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Old 09-15-2009, 03:56 PM
 
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:09 PM
 
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With all the mixed messages Im hearing about the CC area maybe Ill stop through when I move and stay or camp for a week or two to see if we will like it. If not we can keep on truckin up to SA. I do know, however, that I likely will not get the chance to visit the CC area before we pack up and move my schedule just wont permit it. I just know that as soon as i get my BA in summer were headed out of Washington and into the great unknown. Fun
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Old 09-15-2009, 11:20 PM
 
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My in-laws live on the north side of San Antonio, in an affluent area, and they absolutely love that city. They relocated there from the lakefront of New Orleans after Katrina. They are very involved in the theater, the symphony and the opera... so culture is important to them (fine restaurants, etc). They are hispanic and have found a wonderful Puerto Rican group that they socialize with. We are looking forward to being 2 hours away from SA and visiting with them more often. For us, I will let you know how our weekend in CC turns out in October. When I was there last month we toured the south part of CC neighborhoods (Kings Crossing & surrounding area). While there were beautiful, newer homes, there were dozens and dozens up for sale. I hear it is because the military cycles in and out of those neighborhoods a lot. The Bay area was older, but had an interesting vibe. I liked that it was not "cookie cutter" homes.
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:08 PM
 
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My in-laws live on the north side of San Antonio, in an affluent area, and they absolutely love that city. They relocated there from the lakefront of New Orleans after Katrina. They are very involved in the theater, the symphony and the opera... so culture is important to them (fine restaurants, etc). They are hispanic and have found a wonderful Puerto Rican group that they socialize with. We are looking forward to being 2 hours away from SA and visiting with them more often. For us, I will let you know how our weekend in CC turns out in October. When I was there last month we toured the south part of CC neighborhoods (Kings Crossing & surrounding area). While there were beautiful, newer homes, there were dozens and dozens up for sale. I hear it is because the military cycles in and out of those neighborhoods a lot. The Bay area was older, but had an interesting vibe. I liked that it was not "cookie cutter" homes.
Tons of unique neighborhoods in Corpus Christi. Southside is nice but lacks character. Looks like every other city in the US.
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:32 PM
 
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Tons of unique neighborhoods in Corpus Christi. Southside is nice but lacks character. Looks like every other city in the US.
On the Southside we don't have junked cars in our yards, don't have trash laying around, have gated areas, have subdivisions with 24 hour security, have beautiful landscaping, have 5 million dollar homes a mile from a 170,000 house, have daycare with cameras in them that you can watch from work, don't have gangs. Yup, I'd stay away from the Southside
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Calallen :)
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On the Southside we don't have junked cars in our yards, don't have trash laying around, have gated areas, have subdivisions with 24 hour security, have beautiful landscaping, have 5 million dollar homes a mile from a 170,000 house, have daycare with cameras in them that you can watch from work, don't have gangs. Yup, I'd stay away from the Southside
This made me laugh.

If I didn't live out here in Calallen, I'd live on the Southside in a heartbeat. I grew up on that side of town near Everheart and Cedar Pass and it was nice.
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Old 09-17-2009, 11:31 AM
 
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On the Southside we don't have junked cars in our yards, don't have trash laying around, have gated areas, have subdivisions with 24 hour security, have beautiful landscaping, have 5 million dollar homes a mile from a 170,000 house, have daycare with cameras in them that you can watch from work, don't have gangs. Yup, I'd stay away from the Southside
I never said to avoid the south side. I grew up on that side of town it's very nice. Vibrant and well-kept. I was just pointing out the other parts of town have more character which might be appealing to certain people. I live in the Santa Fe area and we don't have junked cars in front yards either. All the lawns are manicured and it's extremely safe. Trees are mature and there's lots of local business, shops and eateries. Every area has it's good points. Don't be so negative.
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Old 09-17-2009, 02:39 PM
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I don't think CC is a "love it or hate it" type of place....it's easy to do both at the same time!


Things I like:

- The beaches (not world-class tropical caliber, but still wonderful)
- *Driving* on the beaches - Nothing like driving up to your "spot"
- The bayfront (can you tell I like water?)
- The cultural events we do have (occasional concert worth going to, jazz festival, Harbor Playhouse, Seven Day Film Festival, etc.)
- Diversity - I really like the Hispanic influence
- Restaurants - I lived in Minneapolis/St. Paul for 2.5 years and did not find as many good *cheap* restaurants as we have here
- Laid-back lifestyle, ease of day-to-day living
- The weather - winters are great, and who cares how hot it is when you're on the beach?
- Shopping - pretty much everything you need....hell, we even have a decent record store (as in "record"....vinyl!)
- Friendliness of the people - seems like people are *always* holding doors for others at convenience stores and stuff, and when I hold a door, the most dangerous looking tattooed thugster will say "thank you sir"
- Strong Catholic diocese (if that's you cup of tea)....the Cathedral is gorgeous, with a truly world-class choir
- Not exactly a "college town", but we do have A&M and Del Mar (highly rated jr. college)
- Funkiness - CC (and South Texas) is in some ways a little like the deep south, with an air of quirkiness or something....and not at ALL like the "weirdness" that Austin is trying to preserve! Something a little more, I don't know, qrotesque / Southern-gothic. Or maybe I'm just smoking' crack.
- Day trips - lots of good places to visit....Rockport, San Antonio, Houston, Aransas Wildlife Refuge, Kingsville, etc. Make it a weekend, and there's a lot more...

Things I DON'T like:

- The weather....unfortunately, you can't be on the beach every moment during the summer, and it DOES get hot & humid! And it really gets old when it drags on through September and into October.
- The rundown feeling of it - Maybe this is the downside of "funkiness"...there are some pretty crappy neighborhood...some? A lot! And as others have mentioned, have good suspension on your car!
- The school system is not very good. There are alternatives, and good schools in surrounding areas, but it is a weakness.
- Lack of cultural events....it's not a wasteland, but (being a music nut) I would love to see more good concerts here.
- Trash, graffitti, and more trash, and more graffitti....sometimes you just wonder what the hell is wrong with these people.
- Lack of a wide variety of ethnic food.....not a single Indian restaurant!
- Lack of woods or mountains or any geographical distinction other than the water

All in all, in my love-hate relationship, the hate has won a few times and I've moved away, but I keep coming back, and I'm here now. And I have lots of "God, I love it here, I can spend the rest of my life here" moments.

As far as neighborhoods go, I prefer the "gaza strip" (as a realtor once called it)....the area between Ocean Drive and Alameda. Older neighborhoods, some nice architecture, trees, close to downtown, close to the bay, no traffic.

As far as crime goes, yeah there is a gang element here, but I feel as safe here is I do anywhere else where I mind my own business, don't go to the wrong places, and don't do anything stupid.

As far as employment goes, I left after college because I could not find a job. I feel fortunate to work where I do, but have thought that if I lost my job, I would *probably* have to move. So, not a big job market....but people do work (uhh, was that a candidate for "most obvious statement"?)

Enough from me....good luck with your decision!
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Salem,Oregon
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Thankyou, That's the kind of info I am looking for as I plan my move there.

Every city has good and bad. I have been keeping up on news at caller.com and many of the same items making news there are news here - bicycylist killed by hit and run, marijuana growing plots allover, graffitti, corrupt politicians, new police chief (in our case a new sheriff cause the old one was caught in a parked car in a cemetary with his girlfriend while his wife was at work). I really enjoy reading here about the things to do, where to live school districts not so much not a issue for me, but still important info. I also like to see what you don't like as that's also important when making a decision as important as a move half way across country! the heat/humidity is a bit bothersome to think about but I have to say the idea of an hour more light in the winter almost erases the fear of living with that! Do you have many days above 100 degrees?
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Old 09-17-2009, 09:30 PM
 
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Yes, I'm really looking at the Bay area along Santa Fe, etc. because I like the variety of the homes there and the feel of the neighborhood. When we toured the area, I really liked the vibe I felt in that area and was told there were a lot of professors and instructors of the colleges that live in the area. I loved seeing people walking in the neighborhoods, liked the mature trees, liked being a few blocks within Ocean drive and nearer to the marina and downtown. I'd be one of those that would love living in a loft downtown (a real loft, not a overhauled apartment complex) and be a part of reviving downtown - if it weren't for the lack of grass and privacy. I need at least a little plot of land where I can have an herb garden and flower gardens. As an artist, I spend a lot of time painting nature and want to be surrounded by at least a little patch of it. I'm not thrilled with the high, humid temps, but I grew up in south Louisiana, so I'm at least familiar with it. We will be relocating there because of a job opportunity and a huge raise, and we have no young children, so we don't have to worry about the job market or school districts.
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