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Old 10-10-2008, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Orange County, California
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If so, I'd love any insight to the "cultural differences" from RSM to Round Rock, Cedar Park, etc... I love RSM, but can't afford the home prices, so I must relocate. I'm looking at RR because I have an uncle there and he loves it. Of course, he has a huge house! We only have a budget of about $150K, so we'll be moving from a condo to a home eventually, renting to start. We've got two kids 1, & 12, and we love RSM's lake, schools, activities, hiking trails, etc.
Where do/did you live?
What do you miss?
What was unexpected "plus" to moving there?
What's the best way to get a job there?
What do you wish you knew before you moved there?
Thanks!!!
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Old 10-10-2008, 09:02 PM
 
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If so, I'd love any insight to the "cultural differences" from RSM to Round Rock, Cedar Park, etc... I love RSM, but can't afford the home prices, so I must relocate. I'm looking at RR because I have an uncle there and he loves it. Of course, he has a huge house! We only have a budget of about $150K, so we'll be moving from a condo to a home eventually, renting to start. We've got two kids 1, & 12, and we love RSM's lake, schools, activities, hiking trails, etc.
Where do/did you live?
What do you miss?
What was unexpected "plus" to moving there?
What's the best way to get a job there?
What do you wish you knew before you moved there?
Thanks!!!
My wife is from OC and she hated it for the first month or so. Now she hates it when we go back to OC (6 years later). Wife lived in costa mesa

1) shopping is much worse here
2) no beach
3) it is much more crowded in the OC, there are literally people everywhere.
4) Much more diverse in OC, much more whitewashed here
5) very hot here in the summer
6) cold in the winter
7) housing is much cheaper, we have a much nicer house than we would over there
8) schools are better here, she went to private school at 12k/year. We will go with public schools
9) restaurants are better here (really!). Except we have less and worse asian food
10) austin has more local places, OC has a ton of chains.
11) taxes are much higher here (prop 42 means property taxes are incredibly low)
12) income tax is much lower here.
13) austin has a small town feel
14) OC traffic isnt really that bad, but it can take a long time to get around.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:50 AM
 
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We moved here from portola hills, yes right next to rsm, about 2 years ago and in fact are likely going to be heading back the other direction. Part of it carreer based, part of it lifestyle based. Now, our budget was much more than 150k which of course makes a huge difference in views.

I'd some it up this way, austin is a great place and the people truly are second to none. However, the lifestyle (ie."bandwith"/diversity") is limited in comparison. So its a matter of where you rest priorities..and what your personal life style is. If you are very active and constantly have that itch to go down the "what are we gonna find this weeked list? oc and so cal wins out. If on the other hand you are more content with a more limited lifestyle then austin, when factoring in the people and cost of living, is hard to beat.

When i say "more limited lifestyle", I mean essentially am I ok with ..golf, watching football, going into downtown, and hitting the lake.

So the question is.. do you take advantage of the diversity so cal offers which you pay a premium for or not?
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Old 10-14-2008, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Oh no! More Californians are moving to Austin!!


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Old 10-14-2008, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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I turned down a job in Long Beach Feb 08. I would have made much more than I do here but I would barely be paycheck to paycheck in Long Beach. I am glad I did not in the long run.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Hilarious jread!
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:00 AM
 
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If so, I'd love any insight to the "cultural differences" from RSM to Round Rock, Cedar Park, etc... I love RSM, but can't afford the home prices, so I must relocate. I'm looking at RR because I have an uncle there and he loves it. Of course, he has a huge house! We only have a budget of about $150K, so we'll be moving from a condo to a home eventually, renting to start. We've got two kids 1, & 12, and we love RSM's lake, schools, activities, hiking trails, etc.
Where do/did you live?
What do you miss?
What was unexpected "plus" to moving there?
What's the best way to get a job there?
What do you wish you knew before you moved there?
Thanks!!!
Our family moved from OC (MV, specifically) to Austin about 18 months ago. We lived very, very close to the MV mall and were walking distance to my son's school. We moved to Circle C area of Austin and as far as house goes, there's a considerable difference. I'm still trying to adjust to that.

What do I miss? Family and friends. I wasn't really a "beach" person (except for maybe tide pool exploring), more of a tree person so I couldn't be happier here.

Unexpected plus: we're a part of a great, awesome fellowship at church; my kids love going "to the city" which is just basically going to visit the Capitol building; Amy's Ice Cream; lots of places for us to walk that don't involve shopping in any way (vs. our habit of hanging out at the Irvine Spectrum); we are able to homeschool our kids; lots of the trees drop their leaves and you can certainly tell there's a change of seasons without having to deal with snow.

Expected pluses: I know you didn't ask, but it does bear noting: the PEOPLE. Someone remarked to us before we moved that people don't care what you're wearing when you go out. People are very laid back and friendly. There's a bigger emphasis on family---not that there wasn't so much in OC, but there's a difference and I can't articulate what it is but it's there. The pace is slower (I've had a gentleman help me empty my shopping cart just because). There's a very strong creative vibe here, too.

There is theater, lots of live music (we've barely tapped into that aspect), history, water sports, hiking, etc. There's even shopping, just not like at South Coast Plaza.
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Old 10-20-2008, 02:37 PM
 
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My husband and I moved from Orange County about 10 months ago and could not be happier. Our quality of life has gone through the roof and the people here are the absolute best! We currently live in the SW part of Austin in the Rim Rock Community (technically Driftwood) and just love it! My husband who was so opposed to ever leaving CA has had a huge change of heart and now states that he will never move back to CA.
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:45 PM
 
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My husband and I moved from Orange County about 10 months ago and could not be happier. Our quality of life has gone through the roof and the people here are the absolute best! We currently live in the SW part of Austin in the Rim Rock Community (technically Driftwood) and just love it! My husband who was so opposed to ever leaving CA has had a huge change of heart and now states that he will never move back to CA.
My wife is the same. She is from Dana Point. We met in college at SDSU. We moved out here and she looovvess it and wants to stay for the foreseeable future.
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Old 10-21-2008, 11:31 AM
 
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Well, I've lived in Austin my whole life and love the area, but I can't compare it with Cali, sorry.

However, we are about to put up our current house in Round Rock for sale for your price range as we are buying another house. If you're interested, please PM me and I'll give you the info.

Good luck with your search and decisions! I did visit San Diego once and it sure is beautiful!
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