L.P. asks from Fort Worth, TX on January 11, 2009
Seeking Advice on Relocation to Fort Worth
My husband just got a job in Fort Worth, we currently live in Chicago. We have an almost 4 year old daughter who is currently in preschool. We are looking at different neighborhoods, but dont know alot about the area so I was wondering if anyone could recommend some good, family friendly area(s) with good public schools.
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J.K. answers from Dallas on January 13, 2009
A.B. answers from Dallas on January 13, 2009
We live in Euless, halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth. We are two miles from the DFW airport. Euless was just named one of the best cities in Texas to raise a family. We have a low crime rate and good schools. We are very close to everything. There are several nice neighborhoods to choose from. We actually live in one that is technically on the border of Euless and Fort Worth. We have a Euless Zip Code but use Ft Worth utilities.
A.M. answers from Wichita Falls on January 12, 2009
My ex-husband and my son live in WestWorth Village it is on the west side of Ft. Worth right behind the Ridgemar Mall. And there are lots of families in the area and the housing is affordable. Good luck and welcome to Texas.
K.C. answers from Dallas on January 12, 2009
I think moms have gave you some great advice! If its Southeast FTW, then I highly recommend Mansfield/Arlington area. (call me biased!!) I saw someone gave you information for a locator. I would highly recommend that as a start and then come back and see all of our recommendations in comparison to that area you will be moving to. The Dallas/Fort Worth area is also so hot/cold as far as the neighborhood 'temperments', too. And some highways are way more congested than others. So many factors!! Once you narrow the area, I am sure all of us moms could help you even further! Best of luck. Hope you enjoy Texas. I am a native Texan and just can't see myself leaving!
K.S. answers from Dallas on January 12, 2009
H.E.B. (Hurst, Euless, Bedford) school district is great. I send my kiddos to Christian Private School though. If your husband is going to work in Ft. Worth, you could try Bedford or Hurst. Hurst an older city, but there are some good neighborhoods. Bedford is really nice, but a little most costly than Hurst. We live in a really nice neighborhood called 'Rollingwood', and our home is about 2400 sq. ft., it was $205,000 3 years ago (built in 84'.) I bet the value is now 185,000 with the housing market. Some friends sold their house in Hurst about 2 years ago...it was a newer house about 1800 sq ft and it went 130,000 I think. Anyway, if you want more info about this area, you can email me. I am a SAHM with a 3 1/2 yr old daughter and a 7 yr old son. I know there are other nice places to live around, but I don't know any specifics about them...I would avoid Arlington though. It has gotten WAY TO BUSY, although there are still a few nice areas in the that LARGE city. Take Care! PS~I can't quite figure out why one person said to stay away from Bedford...we LOVE it here.
J.D. answers from Dallas on January 12, 2009
oh my goodness yes! research the summerfields/parkglen area. i have lived here all of my life and would never dream of relocating. we are in the keller independent school district-you couldn't ask for better when it comes to your child's education! our area is definitely family focused and friendly. Summerfields has literally everything except a mall( which is only about a five min drive away) and an airport lol. we are in northeast fortworth, i hope this helps and welcome to fort worth!
S.M. answers from Dallas on January 12, 2009
Depending on if you want to commute and how far, I would live in either Grapevine or Colleyville. We moved here almost 4 years ago and moved into Grapevine. It was one of the best decisions we made! I love it! Last year we moved to Colleyville in order to get a bigger yard for our 3 kids. Taxes are high all around, so when shopping for a house, don't just consider the house note, consider the property taxes as well - I think we have to put $750/month aside just for taxes and closer to $850/month aside for taxes & insurance. I know that changed our price range for a house when we started looking!
As for school, I've heard wonderful things about the GCISD school disctict - that's where my kids go. I would not send mine to Timberline Elem or Cannon Elem though, even though it's in the district. I've heard so-so things about Bear Creek as well. I've heard that HEB isn't as good as GCISD, but is still good, and I've heard Keller schools are good, however Keller is a rapidly growing area and traffic is still rough out there (totally hearsay, but that's what I've heard). You can go to websites (just google or ask your realtor for information on school districts). I know I looked at various factors for each school. The website I looked at showed the # of students and the ethnic breakdown, how many were considered at risk, how many were economically disadvantaged, how they did on test scores, and on and on. I thought it was great information.
If you need a good realtor, I would suggest Nicole Smith. www.nicolesmith.net. She is excellent, great at her job, goes above and beyond, knows the market in and out, and just really was a total help to us when moving to this area and then moving again. She can help you figure out which area you want to live in based on things that you deem important (cummute time, school ratings, house for your money, etc.)
Good luck! Texas is a great place to live!
L.L. answers from Dallas on January 12, 2009
The best school districts surroungin the Fort Worth area are:
Keller Independent School District (ISD)-services Keller and some north Fort Worth and Watauga areas (can find housing in all price ranges)
Carroll ISD - services Southlake area (very pricy area)
Grapevine/Colleyville ISD--services Grapevine and Colleyville areas
Northwest ISD - services Trophy Club, Roanoke, Justin and many small towns--the fartherest from downtown Fort Worth
These are all very good school districts.
Me:--Mom of 2 and Nana of 3--live in the Northwest ISD area--my grandkids all go to Keller schools and we have been in this area for 25 years--very knowledgeable of area! Welcome to Texas!
H.H. answers from Dallas on January 12, 2009
Burbmom.net is a website for local moms. Most of the information comes from the northern part of the metroplex, but you can get an idea of all the fun things there is to do in the area. Good luck with your relocation. Feel free to contact me with any questions. I lived in Fort Worth for several years and now live in Flower Mound which is north of Ft. Worth.
M.S. answers from Dallas on January 12, 2009
Welcome to Texas - this is a great website to get info!
We moved back to the area this past year too from Southern California. We used to live in Southlake (wonderful but lots of traffic now on 1709) but are now living in East Keller with plans to move to Trophy Club (an amazing community with great prices - lots of new homes with various prices going in - all around the golf course). East Keller is great but West Keller needs lots of improvement in the infrastructure - just try driving down Golden Triangle or Alta Vista during rush hour times and you will pull your hair out! Woodland Springs is darling as long as you don't have to get in or out of it!
Also - 35 South I have heard is a nightmare... so try to live somewhere you can shoot down 121 into downtown Ft. Worth. Southeast Keller (try Providence Grove in Hidden Lakes) has some great homes and you can shoot down Davis to 820/121 South. That is how my husband gets to work in downtown Ft. Worth.
Grapevine & Colleyvile have some great communities but are pretty pricey (maybe not so much if you're moving from Chicago!).
S.K. answers from Dallas on January 12, 2009
Hi, L.! I realize that everyone's partial to their own school district, including me, but let please allow me to explain my perspective. My children attend school in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. (Please refer to the website: www.hebisd.edu.) This is a PHENOMENAL district! By the time my daughters graduate (right now they're 11 and 6), they'll be trilingual and have AT LEAST 24 college credit hours. The college credits are based upon the International Baccalaureate Program, which is an international program headquartered in Switzerland. Both of the HEB high schools are accredited and offer the program. By the way, L.D. Bell High School has one of the best bands in the country. They were the national marching band winners last year. Trinity High School won the football state championship last year and were in the play-offs this year. (Incidentally, the team that beat us in the play-offs this year was the team that won the state championship. High school football is HUGE in Texas.) The education with which I anticipate my daughters to leave high school is based upon the current HEB curriculum, which means that they may have even more opportunities before they graduate. One of our junior highs - Central - offers Mandarin Chinese and Hindi, which will be taught all the way thru high school. My daughters are in Spanish Immersion, which starts in first grade and continues thru high school. The way the curriculum works now, they'll be able to start learning a 3rd language in 9th grade. Our schools are PK-6th, Junior High (7th-9th) and high school (10th-12th). We considered making a change to this arrangement a year ago, but, after considering many different ways of doing it, we decided to leave it as is, since it's worked extremely well for us. Finally, HEB was named the top district in the state for 2008, based on test scores (I think - there are so many different ways to rank districts that I'm not positive). All of this and HEB is a perfect place to live because it's in the heart of the metroplex and it's affordable, in comparison to some of the cities in the area. (Southlake, for example, is where many of the sports figures from the area live. It's extremely nice, and I'd love to live there (though I wouldn't leave HEB ISD even if I could afford to move to Southlake), but it's just not affordable for the average family. Plus, you have good freeway access no matter where you live in Hurst, Euless or Bedford, so you don't have to spend 20 minutes just getting to the freeway to drive to Fort Worth or Dallas. (HEB is in the heart of the metroplex, as it's located between Dallas and Fort Worth.) It's also close to some of the other cities that have been suggested - Grapevine and Keller, specifically. Suffice it to say that I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a better place in which to raise a family, especially when considering the schools. Please feel free to contact me and/or contact the school district. The website is filled with all kinds of information. I'm sorry this is so long, but I'm very passionate about our school district and the area in which we live. I wish you and your family the very best of luck in your relocation!