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Old 10-30-2013, 03:15 AM
 
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Hi

I need an unbiased view.
If you could live in Boulder or Dallas, where would you choose to live?

I'm on a teacher salary, so not rich.
Is Boulder much more expensive? How much are 2-3 bedroom in a nice area?

Dallas seems cheaper regarding daily costs, but it gets the extreme heat vs Boulder with the cold winters. Are the houses in Boulder build like in Dallas? Or are they actually brick building with central heating(water central heating)?

Anyway, give me your thoughts!

Very thankful for any advice!
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I love Boulder but it is rather pricey. Dallas will give you much more bang for your buck. I don't know about building standards are like since my friends in both live in apartments.

As far as the weather, the summers in Dallas will be brutal. I don't know where you live now but they can be very difficult to take even for those who love summer heat. Winters in Colorado along the Front Range are often over dramatized. Yes it does snow but the snow melts in a few days. Winters are quite sunny and pleasant for the most part.

If money were no object, I would easily pick Boulder. On a teacher's salary looking for a two or three bedroom place, I'd go with Dallas.
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:59 AM
 
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Why does everyone here always say that the heat in DFW is brutal? How much time does a teacher spend outdoors during the day?

DFW - no state income tax, very short but sometimes very cold winters, coast/mountains/prairie within a few hours drive, very diverse population, Spanish very helpful, very high real estate taxes, toll roads, limited public transportation.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Why does everyone here always say that the heat in DFW is brutal? How much time does a teacher spend outdoors during the day?

DFW - no state income tax, very short but sometimes very cold winters, coast/mountains/prairie within a few hours drive, very diverse population, Spanish very helpful, very high real estate taxes, toll roads, limited public transportation.
I say it because I believe it is. I live in Austin and the summers here are not much different than Dallas. I play sports and exercise outside during the evening hours. I have thrown up from doing so in the summer more times than I can count over the past 17 years in Texas. Seems brutal to me.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:40 AM
 
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I would choose Boulder without hesitation. It's a beautiful city/area with a great outdoor lifestyle that wouldn't be an option in Dallas unless you're very heat tolerant. Boulder proper can be quite expensive but nearby towns like Louisville and Lafayette are rather affordable, and about 10 miles from downtown Boulder which is 30 minutes or less commute time. Nicer two bedrooms apartments go around $1200 a month in those areas which isn't too dissimilar to the cost in Dallas. Apartment complex styles are fairly similar in Colorado as to what you see in Texas.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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It depends on what you prefer.

If you are a very outdoorsy person and like to hike, bike, and the sort, go with Boulder.

If you prefer the big city amenities, go with Dallas.
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:18 AM
 
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I would choose Boulder without hesitation. It's a beautiful city/area with a great outdoor lifestyle that wouldn't be an option in Dallas unless you're very heat tolerant. Boulder proper can be quite expensive but nearby towns like Louisville and Lafayette are rather affordable, and about 10 miles from downtown Boulder which is 30 minutes or less commute time. Nicer two bedrooms apartments go around $1200 a month in those areas which isn't too dissimilar to the cost in Dallas. Apartment complex styles are fairly similar in Colorado as to what you see in Texas.
Also in terms of big city amenities it's just 30 minutes from Denver, which is how long a cross town drive in Dallas could take.
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:35 AM
 
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For me it would be Boulder without a doubt. Sure it is more costly and you will spend a larger percentage of your income rather than saving, but it would be worth it. You can't put a price on experience and Boulder gives you the beautiful Rockies to explore on the weekends and during your summer break. Boulder is not far from Denver, which has everything you could need in a big city (pretty much).
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:52 AM
 
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I say it because I believe it is. I live in Austin and the summers here are not much different than Dallas. I play sports and exercise outside during the evening hours. I have thrown up from doing so in the summer more times than I can count over the past 17 years in Texas. Seems brutal to me.
After Alabama Texas seems to be pleasant.
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:06 PM
 
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Dallas has a far better cost of living and taxes are lower, you would probably be able to afford a much better home there than in Boulder. But it really comes down to what would make you the most happy, if you don't like hot weather in the summer than Texas probably isn't for you. I personally would live in Dallas over Boulder anyday.

However only YOU can make this decision, what's best for me is not what is best for someone else. Hope whatever you pick works out best for you!

Good luck!
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