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Old 08-05-2010, 05:56 PM
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Hi all,

Long story short we are planning a move to Texas (thinking Northern). Family with 2 young girls. We live in Idaho now (and have for 4 years) but we are Californians at heart. We can't really move back to Cali right now, for many reasons.

We love:

Jesus (but skip church often)
Rec vehicles (boats, quads, jet skis....but only own small things now)
Working hard (important!)
Biking/walking trails
The river/lake
The mountains (yeah, yeah I know...flat!)
Hanging out
Keeping a nice house
Cool places to shop/eat; areas with character
Genuine people who work hard
Awesome neighbors
Places for me to sell my artwork (totally non-traditional fantasy character type art) at fairs and arts/craft shows and such.

Housing budget: around $200k so that we can comfortably raise our kids, travel, and run a business.

Am I going to find an "area"...neighborhood/city that would best suit my family anywhere in Texas (preferably Northern?) I really like to be close to amenities, restaurants, and people, and don't want to be in a desolate area at all. I am a city girl, but need cool suburbs for my family ....so super close to the city (within 15-30 minutes I guess is what I consider close). We were thinking Dallas area generally, but if another city fits the bill better then I would love to hear about it!

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Old 08-05-2010, 06:09 PM
Location: The Mid-Cities
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You probably want to live in a city close to lake Lewisville then. There are other great lakes around DFW but none bigger this one. Frisco, Lewisville, The Colony, are all pretty good suburbs.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:31 PM
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Check out Grapevine. Use to just be a little farming community, but its come a long way from there. Close to area lakes (and Grapevine has some cool places on its lake) shopping, dining out. Lot of areas there will remind you of CA I think. You're close enough to downtown Dallas and Fort Worth. Not that far away from OK border and Lake Texoma. They have a number of festivals there throughout the year.

Granbury is not that far away with numerous shops you might want to display your artwork in. Same goes for Weatherford and the old town of Grapevine. Lots of craft shops. But Grapevine would suit you better I think with its easy accessibility into Dallas/Fort Worth.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:37 PM
Location: DFW
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Living in north TX you can get to southern Oklahoma and Arkansas with a short trip where there are beautiful mountains, lakes & camping. There is plenty to do locally or within 100 miles either direction.

The cool people here have a special cell phone area code that is top secret. Once you pass the tests to prove your as cool as I am you also will get access to that special area code. That's the way we know who is cool and who are pretenders.

Seriously, there are tons of great & friendly people in the North Dallas Corridor who you will enjoy.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:49 PM
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ha!!! ooooohhhhh secret cell phone area code????? I have one right now, lol it's "916" for Sacramento that I never changed!!! cute, thanks for the info !!! hilarious....*rolls eyes with wry smile*
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:52 PM
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oh yeah and we def don't mind driving, actually quite enjoy road trips up to/under about 5-7 hours. Prefer shorter drives around 2-3 hours, but don't mind the extra trek for awesome places. We drive to Sac quite a bit (it's 12 hours give/take) and it's doable, but totally gruelling!!! I hate that drive...through the booooorrrrrriiiiiinng Nevada desert, staring at tail lights....ugh, blah! terrible!
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:42 PM
Location: Down the road a bit
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Why, the cool people can be found in Cool, Texas.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:01 PM
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hahaha!! um, I hate to say this, but puns like that make you sound um...."old"!!!! lol hahahahahaaaaa
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:12 PM
Location: Austin,Tx
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Might check out the Austin area it fits alot of what your looking for no mountains but we do have the Hill Country several of the area school districts like Round Rock,Eanes,lake travis are great school districts. San Antonio is an hour away and Houston is 3 hours from Austin and Dallas is 4 hours you can also be at the beach in Corpus in 3 hours.

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Old 08-06-2010, 04:28 AM
Location: East Texas, with the Clan of the Cave Bear
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I'd say the Auistin area too. Your list is pretty long with a lotta variables. Of course East Texas north of I-20 has a lot of those qualities (as does south of I-20).

I think you need to take a 2-3 week vacation and drive the state and make the decisions yourself. What kind of hard work you do might determine where you live.

Most of the things you have on your list are 100% controlled by you and has zip tp do with where you live and are available anywhere in Texas.
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