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#1 Dec 17, 2012
Hello to all! I am originally from LA, but came to Denver, CO for college and better opportunities. I've been living here in CO for a few years now and I do like it. However, I do visit TX a lot every year or so and love it. Not only that, it's closer to home for me. I've never been to Austin nor Galveston yet, only Dallas/Fort Worth area which I like Fort Worth. I am planning on relocating to TX, preferably to Austin or Galveston. I would like to gather more information from natives of TX or these Texan cities if you don't mind. I hear Austin is similar to Denver except they have hills there while we have mountains here and that Austin is one of the top cities in the U.S. for good jobs and a fun place. I'm intrigued by Galveston because it's like living on an island and I love the waters as I grew up on the waters. I did check out some statistics and demographics for a few cities in TX and Austin sounds a bit better in living than Galveston. Does TX pay state taxes? I know my homestate of LA doesn't pay state taxes as most if not all confederate states don't. That's not important to me though as I live in CO where taxes are definitely paid and not so cheap. I was just curious because I'm hearing conflicting info from others. The reason I want to move to TX is because I like the slow pace, the affordable living, and mainly because it's closer to home for me versus CO. CO is very nice, but it's not exactly the most fun place when you're someone like myself. If you're an alcoholic or a pothead, then CO is the place for you. It's more of a place for someone who already has their own family and the cost of living here is pretty dorn high. I don't want to pay $800,000 for a 3 bdrm 2 bath home when I hear I can get that in TX for $130,000, know what I mean? I want quality but also quantity (get something for my buck). If you TX natives have any info that'll help me out here, please let me know. I'd love to talk to some Texans. I'd also like to hear from those who are not Texan natives but relocated there from somewhere else as well. Is Austin and Galveston safe for the most part? I'm just now considering moving there because I don't want to make the wrong decision although I can always move back here to CO.
921 sunset

Austin, TX

#2 Dec 18, 2012
LAcreole wrote:
Hello to all! I am originally from LA, but came to Denver, CO for college and better opportunities. I've been living here in CO for a few years now and I do like it. However, I do visit TX a lot every year or so and love it. Not only that, it's closer to home for me. I've never been to Austin nor Galveston yet, only Dallas/Fort Worth area which I like Fort Worth. I am planning on relocating to TX, preferably to Austin or Galveston. I would like to gather more information from natives of TX or these Texan cities if you don't mind. I hear Austin is similar to Denver except they have hills there while we have mountains here and that Austin is one of the top cities in the U.S. for good jobs and a fun place. I'm intrigued by Galveston because it's like living on an island and I love the waters as I grew up on the waters. I did check out some statistics and demographics for a few cities in TX and Austin sounds a bit better in living than Galveston. Does TX pay state taxes? I know my homestate of LA doesn't pay state taxes as most if not all confederate states don't. That's not important to me though as I live in CO where taxes are definitely paid and not so cheap. I was just curious because I'm hearing conflicting info from others. The reason I want to move to TX is because I like the slow pace, the affordable living, and mainly because it's closer to home for me versus CO. CO is very nice, but it's not exactly the most fun place when you're someone like myself. If you're an alcoholic or a pothead, then CO is the place for you. It's more of a place for someone who already has their own family and the cost of living here is pretty dorn high. I don't want to pay $800,000 for a 3 bdrm 2 bath home when I hear I can get that in TX for $130,000, know what I mean? I want quality but also quantity (get something for my buck). If you TX natives have any info that'll help me out here, please let me know. I'd love to talk to some Texans. I'd also like to hear from those who are not Texan natives but relocated there from somewhere else as well. Is Austin and Galveston safe for the most part? I'm just now considering moving there because I don't want to make the wrong decision although I can always move back here to CO.
I'm from another state I'm moving BACK been here almost two years cost of living power water cable gas way through the roof . The only place in austin for 130,000 is the slums where your car is afraid to sleep outside. Lots of crime if you have kids private school.
The commute anywhere is a drag why! Eating talking on cell putting on make-up!!!!! Run away run away you will not regret!

Since: Jun 12

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#3 Dec 18, 2012
921 sunset wrote:
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I'm from another state I'm moving BACK been here almost two years cost of living power water cable gas way through the roof . The only place in austin for 130,000 is the slums where your car is afraid to sleep outside. Lots of crime if you have kids private school.
The commute anywhere is a drag why! Eating talking on cell putting on make-up!!!!! Run away run away you will not regret!
Damn! That sucks to hear that. I have heard these same sentiments about some other cities in TX that they're dangerous and full of crime, particularly theft. Hmmm, surprisingly CO utilities aren't so bad at all. It's actually pretty affordable, but this is one of the greenest (green energy) states in the U.S. They love to conserve here which works out for everyone. Damn, here I thought at least Austin was a descent place to live smh. What state are you originally from? That'll also give me an idea of whether to toot my arse to TX or try it there. CO is very safe for the most part, but most of the schools aren't so great. Then again you do have your choice of private schools or even schools of science and technology which produce some very smart kids and scientists, etc. as they get older. Hmmmm, TX sounds like the typical poor, dangerous, and backwards southern state after all. So I take it I better just visit instead of leave glory for chaos huh?
Austinite

Austin, TX

#5 Dec 21, 2012
Do not come here. I am born and raised in Austin, before it was even Austin really but my family has been here since 1842 when the immigrated to Texas from Ireland.
Until my last two minor children finish school I am stuck here, moving out to the family ranch in Medina County after that.
Austin used to be great, people always drove like crap but it was affordable anyway.
Since the late 80s and early 90s when it became a Sanctuary City the schools have gone down the toilet with the no habla and unruley children, taxes goen through the roof to provide welfare and give aways to the illegals and vagabonds that flock here for any handout the city wants to give and tax the homeowners to pay for. My children go to private school and are better for it, if they want a Spanglish lesson they can go visit the local Wal Mart.
The city runs the water and electric and threaten under penalty of fine that people conserve these resources then they turn around and raise the rates through the roof because they are not making enough profits.
The music scene is lame thanks to the city tearing all the good venues down so developers can build high priced lofts and condos and putting a sound level max for clubs with live music so do not plan on hearing loud music in the city.
No smoking in bars too so I am outta there, even is second hand smoking does kill it is a shame it does not kill more reliably.
Since the early 90s the city has been hijacked by yankee carpetbaggers and California raisens who want to turn it into the sewers they left behind.
A shack in the ghetto may cost you at least 130K, go way out into the burbs and you may get a fixxer upper in a decent area for that. Houses 30+ years old in my area of Balcones are 4 times that but it is a nicer area too.
Downtown smells like vomit and stale alcohol and is rife with homeless, vagabonds, drug dealers and other criminals. Stabbings, rape, assault, and property crime are normal though downplayed by police who rely more on cameras to police than officers on the ground.
For a city who claims to be green and detest noise and air polution they have no problem spending taxpayer millions to get a racetrack put here that pollutes the air and ears but of course the city charges the operator $10.000 in pollution fees, called a carbon credit.
Make like in the Holy Grail and run away, run away.
A Thought

Vacaville, CA

#6 Dec 21, 2012
Texas BBQ and Eastern Texas BBQ are different.
Texas = Dry
Eastern Texas = Wet

I prefer Texas BBQ

Hope this is the real type of info you needed.

Happy Holidays!

Since: Jun 12

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#8 Dec 21, 2012
Austinite wrote:
Do not come here. I am born and raised in Austin, before it was even Austin really but my family has been here since 1842 when the immigrated to Texas from Ireland.
Until my last two minor children finish school I am stuck here, moving out to the family ranch in Medina County after that.
Austin used to be great, people always drove like crap but it was affordable anyway.
Since the late 80s and early 90s when it became a Sanctuary City the schools have gone down the toilet with the no habla and unruley children, taxes goen through the roof to provide welfare and give aways to the illegals and vagabonds that flock here for any handout the city wants to give and tax the homeowners to pay for. My children go to private school and are better for it, if they want a Spanglish lesson they can go visit the local Wal Mart.
The city runs the water and electric and threaten under penalty of fine that people conserve these resources then they turn around and raise the rates through the roof because they are not making enough profits.
The music scene is lame thanks to the city tearing all the good venues down so developers can build high priced lofts and condos and putting a sound level max for clubs with live music so do not plan on hearing loud music in the city.
No smoking in bars too so I am outta there, even is second hand smoking does kill it is a shame it does not kill more reliably.
Since the early 90s the city has been hijacked by yankee carpetbaggers and California raisens who want to turn it into the sewers they left behind.
A shack in the ghetto may cost you at least 130K, go way out into the burbs and you may get a fixxer upper in a decent area for that. Houses 30+ years old in my area of Balcones are 4 times that but it is a nicer area too.
Downtown smells like vomit and stale alcohol and is rife with homeless, vagabonds, drug dealers and other criminals. Stabbings, rape, assault, and property crime are normal though downplayed by police who rely more on cameras to police than officers on the ground.
For a city who claims to be green and detest noise and air polution they have no problem spending taxpayer millions to get a racetrack put here that pollutes the air and ears but of course the city charges the operator $10.000 in pollution fees, called a carbon credit.
Make like in the Holy Grail and run away, run away.
Well unfortunately this day in age, no one can seem to get away from illegal immigrants where ever you go smh. I'm Creole, my family speaks French other than English, but we don't force anyone to speak our language who are Irish or Mexican. I wouldn't want the same for my future children. Hmm, something to think about. Green is semi important to me. After living here in CO who are truly the green and environmentally responsible, I've gotten so used to this clean fresh air. It's hard to imagine myself going into Little China where I risk the smell of toxins all day long and possibly cancer. Hmmm, another thought. I'll be visiting Austin and Galveston soon next year to get a glimpse of how both areas are like. I know the food in TX is pretty dorn good, but no reason to relocate.

Since: Jun 12

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#9 Dec 21, 2012
A Thought wrote:
Texas BBQ and Eastern Texas BBQ are different.
Texas = Dry
Eastern Texas = Wet
I prefer Texas BBQ
Hope this is the real type of info you needed.
Happy Holidays!
I've been to San Antonio before and absolutely hated it. I hate south TX period where it's so close to Mexico. The people there are like peasants. I do like Northeastern TX because it's more southern vs West TX where it's more southwestern. I honestly don't like Texas bbq period. OK bbq has them beat along with everyone beat that I've tasted so far. Happy holidays to you too!
Nikkismom

Pflugerville, TX

#10 Dec 22, 2012
I moved to austin from chicago 7 years ago. I never really post on here, but I read all the negative comments and felt like I had to speak up. Austin is a great place to live. Of course there are things to complain about, but the way that the previous posters made it sound is a little over the top. People can't drive.....that's everywhere in Texas. Yes there is crime, if you know of a city that is crime free let me know, I'll move there. Housing is VERY affordable. We live about 30 min north of downtown and paid 165k for a brand new home (5years ago) and would easily be able to sell with a profit at this point. Comming from an extremely expensive city, I felt like I was in heaven looking for houses. The public school is great, my daughter is in pre-k at the local school, and they do not speak Spanish, or have any issues with "Spanglish" which I find offensive, and I am polish, not Mexican. Also, I feel like austin is a very diverse and tolerant city. We try to be as green as we can, the city is expanding exponentially, of course not everyone will be satisfied. Just thought u could use some positive feedback!!
Austinite

Austin, TX

#12 Dec 28, 2012
Nikkismom wrote:
I moved to austin from chicago 7 years ago. I never really post on here, but I read all the negative comments and felt like I had to speak up. Austin is a great place to live. Of course there are things to complain about, but the way that the previous posters made it sound is a little over the top. People can't drive.....that's everywhere in Texas. Yes there is crime, if you know of a city that is crime free let me know, I'll move there. Housing is VERY affordable. We live about 30 min north of downtown and paid 165k for a brand new home (5years ago) and would easily be able to sell with a profit at this point. Comming from an extremely expensive city, I felt like I was in heaven looking for houses. The public school is great, my daughter is in pre-k at the local school, and they do not speak Spanish, or have any issues with "Spanglish" which I find offensive, and I am polish, not Mexican. Also, I feel like austin is a very diverse and tolerant city. We try to be as green as we can, the city is expanding exponentially, of course not everyone will be satisfied. Just thought u could use some positive feedback!!
Ahh yes, Pflugerville, Texas is hardly Austin and is where people live who cannot afford to live in Austin or do not want to live around ghetto and crime, or who want a better school system than Austin has to offer.
Chuggaboom

Austin, TX

#13 Jan 7, 2013
Well, what was already written above about Austin is true it is still a great place to live though.
I moved here from Dallas 15 years go to attend a doctoral programme and never left.
Cost of living is high, average used house in decent area is going to run 200K or more. You want 4 way brick or stone and not in the ghetto then look at 300K. What little new construction there is runs about 300K, maybe a little less in some of the ghetto areas being gentrified.
I bought a used house in a nice area when I moved here. 5 bed 2 bath and 2 living areas, 4 way limestone, 2,942 square feet on a good sized lot. House is well built, was built in the mids 70s as I recall. The original owner sold it to us and said he bought it new for just under 25K, of course sold it for just under the apppraised value of 425K. It was turn key, everything redone and ready to move in. In similar area in Dallas it would have been a 300K house or little less.
Taxes are not too bad really and city services are average.
I do not care about being green but I do recycle and my office is less than 2 miles so I normally either walk or ride my bike.
I am not sure about the whole illegal thing, we do not accept any non paying patients in my office, private insurance or private pay only so I have no experience with illegals other than I know there are alot of them here in town.
The school system is corrupt and the leaders inept but my kids seem to have a decent education out of it. It is more on the child to learn anyways so even if the classes are bursting at the seams and all if a child has no interest in learning and the parent or parents are not involved then forget it.

Since: Jun 12

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#14 Jan 7, 2013
Chuggaboom wrote:
Well, what was already written above about Austin is true it is still a great place to live though.
I moved here from Dallas 15 years go to attend a doctoral programme and never left.
Cost of living is high, average used house in decent area is going to run 200K or more. You want 4 way brick or stone and not in the ghetto then look at 300K. What little new construction there is runs about 300K, maybe a little less in some of the ghetto areas being gentrified.
I bought a used house in a nice area when I moved here. 5 bed 2 bath and 2 living areas, 4 way limestone, 2,942 square feet on a good sized lot. House is well built, was built in the mids 70s as I recall. The original owner sold it to us and said he bought it new for just under 25K, of course sold it for just under the apppraised value of 425K. It was turn key, everything redone and ready to move in. In similar area in Dallas it would have been a 300K house or little less.
Taxes are not too bad really and city services are average.
I do not care about being green but I do recycle and my office is less than 2 miles so I normally either walk or ride my bike.
I am not sure about the whole illegal thing, we do not accept any non paying patients in my office, private insurance or private pay only so I have no experience with illegals other than I know there are alot of them here in town.
The school system is corrupt and the leaders inept but my kids seem to have a decent education out of it. It is more on the child to learn anyways so even if the classes are bursting at the seams and all if a child has no interest in learning and the parent or parents are not involved then forget it.
Thanks for all the information chuggaboom. This was also very helpful like the other posters info. My friend from back home in LA did mention Austin is more expensive than other cities in TX so it looks like you were spot-on on that one. Do you know much about Fort Worth maybe? Or even Galveston? The homes there are still less expensive than here in CO. In CO, for a decent home or starter home you could end up paying $400,000. I'm leaning more towards a condo or townhome in this case.
Chuggaboom

Austin, TX

#15 Jan 7, 2013
LAcreole wrote:
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Thanks for all the information chuggaboom. This was also very helpful like the other posters info. My friend from back home in LA did mention Austin is more expensive than other cities in TX so it looks like you were spot-on on that one. Do you know much about Fort Worth maybe? Or even Galveston? The homes there are still less expensive than here in CO. In CO, for a decent home or starter home you could end up paying $400,000. I'm leaning more towards a condo or townhome in this case.
Not really familiar with Galveston, other than it is on the coast and a fairly clean city.
Fort Worth is pretty cheap really. You can go to a good area and get a house for 100K or so, 200K for something really nice. I have some friends who live in far N Fort Worth in an area called Keller and new houses there for a 3/2 3 way start just under 200K. Do not know about schools and such though.
Condos and townhomes in the downtown Austin area are high dollar, more than a house.
Saw a recent advert for a new development off S Congress for 800 square foot condo, one bath and one bedroom starting at 210K with 200 a month fees. Did include a parking spot in the parking garage.
One of the other doctors in my office has a nice 2/2 1,500 loft downtown. She bought it a couple years ago brand new for just under 300K. I do not know the monthly charges but she is right downtown and has two spots in the parking garage.
With the downturn in the economy the downtown prices especially have come down, almost 50% in many cases so it would be a good time to buy.

Since: Jun 12

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#16 Jan 7, 2013
Chuggaboom wrote:
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Not really familiar with Galveston, other than it is on the coast and a fairly clean city.
Fort Worth is pretty cheap really. You can go to a good area and get a house for 100K or so, 200K for something really nice. I have some friends who live in far N Fort Worth in an area called Keller and new houses there for a 3/2 3 way start just under 200K. Do not know about schools and such though.
Condos and townhomes in the downtown Austin area are high dollar, more than a house.
Saw a recent advert for a new development off S Congress for 800 square foot condo, one bath and one bedroom starting at 210K with 200 a month fees. Did include a parking spot in the parking garage.
One of the other doctors in my office has a nice 2/2 1,500 loft downtown. She bought it a couple years ago brand new for just under 300K. I do not know the monthly charges but she is right downtown and has two spots in the parking garage.
With the downturn in the economy the downtown prices especially have come down, almost 50% in many cases so it would be a good time to buy.
My sister has been living in Fort Worth for a few years now and she loves it there. She just bought a house there for cheap. She says it's a fairly new development or homes built there. I visit Fort Worth there by her all the time so I like it there too. It's a small town but quiet and clean for the most part. Hmmm I guess I'll have to visit Austin and Galveston and check out some of the neighborhoods to get a better idea. Overall, do you like it there in TX?
Chuggaboom

Austin, TX

#17 Jan 7, 2013
LAcreole wrote:
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My sister has been living in Fort Worth for a few years now and she loves it there. She just bought a house there for cheap. She says it's a fairly new development or homes built there. I visit Fort Worth there by her all the time so I like it there too. It's a small town but quiet and clean for the most part. Hmmm I guess I'll have to visit Austin and Galveston and check out some of the neighborhoods to get a better idea. Overall, do you like it there in TX?
Fort Worth is definately more affordable and seems cleaner. I have visited some over the years and could not really say anything bad about it really. Dallas is half ghetto and the other half richy rich. Fort Worth is mostly middle of the road with even rich and not much ghetto that I ever saw. Definately more laid back than Dallas and that is a big plus.

Since: Jun 12

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#18 Jan 7, 2013
Chuggaboom wrote:
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Fort Worth is definately more affordable and seems cleaner. I have visited some over the years and could not really say anything bad about it really. Dallas is half ghetto and the other half richy rich. Fort Worth is mostly middle of the road with even rich and not much ghetto that I ever saw. Definately more laid back than Dallas and that is a big plus.
I heard there's quite a bit of crime out there in Dallas though with gangs. My friend likes visiting Dallas and she loves it there. I just wouldn't want to live in the city. I like small towns minutes from the city to visit perhaps or just simply the suburbs. Fort Worth has a lot of different things in it too as they're still building new things last time I visited. Good restaurants there. More cajun and creole restaurants with homestyle southern cooking which is better for me. I'm not too much into Mexican cuisine. That's what you have here in CO mostly.
Chuggaboom

Austin, TX

#19 Jan 7, 2013
LAcreole wrote:
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I heard there's quite a bit of crime out there in Dallas though with gangs. My friend likes visiting Dallas and she loves it there. I just wouldn't want to live in the city. I like small towns minutes from the city to visit perhaps or just simply the suburbs. Fort Worth has a lot of different things in it too as they're still building new things last time I visited. Good restaurants there. More cajun and creole restaurants with homestyle southern cooking which is better for me. I'm not too much into Mexican cuisine. That's what you have here in CO mostly.
I do not like Mexican food, most of it looks like somebody already ate it.
I like Cajun food, Arabic, German food, and of course good ole Texas BBQ.

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#20 Jan 7, 2013
Chuggaboom wrote:
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I do not like Mexican food, most of it looks like somebody already ate it.
I like Cajun food, Arabic, German food, and of course good ole Texas BBQ.
I know right smh. Most Mexican cuisine looks like slop and most importantly it's extremely unhealthy. I do like enchiladas and tacos though. I also love horchata. Those are the only things I really eat and that's even rare. I love cajun and creole, southern style cooking, Thai, Japanese, etc. I haven't had too much TX bbq but I've had some from this Texas based bbq place up here call Dickie's. I didn't like it. I think I'll have to try authentic bbq once I visit TX again. I looooove OK bbq though. Have you had OK bbq before?
Chuggaboom

Austin, TX

#21 Jan 7, 2013
Nope, Texas and some when I was in Kansas City and Ashville. Prefer Texas.

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#22 Jan 7, 2013
Chuggaboom wrote:
Nope, Texas and some when I was in Kansas City and Ashville. Prefer Texas.
Yeah I'll definitely have to try it next time I'm in TX then. By far though I prefer my uncle's bbq. It's so good. We're not huge in the bbq field in LA, but I like good bbq every now and then. Try OK bbq. You won't look back lol. I tried it years ago when I stayed overnight in a hotel relocating from LA to CO driving. There as this small hole in the wall bbq joint right next door to my hotel and it was the best bbq I've tasted next to my uncle's. Are you originally from TX? There's not many bbq spots up here in CO but there's this one call Brother's bbq and they're really good. There's a lot of health places up here though. Even a freakin salad restaurant smh, nothing but different types of salads. Very self conscious folks up here when it comes to health.
Chuggaboom

Austin, TX

#23 Jan 7, 2013
LAcreole wrote:
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Yeah I'll definitely have to try it next time I'm in TX then. By far though I prefer my uncle's bbq. It's so good. We're not huge in the bbq field in LA, but I like good bbq every now and then. Try OK bbq. You won't look back lol. I tried it years ago when I stayed overnight in a hotel relocating from LA to CO driving. There as this small hole in the wall bbq joint right next door to my hotel and it was the best bbq I've tasted next to my uncle's. Are you originally from TX? There's not many bbq spots up here in CO but there's this one call Brother's bbq and they're really good. There's a lot of health places up here though. Even a freakin salad restaurant smh, nothing but different types of salads. Very self conscious folks up here when it comes to health.
Fathers family came from Scotland to Texas in 1850. They moved to what is now Austin just before The War of Northern Aggression. I was born here but raised in and around Dallas.
In Austin two BBQ places stand out and one just closed, Atrz's Rib House. The other is still around and called Ben's over on E 12th. Hole in the wall but you cannot miss it. I eat there a couple times a month and have been eating there for like 20 years but it has been there longer than that.
Lockhart is just south of town and has Smittys and it is really good too. Blacks is in Lockhart too but I do not like it but you can give it a go.

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