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Old 07-02-2007, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica
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Buying a home in California is becoming a dream now, thats why after 15 years I have decided to move to Dallas. I have lived in Culver City , surrounded by Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey, which are nice and family places to live. If I arrive in Dallas, I may get impressed right away with certain areas like Mickenny, Frisco, or Plano, but some who is living there can really give me the true picture. So please tell me what area would you suggest which may be same as Santa Monica?
And the most important thing is how is the job market for an Accountant (myself) and Proxy Voting Specialist which is in Investment or Money Managers Company (for Spouse).

Thanks
Sean
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Old 07-02-2007, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I already know of somebody who will argue with me on this one, I think -- but my husband, a native Santa Monican, sometimes remarks that our new hometown of Richardson reminds him of Santa Monica.

In some of the outer ring suburbs, everything is sooo new and shiny, and strip mall after strip mall. Every single chain shopping store you can think of is there, so if that is important to you, you'd like those neighborhoods. I like shopping, but hate dealing with the traffic all those stores generate. Richardson has more of that lived-in feeling that Santa Monica has, which we really like, and seems to have more smaller, older businesses, plus a lot of ethnic food like you'll find in LA.

Hubby's from 23rd & Pico area.
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Old 07-02-2007, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Lakewood is the closest you'll get, but really? they're nothing alike.
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Old 07-03-2007, 06:19 AM
 
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Nothing alike. Sorry. Once you leave CA, you have to face that Dallas is completely different, otherwise you may face alot of dissapointment. Don't get me wrong, there are alot of nice places to live here and affordable housing is abundant, but CA is CA and TX is TX.
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Old 07-03-2007, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Topeka, KS
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Look at it as if you're moving to a different country. Yes we mostly speak the same language and accept the some currency, but you'll be happier if you're not looking for California in Texas.
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Old 07-03-2007, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica
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I would like to thank all of you who took their time to respond me. Let me ask which area would you choose from below to buy a house..
McKinney (Stonebridge Ranch),
Frisco (The Trails),
Plano,
Richardson,
Los Colinas?
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Old 07-04-2007, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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We came from OC, moved into Richardson (a rental) due to convenience, and a year and a half later bought a house here. However, in agreement with some of the other posts, this area is really nothing like So Cal. It is however, a very nice place in its own way. A lot of the suburbs are really nice (and affordable), but the traffic can be a problem. As far as employment, check dallasnews.com.
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Old 07-04-2007, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica
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Default La Traffic Vs Dallas Taffic

Thanks for feedback. I read other posts and found that people residing in Dallas and its vicnity are not happy with the local traffic. I was under the impression that LA Traffic is worst, since Dallas is less populated, hence traffic would not be a big issue. Can someone throw a light on traffic comparison..is it really that bad ..bumper to bumper????
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Old 07-05-2007, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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Thanks for feedback. I read other posts and found that people residing in Dallas and its vicnity are not happy with the local traffic. I was under the impression that LA Traffic is worst, since Dallas is less populated, hence traffic would not be a big issue. Can someone throw a light on traffic comparison..is it really that bad ..bumper to bumper????
L.A. traffic is worse, but there are times when it does feel like you're back in L.A. People don't drive as aggressively here, too.
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Old 07-06-2007, 04:38 PM
 
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I hardly ever get stuck in traffic in East Dallas. You have to know your way around to avoid freeways, but it's very easy to do that here.
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