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Old 12-07-2011, 09:35 PM
 
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My husband has been offered a position with a company and has a choice of two Texas cities in which to work. We know NOTHING about either! We don't have to live in the same town, but need to know some general pros and cons about each. Could we get some feedback on the pros and cons of living in or near Paris, Texas (along with suggestions of nice areas to live) and on Victoria, Texas (along with suggestions for the same as above?) We have to make a decision SOON and would appreciate your help!
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Portland, TX. (next to Corpus Christi)
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It would be helpful to know where you are coming from, also does it pay the same in either location? How much are you looking to spend on housing? Do you want a place that has the 4 seasons (at least more of them), or somewhere with warmer winters (Victoria)? How about cultural preferences? Schools?

There are a lot of people on here who will gladly help, but more info is really needed if you want to be steered in the right direction.


Ian
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Old 12-08-2011, 12:07 AM
 
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The salary is the same at both locations...in the neighborhood of $80,000 a year. We are coming from Middle Tennessee where we have four distinct seasons. We have no need for schools. We want reasonable access to shopping (maybe a 30 minute drive, tops, for retail and specialty stores), nearby grocery stores, a library, good restaurants and good healthcare (preferably a university teaching hospital or comparable) within about an hour's drive. We want a SAFE, family-oriented environment but are not looking for a cookie cutter neighborhood. A little on the rural side is not a bad thing, but we don't want to be out in the sticks away from everything/everyone. We plan to rent a year before committing to a house because we want to be SURE we like the area we choose. We would like to buy in an area with a good school system (even though we don't need it for ourselves) because of the amenities of good schools when selling a home. We like cultural events and fine dining, but are also very comfortable with backyard cookouts...we are down-to-earth people with an eclectic senses of taste and likes. We want to be active in the community. I prefer a warmer climate than my husband, but we are open to the changing seasons or the warmer climate. Safety and charm of a city are two big selling points to us; a third would be a friendly community. We will need a reasonable drive time to airports, love art museums, the theatre, the ballet, etc. But, we are just as happy out in the flower and/or vegetable garden! We adapt pretty easily. I just wondered if any city/town jumps out at you the most. I sell needlecrafts and am an artist, so easy access to supplies would be great! We would like to be somewhat close to the main freeways to make trips easier back to TN to see family and friends, if we choose, on occasion, to drive instead of flying. We have lived on the coast in two states and, while it is beautiful, we have weathered a half dozen hurricanes and are not nearly as enchanted with ocean living as we once were. I hope this helps. We just don't know how each area "feels" and are looking for a lot of opportunity for hobbies and activities and to make down-to-earth friends with fellow professionals.
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:56 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Your profile doesn't list your race, so you should know that Paris has a long history of racial troubles.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Victoria. I grew up there during my early childhood and can't tell you a better small town to live in. It's equal distance to Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, plus it has it's own ameneties like a mall for when you don't feel like driving long distances.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:18 AM
 
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I think Paris is smaller and you will be about 2 hours from nice shopping and fine dining. (Dallas or Texarkana) I don't know the numbers, but think Victoria is bigger and might have more "stuff."
Paris is kind of in the middle of nowhere.
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Old 12-08-2011, 02:41 PM
 
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Thank you so much for your responses. In regards to the question about race, I don't like to talk about race because we love all people. For informational purposes only, we are Caucasian. We just found out today that Paris is not going to be in the running, so we are left with Victoria, which is where we were leaning toward anyway. I appreciate the positive feedback about it, as that appears to be where we are headed. Anyone else, please feel free to add more information, like where the best housing is located, etc. Again, thanks!
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:40 PM
 
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Haha. Let's see how you are like being white in Victoria.
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The north end of Victoria is nearly all white and middle-class Hispanics. The black population (about 7%) and low-income demographic is at the south end. You will almost certainly be living north, unless you have a hankering for one of the century-old historic homes, and Victoria has quite a lot of those.

Victoria has a reputation of being somewhat racist, and the relationship between black and white is chilly, rather than incendiary.

The really great thing about Victoria is its isolation from the skirts of larger cities. Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Corpus Christi are all a 2 hour drive, so Victoria needs to have most of the amenities right in town. But it is small enough that it's only a few minutes drive to wherever you need to go. You'll be spending a lot less time in your car.
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Old 12-09-2011, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Portland, TX. (next to Corpus Christi)
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Good write up, jtur88. I have always found Victoria to be quaint, and I love going through the "historic" side of it. Victoria is also home to one of the very few Super Target stores, so you have decent retail shopping there, along with the usual suspects. As the previous poster noted, you are about 2 hours from other major cities, so you are in a good location.

Victoria also enjoys a warm, subtropical climate, and you will be especially pleased with the mild to warm winters. Being close to the coast also allows you to enjoy somewhat of a sea breeze, but it still gets pretty hot in the summer with the high humidity. Also be aware that this area is subject to tropical disturbances, more so than most of the rest of the Coastal Bend. If buying a house, be aware you will have to pay for Windstorm insurance on top of your normal insurance. Flood insurance is something I would get there too.

Hope that helps! Good luck in your move. If you have any other questions, ask away


Ian
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