I am not sure how someone in Illinois thinks they can comment on the quality of neighborhoods in Texas. Real Estate Agents should stick to what they have first hand knowledge of.
Dear Concerned Parent ---
Your task of finding a good neighborhood for your daughter is not an easy one. Looking at police reports is probably a waste of time, as ANY area can have crime reports, and ALL areas do. Crime statistics are only important when they happen to you! ....Someone was murdered in Colleyville; does that make it a bad place to live?? --Most of the affluent residents there would not think so.
I have been selling houses (and townhomes) in the Mid-Cities area for 33 years, and we have many lovely neighborhoods that are as "safe" as you are going to find. For the price range you are talking about, you might be better off buying a single-family home in a nice neighborhood. Then if you turn it into investment property, it will be easier to rent, and MUCH easier to sell someday.
I will be happy to consult with you about where the best neighborhoods are, as I am not a shy Realtor. The amount you are paying for a house limits your options anyway. The real question is where will your daughter be most comfortable? (And if she doesn't want to do any yard work, we can hire some nice teenage boys to mow it for her.) I've lived in Arlington, Fort Worth, and the Mid-Cites areas. When we get together, I will be happy to give you my honest opinion on the various areas. ...And there is nothing "illegal" about a Realtor giving an opinion!
ULTRA Real Estate Services