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Old 01-31-2011, 09:43 AM
Location: Indiana
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Okay, so I've posted a lot on the Indiana board because my husband and I thought we were going to be moving up there. BUT! I threw a fit, and we're staying in Texas. Haha, I never want to leave. So now we're trying to find some small towns west of D/FW (we both really hate Dallas, But love Fort Worth). We had been considering moving to Corsicana south or Dallas, but its still too big... and too close to Dallas (did I mention we hate Dallas?).

We're really wanting that "small town USA" feeling. Family friendly, small school district, borrow sugar from your neighbor type town. I would like to feel like I'm stepping back in time to a Mayberry feeling. All American, small town.

We live in Arlington now, and I hate everything about it (except my Texas Rangers!!!).
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:56 AM
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I don't know if I can help with the "Mayberry" feeling but do understand why you want to move. My spouse and I moved from the Dallas area to the outskirts of FW last summer. We love it but of course, everything has its pros and cons. We don't have children yet but moved to a town that has decent schools because we knew it would be a factor in the future. Do you have kids in school now? Please feel free to IM me, I can give you more details.
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:14 AM
Location: Indiana
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Actually our kiddo is only 4 months old, but my husband and I agree that we want to.be settled before our little Guy starts school.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:06 AM
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Smaller towns with an old town feel near Fort Worth that you might take a look at would be Weatherford, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Granbury, Gainesville, Mineral Wells, Stephenville. Going further north and east would be Denison, Sherman, Bonham, Honey Grove (lots of fine old homes there) and Clarksville. Further still to the east would be Jefferson, TX which is essentially a 19th Century river boat town preserved in time. Calvert TX farther to the south essentially remains in the same time period. It all depends on the kind of atmosphere you are looking for. The biggest challenge in smaller towns in Texas as well as other States is the local economy. In some places, jobs are non-existent so you either have to create a business yourself or have external sources of income. Smaller towns also tend to be cliquish but if you try to be friendly in most cases the locals will reciprocate. The Texas Dept. of Transportation publishes a Guide to Texas towns meant for the tourist trade. (used to be free but I'm not sure now) The listings for the towns contain a wealth of information about individual smaller communities. Texas is blessed with many "Mayberry" type communities which are sometimes well off the beaten path. Assuming you can secure your income, you'll find most smaller places welcome newcomers with open arms. (especially faded farming communities in remote areas.)
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:57 AM
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some of the schools in those small towns have gotten some negative reports

check the water source and the tax base--you want a town that is viable enough to keep a good local hospital and doctors and have good police/sheriffs dept
lots of not-so-nice people move to the country to do bad things like make meth
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:39 PM
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West of FW, I would suggest Aledo, Weatherford, Brock, Granbury, Stephenville, Decatur, Mineral Wells, Graham....all nice small towns, but close enough to FW to get your dr. appts, shopping, etc. Do your homework on the schools, but my limited knowledge tells me that they are all pretty good. I know, athletically, many of them are excellent, and IMO, athletics often drive the school district and contribute to the small-town feel and spirit of community.

A bit farther south and west are Glen Rose, Hico and Hamilton...fun places to visit, but they might be too small to live.

I think your choices are limitless, and I think it's very exciting. I will probably do the same thing in 10 or so years.
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