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Statistics don't represent Rockwall well Posted On: 5/16/2011 8:52:11 AM
After reading the information on Rockwall, I think it deserves some persepctive. Rockwall and its outlying areas is very habitable for moderate income families who do not rely on public transportation or foot traffic to reach their destinations. If the median income is nearly $200K, then there are some seriously wealthy people who are throwing the curve. However, other outlying areas have homes in the $150K range, which is affordable on a $75K income, especially when the taxes in outlying areas are much more affordable. One requirement for the area is transportation by car, as there are few ways to safely get around by bike, and the distance rules out walking form place to place. The business and medical sections are growing by leaps and bounds every year (for the past ten years), which unfortunately means that construction slows traffic in town, but at least the traffic issues move from place to place as one project ends and another begins. As Rockwall grows, there are going to be some issues with boundaries and usage of space, and probably some political struggles in the next few years, so if you don't like change, this will not be a place to try to put down roots. Rockwall's goal is to become a Frisco or Allen, and it will probably have the financial backing to annex any surrounding space to make that goal a reality.
re: Considering a move to Rockwall - 8/15/2010 Posted On: 5/16/2011 8:31:15 AM
We have lived here for 7 years, and are thankful we relocated here. We are adopting from Haiti, and have identified many groups that are supportive and involved. Many families here have actually adopted from China, and a major church (Lake Pointe) has a very large adoption support group. There is not as much diversity here as in Plano or Richardson (or other parts of the US) but I have not seen any racial issues and consider it open to many cultures. The schools are better than many, and all rate well academically, plus there are many private schools and home school opportunities as well. Like the rest of Texas, there are more sports opportunities than you could ever want. Most people who consider the area as expensive are probably looking at the downtown area or south of I 30, in the Heath area, or don't understand the home vaues in other areas of the US. $150,000 will get you are 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,300 squ ft house if you head 5 minutes farther east on I 30, with much lower taxes than in Rockwall proper. (but still Rockwall schools.) We are a single income home, definitely not making a three figure income, and love where we are. Our house values have held where other areas have dropped. It is absolutely hot in the summer, but you learn to adjust your activities. (We're from Oregon, and know about adjusting.) I disagree that it is like California, though. Lots of church activity here, not many Hispanic stores or Hispanic-oriented activities, and the traffic actually moves. 20 minutes to downtown Dallas, 45 minutes to mid-Plano, 45 minutes to DFW airport. Because it is growing rather quickly, there is new (and affordable) shopping right in town. But that also means the roads in town are under construction. One area finally finishes, and another starts up. Just the way it is. Our family (of five, soon to be seven) loves living here.