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Searching for a new home base.

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Post by TexasTornado » Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:26 pm

I've been applying to jobs recently and it seems most of the bites are in the Irving area (two interviews next week). I can commute for a little while, but ideally would like to move by year end.

I prefer a small town feel: grass, trees, and lot sizes larger than postage stamps.

Maximum commute to Irving or Dallas 45 minutes with traffic.

With that said, does anyone have advice on areas I should be looking in?
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Post by Greybeard » Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:46 pm

" I prefer a small town feel: grass, trees, and lot sizes larger than postage stamps.

Maximum commute to Irving or Dallas 45 minutes with traffic. "

That's just what we wanted too - and found it. In in Flower Mound. But that was well over 30 years ago. Such is a pretty tall order these days - unless ya want to leave around 5:30 to get ahead of traffic.
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Post by TexasTornado » Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:57 pm

I know I'm looking for a unicorn lol! I grew up in Plano, then moved out to Sherman. I'm spoiled by the country but need the convenience of the city for work.

I don't suppose there's 5-10 acres hanging around in Carrollton or Farmers Branch? (For less than the cost of the entire Cowboys starting line up.)
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Post by Greybeard » Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:30 pm

The Town of Copper Canyon (near our private range) consists of some areas you might want to consider. It is sandwiched between Highland Village and Lantana, now comprised of over 10,000 people in cookie cutter houses on those postage stamp lots. And yes, you would be dreaming on the drive time.
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Post by TexasJohnBoy » Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:12 am

You're moving from the Sherman area to Irving and want to keep the space and country feel? I hope you can find it, but I think that's a tall order just from looking at maps... I wish you luck on your mission!
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Post by GeekwithaGun » Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:06 am

Town of Hickory Creek is nice, growing, but still small town feel. Just north of Lewisville on I35E - one of the lake cities
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Post by Mysguidednlv » Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:16 am

Yeah, you would have LOVED Argyle 15 years ago... still beautiful, but it's getting more crowded by the day. And that commute is definitely gonna be longer.

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Post by Jusme » Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:33 am

The problem with a city like Irving, is that it is surrounded on all sides by other cities that were once bedroom communities, but have now grown to be an unrecognizable mishmash, that is now the reality of the DFW metroplex. As a result, property values are unreal and priced out of a lot of people's price range.

Your 45 minute commute time, is doable from a lot of places, but only at certain times of the day. Some drive times would limit you to less than 10 miles from work.

After choosing your job, I would suggest driving to various locations, during your normal commute time, and find the one you feel you can tolerate best.
Unfortunately, finding a large segment of land, will probably mean driving a lot further.
I live in Johnson County and if I leave early enough in the morning, I can get to Irving in less than an hour. But if I try it after 7 am it can almost double.

Irving is serviced by the DART public transportation system, which, in my experience is clean and safe. You can also carry on any trains and busses. That may increase your overall commute time, but could allow you to live further out and utelize park and ride lots.

These are just suggestions, and if you are planning on buying property, don't be in a rush. I would wait until I was sure my job was where I would stay for a while, so that I wasn't stuck in one place that was perfect for one job, but would be a nightmare to have to drive to another.

Good luck, I'm sure there are members here who can give you more specific advice regarding various areas.
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Post by RPBrown » Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:24 am

I live and work in Irving. There are a few large lot homes in south Irving (1/2 to 1 acre) but they are very few. Shady grove and story area
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Post by TexasTornado » Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:39 pm

Thank you all. I will make a day trip and do some exploring in the next few weeks. From the sound of it though, I may just have to get used to spending a lot of time on the road. Good thing I love my truck.
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Post by 1911 10MM » Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:03 pm

Try Mansfield/Rendon area as we have a great Private Range Arlington Sportsman Club. You can look at Venus, Midolithian, Waxahatchie as well.


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Post by stroo » Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:04 pm

Coppell sort of has a small town feel to it but the lots are mostly postage stamp size.


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Post by koine2002 » Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:51 pm

Southeast of town might fit the bill. Seagoville south of Seagoville Rd. or Crandall may fit the bill. You could also try Forney.
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Post by Flightmare » Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:26 pm

I know my co-worker drives from Cleburne to Plano 5 days a week. He's been working here for almost 18 years.
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Post by wheelgun1958 » Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:51 pm

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