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- On 26 Aug 2011
Bay Area to Dallas (Plano) - housing, schools, other tips?,
Although our move was from LA to Houston 5 Years ago, there are relocation similarities.
On the plus side, as previously mentioned, are the cost of living, the people and no state income tax.
People live here; no one really comes here to vacation. Therefore, at least in Houston, traveling out of either airport is a breeze compared to the frustration getting to an out of LAX. We spend a fair amount of time getting out of town for long weekends. Trips to either coast are 3-3.5 hours flying time. No biggie after schlepping kids on 6 hour flights across the country to bond with family.
Certainly no state income tax is nice after the high cost of CA state tax. We chose to rent unsure of whether we will remain in Texas and it has worked out well for us. The present state of the economy has us anchored here for awhile though.
Don't for one minute downplay the genuine friendliness. As a native NYer, I am prone to ignoring others and minding my own business. I've caught myself a few
times unsure of whether a friendly "Good Morning" was meant for me or
someone behind me. That's something Im working on ; )) You'll come to love the way people extend themselves for you.
Now on the down side, it's not a pretty place. And yea, I realize it's all a matter of opinion but after living in Southern CA for 20 years, seeing the Pacific never gets old. But you make do, hop on a plane and spend that COL adjustment.
The heat is horrible. Energy costs are high. What I paid for my 3000 sq ft home per month is far less than what I pay for my 1800 sq ft apartment. San Fernando valley heat can be unbearable at times but this summer has been a hellhole. There has been no relief in the form of rain either.
For some reason, Texas gets a bad rap. I've, by far, met the most
interesting and diversified group of people from all over the world here in Houston. More so than the other cities I have called home-NY, Boston, Chicago, LA.
Just my 2 cents. Best of luck.