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Old 09-13-2010, 01:22 PM
 
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Hi all! I am hoping you can give me some guidance. I have been viewing many posts on this page and have narrowed down my search based on all your feedback...

So my family and I (younger couple, early 30's, two younger kids under 5 are wanting to relocate). We live in Phx, AZ and frankly am tired of the overpopulation, the big city life, and the extreme heat.

We are looking for a coastal community, family orientated, not a large city but a city where you have all your anemities (grocery story, movies, restaurants etc), warmer weather (no snow), clean ocean for water acitivites, 5 to 10 minutes from the beach. My hubby is a pharmacist and I am a HR consultant. I am not certain how the job market is out there (but I assume that will be our greatest hurdle prior to coming).

I have seen posts on people suggesting Rockport, N or S Padre Island.... Any other thoughts? Will it be difficult to find a job close to this region, are they close to major cities?? Thanks so much for your guidance. We will plan to go for a discovery trip prior, but am hoping for more suggestions/guidance.

Also, we are considering NC or SC as an option at this point too. If you know anything about either of those then a bonus
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Corpus Christi
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Brandi,

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My hubby is a pharmacist and I am a HR consultant. I am not certain how the job market is out there (but I assume that will be our greatest hurdle prior to coming).
I can't speak for the little towns on the coast, but I doubt your husband will have much trouble finding a job in CC.

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We will plan to go for a discovery trip prior,
As has been noted before, beware of visiting CC in Oct/Nov as these are our best and most favored months around here, it may not give you a real picture of CC during Jul/Aug. Winter comes in Jan/Feb and usually lasts 3 weeks and then we are back to mild temps accompanied with some winds out of the southwest, by Mar/Apr/May things have warmed up pretty good and you will be running the A/C pretty much every day. The farther north and east you go the weather will dramatically change, for instance, Houston is 250 miles NE and has a totally different climate from CC.

Texas weather is unpredictable.
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Old 09-16-2010, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Hi all! I am hoping you can give me some guidance. I have been viewing many posts on this page and have narrowed down my search based on all your feedback...

So my family and I (younger couple, early 30's, two younger kids under 5 are wanting to relocate). We live in Phx, AZ and frankly am tired of the overpopulation, the big city life, and the extreme heat.

We are looking for a coastal community, family orientated, not a large city but a city where you have all your anemities (grocery story, movies, restaurants etc), warmer weather (no snow), clean ocean for water acitivites, 5 to 10 minutes from the beach. My hubby is a pharmacist and I am a HR consultant. I am not certain how the job market is out there (but I assume that will be our greatest hurdle prior to coming).

I have seen posts on people suggesting Rockport, N or S Padre Island.... Any other thoughts? Will it be difficult to find a job close to this region, are they close to major cities?? Thanks so much for your guidance. We will plan to go for a discovery trip prior, but am hoping for more suggestions/guidance.

Also, we are considering NC or SC as an option at this point too. If you know anything about either of those then a bonus
I lived in Phoenix for a year and still have family there. I kept my sailboat in the marina at Rockport for 3 years so am familiar with both areas. The Rockport/Fulton area is a real working community, not must a tourist town, as is the case on Padre Island. Rockport/Fulton has lots of advantages and amenities, including new and modern grocery stores, movies, and lots of great restaurants.

It gets hot in Texas but not as bad as AZ, it is however lots more humid and gets lots more rain. I was always comfortable if I was near the water, where there was almost always a breeze, but less so inland where there is often no breeze. The "Rockport/Fulton area is unusual along the Texas coast because of the large numbers of wind twisted live oak trees, which are very pretty and provide abundant shade if you are fortunate enough to buy a property that has them. Winters are mild but cloudier then what you are used to, it rarely ever snows in this area.

Rockport/Fulton are on Aransas Bay, which is along the intercoastal waterway which connects the entire south and east coast of the US, with a short break at Florida, it is a short boat ride to get out into the Gulf of Mexico at Port Aransas, or to go explore Corpus Christi Bay. It has great fishing, sea food and abundant shrimp caught fresh every day from the Bay.

There are numerous housing subdivision between Rockport and Corpus, many with canals for boat parking behind the houses, where you could live and commute to both places if you needed to for work.

There has been a pharmacist shortage in Texas in the past, not sure how it is these days, Walgreens Welcome to Walgreens - Your Home for Prescriptions, Photos and Health Information has stores all over the state, it would probably be worth checking with them to see if they have openings in the area.

HEB is the largest grocery store chain in Texas and has pharmacies in almost every store. They have a very new store in Rockport, and at least a dozen in Corpus, and probably many more in the area, you should check with them also. https://www.hebrx.com/HebRx/faces/index.jsp

I encourage you to go to google maps and explore the area in satellite view Google Maps You can even zoom all the way down to street view and see what particular areas look like. If you click on "More" and check the "Photos" box google-maps will display links to any photos that have been posted in the area.

These links have detailed weather and demographic information as well as several photos of each area.
//www.city-data.com/city/Corpus-Christi-Texas.html
//www.city-data.com/city/Rockport-Texas.html

Photos //www.city-data.com/forum/corpu...-pictures.html
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