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    Smile Visiting your area to look for job--need information!

    My quilting friends,

    I am trying to plan visits to a few different areas to search for a new job. I am currenty in Napa, California and want to look in these areas:

    Austin, Texas
    Dallas, Texas
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    San Antonio, Texas
    Laramie, Wyoming
    Cheyenne, Wyoming

    My sweetie and I need to be able to live in the country, and yet be near enough to work that I can commute. I am willing to commute up to 45 minutes, if the right opportunity arises.

    If any of you are willing to allow me to visit with you via telephone to gather information that I need to know about your area, or even allow me to know what kind of rent I could expect for a home in the country. I am more than willing to reimburse you for any cost it takes for you to call me.
    Also, if there are "good" parts of town or "bad"parts of town, etc. that I would need to know about.
    Hubby and I have no little ones, so we only need a small place, but we do need at least ten acres, and are willing to rent short term. We are horse people-enough said about that one!!! LOL!!
    Please let me know your thoughts----and also, I would like to find out where the best quilting stores are located!! That would be a plus!! Field trip to the local quilt shop would have to be on the agenda!!

    I am trying to scope out when I will be visiting, so at this time I dont have exact dates, but it depends on what information I find that will determine my next steps.
    Thanks in advance for your help with this.
    Theressa
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    What a clever way to gather information about possible places to live. I am not in any of your choice locations, but I am sure you will find some here who are. Good luck!

    Dina

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    What type/field of work are you looking for? I drive to Oklahoma City several times a year and do know that it is a growing city. Also look into Norman and Moore, Oklahoma as they are all VERY close together, meaning you don't know where one begins or ends. I don't have any information regarding rent or jobs. I do know several people who have acreage and commute and they love it. One smaller community where some of our family lives is in Wellston, Oklahoma and the other is Midwest City. I know that doesn't help much, sorry. Good luck.

    PS: No extra info on Austin or Dallas, except they are HUGE cities. North Richland Hills is a smaller community near Dallas. San Antonio is where I was born but moved away when I was 3, so no help there either.

    Maybe this link will help more than me. http://newsok.com/

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    koigirl,
    this is great information! I am a school administrator with extensive background and experience in educational sales.

    I am going to work "both ends" and see what I can come up with........
    thanks so much! I may be messaging you soon!
    Theressa
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    Dina,
    Thanks so much for the positive thoughts!!
    Theressa
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    I live in Midland TX. That is quit a bit west o' where ya were lookin' but we are boomin' here. All jobs here have vacancies. Now the draw backs. It isn't very pretty here & findin' a place ta live here is very hard. I don't recommend ya gittin' anything just south o' town 'cause they have found a bad chemical in those water wells. I'll check out the Real Estate online here in a li'le bit.
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    Hi there. I've lived in Austin TX since 1996 and have seen this city grow so incredibly fast. Everyone is coming here. It's the most beautiful place to be and there is lots to do for all age groups. You can find just about any type of job here -- lots of big tech companies Dell, Samsung, Freescale, AMD, etc. and lots of health care clinics and facilities going up everywhere. University of TX has campuses all over the place if that's the type of work you are looking for. Austin and ALL THE SURROUNDING cities are growing so fast, city planners and road builders are having a hard time keeping up. You mentioned you were willing to commute 45 minutes - well, some days it takes me 30 minutes to travel 9 miles to work, sometimes takes me only the standard 15. However, with all that said, I don't know where else I would love to live. I love living here. Big city, small town feel. Yes, you have access to living out in the country, but it remains to be seen on how long that lasts. When we moved here, Cedar Park was considered living out in "the sticks" (or boondocks to some) and now we have an elementary school, a middle school, a high school AND a stadium right in our back yard. (You'd flip your lid if you knew what my property taxes are) I don't mind it, but for folks coming here and wanting "country living" could be in for a real shocker a couple of years later, because it won't be the country anymore. I hope this info helps. I am not trying to deter you in any way because again, I just love it here.

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    I will also add most outta town commutes are about 15 min.
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    Judi,
    Thank you so much. I will send you a private message with more questions if you dont mind.
    Thanks for your help!!
    Theressa
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    Bev,
    thank you so much for your response. I appreciate your support. I will be sending you a private message with more questions, if you dont mind.
    Thanks again!!
    Theressa
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    Lookin' forward ta it. I have a cousin who has horses.
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    Hi Cowgirl quilter, I live 60 miles south of Laramie and 40 miles south of Cheyenne in Colorado. I can tell you it is cheaper to live in Wyoming than it is in Colorado. It gets pretty cold in Laramie and the wind blows a lot in Cheyenne Depending on what kind of work you are looking for, Laramie is a college town and the largest employer. Cheyenne has an air force base and is probably the largest employer. I will tell you because of the drought, hay is terribly expensive, as much as $10-15 a small bale. We have theraputic horses for special needs kids and adults. Ask me how I know??

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    Oh my gosh, you will definitely be "my kind of person" and you will laugh because here in California hay is CHEAP at that price....lol!!!

    I was checking out rentals and cmparing them with acreage for all of our critters...you know the drill...and found that for $500 less per month I could have a huge house in Laramie with 15 acres and a barn!! My gosh, we rent a small cottage with NO room for critters and NO barn and NO acreage for almost two thousand.....I am so ready to move.
    If I decide to come visit, may I message you? I really would like to end up in Laramie or Cheyenne......but God only knows right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirlquilter View Post
    Oh my gosh, you will definitely be "my kind of person" and you will laugh because here in California hay is CHEAP at that price....lol!!!
    You might want to check that out. In most places back east, including I think Wyoming, "small" bales are two string bales that weigh around 60 pounds. In Nevada (where we live) and California, "small bales" are three string weighing around 110-120 pounds. We're paying about $15 for three string, 120 pound bales here.

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    Just had friends more to Wyoming from Colorado and they were shocked at the cost of living difference. They said it was much higher in Wyoming especially for housing. They work for the railroads and the jobs pay well and are always recruiting. You might try searching on line different areas. Zillow is a good search tool for houses. Railroads take military experience into account too.

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    I don't think you can get 10 acres within 45 minutes of downtown Dallas - maybe to the east of Dallas. Ft Worth would be a better bet. There are so many large surburbs around Dallas and the area from Ft Worth to Dallas is just one big city, no open area between them. You probably need to narrow your area down a little bit. As in most cities you will have to almost leave the counties the cities are in and go to the next counties to get acreage of that size.
    There are horses everywhere and jobs are available. I guess it all depends upon what you are qualified for as to the job situation in your field.And it would depend upon where you were working as to whether or not you could drive to the country in 45 minutes or not and what time of day you were traveling. I wish you luck.

    We moved here from Benicia, Ca. and have 2 acres but we are halfway between Ft Worth and Waco, definitely not a good commuting distance to either city. When we moved here the cost of living was much cheaper than Ca. but I really don't know how it compares now.
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    Ok I went & looked. There are 6 houses for rent & none o' em w/acreage. Most o' the houses that were for sale w/acreage are w/mobile homes. There were 4 or 5 w/real houses. I was lookin' for under 250,000 ta 100,000. I have no idea what price range you had in mind. Most o' these houses were 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, & 2 living areas.
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    We would welcome you to the Great State of Oklahoma! I live about 25 minutes north of Oklahoma City in a small town. Most people here do commute. We are a one stop light town which is just the way I like it Edmond would also be a place to check for jobs. It is a very-fast growing city (it used to be where the people in the City moved cause they wanted to be outside of the City!) It is hard to find small acreages here to rent, but I am sure that what I think is high-rent would be really moderate compared to California Any questions, please feel free to call ~ would love to meet you and show you around sometime.

    Be prepared for a big change in weather if you are coming this direction, though!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirlquilter View Post
    Judi,
    Thank you so much. I will send you a private message with more questions if you dont mind.
    Thanks for your help!!
    Anytime, feel free!

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    Check out Florida for horses

    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirlquilter View Post
    My quilting friends,

    I am trying to plan visits to a few different areas to search for a new job. I am currenty in Napa, California and want to look in these areas:

    Austin, Texas
    Dallas, Texas
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    San Antonio, Texas
    Laramie, Wyoming
    Cheyenne, Wyoming

    My sweetie and I need to be able to live in the country, and yet be near enough to work that I can commute. I am willing to commute up to 45 minutes, if the right opportunity arises.

    If any of you are willing to allow me to visit with you via telephone to gather information that I need to know about your area, or even allow me to know what kind of rent I could expect for a home in the country. I am more than willing to reimburse you for any cost it takes for you to call me.
    Also, if there are "good" parts of town or "bad"parts of town, etc. that I would need to know about.
    Hubby and I have no little ones, so we only need a small place, but we do need at least ten acres, and are willing to rent short term. We are horse people-enough said about that one!!! LOL!!
    Please let me know your thoughts----and also, I would like to find out where the best quilting stores are located!! That would be a plus!! Field trip to the local quilt shop would have to be on the agenda!!

    I am trying to scope out when I will be visiting, so at this time I dont have exact dates, but it depends on what information I find that will determine my next steps.
    Thanks in advance for your help with this.
    You might take a look at Ocala, Marion County, Florida. Ocala is known as the "horse capital of the world" with about 35,000 horses in the county alone. Many horse farms. Check out the Ocala Star-Banner for info. Good: housing is very affordable, beautiful area on the edge of the Ocala National Forest, horse farms actually come right up to the city limits (55,000 pop), I-75 goes right through the city, no state tax, property taxes not too high. Bad: salaries are probably lower than most places and jobs have been hard to get in the recession. Unemployment rate here is probably around 8-9%.

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    I have lived in Austin since 1978, and it has grown considerably. Me myself, I wouldn't live in North Austin (been there, done that) or it's outlying areas if you paid me, but I know alot of people do. Not to offend anyone. I have lived South most of the time, and the people are way friendlier. You also find the most beautiful hill country south of Austin, Buda, Kyle, Wimberley and the areas in between these quaint little towns. Austin is very eclectic and that is what's so great about it, but I myself love living out of the city, in the country too. Best of luck in your job search.

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    Hi there. I've lived in Austin TX since 1996 and have seen this city grow so incredibly fast. Everyone is coming here. It's the most beautiful place to be and there is lots to do for all age groups. You can find just about any type of job here -- lots of big tech companies Dell, Samsung, Freescale, AMD, etc. and lots of health care clinics and facilities going up everywhere. University of TX has campuses all over the place if that's the type of work you are looking for. Austin and ALL THE SURROUNDING cities are growing so fast, city planners and road builders are having a hard time keeping up. You mentioned you were willing to commute 45 minutes - well, some days it takes me 30 minutes to travel 9 miles to work, sometimes takes me only the standard 15. However, with all that said, I don't know where else I would love to live. I love living here. Big city, small town feel. Yes, you have access to living out in the country, but it remains to be seen on how long that lasts. When we moved here, Cedar Park was considered living out in "the sticks" (or boondocks to some) and now we have an elementary school, a middle school, a high school AND a stadium right in our back yard. (You'd flip your lid if you knew what my property taxes are) I don't mind it, but for folks coming here and wanting "country living" could be in for a real shocker a couple of years later, because it won't be the country anymore. I hope this info helps. I am not trying to deter you in any way because again, I just love it here.

    Blessings,
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    My sister lives in Blanchard OK which is 30 minutes south of Oklahoma City. She loves it there! They are in the country and still close enough to town if she needs to go. Would be happy to give you more info... FYI, I've been to Wyoming many times and didnt care for it at all. There wasn't much to do and took forever to get anywhere.

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    There are lots of communities around the Dallas/Ft Worth area where you would be able to commute. My DH commuted from Hillsboro to Irving (between the two) for a number of years. Hillsboro is a bit farther than you mentioned, but there are lots of closer places, all of which have rural areas around them. I would suggest checking out some of the communities surrounding the Waxahachie area. They are far enough away to not be city yet close enuf to drive easily. Also the metroplex seems to be growing more north than south as far as the main high $ growth is concerned. If you have more questions feel free to pm me

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    Also if you are interested in the Houston area, there are quite a few horse properties in the Magnolia area. Whether any are for sale I don't know. Your commute time to Houston would depend on what part of town you found a job. Lots of schools and colleges all around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewbieToQuilting View Post
    My sister lives in Blanchard OK which is 30 minutes south of Oklahoma City. She loves it there! They are in the country and still close enough to town if she needs to go. Would be happy to give you more info... FYI, I've been to Wyoming many times and didnt care for it at all. There wasn't much to do and took forever to get anywhere.
    Thanks so much, I am sure I will be contacting you soon for more information.......
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