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Old 07-29-2019, 05:10 PM
 
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Greetings!!!


We are retired Veterans looking to find at least 2+ acres, 4+ bedroom home with staying under 400k in an area with good schools, within the next year hopefully (my husband grew up in Fort Worth area and has family mostly by Crowley, I am a California native ready to leave because of the price for cost of living, we cannot actually retire here comfortably, so Texas here we come) I have been doing a lot of research on areas, however, you know websites can just give you facts and not so much of the actual tips of the locals that I am looking to hear about.... So I will list things of priorities for our move and the locations we are thinking....if there is any input, I would greatly appreciate it!


Priority:
*Schools/Athletics (good school district, athletics division wise)


*Traffic (husband will be working near White Settlement for a bit to get situated)


*Space (as in we do not want to be in suburbia land of new homes, we want to enjoy open spaces in our views on the drive, but we do not want to have to drive 80 miles either to get our kids to school lol I know contradicting,...well we just don't want to be too far out.)


*Community (events offered for families/kids, festivals, annual gatherings for any specific holidays or during Christmas


*CONS (please share any negatives that are ongoing with the areas or towns. I.E. new homes built, new businesses pushing mom and pops out? Crimes?




We have decided on the following to check out, so far our ideal places are listed in order of interest: (based on research, there are only a couple that we visited but do not know what the locals would know, so please share


Aledo (visited)
Weatherford (visited)
Waxahachie
Crowley
Azle
Midlothian




Looking forward to the good, bad and ugly! Thank you so much in advance, just trying to get a little more insight from locals to help narrow down our ideal forever home....
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Old 07-30-2019, 12:57 PM
 
Location: College Station, TX
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I can't be of much specific help with the DFW metroplex, but in general there will not be a lot of open space in that area. Unless you have a lot of money, which few of us do. Same goes for being in a good school district. If you want to be there, so will many, many others. Traffic will be heavy, but it is what it is. Being from San Diego, you get this. There are lots of festivals and school events in that area. Should not be an issue.

Don't get discouraged, but I would recommend renting for a year to make sure you are ok with the area and to give you time to look.

As an aside, I just got back from a week on Coronado Island (isthmus??). My wife attended a conference and I tagged along. Wow!!! It was beautiful and the weather was nearly perfect. I had a great time. Good luck!
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Old 07-30-2019, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Frisco, Texas
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Greetings!!!


We are retired Veterans looking to find at least 2+ acres, 4+ bedroom home with staying under 400k in an area with good schools, within the next year hopefully (my husband grew up in Fort Worth area and has family mostly by Crowley, I am a California native ready to leave because of the price for cost of living, we cannot actually retire here comfortably, so Texas here we come) I have been doing a lot of research on areas, however, you know websites can just give you facts and not so much of the actual tips of the locals that I am looking to hear about.... So I will list things of priorities for our move and the locations we are thinking....if there is any input, I would greatly appreciate it!


Priority:
*Schools/Athletics (good school district, athletics division wise)


*Traffic (husband will be working near White Settlement for a bit to get situated)


*Space (as in we do not want to be in suburbia land of new homes, we want to enjoy open spaces in our views on the drive, but we do not want to have to drive 80 miles either to get our kids to school lol I know contradicting,...well we just don't want to be too far out.)


*Community (events offered for families/kids, festivals, annual gatherings for any specific holidays or during Christmas


*CONS (please share any negatives that are ongoing with the areas or towns. I.E. new homes built, new businesses pushing mom and pops out? Crimes?




We have decided on the following to check out, so far our ideal places are listed in order of interest: (based on research, there are only a couple that we visited but do not know what the locals would know, so please share


Aledo (visited)
Weatherford (visited)
Waxahachie
Crowley
Azle
Midlothian




Looking forward to the good, bad and ugly! Thank you so much in advance, just trying to get a little more insight from locals to help narrow down our ideal forever home....
Welcome, well I grew up Weatherford and think it 's a great town....now. When I was younger I wanted to get away from it but I believe you'll enjoy the vibe in the town today. I certainly would not mind going back myself. There are plenty of town events going on such as the city peach festival, local rodeos, first Monday trade days and the square is always nicely decorated around the Holidays. Plus it's just a nice family town, not a suburb and has the prettiest courthouse in Texas, IMO. Birthplace of Larry Hagman and Mary Martin (of Broadway fame). Never cared too much for Azle. Aledo is a nice up and coming town as well and a bit closer to Ft Worth. Dont know much about Crowley and Midlothian.

I realize these are not on your list but I would recommend you also check out Grandburry which is south of Weatherford and Boerne which is about 30 minutes north west of San Antonio in the Hill Country. Boerne is a small but vibrant town with a lot of German influence. Well worth investing the time to visit there. Might also check Fredricksburg while your're in that area; same vibe as Boerne and close to a lot of great vineyards and wineries.
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Old 07-30-2019, 03:16 PM
 
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Welcome, well I grew up Weatherford and think it 's a great town....now. When I was younger I wanted to get away from it but I believe you'll enjoy the vibe in the town today. I certainly would not mind going back myself. There are plenty of town events going on such as the city peach festival, local rodeos, first Monday trade days and the square is always nicely decorated around the Holidays. Plus it's just a nice family town, not a suburb and has the prettiest courthouse in Texas, IMO. Birthplace of Larry Hagman and Mary Martin (of Broadway fame). Never cared too much for Azle. Aledo is a nice up and coming town as well and a bit closer to Ft Worth. Dont know much about Crowley and Midlothian.

I realize these are not on your list but I would recommend you also check out Grandburry which is south of Weatherford and Boerne which is about 30 minutes north west of San Antonio in the Hill Country. Boerne is a small but vibrant town with a lot of German influence. Well worth investing the time to visit there. Might also check Fredricksburg while your're in that area; same vibe as Boerne and close to a lot of great vineyards and wineries.

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your thoughts! I have been looking at Granbury also a little bit as it doesn't seem too much further out than where we are looking, I have seen some homes in Boerne as well. we really liked Weatherford, but as I do home searches there is a lot of newer development, we aren't too excited for but there are still areas it seems to be left alone. I appreciate your insight, thank you again so much!
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Old Today, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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I’ve heard that Tyler and Abilene are popular with retirees. I’m sure that land outside is inexpensive, yet you would still be close to medical care and the amenities that a small city would provide.
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Old Today, 09:26 PM
 
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Aledo or Weatherford off that list
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Old Today, 09:42 PM
 
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Yep, Tyler over Abilene for certain, more amenities in Tyler, especially medical specialists, plus close by DFW. Relatively close by. However, Tyler serving, about 400,000 for medical and retail needs, is still likely too small for needs of original poster, even with the unusual quality of symphony, and performing events center for a city of 100,000, inside the city limits.
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