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Old 08-14-2007, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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My family is planning to relocate to the North Dallas area from the Denver area within the next year or less. My husband will be working in Richardson, TX. We have two boys ages 1 and 3. I am very excited about this move because I will finally be able to take a break from my career and stay home with my children (we cannot afford to do that here in Colorado). We want to spend about $225k - $250k for a home. I am also a person who loves the heat and HATES the cold winters. I grew up in CA.

I am worried because when we tell people we are planning on moving they act like we are CRAZY. Sure we live in a beautiful state and in a nice area, but the reason we are moving is job opportunity, closer to family, cost of living AND to escape snow. The biggest factor is I want to stay home with my boys and can afford to do that in Dallas. Does anyone have advice on where we should live? We are looking into Frisco, McKinney, Plano and Richardson. I want good schools and a good place for kids. Of course here in CO we like to get outdoors a lot. Are there places like that in north Dallas? I know we are giving up the mountains...I just mean trails, etc.
Any advice???
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Old 08-14-2007, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Garland Texas
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Garland, Richardson, Plano, Rowlett, and Dallas all have wonderful parks and trails and thats just the ones I know of. I'm sure there more up towards Frisco as well.

We have several lakes that are good for fishing, and boating.

There's a nature preserve on Holford road in far north Garland. Lots of great woods, and walking trails. It's all protected land so its never going to be developed.
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Old 08-15-2007, 08:22 AM
 
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There are many. Check out the DORBA maintained trails.

DORBA Trail Conditions 0.99 (http://www.dorba.org/cgi-bin/trails/index.cgi - broken link)
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Old 08-15-2007, 01:44 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Breckinridge Park in Richardson, Spring Creek Nature Preserve in Garland are just a few. There is another HUGE bike trail that is just east of 75 south of Renner. Nothing but trees and a bike path.

Hawaiian Falls WaterPark too Can't forget the waterparks for the summer
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Old 08-15-2007, 02:01 PM
 
Location: California, Bay area
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We know just how you feel. Some years ago we moved from Central Cal to the Atlanta area. Everyone we met asked us why we did it. It was hard to come up with a good answer and after a year we moved back. I am sure the same thing happens with a move from CO. too. Good luck. I hope you REALLY love heat. I do too, but Dallas has it in such extremes it was too much for our family. The flat land takes getting used to also. They do have lots of shopping
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Old 08-15-2007, 02:41 PM
 
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White Rock Lake is the mecca for nature lovers here - search here for that and threads about Lakewood.
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:15 PM
 
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First of all let me say I'm sorry.

We moved from Denver to Dallas. Now we are leaving!!

You won't like it. Coming from colorado, you'll miss a lot. to much of a culture shock. It's visualy ugly here, the weather is terrible unless you like humidity and heat. no more brisk cool mornings. Lots of bugs. bible belt.

I hope this is a temporary move. There is a reason it's dirt cheap to live here.
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:55 PM
 
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I've lived in Dallas my whole life and HATE coming back after a CO vacation. I'd be happier in a double wide trailer in CO. than any McMansion here.
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Old 08-16-2007, 06:04 PM
 
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I hear you. You should leave, life is too short to live like this.


I have met a few people who love it here, but they are natives and havent been out of the state much. They even vacation in Texas.

My dad said, does anyone really go to Texas for the weather, scenery or a vacation.

It is cheap to live here, we have a huge house that would cost 900K in colorado, here it's cheap. It's fine if you want to stay within your 4 walls. We do have a pool, but swating the bugs away while you try to swim gets irritating. Southlake is nice to walk around, but again, it's usually so hot out it's not pleasant. I have had it with Tex Mex.
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Old 08-16-2007, 06:10 PM
 
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You won't like it. Coming from colorado, you'll miss a lot. to much of a culture shock. It's visualy ugly here, the weather is terrible unless you like humidity and heat. no more brisk cool mornings. Lots of bugs. bible belt.

I hope this is a temporary move. There is a reason it's dirt cheap to live here.
Wow - a bit presumptuous of you, no?
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