Relocating from CA to the area around Curtis.

Asked by Mandy Phillips, Bakersfield, CA Tue Apr 22, 2014

We are getting ready to list our home in CA to make the move out. We have 3 kids and are looking for a great community with good schools and recreation. Within an hour drive of Curtis is fine with us. Any suggestions?

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punkyvelour, Home Owner, Omaha, NE
Thu Apr 24, 2014
Oops! Forgot to add North Platte to the nearby large towns.
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punkyvelour, Home Owner, Omaha, NE
Thu Apr 24, 2014
You are moving to Curtis, NE, right? Are you from the Midwest? If not, it may be a huge cultural as well as lifestyle change for you. :-) McCook and Lexington are the nearest "larger" communities. There are a few smaller towns in the area.

You will not be short of outdoor recreation if you like/can afford hunting, fishing, riding, and boating. Lots of good biking and walking, and lots of wildlife. It's quite flat out there - no mountaineering or skiing, unless you drive to Colorado.

Besides schools, your choice will also depend on how often/quickly you need to access things like groceries, gas stations, and medical care.

I'd use Google Maps and do some virtual driving down streets in the nearby areas to get an idea of what's what. Also, contact the area Chambers of Commerce by phone and talk to people who actually live in the area - both in town and in the rural areas. You can also contact the Nebraska Dept of Economic Development (they are online) for information about the State and that area. And be sure to talk to your future employer to see if they have any suggestions. Be sure to also check out things like internet and satellite communication access and costs.

Because many Nebraska towns are so very small and families have often lived there for generations the "personality" of the communities depends a lot on who lives there. Some places are like extended families. Only you will know what makes you feel comfortable and what drives you crazy. Think of any holiday with relatives you aren't particularly fond of and extrapolate it to 365 days...

A one-hour drive in Nebraska can seem much longer when the temperature is 90+F in no-shade sun (very few hills and trees out there) and *will* be much longer between Nov-Feb with sheet ice and drifting snow on the improved roads. Unimproved roads bring their own challenges. If you are from CA you might want to stick to paved roads in a community rather than a house in the countryside - unless you like to shovel. A lot, sometimes.

Have you been out here yet? If not, do spend a few weeks driving around before you decide to buy anything. Maybe look for a 6-month rental. My only strong suggestion is that you make sure to get a house with a basement. We get some wicked storms out on the prairie.

Personally, I love it out there. But I know it's not for everyone. Best Wishes.
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