Post # 1
I’m moving out to Dallas in May from PA and have researched a ton of apartments, but I was curious to see if you guys had suggestions! My job is in Grand Prairie, but I’ve been told not to live in that area. My Fiance will also be moving with me. I want something nice, but not extravagant.
Suggestions would be wonderful!
Post # 3
Grapevine is one of the most sought after areas that’s close by Grand Prarie. My brother lives there! I grew up in Fort Worth. Arlington also neighbors it and has some nice areas. If you can swing it, go for a trip and try driving in rush hour. Pretty much every freeway in the metroplex is under construction right now (literally, with stimulus funds) and it is a total nightmare. Make sure you’re picing a neighborhood that isn’t super painful to get to.
Luckily, the metroplex is crazy cheap, so you won’t need to worry too much about extravagant. Don’t rule renting a house out, either. It’s cheaper than you think!
Post # 4
Thank you for the wonderful ideas! I’ve actually been to Grapevine, I loved it and the proximity to the lake! I also loveddd Fort Worth, but depending on where my Fiance gets a full time job, i think it will be too far. Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly do you mean by metroplex?
I also never considered a house, I think I’ll look into that! We’ll be staying with family for a few weeks, so I’ll have some time to check some out in person.
Post # 5
@bmb5260: The metroplex is what we call Dallas/Fort Worth and the surrounding areas. 🙂 As for ideas for places to live, you could also check out Irving and Las Colinas as they are both pretty central to Dallas and Ft. Worth. I personally wouldn’t suggest Arlington, as the neighborhoods can be pretty hit or miss, and it’s a college town which isn’t always a good thing. Grapevine is a great place, but with all the construction that’s been going on in that area, traffic can be a pain. Overall, just look for a place that has housing and entertainment that you’ll be happy with, and a commute that won’t be too terrible with traffic.
Post # 6
I live in Grapevine and I love it!! I’ve lived in East Dallas (wouldn’t recommend) and Irving just south of 183 (also wouldn’t recommend) before I could afford to live in one of the nicer parts of DFW. Arlington, like a PP said, is very hit or miss but there are some very nice neighborhoods if you can find them. North Irving/Las Colinas area can also be really nice and just a short drive to Grand Prairie! I’d vote either that or the Grapevine area myself. If you’re an outdoorsy person at all, I think you’d love either of those two places. Las Colinas has the Campion Trails and several cute parks you can go walking/running to, but Grapevine has the lake and very well-paved, well-maintained paths surrounding it that are great for running and right on the water if you like to be near that. In the summertime, every Friday evening for a couple months, the community gets together by the lake and the city has a small fireworks display, and then a huge one on the 4th of July. It’s perfect to go hang out with a small group of friends while the sun sets, and it’s free entertainment.
Post # 7
If you google apartment guide and apartment ratings, that can help you look at choices in your price range and area with real reviews too
Post # 8
@kalixti: thanks for the neighborhood suggestions and clarifying metroplex!
@lianne12: You make Grapevine sound even more awesome, thanks! I think I might look there first!
@kaiangel6: I’ve looked on apartment guide, but you can’t get a feel for the good and bad areas. Thank you though!
Post # 9
Before Fiance moved up here, he lived in Lewisville, in The Marquis at Vista Ridge. They were reasonably priced and pretty nice. I was always kind of jealous of his apartment there, since everyone was pretty courteous and it was right on the water.
Post # 10
@EffieTrinket: those look so nice, I hadn’t looked at apartments so far north, thank you very much!
Post # 11
Do *not* rent with Crest Asset. They are quite possibly one of the worst property management companies out there. They have a handful of properties in the Metroplex.
I had so many problems with my apartment regarding safety and maintenance. The manager was an awful woman and none of the staff are capable of doing math. For your sanity, stay away from Crest!