parks are good, it's VERY clean, city services are good, shopping is good, the schools are good, and on and on and on. I can't say enough good things about North Hurst/North Richland Hills.
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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Do NOT move to Keller. It is a huge family town and if you're not parents, you will be bored to death and will constantly be driving somewhere else for nightlife and things to do that don't involve kids' soccer games, etc.

My husband and I are also childfree, and we LOVE Grapevine. There are lots of activities here and we have several good friends who we like to hang out with in the downtown area. We also like downtown Fort Worth itself. There are a lot of condos and lofts that are popular with the young professionals, and the small homes in Arlington Heights are very sought-after.

Pretty much all of the school districts in NE Tarrant County are just fine. I honestly can't think of a school district here that is undesirable for resale.
She said she'd like family-friendly and no offense, but not everyone has to be "entertained" by the outside world.

My son lives in Watauga but in the Keller school district. He has a very nice home which cost about $120,00 so for $200,000, you could even do better.
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:19 PM
 
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Synopsis--this summer we went on trip to New Braunfels area--were gone about 5-6 nights--came home and found we had left our front door unlocked all that time...
nothing disturbed..
we are in Bedford--but I know what you mean---people (women) regularly walk our neighborhood in the early morning, during day, and at night without a problem...
I think most of us sometimes take this for granted but we still have quite a few students who walk to local school by themselves...
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:15 PM
 
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PS--condos and lofts in FTW downtown are NOT in the 200K range unless they are pretty small 1/1 units--DON"T buy one of those---hard to resell
there are some units downtown under 300K though
ones in your price range are older apartments converted to condos in area off Bryant Irwin in SW FTW and some other areas like around Boat Club Rd in Azle near Eagle Mtn Lake

there is 2/2 for sale in old apt complex off Bellair that is close to TCU and has excellent public schools--but Bellaire is a very busy street and it is older complex...

in Grapevine there is a townhouse for sale at 209K that is north of Baylor hospital--right off Wall St--busy street in Grapevine...
Grapevine also might start having the tracks for the sightseeing train used for commuter light rail into downtown FTW within the next 5 years or so if Dallas Transit gets its way...so anyone living close to that track can definitely expect to have more than a twice a day train come by like is happening now...
Grapevine is really nice but it is probably more than your budget--some of the older homes less than 200K are north of 114 by the lake and that adds to the commute to FTW--

going S on 121 into MidCities and into FTW is probably a 40 min drive give or take how you get on the freeway and how the traffic is that day...there are some short cuts that people know about and take depending on where you live--like Hwy 26/Grapevine Hwy down to NE Mall area and on 121 into downtown...
Grapevine had lot of tract home developments done--lots are small --lots of them have all beds up--which is not something that popular right now but for a young family makes more sense than having master down and others up...

one town that is not that easy of a commute is Trophy Club but frankly it has some houses in your price range and it is probably one of the safest towns for lower priced homes---it basically was sort of a failed development until about 6-7 years ago when Southlake started to really take off and builders realized there was available land out there--they started building 500K+ homes out there--but the original Trophy Club has homes for less than 230K--schools are in Northwest which is up and coming--they are building new elementary in the area--it would probably be worth your investment to buy older home and put some equity in doing remodeling if you found floorplan you liked...
there is new Standard Pacific development being built in that area now but houses are 400K+

There are trees in Trophy Club, some of the lots are small but some are more than .25 acre--
there are two 18 hole golf courses in Trophy Club (I think) and they have pool for community too I think--like some neighborhoods in Keller do...one negative about Trophy Club is that streets are like strands of spaghetti winding in a bowl--lots of cul de sacs and circle streets--driving there can be really tedious...I don't think any burglar would try it because getting out he might very well become lost and just wander around and around...part of it is in Denton county--not Tarrant...

another negative is that it is mainly families--probably quite a few empty nesters now who bought there 20 years ago as well--but it is very close to Southlake which has lots of retail shopping/restaurants/movie theater so there is plenty to do there---

NRHills might be worth looking into--MLS has house listed on Chestnut that is just under 200K and had some modernizing done--granite in kitchen--has big yard and schools are good--it is off Davis which is pretty good way into 121 into downtown...think it may be foreclosure because of language in MLS description...liested just over a month and price dropped 10K--there is urgency there--maybe a flip...
NRH is close to anything a young couple (or an old one) would want...parks, shopping, medical services...
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Old 10-25-2008, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Synopsis--this summer we went on trip to New Braunfels area--were gone about 5-6 nights--came home and found we had left our front door unlocked all that time...
nothing disturbed..
we are in Bedford--but I know what you mean---people (women) regularly walk our neighborhood in the early morning, during day, and at night without a problem...
I think most of us sometimes take this for granted but we still have quite a few students who walk to local school by themselves...
Same here loves2read.. We've been gone for a few days and found that our door had been unlocked the whole time with nothing disturbed.

This area of the metroplex is really fantastic.
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I have been searching for houses today on the internet, and I came across the Heritage Addition in Keller. Does anyone know anything about this area? What's good and bad about it? The houses seem reasonably priced...
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Old 10-26-2008, 12:27 AM
 
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run a search here for Heritage
others posts about that area -- large tract development--Keller itself has mainly strip shopping malls with few "real" restaurants--there is shopping mall off I 35 in Haslet area w of 377--many people drive to Southlake or NEMall in Hurst...
I35 is not a pleasant commute into fort worth

I believe that while Heritage has a mailing address that says Keller it is really in FTW city limits--so your taxes, police/fire are via Fort Worth and not Keller...basically it has Keller ISD schools and that is it--not a Keller resident for use of The Pointe swim center, don't vote for Keller city elections just Keller ISD...
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