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Old 09-17-2010, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Lufkin, TX
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My husband and I just found out that we're moving to the Abilene area. We're hoping to find a small town (<10,000 pop) nearby with good schools. We're looking for a close-knit community, but we want someplace where we can get at least 2 acres of land. Anybody have suggestions?
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Old 09-17-2010, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Abilene, Texas
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Based on your criteria, I would suggest either Buffalo Gap, TX or Tuscola, TX. Buffalo Gap is about 12 miles southwest of Abilene, Tuscola about 15 miles south. Both towns are zoned to the Jim Ned Consolidated Independent School District based in Tuscola, which is a small but good school district. Both of those towns are less than 1,000 in population. You can find multiple neighborhoods, mostly in unicorporated southern Taylor County outside the city limits of Tuscola or Buffalo Gap that have 1 to 3 acre or larger plots of land. Some of those plots are in newer developed subdivisions (primarily the Tuscola area) and other plots are in undeveloped areas. Most of the plots will have access to Taylor Electric and the Steamboat Mountain water district, which supplies water and power to most of southern Taylor County.
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Old 09-18-2010, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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Yep! I'd second TT Dave.

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BUFFALO GAP, TEXAS. Buffalo Gap, an incorporated community, is at the intersection of Farm roads 89 and 1235, thirteen miles southwest of Abilene in central Taylor County. It was founded in 1857 and has had a post office since 1878. The Callahan Divide, the topographic boundary between the Brazos and Colorado basins, crosses Buffalo Gap from east to west. Elm Creek passes through and once served as a watering hole for buffalo.

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TUSCOLA, TEXAS. Tuscola, in southern Taylor County, is nineteen miles south of Abilene on U.S. Highway 83. The original townsite, sometimes referred to as "the Flat" by area settlers, was two or three miles west of the present location. The first schools in Taylor County had been founded in 1877 and 1879 in the Jim Ned Creek and Lemons Gap areas, but their locations changed several times in response to population shifts.
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Old 09-18-2010, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Lufkin, TX
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Thanks y'all! I'm hoping to find a more rural home. I don't really want to live in a subdivision.
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Old 09-18-2010, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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Roby, Rotan, Baird, Clyde, Nolan, Trent, Merkel

These places, plus the afore mentioned are not subdivisions, but small well established communities with their own histories. They exist because farmers and ranchers have kept them alive. That there happens to be some home developments nearby doesn't make any of them subdivisions. If you're looking for acres out in the country side then you're probly going thru one of those towns.
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Old 09-18-2010, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Abilene, Texas
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Thanks y'all! I'm hoping to find a more rural home. I don't really want to live in a subdivision.
You should have no problem finding a rural home around here. Like tofurkey said above, there are several small towns in this area that would be good and you should be able to find a 2 acre plot somewhere that isn't in a subdivision. It just depends on how far you want to be away from Abilene. Another town you might consider is Anson, TX. It's about 25 miles north of Abilene. It seems to be a charming small town. I recommended a plot in southern Taylor county near Tuscola or Buffalo Gap because I know some people that live in that area and they all say that the school district out there is a good one (one of your stated criteria). One of my friends lives on a rural plot that's about 10 acres in size near Buffalo Gap.
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Old 09-18-2010, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Lufkin, TX
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Ok, thanks so much! A friend of our family actually lives in Buffalo Gap Nd she said the schools there are good. Jim Ned ISD has been recommended several times. Do either of y'all know anything about the schools in Anson.
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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I second Anson and all the other towns mentioned. I spent a lot of time working in Anson for the last 10 years, and liked it so much I go back to visit. It is a close knit small town, the people are friendly. Its got two good restaurants, Sirloin 66 and Peacock's. DQ and Sonic for kids to get part time jobs. There is a Dollar General and grocery store so you don't have to go to Abilene for everything. The downtown square is "run down" in some parts, but they are tryng to save it. It is like a lot of small West Texas towns, people moved away after WWII to the big cities for jobs.

I think the schools are above average, but since I don't have kids, it is hard for me to gauge.

Good luck to you, the "Big Country" is a great area. If I could, I'd retire in the area.
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Old 09-19-2010, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Abilene, Texas
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Ok, thanks so much! A friend of our family actually lives in Buffalo Gap Nd she said the schools there are good. Jim Ned ISD has been recommended several times. Do either of y'all know anything about the schools in Anson.
I don't know anyone that has kids in the Anson schools so I can't give you any personal feedback. According to the Texas School Performance ratings below, Anson schools appear to be ranked at about the same level as Jim Ned so they are probably good. Both are ranked as being above average. If interested, check out the link below and zoom in on the town you want on the interactive map to check for school rankings (you can select elementary, middle, and high schools at the top of the map).

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http://schoolperformancemaps.com/
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Old 09-20-2010, 03:59 PM
 
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I've never done this before, but I'm looking for someone. Armando Menchaca. He would be 64 years of age. He and/or his family lived outside of Abilene within the last 40 years. Does anyone know a gentleman by this name?
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