I looked into area schools first, decided on the City of Grapevine for it's character plus good schools. We decided to rent a three-bedroom apartment in Grapevine and it's been a great experience! Texas apartment complexes are great. The grounds are well-maintained, there is PLENTY of area for children to play, some complexes even have playgrounds. Over the warmer months there were always other children at the pool for my kids to play with. And, best of all, we met some other really great families and mades some good friends while apartment living. It's not the college apartment lifestyle, like another person who answered you made it sound to be. When we are inside we don't really hear other residents, their comings and goings don't bother us, plus we have lived in two gated communities.
We are currently in Grapevine's newest luxury apartment complex and it's amazing. Hardwood floors and granite, big open floor plans. Plenty of outdoor space including two beautiful courtyards and a pool for the kids. We even have a yard and a two-car garage! And our pool is beautiful, and flanked with Weber grills. My husband loves that their are landscapers to take care of the weekly yard work, and a maintenance team to work on any repairs our apartment needs. The community here is wonderful. Families, young professionals, even a few retired folks looking for an easier way of life :)
I'm telling you, apartment living is not like how most people think of it! It's worth a look. I think your family could be very happy in an apartment for a year, or more!
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Apartments tend to have more noise and more coming and going in my opinion. People up and down at all hours of the day and night. Normally less play space for kids, more traffic to be aware of, and you need to be more aware of what your kids are doing so that you don't disturb the neighbors and they don't disturb you.....like party city at the pool on weekends.
Some apartments will allow shorter term leases like 3-6-7-12-13 months, it just depends on the apartment. That's a bonus in some cases. Apartments tend to have better maintenance around and on staff and on site. If you only need two bedrooms, chances are apartments will be much cheaper than homes.
So homes...just the opposite....normally less traffic....with lower density. You may be closer to parks and have more yard for the kids to play. You can be less aware of the noise they make, and they won't be as disturbed by the noise others make in a single family home. On the lease side there aren't many two bedroom homes, so more likely in Grapevine you're looking at a 3bed 2bath home with 2car garage. Rent will likely be higher than apartments, and most lease homes will want 12month lease.
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