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Old 01-12-2013, 10:07 AM
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I'm overwhelmed by all of the information on this site, even when using a narrowed-down search. So, trying to narrow down some places to look this spring on our TX scouting trip. We are coming from Colorado and are only familiar with SE TX (and don't want to go there). Your recommendations would be appreciated. The wish list (as with any wish list, I know nothing is perfect and we will compromise as needed):
- Commuting not an issue but a somewhat vibrant economy would be nice since we would like to open a small business in the area. We'd actually prefer to be away from a metropolitan area.
- Most important is a smaller population that has some town pride
- COMMUNITY essential - don't want a drive-into-the-garage-and-quick-close-the-door area
- We homeschool (3 kids) but a decent school district would be nice so that the OTHER kids are well educated
- Strong 4H community or something similar
- Mimimal chains, much prefer mom and pop shops
- A little property - Not interested in a tightly designed master planned community. We like to be able to breathe a bit. Would consider horse property as well.
- Bonus: Recreation. Trails. Rodeos. Seasonal festivals. Local competitions. Lake.
- 500k or less

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Old 01-12-2013, 10:52 AM
Location: plano
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Take a look at either Sherman or Denison Texas or Durant Oklahoma just across the border. All three are smaller towns but growing. They are close to Dallas but far enough away to hit most of the items on your list. They are near Lake Texoma which is a great recreational lake. I grew up in this area and while it has 4 seasons and the winters can be cold and summers hot as SE Texas, we have some great fall, spring and even winter weather. Each town is a little different, Durant has a small university while Sherman has Austin college. Good luck with your move... Durant is booming for an Oklahoma town due to having a large Choktaw casino which is community friendly and brings in some nice activites and helps support more good motels and restaurants than most towns Durant's size. The growth in Durant is outside the town proper. The land in all three areas is hilly and green with trees.

Good luck. I lived most of my career in Houston and liked working there but live now in Plano Tx and am pleased I made the move. Let me now if you have additional questions. There are a lot of areas and smaller towns in N Tx which will fit your interest...these are those I am familiar with and not comparing to other options you might hear.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:24 PM
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Agree with John about Texoma. We left DFW to move to Sherman and rarely look back. Here you can have a typical newly built 3/2 in a subdivision for $160k or a 5 acre ranchette for about the same. Only negative I'd say about here is it's dull, slow, dull. But we're all of the above so it fits with our lifestyle. Ain't for everyone, but neither is Oak Lawn or Oak Cliff. To each his own!
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:23 PM
Location: Kaufman County, Texas
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Rodeos? You need to check out Stephenville!!
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:05 PM
Location: Dallas
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The towns west of fort worth are hillier and close to lakes and the brazos river. Parker county (Weatherford), Hood county (Granbury), Palo Pinto county (Mineral Wells), and Erath county (Stephenville). Schools are pretty mediocre in all of those towns and they all have chains especially Weatherford but they fit all of your other needs. They all have 4h programs and some of the private schools there will allow home school kids to join their sports programs and FFA. Plus they are all on the west side closer to Fort Worth than Dallas. Small town people like that


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