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Old 04-12-2013, 10:17 AM
Location: plano
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If places and scenry is a big part of your wants, Ca. If people, cost of living and jobs are big to you, then Tx.
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Old 04-12-2013, 02:28 PM
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Basically it comes down to people who work and people who don't. For the sad people among us who has to drive to work every morning and pay taxes, texas is heaven and cali is hell. For people who don't work (housewives, kids, retirees, investors or people on welfare) Cali is heaven.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:40 PM
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From Visalia to Dallas....fit in nicely. Where in the Central Valley are you from?
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:14 AM
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Originally Posted by BabyDoctor77 View Post
From Visalia to Dallas....fit in nicely. Where in the Central Valley are you from?
Fresno! And now that I'm grown up, I kinda miss it. Lol
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:55 PM
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Originally Posted by emmyg View Post
My husband and I and our two small children (2 and 5) are considering a move to the Plano area or another suburb of Dallas. We are currently in Southern California. My husband is from the UK and I'm originally from Central CA, but we ended up here and I like it about as much as I thought I would (not much). I love the weather of course, but there are lots of things I don't like, and I don't really want to raise our boys here. We are a pretty conservative family in general, though not religious. Our price range on housing would be 300-500K. We currently rent a 1300 sq. ft. house for $2600/month in LA.

We've been throwing the Texas idea around for awhile, and I don't want to make this kind of move with rose-colored glasses. I also realize that Texas is not California, and I don't expect it to be anything like it is here. But we kind of have this image that it's really friendly and down-to-earth, and people are less flaky. Is that accurate? I want my kids to live somewhere with good schools and lots of activities to do. I don't want to raise them in a town with nothing to do. I just don't feel that LA is the right place. We would love to be somewhere where when we smile and wave at a neighbor, they don't look at us like we're insane.

Can anyone give me a first-hand perspective? Thanks in advance!! : )
We have small children, and having lived in SoCal (DD #2 and DD #3 were born in San Diego) for three years, I do believe that we are better off living here in Dallas now. I've posted on a couple of other "CA to Dallas" threads here but we are a military family and we were stationed in San Diego 2008-2011. We own a 1800 sq ft 4 BR/2.5 BA home in one of the newer San Diego suburbs that we are currently leasing out to a Navy family.

The things we loved about living in San Diego/SoCal and that we miss:
- San Diego Zoo and Disneyland passes, Legoland- I haven't bothered to even try to get a zoo membership here and quite honestly my kids would seriously be let down if I tried to take them to the Dallas Zoo. The bar was set pretty high and it was a world class zoo. Taking the kids to the Disney Store here in Dallas isn't the same as actually being able to go to Disneyland on a whim for a daytrip going once to twice a month, going on rides, seeing characters, etc We didn't even have to stress about having to see everything and could just come back another day thanks to our passes. LEGOLAND California is the actual theme park- similar to the Zoo, I haven't and won't bother to take my kids to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine because it's basically an overpriced Lego store and my kids are used to the actual theme park
- proximity to the ocean/beaches, mountains, skiing (Big Bear) is very close distance

What we do not miss:
- paying over $4/gallon of gas
- HOA, mellaroos is crazy expensive in comparison to what I pay for HOA here in Texas
- public schools- we live in west Plano now and the public schools here pretty much blow everything in San Diego county out of the water. The state of CA is so broke that classroom crowding and teacher furloughs are the norm there. I have a couple of friends that don't live in San Diego, but Manhattan Beach and Hesperia that tell me there are 30 plus kids in their child's Kindergarten class Yes, the teacher may have an aide, but I cannot begin to imagine the amount of instruction a kid can really learn if there are like 36 five year olds in a class. The recommended ratio here in Texas is 1 certified teacher:22 kids. My daughter's class at her Plano elementary school has 19 students currently.

We doubled the size of our house when we moved here to Plano, and we pay significantly less to own a home that has better schools. Because of the ages of our kids now (6, 4, and 20 months), we definitely feel it was a better decision to move here than to remain in San Diego. You will not find a shortage of any activity or sport here in north Texas. You name it, they have it- Irish dancing, lacrosse, hula, etc. in addition to the traditional powerhouse sports like football and soccer.
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:55 PM
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[mod]Off topic[/mod] Am I a friendly person in Texas yes or others friendly to me? no.[mod]Off topic, Do NOT call out Moderators[/mod]

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