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Old 07-23-2010, 01:48 PM
 
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Thumbs down looking for area near Bryan or Austin

Hello all!
My parents, brother, and their families live in San Antonio, TX. My family (I just turned 40, and have a 12 yr old, husband is mid 50's) is thinking of moving to TX to be near them. I was looking for something around Austin or Bryan, to be near the colleges, but am concerned about crime and college town life. I was also hoping for a milder climate than San Antonio. We'd like to find a place that is 3 hrs drive to SAT, but where we could raise our son so that he is active with school and friends, but we also don't want to be the 'oldest people on the block' . Hopefully this makes sense to everyone...any advice? My husband really enjoys Austin, and can work Satellite, so we don't have to be neccessarily downtown. I wasn't sure what the suburbs of both of those areas were like, or if anyone had any other thoughts on cities?
Many thanks!!!
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Old 07-23-2010, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Funky Town, Texas
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Your going to get boried quicker in Bryan/College station. The area for the most part is safe and its tends to be very conservative. Northgate is a nice little area for entertainment.
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Old 07-23-2010, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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The biggest challenge in your request is climate. Any area of Texas within a 3 hour drive of San Antonio will have very similar weather. The temperature won't vary +/- a few degrees. Same with humidity.

Austin is 90 minutes from San Antonio. It is about 100 minutes from Bryan/College Station. Very good schools, lots of choices for a family with a 12 year old.

Somewhere around Austin should give you lots of choices depending on your budget and what is important to you.

Fort Worth is 3 1/2 hours from San Antonio and might be worth a consideration. Not as big as Dallas, up and coming city. I am not as informed on FW schools though.

FWIW - my parents live in SA, I have a child in college in both B/CS and FW, and I live in the Austin area.
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Old 07-23-2010, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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It kind of really depends on what you want. Austin is a great city, but its' more a big city with a large university in it. Bryan College Station is more of a small town with a really big university in it. If you want the college town feel, I'd say College Station. If you want the big city, I'd say Austin. I personally like both places very much. I have a son going to school in CS now, and I love it there, but Austin in a great place too. They are really like comparing apples to oranges.
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Old 07-23-2010, 06:35 PM
 
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Thanks everyone! Over dinner my husband and were talking further, and I think we've decide on Austin, but I'm still a 'country' girl who likes to go into the city rather than a 'ctity' girl going to the country...I'll look for some type of suburb town that will work, however I understand that Austin is a terror for traffic?
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Old 07-23-2010, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Thanks everyone! Over dinner my husband and were talking further, and I think we've decide on Austin, but I'm still a 'country' girl who likes to go into the city rather than a 'ctity' girl going to the country...I'll look for some type of suburb town that will work, however I understand that Austin is a terror for traffic?
Austin traffic ranges from hideous (such as IH35) to not bad at all. It all depends where and when you are driving.
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Old 07-24-2010, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Thanks everyone! Over dinner my husband and were talking further, and I think we've decide on Austin, but I'm still a 'country' girl who likes to go into the city rather than a 'ctity' girl going to the country...I'll look for some type of suburb town that will work, however I understand that Austin is a terror for traffic?
If you pick Austin then you will become the "city girl". Even the suburbs are losing or have already lost their rural feel.
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Old 07-24-2010, 08:51 AM
 
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(sigh), thanks for all the info, and so quick too! What a decision! My parents grew up in a very small town near Amarillo and are very happy they settled in San Antonio (I personally grew up in AZ and live now in MD). Perhaps on our next visit we'll take a trip up to Austin and drive around. Thanks again for everyone's advice!
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