(Closed) Calling all TEXAS bees…where do you live and how do you like it?

posted 7 years ago in Dallas
Post # 19
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Texas is beautiful and depending on where you live, you can experience all four seasons in a single week!  No lie!  Texas has beaches, and Texas has deserts. 

I love Austin.  Austin is a little more environmental-friendly than other areas.  Music is important there, too.  If you love music, you’ll love Austin.

The worst place in Texas, though, is West Texas.  The oil boom causes an adverse effect in that area, thus prices are at an all time high, rent and mortgages are expensive, the price gouging is out of control, there is a shortage on homes, and it is supremely conservative.  When the rest of the country is doing poorly, West Texas is thriving and vice versa.  I would not recommend that area.  Other than that, Dallas and Houston are both awesome, but judging by this thread, I guess they’re rivals lol

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@cindeeeh:  Driving through W. TX depresses me.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Ugh.  I’ve lived in Dallas for almost two years and I still hate it.  I really recommend you check out Texas on the Brink for a fairly objective report on how Texas compares to the other states.

Cost of Living – one of the bright points here, but only if you buy.  Good luck finding a good landlord here.  The rent will always go up (by a couple hundred a month) and renewing your lease is an exercise in frustration.

I am able to afford a season ticket to the symphony, which I was unable to do in LA, and Fiance and I eat out regularly.

Health Conscious – *some* people here are health conscious, but it’s still one of the fattest states in the nation.  They like their BBQ and fried chicken here.  Texas also has some of the worst health care in the country, with the exception of the big research hospitals they have in Houston.  I haven’t found one dentist here who hasn’t been completely drill happy.  They have some of the worst prenatal care as well (see report I linked to above).

Road biking is an exercise in taking your life into your hands, even in bike-friendly Plano.  To be fair, most cyclists don’t ride assertively enough to take an entire lane if it’s safer to do so.  Dallas has been rated the least bike-friendly city in the United States (Bicycling magazine last year).

People – there are good and bad people everywhere, but the drivers here are some of the worst.  It’s much, much easier to find the Dallas stereotype here (even in the suburbs) than not.  The cops suck at accident and traffic control, and the drivers *have* to rubberneck, even for the routine HOV violation checkpoint.  They closed down one side of a major freeway yesterday morning because of an accident and didn’t reopen it until long after rush hour.  I’ve found people here tend to be superficially friendly until you befriend them; I’d much rather deal with a person’s genuine hospitality and demeanor.  They are very focused on religion here and a common question you get asked is what church you go to, if that matters to you.

Pretty much all of my friends that I met here are from somewhere else.  Fiance is a native Texan and was lucky that his family is from elsewhere.

We’ve been lucky this year that the weather has been relatively mild, but the summers get brutally, deathly hot – so much so that there are charities set up to help people get A/C in their homes.  There are a few weeks in the spring and in the fall that are nice for outdoor activities, but the rest of the year is either too hot or too cold.

If it wasn’t for Fiance I’d already have left.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I lived near Houston in high school and hated it… but I was coming from near the beach in southern California so the heat, humidity, bugs, snakes, and terrible beaches were a huge change for me. However, there is great food (BBQ and Tex Mex) and all the people were super nice. Also, I loved going to the art museums in Houston and Dallas and was disappointed when I went to Atlanta for college and discovered that the High Museum there is not nearly as good as the Texas ones.

Austin is great. Try to move to Austin 🙂

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@littlemisst08:  I think she means West Texas in general. As in the Pan-Handle

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My husband and I lived in the Houston suburbs for about 3.5 years before relocating to North Carolina at the beginning of this month. Everything previous posters have said about cost of living/gas etc is definitely true. We rented an apartment, so that coupled with the fact that there’s no state income tax meant we were able to save a good deal of money while living there (property tax is pretty high in many parts of Texas,)

I wasn’t too keen on living in Texas when I got there, but it definitely grew on us. Houston is VERY hot and VERY humid from May to October, but you just change your perception on “outdoor” seasons. Growing up on the East Coast, we got cabin fever being trapped inside in the winter, but in Texas we felt cooped up in the summer – but at least everywhere you go has awesome air conditioning. The fall, winter, and spring all make up for it – I loved teasing friends from home when we’d be dining out on the patio in February. Houston has tons of concerts, theater etc – so there’s definitely a lot of culture – and lots of fun day/weekend trips to interesting places.

I’m like you, we knew we wouldn’t settle in Texas permanently, but looking back on it now, we are really glad to have lived there – and to be honest we kind of miss it right now! We aren’t really settled in yet in our new city, so it’s easy to think about all the friends and things we left behind.

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@MrsKnox:  that’s what I meant, haha. I visited Tx Tech my senior year and the long journey through flat flat land depressed me.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Lily_of_the_valley:  no I haven’t but I’m interested if ya wanna share! 

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Lily_of_the_valley:  oh cool! I’ll definitely keep my eyes out for them. Will you be finding out soon?

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Lily_of_the_valley:  Texas born and raised and would not have it any other way. Live in cypress (a suburb of Houston) and live it! I guess living here my whole life the weather does not bother me one bit! 

@littlemisst08:  haha! I went to Tech and the first time I flew there I thought what the heck was I thinking. It really does gow on you though 🙂

Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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