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I am new to EP. I was told the best 2 neighborhoods were located on zip 79912 and 79936. is this true?

Asked by New York, New York, NY Sun Dec 30, 2007

where are the best schools?

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The 79912 area has a lot of professionals who live in quiet neighborhoods. I have lived in the Ft Bliss and Northeast area for over 23 years and the area is going down hill (79904 and 79924). I am a teacher and work in the 79912 area after working in the 79904, 79924, and 79925 areas. I lived a short time in the 79925 area also. The 79912 has them all beat and there is a lot of restaurants and shopping options in 79912. It is also near to downtown El Paso and Juarez for sight-seeing and lots of museums, UTEP, and also Las Cruces in NM. The schools are better in 79912 (sad though it may be) which I know from having worked in the district central office, the district warehouse, and schools in several zip code areas. I have seen and experienced this in many ways concerning the school district. I am in the process of moving from the Northeast side of town to the Westside (79912) after over 23 years of being in the Ft Bliss Northeast area. It is the area that is moving up not down. Good luck!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 31, 2007
Not all areas in 79936 are good the same goes for 79912. I lived in El Paso for 20 years before I moved out. The area I was in which was off of Montwood and Viscount near Eastwood High was nice and quiet alot of retired people there. That is 79925. Some areas near Hanks High school (79936) are decent. Now near Desert Middle School (79936) is nice and quiet area. But stay away the Indian Ridge Middle School over the years that has gone down.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 31, 2007
These are some better questions to ask yourself: Where are you going to be working and do you mind the drive? What do you like to do with your personal time and how close to you want to be to that? What type of neighborhood or community are your coming from and do you want to try and find that style community again? Do you have any special requests for the houses? Mountain Views, Horses Allowed, Home Owner's Association, No RV's Allowed, Pools close by or in backyard, etc. Are you going to be dealing with the schools? Are there any special requests for the school prgrams? Honor's Program, Special Education, Athletics, etc. It's best to let your REALTOR know what you are used to living around in your old neighborhood and what style you would like to find in El Paso. Good Luck!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 24, 2009
Real Estate agents tend to talk a lot of crap when answering this question (i.e. 'all' neighborhoods are good...wtf?) Most of them don't want to be pegged as racists or whatever because they have the ERA people breathing down their necks. Seldom will you hear an agent say 'this area is full of illegal aliens and single moms'. For acurate, albeit dated information, head over to http://www.census.gov and map areas according to educational attainment, per capita income, housing prices, etc. THEN ask an agent how things have changed since the last decenial census. Like many cities with magnet schools, the best schools aren't always in the best areas. El Paso is also predominantly Catholic and a lot of parents send their kids to Catholic schools.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 15, 2009
Actually as one of the safest cities in the country, all of our neighborhoods are pretty good. "Best" is a relative term and I would have to understand what components make up "best" for YOU! 79912 is on the west side and 79936 is on the east side. Determine your housing budget, go to my website at http://www.ElizabethLeal.com, sign in to the MLS system and look in those and any other areas for what you want. Then drive the areas, but I would not knock anything out of the picture if the home has what you are looking for. we are a GREAT city in which to live!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 5, 2008
Yes, 79912.....very good.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 4, 2008
We are so blessed in El Paso to have MANY areas that are super! It really all depends on where you work, if you have family, what your interests may be. We have a major highway, I-10 that runs east and west. the Patriot Freeway runs north and south, and Loop 375 enables you to bypass a lot of traffic areas by going around the city. Central is the oldest part with marvelous 2 story architectural delights. Mission Valley is south of I-10 and is a mix of very old and newer construction. Northeast has the best views of the city since they are right up against the Franklin Mountains with the California poppies. Since it is close to Ft. Bliss, there is a huge military population! The Upper Valley has a river running through it, a lot of pecan trees, horse properties, old and new construction. The East side goes forever and ever, The most exciting areas, shopping, housing areas, restaurants, oh my goodness! Your choice based on your needs! All of our school districts are great! We have community colleges, The University of Texas at El Paso, and much more. We have a symphony, an opera company, oh, just more than I can tell you here!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
Dude. I just spent 4 days in El Paso with my realtor looking in the west (79912). I loved it compared to the east (79936 and 79938) and the north east (79934). My opinion! Prices are a little higher there (west), but the terrain and views are great. The house that are all 10yrs old or newer seem to be about the same in all the areas. I have also researched the schools and they seem to be better in the west. Good for the kids and resale I am supposing. I do have a friend living in 79938 (Tierra de Estes). He likes it and got a 2000sf house with pool about 6 months ago. I have another colleague that lives in Horizon (79928). He likes it there at it appears your money goes a little further. Check with your insurance company regarding flood insurance before buying. There are alot of areas in the west and upper valley that may be in high risk flood areas that carry with it mandatory flood insurance at a premium.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 20, 2008
Welcome to El Paso. The best neighborhood is the one that meets your wants and needs. El Paso is rated one of the safest large cities in America, but if crime statistics are important to you then the El Paso PD website can give you more information. As far as schools go, agin it depends on what is important to you. Do smaller class sizes equate to a better learning experience, or are average test scores your determining factor? REALTOR®s are not allowed to steer you to any particular area, but you should work with someone that can provide you with the resources for you to make an informed decision. This link will allow you to compare schools by class size, test scores, etc.. http://www.greatschools.net/modperl/bycity/tx/?fuzzy=1&s…
Good luck.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 14, 2008
I have lived in EP for 41yrs all my life........hee,hee and it all depend what hood because in some 79936 in which i have lived for the pasted 22yrs therer are some hoods that i wouldnt even rent a home if they gave me a house. But welcome to ep and good luck. andrew
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 12, 2008
El Paso is like many other cities, it has it good areas, it great areas and inbetween areas. It just depends on what you personally are looking for in a neighborhood and how convenient it is for your needs. For a school district performance and ratings, I would suggest you contact each school district or the one you are interested in to view their state ratings as that is public information. http://www.canutillo-isd.org, http://www.episd.org, http://www.sisd.org.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 6, 2008
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