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Old 11-25-2013, 08:51 AM
 
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UPDATE: We are in Dallas right now. What is everyone fussing about how cold Chicago is? It is freezing out here and it is miserable. One rain storm and 300 flights (including ours) gets cancelled! LOL!! It's not so bad for we are here with our two daughters and s-I-law and we are pretty comfortable. We looked at some HP and UP homes yesterday. Nice homes on wooded lots. Wayyy beyond what we want to spend. We will look at Frisco and Plano in December. McKinney, Allen and Richardson in March-April. Kids are leaning toward Frisco and we might too.

My knees are amazingly not hurting here. But I know that we are atleast 3 to 4 years from the actual move itself. Will keep you updated.

So far we like Dallas and we love the food here too. Specially a taco joint called velvet taco. Good food.

Haven't experienced the friendliness of Dallasites or the lack of it. Too soon maybe?
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Old 11-25-2013, 10:00 AM
 
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UPDATE: We are in Dallas right now. What is everyone fussing about how cold Chicago is? It is freezing out here and it is miserable. One rain storm and 300 flights (including ours) gets cancelled! LOL!! It's not so bad for we are here with our two daughters and s-I-law and we are pretty comfortable. We looked at some HP and UP homes yesterday. Nice homes on wooded lots. Wayyy beyond what we want to spend. We will look at Frisco and Plano in December. McKinney, Allen and Richardson in March-April. Kids are leaning toward Frisco and we might too.

My knees are amazingly not hurting here. But I know that we are atleast 3 to 4 years from the actual move itself. Will keep you updated.

So far we like Dallas and we love the food here too. Specially a taco joint called velvet taco. Good food.

Haven't experienced the friendliness of Dallasites or the lack of it. Too soon maybe?
Thanks for the update. This is, as I am sure you are aware, very unusual weather for DFW area. But, must say I'm lovin' it! Not to sound like a broken record, but go where the kids go is my recommendation.

Life does funny things and you can't lose if you are w/i 5-10 min. drive to the kids and gkids. Just moved my own mother 1800 miles from her home to here, straight into an assisted living place. She is very unhappy. If she had moved here when she was widowed 11 years ago maybe we could keep her in her own place with inhome care and my vigilance. But now a new place will never be home to her and with mid-stage dementia she couldn't really function in a new place any better than a facility. Just planting a seed. Enjoy your time here.
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Old 11-25-2013, 10:28 AM
 
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Goldie, if you liked the Velvet Taco, maybe you should check out the Knox-Henderson/Lower Greenville Area - it's very walkable - I see TC also suggested it - search 75206. Neighborhoods are Vickery Place, Cochran Heights, Belmont, M-Streets.. There are lots of new specialty grocers around there and some great stuff coming to Lower Greenville (along with the first Dallas Trader Joe's). I just learned of a new luxury smaller apartment development going up on Matilda the other day. Also a California developer has bought up many of the current retail and vacant land sites along Henderson: http://www.dallasnews.com/business/c...st-dallas1.ece Not sure what they have planned yet but they paid a pretty penny. Where it gets seedier along Bennett and Fitzhugh, there's a major redevelopment in the works - it's going to city hall for approval very soon and the neighborhoods seem to have given it a nod for zoning changes. Near that, City Place has just announce a major development on the east side of Central New Cityplace tower owner planning major mixed-use development | Dallas Morning News East/south of that, new complexes are marching up the rezoned Ross Avenue from the downtown arts district.

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Old 11-27-2013, 06:12 PM
 
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Thanks for the update. This is, as I am sure you are aware, very unusual weather for DFW area. But, must say I'm lovin' it! Not to sound like a broken record, but go where the kids go is my recommendation.

Life does funny things and you can't lose if you are w/i 5-10 min. drive to the kids and gkids. Just moved my own mother 1800 miles from her home to here, straight into an assisted living place. She is very unhappy. If she had moved here when she was widowed 11 years ago maybe we could keep her in her own place with inhome care and my vigilance. But now a new place will never be home to her and with mid-stage dementia she couldn't really function in a new place any better than a facility. Just planting a seed. Enjoy your time here.
No kidding!! Life does have its own plans. I heartily agree with you.... if you are going to relocate to another part of the country to be close to your children, then DO THAT! I remember when we moved our in laws from their village to a big city in India, they were very very unhappy. But what do you do? I like the idea of being useful to our kids ( babysitting, meals, nursing) when we are able. At some point they have to make decisions on our behalf anyways. This is why we will be able to decide where we will end up once they make their decisions. Good luck with your mom. She is lucky to have a caring daughter.
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:17 PM
 
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Goldie, if you liked the Velvet Taco, maybe you should check out the Knox-Henderson/Lower Greenville Area - it's very walkable - I see TC also suggested it - search 75206. Neighborhoods are Vickery Place, Cochran Heights, Belmont, M-Streets.. There are lots of new specialty grocers around there and some great stuff coming to Lower Greenville (along with the first Dallas Trader Joe's). I just learned of a new luxury smaller apartment development going up on Matilda the other day. Also a California developer has bought up many of the current retail and vacant land sites along Henderson: Investors buy up big chunk of Henderson Avenue retail district in East Dallas | Dallas Morning News Not sure what they have planned yet but they paid a pretty penny. Where it gets seedier along Bennett and Fitzhugh, there's a major redevelopment in the works - it's going to city hall for approval very soon and the neighborhoods seem to have given it a nod for zoning changes. Near that, City Place has just announce a major development on the east side of Central New Cityplace tower owner planning major mixed-use development | Dallas Morning News East/south of that, new complexes are marching up the rezoned Ross Avenue from the downtown arts district.
Ha Ha... cannot base my retirement decision on a taco joint, but, I will look into the areas you mentioned. Now that we have visited Dallas and will do so in three weeks, we will start looking into the areas that they would most likely want to buy. I will mention this to them.
PS: We also ate at Eatzy and two other restaurants which were very elegant with sub standard food. One was thai. Can't remember the names. Velvet Taco rocks tho!
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:21 PM
 
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I can attest to the value of closeness to the kids. I moved here for that reason and am 4 min away by car. Wanted to be closer, like 2 blocks, but couldn't manage it. Very convenient to go see the grandkids after school for a few minutes and not too far to drive after a night of babysitting!
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:47 PM
 
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An even better taco joint is Taco Joint - the original at Peak & Gaston for breakfast or lunch, or the new location at Mockingbird & Arbrams (open nights and weekends, with a full bar).
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Old 11-29-2013, 04:44 PM
 
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Thought I would chime into this post since my wife and I are in the same boat. My son and his wife currently live in North Dallas and we are considering retiring to the area. We just spent a week down there scouting out areas. Our desires are a little different than yours. We have lived in NJ suburbs for over 30 years and are considering a change to city life. We think there is something to be said to be able to walk to a restaurant, bar, store, etc. Currently, we have to get in the car and drive to get anything. We also don't want to be bothered with yard work and would prefer to be as maintenance free as possible (I am challenged when it comes to fixing anything around the house--that is actually an understatement). Given all of that we kind of liked the Uptown area of Dallas and also one area in Addison. If we do decide to move to Dallas, it won't happen until the second half of next year.

I will chime in that Richardson is where my son and his wife would like to live. Schools are good and the area seems pretty nice.

Hope this helps.
I just thought I will give you MY feedback about Uptown. My daughter and SIL rent a brownstone in Turtle Creek for now. Uptown and Turtle Creek are amazing! So many good restaurants to walk to and so much activity. A bit too much of a concrete jungle for us, but it was great to visit. It might be just what you are looking for. There are several TH and brownstones in that area with little or no maintenance. Good luck.
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:10 AM
 
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Ice storms and freezing temps in Dallas this weekend? Again? I was repeatedly told that last week's freezing temps were a rarity! LOL! Who can predict weather. But hellllooo..... we are considering retiring in Dallas for warmer winters! Ha Ha....
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:36 AM
 
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Ice storms and freezing temps in Dallas this weekend? Again? I was repeatedly told that last week's freezing temps were a rarity! LOL! Who can predict weather. But hellllooo..... we are considering retiring in Dallas for warmer winters! Ha Ha....
Dallas' winter weather is erratic, as you are starting to see. It can swing from freezing to 70's multiple times throughout November - February. The upside is there will be plenty of warmer winter days as compared to most of the US. The downside is it can & does freeze, ice, and snow. The overall winters here are much warmer than the northeast, Midwest, etc but not a more tropical / temperate climate like Houston, Miami, New Orleans, etc.
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