(Closed) Where to Live???

posted 7 years ago in Dallas
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would suggest the same areas. I live in a suburb right outside Dallas but if I didn’t have kids and wanted a little action around me I would definitely be in that area. There are alot of new aprtments in downtown Dallas that were recently finished. My brother stayed in some that were right across from the American Airlines Center. It was a really nice, new complex. I’d certainly check downtown out.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

You could get a pretty nice apartment in Dallas for that price. I recommend North Dallas, because it’s right in the middle of everything–not too far from uptown, downtown or Addison!

Most young people renting in Dallas have lived in The Village at one time or another. Check out thevillageapts.com and see all your options. The nicer ones are The Lakes, Northbridge, Westside and The Dakota. The Lakes the only one of those that isn’t gated, but I love and recommend it and it’s right off the walking trail and pond. Also, I don’t have a whole lot of faith in gates doing much good.

My favorite apartments I’ve lived in were Churchill on the Park. It’s right by the High 5 (highways 635 and 75), great ammenities, decent rent, super safe…there’s also a cappachino machine, shuffleboard, wifi in the clubhouse, and it’s a pretty small complex. (i.e. hundreds, not thousands of residents). That area is full of pretty nice apartments that aren’t right in trendy areas, which is why I would choose actual North Dallas over uptown/downtown/Addison.

Sadly, I have become a suburbanite Cry but have lived and moved around Dallas my whole life; if you have questions let me know and I can probably help!

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Also, if you google “Carriage Homes of Signature Place,” they’re cute little townhomes for rent off of Preston in far north Dallas (literally 30 seconds from Addison, where there are TONS of great restaurants and the Galleria is like 5 mins away) and my roommate and I loved them! We ended up choosing an aparment right down the street because of cheaper rent, but these are nice. Walking distance from Chik-Fil-A though, which is dangerous. I actually discovered them while waiting in the drive thru on my way to work. They’re owned by Lincoln, who also manages The Village. Some people love Lincoln, some people hate it…I never had a problem and lived in The Village for 2 yrs.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I second the Village.  It’s not too far from downtown, but it’s in a very nice little area.  It’s also close to lower Greenville, where there are lots of nice bars and things.  It’s just a couple miles from Mockingbird Station, which has lots of trendy shopping and restaurants and bars (including my favorite, an Irish pub called Trinity Hall!).  I lived for two years in the Bluffs inside the Village, and I never had any complaints.  The Bluffs is for younger people – lots of SMU students – but some of the other areas have somewhat older, young professional sorts.  

I would also look into a few of the other suburbs.  Dallas is so huge that you can really get “urban action” anywhere in the metroplex, but if that’s not good enough, you can also drive downtown in only about 30 minutes.  I currently live in Lewisville and love the location – and the prices.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

Ansley at Park Central looks nice and I think there’s a Luna de Noche downstairs (HAPPY HOUR!!!). And a Chipotle across the street, and really good Thai…mmm, hungry… But there are quite a few nice apts in that area, so I would drive around and compare–if you go north on Park Central you’ll hit Churchill on the Park (my fav!) and a couple more as well. Also, if you’re the church-going type, Watermark Church is right there; it’s big and active with tons of young people, and there’s a really nice trail a block away that goes down to White Rock Lake. And North Park mall is like 2 exits away… (I’m salivating!)

I looked at Estancia last time I moved, but I remember them being in the middle of nothing and seemed really overpriced.

Also, if you’re living/working in actual Dallas, you may want to test drive the Las Colinas commute in traffic. I’ve done it before and it was kind of a bummer, plus there’s not much going on in Las Colinas. It was built to be a hip, young people attracting type of place but there are a lot of empty buildings (but very nice apartments, and well priced!). There are good restaurants close by, but not so much shopping. Lots of offices though, if you work there it’s probably convenient.

One thing about Dallas is that a lot of really nice areas are very close to super scary areas…this can be a safety concern, so make sure you drive around the neighborhood and see what you’re getting yourself into. A really nice apt. smack in the middle of a bunch of crappy ones is no bueno–it’s creepy walking to/from your car, not to mention break-ins. 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I just recently moved out of Marquis at Park Central to move into a house.  They are just down the street from Ansley at Park Central, and I highly recommend them.  I looked at Ansley before I moved in and chose Marquis because it was a little more in my budget.  Ansley definitely looked nice though.  Both complexes are right on the border between a really nice area and a shadier area.  If you take Forest Lane west of 75, it’s a pretty nice part of town.  East of 75 and the Coit/635 intersection tend to be a little less safe but nothing horrible.  I’ve been approached for money numerous times at the CVS on Coit so I just stopped going there alone after dark.  Being a girl that was living alone, I was just always careful of my surroundings and avoided certain places at night.  I never felt threatened at my complex though.

I also used to live down the street from Village on the Green.  I loved being near the Galleria and right off the tollway.  You have quick, easy access to tons of restaurants and lots of night life.  (I just wish Addison would pass the no smoking law like Dallas!)  I browsed the Village on the Green website numerous times and would have loved to live there but it was little more than I wanted to spend and didn’t seem like the best place to own a dog.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If traffic bothers you, there’s also a lot of nice places in the West Plano area. That’s where I live. That way I don’t have to deal with Addison/Uptown/Downtown traffic every second of the day…but I can drive there when I want to since it is only 10 minutes away.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

When I lived at Marquis, I drove northeast to work so I’m not really sure on the drive time to Irving.  However, I just remembered they are about to start construction on 635 early next year.  They are suppose to keep lanes open during rush hour but I have a feeling it will still be a nightmare.  Just a heads up on that..I think its all of 635 between 75 and 35.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

The west end in Dallas has some gorgeous lofts. It’s been a while since i’ve lived in Dallas, but the rent there is ridiculously cheap compared to Boston where I live – I imagine it has to be less than $1600.

Oh, and you will def not want to live in Irving. It’s probably one of the ugliest places i’ve ever seen. (Born and raised in D/FW, just calling it like it is)

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I lived in downtown Dallas in the “Davis Building” before we bought a house in Richardson. Its owned by “sexy lofts” I believe now, haha!

We LOVED living downtown b/c it is sooo easy to get around (and easy to get to Irving) but its great b/c its very close to uptown, and addison is just a quick jet up the highway.

In the davis building, its mostly couples or single ppl in their late 20s/ early 30s. So not too young and rowdy. Downtown is very peaceful and isn’t very active.

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