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Old 09-03-2006, 11:52 AM
Location: Georgia
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I'm originally from a small town in Pa. Swoyersville. I am a recent widow, husband was from Forty Fort. Grown kids, thinking of moving back. How is the Dallas area now? It used to be a nice place. Housing prices??
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Old 09-03-2006, 08:50 PM
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Dallas is still a very nice, safe place to call home. I hate to say this, but picture the Back Mountain area now as "Desperate Housewives" with a Pennsylvania flair! LOL! There are now nearly 30,000 people who call the Back Mountain home, which has its pros and its cons---More small businesses have opened up in the area, but decreasing open space and water runoff issues from housing developments are also becoming quite a concern. Housing prices here, in general, are the most-expensive in Luzerne County, but many bargains can still be found (Such homes would be outside of developments).

The Memorial Highway, which bleeds into the Cross Valley Freeway (309), is really the only major commuter link between the Back Mountain and the Wilkes-Barre Area, so traffic can back-up considerably OUTBOUND on weekday mornings and INBOUND on weekday evenings. Crime out here is practically unheard of (Although no area is truly "immune" to the criminal element). Overall, it is a nice place to live, but being a city person myself (I'm relocating to Scranton in a few years once my savings are a bit higher), I'm totally turned-off by the cul-de-sac lifestyle. If you haven't been to Dallas in a number of years, then it will be hardly recognizable due to all of the growth in the Back Mountain, but it's still quite "liveable." In fact, along with "Mountain Top", the Dallas area is the new hometown of choice for many transplants new to the region. I couldn't possibly steer you wrong with a move out here, but as I said, housing can be STEEP, and you'll need to get used to the suburban lifestyle of "driving everywhere for everything all the time."

If you have any more specific questions about the Back Mountain, feel free to ask---I live in Pittston (about 15-20 minutes away), and I used to have relatives in Shavertown and Harvey's Lake. (Both of whom relocated to the South). Good luck! ;o)
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