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Montfort Dr, Dallas

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32.9380871209297 -96.8139140253427
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"Good on north, bad on south."

I used to take Belt Line to Montford to work for 6 months so I drive on Montford at least 5 times a week. There is a big difference in its road condition and looks as you drive from Addison into Dallas.

The street is very decent and clean looking when it's on the Addison side as there are shops and restaurants on both sides of the street, but when you get closer to Dallas, the street just get uglier and conditions of the road gets worse. But this street, like the previous reviewer stated, is a better alternative to Preston and the North Dallas Tollway.

Since I used to work on Montford and and LBJ, I'll write a review about that area. There's Valley View Mall which is pretty outdated and "trashy" over the past few years. It seems like the only people that go to that mall are high school teenage kids. You can tell the mall is getting pretty bad when a major department store closed its door at that mall. However, not too far from Valley View Mall is the Dallas Galleria Mall where it's a total opposite of what VV Mall is like. Galleria is big, nice and clean!

Restaurants wise, there are a lot to choose from around the LBJ area but it's mostly fast food joints and lower end restaurants. But if you head north into Addison, you'll run into Preston or Preston Wood Village (I think that's the name) shopping center. That's where all the fun is at and the good restaurants are located there.
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"Montfort is an Excellent Conduit from There to Anywhere Else"

I've often found Montfort Drive to be an excellent alternative to The Dallas North Tollway or Preston Rd. when travelling through North Dallas. Montfort's appeal is limited, of course, to length in relation to your own travel needs. But, when living in North Dallas near Addison I found this drive invaluable for many of my own trips.
On its North-South run beginning (or ending, depending) near Jamestown Park it forms a fairly clear parallel to both The Tollway and Preston Rd. running smack down the middle of the two other pathways. This was vital to me particularly because not only is The Tollway (as the name implies) a PAY ROAD but it is also an incredibly CHAOTIC and often FRIGHTENING and FRUSTRATING ROAD. There certainly were times when that route was fine but obviously these were not during peak driving hours when I was more likely to be out also. Preston Rd. too has serious drawbacks including endless and innumerable traffic lights which, however, often INCREASED accidents instead of lessening them. I was in TWO wrecks in a THREE Month period while legally waiting for a red light to turn green. On both occasions the initial crash was escalated into a several car pile-up when confused drivers who had been gauging their braking only upon that of the car immediately in front of them began skidding into each other. And, yes, I was the one sitting at the light in the very first car BOTH TIMES. Essentially, I was hit by every car behind me X number of times calculated by some horrible mathematical mess I can't describe.
I was also still in partial heal of a leg break suffered in a separate scenario. Nonsense. At any rate, I think y'all can see why I tried to avoid both roads whether driving to the convenience store or making the haul to one of the major Dallas East-West thoroughfares. Montfort can take you to Beltline, Preston Oaks, Spring Valley, Arapaho and even LBJ. You can drive it to Valley View Mall and shop or skip right up to the tip of Addison for no reason at all.
I don't know anything about LIVING on Montfort Drive. But I DO KNOW about NOT DYING on Preston.
That's my two cents.
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CommunityMan Hi missingmagic, this is quite a story! Enough to want to get the bus instead!
nuggyboy Sorry to hear about your accidents on Preston, MissingMagic. At least you're alive and well! :)
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