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kbak303 07-31-2007 11:41 PM

wayyyy off 'jeep topic' but does anyone live in Grand Prarie/Arlington..info?
 
we are thinking of relocating there. our respective fields will pay more there than the area i'm in.

Housing, via Yahoo Internet Real Estate, looks like bigger for cheaper ($50-$75 a square foot for used or new, while here it's $100 and over per sq ft) and well, gas is gas and groceries are groceries..

anyone from the forum live in GP or Arlington, Texas and can shed light on good, bad..etc?

thanks..we have to start looking for jobs in Feb. or so if we're going to relocate..thanks much
KB

Levinoss 08-01-2007 12:12 AM

I live in the Arlington area, its a on the expensive side. Most homes you will be looking at 800+/M renting. Iv looked at afew apartments recently and they vary from 650-1k/m.


~Lev

Texapple 08-01-2007 01:27 AM

Where do you live now?

Levinoss 08-01-2007 01:43 AM

Sry spaced out on my first post and forgot to add the good stuff.

I Have lived in arlington for almost 10 years now, and love it. If you have kids, then the schools in Arlington are top notch. There is now MANY high schools that they just recently opened up to relieve the stress on the three biggest schools in the area. James Martin High School, Lamar, and Arlington High. There are now afew other High Schools. Before the Opened up the new High Schools The graduating classes were topping about 1 thousand students. Its now down abit lower, so iv been told.

I can go into more detail about what Martin is like if you wish. Just send me a PM and i'll fill you in on the schools in the area.

Not really a lot of bad things that I can say about Arlington. What do you want to know?

~Lev

jjseel 08-01-2007 05:06 AM

I live next door in Bedford. Love it. Moved from Dallas, 15 years ago, and it is a whole 'nother world! Very small town feeling. Stay on the Tarrant County side!

OdhinnsChick 08-01-2007 06:21 AM

I've lived in the Arlington/Fort Worth area for more than 13 years. I have found that South Arlington is the best area to live. South-West Arlington, near Joe Pool lake and Grand Prairie are really starting to boom as well. I think you will pay higher housing prices in general on the South-East side near Lake Arlington. Having been looking around recently at housing prices, we have found that Tarrant County is pretty outrageous. We have actually been looking in Johnson County which isn't very far at all from Arlington off of I-35 near Burleson. As my brother Lev stated, the schools in Arlington are pretty good. If you can get your kids into Martin off Pleasant Ridge then you should! :D

erickpl 08-01-2007 12:29 PM

Used to live in Bedford and Watauga. How is the new Cowboy stadium going to affect taxes?

Something to consider anyway.

Always loved the midcities of Hurt, Bedridden, and Useless err... Hurst, Bedford, and Euless. :) Lived in Las Colinas and Trophy Club as well, but those are not in Tarrant County.

Arlington area is nice from what I remember. Prices there sure seem low compared to prices I paid while living in Cali!

Walkeraviator 08-01-2007 12:41 PM

I was in Arlington for all of 4 hours when I was at Simuflite Dallas. It looked like a nice clean place to live... and there were hills, which is nice to see when the only part of texas I had been to was Victoria and the coastal area southeast.

kbak303 08-01-2007 10:56 PM

we currently live in Wichita Falls. We're both in education (I work in a high school as a diagnostician and my wife is an elementary assist. prinicpal) and the metro area pays alot more than here for respective positions. when i see new or within 4 yr old houses selling for way less a sq foot than up here, and the jobs pay more (we can make 18k to 30k more a year depending on what jobs we're able to find) it kind of adds up...especially for retirement purposes...

we're kind of looking all over, Arlington, Mansfield, Grand Prarie, Justin, Trophy Club, Keller, and Saginaw

i appreciate the info....we're really interested in moving somewhere down there, so all the info is very helpful

thanks
KB

Odhinn 08-02-2007 07:18 AM

For housing and tax purposes look at Johnson county, Denton County, Collin county, and Ellis county. Tarrant county seems to be the most expensive area to live in DFW. As OC stated we have been looking in Burleson and Josua to get out of Tarrant county and maybe into some Acreage. A guy I work with lives in Burleson and he said the schools are top notch and rank high in the system. The area is just big enough to have the conveniences of a large city but still very county in attitude. Arlington is nice in the areas where OC and Lev grew up but I have seen some areas where a friend lived for a short time that had a couple of drug houses across the street, that were raided quite often and gang fights on the corner almost every night. He soon moved to keep his kids safe. GP also has its rough parts but is an old established town like Arlington and has good areas also. You WILL pay more for housing in GP and Arlington to get in an area without bars on the windows then say in Waxahachi, Kennedale, Burleson, or Josua. If you don't mind a drive (20-45 minutes), and are willing to get an econobox or a motorcycle then I would suggest somewhere out of the main DFW area.
Justin would be a nasty commute to the cities, Trophy club and Keller have grown in leaps and bounds in the last 5 to 10 years and are feeling the crunch in housing cost. Saginaw is nice but would also be a long commute to the cities. All depends on the location of you new employement ends up being at.
Good luck in your search

nregas1 08-02-2007 11:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Odhinn (Post 112965)
For housing and tax purposes look at Johnson county, Denton County, Collin county, and Ellis county. Tarrant county seems to be the most expensive area to live in DFW. As OC stated we have been looking in Burleson and Josua to get out of Tarrant county and maybe into some Acreage. A guy I work with lives in Burleson and he said the schools are top notch and rank high in the system. The area is just big enough to have the conveniences of a large city but still very county in attitude. Arlington is nice in the areas where OC and Lev grew up but I have seen some areas where a friend lived for a short time that had a couple of drug houses across the street, that were raided quite often and gang fights on the corner almost every night. He soon moved to keep his kids safe. GP also has its rough parts but is an old established town like Arlington and has good areas also. You WILL pay more for housing in GP and Arlington to get in an area without bars on the windows then say in Waxahachie, Kennedale, Burleson, or Josua. If you don't mind a drive (20-45 minutes), and are willing to get an econobox or a motorcycle then I would suggest somewhere out of the main DFW area.
Justin would be a nasty commute to the cities, Trophy club and Keller have grown in leaps and bounds in the last 5 to 10 years and are feeling the crunch in housing cost. Saginaw is nice but would also be a long commute to the cities. All depends on the location of you new employement ends up being at.
Good luck in your search

x10 on everything Odhinn said. I live in Waxahachie but commute to Arlington. I work in a field that sheds a lot of light on the crime in the Arlington/GP/D'ville area and will not choose to live in this area if I were starting out fresh. Some very nice areas to look at and obviously some very nice areas to live, jus like Lev mentioned. However, Arl/GP has some of the highest property crime rates of the entire DFW area (believe me, it's it's the reason I have a job). And when you have property crime issues...guess where they go shopping -> That's right, in the nicer areas. There are actually flashing street signs up around Arlington that tell you to lock your car and remove all valuables:doh:. (Sorry Lev, don't mean to dump on your town, I know your area and agree it's very nice). However, I have heard the Arl and Mansfield schools are very good. My wife is a HS teacher and we both commute in opposite directions but for the money, we were able to get MUCH more sqf and acreage in Ellis Co (same for Johnson and W Tarrant), but it's a trade-off for the commute. My TJ 4L guzzles on my 79 miles round trip! Costs me about $90/wk!:doh: :doh: Probably could have bought a bigger house closer to work for that kind of money:rofl:
Good luck. If you have any more questions, feel free.

Levinoss 08-02-2007 11:54 AM

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Originally Posted by nregas1 (Post 113017)
There are actually flashing street signs up around Arlington that tell you to lock your car and remove all valuables:doh:. (Sorry Lev, don't mean to dump on your town, I know your area and agree it's very nice).

WoW, iv never seen those signs. But I avoid the bad areas as much as I can. LOL

Not dumping on Arlington at all, every town has its bad parts.

~Lev

whiteyj 08-02-2007 12:43 PM

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Originally Posted by kbak303 (Post 112455)
Housing, via Yahoo Internet Real Estate, looks like bigger for cheaper ($50-$75 a square foot for used or new, while here it's $100 and over per sq ft) KB

$100/SF would be a steal. We are sitting in $400+/SF in the SF Bay Area. But, no tornados, little flooding, and then there's the Sierras!

OdhinnsChick 08-02-2007 01:02 PM

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Originally Posted by whiteyj (Post 113050)
$100/SF would be a steal. We are sitting in $400+/SF in the SF Bay Area. But, no tornados, little flooding, and then there's the Sierras!

WHAT?! No tornado's?! Sounds like a boring place =P

Levinoss 08-02-2007 01:08 PM

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Originally Posted by OdhinnsChick (Post 113061)
WHAT?! No tornado's?! Sounds like a boring place =P

I concur! Flooding...Nados....100+ Degree weather? All in the same day is my kinda weather. Anything else is just boring in my book.

~Lev

nregas1 08-02-2007 01:55 PM

Agreed. I can't imagine life in a place where I didn't have to run the heater and wear a jacket in the AM and run the AC and wear shorts in the afternoon all the while fording high water on my way to work and dodging tornados on my way home...all in the same day.:rofl:

Levinoss 08-02-2007 02:09 PM

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Originally Posted by nregas1 (Post 113082)
Agreed. I can't imagine life in a place where I didn't have to run the heater and wear a jacket in the AM and run the AC and wear shorts in the afternoon all the while fording high water on my way to work and dodging tornados on my way home...all in the same day.:rofl:

Lmao theres no such thing as a 7 day forecast in Texas. =P

~Lev


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