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Friday, July 18, 2014

Should We Live in……Fort Worth, Texas or Manassas, Virginia?

This past week dear Mr. Décor has been on yet another whirlwind tour of job interviews. It looks as though we will either be moving to Fort Worth, Texas or Manassas, Virginia.

So help us decide!

If you live in either area (or close by) please share your thoughts.

We would love input on the cost of living, fantastic schools and great neighborhoods.

Fort Worth…

Or Manassas?

I have been doing research using such sites as GreatSchools.org etc. but thought you might enjoy playing along.

Laura

34 comments:

  1. I have no insight on either locale, but I'm thrilled that your husband has found work. You'll settle in beautifully wherever you choose. All things considered, I'd probably choose Virginia for the history more than anything else.

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    1. Thank you for your input Lorrie. As you know I am a HUGE history buff and also we have family not to far off. The down side regarding VA is that other people from that area say the public school system is in great trouble there. GreatSchools.org confirms this. We also would probably have to live in a very tiny apartment or townhouse as the cost of living is almost 3 times what it is in Fort Worth. Decisions, decisions. :)

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  2. I'd also choose virginia..
    it has a better vibe than fort worth...

    good luck.

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    1. Hi Sonny I'd love to hear more. Right now in terms of housing VA is three times more expensive than Fort Worth so we'd probably live in a tiny townhouse. As I mentioned to Lorrie locals have said the the public schools system is in dire straights and the private schools are expensive. As these are two very large factors I need a big SOMETHING to make VA my home. Details please. :)

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  3. Oh I am so thrilled you have a choice. I can't wait to see what you choose. Congrats, let's get together next week and tell me all about it.

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  4. I'd choose Virginia! (Purely selfish reasons, as I love your blog and live nearby in Sterling, VA). If you move here I would love the chance to meet you!

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    1. Oh Jennifer you have warmed my heart. Read my reply to Lorrie and Sonny as I'd love your thoughts on those issues as you live close by. :)

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  5. I live in Leesburg, VA, which isn't too terribly far from Manassas. Yes, housing is expensive here. Would you have to live in Manassas or could you live in another town with better schools? Would your husband's salary adjusted for the higher cost of living in this area? Lots of history here and since we're close to so much, there's lots to do. Hopefully you'll have the opportunity to visit each option so you can get a "feel" for each area.
    Mary Alice

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    1. Hi MaryAlice, yes, we know what my husband's salary would be at each job. That is why we know we could afford a tiny townhouse in VA and a large home in TX. Sadly, I will not get a chance to do an "in person" visit. That is why I am relying on friends like you. :)

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  6. I've lived in the Fort Worth area and love Texas....but given the choice now, I would want to live in VA. I think the weather would be better and I like the look of this town. I don't know the difference in size....but MILLIONS of people live in the Ft. Worth metroplex! OH MY! I don't think I could drive around there any more. Although I still have family there and they manage and like it there. It really is nice to have a choice and I hope you get to spend some time both places before you decide! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  7. There are some great churches in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

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  8. Having lived close to both places--Dallas, Texas and Richmond, Virginia, I think I would go with Fort Worth and I love Virginia, mainly because I wouldn't be happy in a small townhouse. The schools and culture definitely tip Virginia. I know there are some fiscal problems in Manassas, but the schools up here are excellent. It's not that Texas lacks decent schools or cultural opportunities, they're just have to be sought out, where living in Virginia is like being in the center of it all.

    I can tell you one thing for certain: even in Richmond, where housing is much less than NOVA, finding a place to live has been a huge challenge. For what a normal suburban house costs here, I could be living in a very swank pad in Texas. I think the trade offs were well worth it, but like I said earlier, I wasn't asked to be in a small townhouse either.

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  9. Wonderful news, Laura! I am partial to the VA/WV scene, and perhaps you could look into living across the border in a town in WV such as Sheperdstown, depending on where Mr. D. has to commute. Also, I have a cousin who just retired from teaching in the Leesburg area, and I would be happy to tap into her insight of VA area if you wish. :(
    Rita

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  10. That's supposed to he :), NOT :( !

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  11. We moved to Ft. Worth two years from Seattle. We were in Denver prior to that. So, we aren't impressed with the landscape. That is our biggest Con, as well as the traffic and having to drive so far to get anywhere. You can live in a huge house here for nothing, but, property taxes are crazy high! They are 4 times higher than what we paid on Denver. That was a shocker! Schools are great here, but very big. We weren't used to that at all. There is a lot to do, you have Dallas so close and 4 professional sports teams.

    Yes, things get hot and miserable, but the winters are nice and mild.

    Have fun deciding :) I can recommend towns to move to if you'd like with great schools!

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  12. Wonderful! I am a native Texan - born and raised in San Antonio, and now fortunate to live in the hill country. I lived and taught high school in Fort Worth for 2 years a number of years ago. I love Fort Worth! It is part of the 'metroplex', but I always felt that Fort Worth had more of a 'town' (vs. city) vibe, and they embrace their history as 'cowtown'. But you're relatively close to all of the city amenities you could ever want! And the cost of living is much, much lower than Virginia. I appreciate what Lorrie said about history in VA, but FW has some marvelous culture available as well - the museum district is wonderful (the Kimbell Art Museum is an absolute must see!). There are loads of outdoor activities too. It is hot during the summer (but less humid than back east), and there are definite cold spells in the winter - but spring comes earlier (and with masses of wildflowers)! I definitely vote for Texas :-)

    Patty

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  13. Oh yeah ... I forgot to mention that Canton is reasonably close to DFW, and First Monday is fantastic! And for more antiques, Round Top is close enough for a weekend getaway in April or October during the Round Top antiques fair :-)

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  14. Wow, decisions to make, I wish you great luck at both places. I love the fact you are looking into everything. Great sources to give you ideas. Di@Cottage-wishes

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  15. Exciting news!!! I live in a Dallas suburb and my husband was born and raised in Ft Worth. I know Virginia is beautiful and has such historical significance (#1 son just graduated from William & Mary Law School) but I think Texas is so family friendly. Property taxes are a bit high but we have no state income tax. Ft. Worth has lots of cute neighborhoods and I'm sure you could find a great home for your family. You can always visit Virginia.:)

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  16. Laura-- I was speaking from my gut:) I get FEELINGS about things and often they dont have an iron clad realistic reason I can type:) so as I read your post there was a bright light over the word Virginia and nothing over Fort Worth..
    However from a strictly rational point of view there's a place called citydatadotcom.. and many many folks in every city who give fair and helpful info about the place. they also have links attached there for population crime median income and such. people//not realtors:) who will give you the bare bone facts about an area ,neighborhood or street. um no offence to the realtors by the way- just saying real folks arent legally bound by their career to hold back info..

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  17. I can't weigh in on either as I have never moved outside of a 50 mile radius for all of my 54 years of living!! I know that you will be doing lots of research and doing lots of praying to reach your decision. I will join you in prayer. Meanwhile, I am Praising God from whom all blessings flow!!!

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  18. I've never been to Texas, but love the Virginia area. Such a beautiful state with so much history and near the ocean. But, it sounds like the cost of living is so much higher in Virginia. I think you will be happy with either. Texas is probably similar to the climate you're used to. Virginia will give you all four seasons and a colder winter. Are you a summer person or a winter person? Laura, I'll be praying that God lead you in the right direction.
    Cindy

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  19. Having lived in both states, I think you'd like Texas best. Trust me on this one. But it comes down to which place offers him the best, honey. Wishing you well.
    xoxo,
    Connie

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  20. Blessings to you. The Texas I lived in had humidity like nothing I had experienced before. I have no idea about Virginia. Perhaps humidity wouldn't bother you. It will be a treat to see where you go and how you pretty up your home!!! All the best.
    Blessings to you,
    d

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  21. If I loved snow (I don't), I'd say 'Ginny. So the cow girl boots get my vote.

    Godspeed with God.

    Giddy-up,
    Kelley~

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  22. I live in Western Va., visit in Manasas. It is pretty, I don't find it very friendly. I dislike the Texas flatness in Ft. Worth but people I know love it for good living. History is good for vacation but you don't live it. Good luck, you are resilient! This goggle acct. is in my hubbies' name. I am Gayle!

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  23. I live in Fort Worth, Texas, transplant from Ohio over 30 years ago. Love it!

    Welcome to Cowtown!

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  24. So glad to hear your DH has new career choices lined up. I am sure he would be happy to take you and your family which ever place you wish to settle but I was wondering if he had a choice in which place he would prefer to work?
    It almost sounds like commuting might be a good option if your choice is Virginia. The heat of Texas probably won't be a factor since you aren't likely to get conditions too much different than where you are now. Have you ever thought about home schooling? I am sure you have the smarts and you and your son seem to get along so well. Exploring and field trips could certainly be incorporated into your curriculum.
    Best wishes and good luck with what ever your family decides. I am sure you will make where ever you land a wonderful, welcoming and comfortable home. :)

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  25. Two totally different places as options, which will probably have you going back and forth, Laura. I'm sure it is a tough decision, I can't really give you an opinion not having lived in either state {now Long Island and Ohio, I could be a help!}, but I know I'd want to be able to afford where I live. Although, Rita has a good suggestion about perhaps living across a border to counter the cost of living/school issue, with hubby commuting. I think you are probably going to have to make a trip to whichever your final two destinations would be and check the area out. I have a sister who lives in Virginia and my NY sister and parents have talked about moving there as well.

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  26. First off, I'm thrilled that Mr Decor has job offers, what a praise! I lived in Fort Worth many, many years ago and I loved it! There's just something about Texas... But I've heard awesome things about Virginia, too. Can't wait to see which location you choose.

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  27. I'm glad the job situation has improved. I've never been to either place, but Virginia looks more interesting. Don't be influenced by the size of home you can afford but rather the options you have when you walk out the door.

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  28. I am so happy that you and Mr. Decor have a choice between two great locations. Now living in an expensive area ourselves and we have had to downsize and make adjustments, but don't have schools to consider. That makes it trickier, I think. My heart would be saying Virginia because of the rich history and possibilities for weather variation. Texas is a beautiful state and I've heard that Fort Worth is a very nice area and yes, the cost of living would be wonderful. I like what Marianne said above, but the school situation is a big deal. I know you both will make the decision that's best for all of you and I wish you all the best and again, I am thrilled that you have a choice between two wonderful places. Wish I could offer more meaningful input. Ann

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  29. Come to Texas!! I live in the Dallas area. Like others have said this state is huge and it takes awhile to get anywhere because of distance and traffic. Texas has pride like none other, great food, wonderful schools, beautiful homes for great prices compared to elsewhere. The scenery is beautiful and different in different areas of the state. Around Ft. Worth it's kind of flat terrain but there are large native trees in certain areas. Just want to make sure you know how hot it gets here....we go over 100 in the summers and some people can't handle it. Can't wait to see what y'all decide. There are other bloggers here and we'll welcome you as soon as you get here. :)

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  30. I would choose Texas. We live in WV and I will be honest it is expensive to live here and so I assume Va would be too. I have seen house hunters and have noticed the cost of living in Texas is great and you get more for your money. There is nothing worse than living in a place where you always have to worry about money. When Hubby retires we are leaving here to find a better place where it is not so expensive to live. Good Luck.

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