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Old 07-24-2017, 08:03 AM
 
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I am working in software development and have lived in cold North east for a long time and would like to move somewhere south where it is sunny and I can have mild winters.

Texas is on my plan, along with FL. As Texas does have good IT jobs, I am additionally looking for the following :
1) affordable housing (rent & own)
2) close to nature parks /free entertainment
3) Less traffic driving to office/home

On a sidebar, has anyone thought of comparing TX with FL?? Will definitely love to hear the perspective of a TX vs FL comparison !

Looking for valuable advice from the friendly CDers.
Thanks!
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:21 AM
 
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Old 07-24-2017, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Mars City
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You'll probably need to do more research in FL first, and come up with numbers that we can compare to. In other words, look at cities/areas you are interested in that have what you consider "affordable housing", and are close to parks/entertainment, and feature "less driving" (whatever that means to you).

Once you get some numbers and specifics, we'll be able to have something to compare to. It sort of sounds like you're asking us to do the work for you. Most of us on this part of the forum only can speak about Texas. But we'll be glad to help compare if you give us specifics from FL.
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Old 07-24-2017, 06:49 PM
 
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I am working in software development and have lived in cold North east for a long time and would like to move somewhere south where it is sunny and I can have mild winters.

Texas is on my plan, along with FL. As Texas does have good IT jobs, I am additionally looking for the following :
1) affordable housing (rent & own)
2) close to nature parks /free entertainment
3) Less traffic driving to office/home

On a sidebar, has anyone thought of comparing TX with FL?? Will definitely love to hear the perspective of a TX vs FL comparison !

Looking for valuable advice from the friendly CDers.
Thanks!
1) that's is too generic. For example, Houston is more expensive than most of Florida. But Miami itself has a higher price of living. Overall, Texas has a Lower price of living but that's still very generic.

2) Close to nature parks. I side Florida here. Not because of how many parks but because Florida has nearly tropical climate to bring that beauty.

3) that's also generic. Orlando vs Houston? Miami vs San Antonio? You have to be specific here.
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Old 07-25-2017, 06:17 PM
 
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You'll probably need to do more research in FL first, and come up with numbers that we can compare to. In other words, look at cities/areas you are interested in that have what you consider "affordable housing", and are close to parks/entertainment, and feature "less driving" (whatever that means to you).

Once you get some numbers and specifics, we'll be able to have something to compare to. It sort of sounds like you're asking us to do the work for you. Most of us on this part of the forum only can speak about Texas. But we'll be glad to help compare if you give us specifics from FL.
I am not asking you to do the work for me on comparing FL vs TX! Since both the states are not within my area of cognizance, I am trying to get as much info as possible. It was only meant to be a bonus point - if & only if, any CDers had lived in both the states or fairly knowledgeable on the pros & cons in both states.


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1) that's is too generic. For example, Houston is more expensive than most of Florida. But Miami itself has a higher price of living. Overall, Texas has a Lower price of living but that's still very generic.

2) Close to nature parks. I side Florida here. Not because of how many parks but because Florida has nearly tropical climate to bring that beauty.

3) that's also generic. Orlando vs Houston? Miami vs San Antonio? You have to be specific here.
Thanks for the pointers !
1) looking for ball park numbers on the rent /mortgage for a 2B/2B apt or a townhome.
2) big lover of the waves and beach- not sure if coast of TX is like the coast of FL.
3) traffic can be ambiguous, but I am looking for general opinion on metros where IT jobs are available.

Again, if one cannot do a TX vs FL comparison, it is fine ! I would highly appreciate your inputs on TX alone.
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Old 07-25-2017, 06:20 PM
 
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I am working in software development and have lived in cold North east for a long time and would like to move somewhere south where it is sunny and I can have mild winters.

Texas is on my plan, along with FL. As Texas does have good IT jobs, I am additionally looking for the following :
1) affordable housing (rent & own)
2) close to nature parks /free entertainment
3) Less traffic driving to office/home

On a sidebar, has anyone thought of comparing TX with FL?? Will definitely love to hear the perspective of a TX vs FL comparison !

Looking for valuable advice from the friendly CDers.
Thanks!
Again, if one cannot do a TX vs FL comparison, it is fine - it was meant to be a sidebar convo! I would highly appreciate your inputs on TX on the above 3 factors.
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Old 07-25-2017, 07:53 PM
 
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I am not asking you to do the work for me on comparing FL vs TX! Since both the states are not within my area of cognizance, I am trying to get as much info as possible. It was only meant to be a bonus point - if & only if, any CDers had lived in both the states or fairly knowledgeable on the pros & cons in both states.




Thanks for the pointers !
1) looking for ball park numbers on the rent /mortgage for a 2B/2B apt or a townhome.
2) big lover of the waves and beach- not sure if coast of TX is like the coast of FL.
3) traffic can be ambiguous, but I am looking for general opinion on metros where IT jobs are available.

Again, if one cannot do a TX vs FL comparison, it is fine ! I would highly appreciate your inputs on TX alone.
The coast of Florida is generally regarded as superior to the Texas coast.
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Old 07-25-2017, 09:22 PM
 
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The sand is lighter in FL, water colors are different between the two states. In FL, you're surrounded by water and hurricanes, in TX you can move laterally away from the coast and get some good distance in.
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Old 07-25-2017, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Katy-zuela
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1) that's is too generic. For example, Houston is more expensive than most of Florida. But Miami itself has a higher price of living. Overall, Texas has a Lower price of living but that's still very generic.
I was appalled at Publix's steak TV commercial from a couple months ago. They had the audacity to list $10.99/lb for their steak and their snarky tagline at the end "Where shopping is a pleasure." They definitely wouldn't survive in Texas!

Kroger sells the same thing for half the price per pound (with the card). There's no card at Publix (so you're SOL for a chance with lower prices!!!). I end up shopping at Winn-Dixie for more reasonable prices when I visit FL.

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The sand is lighter in FL, water colors are different between the two states. In FL, you're surrounded by water and hurricanes, in TX you can move laterally away from the coast and get some good distance in.
In peninsular Florida, you can definitely feel the crowds now. I-75 and I-95 are being gradually upgraded to 6 lanes minimum to accommodate the growing population. Driving in Florida has always been scary. Adding more people in the mix only makes it dangerous and necessitates the widening to keep drivers safe with the increased traffic volume. Florida has always attracted transplants and snow birds, but it's on a whole other level now!
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Old 07-26-2017, 08:45 AM
 
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Texas is on my plan, along with FL. As Texas does have good IT jobs, I am additionally looking for the following :
1) affordable housing (rent & own)
2) close to nature parks /free entertainment
3) Less traffic driving to office/home


Any helpful pointers???
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