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We are considering relocating there in the next couple of years or around that general direction. I was just wondering if anyone in the area could tell me what the economy and land prices are like there?Horse Feed costs also if anyone knows. Does it get very cold there in the winter monthes maybe the climate in general.

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Used to go there frequently in the 50's and 60's. Haven't been through there much since. The climate is good. Only a few days below freezing, but the wind blows alot. Humidity is high on average. Lots of land around the town and last I checked it was going for about $3000 an acre, depending on how close you get to town.

Too close to the city for me. The freeway runs right through the south side of town that leads you to Fort Worth just an hour or so away.

Don't know about the economy now for town, but don't believe it would be such a booming town. I do know they are building apartments everywhere, so they must be expecting people to fill those apartments from somewhere.

Hope this helps some.
 

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Casa Paloma said:
Used to go there frequently in the 50's and 60's. Haven't been through there much since. The climate is good. Only a few days below freezing, but the wind blows alot. Humidity is high on average. Lots of land around the town and last I checked it was going for about $3000 an acre, depending on how close you get to town.

Too close to the city for me. The freeway runs right through the south side of town that leads you to Fort Worth just an hour or so away.

Don't know about the economy now for town, but don't believe it would be such a booming town. I do know they are building apartments everywhere, so they must be expecting people to fill those apartments from somewhere.

Hope this helps some.


Casa,

Haven't heard much from you lately, how are you doing? What's going on with your life? Not asking for the gorey details, but I've missed your posts!!!
 

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Nothing much happening around here. Thanks for the interest. Running my son's place in his absence while he moves and my own place kinda' keeps me hopping and don't get much time to get on here. I try to get on here before bedtime to read what has been posted so I don't completely lose track of everyone, but don't get much time to post. Been busy fixing fences since my son's angus bull can't seem to recognize his boundries around the heifers. Son is still in Arizona trying to sell his house to get out here and get busy. His twin brother sold his house and is in process of buying land near Austin to get his ranch up and running. Sure hopes he gets it done in a hurry as it will be extremely nice to have my little grand daughter close by.

Had some hunters out at my place a couple of days ago. A father/son and a father/daughter team. Neither the son nor the daughter had ever hunted before and asked to hunt (I usually forbid it, but thought I'd try since they were so excited and the fathers were very nice about asking for permission and asking about the rules.) Both the 10 year old boy and the 9 year old daughter got small bucks and got their pictures in the local paper for their accomplishment. Got a nice "thank you" card and cookies from them. Told both kids that since they followed the rules, they would be welcomed back next season. The little girl said she didn't think she would be back since she didn't like the "gutting the deer" part of the hunting process but did like spending time with her daddy.
 

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Casa are you down near Austin? We thought about looking around near there but seemed like the land prices were a little higher there. At this point we just want to get out of the Hurricane belt here as we are getting tired of replaceing roofs. I wouldnt mind getting out of this Humidity as well. At least for part of the year anyway. :)
 

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I'm about 4 hours from Austin further north and east. Up in the pines. So you are moving from hurricane area to tornado alley. My son said the land prices around Austin is rather high - didn't say how much, but he can afford it - he is some kinda' wheel for Coca Cola and makes more in a year than I ever made in my life. Still don't understand why he needs land since he isn't planning on farming or ranching too soon. If you want out of the humidity, believe you will need to move further west than you are planning. If the humidity doesn't bother you too much, this is a real nice place to live with some really nice folks around.
 

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I know that sounds rediculous to trade one for the other, but the anticipation of is it coming here or going there for weeks at a time is getting old. Also where we live the invasion has started and property here is about $75,000.00 an acre for smaller acreage. We breed Foundation quarters now and need more room and really cant afford to pay 1.2 million for 20 acres of land. Where do you live in the piney woods? We were out near Tyler in June looking around and it was really reasonable there. We were kind of looking near Weatherford because there was a ranching and breeding program I wanted to maybe look into. I didn't get to finish college before we had our kids and now that they are all in school it was something I was considering.

If I had my choice I would be moving back to the Northwest but my husband doesnt like the cold soo much, says it makes his shoulders hurt. We figured Texas was a happy medium. A little bit of winter for me and a lot more warm weather for him. We are lucky if we get down to freezing once down here so a couple of times a year would be fine by me. Sorry Didnt mean to ramble :)
 

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I understand your situation. My wife is from Wisconsin and I am from Arizona, but was raised in West Texas. When we retired I had no desire to move to a cold place and she missed the season changes. The folks from California had started moving in around Arizona and the price of land had soared, so we sold out and started looking. We spent the night in the little town here and fell in love with the place and the people - so different and friendly from the large town attitudes. Haven't regretted it for a moment.

We are near Palestine - about 50 miles south of Tyler. There is no economy in town so that helps keep the price of land down and there are some good places on the market. Several smaller towns around the area are like that here. We get into town once a week and about once a month or so we go to the big city (Tyler) to do our large department store shopping and eat out. The weather is nice here. Get about 46 inches of rain per year (we were shorted this year so far) and if we get snow it only lasts for a day or two and it isn't much. The summers do get hot and sticky but not unbearable. Love having all the trees around and watching them change colors. Lots of wildlife around to help with the entertainment.

Folks we have met have all been super friendly and eager to help with whatever project you have going. The kids are all nice and polite and enjoyable. The only drawback my wife has run into is learning to speak the language. She has done fairly well speaking Tex-un but still has that yankee twang. At least she has learned most of the local expressions that are unfamiliar in most places.

Plenty of large animal vets and livestock auctions around. Medical for folks is rather limited, but good. However, we are close enough to the large city to see any specialists if necessary. The headlines in yesterday's paper (we get one daily) was the local high school football scores. No mention of crime in the paper until you get to page 3, and hardly no world news. Very different from what we are used to reading. Seems like these folks have their attention focused on kids, churches and schools. Folks wave at you driving down the road and speak to you in the stores. They thank you for your business and mean it. Much different from the large cities.

One of my twin boys (38 years old) and his wife came for a visit for a week and fell in love with the place and bought property on the other side of the town from us and is selling his place in Arizona and moving. The other twin also loved the place and arranged a transfer to Austin but expect he will spend all his off-time up here visiting.

I believe we have found our little piece of heaven. My wife tells me to quit bragging about the place because she is afraid too many of the city folks will move here and change the place.

Good luck in your decision and if I can be of any assistance, let me know.
 

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Your wife is probably right. We live outside a town here that was exactly like that about 5 years ago. Now the developers are buying it all up and making it practically impossible for the people who made it that way to stay here. When you go to town here you usually see someone you know, you can run to the store while your child has soccer practice without being afraid of someone snatching them. The whole "A village raises a child" thing applies here. However that is starting to change, the very thing the outside world sees here that they think they are looking for they ruin with their impatience, road rage and material needs. Its kinda funny but when we moved here alot of my coworkers and friends asked me if I was crazy. They looked at this as hicksville. Its funny how suddenly we aren't hicks any more but what they call a "country way of life" I guess wonders never cease to amaze me. :?
 

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Copper1272 said:
We are considering relocating there in the next couple of years or around that general direction. I was just wondering if anyone in the area could tell me what the economy and land prices are like there?Horse Feed costs also if anyone knows. Does it get very cold there in the winter monthes maybe the climate in general.

Thanks :)

I live about 30 mins west of weatherford. its a booming lil town now, they have tons and tons of new stores like target, 2 wal-marts, ross, kholes(sp) you name it they have it. and the sad thing is now all these lil country towns are getting bigger cause everyone wants to live in the country. Land is probably high cause it is around where i live, the horse stuff is CRAZY your in the cutting-horse country! over all its a good booming town!!
 

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I can't say with authority, but I know generally about Weatherford. It's a boom area. The cutting horse business is exploding there. It's becoming a big city atmosphere. Too close to Ft. Worth as far as I am concerned. I am sure the land values have doubled and tripled in the last few years.
It's a hustling and bustling area. AS far as relocating here, it depends on what you are looking for. If you want to run cattle and make it cash flow you are going to have to go west. At least 80 to 100 miles west of Ft. Worth. Of course as you go north and west of Ft. W. the climate gets harsher. Dryer and colder. There is a huge expansion of the dairy business in West TX. There is a new cheese plant going in somewhere between Amarillo and Lubbock that will require 250,00 additional cows to run it. I like West TX, but it's like a lot of places, you almost have to be from there to like it. There's not much shade. And you can usually see the next town your are going to long before you get there. And, there's the dust storms in the spring, etc., etc.
 

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Not to mention Hail and Tornados. And sometimes even bein from there won't make you "like it" West Texas is it's own special place, there are things I think of as "pretty" out there. Sage brush bloomin, some awesome sunsets, and big ole thunderheads that you can see 150 miles away. There's not much I "miss" about "home" (west texas) other than my family that's still out there.
 

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Well, now lets mention a few of the good things about West Texas.
It's where the real cowboys still live and some of the best ranches in the Country still operate like the Four 6's, the Pitchfork, Matador the Waggoner ( which I believe is the largest family owned ranch in the US at over 500,000 acres), R.A. Brown Ranch etc. etc. And it's pretty darn productive. Course irrigation in the farming areas helps a lot.

If I were going to relocate in Texas and run cattle for a living I like the country between Bowie and Henrietta. I think you can buy that land (if you find any available) for under $800 an acre and run a cow to 5-6 acres.
 

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the "West Texas" I"m referrin to is the Midland/Odessa area and Trans Pecos region, where they run 1 cow per 100 acres. Tibbs knows what I'm talkin bout. LOL
 

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You really have to be from that country to like it, or have a few oil wells there.
I don't even like to drive through it. And you don't want your coconuts hanging anywhere near the bottom of your skirt there as they say everything out there has fangs or thorns.
 

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I think I'll be stearin clear of that area then as I am trying to get away from the gators and snakes of south florida as it is :shock:
 

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