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I'm a New Yorker living in Houston for the past 13 years. I am a lesbian with a long-term partner, I have two children, we are secular homeschoolers, we homebirth, no-vax, cloth diaper, blah, blah, blah. We have a nice group of friends in Houston and good support for homeschooling. We also have a city full of opportunities - museums, zoos, etc. But, we don't know any other crunchy, homeschooling, lesbians in the city and, while we have some nice crunchy friends, the city isn't full of them.
My partner may be offered a job in Georgetown that would be great for her career. I'm wondering how it would be for our family? Could someone give me the low-down on the area?
Where could we live? Georgetown, Round Rock, where else?
What is the cost of living in the area(s)? How much for a 2000sf ish house in a nice neighborhood with kids playing in the streets?
How gay friendly is the area?
How homeschooling friendly?
Are there food co-ops, natural grocery stores, nature parks, trails, etc.?
I do NOT want to move to stepford wife suburbia but I also don't want my partner to have a hell of a commute. Is there someplace that would give us a small town, crunchy feel that is close to Georgetown?
Thanks everyone! Keep them coming - the more, the better.
I don't think we want to live in central Austin. As much as I'd like the crunchiness, I want to get away from the city for a while. But, we'd like to have access to Austin for playdates, field trips, etc.
Can you tell me more about Allendale? I saw it mentioned in another thread. What would the commute time be to Georgetown? I think she'd be in the southern part of Georgetown and she'd be going against traffic, right? Is it longer than a 30 minute drive? How is the housing in the area?
What other areas between Austin and Georgetown should we look at - gay-friendly, secular homeschooling support, etc. I'm a pretty friendly person so I feel confident we can find community for ourselves, as long as it is there to find.
Also, keep telling me about Georgetown. I get mixed reviews - some say it is conservative, some say it is very friendly and historically progressive.
We are all going up next week. Tell me what parts of the areas to visit, what to see, etc.
But -- north Austin suburbs do have a thriving homeschool community, much of it secular.
I would go with Allandale and let my partner commute, but honestly, what do I know? I'm a heterosexual homemaker and I'm not that daring. I would not have to be daring in Allandale, people would not even blink an eye. There is a great food coop and a weekly farmer's market near Allandale, but I don't know about Georgetown.