I lived in the Hulen area when I was 16 and I am in my 40's now. It was "the place to be" then. In 2003 when my father passed, it was still "the place to be", although I went to a school way across town. (Castlebery High-Not recommended)
The houses are awesome and cheap compared with Florida where I was at the time I came home in 2003 and Seattle where I am now.
I have a few friends that are still in the area. One owned a pet store and sold it and the other a Jewelry store and sold it and now owns a Pawn shop (On Berry-somewhere) however, they both live in amazing homes. One was just built in 2003 and was over 4000 SQ FT and was just about $200,000. In Florida we had a home built that was 2213 SQ feet and had a pool put in and it was only $160,000) but that was when the market was low. Now it appraises at over $363,000.
I grew up in River Oaks, which isn't too far away, but is really run down. I hear that a lot of people are moving to the Hulen Area. I had a friend graduate from Arlington Heights off Camp Bowie and loved it.
Since I am not a realtor I can tell you that crime was and, according to my friends, is still low and there IS a lot of traffic, but you won't be disappointed there and telling your new friends that you live in that area is a great thing too.
Good luck, I'd give anything to move back home, but it is amazing here in Seattle and I love it in the Northwest where there are mountains and snow.