Texas is one of the largest states in the U.S. Due to this fact; it stands to reason that Texas has a variety of different cities and townships that operate in a variety of ways. The state of Texas has many metropolitan areas that attract hundreds of thousands to millions of inhabitants to the metro area. Texas is also made up of a large number of small, unique towns.
Some small towns in Texas are the epitome of the American experience. Small town living has many advantages, and at the top of the list is the feeling of being one large family. Small towns in Texas often have families who have been in the community for decades or more. It is also easy to get to know new -comers in a small Texas town. If you are looking for a homey, family feeling community, small towns in Texas are a good place to start and here are some we like.
After having lived in an urbanized suburb of Atlanta for 40 years, this is the year I will be moving out to a Del Webb community Atlanta in a small town. Granted it is on outskirts of the metro area, about 15 minutes from a major mall and commercial district, but it will still be plenty different from my current location.
There are groceries stores, UPS store, some restaurants, liquor stores, banks and others around my new community. A biggie is a brand new 100 bed hospital at the entrance to my new community. That is actually closer than my current hospitals.
What is also closer is recreation amenities right in the community, plenty of sidewalks and trails for walking. There are daily activities, a gym and indoor and outdoor pools at the clubhouse which is within walking distance from my new home.
Our current friends will be about 45 minutes to an hour from our new community so we can still stay in touch and meet for lunch. At the new community there will be plenty of opportunities to meet new friends who will live in the same community and be available during the week, not just the weekends.
After a month or so at the new community I will have to do a post with my observations about how living in an active adult community in a small town is different from what I am used to.
We are thinking all the community offers will more than make up for any dislocations of living in a small town. Part of what scares people moving from a metro area to a small town is the people – will they be accepting and what kinds of cultural changes will be faced. Most of that concern will be alleviated by moving to an active adult community with almost two thousand residents coming from all over the country and the world.
Of course my old friend the Internet will be with me. There is high speed Comcast cable and the cell phone reception is reportedly good for several carriers. Small towns these days have very good broadband and cell phone coverage
So this year will be an interesting one for us as we take life by the horns and transition to a new life in an retirement community. We have waited long enough and at age 67 and retired we look forward to making new friends and being active in our new community on a daily basis. We are avid Bocce players and they say we will fit right it. That is the first club we will sign up for, along with coin collectors club, day trippers, travel club and hiking club. That will be a good start.
As far as the town, exploring the several nearby small towns, visiting the dairy, the winery and maybe the outlet mall up the road will be on the list. The Road Atlanta sports car track is nearby and a group from the community visits the track for several races which I will probably join them. Fort Yargo Park is nearby with over 1800 areas with a 260-acre lake that offers a large swimming beach, fishing and boat ramps. Maybe it’s time to take up fishing again. I will keep you posted. -Robert Fowler
As a child I lived in a small town and people were always helping out each other. I miss that feeling sometimes.
So I am making a list of a few things other positive advantages of living in a small town, just to remind myself and share with you.
Most people know each other and when someone needs help it is easier to find.
Families seem to be closer.
The pace is much slower
Church is a major activity
Small group gathering such as hometown picnics and celebrations bring people of all ages closer together
People are there during times of need such as death even if they are not immediate family
Relatives from the city like to visit their relatives in a small town as a peaceful get away
Crime is usually less
Gardening, fishing and other activities such as this are enjoyed
One can walk to the store, parks, church and such just for pleasure or exercise
People share what they grow in their gardens and enjoy sharing their canning recipes
When you go to the town store you actually see neighbors that you know and are on a first name basis with the butcher
Usually if there is a town Dr. and one is sick the Dr. will always see that person
Banks and insurance people know you on a first name basis
There is gossip but some times that is not all bad because people pay closer attention to doing the right thing
The elderly usually have a feeling of closeness in a small town
Housing is usually less expensive
It is a big town deal when there is a birth of a child even if that child is not family
People usually speak and say howdy even if they don’t know you
In the summer you can feel more at ease with leaving your windows and doors open to allow for fresh air
The air just smells better
The birds seem to sing louder
You can actually look at the stars, sunrise and sunset from your own front or backyard
The simple things in life are more satisfying
All in all most small town people are close and friendly
More places to get out and talk a walk
You can see stars in the night sky
With Covid virus around, it may even be safer.
So this is just a few of the positives of small town living that I remember from my childhood when I lived in a small town. Do have live in a small town or have memories of living in a small town? If so, scroll to the bottom of the page and comment to let me know.
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When one makes a trip to spend a few days in an area you have never visited and discovers it’s an attractive area, sometimes it turns in to a “Let’s move here” idea. I could see how that could happen in Charlottesville Virgina after spending 3 days there this week.
We just wanted a getaway and picked Charlottesville off the map. Having never been there, we did a little research and found it’s a good place to visit and to live.
Charlottesville Trip Report
Day one we flew to Richmond Va and took our rental car for an easy drive over to Charlottesville via I-64. Takes a little over an hour with stop an a visitors center on the way.
Seeing one of the big attractions is visit to Thomas Jefferson home (Monticello) we exited I-64 and followed the signs. We first came upon historic Michie Tavern cir 1784 which offered a buffet lunch which we were about ready for and then a tour of the tavern by ladies in period dress. We went ahead and got the Presidential tour package which includes Monticello, Michie Tavern, James Monroe home and James Madison’s home at Montpelier. After eating we took the Michie Tavern tour with a nice lady as guide. This got us in the right frame of mind for the next stop.
So about 2pm we arrvied at Monticello which is right up the road from Michie Tavern. This is a popular place and lots of people were coming in from the parking lots. We stopped by the ticket office and immediately got on the bus for the next tour of the home. The bus takes you up to the top of the hill to Monticello. Their is a guided tour of several rooms of the home and it has a lot of the items owned by Mr. Jefferson and other period pieces to look just like it did when he lived there. Thomas Jefferson worked on Monticello for 30 years and made it his unique home. Afterwards we joined a tour of the grounds and made a day of it. I think Monticello was the highlight of our trip.
Day two we take the short drive down to the University of Virginia to find the Rotunda designed by Thomas Jefferson. We park at The Corner, a popular place for students, and just follow them up the hill, over looking grounds framed by historic buildings. Every hour there is a tour by a student guide starting at the Rotunda. We visited several rooms inside the Rotunda and hear about it’s amazing history, then go out in to the academic village for more of the tour. After wards we stop by a student hangout at The Corner for a coke.
Next it’s a short drive to the downtown mall, which is an area several blocks long with the main street closed to auto traffic. Side walk cafes all around and we try on out for a delicious lunch. For the afternoon, we drive out to tour the farm of James Monroe which was part of the Presidential homes ticket.
Day three we drive out to Montpelier James Madison’s huge home and farm. It is a about 15 miles north of Charlottesville, right off the path to the Blue Ridge Parkway, which we would be visiting that afternoon. We pass many farms on the way. This property has been restored by the National Trust, and they have done an excellent first class job. There is a large visitors center where we watch a short movie about James Monroe, the father of the US Constitution. Next we tour the large home and walk the grounds.
It getting around noon so we head East to the Shenandoah Park. Ticket is $15 but since I am 62, I am offered the Senior Pass for $10 and it is good the rest of your life. What a deal! We get on the Blue Ridge Parkway and about 9 miles along stop at the Big Meadows Lodge for a nice lunch in their dining room. We enjoyed he views and head back to Charlottesville where we dine that evening at the Boat House, the best new restaurant of the year.
It was an amazing trip and to see so many things in such a short period of time! Charlottesville is a college town with history and everything you would want, without the traffic of a large city. If you have never visited Charlottesville you need to. You just might want to move there.
I moved to a retirement community out on the far edge of the metro area, away from the suburbs where my wife and I had lived for 36 years. I knew life would be different and here are some of my observations about things I noticed are different. I am happy to report that we are loving it!
Less traffic. It’s so funny because we used chuckle when people complained about our traffic, thinking they just were not used to city living. Now we say the same thing and have enjoyed getting away from the awful traffic!
People are friendly. Out in public the people you encounter at the park, in restaurants, and the workers nearly everywhere, overall are just more relaxed and friendly and considerate. People seem to show their personality more.
There are plenty of places to eat out and buy stuff. Restaurants are less crowded so you don’t get the mad lunch hour rush as much. With a major mall only 15 minutes away, that is close enough. A Publix and a Kroger a mile away. Haven’t found anything that I missed so far except maybe a Whole Foods or Fresh Market. Oh, my Amazon Prime works just great with two day deliveries.
More scenic countryside. I love driving out our back community gate, passing barns and farm houses and a lamas farm!
More places to walk. Our subdivision has plenty of nice wide sidewalks. Out on the main street there are wide sidewalks. The high school track is open after hours for anyone to walk! (not so in the suburbs where they lock the gate) Several parks and even a rec center with an indoor track.
Your vote counts. The just had an election for school board president and someone won by 8 votes!
Community fairs and events. People really turn out and support the community events. Be it a 5k run, arts and crafts fair, or Christmas parade, people come together for these events.
Medical services close by. My dentist is 5 minutes away. I visited the orthopedic doctor yesterday at the medical building next door and got there in 5 minutes or less.
I haven’t noticed anything that I miss from my old community of 21 years, except some friends that I don’t see as often. There was a risk in moving out to a more rural area but that has now been officially resolved!
Florida, known as the Sunshine State, has been attracting people almost every year since World War II due to its warm weather, world-class entertainment, beautiful beaches and recreation areas, and proximity to both North and South America as well as the Caribbean. Although many people think of Miami or Orlando when considering moving to Florida, there are many smaller communities that are attractive and still close to those major areas. In this article, we’ll explore why these Florida retirement communities should be considered for anyone wanting to move to a small town in Florida.
1. Naples, FL – with the first people moving to what is now know as Naples, FL arriving in the 1860’s, Naples has always been noted for it’s mild climate and plethora of fish and other game. Socialites have always called this place home back to the time of Thomas Edison and Greta Garbo.
Why would someone want to live in an area known for celebrities? With one quarter of the population older than 65, this area is very retiree friendly as well as having beautiful beaches. With many cultural amenities like museums and parks, there are plenty of indoor and outdoor amenities to enjoy as well. Some museums to check out include the Collier County Museum, highlighting local history through the centuries, and the Von Liebig Art Center, which showcases art after 1950 and in the local style. Parks to enjoy include the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary , which was the first national preserve in the US Parks System and is great for birdwatching, canoeing, and kayaking, and Fakahatchee Strand State Park which is full of endangered species including the Florida Panther. It also has a 2,000 foot boardwalk to look at the natural setting. If you’re daring, you can even get a guide tour of the swamp!
Overall, Naples is full of shopping as well. Fifth Avenue South is the heart of this shopping. There are lots of little cafes and restaurants in this area. Whether you like natural stuff like parks or shopping,
2. Clearwater, FL– named one of the “Ten Best Beaches From Maine to Hawaii” by USA Today, Clearwater, FL is one of the nation’s top vacation destinations. However, with a great climate and white sand beaches, it’s also an ideal place to relocate due to a laid back lifestyle.
Located just west of Tampa, FL, Clearwater has 28 miles of beaches and is a stereotypical beach town with small roads, people hauling coolers, and lots of boats. However, it has a diverse economy with manufacturing, education, and tourism making it an easy place for people to find jobs. Being close to St. Petersburg International and Tampa International Airports also makes traveling and having friends visit easy as well.
With marinas, beaches, and an aquarium, Clearwater’s location on the beach means there’s lots of water sports and fishing. As home to the biggest fishing boat fleet on the Gulf Coast of Florida, there are many opportunities to go deep-sea fishing, dolphin watching, and just leisurely sailing the clear waters.
3. Winter Park, FL– this little community is located just north of downtown Orlando and is probably one of the first “wealthy” areas of Orlando. There is a lot of history here with professionals from Orlando’s early years residing here.
Home to Rollins College, Winter Park is a small community that has kept its roots as a vacation resort to the rich in times past to now becoming a bedroom community of Orlando. In many parts of this small town, you can walk by various shops with a farmers market every Sunday just west of the main park north of Rollins College.
Although a bit pricey for homes due to the highly-educated and highly-paid workforce, Winter Park makes up for it in cute brick paved streets and low speed limits which makes it quiet for people living here.
Winter Park is a great community to consider living in for those who want a tight knit, classy town that has all the amenities of a small town while being a few minutes from downtown entertainment and work space.
Overall, living in Florida has its pros and cons. Even though it’s extremely hot in the summer months, the proximity to the beach, mild temperature outside of the summer months, and slow pace of life make Florida a great relocation destination for those who want a simple life that doesn’t involve winter weather. Naples, Clearwater, and Winter Park are all communities that a person should consider when looking at Florida 55+ homes for sale.