by Texas Homesteader ~
I love living in a small town. We purchased our property here in 2000, and soon afterward we were blessed enough to actually be able to LIVE here.
Population under 1,500 – Home to my Heart.
Coming From A Large City
I came here from a large metropolitan city – I was raised in the Dallas, Texas area. I enjoyed all that Dallas had to offer when I was a young adult.
But as our children grew and went on to raise their own families, my heart longed to be in a different place. RancherMan & I wanted out of the fast-paced world of shining glass and concrete. We wanted MORE.
Small Town Charm
I absolutely love my small Texas town. And I love its boom-town architecture and the red brick road that runs through the middle of town.
The employees at the bank know us, and the owner of the restaurant smiles when he sees us and waves us in. The various shop owners invite us to stop in to chat.
They’re all familiar and friendly faces. And they’re all our friends and neighbors.
Some of the best people I’ve ever known in my life were met right here in my small town. Honest, good-hearted people who would step in to help in an instant and expect nothing in return.
I’ve enjoyed a community closeness that was missing in other places I’ve lived.
Some folks really enjoy the fun of the big city. Some, like me, long for a slower pace. Wherever it may be, home is where the ♥ is!
I know what you mean, born and raised in Chicago. I left the city 8 years ago, and never once have I looked back. Leaving in the country in a small town I enjoy the same things you do.
I love living in a small town. We’re a little bigger than there with about 4k people. The last little town I loved in, was in Arkansas and we were about 1400 people. Loved it.
Oh my gosh! I LOVE the brick streets, what a sweet, quiet looking little town. Found your blog on the Homeacre hop, glad I checked it out 🙂 Have a great day!
Yes! A kindred spirit! My move from a town of 1 million (Salt Lake City) to a town of under 1000 (in Kansas) is the basis for my blog. So I totally get what you are saying. We have red brick streets as well. I like to share little snippets of our small town life on Small Town Tuesday 🙂 Nice to meet you and stopping by from Thriving Thursdays.
I just came over from Growing Home and am so glad I did. I also grew up in the Dallas area. Being 5 minutes from a Walmart, Target, mall, or any grocery store was my life. But I always had a longing. My longing was fulfilled 3 years ago in a very unconventional manner, but we now live in a tiny town, under 300 population tiny. And we love every minute of it. We have land, room to roam, and a slower paced life that has proven so healthy and beneficial for our children.
Your pictures make me long to live in a small town. I think growing up in New York City has made me appreciate the beauty of small towns even more. I live about 30 minutes from a major city in Florida and it’s still too close to “all the action” for my liking.
By the way, I adore the brick road – beautiful!
Your post made me long for a small town of our own. We live just outside a small city.
I grew up in a small Texas town that size and now my daughter lives in one. She lives in a small town off 82 between Sherman and Gainesville. I stay chronically homesick. Can’t wait to move back home. We are stuck in Florida for now. Stay warm. 🙂 Happy New Year.
I know that you have a whole slew of comments, but I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed reading your post. I think I belong in a small town–as long as there is good shopping nearby-ish… Thanks for the great photos–I envy you!
Yay for small towns! Like you, I liked the city when I was younger. For awhile I couldn’t imagine not being able to go dancing at 4 AM! Now I can’t imagine voluntarily being awake at 4 AM!
We too moved to a small town (pop. 900) once our kids were grown. Our middle son followed us with his young family and has raised his children down the lane from us but our other kids live far away in the big metro areas. We miss them very much but are so grateful for the peace we feel here and it’s been wonderful to be close to at least these two grand kids as they grow up. Who knows what the future holds but for now this is our small bit of heaven on earth.
Love your small town in Texas! I, too, live in a rural area – Northern California – and wouldn’t want to live in a metro area again. We raised our children here, one went on to live in another small town and one migrated to the big city! Have your children followed you to your small town? I think it is harder for young people to make an income, but a rural area for raising kids is the best! Thanks for sharing! =)
Thanks for weighing in Nancy. Our children are all currently living in medium-sized cities while raising their families although I think some of them may follow our rural footsteps down the road. I enjoyed the larger cities when I was a youngster and felt the pull to slow down after my children were grown – I can see a couple of our kids doing that. I can tell you that I’m certainly in the right place for this stage of my life and LOVING IT! 🙂
I LOVE this. I am moving later this year and my goal is to move my family to a rural location. I want them to experience that sort of life.
I can certainly speak from experience when I say we moved from a large city into a small rural town and LOVE IT!
Beautiful streets! I didn’t expect that. I love living outside the city. I don’t think I’d ever go back to even suburbia.
I’m with you – I look forward to moving to our Vermont getaway full time someday. I feel more at home there than I do at home… I love your photos, it looks like a very friendly, homey town!
You’re too kind Karen. It seems like it took us forever to finally get ‘home’ but one step at a time it happened. Here’s hoping it happens for you soon.
i love the brick road. so cool. that coke sign is awesome. the hubby would be in 7th heaven. ha. ha!!
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Thanks for your kind words, Beth. I love the brick road too, and the old-time architecture. But I love the people that live and work here the most.
Oh I am so happy for you living in the place you love ~ sounds like a lovely place ~ Great photos ~ Enjoy ^_^
I’d rather live in a small town any day. We are actually in no town at all. 🙂
I always like living “in the middle” – I grew up between Boston and Cape Cod, so I like living in areas where I’m not quite in the city, not quite in the country – just so long as I have access to both. 🙂
I would never ever be happy living in a big city either.
The big city lacks the charm of the small hometown richness where the babies grow up to have babies and so on and everyone has roots that run so deep and intertwine with their neighbors. They’ve shared throughout the years each other’s ups and downs and are just getting through life together laughing and crying. Your name can be found in a chapter in the history of pretty much everyone in the town in some form or another and that’s just grand!
A place where it’ absolutely impossible as a child to get away with anything because truly……. the entire Village KNOWS WHO YOUR MOTHER IS! LOL
Love the red brick road.
I love the brick road too! I hope they never decide to pave over it, I think it adds a quaint small-town beauty to our downtown area.
I live in the Dallas area and everyday is so fast paced that you forget about places like this. It’s nice to know that small towns like this still exist where “everybody knows your name”. Love the red brick road and the wall with the Coca Cola picture. 🙂
Thanks for your comment Michelle. I came from the Dallas area as well and as I mentioned I loved it as a young adult – so much to go, see and do. But I absolutely love my small-town life now!
I really enjoyed the pictures of your little town. Actually I also live in a small town too. I love going to the local restaurant and visiting with the owner. I have no doubt that he knows most of his customers by name and, when time permits, he comes out to greet them. I also enjoy visiting the other stores while I’m in town. It’s a friendly little town.
I also live in a small town and LOVE it. I do work in the city, but my commute is worth it just so I can go home every night to the home I love.
Great pictures! I would loved to live in a small town like this! 🙂