t-14orbust wrote:How do you like Texas by the way? Major positives and negatives would be nice. I'm seriously considering looking into that market as well as Florida if anyone has any insight. So far, all the news coming out of florida re politics has not been good lol. I'm just wondering if I would be substantially less happy in these places than in CA.
I love Texas, but it is home for me so I'm very biased. To be honest, I'm not sure how much you would like it coming from a place like Cali. Even our big major metropolitan cities are rather conservative compared to California except for Austin. Behind Austin, I would go with Houston. And in some ways, Houston is far more progressive than Austin in terms of ethnic diversity for both residential and social activities.
Being from Cali, you should be used to sprawl. I'm used to it, but that seems to be a major complaint from outsiders who relocate here.
As far as Houston is concerned. We have a ton of blue chip fine arts, not like New York, of course, but better than most everywhere else. We're one of the few cities to have all four major performing art troupes, Theater, Opera, Ballet, and Symphony.
Our restaurants are awesome! Some suck. But we always get really good marks for our food. Our BBQ is second to none. Just don't go to any chain places. Their BBQ sucks.
We have three major professional sports franchises in the Texans, Rockets, and Astros.
We have a pretty robust night life. There are things to do. We are no Miami, New York, or Chicago. But we are probably better than everyone else in terms of things to do at night.
We are very ethnically diverse.
There are different areas that are not inclusive of everyone. Texas is still race obsessed to a certain degree.
Sprawl. We are way too spread out from what I here. You will be filling up often if you have a car that is not the greatest on gas.
Houston has no zoning laws. As a result, some really great areas are right next to some suspect areas. Where I live is where the most affluent people in the city shop. I see a super car of some sort multiple times a week. Yet, I also see homeless people on street corners every single day. Yes, there are some run down apartments and sections of the city right next to this area. There aren't like Detroit bad or anything like that. But they are bad compared to the area next to it which happens to be Tanglewood and it's surroundings.