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Great place for a family - 4/14/2006
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Keller is centrally located in Tarrant County, and lots of activities are geared toward kids and families. The schools are great, as are the parks, shopping, nearby restaurants, etc.

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Keller, TX

Horrible oppressive heat - 4/18/2013

Moved here from the Midwest to the DFW metroplex in 1996 and Keller in 2002 and still cannot handle the oppressive summers that start in May and last until November. If you can make it through 8 months of the hottest hot the remainder of the year is beautiful. Forget about going outside for 8 months because you will have heat stroke. Get ready for outrageous air conditioning and water bills and lots of sweating. You will need to water your landscaping daily to keep everything from dying as well as watering the foundation of your house to keep it from shifting in the dry soils. Lots of foundation damage here. Property taxes are sky high as well as insurance rates on both home and auto. I don't find the Texas natives very friendly at all but excessively patriotic. Animal welfare is pathetic. Traffic? Oh boy, it's 30 minutes to get anywhere. By now you can tell I hate it here. To hot, hard to make real friends. Yes home prices may be low but at what cost? Not worth it. [read more...]

Southlake, TX

Life in Texas - 2/29/2012

I moved here from California in February '2007 with a very open mind. Five years later I want to go home to California. I have had nothing but struggles here in Texas. Lots of good people here but the rude people are really rude and the drivers drive very dangerously. I can guarantee you will get cut off and practically run off the road every single day you choose to pull out of your driveway. Californians are even better drivers. I really miss CA and definitely appreciate now the diversity there. I think I can easily overlook the phoniness of CA in return for leaving a state like TX that has tornadoes, hail and very loud thunderstorms that keep me awake all night. Not to mention the hail. In Summer the heat is excruciating, the sun beats down so hard you feel like you're going to die if you don't get out of it. You really cannot go out much and enjoy the outdoors because the extreme weather conditions just don't permit it. And most of the jobs are low paying. It really doesn't matter if you are educated or not. Housing may be cheaper, but the taxes are very high, and the bigger house you get the more you pay. It really is the Wild West, and they are proud of it too. I like the law that let's you shoot somebody breaking in to your house, understandably. But there seems to be a group of people here (natives) who can be very abusive with their authority. A friend told me her boss (who is Mexican) was pulled over just outside is Southlake, TX affluent housing community and hand cuffed BEFORE the police checked is I.D. and realized that he HAD NOT stolen the luxury vehicle he was driving and he DID live in the area. The poor man was so humiliated he drove to work and went straight into his office at the bank and just sat there in shock for a bit before he told his colleagues what had happened. Another time, myself and my hubby were at a red light in our old Volvo and an older woman rear ended us HARD, it turned out she was on medication, but she got out of her car stumbling all over the road telling me its alright there's no damage. Unfortunately I have nerve damage on my spine now. The woman hopped in her car and took off, she refused to pull over, we had to chase her down with 911 on the phone and when the Southlake cops got there , they were very protective of her and tried to send us away quickly. It was a hit and run and they didn't even care, her husband came and got her. She must have known somebody. This is common behavior here in Texas. At the Resort where I recently worked for 2 years, I witnessed this same behavior, if you know somebody you can get away with murder here. We have seen 2 drunk drivers get off with a slap on the wrist after calling cops on them and the cops acted like we overreacted. Just the other night I watched a crazy drunk take out a center island. I didn't bother calling the cops. They just don't care here. There's pot holes everywhere, so plan on getting your car aligned regularly and replacing your tires often. Hate to be so negative, but if honesty is what you want, well I am just being honest. On the postive side, I have met a lot of really nice people and I am sure we will be friends long after I leave Texas with the dust in the wind behind me, and never looking back![read more...]

Keller, TX

Why Keller, TX is a great place to live - 10/17/2010

Being in the DFW Metroplex, Keller doesn't have the best weather around, especially in the spring when the weather can and does get violent. Keller is well laid out, and has a sense of community. The crime rate is very low, and the people are un-pretentious, despite having a median income well above average. Housing is affordable and of good quality. The property taxes are astronomical, though. (Approx 4500 for a 175,000 house). The school system is considered excellent, but I don't think it warrants the high taxes. Overall, I rate Keller a big thumbs up> I have been living here for 11 years, and have not regretted the move.[read more...]

Keller, TX

Great place to raise a family - 8/14/2010

Keller, has great people and schools. It's a wonderful family place![read more...]

Keller, TX

Climate - 4/3/2010

The weather in the entire DFW area is not great in my opinion. Summer heat and humidity is unbearable. You rarely see kids out playing unless they are at outdoor pools with tepid water. The home electric bills can easily exceed $400 per month for an average size home due to high demand for air conditioning. Spring and Fall are both nice but of extremely short duration. Winter is completely unpredictable. 70 degrees one day and 28 degrees the next. Scenery is flat and brown for the most part. People are very nice and you will be able to purchase a large home for a very reasonable price. Affording to run it, pay the property tax and maintain it, is another story.[read more...]

Keller, TX

Housing - 9/30/2008

There is plenty of housing available and still some being built. Keller's housing has taken off in the last 5 years.[read more...]

Keller, TX

Great place, has lots of growth. - 10/10/2007

This area is growing and is becoming the center of the DFW metroplex. Estimated 16000 new residents in the next few years. Planning for development is already underway for housing, malls, big stores and more. The only thing that is not in this area is big business.[read more...]

Keller, TX

New from O.C. California - 9/8/2007

I just moved to Keller in February with my husband and our 13 and 15 year olds. I grew up in Orange County California and have always been partial to the cities in South Orange County. However, I can definitely vouch for the quality of life here in Keller, TX. The people are friendly and there are lots of entertainment options for families, such as the Fort Worth Zoo, the Kimball Art Museum, The Wax Museum and Ripley's Believe or not Museum in Grand Praire as well as Six Flags over Texas only 30 minutes away in Arlington. If you like the beach, it's about an 8 hour drive to Corpus Christi, if you like to ski, it's about 8 hours to a good Colorado ski resort. There are lakes and fishing etc., The weather is not as bad as I thought it would be. I have been here since February so we got to see the last bit of a cold snap in the 30's at night and 50's during the day. No big deal we had days like that in Lake Forest, CA. Also everyone griped about how terrible the Summer was after I said I was from CA. Again, much ado about nothing for me. I lived in Laguna Niguel and experienced days of the same type of humidity minus the heat which again was no big deal. It gets HOT in SoCal too. April and May were the only months I did not enjoy as according to locals we had an unusally high volume of tornado warnings. And lots of rain and thunderstorms. Again, no big deal as no tornado ever touched ground here and I honestly would be more concerned about an earthquake in Ca than being touched by a Tornado here in North Texas. At least we get a warning here. I think keller is a great place to live, however if I had seen Southlake first I would have bought there instead as it offers so many of the same amenities and luxuries that I experienced in O.C. We plan to buy in Southlake next year and rent our current home to somebody else. We find ourselves driving to Southlake to shop and see movies at Townsquare often . It's only a 15 minute drive from our home here in Keller and the shopping is to die for. Housing is so reasonable here, gas is cheaper, utilities are WAY cheaper. Our electric and gas bill in Ca was $800.00 in August but we only paid $250.00 here with both upstairs and downstairs units running constantly. We are happy to be here. And with the $$ we save on housing and expenses we can easily afford to visit friends and family in Califorina. LOTS of business opportunities for entrepreneurs. We just started a business here and started the class[read more...]

Fort Myers, FL

Moving to DFW area - 12/3/2006

We currently live in FL, but probably have to move to DFW area soon. We are Germans, but already live in the US since more than 3 years. We have two sons 15 and 19 and we are interested in opionions and recommendations we to live. Office is in Arlington and we thought about Keller or any other nothern suburbs. How are schools there. Are the public schools OK or do one have to look for private schools? Any comments are appriciated.[read more...]

Keller, TX

Coming to Texas...Here's what to expect. - 9/22/2006

Having lived in Dallas/Ft. Worth Texas for 34 years I can speak for what to expect from the climate. I've often said that D/FW Texas wants to be hot. We joke that Texas has 4 seasons, almost Summer, Summer, still Summer and Christmas. We have had 75-80 degrees on Christmas several times over the last 10 years; and I have never seen a white Christmas. The heat starts to build in April and lasts through Septmeber/October with a nearly unbearable July, August and September. 15 days average of sweltering 100 degrees + per year during the summer months. 2006 had 30+ days, which was not uncommon. Average daily highs around 97 degrees for months. Winter is mostly mild. November and December are cool. January is cold to cool. Cold snaps never lasting longer than a 2-3 days. February is cold to cool. Mid to late February is starts to become warm again. I will wear shorts 10 months a year. T-shirts for 9 months. Sweaters 3-4 weeks, taking it off in the afternoons.[read more...]

Howell, NJ

Great place for a family - 4/14/2006

Keller is centrally located in Tarrant County, and lots of activities are geared toward kids and families. The schools are great, as are the parks, shopping, nearby restaurants, etc.[read more...]