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Moving To Irving, Where To Live?

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A job change may move me from New Jersey to Irving, thankfully AFTER Christmas! My question has to do with good places to live that aren't a long commute to Irving. From all the horror stories I read on the boards, areas with HOA's may not be the best.

Anyone have some suggestions for good, safe, affordable, Christmas display friendly locations in and around Irving?

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You will not have any problems with display friendly areas in the North Texas area.....lots of enthusiasts here. You basically have all of Dallas and all of Forth Worth up for consideration. I do not live in Irving, but I work in Las Colinas (a sub-area of the city of Irving). I actually live near Denton. Although only about 35 miles north, rush hour traffic makes it an hour away. There are at least 20 great sub divisions (homes) between home and work with lots of Christmas displays that we visit each year as part of our usual routine. There are more subdivisions than just 20, I am just narrowing it down to your question at hand though. And this is just the north side - that does not even include south, east, or west....

Lots of good school districts, lots of new neighborhoods, etc....lots of expensive areas with large lots too. Just depends on what you want. Part of the reason I am so far north of the area is so I could get a larger lot size. Everyone in my neighborhood is 1-7 acres (lots of horse people). But it also makes for a good front yard for the display.

There is a web site that has a listing of the displays in the area - if I find it I will post it. It will help show how dense some areas are with displays.

I am not sure what "affordable" means for you though. Parts of Irving are nice. Coppell is a very nice area that borders Irving-but can get pricey. Farmers Branch and Carrollton are nice towns, but older. Not much new construction if that is a requirement. On the south side of Irving there is more new development, but I am not familiar with any specific subdivisions.

At my office, most people make fairly decent money, and we often work from home a day or two each week. So most of my office ends up living further out - and just makes the drive. This allows most of us to have more "country living" rather than in the suburbs of Dallas/Ft. Worth. I am not sure if that appeals to you either.

Edited by NoelB

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My house is For Sale and just live east of Irving. ,A 10 minute drive and no HOA.

PM me if interested and also look at my display videos.

Edited by Dennis Cherry

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The job came through and i just bought a house in Lewisville. I will become a lone star state resident on August 1. If you're in the area PM me so I can check out some of your displays. What weather issues down here during Christmas should I know about for setup? I know snow is no longer an issue!

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Welcome to north Texas. I live just south of lewisville in farmers branch. My websit I's www.pharrschristmas.com. We have over 300,000 lights, 10 houses and a ton of fun!!!! We have beautiful set up weather but december can be rainy. The past couple of years have been ok. Set up can be tricky as the lawns usually need mowing until mid November. We usually start on the house and trees and progress to the yards. Also be sure and look up lonestarholidays. We have a great north Texas group

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The job came through and i just bought a house in Lewisville. I will become a lone star state resident on August 1. If you're in the area PM me so I can check out some of your displays. What weather issues down here during Christmas should I know about for setup? I know snow is no longer an issue!

Any chance you're heading down early to check out your new home state? If you happen to have your new employer make a "scouting trip" for you over, say, the June 15th-17th weekend you should join us at the Academy (www.theultimateacademy.com). You'll meet lots of the Lone Star Holiday members (www.lonestarholidays.com) and you'll get to be a part of the biggest decorating gathering of 2012.

Welcome to Texas, even if it's in August!

Edited by Ryan_Johnson

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I was hoping I could make the gathering on the weekend of the 15th but the timing just won't work. I will also be missing the "mini" up here this year to... talk about withdrawl. Count me in for next year!

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