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Old 12-18-2007, 12:34 PM
 
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Where would you chose and why? Compare schools, taxes, a good place to raise kids, and beauty.
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Old 12-18-2007, 12:57 PM
 
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Wifern my family had that choice to make and we chose Highlandville, MO, after many ... many... years of research. We moved to numerous locations between Springfield and Arkansas before we decided to move to Highlandville, MO.

Reasons: 1.Easy access to multiple highways to and from Springfield and Arkansas.
2.Taxes are still a little less in this area of Christian County. 3.Wanted to have alternative major highways no matter what direction we were headed. 4. Beauty of the land. 5.Easy access to all major shopping, entertainment,fishing, what ever we wanted to do,we could be in Springfield or Branson within 12-15 minutes. 6.Children were grown and out of school, haven't heard negative talk about the Spokane School District.
7. Very nice area to raise children. 8. Small town feeling and yet within minutes of all the big towns.

What are you looking for? What are your priorities? Where will you work? Where do you go for recreation and entertainment? If you have family where do they live? Do you have children that will or are going to college, if so, where are they located? Where are your best resources for hospitals if the need arises for the best medical care within these locations? If you are at retirement age, where do you need to live to have the best medical supplement insurance for all your needs? What type of highways do you have to travel to get to your destinations? Are you comfortable traveling on curvy, hilly terrain? All these questions would be a part of the equation for your decision. These were the equations we looked at for our family. We found the area of Highlandville placed us in the best location for traveling to Springfield, Branson, Arkansas, St Louis, Kansas City, and yet giving us the privacy and solitude we were looking for.
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Old 01-20-2008, 02:29 PM
 
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Old 01-21-2008, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Branson-Hollister-Kimberling City-Blue Eye-Ridgedale
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Where would you chose and why? Compare schools, taxes, a good place to raise kids, and beauty.
Thanks.
1. Schools. You first need to consider the difference between a small town small school and a larger school system. Not only academically, but sports programs & class size. Your children will have more options in a larger school, but may have more one-on-one in a smaller school. By narrowing it down that way, you may be able to eliminate either large towns or small towns. If I had it to do over, knowing what I know now, I'd choose Branson schools. In a heartbeat. Because it's a small town with the amenities of a much larger place, and the children (and adults) come from all over the nation to live here, making it more cosmopolitan without some of the problems inherent in a larger town.

2. Taxes. Your property taxes will generally be less in a rural area of Missouri. When you are inside the city limits, you usually have extra taxes. Then...it goes county by county. Christian county has higher property taxes, as a rule, than Stone county. You can call the county assessor's office to find out their formula for the current year, if you are considering new construction. Sales taxes also vary depending on several things like TIF's. But no matter where you live, you'll probably shop all over the place, so you'll pay different sales tax rates.

3. Raising kids? This is a matter of opinion, but do you think a small town offers a "better" childhood than a larger town? Again, would you rather have access to museums, science centers, zoo & park systems? Or a lake in your back yard? My neighbor's two small children are being denied the amenities of a large city but seem to have a ball playing in the lake & running over to Silver Dollar City once a month.

4. Beauty...it's everywhere here. No contest.



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Old 01-21-2008, 10:18 PM
 
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The way the cities and small towns are set-up it doesn't matter as far as location to get to water or Silver Dollar City. You can use the main highways and reach these destinations within 15-45 minutes. You can live in Springfield by Hwy 60 and Hwy 160 and be in Branson within 45 minutes. The main highways north and south are Hwy 65 and Hwy 160 (or in Springfield 160 is called Campbell Avenue). Hwy 160 will take you from Springfield to Branson West. Hwy 65 will take you from Springfield into Branson and Arkansas. From Hwy 65 you can take Hwy 76 into Branson or take the Mountain High Road to Hwy 76 and into Silver Dollar City. There are alot more main roads into Branson and Branson West depending on the towns you choose.

In these areas between Springfield and Branson the majority of your school districts are good and towns are good when compared with the bigger cities elsewhere. You may want to place yourself more in the center between Springfield and Branson this way you and your children can have the best of all that both Springfield and Branson offer. Stay fairly close to Hwy 65 within about 2-3 miles of Hwy 65 and you can go anywhere you want.

Taxes in Christian County vary depending on the townships.

Sales tax is higher inside of Springfield and definitely higher inside of Branson (this is a tourist area), gas is higher in Branson.

These are things to remember when living in the tourist and recreational areas. Amenities do increase your living cost.

When people move into the area they seem to flock to the water, but a few years later if they are working and going to school daily they realize it may be better for them to move closer to where they are working. Traffic can be a killer if you are trying to get into the Branson City limits for work. Traffic in the evenings after work is very congested when you try to get home.

If you are retired you can set your schedule around the traffic rush hours. Remember when Silver Dollar City opens in March there are traffic jams between Branson and Branson West every morning and traffic jams in the evening when they close. Plan your residence around this schedule it is very important. Kimberling City can even get congested on the way into Branson West during these times.

These areas are beautiful to live in, and this is not meant to discourage you only to inform you. Having personally lived on the Branson West/Kimberling City side for over ten years and experienced the traffic when traveling to work inside of Branson everyday.

If you desire to live in Branson,Branson West or Kimberling City then travel these areas in the mornings before Silver Dollar City opens and the theatres open and watch your traffic patterns. This will help you decide where you should reside in Branson.

We have lived in numerous areas around and in Springfield and Branson for about twenty years so this is first hand experience traveling daily for work in these areas.

Go into the gas stations, grocery stores, theatres and ask the people working there where they live and where they feel they should live to work in the area.

If you have children that will shortly attend college give that consideration. Springfield has alot of colleges and how far will your children be driving to get to college everyday. If this real estate market is going to be slow as the news keeps predicting then the purchase of a piece of real estate is very important now more than ever before.

Maybe you will want to start a new thread on this forum regarding various schools and what the districts have to offer. Start another thread regarding locations within the various townships as far as travel time and traffic depending on where you want to live. You may want to start a thread regarding colleges if your children will be going to college in the near future. Individuals will respond to your questions.
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Old 06-25-2010, 01:24 PM
 
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Default We are relocating..which is best??

We are relocating to the Springfield/Branson area. Can someone give us some insight as to where the best place or direction would be to look for the newer areas to live? We are looking in all the areas including the surrounding areas in both Branson and Springfield but know very little about those areas. Thanks for the info!
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Old 06-25-2010, 01:25 PM
 
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Default We are relocating..which is best??

Exactly how far is Branson from Springfield? Thanks again.
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Old 06-25-2010, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Finally escaped The People's Republic of California
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Exactly how far is Branson from Springfield? Thanks again.
43 miles
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Old 06-26-2010, 02:26 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Wifern my family had that choice to make and we chose Highlandville, MO, after many ... many... years of research. We moved to numerous locations between Springfield and Arkansas before we decided to move to Highlandville, MO.

Reasons: 1.Easy access to multiple highways to and from Springfield and Arkansas.
2.Taxes are still a little less in this area of Christian County. 3.Wanted to have alternative major highways no matter what direction we were headed. 4. Beauty of the land. 5.Easy access to all major shopping, entertainment,fishing, what ever we wanted to do,we could be in Springfield or Branson within 12-15 minutes. 6.Children were grown and out of school, haven't heard negative talk about the Spokane School District.
7. Very nice area to raise children. 8. Small town feeling and yet within minutes of all the big towns.

What are you looking for? What are your priorities? Where will you work? Where do you go for recreation and entertainment? If you have family where do they live? Do you have children that will or are going to college, if so, where are they located? Where are your best resources for hospitals if the need arises for the best medical care within these locations? If you are at retirement age, where do you need to live to have the best medical supplement insurance for all your needs? What type of highways do you have to travel to get to your destinations? Are you comfortable traveling on curvy, hilly terrain? All these questions would be a part of the equation for your decision. These were the equations we looked at for our family. We found the area of Highlandville placed us in the best location for traveling to Springfield, Branson, Arkansas, St Louis, Kansas City, and yet giving us the privacy and solitude we were looking for.
Just a note however. In Christian County new construction cannot install a septic tank or drill a well unless you have three acres or more. This means that most people are stuck living in subdivisions. Not my idea of paradise. YMMV

20yrsinBranson
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