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A friendly atmosphere and open spaces are easy to find around the Dallas area. Good schools with high ratings and non-urban atmospheres are also fairly easy to find. The question in my mind is how far do want to commute?
Every place in the D/FW metroplex may be within an hour or so from every other place, but an hour commute every day can take its toll on the commuter. So, it probably is best to nail down the work location(s) of your family before recommending Frisco, Rockwall or Crowley. They are very far apart and different in character.
So, another question would be if you're boating/water people, because maybe Lake Ray Hubbard would be good or maybe Joe Pool Lake or White Rock. It's hard to help without knowing a little more. Of course I'm partial to Rowlett with an easy commute to Plano and being on the lake.
Lastly, pricing. You may be used to prices in the $200+ per square foot, but you'll be shocked at what $500k will get you here. The bad news is that real estate taxes are apples for apples the same, meaning a 3-bedroom house may cost you $4k in taxes, but it won't be priced the same. So, the $500k house may have $11k in annual taxes.
Disclaimer: I am not licensed to provide legal advice. The above representation is based off of my 13+ years of experience in the Real Estate and Title Industries and may differ from others.
You will want someone to assist you in narrowing down areas based on your needs. It would be great to have a team that can assess the larger scope of the Metroplex for you. In other words, when you decide on a realtor or team to assist make sure they are familiar with more than just one area. For example on my team we have agents that have lived and worked in McKinney/Plano/Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake/Keller/Rockwall and Rowlett.
Many agents are ready to assist you, choose carefully and WELCOME TO TEXAS!
Let me know some specifics, and I will send more info. I am an experience Relocation Agent and have work in most areas of the Metroplex.
DFW is a big place just like LA.
If you work in Plano you might not want to live in Mansfield or visa versa.
Just to name a few places though are Keller, Frisco, Flower Mound, Coppell, Lantana.
Keller Williams Realty
After you map out an area closer to work I would begin to look for areas that have a lifestyle you are seeking. Most school dsitrict are Exemplary so you will be hard pressed to find a "bad area". Start with the DallasThe North Dallas suburbs (Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney) they are known for family friendly environment, abundance of shops, great schools and great home values. The closer you get to downtown Dallas (North moving South) the higher the home prices and the more urban and metropolitan the feel will be. If you look at the map you will see HWY 75 to the East and Dallas North toll way to the West. This funnell aimed at Dallas represent the majority of the sought after locations in the area.
The Dallas TX area is sprawling and has lots of options for all budgets. I have a feeling you will have a great problem....too many options!
Kevin M. McGovern
Kim Stover-Schumacher, REALTOR
Private Label Realty
214-762-0952 Find Me
Directly north of downtown are the Park Cities (Highland Park and University Park). Hoem prices in these communities are expensive by Dallas standards, but not so much by California standards. The schools are of the best public schools in the DFW area, and there are also a plethera of fabulous private schools.
Just west of the Park Cities are two fabulous communities, Devonshire and Bluffview. Rollling hills, tremendous trees - in places it is hard to believe that you are in the middle of one of the largest cities in the US - the city just seems to disappear.
To the north of the Park Ciies is Preston Hollow. An established community in Dallas, it offers living from Mansion to 3 bedroom homes and all points in betweem. Large lots, parks and a great community. This is the part of town where George W Bush settled as he returned to Dallas. Public schools are strong in this community, and again, a braod collection of private schools is also available.
I have a wonderful relocation guide that provides much more indepth information about these communities. If you'll send me an email, I would be happy to forward it to you.
Keller Williams, Dallas City Center
There are so many wonderful neighborhoods to live in the Dallas and surrounding area. Questions to consider are; where will you be working, how long of a commute is acceptable to you, what type of activities appeal to your family, public or private school, special needs of your family outside of school to name a few.
My website is full of information from neighborhoods and schools to lifestyle and activities. You can also search for homes there. http://www.DallasNative.com
I would welcome the opportunity to share my great city with you and help you in your home search.
Mary Beth Harrison
The Harrison Group
Keller Williams Realty
1-866-433-5678 toll free
White Rock Crossing is located in a desired area by White Rock Lake in east Dallas.
Give me a call and let me know what some of your pricing criteria is and we can visit when you plan a trip.
Please contact me. I would love to help you.
Weichert Realtors-Watson & Associates
I would be happy to talk to you anytime about the pro's and con's of different areas and after learning a little more about what you are looking for would be more confident in suggesting areas..
Also I am happy to show relocating buyers many different areas instead of just the area I office out of... I have lived all over the DFW metroplex and am familiar with pretty much all of it.
Sometimes you may find it advantageous to rent in an area first if you have reservations however with prices and interest rates they way they are now it is a really hard time to pass up some of the deals out there.
Please check out my website about some of the nice incentives I provide to Home Buyers. Welcome to DFW... and happy house hunting.
Direct Link for some assistance http://www.lynn911.com/Web/AR287090/CustomContent/index/5032805
Are you going to purchase ? If so what are your lender specifications for purchase amount? Which could eliminate some ciites OR area(s) of DFW
Are you intending to rent a property then purchase?
Where are your professioal obligations?
What are your family activities
These are many of questions I need have answered
Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
You will really enjoy DFW area and will be pleasantly surprised at the cost of living here compared to California! Suburbs of Plano, Frisco, Allen and Prosper all come to mind immediately. Highly rated schools, lovely homes, friendly neighborhoods. The metroplex is very large so the location of your employment will play a big part in the selection in order to avoid long commutes. I would welcome the opportunity to show you around when you plan a visit. I'm actually helping several other families relocate here from California and really enjoy introducing newcomers to our metroplex! There is a "community" tab on my website where you can link to various suburbs, school districts and sports teams to get a good overview. Check it out and feel free to call or email me with specific questions. Hope to hear from you soon!