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Old 04-30-2015, 09:18 AM
 
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I went to college in Dallas and visit often.

To me the biggest differences is that Houston feels more green. More trees and parks. I used to call Dallas the Concrete Jungle. Another difference is Houston has a ghetto area right around the corner at almost every turn. I may be wrong because I haven't lived in Dallas in a long time, but seems to me this town has far more crime issues/ run down apartment neighborhoods in every direction. Our roads are far worse, the streets totally neglected.
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Old 04-30-2015, 09:19 AM
 
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Dallas has the same. Park Lane goes from Memorial-esque to Shadesville in less than a mile.
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Old 04-30-2015, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Foster, TX
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roads all suck in both
I say this to you and all others that complain about our roads/infrastructure: Have you been to Pittsburgh?
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Old 04-30-2015, 12:08 PM
 
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I have lived in both, and the only real discernible difference to me was the weather.

Otherwise, the cities are alike....Dallas has the M-Streets, Houston has Montrose & the Heights.
Dallas has Highland Park, Houston has river Oaks
Dallas has Preston Hollow, Houston has Memorial.
Airports are the same
Cost of the living the same
roads all suck in both
You need a car in both
Both have similar flooding issues
Both have similar weather though, Dallas has more distinct 4 seasons
Houston has Hurricanes, Dallas has a few tornadoes
Houston is more international
Houston is more go along to get along, Dallas is a little more pretentious

I think you are really comparing to very similar places.

Interesting. Except that Dallas doesn't flood. Sometimes the underpasses that dip get water when there's an intense short rain. No one has flood insurance. It's not an issue.

What Dallas has is a lot of foundation problems because of the hard clay soil. I mean a LOT of foundation problems. If someone buys a house in Dallas, it's best to buy a pier & beam for that reason.

Dallas usu. has several ice days, where it's impossible to, say, get out of parking garage because the ramp would be covered with ice. The roads look like a skating rink. If you don't have to go to work, it's quite pretty. Usually the city shuts down on ice days.

The natural landscape in Dallas is very unattractive. The first time I flew into Dallas many years ago, I looked down at the city and said to myself, "So this is hell." I had never seen brown grass in the summer before. But now that I've lived here many years, I have grown to love it. The traffic isn't bad at all, compared to most large cities (the roads have been planned well). And if you spend a fortune on water, you can keep your yard green in the summer. (The water bills here are high in the summer....as are the elec. bills. Higher than Houston.)

But snow on Christmas Eve? Ahhhhh....yes, that has happened a couple of times since I've been here. It's magical. Christmas time should be cold.
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Old 04-30-2015, 12:18 PM
 
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Dallas has the same. Park Lane goes from Memorial-esque to Shadesville in less than a mile.
Dallas does have bad areas, but I suspect they are more defined areas, since Dallas has zoning and Houston does not. But I believe the stats show that Houston has more crime.

One thing Dallas does NOT have that Houston has a lot of is ....HOA FEES. It's unusual to run across a house with an HOA fee in Dallas. For some reason, almost every area in Houston has HOA fees. I don't understand it, unless it has something to do with the lack of zoning and high crime?

When I bought a house in Dallas years ago, I looked in most areas in town...north, south, east, west. I don't think I ran across even one house that had an HOA, and I looked at over 200 homes.

I think the newer homes have them, out in the burbs, along with the tiny yards.

I've looked online at Houston homes for a year, now. I would say that almost every home I looked at had an HOA, from north of Houston, to west, to south. And the property taxes are the same or higher than in Dallas (Houston has flood expenses in the property taxes).

Harris and Dallas County property taxes are among the highest in the nation, I read. Lest people think, well they don't have a state income tax, so that makes it even...not quite. The property tax is so high as to exceed any benefit from no state income tax. And consider that when your income goes down, your state income tax goes down. Your property tax, OTOH, goes up and up and up. As do HOA fees. It's MUCH better to have a tax tied to income, IMO.

Consider that you are a middle class person workng a regular middle class job, and your house appreciates over the years. Same house. But your income doesn't keep up, as we all know is the case. You will end up poorer years later because of the high property taxes. But your state income tax would have been tied to your income, and stayed within reason. Some people have to move because of the property taxes. Their income isn't enough, after years, to pay it.
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Old 04-30-2015, 12:21 PM
 
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I went to college in Dallas and visit often.

To me the biggest differences is that Houston feels more green. More trees and parks. I used to call Dallas the Concrete Jungle. Another difference is Houston has a ghetto area right around the corner at almost every turn. I may be wrong because I haven't lived in Dallas in a long time, but seems to me this town has far more crime issues/ run down apartment neighborhoods in every direction. Our roads are far worse, the streets totally neglected.
Dallas IS a concrete jungle. But city people who don't care about natural beauty would probably have no problem with that. I had trouble with that at first, but have gotten used to it over the years.
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Old 04-30-2015, 12:33 PM
 
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For those who've lived in both Dallas and Houston, how would you compare the two cities?

I'm planning on semi-retiring in Houston soon, but although I thought I was ready, I'm feeling a little weepy about leaving Dallas. Surprise, surprise...I grew to love it over the years.

I get varying info on the cost of living in Houston vs Dallas (2 sites say it's a bit cheaper, and 2 say it's a bit more expensive). All those Exxon people moving in, causing a housing crisis and adding to what I understand to be a huge traffic problem in Houston. No snow (it has snowed in Dallas every year I've been here, I think). Things like that concern me.
If you grew to love Dallas, stay in Dallas.
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Old 04-30-2015, 12:52 PM
 
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I don't think most neighborhoods in central Houston have HOAs, at least not in my experience. The suburbs do, of course.
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land, TX
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I say this to you and all others that complain about our roads/infrastructure: Have you been to Pittsburgh?
Pennsylvania roads in general are horrible.
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Foster, TX
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Pennsylvania roads in general are horrible.
Indeed - Ohio too.
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