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amy 12-22-2006 01:23 AM

Questions for the Texans
 
Husband's talking about moving us south. Don't know if it'll happen but I thought I'd get some info, just in case.

I know Texas is a big place so I'm hoping to get answers from the different parts of the state. What's the cost of living like down your way? How much for a 3 bedroom house with a little land? What sort of jobs are there, where you live? Can any of you tell me about the Piney Woods area? I'm not even sure what part of Texas that's in.

Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

amerijeep 12-22-2006 01:25 AM

What kind of work does your husband do?

Odhinn 12-22-2006 04:34 AM

Cost of living here in Ft Worth has Skyrocketed in the last few years over what I was dealing with in Seattle. Some houses can be found at reasonable prices on the outskirts. Taxes and electricity are killing me at this time. 500.00 a month for taxes on the house and about 400 a month on Electricity. Other then that its a nice place to live you will just have to get use to 100-110 degree weather in the summers.

I Friend of mine is renting a 3 bedroom in Arlington for 1100.00 a month, but the area he is in is a bit high.

I believe the Piney woods are over by the Louisiana border.

jeeptales 12-22-2006 12:33 PM

San Antonio, Suburbs
 
My wife and I just sold our 10 year old House:

1,800 S.F., All brick, Cul-de-sac, 4 Bed Rooms, 2 Car Garage, Corner Lot, Big Yard, 20 min from Downtown San Antonio, Green Belts an all sides 220 Homes in our subdivision.

We put it on the market for $140,000 and sold it in 2 days for $8,000.00 over our asking price.

I sell cars for a living and could work anywhere in a day. Most guys who do what I do for living, with just a little experience, can make $70,000 to $120,000 a year with out having to kill themselves. My Wife is an assistant Principal and we will be opening 17 new campuses in the 5 major school districts over the next 18 months.

There are a multitude of major employers here, Toyota, USAA, Kelley USA, Valero, more restaurants per square mile than any city in the US with the exception of San Francisco.

I have been in every part of the state and my favorite areas are Texas Hill Country and north of Dallas are my favorite places.

My home was all electric; and our average bill last year was $160.00 per month high of $240 in July and August and $55.00 in March and April.

Today it’s a typical Texas winter day 66º clear skies and Sunny getting in the low 40’s tonight we are expecting sprinkles and snow flurries for Christmas Eve and Day.

amy 12-22-2006 01:09 PM

Amerijeep, my husband is a truck driver now but it would be good for his health to get out of that line of work.

amy 12-22-2006 01:22 PM

Odhinn and Jeeptales, thank you for the info. That helps a lot. We would rather be in rural areas over city or suburbs but, obviously, would need to have jobs.

Jeeptales, where is the Texas Hill Country? I'm looking at maps of Texas but they don't identify areas like that.

jeeptales 12-22-2006 01:32 PM

Texas Hill Country
 
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Originally Posted by amy (Post 40087)
Odhinn and Jeeptales, thank you for the info. That helps a lot. We would rather be in rural areas over city or suburbs but, obviously, would need to have jobs.

Jeeptales, where is the Texas Hill Country? I'm looking at maps of Texas but they don't identify areas like that.

It is an arc that exstend north of San Antonio as far North East as Austin.

Towns like: Lakie, Utopia, Fredericksburg, Boerne, Sister Dale, Luckanbach, Llano (where the Jeep Jamboree is going to be held) New Braunfels, Kerrville, Spring Branch, Dripping Springs, Canyon, Hunt, Coppers Cove,

I love Bandera Texas myslf only an Hour from San Antonio.

Scout 12-22-2006 01:56 PM

Hey amy,

Glad to hear the great state of Texas might be on the horizon! In my opinion there isn’t a better place in the world to live than Texas. We have everything from mountains to desert to big cities to the ocean. That being said there are lots of great places right here to make a home.

Texas’ major resources are still oil and gas production, farming, ranching and manufacturing. As everyone knows right now the oil and gas industry is booming, especially here in West Texas. While everyone else is complaining about high gas prices the folks here in West Texas are raking in some pretty big profits.

As far as housing costs are in West Texas – they’re pretty damn high right now. My wife and I bought a 4 bedroom/3 bath/3 car garage home four years ago for $ 55 per foot it just appraised a month ago for $ 91 per foot. Our home is seven years old and is in nearly new shape. Everything here is really high right now due to the boom in oil and gas production.

If you’re looking for a job in the oil and gas industry then you can make some serious money right now. The only problem is that is it’s very volatile right now. You might be able to make HUGE money right now but if there’s ever a dip in oil prices you’d probably be out on your butt in a heartbeat.

All that being said, West Texas wouldn’t be my first choice of places to live in Texas. We’re still here because we both have incredible careers going right now and it just wouldn’t be to our advantage to leave. If I had the opportunity to move out of West Texas I would probably move to the Texas Hill Country (Austin/San Antonio area).

Piney Woods? Yep, I know exactly where the Piney Woods are. That area stretches from just north of Houston and along the Texas Louisiana border up to Arkansas. I grew up in the most southern part of the Piney Woods in a small town named Liberty. From where I live right now compared to the place I came from are night and day. It would really matter where in the Piney Woods you’re talking about. That area covers a lot of terrain.

The shaded area is the Piney Woods:
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g1...pineywoods.jpg

I hope this helps!

amy 12-22-2006 01:57 PM

Thank you, Jeeptales.
Hey, that's another good point for Texas, killer Jeep Jamborees. :D

whiteyj 12-22-2006 02:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Simple Scout (Post 40094)
Hey amy,

Glad to hear the great state of Texas might be on the horizon! In my opinion there isn’t a better place in the world to live than Texas. We have everything from mountains to desert to big cities to the ocean.

I think maybe you need to add the heat, humidity, and BUGS. We looked at San Antonio once upon a lark.

Glad to be in California.

Scout 12-22-2006 02:07 PM

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Originally Posted by whiteyj (Post 40098)
I think maybe you need to add the heat, humidity, and BUGS. We looked at San Antonio once upon a lark.

Glad to be in California.

California isn't bad. If you like mudslides, earth quakes and traffic jams. :D :D :D :D :D :D

J/K :D - Yeah, there is a lot of heat and humidity in central, north and east Texas. Although if you like a dry heat and don't mind having nothing to do - give West Texas a shot. :D Nothing but good ol' dry heat here. :)

Bugs? They're everywhere arn't they? We just have scorpions and rattle snakes here where I live. :eek:

jeeptales 12-22-2006 02:11 PM

Texas Bugs
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by whiteyj (Post 40098)
I think maybe you need to add the heat, humidity, and BUGS. We looked at San Antonio once upon a lark.

Glad to be in California.


We do have planty of bugs...That is so true!

But we also have some Great Texas Bug Cookbooks.

amy 12-22-2006 02:22 PM

Scout, thank you.
The oil and gas industry sounds good right now. Hmmm.

The housing in West Texas sounds close to what it is here in Spokane. Things are getting expensive here without the wages going up to match, which is part of the reason we're looking to relocate.

May I ask what you do for a living? It would be good for my husband to get out of trucking and I'll need work too.

Sounds like Texas Hill Country and east Texas would be good for us to look into.

Scout 12-22-2006 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by amy (Post 40111)
May I ask what you do for a living?

I am 008. I'm just stationed here until the queen gives me new orders... :D

amy 12-22-2006 02:35 PM

No offense, Whiteyj, we want to avoid California. My husband grew up there and refuses to live there.

Bugs are no big deal and I hear rattlesnake tastes like chicken. We have 'em in Washington, too, as well as scorpions and poisonous spiders. Humidity might get us though.

I really appreciate the info, guys! This is helping.

tiny terror 12-22-2006 02:37 PM

Totally avoid Cali at all costs, Amy. North Cal might be nice, but SoCal isn't. I'm getting out of here and going back to Colorado as soon as I can. The schools, the traffic, the air, all suck. Texas was always on my list, but I miss Colorado.

amy 12-22-2006 02:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Simple Scout (Post 40115)
I am 008. I'm just stationed here until the queen gives me new orders... :D

So, do you know James Bond? Can you get me his autograph? Do you have the really cool gadgets too?:D

Scout 12-22-2006 02:39 PM

I'm sure there are lots of things to like about California. I've vactioned there several times.

This past August we were in San Diego for a week. We decided to drive up to LA. Uhh...it took 4 hours at 10 mph. I'll never do that again.

I've also spent a lot of time in SF. I LOVED it there.

Scout 12-22-2006 02:40 PM

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Originally Posted by amy (Post 40119)
So, do you know James Bond? Can you get me his autograph? Do you have the really cool gadgets too?:D

Yeah yeah yeah... I always get asked about all the gadgets... :D

amy 12-22-2006 02:44 PM

Tiny, that's exactly what my husband says about SoCal. That's why he's been living in Washington for the last 13 years.

I've never been but I hear Colorado is beautiful.

amy 12-22-2006 02:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Simple Scout (Post 40121)
Yeah yeah yeah... I always get asked about all the gadgets... :D

So, what about the autograph?:p

MouthfulOfGrass 12-22-2006 04:14 PM

Exept for the cost of living, Southern California RULES !

From where I live, I can be in the desert in 1 1/2 hours, beach in 1 hour, Mountains in 2 hours. And these are times for "choice" places. If you're willing to "settle" for less, places are closer. Move to Southern California....If house prices go up any more, I'll be able to sell and retire in Oregon....or Nevada......or Arizona.....or anywhere else but here.

MouthfulOfGrass 12-22-2006 04:17 PM

Oh, by the way, I love it here in Southern California....Until I can afford to get out of here and move somewhere nice.....

whiteyj 12-22-2006 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by jeeptales (Post 40103)
We do have planty of bugs...That is so true!

But we also have some Great Texas Bug Cookbooks.


That's the spirit....Making lemonaid out of lemons I believe the old saying goes!:rolleyes:

whiteyj 12-22-2006 05:13 PM

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Originally Posted by amy (Post 40117)
No offense, Whiteyj, we want to avoid California. My husband grew up there and refuses to live there.

Bugs are no big deal and I hear rattlesnake tastes like chicken. We have 'em in Washington, too, as well as scorpions and poisonous spiders. Humidity might get us though.

I really appreciate the info, guys! This is helping.

Amy, Believe me, none taken. Grew up here in the SF Bay Area. Wouldn't trade it for the world. However, at times it really sucks knowing we could be living large in other parts of the country for these Bay Area prices!

Texapple 12-22-2006 09:46 PM

Amy, that would be great if you moved to Texas....I'll be moving home in about 4-5 years. We have to get Frank's youngest graduated (she turned 14 today!).

My roots are in west Texas....south east of where Simple Scout is located. I've lived a lot of areas and there's no place like home.

We'll be 11 miles out of town (gas station & convenient store) and another 20 miles to where the grocery stores/mall/etc are located. I like living in the country and can't wait to get back. Keep in mind, I currently live next door to Newark & 20 minutes from NYC.

I can't really help you much with any logistics since it's been 15+ years since I moved. My mother was renting a house in San Angelo a year ago: 3BR-2bath-carport-fenced back yard-lots of huge pecan trees 350$/month. She's a nurse with a single income....bought a house last Dec. If I had to guess, maybe makes about 35,000 and lives comfortably (not extravagantly :eek: )

My backdoor will always be open and the coffee will be hot: drop on in :D

amy 12-22-2006 10:51 PM

Glad to hear it, Whiteyj. The Californians here are good folks.

Hey MOG, it's good to hear you love SoCa so much. ;)

That sounds really good Kat. It would be fun to have coffee with ya. Where you'll be living sounds great. We want to live in the country, too.

$350/month for a 3 bedroom sounds great too! Texas is sounding better and better all the time.:D


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