06-24-2011 04:15 AM
As a native of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I can say that our city has everything to offer from great neighborhoods, great schools, our Arts District, Churches, Shopping, Dining, Theater, Attractions, etc. There are many surrounding communities around the D/FW area all of which have their own personalities and offer a "little piece of the country" if you will with easy commutes to the major metropolitan area of Dallas. Or, if you prefer, you can live right in the middle of the "hustle and bustle" in the heart of Dallas.
If you are interested in having a real estate agent to help you with the different communities and amenities each one offers, I am happy to assist you. Any time you make a move, there are changes from area to area and I am happy to help you ease into a moving transition to Dallas.
06-25-2011 10:22 PM - edited 06-25-2011 10:31 PM
I am a Dallas native and know the area very well. Unless you just LOVE the "burbs", south of 635 is where you need to be (75244 /south of 635 / west of Dallas North Tollroad / North of Forest). Great access to some of Dallas' most prestigious private schools, wonderful restaurants and established streets with real trees. Walking distance to Jesuit and St. Rita's and the Galleria is JUST a stone's throw away. Hop on the Dallas North Tollroad in a jiffy and off you go. You also have a Starbuck's, Lowe's, Sonic, Petsmart and a Chic-fil-a around the corner. People are always out walking their dogs. It is safe, clean and a nice place to live. Gotta love a ranch house with a pier and beam foundation.....and trees!!!
06-26-2011 07:02 AM
Great answer Girl From Dallas.
If either of you would like real estate representation, I would be more than happy to assist you. Having agent representation is important when making an investment in your future...Purchasing a home. There are indeed some wonderful communities to live in and around the Dallas area. If you want the nightlife then definitely closer in like Addison, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Richardson, and the corridor around the North Dallas Tollway and 635 is great and even further out towards George W. Bush Freeway is a great area. However, prices reflect that the closer you are in to the Dallas proper area, the higher the home prices and/or condo prices. If you prefer the more country area with freeway access there are some wonderful communities to have a family such as Royse City, Rockwall, Heath, Fate, Wylie, Sachse, on up to Melissa and Anna and so many more communities. For a little more commute, you can really save on the price of a property and have a larger home. It is just your personal taste. Please let me know if I can be of help to either of you. Sandy D'Jock
07-05-2011 09:48 AM - edited 07-05-2011 09:49 AM
It's very nice and you get a LOT of house for your money. But unless you can tolerate extreme heat, Texas may not be for you. The summers here are brutal.
07-09-2011 10:14 PM
You can get alot of house for your $. it is very affordable here. I recommend the Mid-Cities area, Bedford, Grapevine, coleyville. Arlington has some nice areas. I dont do Dallas/ crazy drivers, too many highways. Very nice other than that. Shopping and convenience is everywhere. I am orginally from the Northeast and it is alot different there. The summers are beyond hot, it is pretty unbearable
07-15-2011 07:07 PM
It may be a skewed view, but I have lived in Maryland (DC suburbs, then Northern Montgomery and Frederick County) for most of my life. I got to temporarily work in Dallas twice for a month at a time. I absolutely fell in love with the place. Lots of new neighborhoods and lots a facilities (sports, shopping, travel,etc) all within a reasonable drive. I tried to convince my wife to move there when she changed jobs in 2003, but no such luck. Personally, I liked the weather. Summer is supposed to be hot - it is uncomfortable in MD, too, so I'm used to it. I hate winter here, and I do realize Dallas can see snow and stuff, but I would guess it won't be worse. I stayed in Las Colinas, but drove around the area every chance I had. Keller, Coppell, Collin County, Frisco all seemed nice.
Cost of living is the big draw. Good home prices, no state income tax make it easy to like.
07-30-2011 07:44 PM
we moved to the keller area 2 years ago from PA. We LOVE it here! Now I am biased, being originally from the south, so "coming home", was a plus for me either way. My husband was given the choice to relocate, and after visiting a few times he and our kids were convinced!
I did ALOT of research to find the right area(based on school performances), home values etc. It is so true, you get double the house for your $(in most areas), compared to the NorthEAst. The weather is fabulous, to those who complain of the heat, you have not withstood the brutality of 80-90% humidity!! Give me a dry Texas summer any day over that. And, if you spend some time out in it, you do get used to it.
There is also SO MUCH to do, including great shopping!
Most transplants feel the same way, I have only come in contact with one person that was not keen on Texas- mostly for the summer heat.
Good Luck !!
08-01-2011 08:25 PM
Some additional points I'd add...
There is a strong christian perspective in Dallas. If you're a christian this can be a great place. If you're not, you just have to work a bit to find a group that aligns with your beliefs. The metroplex is HUGE so everything is here... but west and east coast liberalism is in smaller pockets and locations... general christian views are everywhere. The poltics certainly trend towards conservative (unless you're in certain pockets).
It's hot but generally it's not so humid. You need a strategy for the heat. It's very simple... get out in the heat early in the season so you acclimate. If you hide in your air conditioned house the first month you''ll hide all summer. Also get a house with big trees (if you can.. tough in the new suburbs)... they cut the temperature by 20+ degrees. Sitting in the direct sun of summer is staggeringly hot (i personally can handle it but most can't). Sitting in the shade of a tree makes it a completely different experience. I *strongly* recommend going to the Dallas Arboretum to see what a true Dallas summer is like when you're under trees. Also, pools can really be a great thing to have to beat the heat. lastly there are LOTS of lakes... I've been out sailing on the water on the hottest days of the year and never realized it since I'd just hop into the water whenever I got warm. If you don't have a strategy and buy a low cost (less insulated house) with no trees in a stark suburb with no pool.. you WILL find it too hot.
There is a TON to do in Dallas but the culture is more about going out to eat and hanging out at your (enormous) house. If you choose to go out, there's amazing entertainment for cheap. If you'd rather stay in your house, swim in your pool, chill in your home theater room, cook in your huge kitchen, ... lots of people do that too.
You can get anywhere in 8-12 hours... Sounds like a LONG drive but you'd be surprised how many Dallas residents go snow-skiing in Colorado and New Mexico. The 2 airports here are great too... if you shop deals, ski trips and getaways to Cancun in mexico are very very cheap and very common.
Most people are quite friendly and considerate. Some aren't but they stand out.
My biggest warning: beware of house A/C bills and property taxes... the nice communities can have 2.5% property taxes. A large house can have an $800 utility bill. Most people buy a LOT of house and then get shocked at the $8-12K property tax bill and the $800/month electricity bill.
Also the 'hip' parts of down trend towards private not public schools... the burbs mostly have great schools. If you live in the cool part of town you'll pay 50% or more for your house and you're likely to do private schools (some exceptions). the burbs are cheap cheap and good schools.
This is offset by no state income tax... but a smart play is a smallerhouse with full trees and a lower cost. You can save a LOT of $... of course a huge new house in the burbs is a lot of fun too ... but it can be relatively more expensive...
Oh yea.. the storms here are legendary... I personally LOVE it... but get ready to be amazed by the universe when the 60 MPH winds and sheeting down water comes down almost horizontally.. only to blow away 2 hours later to sunshine. Wow.
All in all lots of choices....
Feel free to hit me directy if you want more details.