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Old 01-15-2010, 03:36 PM
Location: Austin, TX
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My husband and I are in our early 30s. We have no kids yet, but plan to start a family soon. We relocated to Orange County, CA about a year ago from Madison, WI. We love the weather here in So Cali, but thats about it. Its so expensive, the people are superficial, and there is no feel of community. The sprawl is astounding, as is the traffic.

We are looking for a place with decent weather (as in hot=good, snow and cold=bad) and would like to live somewhere with more of a community feel (meaning like we rally around teams, events, central downtown etc) We want to live in a place that is at least a 500,000 metro area, with a good public school system and where we can afford a home in the 300-450k price range.

We like Austin a lot, but the jobs are somewhat lacking (Pharma/Biotech and IT) so we are considering expanding our search to other places in Texas. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

thanks in advance!
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:03 AM
Location: Knox - Henderson
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The Dallas/Ft.Worth and Houston metropolitan areas are the largest in TX (and the 4th and 6th largest, respectively, in the nation) with approx. 6 million people each. So, your job opportunities might be better in either of those areas than in Austin. As for good public schools, those will mostly be found in certain suburbs of each city, although there are exceptions within the big city school districts. I get why a good school district is a factor when people have children, but, since you're not there yet, you might want to consider living in a close-in section of any of these three cities. IMO, you'll probably experience more appreciation in home values in certain close-in neighborhoods of Dallas than in many of the distant suburbs. I'm guessing that the same can be said for certain parts of inner-city FTW and Houston.

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