Dallas, where to live?!

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    Feb 22, 2012 3:34 PM GMT
    Took a job this coming fall in Dallas, and I'm looking to move ASAP so I can get settled in before summer. Where are the best areas to live?
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    Feb 22, 2012 4:21 PM GMT
    Austin.
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    Feb 22, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    What kind of neighborhoods are you looking for?
  • dabcrt

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    Feb 22, 2012 5:11 PM GMT
    Where is your new job located? The drive to work can be a real bitch. Try to lacate nearby. Let us know what area the job is in and will be glad to helpicon_razz.gif
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    Feb 22, 2012 5:16 PM GMT
    It's a teaching job within a suburb. I'd like to live in a younger area, possibly downtown? I don't mind a commute.
  • dabcrt

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    Feb 22, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
    Some neat areas........thinking uptown. Now which suburb? Let,s gauge the drive.
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    Feb 22, 2012 5:25 PM GMT
    Garland, should I fear for my life? Haha
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    Feb 22, 2012 6:08 PM GMT
    Bucks2010 saidGarland, should I fear for my life? Haha


    Garland is very diverse and multicultural. Generally, lower middle class and low income families mixed in with elderly who have lived there for generations. Garland is considered 1st ring suburb of dallas.

    If you are looking for younger more affluent urban area close to downtown, i would consider uptown. Gonna be quite a commute to Garland (30-45 min) during rush hour on two separate major freeways. Not sure where you are coming from or exactly what your used to, but Dallas is very spread out with limited mass transit. Therefore, reliable car is a must.

    IM if you need more info.
  • dabcrt

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    Feb 22, 2012 6:08 PM GMT
    should not fear for your life, but learning a few different languages would be helpful. The DART rail runs from downtown to garland. So depending how far the school is from the train stop, that might be an option. The drive however would not be fun. Hwy 75 to 635, the 2 most traveled major hwys in Dallas. Uptown is a cool area to live, and very near the gayborhood. Close to everything you could want EXCEPT your work. Suggest trying the drive in the a.m. and p.m. before your commit to a apt. That said, wellcome to DALLAS, you will like it here.
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    Feb 22, 2012 6:19 PM GMT
    Haaretz saidAustin.


    Haha. You took the words right out of my mouth. I grew up in Dallas so I know something about this... though it's not quite as annoying a place as it used to be.
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    Feb 22, 2012 7:44 PM GMT
    Ooooo live in Highland Park! icon_smile.gif
  • dabcrt

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    Feb 22, 2012 7:47 PM GMT
    You might also consider Addison. North of downtown, with a young professional vibe. Easy to get downtown when you want and should cut your trip to work to about half the time. Rents should be a little less than uptown as well.
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    Feb 22, 2012 8:06 PM GMT
    Thanks for all of the replies guys!! Now I just have to find something to do till the job starts in the fall. I really want to get settled in by summer so I'm gtg in the fall!
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    Feb 22, 2012 8:31 PM GMT
    Haaretz saidAustin.



    I agree. Live in Austin and commute! Yes, it's one hell of a commute, but it's better than living in Dallas!
  • austex85

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    Feb 24, 2012 8:27 PM GMT
    uptown is where the younger crowd is. could be a little pretentious/fratty though, if that's not your thing.

    go a little west and you're in oak lawn. could be a little homo though, if that's not your thing.
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    Feb 25, 2012 11:05 AM GMT
    How about Frisco - it seemed like a nice growing town.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 25, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    Austin is the worst city to live in. I lived there for about ten years. Dallas is a beautiful, modern, diverse city. I have visited it a couple of times during my many attempts to flee horribly overrated, unfriendly Austin on weekends.
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    Feb 25, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    People hate on Dallas for different reasons so ignore the negatives and use your time in Dallas to learn the city and visit other cities such as Austin, Houston and San Antonio. All cities have their pluses and minuses. I would search profiles of people on here who live in Dallas and email them individually. Might be a good way to meet people before you move.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 25, 2012 7:16 PM GMT
    If I ever decided to move back to Texas, I know one city that I would avoid completely and that city is Austin. Why do you guys keep making the horrible mistake of putting Austin on the same level with Dallas and Houstonicon_question.gif There is really no viable comparison between Austin and both Dallas and Houston nor is there any viable comparison between Austin with San Antonio and Fort Worth.
  • austex85

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    Feb 25, 2012 9:48 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidIf I ever decided to move back to Texas, I know one city that I would avoid completely and that city is Austin. Why do you guys keep making the horrible mistake of putting Austin on the same level with Dallas and Houstonicon_question.gif There is really no viable comparison between Austin and both Dallas and Houston nor is there any viable comparison between Austin with San Antonio and Fort Worth.


    just because a city isn't a good fit for you doesn't mean it's not a good fit for someone else. if someone is really into the live music, outdoorsy, holier-than-thou hipster scene, i can't think of a better place in the country.