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pat701
05-06-2007, 16:08
Howdy, i am a Chicago police officer for 30 years, I need out of this city and state we almost have no Second Ammendment rights in Chicago. I have never been to Texas. I have been looking at homes in Texas at realtor.com. In the Paris/Reno area do to the fact that is a northern area and hopfully a cooler area in the summer then the south of Texas. I need to be in a "low crime area" after fighting with the gang bangers all my life. Please give me some locations to look at in Texas, i would like to see trees and lakes if that is possable. With hunting and fishing an hour or two away. That you. I will be blowing the job on 15July07. I can't wait need peace and quite. 30 years was a life time on the job.

SeriousStudent
05-06-2007, 16:36
First of all, thank you for your service! :patriot:

I live in a northern suburb of Dallas. Real estate prices here are pretty stable. Honestly, all of Texas is pretty hot in the summer. There is only a few degrees difference between Dallas and Houston. There is a large difference in humidity, however.

Are you looking to buy a house in the burbs? Or maybe a couple of acres in the countryside? Are you selling a home in Chicago and investing the money here?

They are developing a lot of land outside Dallas and Fort Worth with the scenario you have in mind. They do have trees, and they are bulding lakes on the land and stocking them. So you typically have a couple of private lakes, one for fishing, the other for waterskiing.

Let us know how we can help. It seems like we get a fair number of retired LEO's moving here, and you are definitely welcome. Our winters are definitely much kinder than what you are used to!

Guod
05-06-2007, 20:49
You may want to look at the areas to the south of sherman, and to the west of it. I have only been in Texas for about a year, so I haven't seen a whole lot of it. But when I went up to lake Texoma, it seems that those areas had a lot of lakes for fishing and such, were quite green, even in the middle of the summer, and I imagine the land and housing prices are quite cheap. Plus you are still within a short drive to "big city" things if need be.

nuparadigm
05-07-2007, 04:48
Pat701,
Howdy and welcome to relative freedom. You're correct about places such as Paris being somewhat cooler than other parts. Where I live on the Gulf Coast is muggy and hot. However ... don't overlook far West Texas. It really is a dry heat and low humidity. I lived there for a time and loved it. Many counties in that area have more cattle and sheep than people. Check out towns such as Marfa, Van Horn, Ft. Stockton, Sheffield, Alipne. Counties such as Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Brewster. Hope you find a good fit somewhere in Texas.

kafromet
05-07-2007, 15:54
What kind of location are you looking for?

Do you want to be way back away from it all?

Would you rather be in a small town close to a bigger city?

(what's a bigger city to you? heck, what's "close to" to you? :))

Do you have a ballpark on how much you want to spend on a home and property? (if you're comfortable sharing).

Do you have any relatives or friends in the state? If so where are they?

Oh and it's pretty much hot everywhere here in the Summer. :P


If nothing else just come visit(I'd recommend Austin), you'll love it here!

pat701
05-08-2007, 07:12
I would love 40 acres+ so i could shot and hunt my own land. But i must be realistic. I can't afford more then say $175.000 for what ever i buy. I know that Texas has no state income tax, but man your property tax's are almost as much is in the city of Chicago. A town of 25,000 would be fine with me. I just want to live out my life having fun doing what i like and not bothering anyone. 110 degress is hot even if it is dry heat. But i guess you just don't go out too mush in the summer between 11:00 am & 4:00pm.

TattooedGlock
05-10-2007, 14:27
San Antonio is military retiree town USA. Cost of living is awesome and there's tons to do and people are great. San Angelo, is also a great military town, just smaller. I mention the military because the attitude towards LE is great around here and this is a free state. I'm from Chicago and my late father was retired Chicago PD. I ended up in Texas due to my wife being in the Air Force. She retires soon and we love it here. Cost example: my mom lives on the north side of Chicago and she could sell her house today for 400,000 A house of greater size in a better area here would cost 130,000!!! Lots of places to shoot, lots of freedom and lots of good beer! Hope to see ya in Tejas one day!

KosherNRA
05-10-2007, 14:47
Originally posted by Guod
You may want to look at the areas to the south of sherman, and to the west of it. I have only been in Texas for about a year, so I haven't seen a whole lot of it. But when I went up to lake Texoma, it seems that those areas had a lot of lakes for fishing and such, were quite green, even in the middle of the summer, and I imagine the land and housing prices are quite cheap. Plus you are still within a short drive to "big city" things if need be.

+1 ON THAT

plus Denton County. i live in lewisville and LOVE it..right by lake lewisville and other bodies of water, and close enough to 635/190/35 to get anywhere you need

i would say rockwall but taxes and values will eat you up, but the BEST scenery is over that way. stay out of dallas for living. other places in texas are too busy for my tastes, and the rural areas, are, well, really friggin rural..

...and learn spanish

aguyindallas
05-13-2007, 21:26
I live in a town called Little Elm, which is in eastern Denton County. Great county and a small, but growing town. I am currently building (should close end of June) 3000 sqft house ON Lake Lewisville in Little Elm. I am young by most accounts (be 30 next Sunday) but plan this to be the house I retire in. Its far enough out of Dallas to be quiet, yet not too far to get into town and do whatever you want. I suggest taking a close look.

dglockster
05-14-2007, 10:14
My home town is Paris, Texas, although I don't live there anymore. If I had my choice of retirement communities, I would choose Kerrville, Texas.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&newwindow=1&safe=off&output=images&q=kerrville+texas

Sgt. Rambo
05-14-2007, 11:59
I'm SERIOUSLY looking to leave NJ in the next 24 months and am looking at the Hill County area. Any info on that. I've got friends in Josephine and looked around there but may have job hook in Hill County...thanks for the info. (PS...Hint for my Chicago friend...if you're moving to Texas....Oklahoma SUCKS!!!! One of the first lessons I learned about Texas...lol)

dglockster
05-14-2007, 14:59
If you want to be in the Hill Country around the Austin area, just stay out of Travis County. That way you get the benefits of the area without the very high Travis County taxes.

The counties you may want to consider are Blanco, Hays, Caldwell Bastrop, Lee, Burnet (pronounced "burn it"), and Williamson.

This is a good site dedicated to the Hill Country:
http://www.texasescapes.com/TOWNS/Texas_hill_country_towns.htm

SeriousStudent
05-14-2007, 18:00
The Texas Hill Country is very pretty. And the folks are real nice. Life is a little slower there.

If I ever win the Lotto (fat chance, since I don't play) I would move down there in a heartbeat.

I agree about the Travis county taxes.

Sgt. Rambo
05-15-2007, 11:35
Appreciate the input, the webpage had some good info too. Thanks again.

alfair
05-19-2007, 06:51
Yes, taxes are horrible here. We live in Cedar Park North of Austin, it's in Williamson Co, but the taxes are about as bad as Travis.
I strongly suggest you go to the county website and do a search of the tax role, here is Williamson http://www.wcad.org/ and Travis http://www.traviscad.org/

My parents, who are retired, had to sell there home just because they couldn't afford the taxes anymore.

Texas is great, but I often wonder how I'm going to afford to live here when I retire. My taxes are about $6600 / year.

I thought about Ruidoso NM, taxes are really low, and when retirement comes around we won't have a lot of income...

For the Hill County realtors Google this: "hill country real estate" Texas

aguyindallas
05-19-2007, 08:34
FYI, the taxes in my area (Denton County) are 2.44%...not too bad compared to many folks.

Sgt. Rambo
05-19-2007, 08:50
Originally posted by alfair
Yes, taxes are horrible here. We live in Cedar Park North of Austin, it's in Williamson Co, but the taxes are about as bad as Travis.
I strongly suggest you go to the county website and do a search of the tax role, here is Williamson http://www.wcad.org/ and Travis http://www.traviscad.org/

My parents, who are retired, had to sell there home just because they couldn't afford the taxes anymore.

Texas is great, but I often wonder how I'm going to afford to live here when I retire. My taxes are about $6600 / year.

I thought about Ruidoso NM, taxes are really low, and when retirement comes around we won't have a lot of income...

For the Hill County realtors Google this: "hill country real estate" Texas

WOW..$6600 a year??? I hope you own a ton of land and a big house...lol I have 6 acres and a small rancher in Southern NJ and am only at $5200..That is suprising

Bitstream
05-19-2007, 13:25
I only have 1/3 of an acre, 3165 sq. ft. house on it and my property taxes are ~$5700...but keep in mind there is no state income tax here so they gotta get the money some way...at least I can deduct the ~$5700 from my federal taxes...

County = ~900
Lateral Road = ~150
City = ~1200
School = ~3500

PawDog
05-19-2007, 13:34
...If you enjoy fishing and inexpensive real estate prices, check out SE TX....I'm in Orange county, and have 3.12 acres, waterfront, with only a 2000 sf home, but the property taxes for 2007 are at $1,950.00......no city taxes when you purchase in the county, only county, school and port taxes.:thumbsup:

Delta-x
05-19-2007, 13:47
How is your Spanish? :upeyes:

SJRTX
05-19-2007, 23:35
Longview, TX is a nice town. About 30 miles east of Tyler, TX and 50 miles or so to the west of Shreveport, LA (where you can gamble at the casinos if thats your thing).

Land out there is plentiful and the houses are cheap.

Plus they have a REALLY nice private range that costs about $60.00 a year or so (but you have to be an NRA member). Theres a gate, and you have a card. Come as early as daybreak, stay til 9 o clock at night if you wish (theyve even got lots of street lamp type lights you can turn on for night time shooting). Shoot as fast or as slow as you wish. Nice covered shotgun range with motorized skeet throwers, and spring loaded manual throwers as well. a Full auto section, two covered pistol ranges. Three covered rifle ranges... its great.

http://etrpc.com/

boomcat
05-20-2007, 10:48
I've been looking into Texas for retirement, too, mostly WAY down in Cameron County: Port Isabel, Laguna Heights, Laguna Vista..)

One thing I noticed is that the real estate taxes in Texas vary a lot from location to location. For example, if you live in the city you pay one rate; if you live outside the city but inside the municipal sewer district you pay a lower rate, and if you live outside the city and outside the municipal sewer district you pay an even lower rate.

I may be wrong about this, but doesn't Texas offer real estate tax abatement for seniors? As I recall, if you are over 65 and have lived in your home for more than a year, you pay a lot less tax. True?

dglockster
05-20-2007, 14:21
This site may answer some of the Texas tax exemption questions.

http://texastomorrowfund.org/taxinfo/proptax/exmptns.html

nate527
05-22-2007, 21:58
If you want 40+ acres and a nice house for 175k look about an hour east or southeast of Dallas. Van Zandt Couty east along I-20 and the Athens area on 175 out of Dallas are not bad. I live/work in Kaufman County which borders the east side of Dallas County. Acreage gets more reasonable the farther east you go, More trees and hills too. I'm on the job here in the Dallas area and will be happy to talk to you in more detail PM if you need to.

SeriousStudent
05-23-2007, 17:03
Originally posted by nate527
If you want 40+ acres and a nice house for 175k look about an hour east or southeast of Dallas. Van Zandt Couty east along I-20 and the Athens area on 175 out of Dallas are not bad. I live/work in Kaufman County which borders the east side of Dallas County. Acreage gets more reasonable the farther east you go, More trees and hills too. I'm on the job here in the Dallas area and will be happy to talk to you in more detail PM if you need to.

That's real pretty out there, too. And some good fishing lakes! :)

Justa_TXguy
05-27-2007, 16:21
I live south of Houston.
Con:
It's hot and humid during the summer, which last 9 months. Then we have 3 months of nice weather.

The property taxes are high.

Pro:
Real estate is very reasonable. Land is too, depending on how close to Houston you want to be.

Crime is low in my area, out in the country.

Excellent firearms laws.

Almost no winter. You could live your entire life here and never see snow. I've seen snow once. Year-round outdoors activites.

Close to the gulf. Everyone likes the beach.

YMHO.

Check out HAR.com for access to Houston and surrounding area's MLS.

mitchshrader
05-27-2007, 17:29
texas.

shop in dallas.

don't go to houston.

live in the hill country.

don't work in austin.

party at kerrville and luchenbach. :)

party at SXSW in austin.

drink beer at the microbreweries in austin.

drink wine at the little wineries in the hill country.

learn spanish.

learn spanish.

park in the shade, it's the law.

SeriousStudent
05-27-2007, 20:52
Originally posted by mitchshrader
....drink beer at the microbreweries in austin.



Pecan Street Lager is very much tasty.

ranchonodinero
05-28-2007, 10:55
It has been said that Fort Worth is where the West begins-well Dallas is where the East peters out. The closer you are to Dallas, the closer you are to the East and life is too short for that. North Texas DFW metro area is more expensive to live than South Texas. It isn't much cooler up here in the North than it is down South and actually, in the NE part of the state, it may seem hotter. Generally, the farther South you go, the less expensive it is to live. The Austin area is one of the prettiest areas of the state-the farther you go West of I-35, the better too. If you like hunting and fishing, then check out the small towns North West of San Antonio. 2 1/2 hours from the coast and less than that for hunting. Good luck!

tallmike
05-28-2007, 12:13
I live south of Austin in Hays County (Kyle) and its really nice. We have only been here for 4 months now, but its the 7th state I have lived in (if my quick count was right just now) and I and my family love it here already.

We avoid Austin, all the shopping or entertainment we need is right here in San Marcos, Kyle and Buda so we rarely have to go into town or even leave Hays county. Small towns (40k for San Marcos, 25k for Kyle, not sure on Buda but its smaller than Kyle) and nice folks plus we have lakes and open areas and we are the beginning of the hill country.

Salt Lick BBQ is 15 mins down the road, Super Wal-Marts are everywhere, HEB Plus (wal mart competitor) is opening here in Kyle 2 weeks from now, Lowes/Home Depot less than 10 mins away (one to the N and one to the S), Sams Club/giant outlet mall/chain restaurants/etc... are just 10 mins down the road in San Marcos. Like I said, I really like it here.

The biggest problem is that I have to drive an hour to get to a range to go shooting. There is a giant Cabellas just up the road though in Buda, wish they had an indoor range for me.

Property values are good here too. Lots of new developments (if thats what you want) and plenty of places to live in the country if you want to buy land too. I paid $170k for a new 2100sq/ft house with a nice sized yard backing up to the neighborhood park and pool (I have small kids so that was a big selling point for me). The taxes are high, but it sounds like they are lower than other areas so I may not be doing too bad at around $4500 per year.

Good luck choosing. =)

JohnKSa
05-30-2007, 23:05
According to today's Dallas Morning News, TX is now the second most popular retirement location. Second only to Florida...

Must be a reason! ;)

stepper
06-21-2007, 00:09
Originally posted by nuparadigm
Pat701,
Howdy and welcome to relative freedom. You're correct about places such as Paris being somewhat cooler than other parts. Where I live on the Gulf Coast is muggy and hot. However ... don't overlook far West Texas. It really is a dry heat and low humidity. I lived there for a time and loved it. Many counties in that area have more cattle and sheep than people. Check out towns such as Marfa, Van Horn, Ft. Stockton, Sheffield, Alipne. Counties such as Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Brewster. Hope you find a good fit somewhere in Texas.

I lived in Alpine for 3 years and loved it. Its a totally different world down there though. No walmart withing an hour. Huge Hispanic population. Knowing spanish would come in very, very handy. Very pretty scenery. Alpine is located within mountains, so its very cool. Alot of people retire and live there. I wouldn't mind retiring and living there again someday. Its very laid back, only 1 stop light in town.

Marfa, Ft.Stockton are similar, but not as cool as Alpine.

nuparadigm
06-22-2007, 17:50
I strongly second the Alpine suggestion! Houston is where the weak are killed and eaten.

RyanNREMTP
06-25-2007, 14:26
With all the rain Texas is getting lately, views of lakes shouldn't be an issue.

PhuzzyGnu
06-25-2007, 15:15
Take a look at La Grange. The Colorado River runs through it, and it is at the intersection of HWY 77 and 71. Right in the middle of the Houston/Austin/San Antonio triangle. No more than a couple of hours from ANYTHING you could want or need in life. Plus ZZ Top wrote a song about it.. heh heh

http://www.lagrangetx.org/


Beautiful town. My choice if I were gonna settle down somewhere.

-p.

Rex G
06-29-2007, 16:16
I work for a large police agency in an urban area in Texas. I would like to retire to a good spot on HIGH GROUND between the Brazos and Colorado rivers, not too close to the coast, and not too close to the I-35 corridor. This would place me away from urban gangbangers, but still within reasonable distance of the wonderful things in the Hill Country and Central Texas, and not too far from the excellent medical facilities and my friends and family in the Houston area. High ground is important when it rains; look at topo maps when shopping for real estate. The high ground south of the Colorado River is probably just as good, but I have not looked there yet. As for the heat, I seem to recall heat waves in Chicagoland that are far worse than anything I have experienced in Texas.

wmailhos
07-21-2007, 16:23
Originally posted by pat701
Howdy, i am a Chicago police officer for 30 years, I need out of this city and state we almost have no Second Ammendment rights in Chicago. I have never been to Texas. I have been looking at homes in Texas at realtor.com. In the Paris/Reno area do to the fact that is a northern area and hopfully a cooler area in the summer then the south of Texas. I need to be in a "low crime area" after fighting with the gang bangers all my life. Please give me some locations to look at in Texas, i would like to see trees and lakes if that is possable. With hunting and fishing an hour or two away. That you. I will be blowing the job on 15July07. I can't wait need peace and quite. 30 years was a life time on the job.

I was just in Chicago last weekend and I know that I would much prefer to retire down here than there. I can only take Chicago in very small doses (and usually accompanied by a large dose of alcohol).

I've got a buddy that quit his high paying job to move back home to Paris. He swears that it is the greatest place in Texas.

I moved here in 1991 from east Tennessee (which is very pretty also and would be a great place to retire) and immediately fell in love with Fort Worth. 16 years later I still like it but it is growing WAY too fast for me. I live in a small town called Haslet (near the NASCAR track) that is north of Fort Worth but everything is growing out this way and I am not that excited about it.

I would seriously check out the Texas Hill Country. I am considering buying some property down there for my retirement (which is still 15 years away) but I want to buy it before it REALLY gets expensive.