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Old 03-10-2013, 09:17 AM
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I am considering a job transfer to Temple, TX.
I am interested in living in a community that has safe neighborhoods, quality schools, good restaurants (that are not chains), quality homes, possibly an older renovated one. I will commute up to 30 minutes max.. but prefer less. Is water in short supply? Any advice will be appreciated.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:21 AM
Location: Texas State Fair
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There are great neighborhoods to the far west, between Temple and Belton Lake. Also south of the lake in Belton. There are newer homes south of the loop 36/363. Look for Canyon Creek Drive. And north of downtown is an older but well kept neighborhood. Some homes have large lots.

I cannot offer anything about schools. Safety is relative.

Water is not in short supply but the area is in Stage 1 use - yard watering only twice per week. Car wash by hand.

You'll find great barbeque, diners, fish grills, and Tex-Mex that are not chains in town. Also, south of town in Salado.

There are no 30 minute commutes in Temple. You could be in Georgetown in 30 mins. Will you be working locally or across the county?
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:57 AM
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For schools alone, I would consider Belton. The two cities are so close, the commute is literally minutes. I lived in Belton on three separate occasions, the most recent ending in 2010. There are nice neighborhoods scattered all over the area with everything from new construction to older, established neighborhoods. There is a bit of a local, non-chain market, but not what you may find in larger areas. Cheeves Brothers Steak House, Molly's Deli, The French Quarter, Clem Mikeska's BBQ, and the much missed Big Chew Chew Burger in Temple, and Schoepfs Old Time Pit BBQ, Jalisco, and the Dead Fish Grill in Belton all come to mind.

One upside to a smaller city like Temple or Belton is that the compact size makes it a bit easier to quickly get a feel for areas you may like without burning a lot of fuel. I would recommend Belton ISD over Temple ISD having had children in both. Look out towards the lake. Larger lots, quiet, and still close to all the local conveniences.
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