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Old 02-05-2007, 10:37 AM
 
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Hello. My family and I are hoping to relocate. We are looking for a family-friendly community, a reasonable cost of living (we would like 4-5 bedroom home in a nice neighborhood for $200,000 or less), within one hour's drive to the beach/Gulf, and warm weather. I don't mind hot weather, but my husband doesn't like it too hot. We also need to be within commuting distance to a major medical center-my husband is in the healthcare management field. Do you hve any ideas for us? Thank you!
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Old 02-05-2007, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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If you want to be that close to the Gulf then I suggest somewhere in Houston. Sorry can't be more specfic than that since I don't live there but in San Antonio but everywhere in Texas during the summers are warm to hot(90s all summer long)
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Old 02-05-2007, 03:57 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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Pearland, maybe Sugar Land or Clear Lake (all Houston area suburbs) sound like a perfect fit. The Texas Medical Center in Houston is the largest in the nation and many top-notch hospitals. You can get to Galveston beach in an hour or less from those locations.

I don't know any other major city in Texas where you can get to the beach in an hour. All the other cities near the coast are much smaller and will have fewer jobs and amenities.
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Old 02-05-2007, 06:54 PM
 
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Define major medical center.Corpus Christi is on the coast and has a pop of almost 300,000. Beaumont is about 115,000,and Brownsville is about 140,000.Other than one of these,Houston will be your only other choice.
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Old 02-06-2007, 07:15 AM
 
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Thank you for your ideas. By major medical center, I mean a hospital with a quality assurance department. Brownsville sounds perfect for me (temperature-wise), but my husband insists Brownsville is not a very safe place to live. He grew up in Dallas and remembers Brownsville being constantly in the news for drug/gang-related violence. I will research the other areas mentioned, though. Are any of you familiar with Corpus Christi? What is the quality of the schools? What are some good neighborhoods to check out? Thank you!!!
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Old 02-13-2007, 12:09 PM
 
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Itstoocold:

Great news--my husband is also in healthcare management--we'd like to get closer to our mothers so back north--
Sugar Land is safe (its where we live)

Specifically what kind of work is your husband in? Mine might be of great help.
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Old 02-13-2007, 01:22 PM
 
Location: in my mind
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Thank you for your ideas. By major medical center, I mean a hospital with a quality assurance department. Brownsville sounds perfect for me (temperature-wise), but my husband insists Brownsville is not a very safe place to live. He grew up in Dallas and remembers Brownsville being constantly in the news for drug/gang-related violence. I will research the other areas mentioned, though. Are any of you familiar with Corpus Christi? What is the quality of the schools? What are some good neighborhoods to check out? Thank you!!!

I remember hearing the same about Brownsville.

Check out these links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland,_Texas

http://www.portlandtx.com/

(the second one even has a cheesy little promo video! LOL!)


I grew up in Portland, TX. It is known for being a "place to raise a family". Not much else to do there! I mean job-wise... but it is super close to Corpus Christi (10 minutes), and about 20 minutes from the beach at Port Aransas.

I now live in San Antonio and have since I was 14, but my formative years were in Portland.

It was very safe then and is considered very safe now. As a child I rode my bike all over town and always walked to and from school alone. We never locked our doors. We spent every weekend at the beach. The town is not tiny but it is heavily focused on football and church.... not so much that it bothered us really, but I wouldn't want to live there now (just me though, I don't like small towns). Nice homes, sidewalks everywhere, decent parks, pretty views, very all-American.

Worth a look for what you're searching for! It even has a Starbuck's now (as of last year). Never thought I'd see that! LOL!
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:59 PM
 
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I would look in the Clearlake area and other burbs of Houston that are close to the beach. Houston area is going to give your husband more opportunity and flexibilty with jobs. Corpus is a small town and if he takes a job there and finds he doesn't like it, he could be stuck. Just more opportunity if you live in Houston. jm2cents
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Old 02-15-2007, 02:16 PM
 
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Hello,

I got in a carwreck a couple of decades ago and they took me to Victoria TX for extensive surgery. I was wacked out on drugs when I checked out but I have to admit that they gave me great service and I know Victoria is not too far from the gulf. My professor from ITT moved there and started teaching electronics at a local school. I have met him there a few times and gone on to the gulf for fishing and he could not stop talking about how much he loved Victoria. Do not have specific info, but it is a decent sized town.
Just a thought.

Good Luck,

Crazed chef
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Old 02-16-2007, 01:48 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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I would look in the Clearlake area and other burbs of Houston that are close to the beach. Houston area is going to give your husband more opportunity and flexibilty with jobs. Corpus is a small town and if he takes a job there and finds he doesn't like it, he could be stuck. Just more opportunity if you live in Houston. jm2cents
Very true -- look at the Bay Area of Houston, Pearland, maybe Sugar Land...
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