Expat family relocating to Dallas area this summer needs advice, please

Asked by sgmum, Dallas, TX Tue Mar 19, 2013

My husband just got an offer to relocate to Irving, TX, this summer. We have lived abroad for the past several years, most recently in Southeast Asia. We have three kids who will be entering the 7th and 4th grades. Our main concerns are (1) schools; (2) safety; (3) manageable commute; and (4) ethnic diversity or open-mindedness with regards to racial diversity. I've read that Coppell is a great place to raise kids, but I'd love to hear some "real" input. Any advice anyone can provide on our relocation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Wed Mar 20, 2013
I've lived all over the world too, including Singapore and SE Asia....so welcome to Dallas.

I now live in Coppell. I think it is a great community, especially for someone coming here from abroad. Small town in the middle of a big city. So you get a great combination of lifestyle. Great schools, easy commute to Irving, easy to get to the airport, some diversity, some chance you will meet someone just like you. Surprisingly enough there are 200 RSAF guys living in Irving flying helicopters....some with families.

There might be other options depending on if you want to rent or buy, and how much you want to spend and maybe how long you think you might be here. Flower Mound might be an option, Colleyville or Southlake might be an option or could be others.

We service all relocation companies, so even if they want to assign you an agent, you can tell them you've already found a good match, if you think I would be a good fit to help you. Feel free to call me or contact me any time.
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Wed Mar 20, 2013
I am on the City Board of Coppell we offer many amenities for a family to enjoy. Schools are top rated here in DFW area however there are several other communities you might also want to consider .

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Shelly Koehl…, Agent, Southlake, TX
Wed Mar 20, 2013
There are many locations that will be fantastic for all the criteria you are asking for. http://www.schooldigger.com is a great website for researching schools by levels, rankings, etc. This will give you great idea of maybe what cities you might like to entertain. Plano, Grapevine-Colleyville, Flower Mound, Coppell are all great choices with manageable commutes. Feel free to use my website to look around homes for sale in any of these areas, set up listing alerts or contact me directly if you have further questions or are interested in seeing if we are a good fit to work together to find your family a new home. http://www.shellykliving.com

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Marlon Hopki…, Agent, 75225, TX
Wed Mar 20, 2013

Irving is a very convenient location giving you options to several great areas. For a nearby commute and schools in addition to Coppell, you can consider Grapevine, Southlake, Carrollton and the Castle Hills area just to name a few. Please feel free to contact me and we can go into further details.

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Jeff Epstein, , Dallas, TX
Wed Mar 20, 2013

I moved with my family to Europe for several years and then back, so I know what expats go through. Give me a call when you have a chance (if you'd prefer, we can do it via Skype while you're still abroad) and we can discuss your concerns and your best options.


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newtodallas, Renter, Dallas, TX
Tue Jul 9, 2013
Hi, we're expats relocating this summer from SG to Dallas and I found your question. Did you move to Dallas already? Which area did you finally decided on? International/ private school or public?
Sorry for so many questions, but coming from Singapore you understand my concerns:)
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Susie Kay, Agent, Dallas, TX
Wed Jun 19, 2013
If you are working in Irving and a short commute is important to you then Coppell or Irving will be a good choice.

I would suggest that you work with a realtor, and if you haven't chosen one then I'd be happy to assist you. I've helped so many people from different ethnicity relocate to Coppell and Irving and I share my knowledge with my clients as well.

Take care,

Susie Kay, Realtor®
United Real Estate
III Lincoln Centre, 5430 LBJ Freeway #280
Dallas, TX 78240


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Maryann Wylie, Home Owner, Dallas, TX
Tue Jun 18, 2013
Lovejoy schools in Lucas are the best rated schools. Lucas is in the suburbs outside of Dallas and and you can get a good size house with minimum of 1 acre for a fair dollar amount, ANC close to shopping centers in neighboring cities of Allen and Fairview.
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szyultes, , Dallas, TX
Tue May 7, 2013
Hi! Was searching for expats in Dallas area and came across your post/question! My husband has recently accepted an offer to move from SEA (KL) to a job in Plano, Tx. I've got two kids, heading into 6th and 3rd grades...and we have lived outside of our home countries (I'm American, he's German) for almost 20 years now - and have the same questions as you! Did you find any answers? I've been looking at Coppell...as well as Mckinney, Frisco...but it all seems so huge. Perhaps we can share notes! :-) Has he accepted the job?
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Hi there. I have seen you post from last year and would be really interest what you have decided in the end. I will move with my family (two kids 4 / 8) to Plano in January and I have excatly the same questions you had. We are from Germany as well, living actually in Ireland.
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Ed Eakin, Agent, Dallas, TX
Tue Apr 23, 2013
I would recommend Grapevine, Flower Mound and Southlake. If I can help you with any other questions, shoot me an email at ed@caseypope.com or call me at 214 801 3495.


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Kenneth "Ken…, Agent, Dallas, TX
Fri Apr 19, 2013
The area is subjective based on what you can afford. Pick 1 Realtor and work with him or her only for advise and home searching.
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Josh Candie, Home Buyer, Olympia, WA
Sun Apr 7, 2013
I think the best idea is you might wanted to consider a relocation company in Dallas who can handle all kinds of moving works. It is added advantage that you can hire a company offers both international and local moving services. They definitely help you for stress free relocation.
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